What are the best American novels adapted into movies?

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    #1Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump is a New York Times Bestseller novel by Winston Groom published in 2002 by Washington Square Press. This book is adapted into an Academy Award-winning film of the same title.

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    Charles Young
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "You have probably heard of Forrest Gump by now and if you have not, you have been living under a rock. Read this wonderful book and relive the adventures of Forrest Gump."
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    #2The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is written by Stephen King is about a young boy with psychic powers struggling to hold his own against the forces of evil which are driving his father insane in an isolated hotel. 

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    Tyler Willis
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "If you haven't read the shining , you need to. If you haven't seen the movie, you need to. One of the best movies by stephen king for sure and has held up to the test of time."
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    #3To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Judith Jacobs
    Written on April 20, 2018
    ""To Kill A Mockingbird" fits this category to a "T". This is without a doubt one of the best American novels adapted into a movie. Not only is the book a terrific read, but the movie did the book full justice, and was a great film all by itself, even without the prior popularity of the book. "
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    #4The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel and August, cancer-afflicted patients who met in a support group and developed a deep relationship revolving their situation.

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    Mark Hart
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "What an incredible story. I was skeptical about this book at first but knew that I wanted to eventually see the movie. I am so thankful I read this book as it went deep into a wide variety of emotions and issues. "
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    #5My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper

    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult centers on Anna, who was conceived for the sole purpose of providing bone marrow for her sister Kate, who is suffering from leukemia. Anna questions her life's purpose and starts to decide on her own.

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    Ralph Powell
    Written on May 4, 2018
    ""My Sister's Keeper" is a very successful piece of writing which is a bestseller and also happens to be adapted into a movie of the same name but success is not a good indicator of quality. The novel is written in a way that everything feels forced. Like it is trying very hard to be as tear-jerking as possible but it happens so artificially and is so detached from the plot that reading it feels like a chore most of the time. "
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    #6Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha is Arthur Gold's best-selling novel, which tells the story of Nitta Sayuri as she overcomes loss at a young age and learns the art of becoming a geisha. It is a story of loss and pain, hope, and love.

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    James Ward
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This novel is really interested and has been adapted into a movie. Their are a few differences as usual. I would highly recommend reading the novel first before watching the movie. I found both interesting and fun to read or watch though. I have recommended these to my friends and family."
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    #7Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Fight Club is Chuck Palahniuk's story of a man who leaves his lackluster job and his boss Tyler, who holds a secret fight club in the basement of bars where two men fight as long as they have to.

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    Charles Young
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The first book was amazing, as we all (should) know. This is pretty great, but so... different. Which isn't a bad thing. Clever (see what I did there? No? Oh, just read it, already...) and brilliant. The book made my heart happier than the graphic novel does, but that's whatever. This is something special and I dig it."
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    #8The Godfather

    The Godfather
    The Godfather by Mario Puzo is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family at the core of the American Mafia. This compelling tale of blackmail, murder and family values is a true classic.
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    #9Divergent

    Divergent

    Divergent is the first dystopian novel in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth which is set in a post-apocalyptic society divided into five factions where Beatrice Prior has to choose only one to devote her life to.

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    #10Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.

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    #11Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.
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    #12The Outsiders

    The Outsiders
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about how Ponyboy Curtis saw life as one of the greasers, one of the people who does not belong in a regular society. This book has won a number of awards for its contribution to the young adult genre.
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    Raymond Aguilar
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "If you've ever watched the Outsiders movie and enjoyed it then I would say reading the original Outsiders book is an absolute must. The movie adaptation is good in its own right, however, the novel has more detail and character development to make it a must read."
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    #13The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

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    Anna Wood
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I have to say something re: the movie vs the book** wow..they really cut the movie in half to accommodate the story! In HS ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ next to ‘Mice & Men’ were required reading. I’m surprised I wasn’t crying on a daily basis! I haven’t read the novel since 1978, but always watched the movie..besides a couple of characters that didn’t match the book theres the subject but no comparison...so if anyone has to do any required reading and ‘Grapes of Wrath’ is one..don’t watch the movie first One more thing Dylan Baker is now my favorite narrator! (I listened as well, thank God?) What a performance..he sounded like ‘Henry Fonda to the tee! Excellent narration!"
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    #14Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg has a folksy, fresh, endearing and affecting story. Written by one of the fairest and funniest ladies in America, it tells a contrasting, yet enthralling tale of humor and drama.

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    Judith Jacobs
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Fried Green Tomatoes is an American classic. Fannie Flagg is hilarious and her characters are chock full of southern charm. I recommend reading the book before seeing the movie just because the book is always better, but the movie is still pretty good for a movie based on a book. "
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    #15The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.
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    Sharon Elliott
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The book is a classic, but honestly the movie adaptation is not near as good as the book, but what book to movies are. "
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    #16Table 21

    Table 21
    Zoë Green, the television star of the moment has disappeared: the last time she had been seen was leaving the Evangeline's, the best restaurant in Tribeca and owned by her friend Roman Sabarese. Stanley Fitzgerald, an NYPD officer takes over the investigation, a mysterious kidnapping that can change the face of Italian mafia for ever. 





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    Magdalena Arias
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Table 21 is one of the best American movie adaptations from a novel. While the big screen brought this book to life, the story still stands on its own. It's a great mystery book for those into them, it kind of reminds me of one of the better episodes of CSI."
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    #17The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code is a novel about Robert Langdon's journey in finding the Louvre. He will face many challenges that includes decoding cryptic messages that involves Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings. 

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    Teresa Barnett
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Great book I think everyone should read at least once in their life. It's super suspenseful and full of twists. Dan Brown has a way of keeping me on the edge of my seat, this novel is one of my all time favorites. The setting and tone are remarkable and one I can't easily forget."
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    #18Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte's Web
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.
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    Arthur Jimenez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I had forgotten how sad the ending was but how uplifting. Charlotte is a spider who befriends Wilbur the pig. Fern loves Wilbur whom she and Charlotte protect from being sent to the slaughterhouse. Templeton the rat helps and is the comic relief. I loved this book but I needed a box of Kleenex. It is so well written. The author pulled me into his world. I was so caught up in the story. The characters are wonderful. The humor is subtle but there. I could picture Templeton at the carnival. It is a great book."
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    #19The Twilight Saga (White Collection)

    The Twilight Saga (White Collection)

    This set of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga contains all four books - Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn - and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. This series is about Bella, the vampire Edward, and the couple's star-crossed love story.  

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    Ajay Patil
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "The Twilight Saga White Collection is a collection of the four books by Stephenie Meyer. It is available from Amazon for $43.46. The series covers the romance between Bella and Edward and all their adventures. If you are a fan of the genre then this is a must have. It has been a great seller on Amazon and has outstanding reviews. It fits the topic extremely well."
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    #20The Maze Runner Boxed Set

    The Maze Runner Boxed Set

    The Maze Runner is James Dashner's young adult dystopian novel about a group of teens inside a walled settlement surrounded by a wide and dangerous maze. It has been adapted into a film series. 

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    Amanda McDonald
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is one of the best novels turned into a movie Which is about teenager's stuck inside of a wall maze and it's dangerous Great film series very interesting to watch. "
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    #21A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

    A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
    A Wrinkle in Time, the first in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet series, is centered on how Meg Murry and her family met an unearthly stranger during a stormy night and was introduced to the tesseract, which is the book's term for a wrinkle in time.
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    Mildred Curtis
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "When I saw a movie was coming out based on this book I decided to read the book before the movie came out. This story sent me down an emotional rollacoaster. This definitely had an effect on my thinking and spirituality. What an amazing story. "
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    #22Cujo

    Cujo

    Cujo is horror fiction novel written by Stephen King which centers on 200-lb Saint Bernard named Cujo that turned into a horrifying vortex after he chases a rabbit into a bolt hole. 

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    Daniel Nelson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Cujo is one of Stephen King's greatest works. Is highly known and extremely popular among Anyone who reads Stephen King. This book has also been turned into a movie and is regarded as one of Stephen King's most frightening films.It is not necessarily on a best of list for movie adaptations, but it certainly is one of Stephen King's best movie adaptation books."
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    #23Carrie

    Carrie

    Carrie is a horror novel by Stephen King that tells the story of Carrie White, a girl that's constantly bullied by her schoolmates. When she finally has a chance to be normal, an unforeseen cruel act will end in horrible disaster.

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    Carl Harper
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Carrie is one of the best American novels adapted into movies. The book tells a lot more about the main character than what the movie touched on. It's a must-read."

Summary

Best What are the best American novels adapted into movies
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Forrest GumpBooks 58 Paid
2The ShiningBooks 53 Paid
3To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 52 Paid
4The Fault in Our StarsBooks 49 Paid
5My Sister's KeeperBooks 46 Paid
6Memoirs of a GeishaBooks 45 Paid
7Fight ClubBooks 43 Paid
8The GodfatherBooks 40 Paid
9DivergentBooks 38 Paid
10Fahrenheit 451Books 36 Paid
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