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Poll: The movies that are as good as the original books?

We all know some great movies are made from the books (or stories), but do we know are they so great in terms of the sources from which they were adapted? So, vote here for the movie that you think translated the best the intentions of the author of the original work. I chose book adaptations that have IMDB rating higher than 8, but you are free to suggest new movies that you think were as great as the books themselves.

Discuss the list and add your suggestions here!

P.S. The poll is sorted in alphabetical order, so not to make any movie "better" than the other. This would be simply your opinion on what do you think was really well adapted book or story.

Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    As john-hitchcock mentioned in the discussion, the novel is based on the film, but both were partially inspired by Clarke's short story "The Sentinel". On the other hand, the poll doesn't require the books be written before the movies, although that seems the natural order of things :) In any case, I thought the movie deserves the mention.
  2. Vote!

    Ben-Hur (1959)

  3. Vote!

    A Clockwork Orange (1971)

    Added thanks to john-hitchcock
  4. Vote!

    Dr. No (1962)

    Added thanks to jalapenoman and NJtoTX - although not the highest rated of all of them, it is the first and according to jalapenoman, the most accurate adaptation.
  5. Vote!

    Doctor Zhivago (1965)

    Added thanks to cocoken
  6. Vote!

    Fight Club (1999)

  7. Vote!

    Forrest Gump (1994)

    Added thanks to jamesh5
  8. Vote!

    The Godfather (1972)

  9. Vote!

    Gone with the Wind (1939)

  10. Vote!

    The Great Escape (1963)

    Added thanks to jalapenoman
  11. Vote!

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

    The only one with the IMDB rating above 8.
  12. Vote!

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

    Only one movie is selected, let's give some chance to the other books too!
  13. Vote!

    The Hunt for Red October (1990)

    For Tom Clancy, as suggested by jalapenoman and cocoken
  14. Vote!

    Into the Wild (2007)

  15. Vote!

    Jaws (1975)

  16. Vote!

    Jurassic Park (1993)

  17. Vote!

    L.A. Confidential (1997)

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    Life of Pi (2012)

  19. Vote!

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

    Same as with The Hobbit...
  20. Vote!

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

  21. Vote!

    Paper Moon (1973)

    Added thanks to cocoken
  22. Vote!

    Papillon (1973)

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

  24. Vote!

    Planet of the Apes (1968)

    Added thanks to NJtoTX
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    The Princess Bride (1987)

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    Schindler's List (1993)

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    The Shining (1980)

  28. Vote!

    Shutter Island (2010)

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    The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

  30. Vote!

    The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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    The Thing (1982)

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    The Third Man (1949)

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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

  34. Vote!

    To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

  35. Vote!

    The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    Added thanks to brien1951

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