Graphic Novel Adaptations

This listing of feature films, TV movies and TV series are based on the graphic novels, narrative work in which the story is conveyed to the reader using sequential art in either an experimental design or in a traditional comics format, from around the world.
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1.
Heavy Metal (1981)
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A glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with a collection of stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror. (86 mins.)
“ An American sci-fi and fantasy animated film based on the comics magazine published in 1977. ” - deano11
 
2.
Creepshow (1982)
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An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. horror comic books of the 1950s. (120 mins.)
“ Based on an American horror graphic novella published by Penguin Books imprint Plume in 1982, written by Stephen King and the book's interior art is by Bernie Wrightson with Michelle Wrighton, with a cover by Jack Kamen. ” - deano11
 
3.
When the Wind Blows (1986)
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A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war, only to gradually succumb to its aftermath. (80 mins.)
“ An animated film is based on the 1982 British graphic novel by artist Raymond Briggs. ” - deano11
 
4.
Creepshow 2 (1987)
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Three more bone-chilling tales that include a vengeful wooden Native American, a monstrous blob in a lake, and a hitchhiker who wants revenge and will not die. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Gornick
“ Based on an American horror graphic novella published by Penguin Books imprint Plume in 1982, written by Stephen King and the book's interior art is by Bernie Wrightson with Michelle Wrighton, with a cover by Jack Kamen. ” - deano11
 
5.
Jesuit Joe (1991)
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Canada, 1911. Narrated by a vulture, the story of Jesuit Joe, a mixed-race who belongs to a rebel Indian family... (100 mins.)
Director: Olivier Austen
“ An Italian graphic novel was initially serialised in Pilote magazine before it was released as hardcover albums published by Dargaud in 1980, written and art by Hugo Pratt. ” - deano11
 
6.
Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)
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Julie must keep madman Tyler from immortality... (88 mins.)
“ An American sci-fi and fantasy animated feature film based on the comics magazine published in 1977. ” - deano11
 
7.
Ghost World (2001)
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With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives. (111 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
“ Based on a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. It was originally serialized in issues #11–18 (June 1993–March 1997) of Clowes's comic book series Eightball, and was first published in book form in 1997 by Fantagraphics Books. ” - deano11
 
8.
Monkeybone (2001)
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In a coma, a cartoonist finds himself trapped within his own underground creation and must find a way to get back, while racing against his popular but treacherous character, Monkeybone. (93 mins.)
Director: Henry Selick
“ Based on an American graphic novel, Dark Town, by Canadian cartoonist Kaja Blackley and illustrated by Venessa Chong. It was published by Mad Monkey Press in 1995. ” - deano11
 
9.
From Hell (2001)
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In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper. (122 mins.)
“ Based on a graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell, originally published in serial form from 1989 to 1996 and collected in 1999 by Top Shelf Productions. ” - deano11
 
10.
Road to Perdition (2002)
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Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ The American comic book of the original series is published by DC Comics' imprint, Paradox Press. It was written by Max Allan Collins and art by Richard Piers Rayner. ” - deano11
 
11.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
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In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission. (110 mins.)
“ An American comic book two six-series limited series and a graphic novel written by Alan Moore and Illustrated by Kevin O'Neill, publication of which began in 1999 from the America's Best Comics imprint of WildStorm/DC Comics. ” - deano11
 
12.
Immortal (Ad Vitam) (2004)
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In the distant future, Earth is occupied by ancient gods and genetically altered humans. When a god is sentenced to death he seeks a new human host and a woman to bear his child. (103 mins.)
Director: Enki Bilal
“ A English language, French-produced live-action and animated sci-fi film loosely based upon French cartoonist and storyteller Enki Bilal's comic book La Foire aux immortels (The Carnival of Immortals), published by French's Humanoids Publishing in 1980. ” - deano11
 
13.
Sin City (2005)
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A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption. (124 mins.)
 
14.
A History of Violence (2005)
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A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core. (96 mins.)
 
15.
The Wedding Party (2005)
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Screaming, shooting, tears and blood changes the party into a nightmare. (92 mins.)
 
16.
Global Frequency (2005 TV Movie)
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The Global Frequency is an independent, illegal, covert intelligence agency determined to prevent international... (45 mins.)
 
17.
V for Vendetta (2005)
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In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
 
18.
“ Based on the comedy graphic novel, Le Démon de midi ou Changement d'herbage réjouit les veaux, written and illustrated by Florence Cestac. Published by Dargaud in 1996. ” - deano11
 
19.
The Fountain (2006)
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As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. (96 mins.)
 
20.
Art School Confidential (2006)
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Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him. (102 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
21.
300 (2006)
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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
 
22.
Creepshow 3 (2006 Video)
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This second sequel to Creepshow features five new tales of horror: "Alice", "The Radio", "Call Girl", "The Professor's Wife", and "Haunted Dog". (104 mins.)
 
23.
Pathfinder (2007)
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A Viking boy is left behind after his clan battles a Native American tribe. Raised within the tribe, he ultimately becomes their savior in a fight against the Norsemen. (99 mins.)
Director: Marcus Nispel
 
24.
30 Days of Night (2007)
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After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. (113 mins.)
Director: David Slade
“ Based on the horror graphic novel written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith. Published by IDW Publishing in 2002. ” - deano11
 
25.
Persepolis (2007)
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A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution. (96 mins.)
“ Based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi depicting her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution. ” - deano11
 
26.
The Middleman (2008 TV Series)
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A struggling artist is recruited by a secret agency to fight against evil forces. Based on the graphic novels by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Les McClaine. (43 mins.)
“ Published by Viper Comics. ” - deano11
 
27.
Wanted (2008)
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A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin, and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities. (110 mins.)
“ Published by Top Cow Productions. ” - deano11
 
28.
Watchmen (2009)
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In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it. (162 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Published by DC Comics. ” - deano11
 
29.
Under the Hood (2009 Video)
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A television interview with Hollis Mason, The first Nite-Owl, about his life and the superhero community. (38 mins.)
Director: Eric Matthies
“ A short film and spin-off of 2009's Watchmen film and published by DC Comics. ” - deano11
 
30.
Whiteout (2009)
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U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months. (101 mins.)
Director: Dominic Sena
“ Four-issue comic book limited series by writer Greg Rucka and artist Steve Lieber and published by Oni Press in 1998. ” - deano11
 
31.
Surrogates (2009)
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Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates. (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
“ Five-issue comic book limited series written by Robert Venditti, drawn by Brett Weldele, and published by Top Shelf Productions. ” - deano11
 
32.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
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Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ Based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley, published by Portland-based independent comic book publisher Oni Press in 2004. ” - deano11
 
33.
30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010 Video)
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After surviving the incidents in Barrow, Alaska, Stella Olemaun relocates to Los Angeles, where she intentionally attracts the attention of the local vampire population in order to avenge the death of her husband, Eben. (92 mins.)
Director: Ben Ketai
“ The follow-up to 30 Days of Night, based on the horror graphic novel written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Ben Templesmith. Published by IDW Publishing in 2003. ” - deano11
 
34.
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)
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A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62. (135 mins.)
Director: Joann Sfar
“ A biopic of French singer Serge Gainsbourgh based on the director-writer Joann Sfar's graphic novel published by Dargaud, Franco-Belgian comic series. ” - deano11
 
35.
I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2010 Short Film)
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This short probes the taboos around a very particular second-hand trauma, leading us to a more universal understanding of human experience. (15 mins.)
“ A animated short film based on the Canadian 2006 autobiographical graphic novel by Bernice Eisenstein. ” - deano11
 
36.
Paradox (2010)
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Homicide detective Sean Nault, a cop on a parallel Earth whose technology is powered exclusively by magic... (83 mins.)
Director: Brenton Spencer
“ Published by Arcana Studio, Canadian comic book publisher and art studio. ” - deano11
 
37.
Blades of Blood (2010)
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During a turbulent time when political upheaval, rebellion, and invasion are coming to a head two swordsmen... (111 mins.)
Director: Joon-ik Lee
“ Based on Park Heung-yong's Korean graphic novel Like the Moon Escaping from the Clouds. ” - deano11
 
38.
Alois Nebel (2011)
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A train dispatcher encounters a mute stranger who appears out of nowhere, and finds himself mysteriously involved with a murder in Poland. (84 mins.)
Director: Tomás Lunák
“ An animated drama film based on the Czech comic-book trilogy White Brook in 2003, Main Station in 2004 and Golden Hills in 2004 by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99. ” - deano11
 
39.
The Last Man on Earth (2011)
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The story of the latest week on the earth before the announce of the landing of an extraterrestrial society on earth seen by the eyes of a misogynist man with only the desire solitude and routine. (100 mins.)
 
40.
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
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A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. (119 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
41.
Locke & Key (2011 TV Movie)
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An adventure story centered around three children who become the caretakers of a New England mansion that is home to a bevy of secrets and magic.
Director: Mark Romanek
 
42.
Chicken with Plums (2011)
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Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death. (93 mins.)
 
43.
The Rabbi's Cat (2011)
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Set in Algeria in the 1920s, a rabbi's cat who learns how to speak after swallowing the family parrot expresses his desire to convert to Judaism. (100 mins.)
 
44.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
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Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them. (105 mins.)
 
45.
Mars et Avril (2012)
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Based on an acclaimed graphic novel, Mars & Avril is set in Montreal of the future, at the dawn of the first human landing on Mars, and tells the story of a musician who becomes obsessed with his muse. (90 mins.)
“ Based on the graphic novels by director-producer-writer Martin Villeneuve, published by Sid Lee & la Pastèque. ” - deano11
 
46.
Bad Kids Go to Hell (2012)
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On a stormy Saturday afternoon, six students from Crestview Academy begin to meet horrible fates as they serve out their detentions. Is a fellow student to blame, or perhaps Crestview's alleged ghosts are behind the terrible acts? (91 mins.)
“ Based on director-screenwriter Matthew Spradlin and Barry Wernick's best-selling graphic novel, published by Antarctic Press in 2009. ” - deano11
 
47.
Bullet to the Head (2012)
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After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington D.C. detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy. (92 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ Based on upon Alexis Nolent's French graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete (aka Headshot), published by Casterman in 2004. ” - deano11
 
48.
De Wederopstanding van een Klootzak (2013)
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A criminal starts questioning his violent way of life when he searches for the unknown assailant who almost shot him to death. (90 mins.)
Director: Guido van Driel
“ AKA The Resurrection of an Bastard. A Dutch crime film based on a graphic novel Om mekaar in Dokkum by Dutch filmmaker Guido van Driel, published in 2004. ” - deano11
 
49.
Aya of Yop City (2013)
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Love stories in Yopougon, a neighborhood of the Ivory Coast capital. (84 mins.)
“ A French animated film based on a graphic novel Aya of Yop City by directors Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie, published by Gallimard between 2005 and 2010, and translated into English by Drawn & Quarterly in 2008. ” - deano11
 
50.
Oblivion (2013)
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A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. (124 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
“ Based on Radical Comics-edited unpublished graphic novel by director-producer-writer Joseph Kosinski. ” - deano11
 
51.
Sparks (2013)
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A masked vigilante who discovers the dark side to heroism. Going after the nation's most notorious super criminal leaves Sparks' life and reputation in ruins. (97 mins.)
“ Based on an American graphic novel (six-issue mini-series), written by Christopher Folino and illustrated by JM Ringuet and Tyler Endicott, published by Catastrophic Comics in 2008. ” - deano11
 
52.
2 Guns (2013)
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Two hardened criminals get into trouble with the US border patrol after meeting with a Mexican drug lord, and then revelations start to unfold. (109 mins.)
“ Based on an American graphic novel series, written by Steven Grant and illustrated by Mateus Santolouco published by Boom! Studios in 2007. ” - deano11
 
53.
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
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Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss. (180 mins.)
“ Original announced as "Blue Angel". A French graphic novel by Julie Maroh, published by Glénat in March 2010. ” - deano11
 
54.
The Hunters (2013 TV Movie)
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A family of archeologists hunt down artifacts from fairy tales that have been hidden around the globe. (85 mins.)
Director: Nisha Ganatra
“ Based on an American graphic novel called Mirror Mirror, written by Joshua Williamson and illustrated by Lee Moder, published by Kickstart Comics Inc. in 2010. ” - deano11
 
55.
I, Frankenstein (2014)
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Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. (92 mins.)
Director: Stuart Beattie
“ Published by Darkstorm Studios. Created by Kevin Grevioux. ” - deano11
 
56.
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
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Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. (102 mins.)
Director: Noam Murro
“ The follow-up to 300, based on the as-yet-unreleased Frank Miller graphic novel Xerxes. ” - deano11
 
57.
Hercules (2014)
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Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. (98 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
“ An American graphic novel (five issues) by Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya, published by Radical Publishing in 2008. ” - deano11
 
58.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
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Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants. (102 mins.)
“ The follow-up to Sin City, based on the second book in the Sin City series by artist-writer Frank Miller, published by Dark Horse Comics. ” - deano11
 
59.
Gemma Bovery (2014)
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Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker... (99 mins.)
Director: Anne Fontaine
“ Based on a British graphic novel written by Posy Simmonds in 1999. ” - deano11
 
60.
The Scribbler (2014)
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A young woman is facing her destructive multiple personalities using an experimental new procedure known as "The Siamese Burn." (88 mins.)
Director: John Suits
“ Based on an American original graphic novel, written and illustrated by Daniel Schaffer, published by Image Comics in 2006. ” - deano11
 
61.
Enormous (2014 TV Series)
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A live-action series based on the Image Comics graphic novel of the same name. The comic tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world where humans are prey for giant insects
 
62.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
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A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend. (102 mins.)
Director: Marielle Heller
“ Based on an American diaristic graphic novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures, by author and artist Phoebe Gloeckner. Published by North Atlantic Books in 2015. ” - deano11
 
63.
Term Life (2016)
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A guy wanted around town by various hit men hopes to stay alive long enough for his life insurance policy to kick in and pay out for his estranged daughter. (93 mins.)
“ Based on an American graphic novel written by A.J. Lieberman and illustrated by Nick Thornborrow, published by Image Comics. ” - deano11
 
64.
Bad Kids of Crestview Academy (2017)
DETENTION SUCKS BUT IT'S KILLER FUN: It's four years later, and a new group of students has been placed... (100 mins.)
Director: Ben Browder
“ A sequel film of 2012's Bad Kids Go to Hell, based on Matthew Spradlin and Barry Wernick's best-selling graphic novel, published by Antarctic Press in 2009. ” - deano11
 
65.
Wilson (2017)
A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.
Director: Craig Johnson
“ Based on an American satirical graphic novel by cartoonist Daniel Clowes, published by Drawn and Quarterly in 2010. ” - deano11
 
66.
The Coldest City (2017)
An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Director: David Leitch
“ Based on an American comic book written by Anthony Johnston, published by Desperado Publishing in association with Image Comics and IDW Publishing. ” - deano11
 
67.
I Kill Giants (2017)
Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters.
Director: Anders Walter