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The 23 Best Book-To-Movie Adaptations Of All Time

In case you haven't been paying attention, The Fault in Our Stars movie comes out on Friday, June 6 and we've seen it and so can say with certainty that it is awesome (and bring extra tissue FOR REAL). In honor of such a great book-to-movie adaptation, we asked our fans and followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Tumblr to tell us their favorite book-to-movie adaptations. Here is the ultimate list, culled from their suggestions.

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1. To Kill a Mockingbird


There is absolutely no debate on this one. There were at least twice as many votes for To Kill a Mockingbird as there were for any other movie. As Holly H. said on Facebook: "Gregory Peck WAS Atticus Finch." Also, Mary Badham as Scout might be the greatest performance of a child actor ever in the history of the world. And that is NOT hyperbole.

4. Princess Bride


If you don't like Princess Bride the movie, you might be a robot (seriously, go check). In this classic book-to-movie adaptation the framing device of a grandpa reading to his sick grandson allows it to retain the feel of the book while simultaneously being gloriously visual. Also, remember when we used to read to kids instead of giving them DVDs to watch? Try it! Next time a kid you know is home sick, stay home with them! Read them this book!

5. The Orchid Thief to Adaptation


For an even more meta book-to-movie adaptation, try Adaptation! In what other movie does the screenwriter adapting the book become the main character? Somehow, instead of being insufferable, this movie is the greatest. (And that "somehow" is rhetorical--the reason is CHARLIE KAUFMAN IS A GENIUS.)

7. Howl's Moving Castle


Howl's Moving Castle also got a lot of votes. On Facebook Melanie D. said: "The book and film are so different from each other that for once instead of noticing or hating the changes I ended up loving the movie for what it was and loving it just as much as the book." A Tumblr fan, frecklearchipelago, mostly agreed saying: "I actually like the film a liiiiittle bit more…"

8. Requiem for a Dream


This unrelenting movie about drug use is one of those movies you watch only once, for your mental health. The book may be a bit better in this case actually, because you can put it down if you need a break from the horror.

10. Life of Pi


Life of Pi seemed like it might be one of those books that was impossible to make into a movie. The book is so visually improbably and one of the main characters is a terrifying tiger. And yet, the movie version was breathtaking and powerful and managed to capture the essence of the book. Not to mention it is a beautiful film that you can watch again and again, if that's your thing (it should be your thing).

15. The Virgin Suicides


This book famously and effectively used a first-person-plural voice to narrate a story of boyhood and girlhood in the almost-country and the movie does an impressive job of retaining the feeling created by that narration. Also, the great casting and dreamy soundtrack do not hurt. Sofia Coppola may not ALWAYS make great movies, but she certainly started out strong.

23. Heart of Darkness to Apocalypse Now


Apocalypse Now proves that some stories can be set in a different place and a different time and still be completely true. Humans do bad things to each other, over and over again. The horror! The horror!