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The Best Based on Books Movies on TCM

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 TCM.

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1. The Grapes of Wrath

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8.1/10
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81/100
Released: 1940
Drama, History

What it's about: Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked out of their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his Uncle’s farm, and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life... Hopefully.

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

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2. The Dirty Dozen

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7.8/10
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79/100
Released: 1967
Action & Adventure

What it's about: 12 American military prisoners in World War II are ordered to infiltrate a well-guarded enemy château and kill the Nazi officers vacationing there. The soldiers, most of whom are facing death sentences for a variety of violent crimes, agree to the mission and the possible commuting of their sentences.

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

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3. The Bridge on the River Kwai

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8.2/10
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75/100
Released: 1957Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.

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

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4. Seven Days in May

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7.9/10
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73/100
Released: 1964Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A U.S. Army colonel alerts the president of a planned military coup against him.

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

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5. The Thing from Another World

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7.2/10
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72/100
Released: 1951
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Scientists and U.S. Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

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

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6. Lilies of the Field

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7.6/10
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70/100
Released: 1963
Drama, Comedy

What it's about: An unemployed construction worker (Homer Smith) heading out west stops at a remote farm in the desert to get water when his car overheats. The farm is being worked by a group of East European Catholic nuns, headed by the strict mother superior (Mother Maria), who believes that Homer has been sent by God to build a much needed church in the desert...

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a TV everywhere service (TCM) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Microsoft & PlayStation Store).

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7. The Guns of Navarone

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7.6/10
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68/100
Released: 1961Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.

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

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8. First Men in the Moon

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6.6/10
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60/100
Released: 1964Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Based on the HG Wells story. The world is delighted when a space craft containing a crew made up of the world's astronauts lands on the moon, they think for the first time. But the delight turns to shock when the astronauts discover an old British flag and a document declaring that the moon is taken for Queen Victoria proving that the astronauts were not the first men on the moon.

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

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9. The Long, Long Trailer

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7.1/10
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56/100
Released: 1954Rated: G
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: A newly wed couple, Tacy and Nicky, travel in a trailer for their honeymoon. The journey is a humorous one that could end up destroying their marriage.

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).

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10. Cimarron

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6.4/10
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42/100
Released: 1960
Drama, Romance

What it's about: The epic story of a family that's involved in the Oklahoma Land Rush in 1889.

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).