What Are The Best Films and Series Based on Books on Netflix USA 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 in America (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 based on books on Netflix USA as of today (4th January 2022):

1) 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
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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2) Apocalypse Now Redux
New on Netflix Rating: 89.75%
Year: 2001
Duration: 3hr 16m
Genre: Military Films, Films Based on Books, Action & Adventure, Classic Films, Dramas
Reedited and remastered with 49 minutes of extra footage, this drama follows an Army captain’s risky mission into Cambodia to kill a renegade colonel.
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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
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) I Am Not Your Negro
New on Netflix Rating: 87.75%
Year: 2017
Duration: 1hr 33m
Genre: Social & Cultural Docs, Documentaries, Films Based on Books
Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished book, this visual essay explores racism through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
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5) Anne with an E
New on Netflix Rating: 87.5%
Year: 2019
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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6) 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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7) The Originals
New on Netflix Rating: 87%
Year: 2018
Duration: 5 Seasons
Genre: TV Programmes Based on Books, Drama Programmes, Horror Programmes
The Mikaelsons move to New Orleans and form an alliance with local witches in an effort to rule the city once again in this “Vampire Diaries” spinoff.
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8) 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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9) 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
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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10) The Soul
New on Netflix Rating: 86%
Year: 2021
Duration: 2hr 10m
Genre: Taiwanese, Mysteries, Sci-Fi Films, Films Based on Books, Chinese Films, Dramas, Thrillers
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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11) The Irishman
New on Netflix Rating: 85.75%
Year: 2019
Duration: 3hr 29m
Genre: Films Based on Books, 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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12) The Social Network
New on Netflix Rating: 85.25%
Year: 2010
Duration: 2hr
Genre: Films Based on Real Life, Films Based on Books, Dramas
Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg pursues an idea that propels him to internet success, bringing in legal trouble and costing him friendships.
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13) Qin Empire: Alliance
New on Netflix Rating: 84%
Year: 2017
Duration: 3 Seasons
Genre: Political TV Programmes, TV Programmes Based on Books, Period Pieces, Chinese Programmes, Drama Programmes
During the Warring States period, Qin state ruler Duke Xiao recruits statesman Shang Yang to help enact bold reforms that transform western China.
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14) The Haunting of Hill House
New on Netflix Rating: 83.5%
Year: 2018
Duration: 1 Season
Genre: Mystery Programmes, TV Programmes Based on Books, Drama Programmes, Horror Programmes
Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.
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15) Heartland
New on Netflix Rating: 83.5%
Year: 2019
Duration: 13 Seasons
Genre: Canadian, TV Programmes Based on Books, Family Watch Together TV, Drama Programmes
Spunky teenager Amy is reeling from the sudden death of her mother when she and her grandfather are threatened with the loss of their horse ranch.
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16) Hunt for the Wilderpeople
New on Netflix Rating: 83.5%
Year: 2016
Duration: 1hr 41m
Genre: New Zealand, Films Based on Books, Action & Adventure, Comedies, Dramas, Independent Films
A misadventure in the wilderness leads to life-changing discoveries for a troubled orphan teen from the city and his belligerent foster father.
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17) The Rise of Phoenixes
New on Netflix Rating: 83.5%
Year: 2018
Duration: 1 Season
Genre: Romantic TV Dramas, TV Programmes Based on Books, Period Pieces, Chinese Programmes, Drama Programmes
When a secret from the past rears its head, a respected court scholar must choose between avenging her family and staying true to the prince she loves.
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18) Sacred Games
New on Netflix Rating: 83.5%
Year: 2019
Duration: 2 Seasons
Genre: Mystery Programmes, Crime Programmes, Hindi-language TV Programmes, TV Programmes Based on Books, Indian, TV Thrillers, Drama Programmes
A link in their pasts leads an honest cop to a fugitive gang boss, whose cryptic warning spurs the officer on a quest to save Mumbai from cataclysm.
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19) Dragons: Race to the Edge
New on Netflix Rating: 83.33%
Year: 2018
Duration: 6 Seasons
Genre: Kids’ TV, TV Cartoons, TV Programmes Based on Books, Family Watch Together TV
From the creators of How to Train Your Dragon comes an all-new Netflix original series that takes Hiccup and Toothless to the edge of adventure!
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20) Blade Runner: The Final Cut
New on Netflix Rating: 83.25%
Year: 1982
Duration: 1hr 57m
Genre: Sci-Fi Films, Films Based on Books, Action & Adventure, Classic Films, Film Noir
In a smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles, blade runner Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to snuff a quartet of escaped “replicants.”
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And the runners up…: Green Eggs and Ham (2019)The Land (1970)The Last Kingdom (2020)MINDHUNTER (2019)3 Idiots (2009)Mudbound (2017)Longmire (2017)Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia (2017)Casino Royale (2006)I Lost My Body (2019)

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