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, serious, talky, captivating, thought provoking and clever films and TV shows about / with dialogue, betrayal, culture clash, couples, greed, mentor, adaptation, love and romance, corruption and runaway 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: Sleuth (1972), The Merchant of Venice (2004), The Vagina Monologues (2002), Macbeth (2006), The Dresser (2015), Match (2014), One Night in Istanbul (2014), Marius (2013), Mickybo and Me (2004), Asylum Seekers (2009).

List of based on play movies

 8.0
 44K
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: twists and turns, psychological, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: riddles and clues, extramarital affair, infidelity, robbery, insurance, search, mystery, mind game, twists & turns, one on one, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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The Merchant of Venice (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
Style: tense, talky, melancholic, sexy, intense ...
Plot: jewish, loan, friends, love and romance, prejudice, social decay, life is a bitch, trial, friendship, religious intolerance, uninhibited rivalry, shakespeare play ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1930s, 18th century
Place: venice, europe, italy, england
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The Vagina Monologues (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: This controversial work, created and performed by Eve Ensler, debuted off-off-Broadway in 1996 and soon rode a wave of national acclaim. Now, the intimacy of Ensler's original show has been lovingly brought to the screen. Capturing her unique ...
Style: semi serious, thought provoking, contemplative, suspense, witty ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual dysfunction, gender, society, introspection, feminism, couples, satire, artists and showbiz, battle of the sexes, strong female presence, performer's life, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
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 4.6
 2K
Macbeth (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Macbeth, loyal to his crime boss, Duncan, is told by witches that he will one day take over. Driven by their prophecy, he and his wife plot to kill Duncan, and takes the leadership of the gang for himself. Maintaining his power will require more ...
Style: stylized, clever, serious, realistic, mind bending
Plot: betrayal, murder, vengeance, social decay, haunted by the past, gang, rise and fall, rivalry, crimes, tragic hero, life is a bitch, dishonesty ...
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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 6.8
 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, psychological, captivating, touching
Plot: golden years, world war two, aging, boss and employee, friendship, elderly, actor's life, showbiz, personal assistant, theatre production, illness, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: england, london
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 6.7
 2K
Match (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A Seattle couple travel to New York to interview colorful former dancer Tobi for research on a dissertation about dance. But soon, common niceties and social graces erode when the questions turn personal and the true nature of the interview is ...
Style: captivating, humorous, feel good, light, serious ...
Plot: artists and showbiz, dancer's life, couples, teachers and students, aging, couple relations, power relations, dancing, friendship, gays and lesbians, secretary, hit by a car ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1988, 60s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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One Night in Istanbul (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Two down on their luck Liverpool cabbies, Tommy and Gerry, strike an unusual deal with a local gangster to take their sons on a trip of a lifetime, to watch their beloved football team play in the European Cup Final in Istanbul. Hoping to use the ...
Style: not serious, realistic, humorous, melancholic, tense ...
Plot: nothing goes right, sport, soccer, culture clash, comedy of errors, friends, disorder
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, liverpool, turkey, istanbul turkey
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 6.7
 973
Marius (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: "Marius" takes place in Marseilles' Old Port, at the La Marine Bar, owned by César and his son Marius. Marius' biggest dream is to embark on one of the boats passing by his dad's bar and to set off to a faraway land. Fanny, ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: romance, obsession, couples, hopes, follow your dream, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, couple relations, lovers apart, seaport, working class, sailor ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: france, south of france
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Mickybo and Me (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Ireland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The film tells the story of two boys who become friends at the start of the Troubles in 1970. The boys share an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with the consequence that they run away to Australia.
Style: sentimental, sincere, touching, semi serious, captivating ...
Plot: mischievous children, youth, friendship, kids in trouble, society, obsession, political unrest, wannabe, ira, religions or cults, state affairs, friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, belfast
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All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Anthea is 25, single, hates her job – and all her friends are leaving Brisbane. Should she follow the herd to Sydney or London? Is there anything worth staying for now that her best friend Michael finally has a girlfriend? This film tells a ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching, sexual ...
Plot: friendship, romance, adolescence vs adulthood, looking for love, starting over, hopes, midlife crisis, city life, office, singleness, unfulfilled love, sexual relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, england, london
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 4.9
 968
Asylum Seekers (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Six people on the verge of a breakdown decide to check themselves into an insane asylum, only to discover there is just room for one.
Style: dark humor, surreal, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: contests and competitions, mental institution, eccentricity, art, surrealism, mental breakdown, contest, alternate reality
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york
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Run for Your Wife (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: John Smith has been happily involved in a bigamous marriage for five years. He lives with Stephanie in Finsbury and Michelle in Stockwell. Fortunately, for John, he's a taxi driver which involves varying shift work! Simple? Well, when John ...
Style: not serious, realistic, feel good, humorous, sex comedy
Plot: couples, disorder, love triangle, love and romance, nothing goes right, dishonesty, infidelity, comedy of errors, life turned upside down, taxi driver, farce, bigamy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
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Bollywood Queen (2002)
Genre: Musical, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A cross cultural romance set in London's East End about a young girl of Indian heritage.
Style: stylized, semi serious, realistic, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: interracial relations, fall in love, culture clash, forbidden love, couples, society, romance, lifestyle, love and romance, social differences, teenage love, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, england, london
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A Blind River (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Seong-chan, aka Lucas Fedora, rejects his girlfriend's proposal to get married and start a family of their own and leaves her to return to Korea and find his biological mother. He checks into a run down motel owned by two widows who have demons ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: adoption, self discovery, introspection, haunted by the past, disorder, misfit, obsessive quest, hotel, parents and children, fish out of water, family relations, motel ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
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 7.3
 518
Peter Pan (2000)
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Broadway musical adaptation of the fabled children's story.
Style: semi serious, captivating, exciting, humorous, feel good
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: pirate, adventurer, young heroes, heroes, good versus evil, adventure, adolescence vs adulthood, imaginary kingdom, rivalry, imaginary, escapades, youth ...
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 6.4
 216
Hamlet (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: To be or not to be, etc.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, psychological, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted by the past, ghost, betrayal, tragic love, tragic hero, intrigue, dishonesty, rivalry, vengeance, uncover truth, parents and children, conspiracy ...
Time: 90s
Place: southern usa
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 5.3
 7K
The Tempest (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare. Prospera (a female version of Shakespeare's Prospero) is the usurped ruler of Milan who has been banished to a mysterious island with her daughter. Using her magical powers, she draws her ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, captivating, surreal ...
Plot: island, sorceress, storm, spirit, family relations, wizards and magicians, vengeance, curses spells and rituals, betrayal, danger, escapades, isolation ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century
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 8.2
 3K
Hamlet (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: David Tennant stars in a film of the Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning production of Shakespeare's great play. Director Gregory Doran's modern-dress production was hailed by the critics as thrilling, fast-moving and, in parts, ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: betrayal, royal court, revenge, queen, murder, tragic hero, rivalry, heroes, state affairs, intrigue, royal family, regret ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark, europe
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 7.0
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Tosca (2001)
Genre: Musical, Drama
Country: Italy, France, UK, Germany
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Benoit Jacquot's acclaimed 2002 film of Puccini's opera stars Angela Gheorghiu in the title role, with Roberto Alagna, Ruggero Raimondi and the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, under Antonio Pappano.
Style: emotional, stylized, sexy, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: opera, tragic hero, love and romance, tragic love, couples, unfulfillment, dishonesty, manipulation, unfulfilled love, concert, manipulations, curses spells and rituals
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
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American Buffalo (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three inner-city losers plan a robbery of a valuable coin in a seedy second-hand junk shop.
Style: talky, bleak, stylized, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: betrayal, coin, loyalty, poker game, tantrum, station wagon, gun, rainstorm, trust, robbery, revenge, broken glass ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new jersey
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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: psychological, tense, captivating, rough, talky ...
Plot: guest, confession, battle of the sexes, domestic violence, adultery, humiliation, alcohol, one night, couples, vicious, crumbling marriage, family secret ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new england, usa
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 7.6
 10K
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: feel good, humorous, not serious, funny, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: actor's life, backstage, theater, nothing goes right, showbiz, workplace situations, disorder, love and romance, farce, theatre play, artists and showbiz, play within film ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, iowa, london
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Lost in Yonkers (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the summer of 1942 two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother Kurnitz and their childlike aunt Bella in Yonkers, New York.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, coming of age, grandmother, aunt, loan, family relations, on the run, romance, youth, love and romance, bittersweet, family problems ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa
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 6.8
 19K
Quartet (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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, realistic ...
Plot: elderly, retired, musician, retirement home life, retirement home, aging, opera, reconciliation, concert, rehearsal, human spirit, musician's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: england, paris france
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 7.4
 14K
Richard III (1995)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, War
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Shakespeare's Play transplanted into a 1930s setting.
Style: talky, atmospheric, stylized, witty, clever ...
Plot: royal family, betrayal, manipulation, murder, ambition, battles, politics, dictatorship, political intrigue, corrupted ruler, intrigue, anti heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 18th century
Place: england, london, europe, germany, new york
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The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.
Style: psychological, serious, touching, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, aging, parents and children, family life, family in crisis, unfulfillment, romance, family problems, brother sister relationship, family relations, cripple, collection ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 70s, 1920s
Place: tennessee, usa, california
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Angels in America (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 352 min.
Story: Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals.
Style: touching, captivating, thought provoking, emotional, surreal ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, terminal illness, gay, aids, americana, breakup, life is a bitch, loneliness, imaginary, marital problem, dying, human nature ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985, 90s, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gigolo and drifter, Chance Wayne, returns to his home town as the accompaniment of a faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago, whom he hopes to use to help him break into the movies. Chance runs into trouble when he finds his ex-girlfriend, the daughter ...
Style: emotional, serious, atmospheric, tense, realistic ...
Plot: hollywood, ambition, movie star, betrayal, unlikely couple, actor's life, comeback, couple relations, infidelity, romance, adultery, hypocrisy ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s
Place: florida, usa, london, california
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An Ideal Husband (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an ...
Style: humorous, talky, realistic, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: couples, politics, couple relations, love and romance, romance, society, high society, dishonesty, husband wife relationship, love story, unlikely friendships, irish ...
Time: 19th century, 90s, victorian england, victorian era, 1890s ...
Place: england, london
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The Dying Gaul (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A powerful and seductive Hollywood mogul convinces an impoverished West Hollywood writer, whose lover has recently died of AIDS, to sell his autobiographical screenplay for big bucks. The writer, Robert, knows he'll have to make major changes ...
Style: psychological, melancholic, twists and turns, emotional, absurd ...
Plot: gay, writers, grief, family problems, betrayal, aids, love triangle, secret, hollywood, chat room, solitude, tragedy ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, contemporary
Place: los angeles, egypt, rome italy, new york
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