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Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade  

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List Rules Vote up the best movies based on books from a 4th grade reading list.

Here is a list of all the movies based on books that you might have or should have read while in the fourth grade. Some of these films are based on classic literature like James and the Giant Peach and How to Eat Fried Worms, while others, such as Shiloh, are successful movies adapted from fairly new books. All of these films and stories deal with subjects and themes appropriate for 9-10 year old audiences, and many feature young protagonists dealing with elementary school, whether in ordinary or extraordinary circumstances. Use this list to take a trip down memory lane to junior high or middle school or to look for movies you can use as a CliffsNotes substitute (we've all been there).

What are the best 4th grade books that were made into movies? Vote up your favorite fourth grade book adaptations, and vote down the movies that didn't do justice to the source material. Don't see a memorable movie based on a book you were assigned in 4th grade? Feel free to add it to the list.

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The Borrowers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
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) 2 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
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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Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm, AnnaSophia Robb
Bridge to Terabithia is a 2007 American-New Zealand fantasy adventure family drama film directed by Gábor Csupó and adapted for film by David L. Paterson and Jeff Stockwell. The ...more
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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
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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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning
Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the popular book of the same name by E. B. White. It is directed by Gary Winick and produced by Paramount ...more
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James and the Giant Peach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
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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Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Alexis Bledel, Elisabeth Shue, Ben Kingsley
Tuck Everlasting is a 2002 fantasy family romantic drama film based on the children's book of the same title by Natalie Babbitt published in 1975. The Walt Disney Pictures release was directed ...more
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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of ...more
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
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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Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Rod Steiger, Michael Moriarty, Scott Wilson
Shiloh is a family drama film produced and directed by Dale Rosenbloom in 1996. It was shown at the Heartland Film Festival in 1996, but its general release came on April 27, 1997. The original ...more
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Ramona and Beezus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
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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Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox
Stuart Little is a 1999 American family comedy film directed by Rob Minkoff. It is loosely based on the novel of the same name by E. B. White. It combines live action and computer animation. The ...more
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
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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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson
Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. ...more
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Coraline is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
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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Holes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
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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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more
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Wonder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay
Wonder is a 2017 American family comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky, based on the novel by R.J. Palacio. With the help of his mother (Julia Roberts) and father (Owen Wilson), a boy ...more
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Charlie and the Chocolate Fact... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
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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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson
Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was directed by Joe ...more
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Lemony Snicket's A Series of U... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 American fantasy dark comedy film directed by Brad Silberling. It is an adaptation of the first three novels of A Series of Unfortunate ...more
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The BFG is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton
The BFG is a 2016 American fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. In the film, an orphan human girl ...more
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Heidi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Shirley Temple, Sidney Blackmer, nm0871546
Heidi is a 1937 American musical drama film directed by Allan Dwan. The screenplay by Julien Josephson and Walter Ferris was based on the 1880 children's story of the same name by Swiss author ...more
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Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Hayley Mills
Pollyanna is a Walt Disney Productions feature film starring child actress Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden and Richard Egan in a story about a cheerful orphan changing the outlook of a ...more
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The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
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