Can't get enough of Tom Ripley? Here's where to watch the Matt Damon movie and read the books

Here's where you can watch the 1999 movie and read all of the books in the series.
Ripley. Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in Ripley Cr. Netflix © 2023
Ripley. Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in Ripley Cr. Netflix © 2023 /

Even though Netflix is unlikely to renew Ripley for another season because it has been billed as a limited series, that doesn't mean you have to stop hanging out with iconic con man Tom Ripley anytime soon!

Andrew Scott is just the latest actor to bring Patricia Highsmith's creation to life, but Ripley has existed since the 1950s in her popular crime novels. The character of Tom Ripley has also been shown on-screen before Netflix, in movies like Purple Noon and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

So, if the eight episodes now available on the streaming service aren't enough for you, or make you want to learn more about the character, keep reading to find out where you can watch the movies and read the books.

Where to watch Tom Ripley movies

Purple Noon is a 1960 film directed by René Clément and it stars Alain Delon as Tom Ripley. Currently, you can watch the 1960 movie on The Criterion Channel or through the Kanopy app for free. It's also available to rent and purchase via Amazon and Apple TV.

The more popular film adaptation is the 1999 version The Talented Mr. Ripley from director Anthony Minghella and it stars Matt Damon as Tom Ripley with Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge and Jude Law as Dickie Greenleaf. Right now, The Talented Mr. Ripley is streaming on Showtime and Paramount+ Showtime. You can also rent or purchase the movie from digital retailers like Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu.

Patricia Highsmith's books about Tom Ripley

There are five books total in Patricia Highsmith's series, each one features Tom Ripley as he embarks on his various criminal adventures.

Here are all of the books in order and the publishing year.

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955)
  • Ripley Under Ground (1970)
  • Ripley's Game (1974)
  • The Boy Who Followed Ripley (1980)
  • Ripley Under Water (1991)

All of Highsmith's books are available wherever books are sold and you can even purchase a box set that compiles all five together from places like Amazon and other online retailers.

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