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The Best Based on Books Movies on HBO

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 HBO.

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1. Casino Royale

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8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo95%
Reelgood Logo
92/100
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 popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Shutter Island

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8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo68%
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89/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Mystery, Thriller

What it's about: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.

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

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3. The Town

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7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo93%
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87/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Doug MacRay is a longtime thief, who, smarter than the rest of his crew, is looking for his chance to exit the game. When a bank job leads to the group kidnapping an attractive branch manager, he takes on the role of monitoring her – but their burgeoning relationship threatens to unveil the identities of Doug and his crew to the FBI Agent who is on their case.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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4. The Hustler

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8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo98%
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84/100
Released: 1961
Drama, Sport

What it's about: Fast Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match.

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

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5. Thank You for Smoking

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7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo86%
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84/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Nick Naylor is a charismatic spin-doctor for Big Tobacco who'll fight to protect America's right to smoke -- even if it kills him -- while still remaining a role model for his 12-year old son. When he incurs the wrath of a senator bent on snuffing out cigarettes, Nick's powers of "filtering the truth" will be put to the test.

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

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6. First Man

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo87%
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83/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
History, Drama

What it's about: A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $12.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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7. Empire of the Sun

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7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo76%
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82/100
Released: 1987Rated: PG
Drama, History

What it's about: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him.

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

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8. Winter's Bone

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7.2/10
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82/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: 17 year-old Ree Dolly sets out to track down her father, who put their house up for his bail bond and then disappeared. If she fails, Ree and her family will be turned out into the Ozark woods. Challenging her outlaw kin's code of silence and risking her life, Ree hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered up by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO & Tribeca Short List), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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9. The Killing Fields

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7.8/10
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82/100
Released: 1984Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four years, until Pol Pot's regime was toppled by the intervening Vietnamese in 1979.

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

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10. Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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7.1/10
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82/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: When a bestselling celebrity biographer is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $14.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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11. Bridge to Terabithia

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7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo85%
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79/100
Released: 2007Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen.

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

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12. Behind the Candelabra

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7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo95%
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77/100
Released: 2013Rated: R
Biography, LGBTQ

What it's about: Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.

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

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13. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

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6.9/10
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76/100
Released: 1993Rated: G
Action & Adventure, Children

What it's about: Remake of the popular Disney classic, this time featuring some well known voices as two dogs and a cat trek across America encountering all sorts of adventures in the quest to be reunited with their owners.

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

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14. It's Kind of a Funny Story

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7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo57%
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74/100
Released: 2010Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward.

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

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15. The Parallax View

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7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo90%
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74/100
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 stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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16. Reversal of Fortune

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7.2/10
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74/100
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) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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17. Breakthrough

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6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo61%
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74/100
Released: 2019Rated: PG
Drama, Biography

What it's about: Tragedy strikes when a woman named Joyce's son falls through the ice on a frozen lake and is trapped underwater for over 15 minutes. After being rushed to the hospital, the 14-year-old boy continues to fight for his life as Joyce, her husband and their pastor stay by his bedside and pray for a miracle.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Microsoft & Vudu).

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18. Smallfoot

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo76%
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73/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: A bright young yeti finds something he thought didn't exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $5.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 3 others).

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19. Indignation

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6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo82%
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71/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: In 1951, Marcus Messner, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with anti-Semitism, sexual repression, and the ongoing Korean War.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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20. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo50%
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71/100
Released: 2010Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Family

What it's about: This time around Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world.

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

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21. The Wizard of Lies

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6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo74%
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71/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Drama, Biography

What it's about: A look behind the scenes at Bernie Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, how it was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction it left in its wake, both for the victims and Madoff's family.

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

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22. Mary Queen of Scots

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6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo62%
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69/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Biography, LGBTQ

What it's about: In 1561, Mary Stuart, widow of the King of France, returns to Scotland, reclaims her rightful throne and menaces the future of Queen Elizabeth I as ruler of England, because she has a legitimate claim to the English throne. Betrayals, rebellions, conspiracies and their own life choices imperil both Queens. They experience the bitter cost of power, until their tragic fate is finally fulfilled.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $13.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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23. Mortal Engines

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6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo27%
Reelgood Logo
68/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Science-Fiction, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Many thousands of years in the future, Earth’s cities roam the globe on huge wheels, devouring each other in a struggle for ever diminishing resources. On one of these massive traction cities, the old London, Tom Natsworthy has an unexpected encounter with a mysterious young woman from the wastelands who will change the course of his life forever.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $10.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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24. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo47%
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66/100
Released: 2011Rated: PG
Comedy, Family

What it's about: Wimpy Greg Heffley, now in seventh grade, thinks he has it all together. He has mastered middle school and gotten rid of the Cheese Touch. However, Greg's older brother, Rodrick, is itching to cut him down to size. He gets the perfect opportunity when their mother tries to force the boys to bond. Rodrick may be Greg's chief tormentor, but he feels his constant pranks are just what his little brother needs to prepare him for life's hard knocks.

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

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25. The Aftermath

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo28%
Reelgood Logo
65/100
Released: 2019Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: In the aftermath of World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German widower who lives with them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $14.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Microsoft & Vudu).

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26. The Russia House

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo76%
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65/100
Released: 1990Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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27. The Indian in the Cupboard

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo73%
Reelgood Logo
64/100
Released: 1995Rated: PG
Family, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A nine-year-old boy gets a plastic Indian and a cupboard for his birthday and finds himself involved in adventure when the Indian comes to life and befriends him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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28. The Shipping News

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo55%
Reelgood Logo
64/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: An emotionally-beaten man with his young daughter moves to his ancestral home in Newfoundland to reclaim his life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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29. The Little Stranger

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo66%
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63/100
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 popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $12.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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30. Stuart: A Life Backwards

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7.9/10
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62/100
Released: 2007Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: Story about the remarkable friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator and a chaotic homeless man, whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).

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31. Eragon

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
5.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo16%
Reelgood Logo
59/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Children

What it's about: In his homeland of Alagaesia, a farm boy happens upon a dragon's egg -- a discovery that leads him on a predestined journey where he realized he's the one person who can defend his home against an evil king.

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

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32. Seventh Son

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5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo11%
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59/100
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 popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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33. Native Son

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5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo62%
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55/100
Released: 2019Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: A young African-American man named Bigger Thomas takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family, a decision that will change the course of his life forever.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO) & rent or buy from $9.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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34. Fahrenheit 451

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
4.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo33%
Reelgood Logo
55/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: In an oppressive future, a 'fireman' whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.

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

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35. Tarzan

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
4.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo20%
Reelgood Logo
50/100
Released: 2013Rated: G
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: One of the most classic and revered stories of all time, Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan returns to the big screen for a new generation. Tarzan and Jane face a mercenary army dispatched by the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies, a man who took over the company from Tarzan's parents, after they died in a plane crash in the African jungle.

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

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36. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight

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6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo38%
Reelgood Logo
48/100
Released: 2013
Drama, Biography

What it's about: Muhammad Ali’s historic Supreme Court battle from behind closed doors. When Ali was drafted into the Vietnam War at the height of his boxing career, his claim to conscientious objector status led to a controversial legal battle that rattled the U.S. judicial system right up to the highest court in the land.

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

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37. A Handful of Dust

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6.7/10
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45/100
Released: 1988Rated: PG
Drama, Independent

What it's about: English aristocrat Tony Last welcomes tragedy into his life when he invites John Beaver to visit his vast estate. There Beaver makes the acquaintance of Tony's wife, Brenda. Together, they continue their relationship in a series of bedroom assignations in London. Trusting to a fault, Tony is unaware that anything is amiss until his wife suddenly asks for a divorce. With his life in turmoil, Tony goes on a haphazard journey to South America.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).

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38. Tyson

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6.3/10
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Reelgood Logo
42/100
Released: 1995Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The story of Mike Tyson. From his early days as a 12 year old amateur with a powerful punch, to the undisputed title of "Heavyweight Champion of the World", and ultimately to his conviction for rape. The story of his turbulent life moves quickly, never focusing for long on anything in particular.

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

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39. Without Warning: The James Brady Story

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6.2/10
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Reelgood Logo
33/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: In 1981, during the assassination attempt on then President Ronald Reagan, White House Press Secretary James Brady was shot and left paralyzed.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO & Prime Video) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO).