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

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Updated June 14, 2019 171 votes 21 voters 1.1k views 29 items

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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Harriet the Spy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Rosie O'Donnell, Michelle Trachtenberg, Danny Glover

Released: 1996

Directed by: Bronwen Hughes

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) 2 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm, AnnaSophia Robb

Released: 2007

Directed by: Gábor Csupó

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) 3 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens

Released: 1996

Directed by: Danny DeVito

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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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Chloë Grace Moretz, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn

Released: 2010

Directed by: Thor Freudenthal

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) 5 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Rod Steiger, Michael Moriarty, Scott Wilson

Released: 1996

Directed by: Chip Rosenbloom

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) 6 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Selena Gomez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sandra Oh

Released: 2010

Directed by: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum

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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James and the Giant Peac... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley

Released: 1996

Directed by: Henry Selick

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) 8 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

Released: 2009

Directed by: Henry Selick

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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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gary Winick

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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Holes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Davis

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 Indian in the Cupboa... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Steve Coogan, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Kartheiser

Released: 1995

Directed by: Frank Oz

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 Chronicles of Narnia... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

Released: 2005

Directed by: Andrew Adamson

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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The Borrowers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Hugh Laurie, John Goodman, Jim Broadbent

Released: 1997

Directed by: Peter Hewitt

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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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

Released: 1973

Directed by: Charles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

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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Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Alexis Bledel, Elisabeth Shue, Ben Kingsley

Released: 2002

Directed by: Jay Russell

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) 16 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

Released: 2011

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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Willy Wonka & the Ch... 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

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

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

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

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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Pollyanna is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Karl Malden

Released: 1960

Directed by: David Swift

Pollyanna is a 1960 American drama film directed by David Swift, and based on the novel by Eleanor H. Porter of the same title. A cheerful orphan (Hayley Mills) learns to adapt to her new ...more
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How to Eat Fried Worms ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Clint Howard, Andrea Martin

Released: 2006

Directed by: Bob Dolman

How to Eat Fried Worms is a 2006 American comedy film loosely based on Thomas Rockwell's 1973 children's book of the same name. It was produced by New Line Cinema with Walden Media. Development ...more
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Heidi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Shirley Temple, Sidney Blackmer, nm0871546

Released: 1937

Directed by: Allan Dwan

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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Inkheart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Jennifer Connelly, Helen Mirren, Brendan Fraser

Released: 2008

Directed by: Iain Softley

Inkheart is a 2008 adventure fantasy film directed by Iain Softley and starring Brendan Fraser, Eliza Bennett, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis, Jim Broadbent, and Sienna Guillory. It is ...more
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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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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Stuart Little is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Hugh Laurie, Geena Davis, Michael J. Fox

Released: 1999

Directed by: Rob Minkoff

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 Trumpet of the Swan ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 4th Grade
Reese Witherspoon, Carol Burnett, Seth Green

Released: 2001

Directed by: Richard Rich

The Trumpet of the Swan is a 2001 animated film produced by Nest Family Entertainment and RichCrest Animation Studios, directed by Richard Rich, and distributed by TriStar Pictures, being ...more