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Top 100 Best Movies Based on Books Of All Time (2022)

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Hollywood has always had the ability to take a classic piece of literature and turn it into a big budget blockbuster that ends up being seen by millions around the world. As someone who isn't generally familiar with famous stories, I thought I would start off exploring books turned movies by watching one of the more controversial films in recent years, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

When I started reading reviews online for this movie, I was surprised to see how many people were very displeased with it due to how far it strayed from its original text. What I found even more surprising is how much they criticized David Fincher's directing style, which received many similar complaints for his most recent film Gone Girl. For me personally, my experience differed from the common consensus. I thought this movie was well made and extremely entertaining to watch, regardless of whether or not it's already been done before.

The 2010 American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a remake of a 2009 Swedish film based on Stieg Larsson's (the original author) Millennium series. There are three books in total: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2005), The Girl Who Played with Fire (2006), and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2007). Fincher uses all three films in his adaptation, splitting each book into two movies (US release dates shown below). For example, in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, he combines what would be chapters 9-


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

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What movies are based on books?

Over the years, many movies have been adapted from novels for the benefit of viewers. While not all movie adaptations are successful, here is a list of some that were:

1) The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather is an American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name. Although it deviates frequently from its source material, both in plot and characterization, it has become one of Hollywood's very own classics. The massive success of this motion picture led to two sequels as well as three video games. For his g ood work in writing the screenplay too, Coppola won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

2) American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho is a dark satirical horror-comedy based on the controversial 1991 novel of the same name; it was written by Bret Easton Ellis and tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a wealthy New York banker with no regard for other human beings. With an amazing cast including Christian Bale and Willem Dafoe – both Hollywood heavyweights – this film has all it takes to make for a must-watch; not only that but we also hear that there are plans in motion to release a musical adaptation as well as a stage play!

3) The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs is psychological thriller based on Thomas Harris

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The best movie based on a book is, hands down, "The Godfather." Francis Ford Coppola took Mario Puzo's sprawling novel and turned it into three movies. This was no small task. In the same amount of pages that it took to make all three movies combined, Puzo could have written six or seven books.

Coppola made the right call when he decided to turn "The Godfather" into a saga in three parts. He made the brilliant choice of packaging the story as a Shakespearean drama which takes place in America with Italian-American characters instead of English people in medieval times or something like that. The genius behind these choices cannot be overstated.

This is among one of the greatest story-telling decisions of all time.


I know some people out there will say that "Lord Of The Rings" is the best book to movie adaptation ever made. I would argue that it's far from it, but if you really want me to get into an argument with you about Peter Jackson's nine hour epic than so be it.

I think "The Lord of The Rings" trilogy stands as a self contained story in three long movies rather than one short movie based on three books. Each installment works well enough on its own and doesn't depend on another for context or understanding which gives each installment more weight overall. Also, having said this, I believe three movies was too long of a time commitment for most casual movie watchers.

The best literary adaptations are the ones that do not sacrifice story in order to turn a novel into a movie. I believe "The Godfather" gets this right on all counts. The three movies were released over the course of about 10 years and each installment is just under three hours long which makes it easy for moviegoers to take in each part without committing months out of their lives to seeing one epic film.

I will always hold Puzo's brilliant work as being among the very best books ever written and the three films stand as some of Coppola's finest works, each installment leaving me craving more even though I know what happened next from reading the book. That takes talent measure and no other adaptation has done it better than Coppola's finest work.

I love movies. One of my favorite things to do is watch a movie based on a book I've read (or book based on a movie). What makes this even more enjoyable for me is when the director/producer/whoever else made that decision did an excellent job transitioning from one medium to another successfully. I also like it when readers call out the awfulness of bad adaptations too, because then we can laugh about them together (don't worry, no spoilers here). By far, my favorite thing about reading and watching are imagining what characters look like in each media - if you're anything like me, you'll probably enjoy this quiz!

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Which movie is based on novel?

Which movie is based on novel? A. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone B. The Grinch C. High School Musical 2 D. How to Eat Fried Worms

The correct answer is option B: The Grinch! Great job, Buddy the Elf.

Did you know that Dr. Seuss published the original book in 1957 with only about 300 words? It was brought to life by Jim Carrey in 2000 and grossed more than $260 million worldwide.

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What book should I read based on movies I like?

Imagine you are watching a movie at the theater, having no idea of what to expect. No previews beforehand, no advance buzz, just someone's recommendation that this was a good movie. Then, when the lights come up and everyone is exhausted from laughing or crying or being on the edge of their seats for two hours, you ask each other "What did you think?"

"I loved it," one friend says. "Whoever recommended it to me was right." Another friend pipes up: "It felt predictable to me," and then they start arguing about that fact while everyone else gets in their own opinions before leaving the theater and going home. The next day the second friend goes online and reads some reviews because she wants to know how accurate her perceptions were. One review says that it was predictable, but also that this reviewer took the predictability as a strength because it made everything make sense in the end. A different review calls out how surprising one event was, but mostly praises the movie for sticking to its guns and not changing anything significant.

A third person reads all of these reviews and realizes they are talking about two different movies! The first friend watched a version with increased stakes throughout, keeping everyone on their toes about what could happen next so you would stay tense even though you knew how things would turn out in the end. The second friend watched a version where everything built up to one climactic moment and then let your guard down after that point before making you realize everything was okay again

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