The Best Book-to-Movie Adaptations For Film Buffs and Bookworms Alike
Calling all bookworms and movie-lovers! If you're having a hard time between finding a good movie to watch or re-reading your favorite book, you're in luck because Netflix has a trove of must-see book-to-movie adaptations. When you don't have time to read a whole book but want to see what all the hype is about, you can turn on one of these great flicks. From heartwarming rom-coms like The Notebook to historical dramas like Mudbound, there's something for everyone here. Read ahead to see the best book-to-movie adaptations on Netflix, and get ready to binge!
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano
Same Kind of Different as Me
An international art dealer must befriend a homeless man in order to save his marriage to his wife, which puts all three of them on a life-changing journey.
Watch Same Kind of Different as Me on Netflix now.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before
It's been months since To All the Boys I've Loved Before hit Netflix, but the film adaptation of Jenny Han's novel is nothing short of phenomenal (and it necessitates multiple viewings). Adorable castmates Lana Condor and Noah Centineo head the movie, and their performances will have you feeling all the feels.
Watch To All the Boys I've Loved Before on Netflix now.
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
The sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before sees Lara Jean trying to settle into a real relationship this time, but the past keeps getting in the way. As she worries about her boyfriend's ex still hanging around, another of her letter recipients comes back into her life in swoon-worthy fashion.
Watch To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You on Netflix now.
Nappily Ever After
When her perfectly planned life (and hair) goes awry, a young woman goes through a journey of self-discovery. With a little help from her friends — and a series of new hairstyles — she finds a way to embrace the parts of herself that she's been keeping hidden for a long time.
Watch Nappily Ever After on Netflix now.
All the Bright Places
The teen drama is based on a popular YA novel, which follows two teens struggling with mental illness who fall into each other's orbits and make a pact to see as many beautiful things as they can. It's emotionally intense and a definite tearjerker!
Watch All the Bright Places on Netflix now.
This film is based on the true story of Mari Gilbert and her quest to find her missing daughter Shannan.
Watch Lost Girls on Netflix now.
Starring the incredibly sexy duo of Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, this movie takes a working-class idealist and a rich playboy and visits them on the same day each year for 20 years until they finally, inevitably realize just how in love they are. The result is just as satisfying as you can imagine.
Watch One Day on Netflix now.
Though we're sure you're familiar with this adaptation of the 1996 Nicholas Sparks novel, watching Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams's turbulent and insanely magnetic multiyear love story never gets old (or any less hot).
Watch The Notebook on Netflix now.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A socially awkward teen named Charlie has always watched life happen from the sidelines until two energetic students decide to become his mentors and help him along the way.
Watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower on Netflix now.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Based on the bestselling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, Netflix's original adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is absolutely delightful. Lily James stars as a writer navigating her new life on Nazi-occupied Guernsey island during World War II. Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, and Matthew Goode also appear, and we can't be held responsible for your imminent obsession with Huisman.
Watch The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society on Netflix now.
Jude Law and Keira Knightley star in the film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic forbidden love story. Knightley plays a Russian aristocrat and wife of a senior statesman who embarks on a torrid love affair that eventually becomes her undoing.
Watch Anna Karenina on Netflix now.
A Neil Gaiman film adaptation is a film we support 100 percent. Stardust features a star-studded cast, including Sienna Miller, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, and many more. It's a fantasy film that follows a young man named Tristan who must return a fallen star to his beloved in return for her hand in marriage.
Watch Stardust on Netflix now.
Netflix original adaptation Mudbound is based on a novel by Hillary Jordan. It boasts a can't-miss cast (Carey Mulligan and Mary J. Blige, among many others), and it depicts the conflict between two war veterans, one black and one white, who return to their families in Mississippi amid grueling racism and their own personal struggles.
Watch Mudbound on Netflix now.
Yes, we know this is a series and not a movie, but we couldn't not include this fantastic show based on Margaret Atwood's 1996 novel of the same name. Some have even said that Alias Grace is scarier than The Handmaid's Tale, but we'll leave it up to you to judge.
Watch Alias Grace on Netflix now.
Admittedly, the film adaptation of David Mitchell's prized novel is pretty out there, but Tom Hanks manages to weave quite a story in Cloud Atlas. Essentially, it's a story that spans multiple generations and explores the concept of how our actions set off ripples in the future.
Watch Cloud Atlas on Netflix now.
Hold the Dark
If you're looking for a nonstop thrill ride with gut-punching action, look no further than Hold the Dark. It is based on the novel by Macon Blair, and it stars Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgard, James Badge Dale, and Riley Keough. Wright plays a wolf expert tasked with hunting down the wolves who are blamed for the deaths of three children, and it's nothing short of intense.
Watch Hold the Dark on Netflix now.
The Land of Steady Habits
Based on the novel by Ted Thompson, this Netflix original film is a recent gem. When Anders Hill decides to abandon his job and wife in the hopes of finding fulfillment, his life is completely turned upside down in ways he could never imagine.
Watch The Land of Steady Habits on Netflix now.
Based on the 1910 classic novel by E.M. Forster, Howards End is a '90s drama that still holds up. It's got some serious Pride and Prejudice vibes, and the cast packs a serious cinematic punch in this Edwardian London period piece.
Watch Howards End on Netflix now.
Gerald's Game is a must-see film for any horror buffs. It is based on a novel by Stephen King, and it is directed by Mike Flanagan. A couple decide to engage in a sex game where the woman is tied up. When the man suddenly dies, the wife must fight to escape her sudden captivity.
Watch Gerald's Game on Netflix now.
A Fortunate Man
This Danish 19th-century drama tells the story of a pastor's son who decides to break free from his devoutly religious family in Western Denmark to pursue a career in engineering, never expecting to fall in love with a progressive, intellectual Jewish woman who will never be accepted by his family.
Watch A Fortunate Man on Netflix now.
You'll never want to date again after watching this thriller, which follows a young Australian backpacker exploring Berlin on a solo trip who decides to join a sexy local to his place for a one-night stand, and it all seems to be going well — until the next morning, when she discovers that her new Berlin lover has no intention of letting her leave.
Watch Berlin Syndrome on Netflix now.
Another Stephen King story gets the film treatment thanks to Netflix, with this horror flick set on a farm in 1922. A married couple argue over what to do with their farm and with the wife's recently inherited land, leading her husband and son to commit a gruesome act that haunts them.
Watch 1922 on Netflix now.
Not only is this thriller based on a book, but it's also based on a true story. Amid the high tensions of the 1970s, an Egyptian man becomes a spy for Israel, walking a fine (and dangerous) line in hopes of achieving lasting peace between the two nations.
Watch The Angel on Netflix now.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
In a farming village in Malawi, a young boy figures out how to use the supplies on hand to build a wind turbine to help save the village from a famine. It's based on the memoir of the real-life, now-adult protagonist and is directed by Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Watch The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind on Netflix now.
Brain on Fire
Writer Susannah Cahalan has her life turned upside down when she begins experiencing strange neurological symptoms. When she goes for medical help, she's given a terrifying diagnosis and faces a lifetime in a psychiatric ward, but one doctor suspects something else is wrong and fights to help her find out what's really going on.
Watch Brain on Fire on Netflix now.
Climber Nadir Dendoune's memoir becomes a movie in this French adventure comedy. In order to impress the woman he's in love with, Nadir sets out to climb Mount Everest, and along the way, his story and personality catch the eye of the media.
Watch The Climb on Netflix now.
Based on a Brazilian YA novel, this movie retells the Cinderella fairy tale in a quirky modern setting. A young, ambitious DJ is determined to forge her own path in the music world, but things go sideways when a pop star unknowingly falls in love with her music.
Watch DJ Cinderella on Netflix now.
The Fundamentals of Caring
A writer suffering from writer's block after a personal loss winds up as the caregiver for a sarcastic teenage boy with muscular dystrophy. When they set out on a road trip, picking up a couple of new friends along the way, they wind up learning a lot more about each other and finding new things to look forward to in life.
Watch The Fundamentals of Caring on Netflix now.
An introverted horse-lover begins experiencing a series of increasingly bizarre events and dreams that seem to become real. Even more unsettling: the more she tries to figure out what's going on, the more she can't remember.
Watch Horse Girl on Netflix now.
Based on a story in the French novel Jacques the Fatalist, this French historical drama centers on a wealthy widow who is scorned by her aristocratic lover. But she doesn't take this lying down — instead, she enlists the help of another woman to enact a delicious and complicated revenge.
Watch Lady J on Netflix now.
The Little Prince
This beautifully animated movie is based on a famous French novella for children. It's a story-within-a-story, as an aviator tells a girl about a young prince who travels across the universe, visiting many planets and making poignant observations about life, love, friendship, and loss.
Watch The Little Prince on Netflix now.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
There are tons of screen versions of Mowgli, the little boy from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, but this one is a little bit different. Based on a later collection of short stories, the movie follows Mowgli from his discovery as an infant to his fate as the one who could potentially bring peace to the jungle.
Watch Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle on Netflix now.
Our Souls at Night
A pair of widowed neighbors begin spending time together platonically to try to stave off the loneliness they're both suffering from. Of course, the "platonic" part doesn't last long, as they begin to develop real feelings for one another.
Watch Our Souls at Night on Netflix now.
Netflix codistributed this British horror film about a quartet of friends who go on a hiking trip in memory of their friend who was recently murdered. As you might suspect, the trip quickly takes a turn from a pleasant, rugged boys' trip to a horrifying fight for their lives.
Watch The Ritual on Netflix now.
In 2011, 77 people died in a series of terrorist attacks in Norway, which were described in a nonfiction book in 2013. 22 July, named after the date of the attacks, follows the terrorist's actions as well as the desperate attempts of ordinary people to escape and survive.
Watch 22 July on Netflix now.
Jack London's classic novel comes to life in this original animated film. A wolfdog explores the world around him while also working loyally for a series of humans, all of whom have their own complicated lives and agendas.
Watch White Fang on Netflix now.
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Third-grader Judy Moody embarks on a summer adventure with her brother, Stink, and Aunt Opal in this family fun movie.
Watch Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer on Netflix now.
In this 1990 made-for-TV movie, a husband-and-wife team of child psychologists from the University of Miami are sent to investigate a series of horrendous acts of sexual abuse at Country Walk Day Care Center in 1984. The movie was made a few years after the high-profile case against Frank Fuster and Ileana Fuster, who ran the day care, went to trial.
Watch Unspeakable Acts on Netflix now.
Charlotte's Web is an absolute classic tale about a little piglet, Wilbur, and his unexpected friendship with a spider, Charlotte. This film is adorable, heartwarming, and tearjerking all at the same time!
Watch Charlotte's Web on Netflix now.
The Giant Pear
This sweet movie follows an elephant and a cat who are on a journey of a lifetime to save the missing mayor of their town.
Watch The Giant Pear on Netflix now.