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The Best Based on Books Movies and TV Shows on CBS All Access

Finding a good Based on Books movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Based on Books movies and TV shows of all time streaming on CBS All Access.

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1. The Hours

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7.5/10
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81/100
Released: 2002Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: "The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a surprising, transcendent moment of shared recognition.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access, The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & 2 others) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. A Place in the Sun

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7.8/10
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77/100
Released: 1951
Drama, Romance

What it's about: An ambitious young man wins an heiress's heart but has to cope with his former girlfriend's pregnancy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. The Da Vinci Code

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6.6/10
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76/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG-13
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: A murder in Paris’ Louvre Museum and cryptic clues in some of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery. For 2,000 years a secret society closely guards information that — should it come to light — could rock the very foundations of Christianity.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, fuboTV & CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. The Parallax View

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75/100
Released: 1974Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: An ambitious reporter, investigating a senator's assassination, realizes witnesses to the shooting are systematically dying and discovers a multi-million dollar corporation which serves as a front for the recruitment of political assassins.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX & CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Under the Dome

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75/100
Year: 2013-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Drama, Horror

What it's about: A small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. While military forces, the government and the media positioned outside of this surrounding barrier attempt to break it down, a small group of people inside attempt to figure out what the dome is, where it came from, and when (and if) it will go away.

Where to Watch: 13 episodes (33%) are available to watch free online (PlutoTV). 38 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access). 38 episodes (95%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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6. Sahara

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72/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Scouring the ocean depths for treasure-laden shipwrecks is business as usual for a thrill-seeking underwater adventurer and his wisecracking buddy. But when these two cross paths with a beautiful doctor, they find themselves on the ultimate treasure hunt.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. North Dallas Forty

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Released: 1979Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. Along Came a Spider

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69/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: When a teacher kidnaps a girl from a prestigious school, homicide detective, Alex Cross takes the case and teams up with young security agent, Jezzie Flannigan in hope of finding the girl and stopping the brutal psychopath.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Shaft

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Released: 2000Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: New York police detective John Shaft arrests Walter Wade Jr. for a racially motivated slaying. But the only eyewitness disappears, and Wade jumps bail for Switzerland. Two years later Wade returns to face trial, confident his money and influence will get him acquitted -- especially since he's paid a drug kingpin to kill the witness.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (fuboTV, Showtime & CBS All Access), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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10. Perry Mason

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Year: 1957-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 9
Drama, Crime

What it's about: The cases of master criminal defense attorney Perry Mason and his staff who handled the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (2%) are available to watch free online (CBS). 189 episodes (70%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Philo, fuboTV & CBS All Access).

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11. Fire in the Sky

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Released: 1993Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A group of men who were clearing bush for the government arrive back in town, claiming that their friend was abducted by aliens. Nobody believes them, and despite a lack of motive and no evidence of foul play, their friends' disappearance is treated as murder.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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12. The Great Raid

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65/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: As World War II rages, the elite Sixth Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. The Molly Maguires

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Released: 1970Rated: PG
Drama, History

What it's about: Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 1876. A secret society of Irish coal miners, bond by a sacred oath, put pressure on the greedy and ruthless company they work for by sabotaging mining facilities in the hope of improving their working conditions and the lives of their families…

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Instinct

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64/100
Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 2
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Dr. Dylan Reinhart, a gifted author, university professor and former CIA operative is lured back to his old life by tenacious top NYPD Detective Lizzie Needham. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they make an ideal team.

Where to Watch: 24 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access). 24 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. The Sterile Cuckoo

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Released: 1969Rated: PG
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Two students at neighboring colleges get swept up in first love. Pookie Adams, a kooky misfit with no family or friends, clings to the quiet and studious Jerry, who has the ability to make a choice of living in Pookie's private world or be accepted by the society that Pookie rejects. Unwittingly, it is through their awkward relationship that Pookie prepares Jerry for the world of "weirdos" that she doesn't fit into.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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16. The Relic

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60/100
Released: 1997Rated: R
Horror, Mystery

What it's about: A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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17. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

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Released: 1990Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access & Hoopla).

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18. The Haunting

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Released: 1999Rated: PG-13
Horror, Fantasy

What it's about: Dr. David Marrow invites Eleanor Vance, Luke Sanderson, and Theo to the eerie and isolated Hill House to be subjects for a sleep disorder study. The unfortunate guests discover that Marrow is far more interested in the sinister mansion itself — and they soon see the true nature of its horror.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex, PopcornFlix & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX & CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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19. The Magic Christian

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58/100
Released: 1969Rated: PG
Comedy, Independent

What it's about: Sir Guy Grand, the richest man in the world, adopts a homeless boy, Youngman. Together, they set out to prove that anyone--and anything--can be bought with money.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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20. Buffalo Soldiers

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57/100
Released: 2002Rated: R
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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21. Ethan Frome

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Released: 1993Rated: PG
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Married couple, Ethan and Zeena, are in need an extra hand around the house due to Zeena's debilitated body and constant illness. The young woman who joins them is a beautiful, spirited person. She and Ethan fall in love much to the dismay of Zeena.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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22. Mother's Boys

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Released: 1994Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: Sexy but unstable wife and mother Jude walked out on her family three years ago. Now, just as suddenly, she is back. But her husband, Robert, has fallen in love with Callie, an assistant principal at his sons' school. He asks Jude for a divorce. She responds by trying to turn her three boys against Callie, then by slashing herself and blaming her rival and finally by drawing her 12-year-old, Kes, into a murderous plot.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access).

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23. The White Dawn

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Released: 1974Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Three stranded 1890s whalers (Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr.) corrupt the culture of their Eskimo saviors.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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24. The Last of the High Kings

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Released: 1996Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie, caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in school. Convinced he will fail, he survives the summer organising a beach party, having lustful thoughts about two girls he believes are unobtainable and fending off the advances from a visiting American family friend, all whilst coping with his oddball family.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access).

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