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, stylized, suspenseful, thought provoking, realistic and cerebral films and TV shows about / with storytelling, dialogue, mentor, catastrophe, adaptation, destiny, life philosophy, first contact, transformation and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Sci-Fi genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as based on short story: A Sound of Thunder (2005), Millennium (1989), The Swimmer (1968), The Princess of Montpensier (2010), 45 Years (2015), Far from Men (2014), Impostor (2001), Stonehearst Asylum (2014), The Lawnmower Man (1992), Bicentennial Man (1999).

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, suspenseful, exciting, apocalyptic, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: time travel, dinosaur, time machine, adventure, evolution, danger, experiment gone awry, technology, survival, disorder, changing the past or future, heroic mission ...
Time: future, prehistory, prehistoric times
Place: chicago illinois
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 5.8
 6K
Millennium (1989)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An investigator seeking the cause of an airline disaster discovers the involvement of an organisation of time travellers from a future Earth irreparably polluted who seek to rejuvenate the human race from those about to die in the past. Based on a ...
Style: offbeat, bleak, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: airplane, time travel, air disaster, catastrophe, time warp, collision, investigation, paradox, airport, investigator, sole survivor, scientist ...
Time: future, year 1963, distant future
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 7.7
 10K
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: serious, psychological, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: midlife crisis, nudist, swimming, neighbor, swimming pool, swimmer, social relations, unfulfillment, haunted by the past, suburbs, character study, pool party ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, 70s
Place: connecticut, usa, california
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The Princess of Montpensier (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Set in the high courts of 16th Century France, where the wars of religion between Catholics and Protestants are raging. Marie de Mézières, a beautiful young aristocrat, is in love with Henri de Guise, but her hand in marriage is promised to the ...
Style: serious, stylized, emotional, touching, captivating ...
Plot: forbidden love, unfaithful wife, royal court, french history, love affair, princess, aristocracy, society, love, jealous husband, passion, royal family ...
Time: 16th century
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 7.1
 31K
45 Years (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: There is just one week until Kate Mercer's 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy ...
Style: psychological, touching, art house, melancholic, serious ...
Plot: marriage, anniversary, secret, promise, apology, old woman, aging, haunted by the past, elderly, family secret, family secrets, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1962
Place: england, usa, switzerland, tokyo
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 7.2
 7K
Far from Men (2014)
Genre: Drama, War, Western
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, realistic, captivating, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: hostage, journey, teacher, political unrest, on the road, on the run, misfit partners, danger, mountain, survival, forced into action, rebellion ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, year 1954
Place: algeria, africa
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 6.2
 23K
Impostor (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Gary Sinise plays Spencer Olham, a top-secret government weapons designer who is arrested by a clandestine government organization on suspicion of being a clone created by the hostile alien race wanting to take over Earth.
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, alien invasion, manhunt, androids and robots, on the run, cyborgs, save the world, future dystopia, danger, race against time, crimes, imaginary ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
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Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A Harvard Medical School graduate takes a position at a mental institution and soon becomes obsessed with a female mental patient, but he has no idea of a recent and horrifying staffing change.
Style: twist ending, twists and turns, gothic, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: mental institution, mental illness, mental patient, insanity, psychiatrist, twists & turns, doctors and patients, plot twist, happy ending, uncover truth, doctors, escape ...
Time: 19th century, year 1900, 1800s
Place: england, usa, tuscany, london
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The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.
Style: futuristic, scary, stylized, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Plot: cyberspace, virtual reality, cyberpunk, technology, experiment gone awry, mentally challenged, vengeance, technology gone awry, a.i., misfit, inventions and discoveries, man versus machine ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, future
Place: washington d.c.
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Bicentennial Man (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Richard Martin buys a gift, a new NDR-114 robot. The product is named Andrew by the youngest of the family's children. "Bicentennial Man" follows the life and times of Andrew, a robot purchased as a household appliance programmed to ...
Style: futuristic, philosophical, melancholic, inspirational, sentimental ...
Plot: androids and robots, life philosophy, robot, dystopic future, androids, utopia, artificial intelligence, human nature, self discovery, society, romance, opposites attract ...
Time: future, 23rd century, 2040s, 21st century, 22nd century ...
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 7.7
 174K
The Birds (1963)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. ...
Style: suspenseful, surreal, scary, exciting, tense ...
Plot: dangerous animal, bird attack, bird, lawyer, birds, small town, survival, danger, paranoia, seagull, trapped, teacher ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: san francisco, california
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The Beast Must Die (1974)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Wealthy big game hunter Tom Newcliffe has tracked and killed practically every type of animal in the world. But one creature still evades him, the biggest game of all - a werewolf.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, psychotronic, british horror
Audience: boys' night
Plot: werewolf, murder, obsession, monster, wolfman, guest, mansion, mind game, supernatural, who done it, uncover truth, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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 6.3
 6K
Jindabyne (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Stewart Kane, an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated hill country with three other men when they discover the body of a murdered girl in the river. Rather than return to the town immediately, they ...
Style: realistic, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Plot: murder, fishing, police detective, serial killer, countryside, small town, investigation, crimes, couple relations, weekend, law enforcement, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, new south wales
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 6.2
 151K
Next (2007)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Las Vegas showroom magician Cris Johnson has a secret which torments him: he can see a few minutes into the future. Sick of the examinations he underwent as a child and the interest of the government and medical establishment in his power, he lies ...
Style: mind bending, exciting, stylized, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: foreknowledge, psychic, changing the past or future, destiny, supernatural ability, danger, time travel, save the day, terrorism, a vision, chase, hostage ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, usa, arizona
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Graveyard Shift (1990)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 89 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: slasher, scary, atmospheric, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rat, supernatural, gory, deadly creature, rescue, deadly, dangerous animal, survival, uncover truth, boss and employee, animal life, workplace ...
Time: 80s
Place: maine, usa
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 6.3
 3K
The Skull (1965)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A collector of esoterica, Dr. Maitland, buys an unusual skull from his ordinary source of artifacts. The skull is what remains of marquis De Sade. Much too soon he discovers how the skull affects him: by turning him into a frenzied killer.
Style: serious, scary, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, demonic possession, auction, grave robber, evil spirit, skull, dealer, s&m, religions or cults, psychopath, miraculous event, heist ...
Time: 60s, 18th century
Place: london
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Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza. In a dystopian 2021, Johnny (Keanu Reeves) is a data trafficker who has an implant that allows him to ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, hacker, computers and web, computer cracker, danger, heroic mission, race against time, cyberspace, virtual reality, technophobia, society ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s, near future, 2020s
Place: beijing china
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The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)
Genre: Horror, Romance
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Set during the height of Spanish Inquisition. The beautiful and kind-hearted Maria is arrested as a witch when she inadvertently cries out in horror at the public whipping of a child. As Maria’s husband Antonio tries to save her, Torquemada, the ...
Style: gothic, serious, suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: spanish inquisition, inquisition, dungeon, witch, religions or cults, woman in danger, good versus evil, danger, clergy, supernatural, heretic, rivalry ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages, 1400s
Place: spain, europe
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 5.7
 546
Borderline (2011)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 88 min.
Story: An attorney stumbles upon a suitcase filled with cocaine.
Style: semi serious, realistic, touching, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, lawyer, loss of job, money problems, lifestyle, drug dealing, unlikely criminals, parents and children, drugs/alcohol, dull life, couples, workplace ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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 7.3
 7K
The Dead (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 83 min.
Story: An all-Irish cast (including Donal McCann, Rachael Dowling and Colm Meaney) lends authenticity and gravitas to director John Huston's final film, an elegiac take on a short story by James Joyce (from The Dubliners). After a convivial holiday ...
Style: sentimental, gloomy, sincere, psychological, touching ...
Plot: haunted by the past, politics, dinner party, friendship, reunion, love triangle, self discovery, family in crisis, introspection, couple relations, bittersweet, friends ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, europe, london
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 6.5
 15K
The Love Bug (1968)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Herbie is a car - but no ordinary car. The story follows the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own from the showroom to the race track, with various close escapes in between. Three further Herbie movies were to follow.
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, semi serious, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: car, automobile racing, volkswagen beetle, rivalry, car race, car trouble, adventure, friendship, ambition, rise to the top, buddies, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: san francisco, california, new jersey
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 6.3
 104K
Paycheck (2003)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Michael Jennings is a genius who's hired – and paid handsomely – by high-tech firms to work on highly sensitive projects, after which his short-term memory is erased so he's incapable of breaching security. But at the end of a ...
Style: futuristic, serious, tech noir, exciting, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: memory loss, frame up, time travel, cyberpunk, time machine, betrayal, technology, mystery, amnesia, on the run, lottery, chase ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: seattle washington, seattle
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The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Genre: Adventure, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A robust adventure about two British adventurers who take over primitive Kafiristan as "godlike" rulers, meeting a tragic end through their desire for a native girl. Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling.
Style: epic, witty, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: gold, soldier, treasure, friends, friendship, british raj, imperialism, dishonesty, adventurer, ambition, mercenary, newspaper ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1880s
Place: india, himalaya, asia, afghanistan, england
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 6.7
 6K
Angus (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Angus is a large, pathetic 14 year old whose thoughts are most often filled with the image of one Melissa Lefevre. Angus is shy and thinks that he has no chance of ever 'getting' her. Being especially uncool, he is incredibly surprised ...
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, light, touching ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids, girls' night
Plot: friendship, prank, school, public humiliation, teenage life, misfit, teenage love, love and romance, high school, nothing goes right, parents and children, coming of age ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: california
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The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A man glimpses the future Fate has planned for him – and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across, under and through the streets of New York, he risks his destined greatness to be with the only woman ...
Style: mind bending, twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological, sentimental ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: destiny, fall in love, changing the past or future, alternate reality, fictional reality, forbidden love, teleportation, power of love, mind control, manipulations, foreknowledge, true love ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, united states
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 7.1
 145K
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, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, organized crime, robbery, crimes, criminal's revenge, gangsters, danger, fall in love, bar, crime, hitman, crime boss ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city, boston, usa, massachusetts
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 7.9
 611K
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, 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: intellectual, twist ending, cerebral, philosophical, enigmatic ...
Plot: first contact, alien, spacecraft, ufo, alien race, female protagonist, alien creature, loss, scientist, destiny, science, alien contact ...
Time: future, 2010s
Place: pakistan, russia, montana, china, venezuela ...
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 6.4
 4K
Jolene (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling to experience life.
Style: psychological, sexy, realistic, sentimental, serious
Plot: orphan, infidelity, teenage life, youth, love affair, on the road, cross country, drugs/alcohol, couples, romance, love and romance, lesbian ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, nevada, south carolina, las vegas ...
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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, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: sexual relations, couple relations, sexual content, introspection, parents and children, single parent, couples, family relations, mother son relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), cause and meaning, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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: stylized, captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: accountant, fall in love, romance, love and romance, society, wooing, social differences, hopes, starting over, blonde, train ride, break up ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: portugal
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