Top Books Made Into Movies for 2017

Read these books before you see them at the theatre or stream them online

Each year blockbuster movies and small film gems are based on new and not-so-new best-selling books. When they prevail at the box office, some readers declare the book was better, while others are drawn to the film adaptations of their favorite reads, hoping to catch the magic in a new way.

The coming year is no exception. Look ahead to these movies and take the opportunity to read the books before the movies are released. Here are movies based on books that are scheduled for release in 2017.

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Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Margot Lee Shetterly's "Hidden Figures" is about the female African-American mathematicians who worked at NASA and helped launch the program's first space missions. The book is based on a true story.

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner and Janelle Monae star in the movie.

Release date: January 6, 2017

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Before I Fall

"Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver is a young-adult novel about a girl who relives the last day of her life repeatedly while she tries to understand the mystery surrounding her death. 

The movie stars Zoey Deutch, Jennifer Beals, and Halston Sage.

Release date: March 3, 2017

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The Zookeeper's Wife

"The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman chronicles the actions of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo in their attempts to save people and animals from the Nazi invasion of World War II. Although a work of fiction, it draws on the unpublished diaries of one of the zookeepers.

Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl star in the movie adaptation.

Release date: March 31, 2017

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The Lost City of Z

David Grann writes about the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett in "The Lost City of Z." Fawcett disappeared in 1925 while searching for an ancient city in the Amazon. The book follows Fawcett's travels up to his disappearance in the jungle.

Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson star in the movie.

Release date: April 14, 2017

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My Cousin Rachel

Daphne du Maurier's novel "My Cousin Rachel" follows the complicated relationship of Philip Ashley and his deceased guardian's widow Rachel, whom he blames for his guardian's death. This is the second movie adaptation of the book.

Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin and Holliday Grainer star in the film.

Release date: July 14, 2017

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The Coldest City

Anthony Johnston's "The Coldest City" is a double-agent spy thriller that takes place just before the collapse of the Berlin Wall. The graphic novel chronicles the chase to find a list that names all the Cold War spies on both sides.

The movie adaptation stars Charlize Theron and James McAvoy.

Release date: July 28, 2017 

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The Dark Tower

"The Dark Tower" is based on a series of eight books by Stephen King. It is a new take on the series rather than a direct adaptation of the story. The book follows Jake, who is reeling from the death of his hero dad, as he joins forces with the disillusioned gunslinger Roland Deschain in his search for the Dark Tower, rumored to be the nexus point of the time-space continuum. The book is an epic adventure and is King's magnum opus.

The movie stars Matthew McConaughey as the man in black and Idris Elba as the gunslinger.

Movie release date: July 28, 2017

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In the remake of Stephen King's supernatural horror book "It," Pennywise the Clown, an ancient evil, terrifies a group of seven children. Later, Pennywise returns for them as adults. The book is terrifying, so expect the same from the movie.

Bill Skarsgard plays Pennywise the clown in the movie. Jaeden Lieberher also stars.

Release Date: Sept. 8, 2017

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Victoria and Abdul

"Victoria and Abdul" by Shrabani Basu tells the story of Abdul Karim, who became the closest confidant of Queen Victoria. It chronicles how the young Indian Muslim ended up playing a central role in the empire and examines his influence over the queen.

The movie stars Judi Dench and Ali Fazal.

Release date: September 22, 2017 

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The Mountain Between Us

Charles Martin's "The Mountain Between Us" is a romance-thriller about a writer and a surgeon who survive a plane crash and are stranded far from help. Badly injured, they are forced to trust each other for safety in the deserted wilderness. It is a story of survival and romance.

The movie stars Idris Elva and Kate Winslet.

Release date: October 20, 2017

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Murder on the Orient Express

If you haven't read Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" yet, now's the time. The classic mystery follows her fictional Belgian detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates a murderer on the famous train.

The movie stars Kenneth Branagh as Poirot. Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer and Leslie Odom Jr. are all in the cast.

Release date: November 22, 2017

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Thank You for Your Service

"Thank You for Your Service" by David Finkel is a non-fiction book that examines the lives of soldiers returning from overseas and the experiences they encounter with PTSD, sympathy and returning to their lives.

The movie stars Amy Schumer and Miles Teller.

Release Date: TBD