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 clever, interesting, intense, realistic, suspense and stylized films and TV shows about / with adaptation, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, catastrophe, destiny, runaway, life philosophy, friendship and violence plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Sci-Fi genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as adaptation: Castlevania (2017), A Dog's Purpose (2017), Ferdinand (2017), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), The Dead Zone (1983), Look Who's Back (2015), Watchmen (2009), The Hunger Games (2012), Death Note (2017).
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Drama
USA
142 min.
 9.3
Heart of a Dog (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Soviet Union
136 min.
 8.8
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Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Action, Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA, Canada, Argentina
Shatter Me (2020)
Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
USA

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 8.1
 21K
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: bleak, disturbing, atmospheric, apocalyptic, bloody
Plot: vampire hunter, dark fantasy, vampire, adaptation, dracula, medieval, magic, computer game, clan, demon, plague
Time: middle ages
Place: romania
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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: sweet, touching, melancholic, sad, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dog, reincarnation, transformation, happy ending, adaptation, human animal relationship, dog movie, animals, life & death, love, death, talking animals ...
Time: 2010s, 1960s, 1990s
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 6.7
 36K
Ferdinand (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
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: humorous, stylized, touching, exciting
Audience: kids
Plot: bull, friendship, adaptation, talking animals, pacifist, bullfighting, farm, countryside, escape, girl, kindness, goat ...
Place: spain, europe, madrid
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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, captivating, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, prison, prison life, freedom, false accusation, confined, life sentence, hopes, survival, life is a bitch, criminal heroes, justice ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 50s ...
Place: usa, maine, mexico
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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, offbeat, intense, dramatic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally unstable, social misfits, depression, supportive parent, mental illness, fall in love, obsession, parents and children, passionate interest, romance, love and romance, running ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia, new jersey
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 7.2
 52K
The Dead Zone (1983)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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: suspense, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, psychological ...
Plot: supernatural ability, coma, destiny, changing the past or future, supernatural, dark hero, heroes, investigation, serial killer, murder, tragedy, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: usa, new hampshire, maine
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Look Who's Back (2015)
Genre: Comedy, 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: 1930s
Place: germany, poland
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 7.6
 438K
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: bleak, twists and turns, suspense, comic, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, parallel world, save the world, superhuman powers, investigation, good versus evil, human nature, uncover truth, alternate reality, hidden identity, vigilantism, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1960s, 1940s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, russia, afghanistan, vietnam, antarctica ...
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The Hunger Games (2012)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, futuristic, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, contests and competitions, young heroes, future dystopia, against the odds, death, danger, rivalry, heroes, youth, moral dilemma, trap ...
Time: future
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 4.6
 63K
Death Note (2017)
Genre: 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, suspense, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: death, notebook, violence, police, adaptation, plot twist, fbi, mass suicide, chase, betrayal, supernatural, deity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington
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Childhood's End (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, philosophical, futuristic, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: utopia, danger, spacecraft, alien, dishonesty, evil alien, space and aliens, humanity in peril, world domination, adaptation, technology, husband wife relationship ...
Time: near future, 21st century, future
Place: usa, israel
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 6.8
 372K
The Maze Runner (2014)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Set in a post-apocalyptic world, young Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, tense, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: survival, memory loss, isolation, adventure, apocalypse, trapped, young heroes, imaginary, danger, youth, on the run, society ...
Time: future
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Heart of a Dog (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Old Prof. Preobrazhensky and his young colleague Dr. Bormental inserted the human's hypophysis into a dog's brain. Couple of weeks later the dog became "human looking". The main question is "Is anybody who is looking like a ...
Style: offbeat, humorous, thought provoking, intellectual, philosophical ...
Plot: experiment gone awry, doctors and patients, chaos and mayhem, revolution, society, medical experiment, farce, dog, obsession, adaptation, life philosophy, communism ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 80s
Place: russia, ussr
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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: witty, humorous, realistic, funny, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: culture clash, village life, friendship, dialect, french, social relations, fish out of water, workplace situations, foe turned friend, workplace, social satire, stereotypes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, southern france, europe, flanders, argentina
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 8.1
 377K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
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, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: master and servant, friendship, maid, racism, discrimination, against the rules, prejudice, justice, hopes, social relations, interracial relations, exploitation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
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 8.2
 566K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, semi serious, rough, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, heroin, friendship, life is a bitch, counterculture, society, crimes, misfit, drug addiction, surrealism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, edinburgh scotland, europe, london
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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, twists and turns, rough, scary, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: island, mad scientist, genetics, experiment, rebellion, mutant, dangerous animal, survival, chaos and mayhem, transformation, stranded, technology gone awry ...
Time: 21st century, future
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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, sweet, emotional, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: nanny, mischievous children, family relations, parents and children, little boy, obnoxious boss, relationship vs career, dysfunctional family, social differences, love and romance, marital problem, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city, connecticut ...
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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: surprise ending, entertaining, absurd, idiotic, suspense ...
Plot: man versus machine, knight, robot, end of the world, culture clash, giant robots, technology, fight scenes, alternate reality, artificial intelligence, revenge, survival ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s, future
Place: pentagon, big ben london, china, havana cuba, south dakota ...
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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: exciting, clever, suspense, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: master criminal, crime, prodigy, adventure, special agents, fbi, justice, rise and fall, forgery, cat and mouse, manhunt, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1967
Place: usa, egypt, atlanta georgia, paris france, florida ...
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Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, France, Sweden
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: memory loss, uncover truth, life turned upside down, amnesia, mystery, psychiatrist, obsession, woman in danger, doctors and patients, power relations, paranoia, hidden truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2007, 1990s, 2000s ...
Place: england, london
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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: touching, uplifting, serious, factual, compassionate ...
Plot: prodigy, disability, supportive spouse, against the odds, human spirit, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, love, cambridge university, husband wife relationship, genius, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s
Place: oxford university, england
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 5.0
 69K
Garfield (2004)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Garfield, the fat, lazy, lasagna lover, has everything a cat could want. But when Jon, in an effort to impress the Liz - the vet and an old high-school crush - adopts a dog named Odie and brings him home, Garfield gets the one thing he doesn't ...
Style: humorous, feel good, comic, entertaining, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, kids
Plot: pets, cat, dog, rescue, animal life, disorder, talking animals, adaptation, tv host, animal shelter, happy ending, adventure ...
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 7.1
 14K
Breathe (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.
Style: realistic, based on true events, factual, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, illness, paralysis, husband wife relationship, polio, supportive spouse, adaptation, human spirit, suffocation, love, marriage, baby ...
Time: year 1973, year 1960, year 1971, year 1965, year 1970 ...
Place: kenya, africa, spain, germany, england
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 7.3
 7K
The Crossing (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent and a ...
Style: captivating, twists and turns, suspense, tense, non-linear
Plot: time travel, conspiracy, runaway, super strength, manhunt, adaptation, police, flashback, friendship, mother daughter relationship, investigation, danger ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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 5.4
 37K
The Boss (2016)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.
Style: funny, humorous, absurd, sincere, awful ...
Plot: business, quitting a job, women, mentor, redemption, stereotypes, adaptation, betrayal, unlikely friendships, stupidity, greed, parody ...
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Miss Congeniality (2000)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When the local FBI office receives a letter from a terrorist known only as 'The Citizen', it's quickly determined that he's planning his next act at the Miss America beauty pageant. Because tough-as-nails Gracie Hart is the only ...
Style: feel good, humorous, funny, light, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: special agents, working undercover, fish out of water, investigation, save the day, undercover agent, beauty pageant, beauty queen, friendship between girls, contests and competitions, crime, tomboy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s, year 1982
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city, hawaii
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 5.9
 34K
After.Life (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Following a terrible car crash, a woman (Christina Ricci) awakes to find an enigmatic mortician (Liam Neeson) preparing her for burial.
Style: mind bending, psychological, bleak, suspenseful, offbeat ...
Plot: afterlife, mysterious character, dealing with death, danger, couple relations, supernatural, mystery, talking to the dead, death, life & death, mentor, psychology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.3
 69K
Goosebumps (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: After moving to a small town, Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets next door neighbor Hannah, the daughter of bestselling Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine. When Zach unintentionally unleashes real monsters from their manuscripts and ...
Style: humorous, exciting, scary, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, teenagers, small town, escapades, monster, werewolf, ventriloquist dummy, imaginary, family, youth, magic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: maryland, usa
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 6.2
 155K
Legally Blonde (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Elle Woods has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner ...
Style: feel good, humorous, funny, sweet, light ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick, teen comedy
Plot: self discovery, beauty salon, rivalry, university, fish out of water, girl power, law school, blonde, intern, ambition, feminism, boss and employee ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, massachusetts, california
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