8 Movies On Netflix That Are Based On Even Better Books

Watch the film then read the best-seller!
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Tired of staring at your screen yet? Maybe it's time to pick up a book instead! If you're wondering where to start when it comes to reading, there's an awesome selection of Netflix movies based on books that are even better.

It's an age-old argument. Which one was better — the movie or the book? While you can definitely make the case for both sides, there's nothing better than a good page-turner to whisk you away to another place.

Over the years, Netflix has built up its content catalogue to an incredible size. If a book becomes widely popular, there's a good chance that Netflix is going to do everything it can to turn it into an original production.

If you need a break from the constant streaming that you've been doing but are still on the hunt for a way to keep yourself entertained, why not check out one of the novels that inspired these highly-rated Netflix films? You won't regret it!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Rating: 86% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is based on the international bestseller of the same name by Stieg Larsson.

It tells the story of a journalist named Mikael Blomkvist who, along with the help of a young computer hacker, sets out to find a woman who's been missing for 40 years.

Palm Trees in the Snow

Rating: 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Palm Trees in the Snow is based on the book by Luz Gabás. It follows a young Spanish woman who discovers a letter shortly after the death of her father. What she reads sends her on a journey to Africa, where her family's secrets begin to unfold.

The Shack

Rating: 77% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Shack was written by Canadian author William P. Young and eventually become a USA Today bestseller.

The story is about a grieving man taken aback when he receives a personal invitation from God to meet him at a place called "The Shack."

The Fundamentals of Caring

Rating: 83% on Rotten Tomatoes

In The Fundamentals of Caring, a man who has recently lost a family member finds himself enrolling in caregiving classes that allow him to gain a fresh perspective on life.

The novel it's based on is called The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison.

Our Souls at Night

Rating: 75% on Rotten Tomatoes

Our Souls at Night tells the story of Addie and Louis, two long-time neighbours who find themselves forming a special bond after both losing their partners.

The novel of the same name was written by Folio Prize-shortlisted author Kent Haruf.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Rating: 88% on Rotten Tomatoes

Based on a true story by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is about Kamkwamba's life as a 13-year-old boy living in poverty in Malawi. After some serious thinking, he comes up with an unconventional way to save his loved ones from famine.


Rating: 91% on Rotten Tomatoes

Starring Dev Patel, Lion is based on Larry Buttrose and Saroo Brierley's non-fiction book, A Long Way Home.

Lion tells the incredible tale of a 30-year-old man who embarks on a journey to find his lost family 25 years after he was adopted by an Australian couple.

The Blind Side

Rating: 85% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Blind Side is based on the true story told by Michael Oher in his New York Times bestseller, I Beat the Odds.

Before becoming a first-round NFL draft pick, Oher was a traumatized young homeless man who was eventually taken in by a local woman and her family.

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