Based on a novel movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant based on a novel movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out captivating, suspense, touching, atmospheric, sincere and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with friendship, father son relationship, family relations, murder, flashback, death, love, mother daughter relationship, dancing and female protagonist plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as based on a novel: Chaos Walking (2021), The Snowman (2017), Dracula (2020), Nancy Drew (2019), His Dark Materials (2019), Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011), Hidden Truths (2015), Anne of Green Gables (2016), The Outsider (2020), The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016).

List of based on a novel movies

Chaos Walking (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Luxembourg
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two unlikely companions embark on a perilous adventure through the badlands of an unexplored planet as they try to escape a dangerous and disorienting reality, where all inner thoughts are seen and heard by everyone.
Style: captivating, enigmatic, psychotronic, tense, futuristic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: post apocalypse, distopia, mind reading, wilderness, fantasy world, space colony, swamp, adventure, distant planet, attempted escape, teenager, colonialism ...
Time: 23rd century
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The Snowman (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Sweden, China
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous looking snowman.
Style: serious, surprise ending, suspense, neo noir, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, snowman, murder, snow, clue, police investigation, investigation, police detective, winter, missing woman, doctors, kidnapping ...
Time: year 1989, 2010s, 2000s, year 2006, year 1945 ...
Place: norway, oslo norway
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The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: France, India, Belgium, Singapore, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The story of Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod, a fakir who tricks his local village in Rajasthan, India into believing his possesses special powers and into paying him to fly to Paris to buy a bed of nails from an Ikea store.
Style: captivating, touching, light, sincere, feel good ...
Plot: journey, obsessive quest, dream, talent, beggar, hindu, self discovery, love and romance, cons and scams, singing in a car
Place: paris france
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Dracula (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 270 min.
TV show
Story: Transylvania, 1897. The blood-drinking Count Dracula is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.
Style: gothic, atmospheric, bleak, brutal, bloody ...
Plot: vampire, dracula, convent, undead, supernatural, vampire human love, male female relationship, studying, captive, immortality, vampire hunter, nun ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, contemporary, 1890s
Place: transylvania
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Nancy Drew (2019)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Young Nancy Drew makes plans to leave her hometown for college after high school graduation, but finds herself drawn into a supernatural murder mystery.
Style: captivating, enigmatic, tense, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: investigation, amateur detective, teenager, homicide detective, friendship, mystery, supernatural, murder, paranormal, unsolved crime, crime investigation, love and romance ...
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His Dark Materials (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Lyra is an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious ...
Style: atmospheric, suspense, enigmatic, dark, dark fantasy
Audience: teen drama
Plot: friendship, magic, prophecy, travel, child protagonist, conspiracy, children, church, journey, grownups, talking animals, supernatural ...
Time: future, 2010s, 2020s
Place: london, united kingdom, norway
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A story set in 19th century China and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, friends, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, couples, family relations, relationship vs career, girlfriend, social problems, tradition, medieval, family, social issues ...
Time: 19th century, future, victorian era
Place: asia, china
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Hidden Truths (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Intending to aid her family, a beautiful young girl accepts the job in a prominent model casting agency, only to discover their girls are also hired for something else.
Style: sexy, exciting, captivating, thought provoking, erotic ...
Plot: sexual attraction, lust, older man young girl relationship, female nudity, fashion, model, sex, money, virginity, addiction, fashion show, drug addiction ...
Place: sao paulo brazil, brazil
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Anne of Green Gables (2016)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A retelling of L.M. Montgomery's story of Anne Shirley, an orphan who is accidentally sent to a couple looking to adopt a boy instead
Style: sincere, touching, captivating, uplifting, compassionate
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, friendship, foster parent, parent child relationship, adoption, family relations, family, girl, foster home, foster child, adopted daughter, parents and children ...
Time: 19th century
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The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear (2017)
Genre: Animation
Country: Denmark
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Life in Solby is nice and peaceful until one day Mitcho and Sebastian find a message in a bottle by the harbour. The bottle is from the missing mayor of Solby with a message that he is on a mysterious island and has made a great discovery. Now they ...
Style: light, sincere, sweet, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: kids
Plot: rescue mission, friendship, sea adventure, anthropomorphism, animal life, pirate, animals, remote island, escapades, teamwork, pirate ship, travel ...
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The Outsider (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When an insidious supernatural force edges its way into a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe in.
Style: mysterious, scary, psychological, exciting, tense ...
Plot: supernatural, investigation, murder, police investigation, mysticism, small town, murder mystery, falsely accused, mysterious event, unsolved crime, murder investigation, crime solving ...
Place: usa, georgia, new york
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The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A psychologist who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.
Style: suspense, enigmatic, psychological, tense, captivating ...
Plot: father son relationship, picnic, family relations, mysticism, mystery, escape from reality, consciousness, mother son relationship, parents and children, coma, doctor, subconscious ...
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A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: Israel, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A story about the childhood of Oz in Jerusalem and his youth in the Kibbutz during the British Mandate and the first days of the state of Israel. The plot describes the relationship between young Oz to his mother and his first steps as a writer.
Style: sincere, sad, psychological, suspenseful, inspirational
Plot: depression, israeli palestinian conflict, writers, jewish, family relations, husband wife relationship, school, anti semitism, autobiography, childhood memory, judaism, art ...
Time: 1940s, year 1947, year 1945
Place: palestine, india, europe, tel aviv israel, poland ...
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The Red Tent (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
TV show
Story: The Red Tent is a sweeping tale that takes place during the times of the Old Testament, told through the eyes of Dinah (Rebecca Ferguson), the daughter of Leah (Minnie Driver) and Jacob (Iain Glen). Dinah happily grows up inside the red tent where ...
Style: stylized, captivating, emotional, political, saga ...
Plot: old testament, siblings relations, family relations, destiny, bible, strong female character, female protagonist, christian, love, women in society, tragedy, betrayal ...
Place: middle east, holy land, israel
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Eternity (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The story of the women and relationships that define a family across a century.
Style: touching, sincere, family saga, melancholic, sentimental
Plot: eternity, birth, family relations, family history, life & death, love, family values, loss of spouse, loss of child, widow, arranged marriage, loss of daughter ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century
Place: paris france
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My Life as a Zucchini (2016)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 70 min.
Story: After his mother’s death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. There, with the help of his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and ...
Style: touching, sincere, psychological, compassionate, adult animation ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: loneliness, alcoholic, orphan, introvert, orphanage, friendship, boy, children, accidental killing, adoption, alone, tragedy ...
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Promise at Dawn (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 131 min.
Story: From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragi-comedy tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and ...
Style: touching, tragic ending, lyrical, fairy tale, art house
Plot: world war two, mother son relationship, bomber, single mother, mother love, education, diabetes, promise, writer's life, aviator, letter, desire for fame ...
Time: year 1940, year 1938
Place: nice france, france, poland, africa, paris france ...
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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.
Style: touching, romantic, sincere, uplifting, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: world war two, writers, german occupation, marriage proposal, letter, nazi occupation, friendship, fiance fiancee relationship, strong female character, german soldier, female writer, unwed mother ...
Time: 1940s, post world war two, year 1941, year 1946
Place: london
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Native Son (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young African-American man named Bigger Thomas takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family, a decision that will change the course of his life forever.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, psychological, disturbing, surprise ending
Plot: poverty, love, driver, racial issues, crime and punishment, forbidden love, african american, war, african american man, racism, tragedy, money ...
Time: 1930s
Place: chicago illinois, new york
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The Durrells (2016)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: In 1935, financially strapped widow Louisa Durrell, whose life has fallen apart, decides to move from England, with her four children (three sons, one daughter), to the island of Corfu, Greece. Once there, the family moves into a dilapidated old ...
Style: atmospheric, exciting, stylized, captivating, sitcom
Audience: chick flick
Plot: greek island, province, friendship, family, island, family life, expatriate, adventure, family relations, parents and children, culture shock, dead husband ...
Time: 1930s, year 1935
Place: greece, mediterranean sea
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Notre-Dame de Paris (1998)
Genre: Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel "Notre Dame de Paris" which follows the gypsy dancer Esmeralda and the three men who vie for her love: the kind hunchback Quadimodo, the twisted priest Frollo, and the unfaithful soldier ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, captivating, compassionate, philosophical ...
Plot: notre dame cathedral, love and romance, impossible love, unfulfilled love, theater, hunchback, tragedy, obsessive love, musical performance, unfaithful, life is a bitch, priest ...
Time: middle ages
Place: france, paris france
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Scarlet Sails (1961)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A little girl Assol met a wizard and it has been foretold: "... it will be a fine sunny day when a beautiful ship under scarlet sail comes and the noble prince will take you away from here. He'll take you to the world of your dreams, where ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, scenic, lyrical, fairy tale
Plot: sailboat, village, boat accident, wedding, love, mad woman, toy maker, magician, crazy, pneumonia, fortune teller, musician ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia, ussr
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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel ...
Style: epic, inspirational, uplifting, serious, sexy ...
Plot: renaissance, painter, artist, art, catholic, painting, christian, genius, architect, sculpture, art history, historical figure ...
Time: 16th century, 60s
Place: italy, rome italy, vatican, europe
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The Seagull (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: At a picturesque lakeside estate, a love triangle unfolds between the legendary diva Irina, her lover Boris, and the ingénue Nina.
Style: sentimental, sincere, melancholic, touching
Plot: love triangle, suicide, novelist, mother daughter relationship, vanity, unrequited love, male female relationship, romantic rivalry, young woman, actress, playwright, school teacher ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century
Place: russia, moscow russia
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Based on a True Story (2017)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Poland, Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A writer goes through a tough period after the release of her latest book, as she gets involved with an obsessive admirer.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, disturbing, meditative, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: female writer, writers, mysterious character, obsessed fan, loneliness, lgbt, poisoning, deception, lesbianism, novelist, crimes, atmosphere ...
Place: paris france
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Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A human child raised by wolves, must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.
Style: atmospheric, fairy tale, exciting, sentimental, disturbing ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: jungle, wolf, hunter, feral child, bear, talking animals, anthropomorphism, snake, tiger, threat, survival, surrealism ...
Place: india
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The Commitments (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Jimmy Rabbitte, just a tick out of school, gets a brilliant idea: to put a soul band together in Barrytown, his slum home in north Dublin. First he needs musicians and singers: things slowly start to click when he finds three fine-voiced females ...
Style: feel good, realistic, humorous, affectionate, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: music, musician, rock and roll, working class, irish, friendship, rock, bittersweet, unlikely friendships, dancing, runaway, small town ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, europe
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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers ...
Style: touching, fairy tale, colourful, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, midget, adventure, family, secrets, beautiful scenery, daring rescue, friends, childhood, runaway, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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A Bag of Marbles (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Canada, Czech Republic
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In occupied France, Maurice and Joseph, two young Jewish brothers left to their own devices demonstrate an incredible amount of cleverness, courage, and ingenuity to escape the enemy invasion and to try to reunite their family once again.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: world war two, brother brother relationship, holocaust, ss, nazi occupation, german soldier, nazi, german occupation, soldier, jewish, military, murder of family ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, year 1943, year 1944
Place: paris france, nice france, france
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Outlaw Jesse James is rumored to be the 'fastest gun in the West'. An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw and, when Robert and his brother sense an opportunity to kill ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, gang, crimes, betrayal, criminal, vengeance, depression, sheriff, rivalry, revenge, idol, resentment ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s, 1880s
Place: missouri, kentucky, usa, new york, kansas city
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