Great Movies Based on Great Booksby andoo-2 | created - 30 Apr 2012 | updated - 30 Apr 2012 | Public
Some wich haven't been released yet but really looking forward to (will be removed if not living up to my expectations). Feel free to mention your favorite productions from books. Enjoy!
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1. Trainspotting (1996)
R | 94 min | Drama
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Votes: 554,765 | Gross: $16.50M
PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.
Votes: 1,405,516 | Gross: $315.54M
J.R.R. Tolkien. (Including all)
3. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
Votes: 715,635 | Gross: $170.74M
4. Shutter Island (2010)
R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
Votes: 927,559 | Gross: $128.01M
5. The Godfather (1972)
R | 175 min | Crime, Drama
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.
Votes: 1,329,222 | Gross: $134.97M
Mario Puzo. (Including all)
6. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
7. Scarface (1983)
R | 170 min | Crime, Drama
In Miami in 1980, a determined Cuban immigrant takes over a drug cartel and succumbs to greed.
Votes: 618,476 | Gross: $45.60M
8. Into the Wild (2007)
R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Votes: 493,898 | Gross: $18.35M
9. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.
Votes: 967,746 | Gross: $25.54M
Cristopher's younger brother Jonathan Nolan.
10. The Green Mile (1999)
R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Votes: 925,490 | Gross: $136.80M
11. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.
Votes: 231,678 | Gross: $10.68M
Hunter S. Thompson.
12. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.
Votes: 127,988 | Gross: $75.51M
James Fenimore Cooper.
13. Donnie Brasco (1997)
R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.
Votes: 245,524 | Gross: $41.91M
Joseph D. Pistone.
14. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.
Votes: 651,063 | Gross: $164.62M
Frank Abagnale Jr.
15. Mystic River (2003)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.
Votes: 371,048 | Gross: $90.14M
16. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.
Votes: 1,001,992 | Gross: $96.07M
17. Children of Men (2006)
R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Votes: 403,072 | Gross: $35.55M
18. Sleepers (1996)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Over ten years later, they get their chance for revenge.
Votes: 167,509 | Gross: $49.10M
19. Robinson Crusoe (1997)
PG-13 | 105 min | Adventure, Drama
Robinson Crusoe flees Britain on a ship after killing his friend over the love of Mary. A fierce ocean storm wrecks his ship and leaves him stranded by himself on an uncharted island. Left ... See full summary »
Daniel Defoe. (not so much the movie, but the book is great)
20. V for Vendetta (2005)
R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.
Votes: 900,175 | Gross: $70.51M
21. K-PAX (2001)
PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.
Votes: 161,916 | Gross: $50.34M
22. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
PG | 152 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Votes: 521,757 | Gross: $317.58M
J.K. Rowling. (Including all)
23. Drive (I) (2011)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.
Votes: 491,412 | Gross: $35.06M
24. 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: 1,472,655 | Gross: $330.25M
25. The Bourne Identity (2002)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory.
Votes: 453,774 | Gross: $121.66M
Robert Ludlum. (Including all)
26. In the Name of the Father (1993)
R | 133 min | Biography, Drama
A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.
Votes: 131,971 | Gross: $25.01M
27. Gone Baby Gone (2007)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.
Votes: 220,380 | Gross: $20.30M
28. The Pianist (2002)
R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Votes: 587,964 | Gross: $32.57M
29. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
R | 102 min | Drama
The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.
Votes: 657,892 | Gross: $3.64M
Hubert Selby Jr.
30. The Da Vinci Code (2006)
PG-13 | 149 min | Mystery, Thriller
A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.
Votes: 354,424 | Gross: $217.54M
31. Casino (1995)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A tale of greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two best friends: a mafia enforcer and a casino executive, compete against each other over a gambling empire, and over a fast living and fast loving socialite.
Votes: 385,939 | Gross: $42.44M
32. White Fang (I) (1991)
PG | 107 min | Adventure, Drama
Jack London's classic adventure story about the friendship developed between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him.
Votes: 17,224 | Gross: $34.79M
33. Jumanji (1995)
PG | 104 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.
Votes: 251,157 | Gross: $100.48M
Chris Van Allsburg.
34. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
R | 134 min | Drama, Romance
The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.
Votes: 284,700 | Gross: $83.04M
PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.
Votes: 320,448 | Gross: $291.71M
C.S. Lewis. (Including all, so far)
36. Of Mice and Men (1992)
PG-13 | 115 min | Drama
Two drifters, one a gentle but slow giant, try to make money working the fields during the Depression so they can fulfill their dreams.
Votes: 35,293 | Gross: $5.10M
PG | 97 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
When a young owl is abducted by an evil Owl army, he must escape with new-found friends and seek the legendary Guardians to stop the menace.
Votes: 71,152 | Gross: $55.68M
38. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
Votes: 715,469 | Gross: $44.02M
39. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
PG | 109 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
Votes: 169,700 | Gross: $51.09M
40. 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: 564,805 | Gross: $46.36M
41. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 580,811 | Gross: $27.00M
Philip K. Dick.
42. Paranoia (I) (2013)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss's old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.
Votes: 31,746 | Gross: $7.38M
Here starts the not-yet-released movies.
43. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug.
Votes: 693,927 | Gross: $303.00M
J.R.R. Tolkien. (Including Both, hopefully)
44. On the Road (2012)
R | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.
Votes: 36,484 | Gross: $0.72M
45. The Great Gatsby (2013)
PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance
A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.
Votes: 408,460 | Gross: $144.84M