20 best movies most don't know were based on books

by matthewmck578 | created - 21 Mar 2013 | updated - 23 Mar 2013 | Public

this is a list of movies that are based on books, but most people don't know that they are. These are not in any certain order.

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1. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

8.2
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70 Metascore

John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 665,150 | Gross: $83.01M

Not to many people know that die hard was loosely based on a novel by roderick thorp called Nothing lasts forever

2. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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72 Metascore

Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 217,510 | Gross: $104.45M

this movie is based on a novel by Max Allen Collins by the same name as the movie.

3. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 483,601 | Gross: $32.00M

this movie was based on a book by Robert Bloch by the same name.

4. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 425,105 | Gross: $40.22M

This movie was based off a book by Upton sinclair called Oil!.

5. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.7
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83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 156,814 | Gross: $156.45M

This movie was loosely based on novel by Gary K. Wolf called Who censored roger rabbit.

6. First Blood (1982)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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62 Metascore

Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, Bill McKinney

Votes: 189,294 | Gross: $47.21M

This was based on a novel by David Morrell by the same name.

7. Shrek (2001)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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84 Metascore

After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, Shrek agrees to rescue Princess Fiona for a villainous lord in order to get his land back.

Directors: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson | Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow

Votes: 518,490 | Gross: $267.67M

This is loosely based on a picture book by William steig called Shrekl,

8. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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57 Metascore

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

Votes: 93,956 | Gross: $64.43M

this was based on W.P Kinsella's book "Shoeless Joe"

9. Stardust (2007)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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66 Metascore

In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen

Votes: 228,107 | Gross: $38.63M

This was based on Neil Gaimans illustrated novel "stardust"

10. Sahara (2005)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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41 Metascore

Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a WHO doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator.

Director: Breck Eisner | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Penélope Cruz, Steve Zahn, William H. Macy

Votes: 82,809 | Gross: $68.67M

This was based on Clive cusslers novel "sahara"

11. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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86 Metascore

A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

Directors: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan | Stars: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla, Anil Kapoor

Votes: 704,070 | Gross: $141.32M

This was based on Vikas Swarup's novel Q&A.

12. Clueless (1995)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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68 Metascore

A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd

Votes: 141,346 | Gross: $56.63M

This was loosely based on Jane Austen's book Emma.

13. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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70 Metascore

A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.

Director: Gil Junger | Stars: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik

Votes: 250,067 | Gross: $38.18M

This was loosely based on William Shakespeare's "The taming of the shrew"

14. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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45 Metascore

Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.

Director: Donald Petrie | Stars: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg, Kathryn Hahn

Votes: 176,742 | Gross: $105.81M

This was based on a do's and don't dating book by the same name by Michelle Alexander and Jeanie Long.

15. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 122,533 | Gross: $102.27M

This was based on P.L Travers book by the same name.

16. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama

9.3
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80 Metascore

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler

Votes: 1,916,569 | Gross: $28.34M

This was based on Stephen Kings Novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank redemption

17. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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87 Metascore

A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 468,091 | Gross: $260.00M

This was based on Peter Benchley's novel by the same name.

18. Planet of the Apes (1968)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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79 Metascore

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Votes: 149,056 | Gross: $33.40M

This was based on a novel by Pierre Boulle by the same name

19. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
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82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,448,956 | Gross: $330.25M

This was based on a novel by Winston Groom by the same name.

20. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

8.3
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76 Metascore

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 553,995 | Gross: $46.36M

This was loosely based on former marine Gustav Hansford's book "The short timers"