The book vs. film conundrum!Read Article
Whether you're a bookworm or a film buff (or both!), sometimes you just want to hunker down and hear a great story. To satisfy your literary needs, we've compiled a list of the newest and most-beloved movies that are available on Netflix in both the U.S. and Canada. And remember, these movies are based on books, so even if you run out of things to watch, you'll have a whole new list of books to read. Get crackin'!
Movies Based on Books (Available on Netflix in the U.S. and Canada)
1. Gone Girl (2014)
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn.
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Based on the novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. It's the first in a trilogy—make some room on your bookshelf if you plan on reading this one after watching it.
3. The Maze Runner (2014)
Based on the novel of the same name by James Dashner. Another trilogy. We warned you!
4. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. It was his debut novel.
5. Still Alice (2015)
Based on the novel of the same name by Lisa Genova. The book was on the New York Times best-seller list for over 40 weeks.
6. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort. Just when you thought the movie couldn't get any wilder . . .
7. Pitch Perfect (2012)
Based on the novel of the same name by Mickey Rapkin. What?! Aca-believe it.
8. Mean Girls (2004)
In part based on the nonfiction novel Queen Bees & Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. So fetch.
9. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Based on the novel of the same name by Harper Lee. We're waiting for Go Set a Watchman, movie producers!
10. P.S. I Love You (2007)
Based on the novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern. Perhaps just read the book . . .
11. Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. There's always time for Mr. Darcy. If that's not your style, maybe try Austenland instead!
12. The Great Gatsby (2013)
Based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, with the titular character played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Go ahead and give him an Oscar any time now . . .
13. Battle Royale (2000)
Based on the novel of the same name by Koushun Takami. This is the original Hunger Games, friends.
14. Drive (2011)
Based on the novel of the same name by James Sallis. Hello, Mr. Gosling.
15. The Woman in Black (2012)
Based on the novel of the same name by Susan Hill. Accio popcorn! Wait.
16. Black Hawk Down (2001)
Based on the novel of the same name by Mark Bowden. Adapting the novel was Simon West's idea, but he moved on to direct Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) instead.
17. Moneyball (2011)
Based on the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. The book is actually a nonfictional account of Billy Beane, Oakland's baseball team manager.
18. The Godfather (1972)
Based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo. Bet that's an offer you can't refuse!
19. Carrie (1976)
Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Don't worry—if you're outside the U.S. or Canada, they've made three films (four if you include the sequel) and a musical. Check to see if one of them is available on Netflix where you live.
20. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
Based on the novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith. Because sometimes you just want more accuracy in your historical movie night.
1. Adaptation Bonus: Clueless (1995)
Loosely based on Emma by Jane Austen. You'll really be rollin' with the homies.
2. Inception Bonus: Strange Magic (2015)
Based on a story written by George Lucas, loosely based on William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. That's a "based on" within a "based on."
3. Book Series Bonus: A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Based on the series of the same name by Lemony Snicket. P.S. They're making a Netflix original series!
4. Cartoon Bonus: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
Based on a short cartoon book of the same name by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long. You probably think this movie's about you, don't you, don't youuuuuu?
5. Play Bonus: Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Based on Shakespeare's play of the same name. What? You can never have enough Leo!
6. Poetry Bonus: Braveheart (1995)
Based on Blind Harry's epic poem "The Actes and Deides of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace." Say that three times fast.
7. TV Series Bonus: Orange Is the New Black (2013–present)
Based on the memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman. Curl up with a King Cone and enjoy.
8. Just Take the Character out of the Novel Bonus: Jack Reacher (2012)
Based on the protagonist of a series by Lee Child. Well, Lee Child is a pen name; the author's name is actually Jim Grant.
9. Short Story Bonus: Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Based on the short story of the same name by Annie Prouix, a prize-winning story originally published in The New Yorker.
10. Children's Book Bonus: Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
Based on the children's book Arthur and the Minimoys by Luc Besson. What are minimoys? They're a tiny race of people who live in harmony with nature. Awww.
11. Young Adult Novel Bonus: The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Based on the novel of the same name by John Green. Enjoy! (You know, until you start crying so hard you can't see the screen. At least you can watch from the comfort of your home, where the tissues are always nearby!)
There you have it, a list of 31 movies based on books, and all of them are movies on Netflix! Watch Netflix and chill, whatever that may mean to you. Or read a book and chill. Or do both! Everyone loves that friend who won't stop pointing out all of the differences between the book and movie! Right? R-right? Hey, guys, wait . . .
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