ByLou, writer at

Movies have only been around for about 100 years now, however before that, there were things called books. These were the things that people used to occupy their days with while they watched the world go by. More brain power than a movie does. You must interpret the book and what is contained for yourself. You must design the characters yourself. You must draw the characters out. But what if you didn't have to do that? Well some aspiring film makers had the same idea. And so, they got together and created adaptions - a key word here -of some of the best selling books in the history of the world. From the bestselling book, The Holy Bible to Elizabeth Collins' Hunger Games. Here are fifteen movies you may never have known were actually books first. Enjoy.

The Godfather

Published 1969

Mario Puzo's epic novel surrounds the life of Don Cordileone and the heads of the Mafia in America.

Slumdog Millionaire

Published: 2005 (Originally published Q&A)

A Mumbai teen, who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.

Pitch Perfect

Published: (Originally published Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate Acappella Glory)

GQ Editor Mickey Rapkin spent a season following collegiate a cappella at Tufts University of Oregon for his fiction book.

Mrs Doubtfire

Published: 1987 (Originally published Alias Madame Doubtfire)

Both movie and book share a very similar plot. After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.


Published: 1990

The original book was released in 1990 with Steven Spielberg acquiring rights in 1991. However it did take another decade for us to see it on the big screen.

Forrest Gump

Published 1984

The novel has quite a few differences from the movie one notable and rather significant difference;

Jenny does not die at the end, rather, she meets up with Forrest.


Published: 2005

Did you know that this book, which would inspire the movie starring Ryan Gosling, was part of a series?


Published: 1986 (Originally published as Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family)

The book is a nonfiction novel that chronicles the life of mobster turned FBI informant Henry Hill (who was played in the film by Ray Liotta). Pileggi also adapted the book into the screenplay.

Rambo: First Blood

Published: 1972 (Originally published First Blood)

A significant difference:

Rather than John Rambo living at the end, he dies in the novel at the hands of Sheriff Teasle

Die Hard

Published 1979 (Originally published Nothing Lasts Forever)

Thorp wrote the book as a sequel to his 1966 book The Detective, which itself had been adapted into a movie of the same name, starring Frank Sinatra, in 1968.

Planet of the Apes

Published: 1963

The classic sci-fi novel was first published in France in 1963 and was translated into English the same year. Like the film, the book has its own twist ending.

Silver Linings Playbook

Published: 2008

The screen adaption of Quick's book was actually completed before the release of the book itself.


Published: 1959

Alfred Hitchcock acquired the rights to the novel for just under $10,000. The film Hitchcock surrounds the controversy that accompanied the production of one of the most well revered releases in cinematic history.

Blade Runner

Published 1968 (Originally published Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)

The film was loosely based on the book — in fact the term “blade runner” does not even appear in the book.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Published 1981

The film is rather different to the novel. Such as the setting is different.


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