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Movies weren't always based on comic books! Back in the days of ancient myth, people actually read books, and many of those books got turned into movies - some for better and some for the worse. Regardless, a movie based on a book can increase the exposure of the book, and of course, fans of the book are more inclined to go see the movie when it comes out. Book and film together can sometimes weave a fantasy tapestry that is deeper than either of the two works as a stand-alone.

Sometimes, such as with A Clockwork Orange or Fight Club, the book's author has to at least grudgingly admit that the film did a better job of telling the story than the author did. Other times, such as with most of the movie versions of Stephen King's vast canon of novels, the film fails so badly as to leave critics and audiences wondering why they bothered. When it's as bad as it can get, we have The Cat in the Hat. Many books are difficult to translate into film, just because the author's narration is what can make a book stand out. But don't think Hollywood's going to stop trying - what else are they going to do, think up an original idea all by themselves?

  • 2001 A Beautiful Mind
    A Beautiful Mind Director: Ron Howard
    Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg
  • 2005 A History of Violence
    A History of Violence Director: David Cronenberg
    Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt, Ed Harris
  • 2004 A Home at the End of the World
    A Home at the End of the World Director: Michael Mayer
    Starring: Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, Dallas Roberts, Sissy Spacek
  • 1951 A Place in the Sun
    A Place in the Sun Director: George Stevens
    Starring: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere, Keefe Brasselle
  • 1992 A River Runs Through It
    A River Runs Through It Director: Robert Redford
    Starring: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Lloyd
  • 2006 A Scanner Darkly
    A Scanner Darkly Director: Richard Linklater
    Starring: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder, Rory Cochrane
  • 1950 All About Eve
    All About Eve Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
    Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill
  • 2009 Angels and Demons
    Angels and Demons Director: Ron Howard
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierfrancesco Favino
  • 1979 Apocalypse Now
    Apocalypse Now Director: Francis Ford Coppola
    Starring: Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms
  • 2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I
    Atlas Shrugged: Part I Director: Paul Johansson
    Starring: Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Matthew Marsden, Graham Beckel, Edi Gathegi
  • 2012 Atlas Shrugged: Part II
    Atlas Shrugged: Part II Director: John Putch
    Starring: Samantha Mathis, Jason Beghe, Esai Morales
  • 2007 Atonement
    Atonement Director: Joe Wright
    Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Ailidh Mackay, Brenda Blethyn, Julia West, James McAvoy
  • 2000 Beach, The
    Beach, The Director: Danny Boyle
    Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet, Robert Carlyle
  • 1948 Bicycle Thief, The
    Bicycle Thief, The Director: Vittorio De Sica
    Starring: Enzo Stajola, Gino Saltamerenda, Lamberto Maggiorani, Lianella Carell
  • 2003 Big Fish
    Big Fish Director: Tim Burton
    Starring: Billy Crudup, Hailey Anne Nelson, Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange
  • 2013 Book Thief, The
    Book Thief, The Director: Brian Percival
    Starring: Sophie Nélisse, Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush
  • 2004 Bourne Supremacy, The
    Bourne Supremacy, The Director: Paul Greengrass
    Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban
  • 1957 Bridge on the River Kwai, The
    Bridge on the River Kwai, The Director: David Lean
    Starring: Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald
  • 1963 Cardinal, The
    Cardinal, The Director: Otto Preminger
    Starring: Tom Tryon, John Huston, Burgess Meredith, John Saxon
  • 2000 Chocolat
    Chocolat Director: Lasse Hallstrom
    Starring: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, Johnny Depp
  • 2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
    Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell
  • 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Director: Ang Lee
    Starring: Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Pei-pei Cheng
  • 1981 Das Boot
    Das Boot Director: Wolfgang Petersen
    Starring: J?rgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
  • 2014 Divergent
    Divergent Director: Lionsgate
    Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet
  • 1965 Doctor Zhivago
    Doctor Zhivago Director: David Lean
    Starring: Geraldine Chaplin, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Alec Guinness, Siobhan Mc.Kenna
  • 1944 Double Indemnity
    Double Indemnity Director: Billy Wilder
    Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
  • 2004 Downfall
    Downfall Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
    Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler
  • 1955 East of Eden
    East of Eden Director: Elia Kazan
    Starring: Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives, Richard Davalos
  • 2013 Ender's Game
    Ender's Game Director: Gavin Hood
    Starring: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley
  • 1996 English Patient, The
    English Patient, The Director: Anthony Minghella
    Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Naveen Andrews
  • 2011 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Director: Stephen Daldry
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Viola Davis, John Goodman
  • 1999 Eyes Wide Shut
    Eyes Wide Shut Director: Stanley Kubrick
    Starring: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson, Rade Sherbedgia
  • 1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Director: Terry Gilliam
    Starring: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin, Gary Busey
  • 1999 Fight Club
    Fight Club Director: David Fincher
    Starring: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, Meatloaf Aday, Jared Leto
  • 2013 Filth
    Filth Director: Julien Temple
    Starring: Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious
  • 1994 Forrest Gump
    Forrest Gump Director: Robert Zemeckis
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright Penn, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field
  • 1991 Fried Green Tomatoes
    Fried Green Tomatoes Director: Jon Avnet
    Starring: Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, Jessica Tandy, Chris O'Donnell
  • 1995 Get Shorty
    Get Shorty Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
    Starring: John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, Dennis Farina
  • 2007 Golden Compass, The
    Golden Compass, The Director: Chris Weitz
    Starring: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Freddie Highmore, Ian Mckellen, Dakota Blue Richards
  • 1939 Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind Director: Victor Fleming
    Starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia De Havilland, Hattie McDaniel
  • 1967 Graduate, The
    Graduate, The Director: Mike Nichols
    Starring: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton
  • 1961 Guns of Navarone, The
    Guns of Navarone, The Director: J. Lee Thompson
    Starring: James Robertson Justice, Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker
  • 2001 Hannibal
    Hannibal Director: Ridley Scott
    Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Frankie Faison
  • 2013 How I Live Now
    How I Live Now Director: Kevin Macdonald
    Starring: Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay, Tom Holland, Harley Bird, Anna Chancellor
  • 1992 Howards End
    Howards End Director: James Ivory
    Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Joseph Bennett
  • 2007 Into the Wild
    Into the Wild Director: Sean Penn
    Starring: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Catherine Keener, Jena Malone
  • 1997 L.A. Confidential
    L.A. Confidential Director: Curtis Hanson
    Starring: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Kim Basinger
  • 2013 Labor Day
    Labor Day Director: Jason Reitman
    Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin
  • 2012 Les Miserables (2012)
    Les Miserables (2012) Director: Tom Hooper
    Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen
  • 1992 Like Water for Chocolate
    Like Water for Chocolate Director: Alfonso Arau
    Starring: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné, Mario Iván Martínez
  • 2001 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Director: Peter Jackson
    Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian Mckellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin
  • 2003 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Director: Peter Jackson
    Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian Mckellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin
  • 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha
    Memoirs of a Geisha Director: Columbia Pictures
    Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Rob Marshall, Lucy Fisher, Doug Wick, Steven Spielberg
  • 2009 My Sister's Keeper
    My Sister's Keeper Director: Nick Cassavetes
    Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Jason Patric, Joan Cusack
  • 2000 O Brother Where Art Thou
    O Brother Where Art Thou Director: Joel Coen
    Starring: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Charles Durning, Michael Badalucco
  • 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Director: Milos Forman
    Starring: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield
  • 1992 Orlando
    Orlando Director: Sally Potter
    Starring: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Lothaire Bluteau, John Wood, Charlotte Valandrey
  • 1957 Paths of Glory
    Paths of Glory Director: Stanley Kubrick
    Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Joe Turkel
  • 2009 Precious
    Precious Director: Lee Daniels
    Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd
  • 2006 Prestige, The
    Prestige, The Director: Christopher Nolan
    Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall
  • 1987 Princess Bride, The
    Princess Bride, The Director: Rob Reiner
    Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn
  • 2000 Requiem For A Dream
    Requiem For A Dream Director: Darren Aronofsky
    Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans
  • 2008 Revolutionary Road
    Revolutionary Road Director: Sam Mendes
    Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Michael Shannon, Ryan Simpkins, Ty Simpkins
  • 1995 Sense and Sensibility
    Sense and Sensibility Director: Ang Lee
    Starring: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson, Harriet Walter
  • 1994 Shawshank Redemption, The
    Shawshank Redemption, The Director: Frank Darabont
    Starring: Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, William Sadler
  • 1980 Shining, The
    Shining, The Director: Stanley Kubrick
    Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Martha J. Schumacher
  • 2012 Silver Linings Playbook
    Silver Linings Playbook Director: David O. Russell
    Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker
  • 2008 Slumdog Millionaire
    Slumdog Millionaire Director: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan
    Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Rajendranath Zutshi, Jeneva Talwar
  • 2002 Solaris (2002)
    Solaris (2002) Director: Steven Soderbergh
    Starring: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Viola Davis, Ulrich Tukur
  • 2011 Something Borrowed
    Something Borrowed Director: Luke Greenfield
    Starring: Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski, Colin Egglesfield, Steve Howey
  • 2013 Spectacular Now, The
    Spectacular Now, The Director: James Ponsoldt
    Starring: Miles Teller, Brie Larson
  • 1979 Stalker (1979)
    Stalker (1979) Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
    Starring: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko, Natalya Abramova
  • 1981 Survivor, The
    Survivor, The Director: Peter Berg
    Starring: Jenny Agutter, Robert Powell
  • 2012 Tiger Eyes
    Tiger Eyes Director: Lawrence Blume
    Starring: Willa Holland, Tatanka Means, Russell Means, Cynthia Stevenson, Elise Eberle
  • 2009 Time Traveler's Wife, The
    Time Traveler's Wife, The Director: Robert Schwentke
    Starring: Eric Bana, Rachel Mcadams, Ron Livingston, Jane Mclean, Arliss Howard
  • 1962 To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird Director: Robert Mulligan
    Starring: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford, Robert Duvall, John Megna
  • 2007 Tracey Fragments, The
    Tracey Fragments, The Director: Bruce McDonald
    Starring: Ellen Page, Julian Richings, Erin McMurtry, Ari Cohen, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
  • 1948 Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The
    Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Director: John Huston
    Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett
  • 2013 Twice Born
    Twice Born Director: Sergio Castellitto
    Starring: Penelope Cruz, Emile Hirsch, Adnan Haskovic, Saadet Aksoy, Pietro Castellitto
  • 1958 Vertigo
    Vertigo Director: Alfred Hitchcock
    Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones
  • 2011 War Horse
    War Horse Director: Steven Spielberg
    Starring: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Jeremy Irvine
  • 1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape
    What's Eating Gilbert Grape Director: paramount
    Starring: Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Darlene Cates
  • 1957 Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
    Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Director: Billy Wilder
    Starring: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams
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