Best Books turned into a "Made for TV Movie"
This is a list of Books that were turned into "Made for TV Movies" that were never meant for the the big screen: BBC adaptations, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Once Upon a Classic, Mystery, and so forth.

1 Pride and Prejudice
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,368,158 ratings
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2 The Thorn Birds
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 194,408 ratings
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3 Sense and Sensibility
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 573,907 ratings
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4 Anne of Green Gables (Anne ...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 389,009 ratings
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5 Jane Eyre
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 886,299 ratings
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6 Shōgun (Asian Saga, #3)
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 78,359 ratings
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7 Les Misérables
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 412,593 ratings
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8 North and South
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 58,142 ratings
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9 A Christmas Carol
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 279,240 ratings
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10 The Count of Monte Cristo
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 438,982 ratings
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11 Wives and Daughters
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 23,394 ratings
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12 Persuasion
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 267,470 ratings
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13 Wuthering Heights
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 673,592 ratings
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14 I, Claudius (Claudius, #1)
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 28,132 ratings
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15 Emma
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 339,977 ratings
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16 Little House on the Prairie...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 139,012 ratings
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17 Mansfield Park
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 151,435 ratings
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18 Murder on the Orient Expres...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 97,291 ratings
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19 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 39,188 ratings
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20 Northanger Abbey
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 153,900 ratings
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21 The Forsyte Saga (The Forsy...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 9,986 ratings
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22 David Copperfield
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 112,734 ratings
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23 Roots: The Saga of an Ameri...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 89,414 ratings
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24 Brideshead Revisited
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 52,409 ratings
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25 Tess of the d'Urbervilles
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 123,089 ratings
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26 Pallister Novels - 6 Novels...
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 248 ratings
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27 The Rainbow (Brangwen Famil...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 10,756 ratings
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28 Oliver Twist
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 162,546 ratings
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29 Cranford
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 17,718 ratings
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30 All Creatures Great and Small
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 70,279 ratings
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31 The Buccaneers
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 3,059 ratings
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32 The Scarlet Pimpernel
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 78,201 ratings
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33 The Cinderella Pact
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 7,202 ratings
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34 Strong Poison (Lord Peter W...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 13,939 ratings
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35 North and South (North and ...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 36,807 ratings
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36 Far from the Madding Crowd
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 53,932 ratings
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37 The Way We Live Now
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 6,378 ratings
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38 A Woman of Substance (Emma ...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 22,242 ratings
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38 Rich Man, Poor Man
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 17,356 ratings
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40 Bleak House
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 48,882 ratings
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41 Northern Lights
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 27,950 ratings
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42 Peter the Great: His Life a...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 5,545 ratings
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43 Tribute
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 15,796 ratings
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44 Dead to the World (Sookie S...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 160,426 ratings
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45 Longitude: The True Story o...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 27,647 ratings
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46 John Adams
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 117,628 ratings
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47 All Together Dead (Sookie S...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 145,688 ratings
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48 Great Expectations
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 336,486 ratings
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49 Claudius the God and His Wi...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 6,412 ratings
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50 Pippi Longstocking
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 88,807 ratings
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51 Brave New World
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 742,541 ratings
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52 Five Little Pigs (Hercule P...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 13,500 ratings
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53 Noble House (Asian Saga, #4)
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 22,109 ratings
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54 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 29,784 ratings
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55 Lorna Doone: A Romance of E...
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 8,555 ratings
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56 A Great Deliverance (Inspec...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 20,585 ratings
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57 Middlemarch
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 72,810 ratings
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58 Daniel Deronda
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 11,668 ratings
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59 Speak
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 242,825 ratings
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60 Daddy
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 5,973 ratings
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60 Silas Marner
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 32,617 ratings
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62 Adam Bede
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 13,163 ratings
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63 Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Ma...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 27,902 ratings
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64 Dead and Gone (Sookie Stack...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 130,418 ratings
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65 The Killings At Badger's Dr...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 2,451 ratings
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66 Midnight Bayou
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 21,930 ratings
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67 The Secret Adversary
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 15,771 ratings
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68 For the Roses (Rose, #1)
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 8,638 ratings
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69 Blue Smoke
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 20,348 ratings
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69 The Raj Quartet
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 555 ratings
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71 A Man Lay Dead (Roderick Al...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 5,278 ratings
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72 The Unpleasantness at the B...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 6,837 ratings
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73 Smiley's People
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 16,401 ratings
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74 Our Mutual Friend
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 12,886 ratings
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74 The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 33,134 ratings
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76 The Mill on the Floss
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 23,906 ratings
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77 Nicholas Nickleby
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 22,334 ratings
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78 The Seven Dials Mystery (Su...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 7,416 ratings
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79 Little Dorrit
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 23,407 ratings
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79 At Bertram's Hotel (Miss Ma...
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 10,647 ratings
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81 The Mayor of Casterbridge
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 28,680 ratings
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81 Dombey and Son
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 6,069 ratings
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81 Miss Marple Omnibus Vol 1 (...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 240 ratings
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84 A Caribbean Mystery (Miss M...
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 10,921 ratings
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85 Martin Chuzzlewit
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 8,414 ratings
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85 Miss Marple Omnibus Vol 2
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 134 ratings
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87 Miss Marple Omnibus Vol. 3
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 83 ratings
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88 Death in the Clouds (Hercul...
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 12,105 ratings
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89 The Warden
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 5,453 ratings
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90 Barchester Towers (Barchest...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 6,759 ratings
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90 The Nine Tailors (Lord Pete...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 7,559 ratings
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92 The First Inspector Morse O...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 142 ratings
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93 He Knew He Was Right
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 3,059 ratings
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94 The Lathe of Heaven
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 19,980 ratings
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94 Sherlock Holmes: The Comple...
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4.49 of 5 stars 4.49 avg rating — 88,078 ratings
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96 Palomino
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 6,068 ratings
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97 The Crossing
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 39 ratings
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98 The Pact
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 178,495 ratings
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98 A Ghost in Monte Carlo
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 99 ratings
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100 Partners in Crime
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 6,069 ratings
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message 1: by Charlotte (Buried in Books) (last edited Jun 25, 2010 06:58AM) (new)

Charlotte (Buried in Books) If I added all the Danielle Steel's that have been filmed I'd probably be here all day!!!

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married was made into a mini series in the UK quite a while back. It was a really good book (but Watermelon and Rachel's Holiday were better)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I regret to say that they did make a movie of Brideshead Revisited - a year or two ago. I think I prefer the TV movie, though.


message 4: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Jun 27, 2010 03:40AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Except for "Northanger Abbey" (to the best of my knowledge) ALL Jane Austen novels were made into big-screen movies, some of them even repeatedly. Which is not to say that in some instances at least, the respective TV series don't beat those movies hands down ...

ETA: Also, "Tess" was filmed for the big screen by Roman Polanski, and there are several movie versions of "The Scarlet Pimpernel." Looks like it's time to do some pruning on this list ...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The 1996 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice is certainly better than any film of it that I've seen.

Yeah, I think we need some pruning.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Are movies that I know of:

Pride and Prejudice (several times)
Jane Eyre (several times)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1979)
The Count of Monte Cristo (several times)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Anne of Green Gables (1934, staring Anne Shirley as "Anne Shirley"!)
Brideshead Revisited (2008)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy would seem to be OK for now, but I think they are making a film of it! (Reportedly with Gary Oldman and Colin Firth.)

Also, Little House on the Prairie was a full-blown series that ran for many years.


message 7: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan There is one other Austen book that hasn't been made into a movie. At least, not one that I've seen. Lady Susan.

What about all the Agatha Christie books/short stories that have been made into movies and/or tv shows? While mostly mysteries, many of her books did have a romance element to them.


message 8: by Antoine (new)

Antoine The way I read the directions on this list, it isn't that there have never been big screen adaptations as well as TV ones for the books on the list, but that there are good TV versions that never made it to the big screen.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Rebecca, I think we would appreciate some input from you as the list's creator here: Did you mean novels never turned into a big-screen movie, or TV adaptations never also reproduced for the big screen?


message 10: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca I meant novels never turned into a big-screen movie. The reason I started this list was so people could find books and movie's that tie together that are not on the majority of the list's already started. Most of us know if a book has been turned into a big screen movie. The "Made for TV" movies are not so well known and I thought if we all put some we knew we would have a list that could be helpful in some challenges.


message 11: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Thanks Rebecca! So books with big screen adaptations, like P&P or Jane Eyre, don't belong on the list, even though they have TV versions too? Should we delete them? Or clarify the description?


message 12: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca There is no need to delete them. You can clarify the description...by the way how do you do that? If you feel a book and "made for tv" belongs on this list then it does.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Which would you prefer, for us to edit the list, or edit the description? For what it's worth, there are already several "books made into movies lists."


message 14: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Is there another list for books made into "Made for TV" movies? I looked for one before I started this list and all I found was big screen movie lists.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I don't know that I've seen one, now that you mention it...


message 16: by Antoine (new)

Antoine It sounds like, if we are not to delete P&P or Jane Eyre, then this IS that list. If it was ever filmed expressly for TV, put it on this list, regardless of Big Screen adaptations.


message 17: by Antoine (new)

Antoine I've taken the liberty of editing the description. Does this serve, Rebecca?


message 18: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Yes...that's great.


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