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The Best Movies Based on Books


Love reading books but love watching movies as well? Well, why don’t you watch some of the best movies based on books instead? We have listed out some of the best books that are movies, so sit down, relax and enjoy.

Hidden Figures

Year: 2016

Director: Theodore Melfi

Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe


Hidden Figures is the untold story of three African-American women at NASA that helped one of the most significant operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.This movie is based on a  non-fiction book written by Margot Lee Shetterly. An absolutely stunning film.

American Psycho

Year: 2000

Director: Mary Harron

Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas


American Psycho is a novel that was later adapted into a movie. It was written by Bret Easton Ellis and published 1991. The story is based in 1987 New York City featuring a handsome young professional, Patrick Bateman lives a second life as a serial killer by night.


Year: 1996

Director: Danny Boyle

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller


You might have already heard of this famous movie, but did you know it was based on a book? Trainspotting was written by a Scottish writer, Irvine Welsh, that was published in 1993. The story revolves around a group of heroin addicts living in Edinburgh stumbling through bad ideas and using drugs to escape reality. This movie has achieved cult status for its enchanting way of choosing life.

Schindler's List

Year: 1993

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley


Schindler’s List or aka Schindler’s Ark is a winning historical fiction novel published in 1982 by Thomas Keneally, which was later adapted into a very successful movie named after Schindler’s List. This is the story of a Nazi Party member, Oskar Schindler, who turns into an unpredictable hero by saving 1,200 Jews from concentration camps all over Poland and Germany.

Fight Club

Year: 1999

Director: David Fincher

Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf


The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. However, in this case, we will have to talk about Fight Club. Fight Club is a 1996 book by Chuck Palahniuk that later became one of the most known movies of all time. The plot features a man suffering from insomnia meeting a strange soap salesman named Tyler Durden, who soon find themselves living together and forming a fight club. But things change when Tyler meets a dissolute woman, Marla. We can tell you that they met at a very strange time in their lives.

The Godfather

Year: 1972

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan


The Godfather is a crime novel written by Mario Puzo that was initially published in 1969 and was later adapted into a series of movies. The story goes by a fictional Mafia family based in NYC led by the Sicilian immigrant Vito Corleone. This is one of the most epic crime tales and betrayal that became a global phenomenon and one of the best movies based on books.

The Jungle Book

Year: 2016

Director: Jon Favreau

Stars: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley


The all-time favorite collection of stories, The Jungle Book, was originally written by the English author Rudyard Kipling in 1894 and was later adapted various times into movies. The Jungle Book is about a boy, raised by a family of wolves since birth, who leaves home with a panther and a bear after a fearsome threat of a tiger. Together the three of them go on a journey of self-discovery that leads to fun and adventure.

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Year: 1999

Director: Anthony Minghella

Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law


Ah, The Talented Mr. Ripley! The most amazing psychological thriller movie, based on the 1955 novel written by Patricia Highsmith. To be young and carefree living the sun-drenched dolce vita in Italy is what Tom Ripley craved for and that’s what Dickie Greenleaf had. When Dickie’s father asks Tom to bring his playboy son back to America, Tom didn’t hesitate for one second. However, they didn’t expect the dangerous extremes to which Tom will go to make Dickies lifestyle his own. Indeed quite a talented young man Tom is.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Year: 2009

Director: Niels Arden Oplev

Stars: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Fröling


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a Swedish-American psychological thriller movie based on the novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson published in 2005. The story is about a reporter Mikael Blomkvist hired by wealthy Swedish industrialist Henrik Vanger, to solve a case of a woman that has been missing for forty years. That’s a crazy amount of time if you think about it.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Year: 2005

Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore, David Kelly


The beloved children story, but not just for the little ones,  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 novel by British author Roald Dahl which was later adapted into two major motions. This film follows Charlie and his grandpa joining a small group of winners who get to tour the magical and eccentric candy maker, Willy Wonka. But Wonka has a hidden motivation for the tour – one that will reveal only after the children in the group show their true colors during the journey.