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 visually appealing, light, humorous, suspense, feel good and cult film films and TV shows about / with adaptation, mentor, destiny, catastrophe, storytelling, redemption, brutality, chase, dialogue and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
adaptation movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as adaptation: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Alita: Battle Angel (2019), Return to Treasure Island (1989), The Rising of The Shield Hero (2019), Castlevania (2017), The Theory of Everything (2014), The Help (2011), The Nanny Diaries (2007), Silver Linings Playbook (2012).

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: inspirational, touching, philosophical, uplifting, twist ending ...
Plot: prison, prison escape, freedom, human spirit, hopes, friendship between men, life, existentialism, wrongful imprisonment, life sentence, false accusation, prison life ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, year 1965, year 1963, year 1966 ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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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, suspense, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: con artists, master criminal, prodigy, adventure, fbi, deception, adaptation, creativity, justice, rise and fall, race against time, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1967, 70s, year 1969 ...
Place: new orleans, atlanta georgia, washington d.c., louisiana, france ...
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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: exciting, captivating, enigmatic, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: cyberpunk, female protagonist, distopia, cyborgs, female warrior, post apocalypse, tough girl, martial arts, woman fights a man, nanotechnology, bounty hunter, one woman army ...
Time: future, near future
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Return to Treasure Island (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Musical
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 72 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: captivating, feel good, humorous, entertaining, 2d animation ...
Plot: pirate, dark humor, adaptation, island, treasure, journey, mystery, rivalry, sea, adventure, greed, redemption ...
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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: exciting, captivating, tense, feel good, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: betrayal, heroes, dishonesty, rivalry, friendship, fantasy world, society, vengeance, youth, murder, death, escapades ...
Place: japan
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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: exciting, captivating, tense, sincere, humorous
Plot: adventure, parallel world, reincarnation, friendship, heroes, fantasy world, death, murder, dragon, demon, society, rivalry ...
Place: japan
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Castlevania (2017)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, 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, tense ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: vampire, vampire hunter, dracula, demon, medieval, magic, adaptation, computer game, hell, hunter, monster, castle ...
Time: middle ages
Place: romania
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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: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, compassionate, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: genius, disability, love, prodigy, against the odds, cambridge university, handicapped, fall in love, husband wife relationship, supportive spouse, physical disability, physicist ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 90s, 80s
Place: oxford university, england, united kingdom
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The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India
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, inspirational, thought provoking, uplifting, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, teens, kids
Plot: racism, friendship, maid, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, hopes, racial issues, writers, social relations, racial segregation, blacks and whites ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 50s, 20th century
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
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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: entertaining, exciting, captivating, light, teen comedy
Audience: teens
Plot: parallel world, magic, travel, life after death, new life, obsessive quest, love, harem, friends, super strength, fantasy world, romance ...
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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, romantic, humorous, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: nanny, mischievous children, love and romance, adult child friendship, family relations, dysfunctional family, obnoxious boss, parents and children, little boy, social differences, adaptation, fish out of water ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, new jersey, manhattan new york city, usa, harvard university ...
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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, romantic, dramatic, depressing, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: mental illness, love, romance, life philosophy, depression, bipolar disorder, social misfits, mentally unstable, male female friendship, fall in love, supportive parent, young widow ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia, new jersey, baltimore
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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: romantic, exciting, gothic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: werewolf, vampire human love, unlikely couple, interspecies romance, supernatural, forbidden love, fall in love, female werewolf, romance, lycanthropy, love and romance, supernatural ability ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, bucharest, romania, colorado, paris france
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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, scenic, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: island, desert island, adventure, survival, friendship, beautiful scenery, sexy woman, adaptation, character study, isolation, love story, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: europe, australia, antarctica, london, england
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Phantasm (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him.
Style: scary, atmospheric, harsh, twists and turns, slasher ...
Audience: teens
Plot: tall man, small town, zombie, investigation, murder, supernatural, mortician, adaptation, family relations, siblings relations, mausoleum, funeral ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa
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The Matchmaker's Playbook (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client.
Style: sweet, colourful, light, feel good, funny ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: relationships, romantic relationship, love and romance, fall in love, sex scene, love story, jealousy, friendship, passion, love affair, adaptation, mentor ...
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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, enigmatic, psychological, exciting ...
Plot: tragic event, friendship, painting, art, foster home, teenage boy, museum, drugs, bombing, adaptation, parent child relationship, brother brother relationship ...
Place: manhattan new york city, new york, amsterdam
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Fantasy Island (2020)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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, suspense, twists and turns, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: jungle, island, reality vs fantasy, wish come true, torture, adaptation, revenge, bully comeuppance, society, disorder, zombie, mansion ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2020s
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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: scary, twist ending, melancholic, surreal, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: virus, zombie, apocalypse, epidemic, insanity, post apocalypse, end of the world, zombie apocalypse, survival, violence, cell phone, murder ...
Time: 2010s
Place: boston, maine, new england
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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, fantasy world, adventure, fish out of water, escapades, curses spells and rituals, surrealism, transformation, chase, prejudice, insanity, betrayal ...
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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, satirical, not serious, romantic, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: fashion, blonde, fish out of water, lawyer, ambition, chihuahua, politics, animal testing, teenager, adaptation, animal rights, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: washington d.c., boston, usa, harvard university, los angeles
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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: twist ending, satirical, realistic, twists and turns, absurd ...
Plot: hitler, time traveler, time travel, nazi, morality, brainwashing, politics, adaptation, ethnic conflict, manipulation, culture clash, fascism ...
Time: 1930s, 2010s
Place: germany, berlin germany, poland
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Welcome to the Sticks (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Although living a comfortable life in Salon-de-Provence, a charming town in the South of France, Julie has been feeling depressed for a while. To please her, Philippe Abrams, a post office administrator, her husband, tries to obtain a transfer to a ...
Style: humorous, funny, witty, inspirational, satirical ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: french, village life, friendship, culture clash, fish out of water, postman, happy ending, family, foe turned friend, prejudice, adaptation, post office ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: france, provence, argentina, south of france, flanders ...
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Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, China, Canada
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Autobots and Decepticons are at war, with humans on the sidelines. Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.
Style: absurd, suspense, entertaining, visually appealing, confusing ...
Plot: giant robots, robot, transforming robot, alien, dinosaur, technology, man versus machine, explosions, end of the world, culture clash, extraterrestrial, adaptation ...
Time: future, middle ages, 2010s, year 2017
Place: tower bridge london, havana cuba, england, usa, united kingdom ...
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The Rum Diary (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, itinerant journalist Paul Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden ...
Style: stylized, light, sexy, surreal, humorous ...
Plot: journalism, cockfight, newspaper, writers, journalist, adaptation, eccentricity, gangsters, lifestyle, alcohol abuse, addiction, satire ...
Time: 60s, 50s, year 1960, 20th century, 70s
Place: caribbean, puerto rico, latin america, new jersey
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Arn: The Knight Templar (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Sweden, UK, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Morocco
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Arn, the son of a high-ranking Swedish nobleman is educated in a monastery and sent to the Holy Land as a knight templar to do penance for a forbidden love.
Style: epic, stylized, captivating, exciting, scenic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: medieval, crusader, monastery, knight, knights templar, adventure, war, sword fight, adaptation, religion, heroes, forbidden love ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: europe, eastern europe, sweden, middle east, holy land ...
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Little Indian, Big City (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Stephen, an international trader, tracks down his ex-wife Patricia in some Amazonian backwater. He needs her consent to a divorce so that he can marry Charlotte. Unfortunately, he discovers a son he didn’t know he had – Mimi-Siku. The young ...
Style: funny, humorous, sexy, entertaining, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: mischievous children, culture clash, family, adventure, jungle, dysfunctional family, parents and children, divorce, adaptation, fish out of water, nothing goes right, city life ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: paris france, africa, venezuela, latin america, france ...
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Two Much (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A young gallerist is in love with two sisters at the same time. In order to solve the problem he decides to invent his own twin-brother.
Style: humorous, light, feel good, witty, sexy ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: farce, greed, adaptation, twins, art, love triangle, switching roles, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, nothing goes right, hidden identity, wooing ...
Time: 90s
Place: miami
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The Perez Family (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the midst of the Mariel boat lift -- a hurried exodus of refugees from Cuba going to America -- an immigration clerk accidentally presumes that dissident Juan Raul Perez and Dorita Evita Perez are married. United by their last name and a mutual ...
Style: touching, light, sweet, sentimental, humorous ...
Plot: romance, destiny, adventure, immigration, adaptation, mistaken identity, political prisoner, prostitute, family relations, society, human nature, politics ...
Time: 80s
Place: cuba, miami, usa, latin america, florida
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The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A nine-year-old boy gets a plastic Indian and a cupboard for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life and befriends him.
Style: touching, fairy tale, feel good, humorous, clever ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, adventure, magic, family, toy comes to life, native american, toys, time travel, escapades, toy soldier, cowboy, coming of age ...
Time: 18th century
Place: brooklyn new york city, london, new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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