What Are The Best Films and Series Based on Books on Netflix UK Right Now? (4th January 2022)

For decades, books and novels have been used as the basis for both TV shows and films – some with better results than others. Netflix have thousands of films and TV series available on their streaming service but which are the best ones to watch that are based on a book? Well, here are the top 20 book-based films and shows on Netflix UK (according to our unique rating system) – why not take a look and let us know which are your favourites?

So, without further ado here are twenty of the best movies and TV shows on Netflix UK, that are based on books, as of today (4th January 2022):

1) Schindler’s List
New on Netflix Rating: 91.75%
Year: 1993
Duration: 3hr 15m
Genre: Military Films, Films Based on Real Life, Films Based on Books, Classic Films, Dramas, Tearjerkers
Oskar Schindler becomes an unlikely humanitarian, spending his entire fortune to help save 1,100 Jews from Auschwitz during World War II.
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2) The Untamed
New on Netflix Rating: 91%
Year: 2019
Duration: 1 Season
Genre: Mystery Programmes, Fantasy TV Programmes, TV Programmes Based on Books, Chinese Programmes, Action & Adventure Programmes
In a magical world of inter-clan rivalry, two soulmates face treacherous schemes and uncover a dark mystery linked to a tragic event in the past.
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3) Word of Honor
New on Netflix Rating: 88.5%
Year: 2021
Duration: 1 Season
Genre: Fantasy TV Programmes, TV Programmes Based on Books, Period Pieces, Chinese Programmes, Drama Programmes, Action & Adventure Programmes
A disillusioned royal magistrate sets out for the martial arts world, where he encounters a bosom friend and becomes entangled in a conspiracy.
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4) Quo vadis, Aida?
New on Netflix Rating: 88.25%
Year: 2021
Duration: 1hr 44m
Genre: Bosnian, Military Films, Films Based on Books, Independent Films, Dramas
In 1995 Srebrenica, a translator strives to protect her family from Serbian troops and help thousands of civilians seeking protection at the U.N. base.
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5) Sherlock
New on Netflix Rating: 88%
Year: 2017
Duration: 3 Series
Genre: Mystery Programmes, Crime Programmes, British, TV Programmes Based on Books, Drama Programmes
In this updated take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved mystery tales, the eccentric sleuth prowls the streets of modern London in search of clues.
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6) Anne with an E
New on Netflix Rating: 87.5%
Year: 2018
Duration: 3 Seasons
Genre: Canadian, TV Programmes Based on Books, Family Watch Together TV, Teen Programmes, Period Pieces, Drama Programmes
A plucky orphan whose passions run deep finds an unlikely home with a spinster and her soft-spoken bachelor brother. Based on “Anne of Green Gables.”
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7) Ashes of Love
New on Netflix Rating: 87.5%
Year: 2018
Duration: 1 Season
Genre: Fantasy TV Programmes, Romantic TV Dramas, TV Programmes Based on Books, Chinese Programmes, Drama Programmes
Hidden away by her mother, the Floral Goddess, the naïve Jinmi is drawn to Xufeng, the Heavenly Emperor’s son. Yet forces conspire against them.
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8) L.A. Confidential
New on Netflix Rating: 87.25%
Year: 1997
Duration: 2hr 17m
Genre: Mysteries, Films Based on Books, Crime Films, Thrillers, Dramas
Three wildly different cops form an uneasy alliance to ferret out police corruption in this Oscar-winning whodunit set in 1950s Los Angeles.
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9) There Will Be Blood
New on Netflix Rating: 86.75%
Year: 2007
Duration: 2hr 38m
Genre: Films Based on Books, Dramas
An ambitious prospector strikes it rich and turns a simple village into a boomtown, stoking the ire of a charismatic young preacher.
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10) 12 Years a Slave
New on Netflix Rating: 86.6%
Year: 2013
Duration: 2hr 14m
Genre: Social Issue Dramas, Films Based on Real Life, Period Pieces, Films Based on Books, Dramas, Tearjerkers
A freeborn black man is abducted from New York and sold into slavery in this historical drama based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup.
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11) The Queen’s Gambit
New on Netflix Rating: 86%
Year: 2020
Duration: Limited Series
Genre: TV Programmes Based on Books, Social Issue TV Dramas, Drama Programmes, US TV Programmes
In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction.
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12) The Soul
New on Netflix Rating: 86%
Year: 2021
Duration: 2hr 10m
Genre: Taiwanese, Mysteries, Sci-Fi Films, Films Based on Books, Chinese Films, Crime Films, Thrillers, Dramas
While investigating the death of a businessman, a prosecutor and his wife uncover occult secrets as they face their own life-and-death dilemma.
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13) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
New on Netflix Rating: 85.75%
Year: 2000
Duration: 2hr
Genre: Taiwanese, Martial Arts Films, Films Based on Books, Chinese Films, Action & Adventure, Asian Action Films, Romantic Films
A young woman in ancient China longs for an adventurous life rather than a dull arranged marriage in Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning martial arts epic.
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14) The Handmaiden
New on Netflix Rating: 85.75%
Year: 2016
Duration: 2hr 25m
Genre: Korean, Period Pieces, Films Based on Books, Thrillers, Steamy Thrillers, Dramas
A con man’s plan to steal an heiress’s heart — and her fortune — gets complicated when she falls for the handmaid he hired to help with his scheme.
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15) The Irishman
New on Netflix Rating: 85.75%
Year: 2019
Duration: 3hr 29m
Genre: Films Based on Books, Crime Films, Dramas
Hit man Frank Sheeran looks back at the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family in this acclaimed film from Martin Scorsese.
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16) Little Women
New on Netflix Rating: 85.75%
Year: 2019
Duration: 2hr 14m
Genre: Social Issue Dramas, Family Features, Period Pieces, Films Based on Books, Children & Family Films, Dramas
Determined to make her own way in the 1860s, a writer looks back at the tough yet tender times spent with her three spirited sisters and a close friend.
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17) Jaws
New on Netflix Rating: 85.25%
Year: 1975
Duration: 2hr 4m
Genre: Films Based on Books, Classic Films, Action & Adventure, Thrillers, Classic Thrillers, Creature Features, Dramas
When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes Amity Island, a police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the beast.
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18) The Iron Giant
New on Netflix Rating: 85%
Year: 1999
Duration: 1hr 26m
Genre: Family Features, Films Based on Books, Children & Family Films, Tearjerkers
Amid the backdrop of the Cold War, a 9-year-old boy befriends a colossal yet gentle robot that a paranoid government agent is intent on destroying.
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19) The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
New on Netflix Rating: 84.8%
Year: 2013
Duration: 2hr 17m
Genre: Japanese, Family Features, Anime based on Books, Anime Dramas, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Anime, Anime Feature Films, Films Based on Books, Children & Family Films
A magical nymph plucked from a bamboo stalk rapidly grows up into a beautiful woman who is pursued by a stable of smitten suitors.
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20) Gypsy: Live from the Savoy Theater
New on Netflix Rating: 84%
Year: 2015
Duration: 2hr 22m
Genre: Musicals, British, Films Based on Books, Music & Musicals, Comedies, Dramas
In this musical, a mother pushes her two daughters to make it in show business, but gets more than she bargained for when one becomes a burlesque star.
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And the runners up…: Qin Empire: Alliance (2017)When Calls the Heart (2018)The Haunting of Hill House (2018)Heartland (2021)The Rise of Phoenixes (2018)Sacred Games (2019)Dragons: Race to the Edge (2018)How to Train Your Dragon (2010)Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

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