20 best movies most don't know were based on booksby 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
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.
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
Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living.
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
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.
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
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
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
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Votes: 82,809 | Gross: $68.67M
This was based on Clive cusslers novel "sahara"
11. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
R | 120 min | Drama, Romance
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?"
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
A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.
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
A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does.
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
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.
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
In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.
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
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
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
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.
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
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.
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
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
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
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.
Votes: 553,995 | Gross: $46.36M
This was loosely based on former marine Gustav Hansford's book "The short timers"