10 Movies You Probably Didn't Realize Were Based on Books

Die Hard, Rambo, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and seven other films with surprising literary roots

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With the reboot of Total Recall hitting theaters last week and Cloud Atlas on the horizon, we've been thinking a lot about the way films are adapted from books, and how often the books are totally eclipsed by the movies they inspire—sometimes with good reason. With film adaptations of Philip K. Dick stories like Total Recall, which tend to veer so wildly that you might not recognize even if you had read the source material, we understand. But as it turns out, there are a lot more movies that we didn't realize were based on books -- until now.

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