15 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Based on Books


We know a lot of books get turned into movie adaptations, or even TV shows! Some books may be so obscure that the movie is often more popular. It’s a celebratory occasion when we find out that some classic movies are based on books because of course they are! Books are so amazing that of course they had to be turned into a film. 


In this list are 15 movies you might be familiar with and 15 books you might not have known they were based on. 


1) Shrek


Based on: Shrek! by William Steig 


2) The Parent Trap


Based on: Lottie and Lisa by Erich Kästner


3) Mean Girls


Based on: Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman 


4) Clueless


Based on: Emma by Jane Austen


5) Mrs. Doubtfire 


Based on: Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine 


6) Babe


Based on: The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith 


7) Fern Gully


Based on: Fern Gully by Diana Young 


8) Jurassic Park


Based on: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton 


9) The Polar Express


Based on: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg 


10) Goodfellas 


Based on: Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi 


11) Planet of the Apes


Based on: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle


12) How to Train Your Dragon 


Based on: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell 


13) Freaky Friday 


Based on: Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers 


14) The Brave Little Toaster


Based on: The Brave Little Toaster by Thomas M. Disch 


15) Jaws


Based on: Jaws by Peter Benchley 


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