This is a list of Best Movies Based on Books. This list looks at the films based on the books – novels, literature, or nonfiction – that made you want to reread the book, started endless “which was better the movie or the book” debates, made you squeal with delight that you pictured it that way in your head, and just blew your frickin’ mind.

Best Movies Based on Books

1. The Shawshank Redemption
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (1982) by Stephen KingBest Movies Based on Books2. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), The Return of the King (1955) by J. R. R. TolkienBest Movies Based on Books3. Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump (1986) by Winston GroomBest Movies Based on Books4. The Godfather
The Godfather (1969) by Mario PuzoBest Movies Based on Books5. The Green Mile
The Green Mile (1996) by Stephen KingBest Movies Based on Books6. The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs (1988) by Thomas HarrisBest Movies Based on Books7. Harry Potter series
Harry Potter novels (1997-2007) by J. K. RowlingBest Movies Based on Books8. The Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank BaumBest Movies Based on Books9. Schindler’s List
Schindler’s Ark (1982) by Thomas KeneallyBest Movies Based on Books10. Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park (1990) by Michael CrichtonBest Movies Based on Books11. The Shining
The Shining (1977) by Stephen KingBest Movies Based on Books12. The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride (1973) by William GoldmanBest Movies Based on Books13. Fight Club
Fight Club (1996) by Chuck PalahniukBest Movies Based on Books14. Jaws
Jaws (1974) by Peter BenchleyBest Movies Based on Books15. Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind (1936) by Margaret MitchellBest Movies Based on Books

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