Best book-to-movie adaptations ever – and where to watch them

We round up the best book-to-movie adaptations ever, ranging from psychological thrillers to heart-warming period dramas

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Some of the best book-to-movie adaptations have been released in the last decade and thanks to the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, there are more book on the way this year.

With so many films taking their inspiration, characters and plots from some of the most successful books, it’s no surprise that some make the transition to the silver screen better than others.

Whether it’s period dramas, a family film or even a thriller, when it’s done right, there is nothing better than seeing your favourite book brought to life on screen. The best book-to-movie adaptations introduce new readers to novels they may have read before, because after watching adaptations, some viewers are then inspired to delve into the original material.

So be inspired to lose yourself in these transporting storylines, however you prefer to enjoy them. Keep reading for our pick of the best book-to-movie adaptations ever, including new ones to look forward to in 2021.

W&H's pick of the best book to movie adaptations 

Book to movie adaptations coming in 2021

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney


Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty 


The Dig by John Preston


The White Tiger By Aravind Adiga


Cherry by Nico Walker


Cruella, based on The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

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Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham


Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift


The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 


Book to movie adaptations you can watch (and read!) now

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


Normal People by Sally Rooney


David Copperfield by Charles Dickens


The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells 


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


Emma by Jane Austen


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult


The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger


Consider your reading and watching material stocks replenished!