Top Ten Movies Not Based On Books

A look at the best movies not based on another literary form.

The Top Ten

1 Back to the Future

This proves that not all great stories have to be based off of literature.

Nice to see this as #1. I knew you all could do it! - dureckl


2 Pulp Fiction
3 Rocky

I literally clicked on this list just to see if there was such a thing as a movie NOT based on a book.

It's hard to make a list like this because 90% of all movies ever made were somehow someway based on a book.
Rocky, however, is part of the 10% and one of the best

4 The Breakfast Club

Yes! Get it to number 1!

Best 80s movie ever

5 Up

Up was one of the greatest animated movies of all time

6 Witness
7 Ferris Bueller's Day Off

This movie pleases me.

...oh. - MoldySock

8 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
9 Toy Story
10 Lawrence of Arabia

The Contenders

11 Andrei Rublev
12 Citizen Kane

Why is this only 14? - 445956

13 Star Wars
14 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
15 Ikiru
16 Seven Samurai
17 Raiders of the Lost Ark
18 The Conjuring

Not based on a book, but based on a true story.

19 Monty Python's Life of Brian
20 Ghostbusters
21 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
22 Tokyo Story
23 The Mirror
24 Toy Story 3
25 The Land Before Time
26 Monsters, Inc.
27 Come and See
28 Finding Nemo
29 Frozen

This movie is loosely based off of a book. - Rambles

30 Love Exposure (2008)
31 Modern Times
32 Casablanca
33 Once Upon a Time In the West
34 Blazing Saddles
35 Pan's Labyrinth
36 Home Alone
37 Men in Black 3
38 Gravity
39 Her
40 The Lost Boys
41 L'avventura
42 Mulholland Drive
43 Lilo & Stitch

One of the very, very, VERY few Disney movies not based on a story of any kind; unlike Frozen, which was based on some fairy tale of some kind.

44 Ice Age
45 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods
46 Ghost
47 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
48 The Terminator
49 Robocop
50 Darkman
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
2. Back to the Future
3. Star Wars
1. Andrei Rublev
2. Ikiru
3. Lawrence of Arabia
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Back to the Future
3. Witness

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