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Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade 

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Updated June 14, 2019 90 votes 13 voters 25 items

List Rules Vote up the best movies based on books from a 5th 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 fifth grade. Some of these films are based on classic literature like Anne of Green Gables and Old Yeller, while others, such as Holes, are successful movies adapted from fairly new books. All of these films and stories deal with subjects and themes appropriate for tween audiences, and many feature young protagonists coming-of-age and dealing with puberty, 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 5th grade books that were made into movies? Vote up your favorite fifth 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 5th grade? Feel free to add it to the list.

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Anne of Green Gables is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Richard Farnsworth, Zack Ward, Colleen Dewhurst

Released: 1985

Directed by: Kevin Sullivan

Anne of Green Gables is a 1985 Canadian television drama film based on the novel of the same name by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The film starred Megan Follows and was produced and ...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 5th 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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James and the Giant Peac... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th 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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Wonder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th 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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Island of the Blue Dolph... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
George Kennedy, Celia Kaye

Released: 1964

Directed by: James B. Clark

Island of the Blue Dolphins is a 1964 fillm directed by James B. Clark.
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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Meryl Streep

Released: 2014

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

The Giver is a 2014 American social science fiction film directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide based on the 1993 novel of same name by Lois Lowry. The film ...more
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City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Tim Robbins

Released: 2008

Directed by: Gil Kenan

City of Ember is a 2008 American science fiction fantasy film based on the 2003 novel The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. It was directed by Gil Kenan from a screenplay by Caroline Thompson, and ...more
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Holes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th 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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Homeward Bound: The Incr... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Frank Welker

Released: 1993

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a 1993 American remake of the 1963 film The Incredible Journey, which was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford. Directed ...more
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Hoot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Logan Lerman, Jimmy Buffett, Robert Wagner

Released: 2006

Directed by: Wil Shriner

Hoot is a 2006 American family comedy film, based on Carl Hiaasen's novel of the same name. It was written and directed by Wil Shriner, and produced by New Line Cinema and Walden Media. The film ...more
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My Side of the Mountain ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Maxie Rosenbloom, Theodore Bikel, Tom Harvey

Released: 1969

Directed by: James B. Clark

My Side of the Mountain is a 1969 film adaption of the 1959 novel of the same name, by Jean Craighead George. It was directed by James B. Clark.
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Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Chuck Connors, Fess Parker, Dorothy McGuire

Released: 1957

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire and Beverly Washburn. It is about a boy and a stray dog in Texas. It is based upon ...more
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Shiloh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th 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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The Diary of Anne Frank ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn, Millie Perkins

Released: 1959

Directed by: George Stevens

The Diary of Anne Frank is a 1959 film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name, which was based on the diary of Anne Frank. It was directed by George Stevens, with a screenplay ...more
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The Mighty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson, James Gandolfini

Released: 1998

Directed by: Peter Chelsom

The Mighty is a 1998 drama film directed by Peter Chelsom and based on the book Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick.
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The NeverEnding Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn

Released: 1984

Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen

The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical library book that tells a story of a young ...more
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The Phantom Tollbooth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Mel Blanc, June Foray, Daws Butler

Released: 1970

Directed by: Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow, Dave Monahan

The Phantom Tollbooth, also known as The Adventures of Milo in the Phantom Tollbooth, is a 1970 live-action/animated film based on Norton Juster's 1961 children's book The Phantom Tollbooth. ...more
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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob, Kate Maberly

Released: 1993

Directed by: Agnieszka Holland

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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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Derek Jacobi

Released: 1982

Directed by: Don Bluth

The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don Bluth in his directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1971 children's novel Mrs. ...more
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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

Released: 1939

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, King Vidor, George Cukor, Victor Fleming

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more
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Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th 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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Where the Red Fern Grows... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Lonny Chapman

Released: 1974

Directed by: Norman Tokar

Where the Red Fern Grows is a 1974 film directed by Norman Tokar, based on the 1961 novel of the same name. It stars James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Stewart Petersen and Jack Ging.
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Sounder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Sounder Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Taj Mahal

Released: 2003

Directed by: Kevin Hooks, Martin Ritt

This is a coming-of-age story of a boy living in the Depression era of the South. "Boy" (Daniel Lee Robertson III) learns the hard way about the realities of being black, poor and ...more
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Skellig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Skellig Tim Roth, Kelly Macdonald, John Simm

Released: 2009

Directed by: Annabel Jankel

Skellig known in North America as Skellig: The Owl Man is a 2009 British fantasy drama film directed by Annabel Jankel and starring Tim Roth and Bill Milner. The screenplay by Irena Brignull is ...more
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The BFG is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 5th Grade
Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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