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The Best Based on Books Movies and TV Shows on TCM

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 TCM.

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1. Written on the Wind

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7.5/10
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71/100
Released: 1956
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Mitch Wayne is a geologist working for the Hadleys, an oil-rich Texas family. While the patriarch, Jared, works hard to establish the family business, his irresponsible son, Kyle, is an alcoholic playboy, and his daughter, Marylee, is the town tramp. Mitch harbors a secret love for Kyle's unsatisfied wife, Lucy -- a fact that leaves him exposed when the jealous Marylee accuses him of murder.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Peacock Premium) & stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM).

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2. They Were Expendable

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7.2/10
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70/100
Released: 1945
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Shortly after Pearl Harbor, a squadron of PT-boat crews in the Philippines must battle the Navy brass between skirmishes with the Japanese. The title says it all about the Navy's attitude towards the PT-boats and their crews.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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3. America America

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7.8/10
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68/100
Released: 1963
Drama, History

What it's about: A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to America

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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4. Tom Jones

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68/100
Released: 1963
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Tom loves Sophie and Sophie loves Tom. But Tom and Sophie are of differering classes. Can they find a way through the mayhem to be true to love?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy), stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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5. Ice Station Zebra

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6.6/10
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59/100
Released: 1968Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A top-secret Soviet spy satellite -- using stolen Western technology -- malfunctions and then goes into a descent that lands it near an isolated Arctic research encampment called Ice Station Zebra, belonging to the British, which starts sending out distress signals before falling silent. The atomic submarine Tigerfish, commanded by Cmdr. James Ferraday (Rock Hudson), is dispatched to save them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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6. Spencer's Mountain

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51/100
Released: 1963
Drama, Family

What it's about: Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even helps a newly arrived local minister regain his flock after he and Clay get into a bit of trouble. If he has one dream in life it's to build his wife Olivia a beautiful house on a piece of land he inherited on Spender's mountain. When his eldest son, Clayboy, graduates at the top of his high school class and has the opportunity to go to college, Clay has only one option left to him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).