12 Notable Books That Inspired Memorable Adaptations

Sometimes the adaptation is just as exceptional as the book.

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Wonder Boys

Wonder Boys

By Michael Chabon

Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper by the Dozen

By Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Anna and the King of Siam

Anna and the King of Siam

By Margaret Landon

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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

By Alice Walker

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

By Avery Corman

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

By Ron Hansen

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Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

By William Styron

Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave

By Solomon Northup

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Casino Royale

By Ian Fleming

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Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn

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No Country for Old Men

By Cormac McCarthy

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The Shining

By Stephen King