Top Movies Based On Books


The Top Ten

1 The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

What's this doing at number 3? This should be number 1! It is colossal! It also has great themes about love, friendship, and life which are executed perfectly.

The best one of the books, and the movies. I cried after finishing the book when Frodo sits in his chair and says,"Well. I'm back."

Agree this is number one

I love this. - TheFourthWorld

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2 The Godfather

Well, durr this one gets my vote. It's well filmed, well acted, dramatic, and violent. What more could you want?

This movies is an offer we can't refuse. It should be higher on this list.

The movie is the best best

3 The Shawshank Redemption

Why isn't this number 1 if you haven't seen this movie you can't claim to know movies. If you have and don't think it's number 1 you just have bad taste.

This should be number 1 the acting is fabulous and story line is as near to going to jail in the old days yourself

4 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

All of the LOTR series movie's were really great (except for Hobbit series) as far accuracy is concerned

5 Gone with the Wind

This one's a classic.

Who got the Hunger Games higher? - 445956

6 The Hunger Games

Hunger game are my favorite book series and I have read them twice

The hunger games is my favorite book and I got the movie on Blu ray - Ajkloth

Shouldn't even be in the top 30. Better than Psycho, Forrest Gump, and Gone with the Wind? Unbelievable

This was a great book series that was turned into an even better movie series. - Songsta41

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7 The Shining


Because it has snow in it I told a director at a play audition it was my favorite Christmas movie...

He hasn't called me back. - MoldySock

This is my all time favorite movie basically it is hugely different than the book but there both fantastic.

It's actually a lot more different than the book. Kubrick made a lot of changes to it.

The author of the original book might not like it, but we certainly do

8 Jaws
9 Psycho

I didn't even know this was a book.

Based on a book that was based on a true story.

Best Movie.

10 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Contenders

11 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

This movie was AMAZING! I used to not care about it and thought it was overrated but now I see why people like it! The first movie and the sequel was good but as the actors matured over time it started to get boring like an average British movie.

That was the best one out of the series, and they look so adorable as children!

The hunger games beats potter? what?!

Yeah Boi!

12 Die Hard

The best book I've ever read

13 The Godfather Part II
14 Fight Club
15 Jurassic Park

People, please! How is this not on the list! - TheYoshiOverlord

My personal third favorite movie of all time.

16 The Outsiders


This should be in the top ten! One of my favorite movies and books!

Yes! this is the best movie and book but mt sister does call me Ponyboy and it is annoying. she also says I act like him. but still its got my vote

17 The Wizard of Oz

I'll never understand peoples' preferences for things. WHY IS THE WIZARD OF OZ BELOW TWILIGHT? WHY, PEOPLE? -

I've actually read the book in my class. it's a lot more different than the movie. you people should go read the original book this movie was based on. it's a very good book.

18 Forrest Gump

I didn't even know this was a book, but it was an Amazing movie

There actually was a book, but in the movie it was a lot different. - micahisthebest

19 The Fox and the Hound
20 Goodfellas
21 Charlotte's Web

I like both the book and the movie.

But what about the 1970's one?

22 The Dark Knight
23 Apocalypse Now
24 The Lion King
25 Bambi
26 The Little Mermaid
27 Stalker
28 Dumbo
29 It's a Wonderful Life
30 Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom

Should be in the Top 5

31 Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
32 The Rescuers
33 Ikiru
34 Batman: The Killing Joke

Give this one a chance. This one has great animation. Part 2 is the best Batman movie (forget the Batgirl prologue which is Part 1). - asantalo

35 The Notebook

It's a real good book telling a love of of a girl

I really loved it based on what my friends said.

36 Full Metal Jacket
37 Carrie

Carrie was Stephen King's first book.

38 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
39 I, Robot

Back in the 80s Hollywood was trying really hard to adapt Isaac Asimov's book, I, Robot, but it was impossible to make at that time so they decided to do an illustrated screenplay of the movie instead (the whole movie as a book with some pictures in it). now that technology has advanced, we can now adapt Asimov's book like we did with the 2004 adaptation.

I actually have the illustrated screenplay. and it looks a lot more creative than the Will Smith version.

40 Kick-Ass
41 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
42 Batman (1989)
43 Stephen King's It
44 Lady and the Tramp
45 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

Take this of the list rig˙t now! One of the worst movies based of a book in my opinion

46 Oliver & Company
47 The Jungle Book
48 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
49 The Great Gatsby (1974)
50 The Green Mile

Below divergent and twilight? Not even close

Another favourite of mine. - Britgirl

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