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The Best Kids Movies Based On Books  

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List Rules Vote up the best movies based on books for kids to watch.

These days, parents are spoiled for choice when it comes to entertainment for their kids. Whether it's the newest superhero movie for the older kids, or Pixar's latest hit, there are more options than ever. But writers have been entertaining kids since long before movies ever existed, and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of amazing stories available at the click of a button.

Not only are these movies based on kids books fun, funny and exciting, they can be a wonderful gateway to the world of reading for younger kids. Child development specialists have been vocal about the benefits of reading for children of all ages, and there are numerous studies linking reading to increased brain health and better social skills.

If you're curious what book adaptation films can kids watch, you've come to the right place. All of these movies are rated G or PG, and are suitable for most children.

So if you're looking for good book adaptation movies for kids, you've come to the right place! Whether it's Dr. Seuss or JK Rowling, here are some great films that will entertain both you and your kids. Feel free to add items, and don't forget to vote up the very best movies for kids based on books!

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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is the second film adaptation of the 1964 British book of the same name by Roald Dahl and stars ...more
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Where the Wild Things Are is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini
Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 fantasy drama film directed by Spike Jonze. Written by Jonze and Dave Eggers, it is adapted from Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's book of the same name. It ...more
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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens
Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same ...more
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published ...more
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Babe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes
Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig in the USA, ...more
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Holes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette
Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar, with Shia LaBeouf as the lead role of Stanley Yelnats IV and also starring Khleo ...more
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The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews
The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney Houston and directed by Garry Marshall. It is based on Meg Cabot's 2000 novel of the same name. The ...more
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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima
The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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The Adventures of Huck Finn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Elijah Wood, Anne Heche, Ron Perlman
The Adventures of Huck Finn is a 1993 American adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Buena Vista Pictures, and starring ...more
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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob, Kate Maberly
The Secret Garden is a 1993 British drama fantasy film directed by Agnieszka Holland and starring Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott, John Lynch and Maggie Smith. It was written by ...more
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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito
Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by Helen Aberson. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a one-armed war veteran and former circus star, is ...more
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Shrek Franchise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
The Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book Shrek!, consists of four computer-animated films including: Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third ...more
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The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges
The Little Prince is an upcoming English-language French computer-animated stop-motion fantasy film directed by Mark Osborne. Irena Brignull wrote the script based on the 1943 novel of the same ...more
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The Borrowers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Hugh Laurie, John Goodman, Jim Broadbent
The Borrowers is a 1997 British/American live-action comedy film based on the children's novel of the same name by author Mary Norton. In 1998 it was nominated for the title of Best British Film ...more
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Harriet the Spy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Rosie O'Donnell, Michelle Trachtenberg, Danny Glover
Harriet the Spy is a 1996 film adaptation of the 1964 novel of the same name by Louise Fitzhugh, and starring Michelle Trachtenberg as the title character. This film was directed by Bronwen ...more
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A Little Princess is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham, Vincent Schiavelli
A Little Princess is a 1995 drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron, Liam Cunningham, and Vanessa Lee Chester. Set during WWI, it focuses on a young ...more
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James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley
James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 British-American musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was produced by Tim Burton and ...more
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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane
Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more
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Ramona and Beezus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Selena Gomez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sandra Oh
Ramona and Beezus is a 2010 Fox-Walden film adaptation of the Ramona series of novels by Beverly Cleary. The film's title derives from Beezus and Ramona, the first of Cleary's Ramona books, ...more
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Chloë Grace Moretz, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Thor Freudenthal and based on Jeff Kinney's book of the same name. The film stars Zachary Gordon and Devon Bostick. Robert Capron, ...more
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Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean ...more
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Howl's Moving Castle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka, Takuya Kimura
Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The film is based on the novel of the same name by British writer Diana Wynne Jones. The ...more
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Simon Pegg
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a 2010 fantasy-adventure film based on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third novel in C. S. Lewis's epic fantasy series The ...more
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The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Steve Coogan, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Kartheiser
The Indian in the Cupboard is a 1995 American fantasy-adventure film directed by Frank Oz. It was based on the children's book of the same name by Lynne Reid Banks. The story is about a boy who ...more
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The Sisterhood of the Travelin... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kids Movies Based On Books
Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Nancy Travis
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American drama film, based on the novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed ...more