Top 100 Best Movies Based on Books

Great Films Based on Novels

What are the best movies based on books? Books and Novels draws a huge attention of movies and cinema. Since the beginning of the Academy Awards (1929) we have seen that the major awards (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay) winning movies are often adapted or inspired from popular novels. In fact several highest grossing movies such as The Lord of the Rings Series, James Bond Series and Harry Potter series are also framed from the best selling novels to the big screen.

There are two plus side of adapting a popular novel into a movie – One, that you already get a fully baked story with characters and themes. Secondly, as the novel is popular so you already get a much needed buzz about the film. However, what seems to be plus side can also turn into the downside of the film. While the novel has all the themes and plot exposed to the fans it gets very hard to get grip on all the themes and emotions in a much shorter screenplay. The novel focuses on characters and emotions in a broad manner while for a screenplay one have to keep things to the point without losing the touch and theme of novel.

Dozens of films are adapted from novels each year but not every film is considered to have done justice with the film. Sometimes even the author criticize the film for poor adaption. Remember How Stephen King disliked his adaption of ‘The Shining’ and ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. We have here chosen 100 finest movies based on books that not only justified the story and theme of the novel but also become blockbuster and major award winners.

Here is the list of 100 greatest movies based on books:

100. Double Indemnity
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99. The Secret In Their Eyes
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98. Metropolis
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97. Spartacus
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96. The Maltese Falcon
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95. Cape Fear
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94. Memoirs of a Geisha
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93. Primal Fear
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92. Carrie
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91. JFK
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90. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
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89. Cool Hand Luke
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88. 3 Idiots
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87. The Bridge on River Kwaii
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86. Misery
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85. Warm Bodies
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84. Das Boot
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83. The Hunt for Red October
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82. Ben-Hur
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81. Dracula (1992)
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80. Battle Royale
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79. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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78. The Mist
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77. Stardust
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76. The Graduate
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75. Once Upon a Time in America
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74. Scent of a Woman
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73. Gone Baby Gone
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72. Let the Right One in
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71. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
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70. Pride & Prejudice (2004)
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69. The Untouchables
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68. Raging Bull
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67. Vertigo
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66. Cas!n0
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65. The Da Vinci Code
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64. The Chronicles of Narnia Series
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63. The Ring
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62. Les Miserables
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61. Cloud Atlas
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60. Alice in Wonderland
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59. Rosemary’s Baby
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58. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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57. Dr. Strangelove
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56. War of the Worlds
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55. World War Z
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54. Limitless
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53. Stand By Me
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52. It’s a Wonderful Life
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51. I Robot
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50. American Psycho
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49. I Am Legend
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48. Black Hawk Down
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47. The Girl With Dragon Tattoo
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46. Big Fish
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45. Mystic River
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44. There Will Be Blood
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43. The Hunger Games
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42. Full Metal Jacket
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41. Catch Me If You Can
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40. Jurassic Park
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39. Blade Runner
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38. The Princess Bride
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37. The Exorcist
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36. L.A. Confidential
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35. Trainspotting
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34. Watchmen
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33. Silver linings Playbook
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32. Children Of Men
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31. Psycho
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30. Drive
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29. The Notebook
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28. Requiem for a Dream
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27. A Clockwork Orange
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26. Scarface
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25. Shutter Island
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24. The Bourne Series
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23. Sherlock Holmes
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22. Apocalypse Now
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21. One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest
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20. Goodfellas
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19. No Country For Old Men
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18. The Silence of the Lambs
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17. Die Hard Series
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16. Slumdog Millionaire
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15. The Green Mile
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14. The Prestige
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13. James Bond Series
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12. Planet of the Apes
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11. To Kill a Mockingbird
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10. Gone With the Wind
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9. The Shining
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8. Fight Club
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7. Forrest Gump
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6. The Wizard of Oz
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5.Jaws
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4. Life Of Pi
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3. Harry Potter Series
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2. The Godfather Trilogy
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1. Lord of the Rings Series
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Which of the film listed above has did justice with the novel? Which film do you think is the best film adapted from a novel?

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