The Best Movies Based on Short Stories

Over 500 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Movies Based on Short Stories
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Films based on short stories and novellas. Vote and up the best movies that started out as a work of short fiction.

More than 500 movie fans have come together to cast their votes for the best movies based on short stories. Short stories offer filmmakers a unique opportunity to explore intricate and complex themes in a condensed format, while also allowing them to showcase their artistic flair.

The list of films highlighted here showcases some of the most acclaimed adaptations of short fiction, from classic tales like Cornell Woolrich's It Had to Be Murder (Rear Window) to more modern works like Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain. All these stories feature compelling characters, tight plotting, and moments that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

From horror flicks such as Stephen King's The Mist or Minority Report that leave viewers trembling in fear, to heartfelt dramas like Stand By Me and which move audiences with powerful performances - this list has something for everyone. Whether it is suspenseful crime thrillers such as Memento or whimsical fantasies inspired by fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood - each film offers its own unique take on beloved classics.

So if you're looking for an evening full of gripping drama and riveting storytelling then look no further than these top-rated movies based on short stories. Vote up your favorites now.

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