The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels Films
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The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

List Criteria: Movies must be adaptations from YA books.

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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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Scorsese

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    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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    Gerald McRaney, Alan Oppenheimer, Moses Gunn

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    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Paul Frees

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    Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law

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    Christian Bale, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes

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    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

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    Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre

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    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli

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    Danny Bonaduce, Debbie Reynolds, Agnes Moorehead

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    Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury

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    Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera

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    Margaret O'Brien, Dean Stockwell, Herbert Marshall

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    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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