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, intense, interesting, suspense, stylized and serious films and TV shows about / with adaptation, storytelling, mentor, catastrophe, dialogue, destiny, runaway, life philosophy, chase and redemption plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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adaptation movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as adaptation: Alita: Battle Angel (2019), Castlevania (2017), A Dog's Purpose (2017), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), Ferdinand (2017), The Nanny Diaries (2007), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Theory of Everything (2014), Return to Treasure Island (1989).

List of adaptation movies

Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, 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: exciting, captivating, enigmatic, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: martial arts, bounty hunter, space station, cyborgs, danger, adaptation, mars, society, cyberpunk, memories, uncover truth, kiss ...
Time: near future
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 8.1
 22K
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, dracula, vampire hunter, adaptation, magic, medieval, plague, computer game, demon, clan
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: touching, sweet, melancholic, sad, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: dog, reincarnation, human animal relationship, dog movie, transformation, happy ending, adaptation, life & death, animals, police dog, love, death ...
Time: 1960s, 1990s, 2010s
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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: captivating, clever, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, freedom, prison, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, hopes, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, survival, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
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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, intense, dramatic, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mentally unstable, social misfits, depression, mental illness, supportive parent, fall in love, passionate interest, romance, letter, running, neighbor, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia, new jersey
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 6.7
 39K
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: stylized, humorous, exciting, touching
Audience: kids
Plot: bull, friendship, adaptation, pacifist, talking animals, girl, escape, goat, farm, bullfighting, kindness, countryside ...
Place: spain, madrid, europe
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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, adaptation, social differences, love and romance, dysfunctional family, marital problem ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, harvard university, manhattan new york city ...
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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, prodigy, crime, fbi, justice, adventure, rise and fall, cat and mouse, special agents, manhunt, runaway, unlikely criminals ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1967
Place: usa, louisiana, manhattan new york city, france, europe ...
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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, factual, compassionate, serious ...
Plot: prodigy, disability, supportive spouse, against the odds, human spirit, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, love, adaptation, husband wife relationship, cambridge university, genius ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 1990s
Place: oxford university, england
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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: captivating, feel good, humorous, dark humor, entertaining
Plot: pirate, treasure, island, adaptation, journey, mystery, uptight character, 2d animation, rivalry, sea, redemption, adventure ...
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 4.5
 65K
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, suspenseful, exciting, suspense
Plot: death, notebook, mind game, violence, police, adaptation, plot twist, chase, mass suicide, fbi, betrayal, deity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, seattle washington, seattle
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 7.0
 301K
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: stylized, captivating, exciting, serious, fairy tale ...
Plot: fairy, witch, magical, good versus evil, betrayal, fantasy world, princess, in the woods, curses spells and rituals, king, imaginary kingdom, villain ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: france
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 7.2
 54K
The Dead Zone (1983)
Genre: Drama, 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, destiny, dark hero, 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, 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, brainwashing, manipulation, humanity, culture clash, idealism, ethnic conflict ...
Time: 1930s
Place: germany, poland
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 7.6
 450K
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, alternate reality, save the world, superhuman powers, investigation, good versus evil, human nature, moral dilemma, vigilantism, violence, moral ambiguity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1985, year 1940, year 1969 ...
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, vietnam, russia, afghanistan ...
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The Hunger Games (2012)
Genre: Action, 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, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, contests and competitions, future dystopia, young heroes, against the odds, killings, death, danger, rivalry, trap, heroes, training ...
Time: future
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John Dies at the End (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A new drug promises out-of-body experiences, but users are coming back changed forever, and an otherworldly invasion of Earth is underway.
Style: dark humor, absurd, scary, surreal, enigmatic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: invasion, alternate reality, portal, buddies, save the world, danger, drugs/alcohol, anti heroes, slacker, adaptation, storytelling, plot twist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, las vegas
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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, futuristic, philosophical, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: utopia, danger, alien, spacecraft, dishonesty, humanity in peril, world domination, husband wife relationship, demon, adaptation, technology, evil alien ...
Time: near future, 21st century, future
Place: usa, israel
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 6.8
 382K
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: memory loss, survival, apocalypse, adventure, isolation, trapped, young heroes, danger, imaginary, youth, society, on the run ...
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: thought provoking, humorous, offbeat, intellectual, philosophical ...
Plot: experiment gone awry, medical experiment, doctors and patients, chaos and mayhem, society, farce, revolution, 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: humorous, funny, witty, realistic, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: culture clash, village life, friendship, french, fish out of water, dialect, foe turned friend, social satire, happy ending, social relations, family, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, southern france, flanders, argentina
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 8.1
 388K
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, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, master and servant, maid, discrimination, storytelling, hopes, social relations, interracial relations, against the rules, exploitation, racial issues ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
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 8.2
 583K
Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 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, captivating, semi serious, rough, dark humor ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, life is a bitch, friendship, counterculture, society, crimes, drug rehabilitation, surrealism, misfit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, 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, rough, twists and turns, scary, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: island, mad scientist, genetics, rebellion, mutant, experiment, dangerous animal, survival, chaos and mayhem, transformation, technology gone awry, stranded ...
Time: future, 21st century
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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, cliffhanger, entertaining, absurd, idiotic ...
Plot: robot, end of the world, artificial intelligence, man versus machine, knight, culture clash, giant robots, technology, fight scenes, alternate reality, revenge, survival ...
Time: middle ages, 2010s, future
Place: england, washington d.c., china, africa, tower bridge london ...
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 6.6
 101K
Nerve (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico, has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds ...
Style: exciting, suspense, romantic, entertaining, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rivalry, danger, teenage boy, internet, deception, party, technology, game, surveillance, courage, moral dilemma, escape ...
Time: 2010s
Place: seattle washington, new york
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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, tense, suspense, serious, psychological ...
Plot: memory loss, amnesia, uncover truth, obsession, life turned upside down, mystery, psychiatrist, woman in danger, power relations, doctors and patients, paranoia, investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, year 2007, 2010s ...
Place: england, london
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 5.0
 71K
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, kids, preschoolers
Plot: cat, pets, rescue, disorder, animal life, dog, talking animals, animal shelter, tv host, adaptation, happy ending, adventure ...
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 7.1
 15K
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: factual, based on true events, realistic, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, illness, husband wife relationship, paralysis, polio, supportive spouse, adaptation, human spirit, rain, englishman abroad, cricket the game, near death experience ...
Time: year 1971, year 1958, year 1973, year 1965, year 1960 ...
Place: england, germany, spain, kenya, africa
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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, runaway, super strength, conspiracy, manhunt, police, adaptation, weapons, investigation, dialogue, society, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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