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The Best Based on Books Movies on Cinemax

Finding a good Based on Books movie 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 of all time streaming on Cinemax.

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1. Casino Royale

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8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo95%
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91/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorists, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market. M sends Bond—on his maiden mission as a 00 Agent—to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. With the help of Vesper Lynd and Felix Leiter, Bond enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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2. Jaws

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8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo98%
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89/100
Released: 1975Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: When an insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, the police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the blood-thirsty beast.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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3. Ready Player One

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7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo72%
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85/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: When the creator of a popular video game system dies, a virtual contest is created to compete for his fortune.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 4 others).

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4. In the Name of the Father

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8.1/10
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85/100
Released: 1993Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also implicated in the crime. He spends fifteen years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. Love, Simon

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7.6/10
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85/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Comedy, LGBTQ

What it's about: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it's a little more complicated: he's yet to tell his family or friends he's gay and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate he's fallen for online.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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6. Nocturnal Animals

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7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo74%
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82/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Susan Morrow receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband – a man she left 20 years earlier – asking for her opinion of his writing. As she reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a mathematics professor whose family vacation turns violent.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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7. The Count of Monte Cristo

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7.8/10
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82/100
Released: 2002Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Edmond Dantés's life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes are shattered when his best friend, Fernand, deceives him. After spending 13 miserable years in prison, Dantés escapes with the help of a fellow inmate and plots his revenge, cleverly insinuating himself into the French nobility.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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8. The Bridges of Madison County

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7.6/10
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81/100
Released: 1995Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson for four days in the 1960s.

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

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9. A Monster Calls

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7.5/10
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80/100
Released: 2016Rated: PG-13
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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10. A Room with a View

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7.3/10
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77/100
Released: 1985Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?

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

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11. Friday Night Lights

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7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo81%
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77/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A small, turbulent town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an unhealthy degree. When the star tailback, Boobie Miles, is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant social problems begin to flare up. It is left to the inspiring abilities of new coach Gary Gaines to instill in the other team members -- and, by proxy, the town itself -- a sense of self-respect and honor.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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12. Reversal of Fortune

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7.2/10
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76/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.

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

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13. Murder on the Orient Express

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6.5/10
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76/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG-13
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the Orient Express train.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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14. Water for Elephants

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6.9/10
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75/100
Released: 2011Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: In this captivating Depression-era melodrama, impetuous veterinary student Jacob Jankowski joins a celebrated circus as an animal caretaker but faces a wrenching dilemma when he's transfixed by angelic married performer Marlena.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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15. Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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6.2/10
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74/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 4 others).

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16. Tess

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7.3/10
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72/100
Released: 1979Rated: PG
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A strong-willed peasant girl is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalize on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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17. Affliction

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7.0/10
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71/100
Released: 1997Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: A small town policeman must investigate a suspicious hunting accident. The investigation and other events result in him slowly disintegrating mentally.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax & Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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18. Magic

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6.8/10
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69/100
Released: 1978Rated: R
Horror, Drama

What it's about: A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax & Shudder), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $14.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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19. The Meg

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5.7/10
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68/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A deep sea submersible pilot revisits his past fears in the Mariana Trench, and accidentally unleashes the seventy foot ancestor of the Great White Shark believed to be extinct.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $14.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 4 others).

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20. Z for Zachariah

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6.0/10
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68/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG-13
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax & Epix) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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21. The Family Fang

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6.1/10
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65/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: A brother and sister return to their family home in search of their world famous parents who have disappeared.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 4 others).

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22. The Little Stranger

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5.5/10
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61/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Mystery, Drama

What it's about: In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house is now in decline. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $12.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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23. Fifty Shades Freed

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4.5/10
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59/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 8 services (iTunes, Google Play & 6 others).

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24. Seventh Son

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5.5/10
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58/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Fantasy

What it's about: John Gregory, who is a seventh son of a seventh son and also the local spook, has protected the country from witches, boggarts, ghouls and all manner of things that go bump in the night. However John is not young anymore, and has been seeking an apprentice to carry on his trade. Most have failed to survive. The last hope is a young farmer's son named Thomas Ward. Will he survive the training to become the spook that so many others couldn't?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).