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Randolph Strauss
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List of best movies based on young adult literature. 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 and beloved 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.) 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 Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added The Outsiders Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

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Hugo Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

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The NeverEnding Story Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

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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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Little Women Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Jumanji Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

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Bridge to Terabithia Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm, AnnaSophia Robb

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

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Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

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Arrietty Mirai Shida, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kirin Kiki

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Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Big Fish Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

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A Little Princess Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli

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

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The Golden Compass Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Ian McKellen

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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added The Secret Garden Dean Stockwell, Margaret O'Brien, Herbert Marshall

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

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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Coraline Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Charlotte's Web Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added The Parent Trap Maureen O'Hara, John Mills, Hayley Mills - One of 18 movies based on Lottie and Lisa (Das doppelte Lottchen) (1949), Erich Kästner and the first called The Parent Trap. There was a remake in 1998 with Lindsay Lohan.

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War Horse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added War Horse Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill

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The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
Barbara Gaston added The Perks of Being a Wallflower Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd

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

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

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Flipped Stefanie Scott, Rebecca De Mornay, Penelope Ann Miller

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

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National Velvet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added National Velvet Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury

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City of Ember Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Tim Robbins

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Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Escape to Witch Mountain Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland - The direct adaptation of the 1968 novel by the same name.

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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Old Yeller Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

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Tuck Everlasting Alexis Bledel, Elisabeth Shue, Ben Kingsley

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The Apple Dumpling Gang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added The Apple Dumpling Gang Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Bill Bixby

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Eragon Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons

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Race to Witch Mountain Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb

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Aquamarine Emma Roberts, JoJo, Sara Paxton

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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Freaky Friday Jodie Foster, Dick Van Patten, John Astin

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The Black Stallion is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added The Black Stallion Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas

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White Fang is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added White Fang Ethan Hawke, James Remar, Bill Moseley

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Around the World in 80 Days is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Around the World in 80 Days Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Marlene Dietrich - Jules Verne's classic teen targeted novel to film

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Rumble Fish is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Rumble Fish Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

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Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Treasure Island Patrick Troughton, Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton

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

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The Yearling is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added The Yearling Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Forrest Tucker

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Tex is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Tex Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, Meg Tilly

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Practical Magic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels
KirkSaw added Practical Magic Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Evan Rachel Wood

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Eclipse Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick