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Top 100 Movies Based on Books: 2000 to 2009

Updated on April 9, 2015

The Best Film Adaptations Released During the 2000s

Each year, the film industry produces dozens of movies based on books. Here you'll find a list of the top 100 film adaptations of the 2000s, broken down by year.

How was the list determined? These film adaptations are ranked based on their average Rotten Tomatoes rating. For example, 2008's Twilight received a 49% approval rating from critics but 82% of audience members enjoyed the film. Therefore, Twilight appears on this list based on the movie's average rating of 66%.

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Top 10 Movies Based on Books: 2000

  1. MEMENTO

    A man with severe amnesia uses polaroids and tattoos to remember the facts of his wife's murder while searching for her killer.

    Based On: Memento Mori (short story) by Jonathan Nolan

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

    Starring: Guy Pierce, Carrie-Ann Moss, Joe Pantoliano

  2. HIGH FIDELITY

    A Chicago record store owner remembers his failed relationships after getting dumped by his most recent girlfriend.

    Based On: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%

    Starring: John Cusack, Jack Black

  3. REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

    Three friends watch their falsely happy lives fall apart when they fail to overcome their crippling heroin addictions.

    Based On: Requiem for a Dream: A Novel by Hubert Selby Jr.

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%

    Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Marlon Wayans

  4. O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?

    Three convicts escape from a chain gang in the 1930s and search for the money one of them claims to have stolen.

    Based On: The Odyssey by Homer

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

    Starring: George Clooney, John Goodman, John Turturro

  5. WONDER BOYS

    An English professor and novelist struggles to finish his second book after his wife leaves him and his editor shows up.

    Based On: Wonder Boys: A Novel by Michael Chabon

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%

    Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire, Katie Holmes, Michael Douglas

  6. AMERICAN PSYCHO

    A mentally unstable investment banker gives in to his psychopathic desires and becomes a serial killer.

    Based On: American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

    Starring: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Reese Witherspoon

  7. THE HOUSE OF MIRTH

    A New York socialite attempts to find happiness in the early 1900s but is continuously thwarted by her ill-fated decisions.

    Based On: The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

    Starring: Gillian Anderson, Dan Aykroyd, Eric Stoltz

  8. CHOCOLAT

    A woman opens a chocolate shop in a small French village and the conservative local church is infuriated.

    Based On: Chocolat by Joanne Harris

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%

    Starring: Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench

  9. ANIMAL FACTORY

    A reckless young drug dealer is mentored by an experienced older felon while serving time in prison.

    Based On: The Animal Factory: A Novel by Edward Bunker

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 68%

    Starring: Willem Dafoe, Mickey Rourke, Tom Arnold, Steve Buscemi

  10. WAKING THE DEAD

    A man's career begins to unravel after he sees the love of his life who, by all accounts, was killed by a car bomb in Chile.

    Based On: Waking the Dead by Scott Spencer

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64%

    Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Billy Crudup

Top 10 Movies Based on Books: 2001 - The Lord of the Rings, Shrek, In the Bedroom and more!

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  1. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

    Frodo and his fellow hobbits embark on a quest to destroy an all-powerful ring.

    Based On: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%

    Starring: Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen

  2. SHREK

    An ogre teams up with a talking donkey to rescue a princess in order to save his beloved swamp.

    Based On: Shrek! by William Steig

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%

    Starring: Mike Meyers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz

  3. IN THE BEDROOM

    A couple seeks justice when their son is killed by his lover's abusive ex-husband.

    Based On: Killings (short story) by Andre Dubus

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%

    Starring: Sissy Spacek, Marissa Tomei

  4. A BEAUTIFUL MIND

    A schizophrenic mathematical genius is enlisted by the government to crack the code in enemy communications.

    Based On: A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%

    Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly

  5. BLACK HAWK DOWN

    A group of soldiers face off against the Somali militia after their helicopter is shot down.

    Based On: Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

    Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana

  6. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE

    An 11-year-old orphan learns that he is a wizard.

    Based On: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

    Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

  7. BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY

    A single British woman in her early 30s keeps a diary while trying to lose weight, quit smoking and find true love.

    Based On: Bridget Jones's Diary: A Novel by Helen Fielding

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%

    Starring: Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth

  8. IRIS

    The story of novelist Iris Murdoch's relationship with her husband and her battle against Alzheimer's disease. Based on a true story.

    Based On: Elegy for Iris by John Bayley

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%

    Starring: Judi Dench, Kate Winslet

  9. BLOW

    A man becomes Pablo Escobar's top cocaine smuggler in the '70s. Based on a true story.

    Based On: BLOW: How a Small-Town Boy Made 00 Million with the Medellin Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All by Bruce Porter

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%

    Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz

  10. LEGALLY BLONDE

    A sorority girl decides to attend Harvard Law School in order to win back the wealthy boyfriend who dumped her.

    Based On: Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 70%

    Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair

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Top 10 Movies Based on Books: 2002 - The Pianist, The Lord of the Rings, The Bourne Identity and more!

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  1. THE PIANIST

    A famous Polish Jewish piano player fights to survive the Nazi invasion of his hometown during World War II. Based on a true story.

    Based On: The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 by Wladyslaw Szpilman

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%

    Starring: Adrien Brody, Ed Stoppard

  2. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS

    Frodo and Sam, now separated from their companions, continue their quest to destroy the One Ring with help from Gollum.

    Based On: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%

    Starring: Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen

  3. THE BOURNE IDENTITY

    A man recovering from amnesia searches for his true identity while evading the CIA.

    Based On: The Bourne Identity: A Novel by Robert Ludlum

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

    Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Clive Owen

  4. ADAPTATION

    A man and his twin brother struggle to adapt a novel into a screenplay. Based on a true story.

    Based On: The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

    Starring: Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage

  5. MINORITY REPORT

    A police officer who works for a crime prediction unit fights to prove his innocence after being accused of murder.

    Based On: The Minority Report (short story) by Philip K. Dick

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%

    Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

  6. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS

    A mysterious creature begins attacking students when Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts.

    Based On: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%

    Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

  7. ANTWONE FISHER

    An emotionally unstable sailor addresses his painful past during mandatory sessions with his psychiatrist. Based on a true story.

    Based On: Finding Fish: A Memoir by Antwone Q. Fisher

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%

    Starring: Denzel Washington, Joy Bryant

  8. ROAD TO PERDITION

    The relationship between a 1930s hitman and his son is strained when they seek revenge on the man who murdered their family.

    Based On: Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

    Starring: Tom Hanks, Jude Law, Daniel Craig, Stanley Tucci

  9. THE HOURS

    The story of a single day in the lives of three women who were all influenced by Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs. Dalloway.

    Based On: The Hours: A Novel by Michael Cunningham

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

    Starring: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Claire Danes

  10. THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

    A man escapes from prison and seeks vengeance on the friends who had him arrested out of jealousy.

    Based On: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%

    Starring: Guy Pearce, Jim Caviezel

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Top 10 Movies Based on Books: 2003 - The Lord of the Rings, American Splendor, Mystic River and more!

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  1. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

    Frodo and Sam embark on the final part of their quest to destroy the One Ring.

    Based On: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%

    Starring: Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen

  2. AMERICAN SPLENDOR

    A part-dramedy part-documentary about the life of comic book author Harvey Pekar.

    Based On: American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar by Harvey Pekar

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%

    Starring: Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis

  3. MYSTIC RIVER

    Three long-separated childhood friends are brought together when one of their daughters is mysteriously murdered.

    Based On: Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

    Starring: Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

  4. BIG FISH

    A dying man's son attempts to fix their relationship by listening to his father's fantastical stories.

    Based On: Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

    Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney

  5. MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

    A gutsy British naval captain pursues a French warship to the Galapagos Islands.

    Based On: Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%

    Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany

  6. MATCHSTICK MEN

    A con artist's 14-year-old daughter shows up unannounced and turns his life upside down.

    Based On: Matchstick Men: A Novel About Grifters with Issues by Eric Garcia

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%

    Starring: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell

  7. HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG

    A desperate alcoholic battles the new owners of the home she was mistakenly evicted from after being abandoned by her husband.

    Based On: House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%

    Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Sir Ben Kingsley

  8. SEABISCUIT

    A thoroughbred underdog becomes a national sensation. Based on a true story.

    Based On: Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%

    Starring: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges

  9. HOLES

    A wrongfully convicted teenager is sent to a labor camp where the detainees dig holes in the desert in search of a lost treasure.

    Based On: Holes by Louis Sachar

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

    Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight

  10. COLD MOUNTAIN

    A woman struggles to maintain her farm during the Civil War while her love, a wounded Confederate deserter, fights to return to her.

    Based On: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%

    Starring: Renee Zellweger, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law

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Top 10 Movies Based on Books: 2004 - Million Dollar Baby, Harry Potter, Sideways and more!

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  1. MILLION DOLLAR BABY

    A man reluctantly agrees to train a female boxer until tragedy strikes in the ring.

    Based On: Million Dollar Baby: Stories From The Corner by F.X. Toole

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%

    Starring: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood

  2. HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN

    Harry Potter learns that Sirius Black, an escaped murderer, is out to kill him.

    Based On: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%

    Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

  3. SIDEWAYS

    An middle-aged man travels with his about-to-be-married friend through California wine country on a week-long road trip.

    Based On: Sideways: A Novel by Rex Pickett

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

    Starring: Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen

  4. THE BOURNE SUPREMACY

    Jason Bourne utilizes his black ops training in order to learn more about his past after being framed for a failed CIA mission.

    Based On: The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%

    Starring: Matt Damon, Frank Potente, Julia Stiles

  5. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

    A high school football team makes a run for the Texas state championship. Based on a true story.

    Based On: Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team and a Dream by H. G. Bissinger

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%

    Starring: Billy Bob Thornton

  6. MEAN GIRLS

    A teenager is introduced to the rules of Girl World by her new high school's popular clique.

    Based On: Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World by Rosalind Wiseman

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

    Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey

  7. BEING JULIA

    A wildly popular actress in 1930s London becomes disillusioned with her successful theater career.

    Based On: Theatre by W. Somerset Maugham

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74%

    Starring: Annette Benning, Jeremy Irons

  8. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

    A brainwashed Gulf War veteran and his fellow soldier, now a Vice Presidential candidate, learn the haunting truth about their shared past.

    Based On: The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating:71%

    Starring: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep

  9. THE NOTEBOOK

    A passionate young couple torn apart by social differences in the 1940s is reunited after years of separation.

    Based On: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 69%

    Starring: Rachel McAdams, Ryan Gosling

  10. LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

    Three wealthy orphans are adopted by an eccentric relative who plans to kill them.

    Based On: The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans!, The Reptile Room: Or, Murder! and The Wide Window: Or, Disappearance! by Lemony Snicket

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67%

    Starring: Jim Carrey, Emily Browning, Jude Law, Meryl Streep

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Top 10 Movies Based on Books: 2005 - Pride and Prejudice, Thank You For Smoking and more!

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  1. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

    A witty young woman and a rich bachelor, separated by societal norms and their own prejudices, reluctantly fall in love.

    Based On: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

    Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen

  2. THANK YOU FOR SMOKING

    A smooth-talking tobacco spokesman attempts to balance his immoral cigarette lobbying with his responsibilities as a father.

    Based On: Thank You for Smoking: A Novel by Christopher Buckley

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%

    Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello

  3. KISS KISS BANG BANG

    A tongue-in-cheek modern day film noir about a criminal who gets mistaken for a method actor after accidentally crashing an audition.

    Based On: Bodies are Where You Find Them by Brett Halliday

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84%

    Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer

  4. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

    Two cowboys develop a secret romantic relationship while herding sheep on a mountainside in the 1960s.

    Based On: Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

    Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal

  5. THE CONSTANT GARDENER

    A British diplomat stationed in Kenya discovers that his wife has been murdered and fights to solve the mystery of her death.

    Based On: The Constant Gardener: A Novel by John le Carre

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

    Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz

  6. CAPOTE

    Famous author Truman Capote forms a bond with a convicted murderer while researching for one of his books. Based on a true story.

    Based On: Capote: A Biography by Gerald Clarke

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

    Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener

  7. HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE

    Harry Potter competes in the Triwizard Tournament and faces off against a freshly reincarnated Lord Voldemort.

    Based On: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

    Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

  8. MUNICH

    A team of assassins are secretly employed by the Israeli government. Based on a true story.

    Based On: Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%

    Starring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig

  9. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

    A mild-mannered restaurant owner kills two robbers in self-defense and is thrust into the spotlight as a small town hero.

    Based On: A History of Violence by John Wagner

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%

    Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello

  10. EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED

    A young Jewish man searches for the woman who saved his grandfather during the Holocaust.

    Based On: Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%

    Starring: Elijah Wood, Eugene Hutz

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Top 10 Movies Based on Books: 2006 - Casino Royale, Children of Men, The Last King of Scotland and more!

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  1. CASINO ROYALE

    British secret agent James Bond enters a high-stakes poker tournament in order to stop a villainous banker from winning.

    Based On: Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91%

    Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench

  2. CHILDREN OF MEN

    A man attempts to escort a pregnant woman to a group of scientists in a dystopic future where humans have lost the ability to procreate.

    Based On: The Children of Men by P. D. James

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

    Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore

  3. THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

    A fictional Scottish doctor becomes the personal physician to real-life Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Based on a true story.

    Based On: The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

    Starring: James MacAvoy, Forest Whitaker

  4. NOTES ON A SCANDAL

    A lonely old history teacher blackmails a new teacher out of sexual attraction after discovering that she is having an affair with a student.

    Based On: What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal: A Novel by Zoë Heller

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84%

    Starring: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett

  5. THE NAMESAKE

    The son of Indian immigrants living in New York City explores his heritage while simultaneously struggling to fit in.

    Based On: The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

    Starring: Kal Penn

  6. V FOR VENDETTA

    A masked freedom fighter lashes out against the oppressive British government in the dystopic 2030s.

    Based On: V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

    Starring: Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea

  7. THE PAINTED VEIL

    A British doctor threatens to divorce his unfaithful wife is she refuses to accompany him to a small Chinese village overrun by cholera.

    Based On: The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%

    Starring: Edward Norton, Naomi Watts

  8. LITTLE CHILDREN

    The lives of two unhappily married couples and a local sex offender intertwine as each confronts their inner demons.

    Based On: Little Children: A Novel by Tom Perrotta

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79%

    Starring: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly

  9. CHARLOTTE'S WEB

    A pig sent away for slaughter befriends a spider who helps him avoid the dinner plate by convincing the farmers he's special.

    Based On: Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%

    Starring: Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi

  10. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

    An aspiring writer becomes a personal assistant to the fashion world's most infamous magazine editor.

    Based On: The Devil Wears Prada: A Novel by Lauren Weisberger

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%

    Starring: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci

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Top 10 Movies Based on Books: 2007 - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, No Country For Old Men and more!

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  1. THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY

    A paralyzed man learns to communicate by blinking his left eye. Based on a true story.

    Based On: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

    Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner

  2. THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

    Jason Bourne continues to search for answers about his shrouded past as an assassin after evading Russian police and a corrupt CIA official.

    Based On: The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%

    Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles

  3. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

    A Texas man is pursued by a vicious hitman after stumbling upon the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad.

    Based On: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%

    Starring: Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

  4. GONE BABY GONE

    Two detectives hunt for a kidnapped four-year-old in Boston and uncover a demoralizing conspiracy.

    Based On: Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel by Dennis Lehane

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%

    Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

  5. THERE WILL BE BLOOD

    A greedy oil prospector ruthlessly pursues his fortune in Southern California at the cost of both family and friends in the early 1900s.

    Based On: Oil! by Upton Sinclair

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%

    Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis

  6. 3:10 TO YUMA

    A poor rancher agrees to deliver a manipulative fugitive to a train station in exchange for money.

    Based On: Three-Ten to Yuma (short story) by Elmore Leonard

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%

    Starring: Russell Crowe, Christian Bale

  7. INTO THE WILD

    A dissatisfied college graduate hitchhikes to the Alaskan Bush in pursuit of a carefree life. Based on a true story.

    Based On: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%

    Starring: Emile Hirsch, Kristin Stewart, Marcia Gay Harden

  8. STARDUST

    A young man embarks on a quest to a magical world to retrieve a fallen star for the woman he believes to be his one true love.

    Based On: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

    Starring: Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Robert De Niro

  9. ATONEMENT

    A 13-year-old aspiring writer wrongly accuses her older sister's lover of a heinous crime and repents for ruining their lives through her fiction.

    Based On: Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

    Starring: James McAvoy, Keira Knightley

  10. ZODIAC

    A political cartoonist attempts to decode letters written by San Francisco's most notorious serial killer in the 1970s. Based on a true story.

    Based On: Zodiac by Robert Graysmith

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

    Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

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Top 10 Movies Based on Books: 2008 - Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon, Benjamin Button and more!

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  1. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

    A poor Indian boy competes on a game show to win back the love of his life and gets arrested for cheating when he performs well.

    Based On: Q & A: A Novel by Vikas Swarup

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92%

    Starring: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto

  2. FROST/NIXON

    In the 1970s, a British journalist interviews former president Richard Nixon in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

    Based On: Frost/Nixon (play) by Peter Morgan

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%

    Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon

  3. THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

    A man who ages in reverse meets his soul mate while she is a child and crosses paths with her at various points throughout his bizarre life.

    Based On: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%

    Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett

  4. DOUBT

    A nun questions the intentions of her Catholic school's new priest after witnessing his interaction with a young boy.

    Based On: Doubt (play) by John Patrick Shanley

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%

    Starring: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman

  5. HORTON HEARS A WHO!

    An empathetic elephant believes that an entire world exists on a speck of dust and struggles to protect it from being destroyed.

    Based On: Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%

    Starring: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell

  6. THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

    A nine-year-old German boy befriends a Jewish child imprisoned in the concentration camp his Nazi father runs during World War II.

    Based On: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74%

    Starring: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis

  7. THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES

    Twin brothers begin to see faeries and other mythical creatures after discovering a strange book in their new house.

    Based On: The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74%

    Starring: Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker

  8. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN

    For British siblings return to the magical land of Narnia to help a prince prevent his corrupt uncle from becoming king.

    Based On: Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%

    Starring: Ben Barnes, Tilda Swinton

  9. MARLEY & ME

    A couple adopts a disobedient puppy who teaches them valuable lessons during their most difficult times. Based on a true story.

    Based On: Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%

    Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

  10. THE READER

    A German lawyer encounters a woman with whom he once had an affair when she is put on trial for her actions during World War II.

    Based On: The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 70%

    Starring: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes

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  1. PRECIOUS

    An illiterate black teenager with brutally abusive parents learns to express herself after meeting a charismatic teacher.

    Based On: Push by Sapphire

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%

    Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Lenny Kravitz

  2. UP IN THE AIR

    A man who fires people for a living begins to question his self-centered philosophies after meeting two different women on his travels.

    Based On: Up in the Air by Walter Kirn

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84%

    Starring: George Clooney, Anna Kendrick

  3. CORALINE

    A young girl travels through a hidden door in her house to a strangely familiar world where things are not at all what they seem.

    Based On: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84%

    Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher

  4. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

    Harry Potter discovers a mysterious textbook belonging to the "Half-Blood Prince."

    Based On: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%

    Starring: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint

  5. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

    A scientist's invention goes haywire and causes enormous food to fall from the sky.

    Based On: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%

    Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Farris

  6. SHERLOCK HOLMES

    A detective and his sidekick investigate a series of mind-boggling murders committed by a villain previously thought to have been executed.

    Based On: Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%

    Starring: Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey, Jr.

  7. JULIE AND JULIA

    An aspiring writer blog about her attempt to cook all 500+ of Julia Child's recipes in a single year.

    Based On: Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%

    Starring: Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Amy Adams

  8. THE ROAD

    A man and his son struggle survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where the remaining survivors are violent and cannibalistic.

    Based On: The Road by Cormac McCarthy

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 70%

    Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Robert Duvall

  9. WATCHMEN

    A vigilante superhero investigates the murder of a former colleague in the 1980s and threatens to unveil the conspiracy he discovers.

    Based On: Watchmen by Alan Moore

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%

    Starring: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley

  10. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

    A little boy crowns himself the ruler of an imaginary world full of massive creatures.

    Based On: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

    Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%

    Starring: Max Records, Catherine Keener

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