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The Best Movie Adaptations on Netflix

Which books have become the best movie adaptations on Netflix? While some viewers get disappointed when story elements and characters in their favorite books are changed, others find it exciting to see them evolve into visual masterpieces. In honor of the much-anticipated release of the movie adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time, we’ve compiled the best movie adaptations on Netflix you can watch without leaving your couch!

Lion (2016)

One of the most compelling films of 2016, Lion tells the incredible, true story of a young Indian boy who gets separated from his family and ends up in Calcutta. Eventually, he gets adopted by an Australian family, but he feels compelled to learn more about his mysterious past. Based on the book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley, the film features emotional performances from Dev Patel and adorable youngster Sunny Pawar.

The Reader (2008)

Based on the book by Bernhard Schlink, The Reader explores the story of a young man who has an affair with an older woman who reads to him. Years later, as a lawyer, he discovers that she’s on trial for Nazi war crimes because of her time as an SS guard at a concentration camp. Kate Winslet’s performance earned her an Oscar for Best Actress.

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To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

One of the best movie adaptations on Netflix is the 1962 film adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Gregory Peck stars as Atticus Finch, a lawyer who defends an innocent African-American man accused of raping a white woman. In 2007, AFI named the film one of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.

Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)

Its music cues may feel a bit dated, but the charm of Bridget Jones’ Diary still hasn’t worn off. Based on the book by Helen Fielding – who also wrote the screenplay – the film is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, starring Renee Zellweger in a love triangle with Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Need we say more?

Coraline (2009)

Based on the book by Neil Gaiman, the animated film Coraline tells the whimsical tale of a young girl who discovers a parallel world behind a secret door in her house. With a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, Coraline boasts exciting visuals and creative storytelling.

Atonement (2007)

Starring Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan and James Mcavoy, Atonement is a British romantic war drama that spans six decades. Based on the book by Ian McEwan, the film earned an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

Into the Wild (2007)

A visually compelling film, Into the Wild explores the true story of Christopher McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch), who gave up his family and his trust fund to live in the harsh Alaskan wilderness. It’s based on the nonfiction book by Jon Krakauer.

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Queen of Katwe (2016)

Based on the book by Tim Cruthers, the inspiring family movie Queen of Katwe stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong-o as the mother of a young Ugandan girl (Madina Nalwanga) who wishes to escape poverty and become a chess champion. David Oyelowo also stars as the girl’s mentor.

The Prestige (2006)

Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Michael Caine star in The Prestige, one of the best movie adaptations on Netflix that explores the world of magic. Based on the novel by Christopher Priest, the story follows two rival magicians who perform risky tricks and try to outdo each other in 1800s London.

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Revolutionary Road (2008)

The first reuniting of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio since Titanic, Revolutionary Road is based on Richard Yates’ 1961 novel of the same name. It follows a married couple in the 1950s who decide to move to Paris but are forced to reconsider when a pregnancy and a job promotion get in the way.

Carol (2015)

Cate Blanchett won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Carol, which tells the story of a middle-aged woman who falls in love with a younger woman in 1950s New York. The forbidden romance is based on the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.

Howard’s End (1992)

Based on the 1910 book by E. M. Forster, Howard’s End is a British romantic drama about class relations at the turn of the 20th century. Emma Thompson won the Academy Award for Best Actress in the film, which also earned the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film also stars Anthony Hopkins, Vanessa Redgrave, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Which of the best movie adaptations on Netflix have you seen? Is one inspiring you to write or direct a film? Let us know in the comments!

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Amanda

Amanda Pendolino is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter and script analyst who reads for studios, producers, and distributors around the globe. A former talent agency assistant, she has collaborated on both TV and film projects with various producers, directors, and actors. She enjoys silly comedies, stuffy period pieces, travel, live music, yoga and ice cream.

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