If you’re a fan of book to film adaptations, you might be interested in the book to movie titles currently streaming on Netflix as of March 2017. If you’re like me and enjoy comparing books and movies, go ahead and read these titles before checking them out on Netflix.
Whether you’re looking for a solo binge watch, inspiring family fare, or just want to Netflix and chill, there’s something for every book lover.
Book to Film Adaptations Currently Streaming on Netflix
1. A Series of Unfortunate Events
Based on the A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket, this Netflix original series stars Neil Patrick Harris.
This Netflix original series is based on the book by Kevin Brooks about a boy who wakes from a coma only to find technology embedded in his brain. The series stars Bill Milner, Maisie Williams, and Miranda Richardson.
3. The Road
Cormac McCarthy’s grim book about a boy and his father roaming scorched America is an equally grim movie. Now streaming on Netflix, the film stars Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
4. No Country for Old Men
Based on another Cormac McCarthy novel, No Country for Old Men tells what happens when a man stumbles on a drug deal gone bad and takes off with the money, setting off a violent chain of events. The award-winning film stars Tommy Lee, Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee’s classic coming of age novel is also a classic film starring Gregory Peck. Look for a very young Robert Duvall to make an appearance!
6. Friday Night Lights
Before it was a series it was a film, and before it was a film it was a book by H.G. Bissinger called Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, A Dream. The series, starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton is one of Netflix’s one of most popular.
7. The Great Gatsby
The 1974 film adaptation (there have been several) of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel is also available for streaming on Netflix. It stars Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.
8. Cold in July
After a man kills a burglar who broke into his home, the thief’s father seeks revenge. The film adaptation of Cold in July stars Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, and Sam Shepard.
9. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The film adaptation of John Le Carre’s spy thriller is streaming on Netflix for all to enjoy.
Based on Roberto Saviano’s account of his journey into organized crime in Naples, Italy.
11. Orange is the New Black
Though Netflix’s original series Orange is the New Black bears little resemblance to Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name, the TV version is a fan favorite, currently entering its 5th season.
12. Great Expectations
There are currently two film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations on Netflix. The 1998 adaptation features Ethan Hawken and Gwenyth Paltrow, while the 2012 version stars Ralph Fiennes and Sally Hawkins.
13. House of Cards
There are two adaptations of Michael Dobbs’ House of Cards currently streaming on Netflix. The original UK mini-series from 1990 starring Ian Richardson and Susannah Harker and the very popular Netflix original series starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
14. Anna Karenina
Though there have been several film adaptations of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina produced over the years, it’s the 2012 version that’s currently streaming on Netflix.
15. The Shining
It’s no secret that the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining wasn’t appreciated by its author. However, there’s no denying it’s a fan favorite. Currently streaming on Netflix, the film version of The Shining stars Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall.
16. The Diary of Anne Frank
The 2009 mini-series version of The Diary of Anne Frank is currently streaming on Netflix. It stars Kate Ashfield and Geoff Brenton.
17. The Butler
Lee Daniels’ film adaptation of Wil Haygood’s The Butler is a not-to be missed flick. Catch it while it’s streaming on Netflix.
18. Alice Through the Looking Glass
Johnny Depp reprises his role as The Mad Hatter in the 2016 remake of Lewis Carroll’s classic.
19. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
This visually stunning adaptation of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe stars Tilda Swinton, William Moseley, and James McAvoy.
20. The Fundamentals of Caring
The Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison has been adapted into a Netflix original film starring Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez, and Craig Roberts.
The film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Atonement is currently streaming on Netflix and features Keira Knightly and James McAvoy in starring roles.
22. The Crucible
24. The 100
25. Jane Eyre
The 2011 adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic is currently streaming. It stars Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, and Jamie Bell.
26. August: Osage County
The Critically acclaimed book and play, August: Osage County, was remade into a movie in 2013. It stars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Chris Cooper.
27. Bridget Jones’ Diary
Bridget Jones’ Diary was adapted to film in 2001. It stars Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth.
Stephanie Meyers’ fan favorite about sparkly vampires was adapted to film in 2008. It stars Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart.
29. Rising Sun
Rising Sun by Michael Crichton was adapted into film in 1993. It stars Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes and you can catch it Netflix!
Brian Selznick’s stunning book was adapted into an equally stunning film in 2011. It stars Ben Kingsley, Sascha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, and Chloe Grace Moretz.
31. The Little Prince
Back in the day, The Little Prince was assigned reading for many high school students, and bonus points if you read the untranslated version in French class. It’s also been translated to screen several times, and the 2015 animated version is now streaming.
32. The BFG
Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale about a Big Friendly Giant received the Disney treatment in 2016. Lending their voices to the film adaptation of The BFG are Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, and Penelope Wilton.
33. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Another Roald Dahl classic! The 2005 film adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Family stars Johnny Depp.
34. Children of the Corn
The creepy 1984 film adaptation of Stephen King’s short story, Children of the Corn remains a cult favorite. It stars Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton.
Stephen King is making an impressive showing on our list – and on Netflix. The adaptation of his novel about an obese man who finds himself on the wrong end of a gypsy curse stars Joe Mantegna.
Yet another adaptation of a Stephen King novel! Cujo, the story of a rabid dog who terrorizes a small town, stars Dee Wallace, Daniel Hugh Kelly, and Danny Pintauro.
37. The Physician
Noah Gordon’s novel about a young man who disguises himself as a Jew so he can attend a school that doesn’t accept Christians was adapted to film in 2013. The Physician stars Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, and Olivier Martinez.
38. Night Train to Lisbon
The film adaptation of Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon stars Jeremy Irons, Melanie Laurent, and Jack Huston.
39. The Giver
The film remake of Lois Lowry’s Newberry Medal -winning novel stars Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.
40. How I Live Now
How I Live Now was made into a movie in 2013 and is currently available for streaming.
41. The Big Short
The adaptation of Michael Lewis’ novel about men who take on the banks after the collapse of the housing market stars Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, and Ryan Gosling.
42. Around the World in 80 Days
This isn’t the first time Jules Verne’s classic Around the World in 80 Days was adapted to film, but it’s the most current version.
The beloved story of Paddington Bear comes to life in this 2014 adaptation. It stars Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins.
Jeff Lindsay’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter was adapted into a series for Showtime. Starring Michael C. Hall, this show about a serial killer working in forensics is also available on Netflix.
45. The Three Musketeers
The 2011 remake of The Three Musketeers stars Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, and Ray Stevenson.
Agatha Christie’s portly sleuth comes alive in this series.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays everyone’s favorite sleuth in this PBS series which is also streaming on Netflix.
47. Cheaper by the Dozen
Cheaper by the Dozen, the hysterical true story about a family with 12 kids, was also made into a hysterical movie in 1950. It stars Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy.
48. Glengarry Glen Ross
David Mamet’s comedy about ruthless realtors was adapted to film in 1992. Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, and Kevin Spacey star.
49. Beasts of No Nation
50. The Lazarus Project
The film adaptation of the award-winning novel The Lazarus Project stars the late Paul Walker and Piper Perabo.
51. The Verdict
Barry C. Reed’s novel The Verdict was adapted in 1982 and stars Paul Newman.
52. The African Queen
The 1935 Novel, The African Queen, is also a 1951 film classic starring Humphrey Bogard and Audrey Hepburn.
53. The Nanny Diaries
The film adaptation of The Nanny Diaries stars Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, and Paul Giamatti.
54. Under the Tuscan Sun
The story of a writer who buys a villa in Tuscany, Under the Tuscan Sun, stars Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, and Raoul Bova.
55. The Paper Chase
Before it was a series it was a film, and before it was a film it was a novel. The 1973 film adaptation of The Paper Chase stars Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, and John Houseman.
56. Before I Go to Sleep
S.J. Watson’s thriller, Before I Go to Sleep, was adapted to film in 2014. It stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong.
57. Waffle Street
James Adams’ riches to rags memoir was adapted to film in 2015. It stars James Lafferty and Danny Glover.
58. Devil’s Knot
The true story of the West Memphis Three, Devil’s Knot is the story of three teens who were wrongfully accused of the murder of three young boys. The film adaptation stars Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon.
59. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
A nine-year-old searches new york city for a mysterious lock that fits a key his father left behind after he was killed on 9/11. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn.
60. Palm Trees in the Snow
Palm Trees in the Snow was adapted to film in 2015 and stars Mario Casas, Adriana Ugarte, Macarena García.
61. The Boys from Brazil
Ira Levin’s thriller about a plot to create a Fourth Reich was adapted to film in 1978. The Boys from Brazil stars Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, and James Mason.
62. Jurassic Park
The movie version of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park was a blockbuster success. It stars Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neil.
63. The Lost World
Michael Crichton’s follow up novel to Jurassic Park was followed up in a movie sequel as well. Jeff Goldblum reprises his role in The Lost World.
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