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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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    the people's #1 Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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    most listed Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

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    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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    Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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    ranked low on reranks Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz

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    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Scorsese

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    Zooey Deschanel, AnnaSophia Robb, Josh Hutcherson

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    Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Patricia Clarkson

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    Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Paul Frees

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    Gerald McRaney, Alan Oppenheimer, Moses Gunn

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    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Christian Bale, Kirsten Dunst, Claire Danes

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law

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    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

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    ranked low on reranks Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman

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    ranked low on reranks Emma Watson, Julianne Hough, Daniel Radcliffe

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    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Peter Lorre

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    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

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    ranked low on reranks Jason Isaacs, Saffron Burrows, Rachel Hurd-Wood

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    Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

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    Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards

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    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli

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    Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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    Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Buster Keaton

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    Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

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    Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kirin Kiki, Ryunosuke Kamiki

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    Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills

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    Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Eva Green

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    Danny Bonaduce, Debbie Reynolds, Agnes Moorehead

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    Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

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    Margaret O'Brien, Dean Stockwell, Herbert Marshall

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    Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury

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    ranked low on reranks & added by whitetigerfan Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Maggie Q

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    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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    Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera

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    Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb

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    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland

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    Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury

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    Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill

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    Elisabeth Shue, Alexis Bledel, Ben Kingsley

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    Rachel Weisz, Joss Stone, Jeremy Irons

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