Culture The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies  

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List Rules List only includes books that were turned into films that won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Vote up the best books.

People usually assume that books are better than their film adaptations, but that may not be true for the books on this list. All of these books were turned into movies that went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, so an argument can be made that the movie adaptations were just as good, or (gasp!) even better than the original source material. Of the 87 movies that have won Academy Awards for Best Picture so far, 40 were based on or inspired by books. Some are faithful book-to-movie adaptions, while others use creative license and are loosely based on books. 

What are the best books that were turned into Oscar-winning movies? Some of the books are award-winners themselves including Gone with the Wind and The English Patient, while tomes like Lord of the Rings and The Godfather are popular novels that have devoted fanbases. From classics like Rebecca and Around the World in Eighty Days to contemporary works like Q &A and The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA, the books and the respective films cover a variety of genres. This list includes some of the best books turned into movies that won Oscars in the Best Picture category. Vote up for your favorites! 
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59 11
The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Mario Puzo
The Godfather, 1973 and The Godfather II, 1975

2
65 21
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2004

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46 14
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Ken Kesey
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1976

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45 14
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Thomas Harris
The Silence of the Lambs, 1992

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46 16
Gone with the Wind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Margaret Mitchell
Gone with the Wind, 1940

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35 13
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Winston Groom
Forrest Gump, 1995

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28 9
The Bridge over the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Pierre Boulle
The Bridge over the River Kwai, 1958

8
31 12
Dances with wolves is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Michael Blake
Dances with Wolves, 1991

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40 20
No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Cormac McCarthy
No Country for Old Men, 2008

10
29 13
Schindler's Ark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Thomas Keneally
Schindler's List, 1994

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24 11
All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Erich Maria Remarque
All Quiet on the Western Front, 1930

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25 12
Twelve Years a Slave is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Solomon Noethup
12 Years a Slave, 2014

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29 18
A Beautiful Mind: The Life of ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies

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22 12
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Lew Wallace
Ben-Hur, 1960

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14 7
From Here to Eternity is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
James Jones
From Here to Eternity, 1954

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13 7
All the King's Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Robert Penn Warren
All the King's Men, 1950

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16 10
Midnight Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
James Leo Herlihy
Midnight Cowboy, 1970

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11 6
In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
John Ball
In the Heat of the Night, 1968

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13 8
Out of Africa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Karen Blixen
Out of Africa, 1986

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17 13
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca, 1941

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15 11
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient, 1997

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14 10
Mutiny on the Bounty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Charles Nordhoff, James Norman Hall
Mutiny on the Bounty, 1936

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12 8
Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Judith Guest
Ordinary People, 1981

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12 9
The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Robin Moore
The French Connection, 1972

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11 10
Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books That Were Adapted Into Oscar-Winning Movies
Larry McMurtry
Terms of Endearment, 1984