1. Bridgerton, Netflix
Based on the books The Duke and I and The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn, this is one of the first things that comes to mind when we say movies and TV shows based on novels. The first season of Bridgerton chronicles the oldest daughter in the family, Daphne Bridgerton, who’s making her way into the marriage market of Regency London.
2. Minhunter, Netflix
An excellent adaptation of the novel by the same name, this novel took us through the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit and was penned by real-life FBI agents John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, which was then adapted for Netflix. The show centers around two FBI agents and a doctor who tried to comprehensively understand the psychology of the most horrible serial killers in history.
3. The Night Manager, Amazon Prime
Based on the novel from the year 1993 of the same name, The Night Manager by John le Carré is a six-part series that is nothing short of a rollercoaster. The show starts in the chaotic city of Cairo, where we see Pine working as the night shift manager of a luxury hotel. Directed by Susanne Bier, the series was nominated for 36 awards.
4. The Handmaid’s Tale, Amazon Prime
This fierce and disturbing tale is based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood from 1985, the perfect on-screen adaptation of the book. Set in the times of Gilead establishing a totalitarian government, its rule in the former United States. In a civil war, the entitlement of men over women’s bodies in society and subjects fertile women called ‘handmaids’ to child-bearing slavery.
5. Lord of The Rings, Amazon Prime
Die-hard admirers would argue that this is the best film trilogy to have ever been made, and yes, they are not wrong. It is based on the novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson; the trilogy is set in the imaginary world of Middle earth. With an intricate world and dimensional characters, Peter Jackson breathed life into Tolkien’s fictional premise and how!
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Amazon Prime
It shows the life of Charlie, a socially awkward and withdrawn teenager who writes to an unnamed friend about the challenges, trials, and tribulations of his freshman year at high school. Then, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder that he is unaware of, his life starts gliding through like butter as he becomes friends with his seniors.
7. 2 States, Disney + Hotstar
Based on the famous novel by Chetan Bhagat, 2 States is a story of love that culminates in marriage after going through its share of hardships. Because marriages in India are as unique as the country itself. Written by Abhishek Varman and Bhagat and directed by Varman, this 2014 film stars Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. They play lovers from two different states in India, set in the backdrop of IIM Ahmedabad.
8. Cobalt Blue, Netflix
Based on the 2006 Marathi novel by author Sachin Kundalkar, it is a delicately crafted film. This is an understated saga of love and loss. This is a refreshing indie watch on Netflix amidst all its big-budget commercial movies. It follows the tale of a family who recently moved to Kerala and decided to rent out the spare room of their new house.