Top 10 Adapted Screenplays From the Last Decade
Updated: Apr 27
Adaptation is an important aspect of screenplays. There have been countless adapted screenplays from the last decade alone. Let’s take a look at our Top 10 adapted screenplays from the last decade.
The screenplays were chosen for their overall significance in the world of film and how appreciated they all are. All of these films are fantastic so be sure to check them out.
1. Moonlight (2016)
Moonlight is a tragic story about three stages of life for a man who lives in a poor neighborhood in Miami, Florida. It’s a beautiful story that was adapted from the novel “Moonlight Black Boys” by Tarell Alvin McCraney.
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2. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Jojo Rabbit is a dark comedy about a boy during World War II who has Hitler as an imaginary friend. As dark as that might sound, it’s surprisingly funny and uplifting. It was adapted from the novel “Caging Skies” by Christine Leunens.
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3. BlacKkKlansman (2018)
BlacKkKlansman is about a man who infiltrated the KKK in the United States despite being African American. It was adapted from the memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth.
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4. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Call me by your name is a coming of age film about a boy who starts to have gay relations with a man while he’s away for school in Italy. It was adapted by the novel with the same name by Andre Aciman.
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5. The Big Short (2015)
The Big Short is a dark comedy about the financial crisis in the United States during 2007-2008 and how one man actually profited from it. It was adapted by the book with the same name by Michael Lewis.
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6. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
12 Years a Slave is a biographical drama about an African American man who was born free in New York State, but was kidnapped and sold into slavery during the 1800s in the United States. It was adapted by the memoir with the same name by Solomon Northup.
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7. Argo (2012)
Argo is a Drama about 6 refugees in 1979 who need to be rescued by the United States Government after militants stormed the United State’s embassy in Iran. It was adapted from the book “The Master of Disguise” by Tony Mendez.
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8. The Descendants (2011)
The Descendants is a dark comedy about a man who struggles with unexpected occurrences in his life. It was adapted from the novel with the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
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9. The Social Network (2010)
The Social Network is a drama-comedy about the early stages of Facebook. It was adapted from the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich.
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10. The Imitation Game (2014)
The Imitation Game is a historical drama about a man who decrypted German intelligence for the British government during World War II. It was adapted from the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges.
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As you can tell, there have been an incredible amount of screenplays that were adapted this past decade. Be sure to check all them out and other screenplays that weren’t mentioned in this list.