2015 – The Year of Book to Movie Adaptations

2015 was a big year for films based on books. So many adaptations hit the silver screen and SO many were phenomenal. In 2015 alone we saw The Martian, The Danish Girl, Macbeth, Fifty Shades of Gray, the final installment of “The Hunger Games” franchise” and SO SO many more movies based on books.

You  can check out the full guide below of every English-language film released in the U.S. this year based on a book, play, short story or comic series.

1worldstraightposterThe World Made Straight

Based on the Book : The World Made Straight by Ron Rash

Directed by: David Burris

Starring: Noah Wyle, Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly

Description: In a rural Appalachian community haunted by the legacy of a Civil War massacre, a rebellious young man (Jeremy Irvine) struggles to escape the violence that would bind him to the past.

Release Date: January 9th




Based on the book: Don’t Point That Thing at Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli

Directed by: David Koepp

Starring: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor

Description: Juggling angry Russians, the British Mi5 and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain a code that leads to lost Nazi gold.

Release Date: January 23rd



Strange Magic

Based on the play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Directed by: Gary Rydstrom

Starring: Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood

Description: A forest is turned upside down as goblins, elves, fairies and imps battle over a powerful potion.

Release Date: January 23rd




Wild Card

Based on the book: Heat by William Goldman

Directed by: Simon West

Starring: Jason Statham, Stanley Tucci

Description: Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When his friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to learn the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss.

Release Date: January 30th

1loverosieposterLove, Rosie

Based on the book: Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

Directed by: Christian Ditter

Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin

Description: Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends since they were five, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.

Release Date: February 6th


1seventhsonposterSeventh Son

Based on the book: The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney

Directed by: Sergei Bodrov

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander

Description: When the queen of evil witches (Julianne Moore) escapes the pit she was imprisoned in by a professional monster hunter (Jeff Bridges), the hunter recruits young Tom (Ben Barnes), the seventh son of the seventh son, to help him.

Release Date: February 6th



hr_Fifty_Shades_of_Grey_1Fifty Shades of Grey

Based on the book: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

Description: Literature student Anastasia Steele’s (Dakota Johnson) life changes forever when she meets the handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).

Release Date: February 13th



1duffposterThe Duff

Based on the book: The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Directed by: Ari Sandel

Starring: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne

Description: A high school senior (Mae Whitman) instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she’s been labeled the “DUFF” (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by her more popular counterparts.

Release Date: February 20th


1stillaliceposterStill Alice

Based on the book: Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Directed by: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart

Description: A linguistics professor (Julianne Moore) and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Release Date: February 20th





Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Based on the book: Kidnapping Freddy Heineken by Peter R. de Vries

Directed by: Daniel Alfredson

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess

Description: The inside story of the planning, execution and aftermath of beer tycoon Alfred “Freddy” Heineken’s (Anthony Hopkins) kidnapping, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

Release Date: March 6th




Based on the fairytale: “Cendrillon” by Charles Perrault

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden

Description: When her father unexpectedly passes away, Ella (Lily James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming step-sisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.

Release Date: March 13th

1gunmanposterThe Gunman

Based on the book: The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette

Directed by: Pierre Morel

Starring: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba

Description: A black ops specialist (Sean Penn) comes out of retirement to take down the organization that betrayed him.

Release Date: March 20th







Based on the book: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet

Description: Tris (Shailene Woodley) must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against the powerful alliance that threatens to tear her society apart.

Release Date: March 20th




Based on the book: The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

Directed by: Tim Johnson

Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin

Description: An alien (Jim Parsons) on the run from his own people befriends a human girl (Rihanna) and joins her on an adventure.

Release Date: March 27th







Based on the book: Serena by Ron Rash

Directed by: Susanne Bier

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper

Description: In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton’s (Bradley Cooper) timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena (Jennifer Lawrence).

Release Date: March 27th


1longestrideposterThe Longest Ride

Based on the book: The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.

Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood

Description: The lives of a young couple intertwine with a much older man as he reflects back on a past love.

Release Date: April 10th





Child 44

Based on the book: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Directed by: Daniel Espinosa

Starring: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace

Description: A disgraced member of the military police (Tom Hardy) investigates a series of grisly child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Release Date: April 17th




True Story

Based on the book: True Storyby Michael Finkel

Directed by: Rupert Goold

Starring: Jonah Hill, James Franco

Description: When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco)—who has taken on Finkel’s identity—his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.

Release Date: April 17th


1ageofultronposterAvengers: Age of Ultron

Based on the comic book series: Characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in The Avengers

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Description: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it’s up to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron.

Release Date: May 1st

1everysecretthingposterEvery Secret Thing

Based on the book: Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman

Directed by: Amy J. Berg

Starring: Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning

Description: A detective (Elizabeth Banks) looks to unravel a mystery surrounding missing children, and the prime suspects are two young women who, seven years ago, were put away for an infant’s death.

Release Date: May 15th

1maddingcrowdposterFar from the Madding Crowd

Based on the book: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen

Description: In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) attracts three very different suitors.

Release Date: May 22nd

 1jurassicworldposterJurassic World

Based on: Characters created by Michael Crichton in Jurassic Park

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

Description: A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction, a genetically modified dinosaur, escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Release Date: June 12th

1madamebovaryposterMadame Bovary

Based on the book: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Directed by: Sophie Barthes

Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti

Description: Bored in her marriage to a country doctor and stifled by life in a small town, the restless Emma Bovary (Mia Wasikowska) pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever they may cost.

Release Date: June 12th

1dyinggirlposterMe and Earl and the Dying Girl

Based on the book: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Starring: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler

Description: High schooler Greg (Thomas Mann), who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Release Date: July 1st



Based on the comic book series: Characters created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby in Ant-Man

Directed by: Peyton Reed

Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly

Description: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor pull off a heist that will save the world.

Release Date: July 17th

1mrholmesposterMr. Holmes

Based on the book: A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin

Directed by: Bill Condon

Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney

Description: An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) deals with early dementia as he tries to remember his final case.

Release Date: July 24th

1papertownsposterPaper Towns

Based on the book: Paper Towns by John Green

Directed by: Jake Schreier

Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne

Description: After an all-night adventure, Quentin’s (Nat Wolff) life-long crush disappears, leaving behind clues for Quentin and his friends to follow.

Release Date: July 24th




1darkplacesposterDark Places

Based on the book: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Directed by: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks

Description: Libby Day (Charlize Theron) was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost 30 years later, she reluctantly agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led to that tragic night.

Release Date: August 7th

1fantasticfourposterFantastic Four

Based on the comic book series: Characters created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Fantastic Four

Directed by: Josh Trank

Starring: Miles Tell, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell

Description: Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate universe that alters their physical form in shocking ways. They must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Release Date: August 7th

1diaryteenposterThe Diary of a Teenage Girl

Based on the book: The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner

Directed by: Marielle Heller

Starring: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig

Description: A teen artist (Bel Powley) living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.

Release Date: August 28th

1zachariahposterZ for Zachariah

Based on the book: Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien

Directed by: Craig Zobel

Starring: Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Description: In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.

Release Date: August 28th

1walkwoodsposterA Walk in the Woods

Based on the book: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Directed by: Ken Kwapis

Starring: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson

Description: After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) returns to the U.S., where he decides to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

Release Date: September 2nd

1ninetyminsheavenposter90 Minutes in Heaven

Based on the book: 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper

Directed by: Michael Polish

Starring: Hayden Christensen, Kate Bosworth

Description: A man involved in a horrific car crash is pronounced dead, only to come back to life 90 minutes later claiming to have seen Heaven.

Release Date: September 11th

1blackmassposterBlack Mass

Based on the book: Black Massby Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill

Directed by: Scott Cooper

Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch

Description: The true story of Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp), the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Release Date: September 18th


Based on the book: Unlikely Angel by Ashley Smith

Directed by: Jerry Jameson

Starring: David Oyelowo, Kate Mara

Description: A single mother (Kate Mara) struggling with drug addiction is taken hostage in her own apartment by a man on the run who has broken out of jail and murdered the judge assigned to his case.

Release Date: September 18th

1scorchtrialsposterMaze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Based on the book: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Directed by: Wes Ball

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Description: After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.

Release Date: September 18th

1martianposterThe Martian

Based on the book: The Martian by Andy Weir

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean

Description: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to contact Earth.

Release Date: October 2nd


Based on the fairytale: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Directed by: Joe Wright

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller

Description: Twelve-year-old orphan Peter (Levi Miller) is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he ultimately discovers his destiny: to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Release Date: October 9th

1walkposterThe Walk

Based on the novel: To Reach the Clouds by Philippe Petit

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale

Description: In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

Release Date: October 9th

1beastsnonationposterBeasts of No Nation

Based on the book: Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Starring: Idris Elba, Kurt Egyiawan, Abraham Attah

Description: Agu (Abraham Attah), a child soldier, is forced to fight in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

Release Date: October 16th


Based on the book: Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

Directed by: Rob Letterman

Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush

Description: A teenager (Dylan Minnette) teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.

Release Date: October 16th

1stevejobsposterSteve Jobs

Based on the biography: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Directed by: Danny Boyle

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan, Jeff Daniels

Description: A look behind the scenes of the digital revolution, revealing a portrait of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender).

Release Date: October 23rd


Based on the book: Truth and Duty by Mary Mapes

Directed by: James Vanderbilt

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid

Description: A newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather (Robert Redford) and producer Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) their careers.

Release Date: October 30th

1missyoualreadyposterMiss You Already

Based on the book: Goodbye by Morwenna Banks

Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke

Starring: Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore

Description: The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill.

Release Date: November 6th

1peanutsmovieposterThe Peanuts Movie

Based on the comic strip: Peanuts created by Charles M. Shulz,

Directed by: Steve Martino

Starring: Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, Mariel Sheets, Alex Garfin

Description: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp) begins his own epic quest to win the love of his life.

Release Date: November 6th


Based on: Characters created  in the book series by Ian Fleming

Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes

Description: A cryptic message from James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization.

Release Date: November 6th

1the33posterThe 33

Based on the autobiography: Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar

Directed by: Patricia Riggen

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche

Description: The true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days after their mine collapsed.

Release Date: November 13th

1allamericanposterMy All-American

Based on the book: Courage Beyond the Game by Jim Dent

Directed by: Angelo Pizzo

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Finn Wittrock, Robin Tunney, Sarah Bolger

Description: Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock), an underdog on the gridiron, faces the toughest challenge of his life after leading his team to a championship season.

Release Date: November 13th


Based on the book: The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

Directed by: Todd Haynes

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara

Description: In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk (Rooney Mara) who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

Release Date: November 20th

1mockingjayposterThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Based on the book: Mockingjayby Suzanne Collins

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson

Description: As the war of Panem escalates, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) leads an army against President Snow to free the Districts.

Release Date: November 20th


Based on the biography: The Profession of Violence by John Pearson

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis

Description: The true story of identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray (both played by Tom Hardy) and their organized crime empire in 1960s London.

Release Date: November 20th

1secreteyesposterThe Secret in Their Eyes

Based on the book: The Secret in Their Eyes by Eduardo Sacheri

Directed by: Billy Ray

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts

Description: A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.

Release Date: November 20th


Based on: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

Directed by: John Crowley

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson

Description: An Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a new romance. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Release Date: November 25th


Based on the book: Room by Emma Donoghue

Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson

Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay

Description: After five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his mother (Brie Larson) escape from the enclosed “Room” that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.

Release Date: November 25th


Based on: Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Cook

Directed by: Jay Roach

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Hellen Mirren

Description: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Release Date: November 25th

1victorfrankposterVictor Frankenstein

Based on the book: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Directed by: Paul McGuigan

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy

Description: Told from Igor’s (Daniel Radcliffe) perspective, we witness the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and the story of how Frankenstein became the man—and the legend—we know today.

Release Date: November 25th

1heartseaposterIn the Heart of the Sea

Based on: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy

Description: A recounting of a New England whaling ship’s sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the novel Moby-Dick.

Release Date: December 11th


Based on the play: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Directed by: Justin Kurzel

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard

Description: Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Release Date: December 11th

1fortyfiveyearsposter45 Years

Based on the book: “In Another Country” by David Constantine

Directed by: Andrew Haigh

Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay

Description: In the week leading up to their 45th wedding anniversary, a couple receive an unexpected letter that contains potentially life-changing news.

Release Date: December 23rd

1bigshortposterThe Big Short

Based on the book: The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Directed by: Adam McKay

Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Description: After predicting the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, four outsiders in the world of high-finance decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.

Release Date: December 23rd


Based on the book and article: Concussionby Jeanne Marie Laskas (the book is an expansion of Laskas’ article “Game Brain” forGQ)

Directed by: Peter Landesman

Starring: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Description: In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

Release Date: December 25th

1danishgirlposterThe Danish Girl

Based on the book: The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander

Description: A fictitious love story inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Release Date: December 25th

1revenantposterThe Revenant

Based on the book: The Revenant by Michael Punke

Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

Description: After being brutally mauled by a bear and left for dead, frontiersman Hugh Glass seeks revenge on those who wronged him.

Release Date: December 25th (limited release)


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