Top 20 Excellent Movies Based on Books & Novels

Books and movies are two different art forms that can bring stories to life in unique ways. When a great book gets adapted into a movie, it allows the story to reach a wider audience.

If you don’t like to read books or don’t have that much time, you can watch their film adaptations. Below you’ll find some of the best movies based on books available for streaming right now.

1. American Psycho

Patrick Bateman, a wealthy investment banker by day, descends into a world of violence at night. Based on the controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the film stars Christian Bale as the murderous Bateman.

2. Lord of the Rings

Frodo Baggins, a hobbit, inherits the One Ring, an evil artifact that threatens to enslave Middle-earth. With the help of a fellowship, Frodo embarks on a quest to destroy the Ring in the fires of Mount Doom. Elijah Wood portrays the determined hobbit in this fantasy trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic novels.

3. The Godfather

Vito Corleone, head of the Corleone family, defends his mafia empire from rival families in 1940s New York City. Al Pacino stars as Michael Corleone, the youngest son who gets pulled into the family business. This classic film is based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name.

4. A Beautiful Mind

John Nash, a brilliant mathematician, experiences hallucinations and delusions as he battles schizophrenia. Russell Crowe portrays Nash grappling with his mental illness while his devoted wife Alicia (Jennifer Connelly) supports him. The film is based on Sylvia Nasar’s biography of John Nash.

5. The Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in a televised fight to the death competition. Jennifer Lawrence portrays the courageous Katniss who must use her archery skills to survive in this dystopian story based on Suzanne Collins’ trilogy.

6. Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump, a kindhearted man with an IQ of 75, unwittingly finds himself at the center of many important historical events in 20th century America. Tom Hanks delivers a memorable performance as Forrest in this heartwarming tale based on Winston Groom’s novel.

7. The Notebook

Noah and Allie fall deeply in love in the 1940s but are separated by their social backgrounds. Years later, they reconnect, and their love story continues. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams star as the passionate couple in this drama based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel.

8. Little Women

Jo March, a tomboyish aspiring writer, and her three sisters Meg, Beth, and Amy navigate life, love, and loss during the Civil War era. Saoirse Ronan portrays Jo in this coming-of-age story based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel.

9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant young hacker with a troubled past, teams up with disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist to investigate the disappearance of a young woman from a wealthy family. Rooney Mara takes on the role of the Lisbeth in this thriller based on Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy.

10. Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth Bennet, a spirited young woman, must choose between following her heart and societal expectations when the wealthy Mr. Darcy proposes. Keira Knightley portrays the intelligent Elizabeth in this classic romance based on Jane Austen’s novel.

11. It

Seven children in a small town come face to face with a terrifying shapeshifting entity that preys on their fears. Bill Skarsgård takes on the role of the monstrous Pennywise the Clown in this horror film based on Stephen King’s novel.

12. The Shawshank Redemption

Andy Dufresne, wrongly convicted of murder, is sentenced to life in Shawshank prison. He befriends a fellow inmate, Red, and finds hope and redemption through resilience. Tim Robbins portrays Andy in this drama based on Stephen King’s novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.”

13. Crazy Rich Asians

New York economics professor Rachel Chu accompanies her boyfriend Nick Young to his family’s wedding in Singapore, only to discover he is a member of a wealthy dynasty. Constance Wu stars as Rachel navigating the opulent world of Singapore’s high society in this romantic comedy based on Kevin Kwan’s novel.

14. The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, joins a band of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield to reclaim their lost mountain kingdom from the dragon Smaug. Martin Freeman portrays the reluctant Bilbo in this fantasy adventure based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, a prequel to “The Lord of the Rings.”

15. Shutter Island

U.S. Marshals Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule investigate the disappearance of a patient from a mental hospital on a remote island. Leonardo DiCaprio portrays the troubled Teddy in this psychological thriller based on Dennis Lehane’s novel.

16. The Shining

Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer with a history of alcoholism, takes a job as a winter caretaker at an isolated hotel. As winter sets in, the hotel’s sinister influence isolates Jack, driving him towards violence. Jack Nicholson delivers a chilling performance in this horror classic based on Stephen King’s novel.

17. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Based on Jenny Han’s novel, the film centers around Lara Jean Covey, portrayed by Lana Condor, a teenage girl whose secret love letters are accidentally sent out, leading to a fake relationship with one of the recipients, Peter Kavinsky, played by Noah Centineo.

18. A Walk to Remember

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel, the film stars Shane West as Landon Carter, a popular high school student who falls for the reserved and devout Jamie Sullivan, played by Mandy Moore, as they form an unlikely bond and face life’s challenges.

19. Harry Potter Series

Adapted from J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series, the eight films follow the magical adventures of Harry Potter, portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, as he attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, battles the dark wizard Voldemort, and uncovers the truth about his past.

20. Fight Club

Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, the film stars Edward Norton as an unnamed narrator who forms an underground fight club with Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, as a means of escaping his mundane life, leading to a dangerous and anarchic pursuit of anti-consumerist ideals.

While the books will always hold a special place for their devoted readers, the movie adaptations allow these stories to be experienced in a whole new way.

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