Adaptation movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant adaptation movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out captivating, suspense, exciting, feel good, visually appealing and light films and TV shows about / with adaptation, destiny, mentor, chase, friendship, catastrophe, survival, storytelling, danger and murder plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Comedy genres shot in USA, Japan, UK and other countries.
adaptation movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as adaptation: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Alita: Battle Angel (2019), Return to Treasure Island (1989), Castlevania (2017), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Help (2011), The Nanny Diaries (2007), The Rising of The Shield Hero (2019), The Theory of Everything (2014), The Crimson Rivers (2018).

List of adaptation movies

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: captivating, clever, touching, inspirational, uplifting ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison escape, false accusation, freedom, powerful ending, prison life, hopes, life is a bitch, existentialism, life sentence, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does ...
Style: captivating, exciting, suspense, enigmatic, tech noir ...
Plot: cyberpunk, cyborgs, female warrior, distopia, female protagonist, nanotechnology, martial arts, tough girl, woman fights a man, bounty hunter, adaptation, danger ...
Time: near future, future
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Return to Treasure Island (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Musical
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 59 min.
Story: A USSR-made adaptation of the famous Robert Louis Stevenson's book that combines animated sequences with live action parts. This is Part 1.
Style: 2d animation, feel good, humorous, captivating, entertaining ...
Plot: adaptation, pirate, island, treasure, dark humor, journey, mystery, uptight character, adventure, greed, rivalry, sea ...
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Castlevania (2017)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: A dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepe himself. Inspired by the classic video game series.
Style: dark fantasy, atmospheric, bloody, disturbing, bleak ...
Plot: vampire hunter, vampire, dracula, medieval, magic, demon, adaptation, computer game, clan, plague, revenge, supernatural ...
Time: middle ages
Place: romania
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not ...
Style: clever, captivating, exciting, intense, suspense ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: con artists, master criminal, prodigy, fbi, adventure, deception, rise and fall, justice, crime, cat and mouse, crimes, adaptation ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1974 ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., paris france, california, spain ...
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, storytelling, racial issues, interracial relations, hopes, social relations, human spirit ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
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The Nanny Diaries (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A college graduate goes to work as a nanny for a rich New York family. Ensconced in their home, she has to juggle their dysfunction, a new romance, and the spoiled brat in her charge.
Style: sentimental, humorous, emotional, sweet, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: nanny, mischievous children, family relations, love and romance, adult child friendship, parents and children, obnoxious boss, little boy, adaptation, social differences, relationship vs career, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, harlem manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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The Rising of The Shield Hero (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Iwatani Naofumi was summoned into a parallel world along with 3 other people to become the world's Heroes. Each of the heroes respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned, Naofumi received the Legendary Shield as his ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, feel good, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: betrayal, fantasy world, danger, heroes, dishonesty, friendship, society, rivalry, vengeance, murder, escapades, chase ...
Place: japan
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The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, compassionate, factual ...
Plot: genius, prodigy, against the odds, cambridge university, disability, supportive spouse, life is a bitch, love, fall in love, adaptation, human spirit, religion versus science ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s, 80s ...
Place: oxford university, england, united kingdom
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In Another World With My Smartphone (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: After dying as a result of God's mistake, the main character finds himself in a parallel world, where he begins his second life. His only possessions are the body that God gave back to him and a smartphone that works even in this new world. As ...
Style: exciting, captivating, entertaining, light
Audience: teens, teen comedy
Plot: parallel world, harem, magic, obsessive quest, travel, life after death, smartphone, life & death, new life, friends, romance, fantasy world ...
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The Crimson Rivers (2018)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Old-school police detective Pierre Niemans and his former student Camille Delaunay tackle complex, brutal murder cases.
Style: enigmatic, psychological, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: serial killer, police detective, adaptation, murder investigation, discovering a dead body, murder, police, secret society, policewoman, partners, religious sect, relationships ...
Place: france
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: "Rimuru Tempest" is the new name of a slime in a fantasy world taken by a former 37-year-old human Satou Mikami after he is killed by a passing robber. Broken free from ordinary, stale past life, his fresh adventure in a fantasy world as a ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, sincere, humorous
Plot: adventure, parallel world, friendship, dragon, danger, murder, fantasy world, death, reincarnation, demon, heroes, underground ...
Place: japan
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Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After spending eight months in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
Style: touching, offbeat, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, life philosophy, mental illness, love, male female friendship, family drama, romance, social misfits, mentally unstable, family relations, bipolar disorder, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania, baltimore, new jersey
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Fantasy Island (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A group of contest winners arrive at an island hotel to live out their dreams, only to find themselves trapped in nightmare scenarios.
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, suspense, tense, psychotronic ...
Plot: jungle, danger, torture, adaptation, reality vs fantasy, wish come true, island, deadly, fear, deception, hostage, paranoia ...
Time: contemporary, 2020s
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Mildred Pierce (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 336 min.
TV show
Story: A newly divorced, uniquely independent woman struggles to carve out a new life for herself and her family in Depression-era California.
Style: emotional, serious, clever, atmospheric, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: depression, family relations, divorced divorcee, single parent, housewife, tragic event, lovers, struggle, suffering, friendship, ambitious, divorce ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
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Ferdinand (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Ferdinand, a little bull, prefers sitting quietly under a cork tree just smelling the flowers versus jumping around, snorting, and butting heads with other bulls. As Ferdinand grows big and strong, his temperament remains mellow, but one day five ...
Style: touching, exciting, stylized, humorous
Audience: kids
Plot: talking animals, friendship, countryside, bull, animals, girl, pacifist, kindness, farm, bullfighting, escape, village ...
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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365 Days (2020)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Laura, in order to save her relationship from falling apart, goes to Sicily, where she meets Massimo. A dangerous man, the head of a mafia family, kidnaps her and gives 365 days to love him.
Style: sexy, sexual, erotic, captivating, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: sex scene, lust, erotica, sex, rich man poor woman, abduction, kidnapped woman, male nudity, passion, mature, strong sexual content, oral sex ...
Time: contemporary
Place: sicily, italy, warsaw poland
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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After Elle Woods, the eternally perky, fashionably adventurous, famously blonde Harvard Law grad gets fired by her law firm because of her opposition to animal testing, she takes her fight to Washington. As an aide for Congresswoman Victoria Rudd, ...
Style: humorous, not serious, idiotic, satirical, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: fashion, fish out of water, chihuahua, blonde, ambition, beauty salon, politics, rivalry, workplace situations, fighting the system, adaptation, pink ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: washington d.c., boston, usa, los angeles, harvard university
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Childhood's End (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 247 min.
TV show
Story: After peaceful aliens invade earth, humanity finds itself living in a utopia under the indirect rule of the aliens, but does this utopia come at a price?
Style: serious, suspenseful, futuristic, suspense, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: world domination, alien, space and aliens, spacecraft, demon, danger, utopia, alien invasion, dishonesty, humanity in peril, adaptation, evil alien ...
Time: near future, 21st century, future
Place: usa, israel
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Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Yukihira Souma's dream is to become a full-time chef in his father's restaurant and surpass his father's culinary skill. But just as Yukihira graduates from middle schools his father, Yukihira Jouichirou, closes down the restaurant to ...
Style: captivating, feel good, twists and turns, emotional, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: cooking, rivalry, contests and competitions, school life, food, chef, adventure, friends, school, twists & turns, father son relationship, competition ...
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National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and ...
Style: gothic
Plot: frankenstein, monster, adaptation, stage play, play, scientist, obsession, monster as victim, live performance, ethics, man with no name, dog sled ...
Time: 1810s
Place: geneva switzerland, swiss alps
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Blood and Chocolate (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: USA, UK, Germany, Romania
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young teenage werewolf is torn between honoring her family's secret and her love for a man.
Style: suspenseful, serious, romantic, exciting, gothic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: werewolf, forbidden love, interspecies romance, unlikely couple, vampire human love, fall in love, love and romance, transformation, female werewolf, chocolate, romance, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, romania, paris france, bucharest, colorado
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Alice (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 184 min.
TV show
Story: Everything you know about Alice's adventures in Wonderland is about to be turned upside down in this modern-day miniseries event. Stars Kathy Bates, Caterina Scorsone, Matt Frewer, Harry Dean Stanton and Tim Curry.
Style: fairy tale, surreal, atmospheric, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: imaginary kingdom, imaginary, fish out of water, fantasy world, escapades, adventure, curses spells and rituals, danger, surrealism, prince, save the kingdom, disorder ...
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Cell (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a strange signal pulsates through all cell phone networks worldwide, it starts a murderous epidemic of epic proportions when users become bloodthirsty creatures, and a group of people in New England are among the survivors to deal with the ...
Style: ambiguous ending, scary, twist ending, suspense, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: apocalypse, epidemic, zombie, virus, stephen king, insanity, suicide, murder, zombie apocalypse, end of the world, cell phone, survival ...
Time: 2010s
Place: boston, new england, maine
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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, sexy woman, survival, deserted island, couples, fish out of water, adaptation, love story, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: europe, england, london, australia, antarctica
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Doraemon (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Robotic cat Doraemon is sent back in time from the 22nd century to protect 10-year-old Noby, a lazy and uncoordinated boy who is destined to have a tragic future. Doraemon can create secret gadgets from a pocket on his stomach, but they usually ...
Style: 2d animation, captivating, humorous, educational, light ...
Audience: kids
Plot: time travel, adaptation, anthropomorphism, environmental, environmentalist, environment, cat, time traveler, everyday life, eyeglasses, boy with glasses, robot ...
Time: future
Place: japan, south korea
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The Rook (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: After waking in a park with total amnesia — and surrounded by dead bodies, all wearing latex gloves — a young woman must fight to uncover her past, and resume her position at the head of Britain’s most secret (supernatural) service before the ...
Style: atmospheric, disturbing, enigmatic, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: secret service, secret, amnesia, investigation, murder, adaptation, supernatural, fantasy world, danger, job, erased memory, british secret service ...
Place: london
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Virgin River (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: After seeing an ad for a midwife, a recently divorced big-city nurse moves to the redwood forests of California, where she meets an intriguing man.
Style: captivating, surprise ending, entertaining, sincere, exciting
Plot: new life, small town, romance, adaptation, comeback, escape attempt, hopes, destiny, socialite, adventure, runaway, nurse ...
Place: california
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The Goldfinch (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals 'The Goldfinch', a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.
Style: atmospheric, non-linear, exciting, psychological, enigmatic
Plot: tragic event, museum, art, friendship, painting, drugs, parent child relationship, teenage boy, foster home, bombing, brother brother relationship, father son relationship ...
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, amsterdam
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The Last Man on Earth (2015)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: The year is 2022, and after an unlikely event, only one man is left on earth: Phil Miller, who used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank. Now, in his RV, Phil searches the country for other survivors.
Style: humorous, not serious, offbeat, exciting, sitcom ...
Audience: family outing, teen comedy
Plot: post apocalypse, alone in the world, survival, survivor, danger, chaos, partners, couples, save the world, virus, disorder, odd couple ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: usa, tucson arizona, arizona
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