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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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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

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Harry Potter and the Order of ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe

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420 149
Harry Potter and the Deathly H... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

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418 159
Harry Potter and the Half-Bloo... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

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434 138
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese

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434 129
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

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364 175
The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

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The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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Bridge to Terabithia Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm, AnnaSophia Robb

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287 181
Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Jumanji Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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266 188
Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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332 116
The Hunger Games: Catching Fir... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
WillowHalverson added The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

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Hugo Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

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Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law

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222 140
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Alice in Wonderland Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter

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253 119
The Maze Runner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
courtneythevamps added The Maze Runner Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien, Patricia Clarkson

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Little Women Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

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223 152
The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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292 142
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Divergent Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, Ashley Judd

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250 137
The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
WillowHalverson added The Fault in Our Stars Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern

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161 116
The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
ElizabethR.Hill added The Book Thief Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Heike Makatsch

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Keith Richards

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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Coraline Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
The Parent Trap Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills

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160 43
Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
punksnotdead added Despicable Me Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Julie Andrews

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170 109
Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Peter Pan Jason Isaacs, Saffron Burrows, Rachel Hurd-Wood

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149 47
Despicable Me 2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
jsnungaray added Despicable Me 2 Russell Brand, Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig

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145 78
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
katrien-de-clercq added The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Charlotte's Web Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
jsnungaray added Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Allison Janney

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142 109
Nanny McPhee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Nanny McPhee Emma Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth

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179 119
If I Stay is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
courtneythevamps added If I Stay Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Stacy Keach

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The Spiderwick Chronicles Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

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Howl's Moving Castle Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Nancy Travis

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A Little Princess Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli

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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
The Secret Garden Dean Stockwell, Margaret O'Brien, Herbert Marshall

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The Golden Compass Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Ian McKellen

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
punksnotdead added Matilda Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens

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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
The Hunger Games Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Lawrence

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113 119
War Horse is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
War Horse Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

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120 135
Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Big Fish Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas