Movies you didn't know were based on books
3443 8 8.31. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A very bizarre example. People who do think this is based on a book assumes it is based on "2001: A Space Odyssey" by Arthur C. Clarke, but actually it's based on an earlier short story of his called, "The Sentinel." The novel was an expansion that was written after the script was finished.
123 6.6 6.72. All of Me (1984)
Though few people know this film exists, the novel is even more obscure. It's based on the unpublished novel "Me Two" by Edwin Davis.
2596 5.9 6.93. Babe (1995)
Based on "Babe: The Gallant Pig" by Dick King-Smith
3638 7.7 8.34. Die Hard (1988)
Based on "Nothing Lasts Forever" by Roderick Thorpe, which was in itself a sequel to another book called "The Detective"
2154 6.7 7.15. Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)
This is based on a completely unrelated book called "58 Minutes" and this one was written by Walter Wager.
1076 7 7.36. Dr. No (1962)
Lots of James Bond novels were written by Ian Fleming, the first one being "Casino Royale". Dr. No was the 6th novel, but for some reason was made into a film first.
3408 7.4 87. The Exorcist (1973)
Based on a novel by William Blatty, which was inspired by a real life event.
649 6.3 6.48. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
It's based on a book of the same name written by Diana Young.
1239 7.2 7.69. First Blood (1982)
This was based on a novel of the same name by David Morrell. Except it's darker, grittier and less humane.
1222 7 7.310. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
It was based on "The Fox and the Hound" by Daniel Mannix. The book was much more depressing and dark.
5197 8.7 9.211. The Godfather (1972)
"The Godfather" by Mario Puzo was a best-seller when it first came out. Then the movie came out.
1933 7.9 8.212. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
It's based on the first book in a book series. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell.
3910 7.3 8.113. Jaws (1975)
Based on "Jaws" by Peter Benchley.
2144 7.7 8.214. The Princess Bride (1987)
Based on "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman, where he pretends he's abridging the book from a much more boring and satirical out of print fairy tale.
3376 8.3 8.615. Psycho (1960)
Based on "Psycho" by Robert Bloch. Though that's probably Hitchcock's fault because he bought every copy of the book he could get his hands on to keep the twist ending a secret.
567 7.5 7.616. The Secret of NIMH (1982)
It's not only based on a book, but a Newberry Award winning book. "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" by Robert C. O'Brien
7554 7.3 7.917. Shrek (2001)
It's based on an obscure picture book "Shrek!" by William Stieg.
5635 8.2 8.618. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
That and any of the other Hannibal books. They are written by Thomas Harris.
2349 8.1 8.119. There Will Be Blood (2007)
This is loosely based on an old novel called "Oil!" by Upton Sinclair. If that name sounds familiar, it's probably because he's the same guy that wrote "The Jungle."
3183 7.2 7.720. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
This was based on a spoof of detective novels called "Who Censored Roger Rabbit?" by Gary K. Wolf. There is a sequel called "Who P-P-P-Plugged Roger Rabbit?" but it's more connected to the movie than the book.
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