What are the best movie adaptations based of fantasy and sci-fi-books?

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    #1The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.


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    Gloria Ramirez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Although the book has more detail and elaborates a lot more the movie of The Hobbit is enthralling and it will capture your attention like no other movie will. The J.R.R. Tolkien book is brought to life and the directors, producers and writers have skillfully chosen what to include in the movie and what to leave out. I think this is one of the most successful movie adaptations from a fantasy and science fiction book. "
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    #2The War of the Worlds

    The War of the Worlds

    The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells. First published in 1898, this novel is considered as one of the best science-fiction novels of all time. The story revolves around the Martian attack on England.


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    Nathan Peters
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is not a movie adaptation as suggested by the title, but is listed on Amazon as a "graphic novel." So it appears that most if not all the words are from the original "source material," the great first book of science fiction by H G Wells. Thus it may be a good choice for very young readers who are not yet ready for the real thing in all its greatness and perhaps slowness to the modern young mind used to constant stimulation."
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    #3The Time Machine

    The Time Machine

    Time Machine is a science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells. First published in 1895 and written as a frame narrative, it centers on an inventor identified as the Time Traveller. This novel popularized the concept of time travel.


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    Kathryn Santos
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Time Machine is a classic science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. In this version there is an additional chapter by author Nicholas Rudduck. I feel this really adds to the story. This book is great for young readers between 7 and 12 years old. It's a simple read and enjoyable tale of a time traveler."
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    #4Journey to the Centre of the Earth

    Journey to the Centre of the Earth
    Journey to the Center of the Earth is a science fiction novel written by Jules Verne. First published in 1864, this novel centers on the travels of Professor Liedenbrock as he discovered a way to go down the Earth's core. 

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    Janet Mitchell
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I didn't really care for this book. Not a big fan of science fiction to start with but thought I would give this book a chance. I thought it was hard to read and the grammer was terrible. "
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    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.


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    Mildred Woods
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This book is stunning, really makes you think how degraded our government has become."
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    Stardust is Neil Gaiman's 1999 romantic fantasy novel about Tristan, who vowed to find a falling star to win the love of Victoria. After facing dangers in his search, Thorn found the star, but it was not the object that Thorn thought he was looking for...


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    Theresa Perry
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book is so creative and beautifully written! The story telling is amazing! The characters are great and everything about the story just stands out."
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    #7Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland is a book by Jane Carruth. It is an adaptation of the original fantasy novel written by Lewis Carol (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). It follows the story of Alice who fell through the rabbit hole.  


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    Mark Gonzalez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Alice in Wonderland is a stone cold classic. It has lost some of its luster over the years with all of the reboots and remakes, but it's still got a place in history."
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    #8The Last Unicorn

    The Last Unicorn

    The Last Unicorn is a fantasy novel written by Peter S. Beagle. First published in 1968 by Viking Press in the U.S. and The Bodley Head in the U.K., it centers on the tale of a unicorn.


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    Dolores Vásquez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I love fantasy and the way Beagle writes really brings his characters to life. It is a really heart warming story of heroes and magical creatures I definitely suggest this book."
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    #9The Mysterious Island (Modern Library Classics)

    The Mysterious Island (Modern Library Classics)

    The Mysterious Island is a science fiction fantasy novel written by Jules Verne. It was first published in 1874 by Hetzel and containing illustrations from Jules Ferat.


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    Pari Rangan
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Mysterious Island (Modern Library Classics) is a science fiction fantasy novel written by Jules Verne. It was first published in 1874 by Hetzel and containing illustrations from Jules Ferat. worth reading"
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    Zack Snyder directs this raw and disenchanting film based on acclaimed Alan Moore's graphic novel. It tells us the story about a group of superheroes that are part of everyday life in an alternate 1985 America. 

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    Randy Jacobs
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I liked the book better (which I always do anyway) but that definitely doesn't make this movie bad by any definition of the word. I thought the movie was well directed and the acting was pretty good, but I just can't help myself from nit-picking all the differences I find throughout the book and in the movie. If you're like me and you constantly nit-pick all the differences between film and novel, I'd say just give the book a chance. If you haven't read the book, you'll probably enjoy the movie more."
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    #11Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
    Pierre Aronnax, the narrator of the story, is a French marine biologist who, along with some members from his crew, joins the expedition in charge of finding and destroying a sea monster. When they finally find the monster, they find out that it really is a huge submarine commanded by Nemo, who holds them hostages in order to keep his secret, and they all start visiting places from all over the planet.


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    Danielle Spencer
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "My daughter has found a new love for reading. She recently started reading chapter books, so I gave this to her. She really enjoyed it and it was easy enough for her to read."
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    #12The Minority Report

    The Minority Report
    This book is set in a futuristic world where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes.Three aliens are able to tell who will commit a murder in the following days, and for John Anderton's misfortune, the originator of this special unit, he has been perceived as the next criminal.



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    Jeffrey Carpenter
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I was shocked at how short of a read Minority Report is. It took me less than 3 hours from start to finish, and since I consider myself a slow reader, this book went by quickly. The good thing is that Minority Report manages to fit in heart pounding, breath taking non stop action in that short read."
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    #13The NeverEnding Story

    The NeverEnding Story
    An ’80s movie classic, The NeverEnding Story tells the tale of a young boy named Bastian Bux. Constantly tormented by bullies at school and forever lectured by his father for daydreaming, Bastian seeks refuge one day in an old bookstore. There, he is shown an ancient volume decorated with mysterious symbols. Despite a warning that the book could be dangerous, Bastian decides to 'borrow' it. As he begins to read through the book, the boy not only loses himself in the pages but comes to realize he’s actually part of the story.

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    Vihaan Patel
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a great old movie. It is a wonderful adaptation based of fantasy and scientific books. Highly recommend."
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    #14Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    'Howl's Moving Castle' is a fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones which inspired the namesake movie by Hayao Miyazaki. Sophie, the eldest of three daughters, leaves home to seek her fate. A spell transforms her into an old lady: the only chance to break it lies in the Howl's moving castle.


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    Brenda Carpenter
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I saw this movie when in came out in theaters before I had ever read the books. I loved the movie so much I went home and bought the book the next day. This movie followed along so closely to the book and was amazing!"
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    #15Dune (Dune Chronicles)

    Dune (Dune Chronicles)
    Dune by Frank Herbert is the story of Paul Atreides who becomes Muad'Dib and embarks on a journey to avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, thus bringing to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

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    Guo Shao
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I absolutely loved this book! I was hardly able to put it down. Frank Herbert wrote a book that is engaging, suspenseful, and inventive. I will definitely be reading the rest of this epic science fiction series!"


Best What are the best movie adaptations based of fantasy and sci-fi-books
1The HobbitBooks 29 Paid
2The War of the WorldsBooks 26 Paid
3The Time MachineBooks 24 Paid
4Journey to the Centre of the EarthBooks 22 Paid
51984Books 22 Paid
6StardustBooks 20 Paid
7Alice in WonderlandBooks 19 Paid
8The Last UnicornBooks 17 Paid
9The Mysterious Island (Modern Library Classics)Books 16 Paid
10WatchmenMovies 15 Paid

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