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The Best Kids Movies Based On Books

Updated April 5, 2019 1.8k votes 91 voters46 items

List RulesVote 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 Factory1
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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2005

    Directed byTim Burton

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It...  more
  • Where the Wild Things Are2
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    Where the Wild Things Are

    Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker

    Released2009

    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Where the Wild Things Are is a 2009 fantasy drama film directed by Spike Jonze. Written by...  more
  • Matilda3
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    Matilda

    Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson

    Released1996

    Directed byDanny DeVito

    Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny...  more
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe4

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure...  more
  • The Jungle Book5
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    The Jungle Book

    Clint Howard, George Sanders

    Released1967

    Directed byWolfgang Reitherman

    The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired...  more
  • Holes6
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    Holes

    Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Davis

    Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title...  more
  • The Secret Garden7
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    The Secret Garden

    Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob

    Released1993

    Directed byAgnieszka Holland

    The Secret Garden is a 1993 British drama fantasy film directed by Agnieszka Holland and...  more
  • The Princess Diaries8
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    The Princess Diaries

    Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore

    Released2001

    Directed byGarry Marshall

    The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney...  more
  • Shrek Franchise9
    The Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book Shrek!,...  more
  • Babe10
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    Babe

    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell

    Released1995

    Directed byChris Noonan

    Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation...  more
  • A Little Princess11
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    A Little Princess

    Camilla Belle, Liam Cunningham

    Released1995

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    A Little Princess is a 1995 drama film directed by Alfonso Cuarón, starring Liesel Matthews,...  more
  • Dumbo12
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    Dumbo

    Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton

    Released2019

    Directed byTim Burton

    Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by...  more
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid13
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    Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Rachael Harris

    Released2010

    Directed byThor Freudenthal

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Thor Freudenthal and based on...  more
  • James and the Giant Peach14
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    James and the Giant Peach

    Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1996

    Directed byHenry Selick

    James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 British-American musical fantasy film directed by Henry...  more
  • The Borrowers15
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    The Borrowers

    Hugh Laurie, John Goodman

    Released1997

    Directed byPeter Hewitt

    The Borrowers is a 1997 British/American live-action comedy film based on the children's novel...  more
  • The Adventures of Huck Finn16
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    The Adventures of Huck Finn

    Elijah Wood, Anne Heche

    Released1993

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    The Adventures of Huck Finn is a 1993 American adventure film written and directed by Stephen...  more
  • Coraline17
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    Coraline

    Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning

    Released2009

    Directed byHenry Selick

    Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's...  more
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader18

    Released2010

    Directed byMichael Apted

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a 2010 fantasy-adventure film...  more
  • Harriet the Spy19
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    Harriet the Spy

    Rosie O'Donnell, Michelle Trachtenberg

    Released1996

    Directed byBronwen Hughes

    Harriet the Spy is a 1996 film adaptation of the 1964 novel of the same name by Louise...  more
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox20
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    George Clooney, Meryl Streep

    Released2009

    Directed byWes Anderson

    Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl...  more
  • The Little Prince21
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    The Little Prince

    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard

    Released2014

    Directed byMark Osborne

    The Little Prince is a 2015 animated fantasy adventure family drama film directed by Mark...  more
  • The Indian in the Cupboard22
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    The Indian in the Cupboard

    Steve Coogan, Richard Jenkins

    Released1995

    Directed byFrank Oz

    The Indian in the Cupboard is a 1995 American fantasy-adventure film directed by Frank Oz. It...  more
  • Ramona and Beezus23
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    Ramona and Beezus

    Selena Gomez, Ginnifer Goodwin

    Released2010

    Directed byElizabeth Allen Rosenbaum

    Ramona and Beezus is a 2010 Fox-Walden film adaptation of the Ramona series of novels by...  more
  • Howl's Moving Castle24
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    Howl's Moving Castle

    Akihiro Miwa, Akio Ōtsuka

    Released2004

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Howl's Moving Castle is a 2004 Japanese animated fantasy film scripted and directed by Hayao...  more
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs25
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    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris

    Released2009

    Directed byPhil Lord, Chris Miller

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American computer-animated science fiction comedy...  more