Based on short story movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant based on short story movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, realistic and weird films and TV shows about / with suspense, storytelling, dialogue, mentor, death, flashback, nude, gun, violence and female nudity plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Horror genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as based on short story: A Sound of Thunder (2005), Re-Animator (1985), Book of Blood (2009), Graveyard Shift (1990), Memento (2000), Predestination (2014), Real Steel (2011), Dagon (2001), Arrival (2016), The Beautiful Troublemaker (1991).

List of based on short story movies

A Sound of Thunder (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a hunter sent back to the prehistoric era runs off the path he must not leave, he causes a chain reaction that alters history in disastrous ways.
Style: scary, exciting, suspenseful, apocalyptic, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: time travel, dinosaur, time machine, evolution, scientist, heroic mission, monster, changing the past or future, alternate reality, jungle, race against time, laboratory ...
Time: future, prehistory, prehistoric times
Place: chicago illinois
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Re-Animator (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.
Style: splatter, scary, slasher, bloody, funny ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: zombie, mad scientist, hospital, experiment, insanity, overdose, reanimated corpse, female nudity, scientist, laboratory, mad doctor, morgue ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: zurich switzerland, massachusetts, austria, europe
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Book of Blood (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Based on the wraparound story penned by Clive Barker in the author's "Books of Blood" collection, the story centers on a paranormal expert who, while investigating a gruesome slaying, finds a house that is at the intersection of ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, scary, tense ...
Plot: ghost, afterlife, haunted house, supernatural, sex scene, paranormal investigator, murder, professor, investigation, death, mutilation, psychic ...
Time: 21st century
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Graveyard Shift (1990)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: John Hall is a drifter who wanders into a small town in Maine. He needs a job and decides to seek employment at the community's top business: a large textile mill. He is hired to work the "graveyard shift" -- from around midnight to ...
Style: scary, atmospheric, slasher, disturbing, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rat, monster, supernatural, creature, twists and turns, suspense, rescue, dangerous animal, survival, uncover truth, deadly creature, escapades ...
Time: 80s
Place: maine, usa, new england
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Memento (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, confusing, neo noir ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suspense, amnesia, memory loss, murder, plot twist, revenge, memory, paranoia, vengeance, psychology, twists and turns, haunted by the past ...
Time: future, 90s, 20th century, 2000s, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Predestination (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has ...
Style: surprise ending, thought provoking, clever, twist ending, confusing ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: time travel, twists and turns, time loop, plot twist, time paradox, time machine, mission, parallel universe, changing the past or future, mysterious character, existentialism, special agents ...
Time: year 1975, future, 1940s, 20th century, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, new york, cleveland ohio
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Real Steel (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: USA, India
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the near-future, Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who retired from the ring when robots took over the sport. After Charlie's robot is trashed, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to rebuild and train an unlikely contender.
Style: futuristic, feel good, exciting, sentimental, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: boxing, robot, father son relationship, sport, underdog, androids and robots, technology, against the odds, contests and competitions, arena, parents and children, fight ...
Time: future, near future, 2020s, year 2016, 21st century
Place: usa, austin texas, brazil
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Dagon (2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A boating accident off the coast of Spain sends Paul and his girlfriend Barbara to the decrepit fishing village of Imboca. As night falls, people start to disappear and things not quite human start to appear. Paul is pursued by the entire town. ...
Style: atmospheric, scary, surprise ending, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: monster, curses spells and rituals, mutant, chase, supernatural, small town, nightmare, suspense, sacrifice, ritual, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, fishing village ...
Place: spain, galicia, europe
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Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.
Style: psychological, intellectual, futuristic, philosophical, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alien, first contact, female protagonist, linguist, scientist, extraterrestrial, time, science, alien race, alien contact, alien creature, ufo ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: montana, china, massachusetts, venezuela, russia ...
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The Beautiful Troublemaker (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 238 min.
Story: The former famous painter Frenhofer lives quietly with his wife on his countryside residence in the French Provence. When the young artist Nicolas visits him with his girlfriend Marianne, Frenhofer decides to start again the work on a painting he ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: painter, painting, art, artist, eroticism, husband wife relationship, older man younger woman relationship, creative process, taxidermy, model, drawing, human nature ...
Place: provence, usa, france, los angeles, south of france
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Color Out of Space (2019)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Malaysia, Portugal
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The Gardner family moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard, melts into the earth, and infects both the land ...
Style: suspenseful, surreal, tense, splatter, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mutation, farm, cosmic horror, alien invasion, husband wife relationship, meteorite, suspense, alien possession, farmhouse, infected, mind control, self mutilation ...
Time: future
Place: new england, massachusetts
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Caterpillar (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier but deprived of his arms and legs lost in battle. All hopes, from the villagers and women to close family members, turn to Shigeko, the ...
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: japanese soldier, quadriplegic, world war two, life is a bitch, family problems, disability, marital abuse, military, state affairs, soldier, political unrest, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan
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Burning (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea, Japan
Duration: 148 min.
Story: Deliveryman Jongsu is out on a job when he runs into Haemi, a girl who once lived in his neighborhood. She asks if he'd mind looking after her cat while she's away on a trip to Africa. On her return she introduces to Jongsu an enigmatic ...
Style: ambiguous ending, art house, psychological, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: class differences, aspiring writer, arson, fire, suspicion, stalking, suspense, male nudity, sex scene, childhood memory, childhood friend, disappearance ...
Time: 2010s
Place: india, south korea, seoul, korea
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Big Driver (2014)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Based on a novella from Stephen King, A famous mystery writer sets out for revenge after a brutal attack.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, brutal, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rape and revenge, serial rapist, rape victim, revenge, woman with a gun, suspense, rapist, vigilantism, vengeance, writers, serial killer, imaginary friend ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, new england
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The Drop (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
Style: tense, serious, captivating, intense, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, boys' night
Plot: twists and turns, gangsters, robbery, organized crime, crime boss, criminal heroes, fall in love, catholic, mafia, character study, church, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, boston, brooklyn new york city, usa, massachusetts
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Rollerball (1975)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game.
Style: futuristic, harsh, cerebral, reflective, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, cyberpunk, violence, fighting the system, fistfight, corporation, tournament, resentment, courage, conspiracy, corporate executive, satire ...
Time: future, near future, 70s, 2010s
Place: tokyo, california, houston texas, geneva switzerland, new york
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They Live (1988)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Nada, a down-on-his-luck construction worker, discovers a pair of special sunglasses. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: people being bombarded by media and government with messages like "Stay Asleep", "No ...
Style: exciting, allegory, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: conspiracy, distopia, alien, alien invasion, mind control, invasion, brainwashing, anti conformity, evil alien, uncover truth, monster, dystopic future ...
Time: future, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles
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Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Bubba Ho-tep tells the "true" story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his "death," then ...
Style: funny, humorous, absurd, scary, surreal ...
Plot: mummy, mental illness, dark humor, nightmare, roommate, monster, cult, irreverent, president, musician, old man, showdown ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: texas, las vegas, austin texas, usa, egypt ...
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Candyman (1992)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.
Style: scary, slasher, suspenseful, gothic, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: serial killer, urban legend, ghost, supernatural, monster, belief, macabre, cult, investigation, urban decay, revenge, bee ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: chicago illinois, illinois, usa
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Dread (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Three college students set out to document what other people dread most.
Style: disturbing, psychological, scary, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: fear, violence, manipulation, torture, psychopath, college student, held captive, childhood trauma, mind game, human nature, social relations, nightmare ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans, struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, ...
Style: gloomy, psychological, tense, harsh, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, old west, gang, sheriff, suspense, heroic mission, race against time, righting the wronged, death of protagonist, courage, heroes, morality ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, tucson arizona, usa, yuma arizona, sonora ...
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Daydream (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: An artist named Kurahashi and a female artist named Cheiko wait in a dentist's waiting room. The man feels attracted to the woman but says nothing to her. Later in the examining room, both patients are going under anesthesia, but the man looks ...
Style: captivating, disturbing
Plot: sex scene, erotica, couple relations, couples, vampire, female artist, love interest, vampire bite, seduction, painter, male female relationship, infatuation ...
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Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Two modern-day cowboys meet on a shepherding job in the summer of '63, the two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a lifelong relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.
Style: emotional, touching, sexy, sad, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: gay, homosexuality, homosexual, gay relationship, forbidden love, lgbt, love story, closeted homosexual, first gay sexual experience, gays and lesbians, gay slur, gay romance ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: wyoming, usa, canada, texas, new york ...
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Mateo Falcone (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 65 min.
Story: Corsica in the 19th century. An isolated farm at the edge of some scrub. Left to alone by his parents, Fortunato must deal with a fugitive who asks the boy to hide him in exchange for a gold coin. From then on, the boy finds himself caught up in a ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, serious, realistic, biting
Audience: kids
Plot: betrayal, parents and children, family relations, suspense, fugitives, human nature, countryside, violence, teenage boy, pastor, campaign, youth ...
Time: 19th century
Place: france
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Bliss (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two young people in Berlin, a refugee and a homeless punk, form a relationship.
Style: touching, semi serious, realistic, humorous, affectionate ...
Plot: prostitute, male nudity, female nudity, couples, love and romance, fall in love, prostitution, lgbt, refugee, homeless, punk rock, street prostitution ...
Time: 21st century
Place: berlin germany, europe, germany
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Cosmopolitan (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: A single bachelor, an oddly attractive neighbor and a popular women's magazine are the ingredients of this delicious romance that pays homage to classic Bollywood cinema while spinning a unique modern love story.
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: opposites attract, odd couple, wooing, immigrants, suburbs, couples, love and romance, society, bittersweet, interracial relations, christmas, self discovery ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new jersey, new york, usa, india, mongolia
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All God's Children Can Dance (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In Korea Town Los Angeles, a young man, Kengo, believes he's the son of God - that's what his mother told him since he was a young boy. He spends his days working his dead-end job and figuring out his complex feelings for his girlfriend ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: couple relations, sexual relations, introspection, single parent, family relations, couples, parents and children, mother son relationship, sexual content, existentialism, nude, cause and meaning ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Portugal, Spain, France
Duration: 64 min.
Story: Macário spends an entire train journey to the Algarve talking to a woman he does not know about the trials and tribulations of his love life: straight after starting his first job as a book keeper at his Uncle Francisco's shop in Lisbon he ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: accountant, blonde, love and romance, fall in love, society, wooing, social differences, starting over, hopes, breakup, engagement, fan ...
Time: 21st century
Place: portugal
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Far from Men (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A French teacher in a small Algerian village during the Algerian War forms an unexpected bond with a dissident who is ordered to be turned in to the authorities.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: journey, hostage, teacher, algerian war, prisoner, on the run, misfit partners, on the road, political unrest, french algerian war, rebellion, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1954
Place: algeria, france, africa
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The Swimmer (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the summer. He reappears at a friend's pool. As they talk, someone notices that there are pools spanning the entire valley. He decided to jog from pool to pool to swim the whole valley. As he stops in ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, surreal, depressing ...
Plot: midlife crisis, swimming, nudist, neighbor, swimmer, existentialism, life philosophy, character study, social relations, neighborhood, haunted by the past, unfulfillment ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century
Place: connecticut, usa, california
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