Spoiler alert: you’re going to get the surprise of your life.

You never knew it, but a lot of your favorite movies were actually adapted from novels and children’s books. Some were faithful adaptations, some took creative license, and all are worth checking out. Check out the list now:

 

1. Die Hardbased on Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

Who knew that this Bruce Willis action classic was actually based on a book? And not just a book–Nothing Lasts Forever is the sequel to The Detective, which was the basis for a 1966 film starring Frank Sinatra.

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2. Forrest Gumpbased on Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

Compared to the wildly successful, Oscar-winning film, the Forrest Gump book is practically unheard of. It’s also quite different from the movie: Forrest uses markedly profound language in the book.

No one believes me when I tell them Forrest Gump was a book that was way out there with him going to space with a monkey and crash landing back on an island with cannibals that he has to beat at chess to escape being eaten” (Winston Groom).

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3. Jurassic Parkbased on Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Originally a screenplay, Crichton’s Jurassic Park was supposed to be about a student who decides to recreate a dinosaur. But then Crichton realized that this would be an extremely unrealistic academic venture and that, in order to be successful, the dinosaurs’ recreation had to come from “a desire to entertain.”

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4. Shrekbased on Shrek by William Steig

Sorry, Shrek fans: DreamWorks isn’t that creative. Shrek the picture book stars a terrifying, monstrous ogre who accidentally saves a princess.

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5. Legally Blondebased on Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown

I hardly ever say this, but I’ve read Brown’s Legally Blonde, and I actually prefer the movie. It’s still fantastic–although Elle takes on Stanford in the book, not Harvard–but it just doesn’t have the same heart and quirky spirit as the movie.

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6. Mrs. Doubtfirebased on Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine

Oops! Might want to work on that disguise–in the book, the two eldest children immediately recognize Mrs. Doubtfire as their father, though the mother and youngest child are still fooled.

R.I.P Robin Williams.

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7. Goodfellas, based on Wiseguy: Life In A Mafia Family by Nicholas Pileggi

Wiseguy is actually a nonfiction book: in it, journalist Nicholas Pileggi reveals the story of Henry Hill, an informant who was once a member of the Mafia.

Film director Martin Scorsese considered the book to be the most honest portrayal of real-life gangsters he’d ever read.

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8. The Parent Trapbased on Lisa and Lottie by Erich Kastner

Let’s get together, yeah yeah yeah! Kastner’s children’s book (originally written in German) is the little-known basis for one of your favorite childhood movies.

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9. The Shawshank Redemptionbased on Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

No wonder Shawshank Redemption was so darkly thrilling–it’s actually based on a short story written by the master of horror, Stephen King.

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10. The Princess Bridebased on The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Inconceivable! The Princess Bride is based on a book??

Yes–your favorite romantic film is actually a book-turned-movie about a grandfather who reads the book to his grandson. Talk about meta.

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11. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballsbased on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Ron and Judy Barrett

They share the same title, but not much else: the picture book is a grandfather’s bedtime story about food falling from the sky. In the book, an inventor’s creation makes it so food actually does fall from the sky.

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What’s your favorite book-based film? Did you know about any of the movies included here? Share your thoughts below!

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