The 25 Best Graphic Novel Adaptations Of All Time

Don't worry, only the OG 'Ghost in the Shell' is on this list.

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If you’re a fan of today’s movies, you can throw a rock and hit like 40 different comic book-related projects. And while it’s weird that a number of these series are produced with their comic book counterparts continuing to grow on a monthly basis, there’s a history of movies that were derived from graphic novels, which at their base are more serialized comic book works.

With the money Netflix is funneling into their original programming, there’s no surprised that the long-awaited Hollywood adaptation of Death Note, the wildly-popular manga series-turned-anime dealing with a magical book that grants its owner the ability to kill anyone who’s name is written in it, is premiering on the service this Friday. In a year that’s already featured (shaky) film adaptations of Valerian AND Ghost In the Shell, it’s high time we take a look at the absolute best movies that got their start as graphic novels. And who knows, maybe you might find out that your favorite film is also just as dope when you read it.

25. 300 (2006)


24. V for Vendetta (2005)

V for Vendetta

23. The Mask (1994)

The Mask

22. Watchmen (2009)


21. Atomic Blonde (2017)

Atomic Blonde

20. The Crow (1994)

The Crow

19. Wanted (2008)


18. Tank Girl (1995)

Tank Girl

17. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

Blue is the Warmest Color

16. Red (2010)


15. American Splendor (2003)

American Splendor

14. Sin City (2005)

Sin City

13. Hell Boy / Hell Boy 2 (2004, 2008)


12. Persepolis (2007)


11. Snowpiercer (2013)


10. A History of Violence (2005)


9. Kick-Ass / Kick-Ass 2 (2010, 2013)

Kick Ass

8. Road to Perdition (2002)

Road to Perdition

7. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

Diary of Teenage Girl

6. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow

5. Oldboy (2003)


4. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Ghost in the Shell

3. Ghost World (2001)

Ghost World

2. Akira (1988)


1. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim

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