The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

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List of best movies based on young adult literature written by some of the best young adult writers. These films were all inspired by or adapted directly from novels written for a young adult or teenage audience. Many of these books are widely regarded as "classic children's literature" that has been popular and even assigned to students in schools for decades. Others - such as recent hit films like "The Hunger Games" and the "Harry Potter" series - are based on newer works that have become important cultural phenomena in the past few decades. Some of the most popular, beloved, and highest grossing movies of recent Hollywood filmmaking, in particular, originated in stories from young adult books.

The massive success of "The Hunger Games" - which scored one of the highest opening weekend totals in US box office history - has inspired other studios and filmmakers to look to young adult literature for ideas, and a number of other YA books are already set to be adapted in the coming years. (For example, Orson Scott Card's sci-fi thriller "Ender's Game" has long been considered for a big-budget film version.) Many of these YA books, like "Harry Potter", take place in magical and fantasy worlds, making the stories even more compelling on a big screen. A few young adult book adaptations came out to considerably less fanfare, such as the first release from the ongoing "Percy Jackson" series - "The Lightning Thief" - but these are widely seen as exceptions rather than the rule.

This list compiles the best films ever made based on books for young adults. Be sure to vote for your favorites and move them up the list, and if your favorite movie based on a book for tweens or teens has been left off, be sure to add it at the bottom of the page.
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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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    Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese

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    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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    Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

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    Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

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    Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm, AnnaSophia Robb

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    Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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    Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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    Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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    Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

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    The Hunger Games: Catching Fir... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

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    Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law

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    Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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    The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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    Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien, Patricia Clarkson

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    Coraline is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

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    The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

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    Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Heike Makatsch

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    Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Jason Isaacs, Saffron Burrows, Rachel Hurd-Wood

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    The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills

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    Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, Ashley Judd

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    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards

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    Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

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    Nanny McPhee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Emma Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth

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    The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

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    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

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    Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura

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    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

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    Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

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    Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Stacy Keach

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    Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli

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    War Horse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

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    Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Ian McKellen

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    Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Nancy Travis

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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

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    Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas

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    Dean Stockwell, Margaret O'Brien, Herbert Marshall

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    Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

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    Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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    Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

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    Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland

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    Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels


    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

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