10 Popular Movies You Didn’t Know Were Based On Books

Hollywood likes to take extremely popular literary work and turn them into cinema masterpieces.
We already know that popular films such as ‘The Notebook’, ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Twilight’ were based on popular, best-selling novels. 
So Let’s take a look at some other popular box office hits that you probably didn't know were based on books.


Everyone loved watching the board game come to live in ‘Jumanji’. The 1995 film was an adaption of Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 book of the same name.

2-Mean Girls
Mean Girls

‘Mean Girls’ was able to garner a large cult following after its release in 2004. The popular film was based on Rosalind Wiseman’s 2002 self-help book, ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes’.

3-He’s Just Not That Into You
He’s Just Not That Into You

This romantic comedy tried to teach us about love and the quirks of relationships. ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ was based on the self-help book of the same name.

4-Freaky Friday
Freaky Friday

‘Freaky Friday’ was based on a 1972 children’s novel written by Mary Rodgers. The novel has spawned three film versions.


Before becoming everyone’s favorite heroic ogre, the film Shrek got his start in the 1990 children’s book by William Steig.

6-The Parent Trap
The Parent Trap

Depending on what era you grew up in, you’ve probably seen both versions of ‘The Parent Trap’ movies. The family-friendly movie was based on Erich Kästner’s 1949 novel, ‘Lottie and Lisa’.

7-Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ became a popular cult film after its release in 1988. It was based on the novel ‘Who Censored Roger Rabbit?’. 

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