Based on book movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant based on book movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, visually appealing, realistic, emotional, touching and stylized films and TV shows about / with storytelling, adaptation, dialogue, mentor, destiny, catastrophe, runaway, youth, brutality and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as based on book: 11.22.63 (2016), Dear John (2010), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), Gomorrah (2008), The Last Kingdom (2015), Matilda (1996), Seventh Son (2014), Paranoid Park (2007), Emma. (2020), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013).

List of based on book movies

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: One year after their incredible adventures in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter, Edmund, Lucy and Susan Pevensie return to Narnia to aid a young prince whose life has been threatened by the evil King Miraz. Now, with the help of a colorful ...
Style: feel good, exciting, serious, saga, epic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens, girls' night
Plot: imaginary kingdom, prince, good versus evil, witch, parallel world, queen, fantasy world, king, lion, sibling relationship, young heroes, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1940s
Place: london
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11.22.63 (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An English teacher travels back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination, but discovers he is attached to the life he has made in a bygone era.
Style: stylized, suspense, exciting, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, assassination, kennedy assassination, time traveler, surveillance, time, murder, altering history, twists & turns, historical event, imaginary ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 50s, year 1963 ...
Place: usa, dallas texas
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Dear John (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Sergeant John Tyree is home on a 2 week leave from Germany. He meets Savannah after he dives into the ocean to retrieve Savannah's purse that had fallen off the pier. John falls in love with Savannah who is a student on spring break helping ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: love, love and romance, romance, couple relations, true love, love affair, young lovers, couples, soldier, breakup, fall in love, lovers reunited ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001
Place: north carolina, usa
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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Accident prone teenager, Percy discovers he's actually a demi-God, the son of Poseidon, and he is needed when Zeus' lightning is stolen. Percy must master his new found skills in order to prevent a war between the Gods that could devastate ...
Style: exciting, epic, humorous, stylized, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: superhuman powers, legends and myths, adventure, young heroes, best friends, monster, good versus evil, danger, greek mythology, heroes, imaginary, save the day ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, nashville tennessee, new york ...
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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A shipwrecked sailor stumbles upon a mysterious island and is shocked to discover that a brilliant scientist and his lab assistant have found a way to combine human and animal DNA with horrific results.
Style: suspenseful, rough, scary, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: mad scientist, genetics, mutant, survival, experiment, dangerous animal, chaos and mayhem, island, rebellion, transformation, experiment gone awry, technology gone awry ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s, year 2010
Place: pacific ocean
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Gomorrah (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 137 min.
Story: An inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. Based on a book by Roberto Saviano. Power, money and blood: these are the "values" that the residents of the Province of Naples and Caserta have ...
Style: bleak, tense, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gang war, juvenile delinquency, power, criminal, crimes, crime, criminal heroes, danger, deadly, organized crime, debt, social decay ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, quarry
Place: italy, europe, manhattan new york city, miami, new york ...
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The Last Kingdom (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A show of heroic deeds and epic battles with a thematic depth that embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for identity. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the ...
Style: captivating, realistic, epic, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: king, battles, kingdom, danger, rivalry, castle, vengeance, heroes, british, political unrest, escapades, viking ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe
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Matilda (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: An extraordinarily intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal.
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, fairy tale, offbeat ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens
Plot: school, little girl, telekinesis, parents and children, young heroes, teachers and students, adventure, eccentric family, child prodigy, supernatural ability, child abuse, mischievous children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.
Style: feel good, fairy tale, colourful, surreal, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: children, imaginary, fantasy world, candy, childhood, social differences, chocolate, family, contests and competitions, adventure, family relations, society ...
Place: atlanta georgia, new york, tokyo, germany, england ...
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Seventh Son (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Canada, China
Duration: 102 min.
Story: John Gregory, who is a seventh son of a seventh son and also the local spook, has protected the country from witches, boggarts, ghouls and all manner of things that go bump in the night. However John is not young anymore, and has been seeking an ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, surprise ending, fairy tale, stylized ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: sword and sorcery, supernatural ability, good versus evil, magic, witch, curses spells and rituals, adventure, wizards and magicians, master apprentice relationship, young heroes, chosen one, witches ...
Time: 18th century
Place: england
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Paranoid Park (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of ...
Style: surreal, non-linear, enigmatic, melancholic, lyrical ...
Audience: teens
Plot: skateboarder, security guard, fatal accident, crimes, teenager, high school life, police investigation, deadly, murder, skating, letter, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
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Emma. (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In 1800s England, a well-meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.
Style: captivating, sweet, humorous, entertaining, feel good
Audience: date night
Plot: jane austen, estate, opposites attract, matchmaking, looking for love, class differences, friendship, prejudice, female protagonist, child, matchmaker, romance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: england
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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In their quest to confront the ultimate evil, Percy and his friends battle swarms of mythical creatures to find the mythical Golden Fleece and to stop an ancient evil from rising.
Style: exciting, stylized, epic, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: mythology, young heroes, superhuman powers, fantasy world, adventure, friendship, demi god, artifact, ocean or sea, sword, heroic mission, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Heaven Is for Real (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Heaven is for Real recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Four-year-old Colton shares the details of his amazing journey ...
Style: christian film, touching, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, christianity, faith, family, heaven, religions or cults, parents and children, small town, family relations, clergy, supernatural, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nebraska, usa, lithuania
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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and ...
Style: emotional, captivating, touching, sentimental, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, teens
Plot: friendship, childhood, loss of friend, imaginary, escape from reality, magical, teenage boy, social misfits, loneliness, classmate, fantasy world, imaginary kingdom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, realistic, captivating, serious, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, battles, military, war, soldier, heroic mission, state affairs, civil rights, battle zone, military life ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
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Cold Mountain (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA, Italy, Romania
Duration: 154 min.
Story: In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind ...
Style: captivating, emotional, epic, serious, romantic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: american civil war, tragic love, getting home, slavery, survival, lovers reunited, loss of family member, lovers apart, power of love, wartime life, love and romance, love story ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: usa, north carolina, south carolina, atlantic ocean, appalachia
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Never Let Me Go (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy spend their childhood at an idyllic and secluded English boarding school. As they grow into adults, they must come to terms with the complexity and strength of their love for one another while also preparing for ...
Style: psychological, sad, melancholic, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: distopia, childhood, cloning, existentialism, boarding school, love and romance, friendship, loneliness, love triangle, life is a bitch, alternate reality, dishonesty ...
Time: year 1978, 1990s, 70s, 90s, 80s ...
Place: england, europe
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Castaway (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Middle-aged Gerald Kingsland advertises in a London paper for a female companion to spend a year with him on a desert island. The young Lucy Irving takes a chance on contacting him and after a couple of meetings they decide to go ahead. Once on the ...
Style: sexy, serious, scenic, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: desert island, adventure, island, friendship, survival, isolation, sexy woman, deserted island, couples, fish out of water, adaptation, love story ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: europe, england, london, australia, antarctica
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Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
Style: exciting, touching, fairy tale, colourful, witty ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing, girls' night
Plot: fairy, good versus evil, adventure, legends and myths, imaginary, friendship, childhood, belief, holiday, santa claus, christmas, dreams ...
Place: st. petersburg russia, new york, saint petersburg
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The Secret of Moonacre (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Hungary, UK, France, Australia, USA, New Zealand
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When 13 year old Maria Merryweather's father dies, leaving her orphaned and homeless, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle she didn't know she had, at the mysterious Moonacre ...
Style: feel good, captivating, sentimental, semi serious
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, young heroes, family relations, adventure, orphan, imaginary, teenage life, curses spells and rituals, in the woods, estate, rivalry, heroes ...
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Spice and Wolf (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Lawrence, a traveling merchant searching for profit, finds a naked girl with the ears and tail of a wolf asleep in his cart. Her name is Holo – a harvest goddess with an untamed beast lurking inside who longs to return to her beloved northern ...
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, road movie, captivating ...
Plot: wolf, werewolf, on the road, getting home, deity, transformation, countryside, fall in love, adventure, beast, falling in love, love interest ...
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Control (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA, Australia, Japan, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Control is the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, taking his story from schoolboy days of 1973 to his suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour in 1980.
Style: atmospheric, melancholic, depressing, touching, lyrical ...
Plot: musician's life, singer, music, punk, musician, epilepsy, music band, depression, performance, suicide, fame, tragic event ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1980, 80s
Place: europe, england, manchester england, northern england, manchester
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Nobody Owns Me (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of a lone father's relationship with his daughter, of the destructive power of alcohol, of a child's vulnerability, but also of love, betrayal and socialist politics in 1970s Sweden. A unique and moving story freely based on Åsa ...
Style: bleak, touching, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: working class, parents and children, dysfunctional family, disorder, single parent, youth, family problems, life turned upside down, family relations, alcohol abuse, society, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: sweden, eastern europe
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Gangland Undercover (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: This drama series is a fictionalized retelling of the story of meth dealer-turned-ATF informant Charles Falco, who spent three years inside one of America's most dangerous motorcycle gangs, the Vagos. Although Falco originally took on the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: motorcycle gang, working undercover, informant, undercover, crimes, organized crime, reenactment, outlaw, criminal, drug dealer, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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My Dog Tulip (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The story of a man who rescues a German shepherd and how the two become fast friends.
Style: sincere, atmospheric, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: german shepherd, dog, pets, wounded animal, friendship, rescue, dog movie, memoir, human animal relationship, friends, bittersweet, female director ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
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The Fish Child (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina, France, Spain
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A desperate love story between two young girls of extremely different social backgrounds who, unable to find a place for their love in the world they live in, are pushed to commit a crime.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, surreal, captivating, serious ...
Plot: murder, legend, women in prison, crimes, youth, haunted by the past, love affair, love and romance, master and servant, uncover truth, parents and children, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, paraguay, latin america, buenos aires argentina
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My Sister's Keeper (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two sisters take a journey of discovery and reconciliation based on the memoirs of Margaret Moorman. Christine has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and must rely on others for support even though she longs for and independent and ordinary life. ...
Style: uplifting, serious, touching, sentimental, feel good ...
Plot: family life, disability, family problems, split personality, mental illness, siblings relations, sibling relationship, sister, family relations, sister sister relationship, loss of mother, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Camila Jam (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Camila is in her mid-twenties and her life has been thrown into chaos ever since her boyfriend threw her out of their apartment during a bitter argument. Camila's ambition is to become a writer, and she posts regularly on her blog, entitled ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), looking for love, ambition, writer's life, lifestyle, love and romance, profanity, introspection, couple relations, drugs/alcohol, twentysomething life, computers and web ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil, rio de janeiro
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The Memory Keeper's Daughter (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During a blizzard in 1964, Dr. David Henry delivers his son Paul with the help of nurse Caroline. But when Henry realizes his wife is also carrying a girl with Down syndrome, he hands the second child over to Caroline without his wife's ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy
Plot: twins, haunted by the past, disability, family problems, parents and children, down syndrome, crumbling marriage, obsession, love and romance, child illness, family in crisis, unfulfillment ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s, 1960s
Place: pittsburgh, kentucky
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