Movies Based on Books 2015

(Total Movie Adaptations: 78)

Adapted Books 2015


5 Flights Up (2015)

Comedy drama based on the novel “Heroic Measures” by Jill Ciment which tells the story of one eventful weekend in the life of Ruth (Diane Keaton) and Alex (Morgan Freeman), a long-time married couple who’ve spent their lives together in the same New York apartment who finally decide to sell and move away but become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues. During the course of one hectic weekend Ruth and Alex reflect upon on all the memories that they have shared in their home during the course of 40 happy and fulfilling years together, and they realize that sometimes happiness can’t be measured as easily as square footage or asking prices. The cast includes Cynthia Nixon , Carrie Preston, Alysia Reiner and Sterling Jerins.

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American Sniper (2014)

Directed by Clint Eastwood based on a true story adapted from Chris Kyle’s autobiography of the same name which follows U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) who served four tours in Iraq and quickly became the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. His reputation crossed enemy lines, making him a prime target for the insurgency. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind. The cast also includes Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict.

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Ant-Man (2015)

Intended as the 12th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which is based on the Marvel Comics characters of the same name. Biochemist Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) uses his latest discovery, a group of subatomic particles, to create a size-altering formula. Although Pym’s self-test goes wrong, he develops an instrument that helps him communicate with and control insects. Pym then passes down his ability to his apprentice, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor to protect the secret behind the Ant-Man technology from a new generation of threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. The cast also includes Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Judy Greer, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Pena, Martin Donovan, Wood Harris, John Slattery, Gregg Turkington, Abby Ryder Fortson, David Dastmalchian, Hayley Atwell and Tip “T.I” Harris.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

The 11th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers. Written and directed by Joss Whedon this sequel continues the story with SHIELD destroyed and the Avengers needing a hiatus from stopping threats, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) attempts to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program with Ultron (James Spader), a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence. However, his plan backfires when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth. In order to stop Ultron the team reassembles and along the way they encounter the powerful twins, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen) and meet an old friend, Vision (Paul Bettany), in a new form. The ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Hayley Atwell, Thomas Kretschmann and Stellan Skarsgår.

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Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Written and directed by Cary Fukunaga, based on the novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala which follows the tale of Agu (Abraham Attah), a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country and taught in the ways of the war by Commandant (Idris Elba), a warlord. The cast includes Ama K. Abebrese, Grace Nortey, David Dontoh and Opeyemi Fagbohungbe.

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Beyond the Reach (2014)

Thriller directed by Jean-Baptiste Léonetti based on the novel “Deathwatch” by Robb White which follows cold-hearted wealthy businessman Madec (Michael Douglas) who hires a young tracker named Ben (Jeremy Irvine) to go into the Mojave Desert with him in order to shoot rare game. However, during hunt Madec accidentally shoots a man, and not wanting to go to jail, or screw up a multi-million dollar deal he is trying to finalize, he concocts a plan to pin the man’s death on Ben.

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Black Mass (2015)

Crime drama based on a true story adapted from the book “Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal,” by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. The story centers on John Connolly and James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton) who grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the mid 70’s, they would meet again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI’s Boston office and Bulger had become godfather of the Irish Mob. Bulger rose to power in organized crime by using his FBI informant status to feed incriminating information on the Italian mob to Connolly allowing him to make highly publicized arrests. However, a dirty deal to bring down the Italian mob in exchange for protection for Bulger spirals out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and, ultimately, the biggest informant scandal in the history of the FBI. The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Sienna Miller, Juno Temple, Dakota Johnson, Brad Carter, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Adam Scott, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Julianne Nicholson and Rory Cochrane.

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Brooklyn (2015)

Romantic drama set in the 1950s based on the novel of the same name by Colm Tóibín which tells the story of young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, NY. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love in the shape of Italian-American Tony (Emory Cohen). But when a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself absorbed into her old community and being courted by Jim (Domhnall Gleeson). As she repeatedly postpones her return to America, Eilis finds herself confronting a terrible dilemma, a heart-breaking choice between two men and two countries. The cast includes Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

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Captive (2015)

Based on a true story adapted from the book “Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero” by Ashley Smith, which follows single mother and recovering drug addict Ashley Smith (Kate Mara) who is taken hostage in her own apartment by alleged rapist Brian Nichols (David Oyelowo) who is on the run from the law for breaking out of jail and murdering the judge assigned to his case. The cast includes Michael K. Williams, Leonor Varela, Jessica Oyelowo and Mimi Rogers.

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Carol (2015)

Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novella “The Price of Salt,” directed by Todd Haynes in which the story is set in the 1950s and follows the story of the relationship between an older, married woman Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) trapped in a bad marriage trying to break free and a young clerk Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) who works at a department store. Therese develops a strong attachment to Carol, but she is unsure how to understand her feelings. Carol, who once had a same-sex tryst with her best friend, Abby (Sarah Paulson), is also drawn to Therese, but realizes her feelings could jeopardize her custody battle with Harge (Kyle Chandler) over their only daughter.

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Child 44 (2015)

Thriller directed by Daniel Espinosa and produced by Ridley Scott based on the first of a trilogy of the same name by Tom Rob Smith set in Stalinist Russia which follows Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), a senior member of the secret police who decides to investigate a series of child murders in a country where supposedly these crimes don’t exist. For his investigation Demidov is framed for treason and exiled. However, with the help of his wife, Raisa Demidova (Noomi Rapace), and chief of police General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman), he decides to continue pursuing the case and vows to catch the elusive killer, despite powerful members of the government who wish to silence him. The cast includes Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassel, Jason Clarke and Paddy Considine.

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Cymbeline (2014)

Contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play of the same name set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America where a battle brews between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang. The story follows Imogen (Dakota Johnson) who disobeys her father, King Cymbeline (Ed Harris) and falls in love and marries orphan Posthumous (Penn Badgley). Meanwhile the mischievous Queen (Milla Jovovich) plots a scheme to marry her own son, Cloten (Anton Yelchin) from a previous marriage, to the King’s daughter. The cast also includes Ethan Hawke and John Leguizamo.

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The Danish Girl (2015)

Biographical drama directed by Tom Hooper based on the book of the same name by David Ebershoff, the story is set in the early 1920s in Copenhagen and follows Danish artist, Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) who painted own husband, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), as a lady in her paintings and soon her paintings gained popularity. Einar then develops an attraction for the female physical appearance and begins living as a woman named Lili Elbe with his feminism passion and Gerda’s support, Einar attempted the first-ever male to female sex reassignment surgery, although their marriage becomes strained when Gerda comes to the realization that Lili is no longer the person she married. Then to matters even more complex Einar’s childhood friend Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts) shows up and forms a love triangle with the couple. The cast includes Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch and Amber Heard.

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Dark Places (2015)

Based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, the story follows Libby Day (Charlize Theron), a woman who survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother, Ben (Corey Stoll) as the murderer. Years later, still haunted by the gruesome memories of her past, Libby meets a group of amateur investigators who are obsessed with solving notorious crimes. When the group begin their own investigation into Libby’s family case they start to believe that Ben is innocent. In order to help them Libby is forced to confront the truth and unearth painful memories of the event, and soon learns that her past may not be what it seems. The cast also includes Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, Tye Sheridan, Andrea Roth, Sean Bridgers and Drea de Matteo.

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

Drama based on the graphic novel of the same name by Phoebe Gloeckner which tells the story of teenage artist Minnie (Bel Powley) and her affair with her mother Charlotte’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). The cast includes Christopher Meloni, Quinn Nagle, and Austin Lyon.

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The Dressmaker (2015)

Drama based on the novel of the same name by Rosalie Ham, which is set in the 1950s and follows Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage (Kate Winslet) who returns her small Australian hometown to take care of her ailing, mentally unstable mother, Molly Dunnage (Judy Davis). Tilly was sent away from the town at a young age due to false accusations of murder, so now a trained dressmaker, Tilly returns to transforms the locals with her couture creations and in the process, exacts revenge on the people who wrongly accused her of murder all those years ago. The cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving and Sarah Snook.

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The DUFF (2015)

Adaptation of the novel of the same name by Kody Keplinger which follows high school senior Bianca (Mae Whitman), whose world is shattered when she discovers she’s been labeled by the other students as DUFF (designated ugly fat friend), to her prettier, more popular friends Jess and Casey (Skyler Samuels and Bianca Santos). Despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), Bianca becomes determined to reinvent herself and to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF. She puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock to help reinvent herself.

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The End of the Tour (2015)

Biographical drama based on David Lipsky’s memoir “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” which tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (JesseEisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The cast includes stars Anna Chlumsky, Joan Cusack, Mamie Gummer, Mickey Sumner and Ron Livingston.

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Every Secret Thing (2014)

Psychological thriller produced by Frances McDormand based on the novel of the same name by Laura Lippman which follows Detective Porter (Elizabeth Banks) who looks to unravel a mystery surrounding missing children and the prime suspects: two young women, Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller (Danielle Macdonald and Dakota Fanning), who, seven years ago, were put away for an infant’s death and been released from prison after coming of age. Porter must examine her conscience and her deeply conflicted memories of the former crime. Alice’s mother, Helen Manning (Diane Lane), is given a chance to save her daughter from her complicated past. The consequences of the original crime and of the current missing child investigation put into question the characters’ motivations and culpability – past and present. The cast also includes Common and Nate Parker.

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The Face of an Angel (2014)

Inspired partly by the book “Angel Face: Sex, Murder And The Inside Story of Amanda Knox” by Barbie Latza Nadeau, this is a fictionalized story based in Italy in which the murder of a British student in Tuscany leads to the trial and conviction of her American flat mate and Italian boyfriend in controversial circumstances. The public interest around the case attracts struggling filmmaker Thomas (Daniel Bruhl), to be commissioned to write a film, “The Face of an Angel”, based on a book by the American journalist who covered the case, Simone Ford (Kate Beckinsale). From Rome they head to Siena to research the film. As Thomas becomes increasingly disturbed by the dark medieval atmosphere surrounding the case he meets British student Melanie (Cara Delevingne) with whom he begins a relationship and soon falls into his own personal hell.

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The Fantastic Four (2015)

Reboot of Marvel’s Fantastic Four franchise based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The film follows four young outsiders (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell) who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. The cast includes Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson and Reg E. Cathey

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Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

Adaptation of the classic novel of the same name by Thomas Hardy which follows the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love, as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Romantic drama adapted from the popular novel of the same name by E. L. James and directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson which follows literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) who after interviewing billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) as a favor to her roommate Kate Kavanagh (Eloise Mumford) is drawn to this brilliant and intimidating man. Despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him. Not able to resist Ana’s beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but in his own terms. Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey is consumed by the need to control everything. As they get close Ana starts to discover Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own desires. The cast also includes Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden and Callum Keith Rennie.

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Goosebumps (2015)

Comedy horror fantasy based on the children’s book series of the same name by R. L. Stine, which follows teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) who upet after moving to a small town meets his new neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush) and learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling “Goosebumps” series. Zach then finds out that the monsters in Stine’s books and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally releases the monsters from the storybooks they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong before it’s too late. The cast includes Amy Ryan, Ken Marino, Jillian Bell and Ryan Lee.

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The Gunman (2015)

Action thriller directed by Pierre Morel adapted from the novel “The Prone Gunman” by Jean-Patrick Manchette which follows former Special Forces soldier and military contractor Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) suffering from PTSD. When he is betrayed by the organization he worked for he is forced to go on the run across Europe in order clear his name and save himself. The cast also includes Ray Winstone, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Peter Franzén and Mark Rylance.

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Home (2015)

Animation based children’s novel “The True Meaning of Smekday” by Adam Rex in which a friendly yet inept alien race named Boov, led by Captain Smek (Steve Martin), invades Earth to hide from their mortal enemy and make it a new home with all the humans being relocated. But when one resourceful girl, Tip (Rihanna) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons), who has accidentally notified the enemies of his whereabouts. The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on a road trip of a lifetime. The voice cast also includes Jennifer Lopez and Matt Jones.

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The Humbling (2014)

Based on the novel of the same name by Phillip Roth, directed by Barry Levinson, this drama centers on Simon Axler (Al Pacino) an aged actor on his way out to retire in an upstate New York farmhouse when he embarks on an affair with a much younger woman, Pegeen Mike Stapleford (Greta Gerwig), turning his world turned upside down. The cast also includes Mandy Patinkin, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Dianne Wiest and Louise Trenner.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

Final installment of two cinematic parts based on the novel of the same name in the final book of “The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins. After being symbolized as the ‘Mockingjay’, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol. The cast includes Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Julianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Based the 1820 real life event of the New England whaling ship Essex which was assaulted by a mammoth sized sperm whale accounted in Nathaniel Philbrick’s book of the same name. The film is directed by Ron Howard and follows the whaling ship Essex which is crewed by Captain George Pollard, Jr. (Benjamin Walker), first mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth), second mate Matthew Joy (Cillian Murphy), and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland). After the ship is struck by the whale it leaves the crew shipwrecked for 90 days over a thousand miles from home. The film reveals the encounters harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. The cast also includes Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson, Jordi Molla, Frank Dillane, Charlotte Riley and Donald Sumpter.

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Inherent Vice (2014)

Crime comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon, which is set in 70s drug-fueled Los Angeles and follows private eye Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) who gets a visit from his ex-girlfriend, Shasta (Katherine Waterston) asking him to help foil a plot being organized by her new boyfriend’s wife and that wife’s boyfriend to have Shasta’s new boyfriend committed to a mental institution and from then on things quickly get more complicated. The cast also includes Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Eric Roberts and Serena Scott Thomas.

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Insurgent (2015)

Directed by Robert Schwentke, based on the second book in the Divergent trilogy, written by Veronica Roth which follows the journey of Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) as she and Four (Theo James) are on the run from the wake of the uprising and they are being hunted by Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet), the leader of the Erudite faction. Tris and Four race against time as they try to figure out what Abnegation sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris faces one impossible challenge after another as she unlocks the truth about the past and ultimately the future of her world. The cast also includes Octavia Spencer, Suki Waterhouse, Jonny Weston, Naomi Watts, Rosa Salazar and Keiynan Lonsdale.

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Total Adaptations: 78


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