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, sentimental, realistic, humorous, visually appealing and exciting films and TV shows about / with adaptation, friendship, mentor, storytelling, redemption, catastrophe, destiny, violence, love and chase plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Adventure genres shot in USA, Japan, UK and other countries.
adaptation movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as adaptation: Return to Treasure Island (1989), The Help (2011), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Theory of Everything (2014), Castlevania (2017), A Dog's Purpose (2017), Mildred Pierce (2011), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Ferdinand (2017), The Nanny Diaries (2007).

List of adaptation movies

Return to Treasure Island (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Musical
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 76 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: feel good, captivating, humorous, entertaining, dark humor ...
Plot: adaptation, pirate, island, treasure, 2d animation, mystery, uptight character, journey, rivalry, greed, adventure, redemption ...
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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, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, civil rights, racial segregation, racial issues, blacks and whites, interracial relations, discrimination, storytelling, adaptation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river
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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: clever, touching, captivating, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, freedom, prison life, prison escape, life is a bitch, life sentence, confined, corruption, criminal heroes, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
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The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan, USA
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: prodigy, genius, disability, supportive spouse, life is a bitch, human spirit, religion versus science, against the odds, adaptation, fall in love, life turned upside down, love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1990s, 1960s
Place: oxford university, england
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Castlevania (2017)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
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: atmospheric, bloody, disturbing, bleak, apocalyptic
Plot: vampire, dark fantasy, vampire hunter, dracula, medieval, demon, adaptation, magic, computer game, plague, clan
Time: middle ages
Place: romania
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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
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, humorous, exciting, tense, sincere
Plot: adventure, friendship, danger, reincarnation, heroes, violence, murder, death, escapades, fantasy world, dragon, underground ...
Place: japan
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A Dog's Purpose (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, India
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A dog goes on quest to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes with multiple owners.
Style: touching, sad, sentimental, sweet, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dog, reincarnation, human animal relationship, animals, dog movie, police dog, life & death, transformation, happy ending, adaptation, talking animals, love ...
Time: 2010s, 1990s, 1960s
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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Steve Coogan, an arrogant actor with low self-esteem and a complicated love life, is playing the eponymous role in an adaptation of "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman" being filmed at a stately home. He constantly spars ...
Style: humorous, talky, witty, semi serious, cynical ...
Plot: filmmaking, adaptation, showbiz, artists and showbiz, couples, disorder, buddies, rehearsal, actor's life, director, nothing goes right, nosy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 18th century
Place: england, london
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Mildred Pierce (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 336 min.
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, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: depression, tragic event, lovers, family relations, suffering, single parent, friendship, ambitious, divorce, struggle, heroine, social differences ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, tokyo
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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, realistic, depressing, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: depression, mentally unstable, mental illness, romance, love, family drama, social misfits, supportive parent, bipolar disorder, male female friendship, fall in love, troubled ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia, new jersey
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Ferdinand (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, 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, humorous, exciting, stylized
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, animals, talking animals, countryside, bull, pacifist, goat, adaptation, kindness, escape, farm, girl ...
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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The Nanny Diaries (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 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
Plot: nanny, mischievous children, social differences, family relations, little boy, obnoxious boss, relationship vs career, parents and children, love and romance, dysfunctional family, fish out of water, adaptation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, connecticut, harvard university ...
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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, exciting, captivating, intense, suspense ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: master criminal, adventure, fbi, prodigy, justice, crime, crimes, rise and fall, deception, con artists, cat and mouse, special agents ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969 ...
Place: usa, france, manhattan new york city, louisiana, egypt ...
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The Crimson Rivers (2018)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Old-school police detective Pierre Niemans and his former student Camille Delaunay tackle complex, brutal murder cases.
Style: suspenseful, enigmatic, psychological, captivating
Plot: police detective, adaptation, serial killer, partners, discovering a dead body, blood, relationships, murder investigation, murder, police
Place: france
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National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (2011)
Genre: Drama
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, stage play, adaptation, play, scientist, obsession, man with no name, monster as victim, ethics, live performance, theatre play ...
Time: 1810s
Place: geneva switzerland, swiss alps
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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, friendship, parent child relationship, museum, art, foster home, bombing, painting, teenage boy, brother brother relationship, drugs, father son relationship ...
Place: manhattan new york city
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The Rising of The Shield Hero (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
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: tense, exciting, captivating, suspense, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vengeance, dishonesty, betrayal, heroes, danger, youth, society, chase, death, friendship, escapades, violence ...
Place: japan
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Dilan 1991 (2019)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Indonesia, Malaysia
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dilan & Milea are now dating. But as time goes by, Dilan has to choose between his motorcycle club or Milea.
Style: disturbing, captivating, sincere, psychological, sentimental
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: motorcycle gang, adaptation, friendship, danger, romance, crimes, rivalry, society, love, violence, female nudity, couples ...
Time: 90s
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Howards End (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 240 min.
Story: The social and class divisions in early 20th century England through the intersection of three families - the wealthy Wilcoxes, the gentle and idealistic Schlegels and the lower-middle class Basts.
Style: romantic, touching, psychological, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: class differences, adaptation, wealthy family, middle class, house, sister, couple relations, couples, love, society, family, love affair ...
Time: 20th century
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Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
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, enigmatic, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: cyberpunk, cyborgs, martial arts, bounty hunter, female protagonist, danger, uncover truth, space station, society, adaptation, amnesia, one woman army ...
Time: near future, future
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Here Without Me (2011)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Iran
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story is about the world of a small family with familiar dreams and not so remarkable problems. The mother is trying to lead everything to save her family, but small events disarrange all her plans.
Style: disturbing, sentimental, melancholic
Plot: iranian, worker, dream, poverty, love, cinema, adaptation, son, change, money, delusion, help ...
Time: contemporary
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Death Note (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A young man comes to possess a supernatural notebook, the Death Note, that grants him the power to kill any person simply by writing down their name on the pages. He then decides to use the notebook to kill criminals and change the world, but an ...
Style: serious, bleak, suspenseful, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: death, deity, notebook, supernatural, mind game, adaptation, violence, police, murder, revenge, mass suicide, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, seattle washington, seattle, new york state
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From Prada to Nada (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A whimsical fish-out-of-water story of two spoiled sisters: Nora (Camilla Belle), a law student, and Mary (Alexa Vega), an undergrad party girl, living with their father in a luxurious mansion in Beverly Hills. Mary has become so "90210" ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, fall in love, youth, social differences, siblings relations, fish out of water, bankrupt, student, family relations, romance, young lovers, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, beverly hills, california
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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 162 min.
Story: It is mid-december, and SOS Brigade chief Haruhi Suzumiya announces that the Brigade is going to hold a Christmas party in their clubroom, with Japanese hotpot for dinner. The brigade members Kyon, Yuki Nagato, Mikuru Asahina and Itsuki Koizumi ...
Style: exciting, stylized, humorous, semi serious, epic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, christmas, time travel, danger, save the day, alternate dimension, adventure, imaginary, teenage life, youth, social relations, rescue ...
Time: future, year 1999, 1990s, 2010s
Place: japan, asia
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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, ambition, blonde, politics, beauty salon, rivalry, workplace situations, fighting the system, law school, adaptation, lawyer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: washington d.c., usa, u.s. capitol building, harvard university, boston
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Maleficent (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The untold story of Disney's most iconic villain from the 1959 classic 'Sleeping Beauty'. A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading ...
Style: fairy tale, captivating, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Plot: fairy, witch, magical, good versus evil, fantasy world, dark fantasy, imaginary kingdom, princess, disney, imaginary, wizards and magicians, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: france, europe
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Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
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, semi serious, emotional ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: cooking, food, rivalry, chef, contests and competitions, school life, adventure, twists & turns, father son relationship, friends, adaptation, dishonesty ...
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The Dead Zone (1983)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, tense, psychological ...
Plot: supernatural ability, dark hero, destiny, coma, supernatural, changing the past or future, heroes, investigation, serial killer, murder, tragedy, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: usa, maine, new hampshire
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Look Who's Back (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Adolf Hitler wakes up in a vacant lot in Berlin, with no knowledge of anything that happened after 1945. Homeless and destitute. Although everyone recognizes him, nobody believes that he is Hitler; instead, they think he is either a comedian, or a ...
Style: satirical, twist ending, realistic, absurd, stylized ...
Plot: hitler, time traveler, politics, adaptation, fascism, morality, nazi, brainwashing, manipulation, humanity, culture clash, idealism ...
Time: 2010s, 1930s
Place: germany, berlin germany, poland
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Watchmen (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited ...
Style: comic, bleak, twists and turns, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alternate reality, superhero, parallel world, imaginary, conspiracy, superhuman powers, good versus evil, moral dilemma, anti heroes, save the world, investigation, hidden identity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1969, year 1971, year 1959 ...
Place: usa, soviet union, manhattan new york city, afghanistan, antarctica ...
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