Book-Inspired Movies on Netflix To Cry Your Eyes Out: You Can’t Go Wrong With These 9

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If you are looking for something new to watch, there are some interesting criteria you can consider when it is time to pick a movie. One of them is if the script is based on a true story or a book-to-film adaptation.

When the latter happens, usually the book that inspired the movie is already on the list of best-sellers and it is very popular, creating great expectations. Below are nine movies that were based on books that will give you the feels or even make you cry.

Book-inspired movies

Still Alice

Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words and get lost around the streets of Manhattan. When she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the disease puts the family's strength to the test. While Alice’s relationship with her husband John (Alec Baldwin) frails, she and her youngest daughter (Kristen Stewart) get closer.

My Sister’s Keeper

Based on a novel by Jodi Picoult, “My Sister’s Keeper” tells the story of couple Sara (Cameron Diaz) and Brian (Jason Patric). Their older daughter has leukemia and nobody in the family has a compatible bone marrow. For that reason, the doctor suggests they have another baby with the necessary features to become a donor. That is how Anna is born. Eleven years later, she decides to sue her parents who want her to donate a kidney to her sister.


Based on the true story of a mother's search for her lost son, the movie tells the case of a woman who got pregnant as a teenager in 1952, in Ireland. Philomena Lee is sent to a convent to be treated as a woman “in disgrace”. Her baby is put up for adoption by the nuns in the United States and she spends the next 50 years looking for him, without success. Until her journey to the United States reveals the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son.


The movie tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who had already been a mother twice, once by her own father. The worst part is that she knows what a wreck her life is, and she also knows that there is not much she can do to change it. It is a great movie that is worth the watch, but get ready to be very angry for her.

The Secret Life of Bees

Lilly (Dakota Fanning) is a young woman who can’t accept the fact that she caused her mother’s death, who she barely knew. She also is victim of her abusive father (Paul Bettany), who never forgave her for what happened. In the racist America of the 60s, Lilly decides to rewrite her story, running away from home with her only friend: her black caregiver Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson). Her goal is to find a place using the only lead and memory she has of her mother. On the way, they meet August (Queen Latifah), June (Alicia Keys) and May (Sophie Okonedo), three respected and independent beekeepers.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Obsessed with the idea that his father left a message before he died on the 9/11 terrorist attack, young Oskar goes on an emotional journey through New York. Stephen Daldry’s drama received two Oscar nominations: the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for Max von Sydow

One Day

For 20 years, every July 15, Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess), two friends who met in college, meet for old time’s sake. They decided to be just friends, but from their relationship of respect, friendship and partnership, the most loyal type of love is born. The story follows their lives and love throughout the years, until they realize they were made for each other.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Bruno, an 8-year old boy, is the protected son of a nazi official whose promotion makes the whole family leave their comfortable home in Berlin, Germany, to live in a distant place where the lonely boy has nobody to play with. He ignores the instructions of not exploring the back garden and finds the farm where he meets Shmuel, a boy of the same age that lives a parallel existence on the other side of a barbed wire fence. Bruno’s meeting with the boy in the striped pyjamas takes him from being an innocent boy to a deeply reflecting about a friendship that ends up with devastating consequences.


A film co-produced by Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, it tells the story of an Indian boy who gets separated from his brother and ends up being adopted by an Australian family. Twenty-five years later, he decides to go looking for his origins and, although he has no leads, he never gives up trying to find them. With five Academy Award nominations, it has Dev Patel as the lead character and a cast with names like Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman.

Translated article original published on VIX Brazil, by Jaqueline Rodrigues.