Based on play movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant based on play movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, dramatic, talky, interesting, clever and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with mentor, dialogue, adaptation, runaway, storytelling, catastrophe, greed, suprisingly clever, culture clash and corruption plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as based on play: Carnage (2011), August: Osage County (2013), Macbeth (1971), Noises Off... (1992), A Raisin in the Sun (1961), The Dresser (2015), Equus (1977), The Boys in the Band (1970), Closer (2004), Incendies (2010).

List of based on play movies

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Mike Nichols’ film from Edward Albee's play brought new themes to the film industry. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton have never been more brilliant together as they portray an experienced married couple who love each other yet verbally ...
Style: tense, cerebral, psychological, captivating, rough ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, humiliation, alcoholic, guest, adultery, love hate relationship, crumbling marriage, battle of the sexes, confession, marital problem, couples, family secret ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new england, usa
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 7.1
 128K
Carnage (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Germany, Poland, Spain, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: After 11-year-old Zachary Cowan strikes his classmate across the face with a stick after an argument, the victim's parents invite Zachary's parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilized manner.
Style: talky, ironic, thought provoking, cynical, suspense ...
Plot: marriage, husband wife relationship, dark humor, bully, parenthood, family relations, psychology, twists and turns, family problems, under the surface, society, art ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, brooklyn new york city, africa
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August: Osage County (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Style: touching, emotional, melancholic, stylized, depressing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: suicide, dysfunctional family, family secret, cancer, mother daughter relationship, incestuous relationship, drugs, brother sister incest, family in crisis, drug addiction, pills, addiction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oklahoma, california, midwest, usa
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 7.4
 14K
Macbeth (1971)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.
Style: disturbing, bleak, atmospheric, sexy, enigmatic ...
Plot: shakespeare, murder, medieval, guilt, witch, prophecy, betrayal, ambition, ghost, nudity (full frontal - brief), female nudity, assassination ...
Time: 11th century, middle ages, 70s
Place: scotland, england, europe
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 7.5
 11K
Noises Off... (1992)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A travelling theater group has so much action going on behind-the-scenes it almost ruins the performances.
Style: funny, humorous, feel good, witty, light ...
Audience: date night
Plot: actor's life, theater, theatre play, nothing goes right, disorder, love and romance, workplace situations, showbiz, backstage, actor, broadway, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: london, new york, manhattan new york city, iowa
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A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Walter Lee Younger is a young man struggling with his station in life. Sharing a tiny apartment with his wife, son, sister and mother, he seems like an imprisoned man. Until, that is, the family gets an unexpected financial windfall...
Style: touching, clever, compassionate, poignant, affectionate ...
Plot: racism, poverty, working class family, civil rights, family relations, segregation, dysfunctional family, racial prejudice, racial segregation, african american, black history, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, africa, nigeria
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 6.7
 3K
The Dresser (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: One fateful night in a small English regional theatre during World War II a troupe of touring actors stage a production of Shakespeares King Lear. Bombs are falling, sirens are wailing, the curtain is up in an hour but the actor/manager Sir who is ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, psychological, sad ...
Plot: world war two, golden years, aging, friendship, illness, actor's life, elderly, showbiz, actor, lgbtq, older man younger woman relationship, actress ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: england, london
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 7.1
 8K
Equus (1977)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A psychiatrist, Martin Dysart, investigates the savage blinding of six horses with a metal spike in a stable in Hampshire, England. The atrocity was committed by an unassuming seventeen-year-old stable boy named Alan Strang, the only son of an ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, enigmatic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: horse, psychiatrist, religion, obsession, introspection, therapy, coming of age, zoophilia, atrocity, teenage life, male nudity, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: england, ancient greece, europe, greece
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The Boys in the Band (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A witty, perceptive and devastating look at the personal agendas and suppressed revelations swirling among a group of gay men in Manhattan. Harold is celebrating a birthday, and his friend Michael has drafted some other friends to help commemorate ...
Style: realistic, witty, sexy, harsh, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: gay, homosexual, gay interest, gay lead character, gays and lesbians, lgbt, friendship, gay slur, homosexuality, lgbtq, gender, coming out ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1968, 80s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco, london
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 7.2
 220K
Closer (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A witty, romantic, and very dangerous love story about chance meetings, instant attractions, and casual betrayals. Two couples disintegrate when they begin destructive adulterous affairs with each other.
Style: sexy, cynical, erotic, intellectual, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, adultery, love affair, stripper, love, love at first sight, sex, romance, relationships, betrayal, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, new york, manhattan new york city, england
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 8.3
 178K
Incendies (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, unusual plot structure, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Plot: prison, torture, twists and turns, rape, incest, incest rape, last will and testament, brother sister relationship, pregnant from rape, civil war, twins, muslim ...
Time: contemporary, year 1970, year 2009, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: middle east, lebanon, canada, quebec, montreal
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Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A very personal story that is both funny and poignant, TORCH SONG TRILOGY chronicles a New Yorker's search for love, respect and tradition in a world that seems not especially made for him.
Style: talky, humorous, touching, sentimental, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: gay, lgbt, gays and lesbians, gay bar, gay bashing, homosexual, lgbtq, christmas, gay slur, love and romance, bittersweet, hate crime ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: san francisco, new york, usa
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Quartet (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, Quartet is a high-drama comedy about temperamental divas and old grudges, passion and pride, romance and Rigoletto. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, humorous, feel good ...
Plot: elderly, opera, retirement home, aging, retired, reconciliation, musician, friendship, old age, human spirit, retirement home life, rehearsal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england, paris france
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Wait Until Dark (1967)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with heroin, and a group of criminals led by the ruthless Roat has followed Hendrix back to his place to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, psychological, clever, macabre ...
Plot: blindness, heroin, murder, home invasion, disability, blind woman, surveillance, doll, crimes, blind character, drug dealing, panic ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, montreal
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 7.7
 109K
Frost/Nixon (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate ...
Style: clever, political, sincere, tense, tricky ...
Plot: journalism, politics, president, loneliness, reporter, scandal, power struggle, mind game, uncover truth, character study, lie, secret ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, year 1974, 20th century
Place: california, washington d.c., usa, manhattan new york city, sydney australia ...
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 7.6
 35K
The Odd Couple (1968)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Felix Ungar has just broken up with his wife. Despondent, he goes to kill himself but is saved by his friend Oscar Madison. With nowhere else to go, Felix is urged by Oscar to move in with him, at least for a while. The only problem is that Felix is ...
Style: funny, buddy movie, atmospheric, humorous, feel good ...
Audience: kids, date night
Plot: friendship between men, friendship, suicide attempt, poker, divorce, poker game, roommate, farce, fighting the system, hotel, chase, catastrophe ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, new york, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 38K
The Crucible (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The movie is centered around the Salem Massachusetts witch trials of 1692. The movie is based on the play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. He also wrote the screen play adaptation.
Style: talky, suspense, disturbing, rough, emotional ...
Plot: witch, witch hunt, colonial america, politics, courtroom drama, legal, vengeance, curse, manipulation, secrets, twists and turns, prejudice ...
Time: 17th century, 50s, 90s
Place: massachusetts, usa, california, new england
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Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A mild mannered film critic is dumped by his wife and his ego is crushed. His hero persona is the tough guy played by Humphrey Bogart in many of his movies and the apparition of Bogart begins showing up to give him advice. With the encouragement of ...
Style: funny, talky, humorous, witty, sexy ...
Audience: date night
Plot: infidelity, nymphomaniac, art, love, friendship, imaginary friend, adultery, divorce, farce, bittersweet, romance, advice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, new york, usa
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Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young ...
Style: romantic, sweet, colourful, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: forbidden love, shakespeare, tragic love, family feud, shakespeare's romeo and juliet, young love, unfulfillment, fall in love, romance, love story, parents and children, true love ...
Time: 1930s
Place: italy, paris france, england, new york, europe
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 8.0
 48K
Sleuth (1972)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A mystery novelist devises an insurance scam with his wife’s lover - but things aren’t exactly as they seem.
Style: suspense, psychological, tense, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: mystery, twists and turns, murder mystery, revenge, extramarital affair, adultery, mind game, insurance, rivalry, writers, romantic rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: future, 20th century, 70s
Place: england, london
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Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In this film based on a Neil Simon play, newlyweds Corie, a free spirit, and Paul Bratter, an uptight lawyer, share a sixth-floor apartment in Greenwich Village. Soon after their marriage, Corie tries to find a companion for mother, Ethel, who is ...
Style: funny, talky, feel good, clever, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: lawyer, divorce, love story, marriage, love, romance, conservative, honeymoon, hotel, newlywed, eccentricity, relationships ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 401K
Amadeus (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, France, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum.
Style: inspirational, epic, atmospheric, visually appealing, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: music, classical music, genius, mozart, composer, envy, musician, opera, obsession, character study, rivalry, prodigy ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1780s, 1820s, georgian era ...
Place: vienna, austria, italy, europe, central europe
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 6.6
 57K
Macbeth (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth whose ambitious wife urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king, Duncan.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, stylized, brutal, psychological ...
Plot: shakespeare, medieval, ambition, betrayal, murder, throne, crown, witch, insanity, brutality, prophecy, kingdom ...
Time: middle ages, 11th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: scotland, california, europe
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The Riot Club (2014)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.
Style: captivating, disturbing, satirical, realistic, tense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: rich, violence, debauchery, student life, university, friends, social relations, spoiled brat, society, eccentricity, stereotypes, capitalism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s, year 1976, 1850s ...
Place: england, oxford university, london, california, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 20K
Venus in Fur (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Poland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An enigmatic actress (Emmanuelle Seigner) may have a hidden agenda when she auditions for a part in a misogynistic writer's (Mathieu Amalric) play.
Style: sexual, sexy, erotic, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: masochism, bdsm, theater, femdom, psychological manipulation, audition, deviant sex, s&m, female nudity, filmmaking, role playing, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
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The Children's Hour (1961)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A troublemaking student at a girl's school accuses two teachers of being lesbians.
Style: sad, talky, realistic, touching, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: lesbian, gay, tragedy, school, lesbian relationship, false accusation, bigotry, women, gender, courtroom drama, unrequited love, lgbtq ...
Time: 60s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: california
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 7.5
 331K
Les Misérables (2012)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.
Style: epic, emotional, inspirational, harsh, touching ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: rebellion, redemption, corpse, parole, army, prostitute, revolution, father daughter relationship, suicide, dying man, fall in love, convict ...
Time: 19th century, future, victorian era, 1930s
Place: france, paris france, london, europe
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Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The story of a young, gay black con artist who, posing as the son of Sidney Poitier, cunningly maneuvers his way into the lives of a white, upper-class New York family.
Style: talky, semi serious, realistic, humorous, witty ...
Plot: art, high society, racism, satire, con artists, art dealer, character study, lgbt, crimes, social differences, urban setting, social climbing ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, california, usa
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The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot.
Style: romantic, emotional, sexy, intense, atmospheric ...
Plot: love, infidelity, love affair, forbidden love, romance, judge, extramarital affair, suicide attempt, unfulfilled love, love and romance, crumbling marriage, hidden identity ...
Time: 50s, 1930s, 1920s, post world war two, 20th century
Place: london, england, europe
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One, Two, Three (1961)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin tries to keep the boss's daughter from marrying a Communist.
Style: funny, suspense, witty, clever, biting ...
Plot: cold war, iron curtain, coca cola, communism, satire, farce, cold war era, espionage, nazi, spy, german, politics ...
Time: 1930s, 60s, year 1961, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, west berlin west germany, germany, east berlin, east germany ...
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