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

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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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  • James and the Giant Peach
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    Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Henry Selick
  • Bridge to Terabithia
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    Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Gabor Csupo
  • The Wizard of Oz
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    Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger
    • Released: 1939
    • Directed by: Victor Fleming
  • Wonder
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    Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay
    • Directed by: Stephen Chbosky
  • The Secret Garden
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    Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse, Maggie Smith
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Agnieszka Holland
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
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    George Kennedy, Celia Kaye
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: James B. Clark
  • Anne of Green Gables
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    Richard Farnsworth, Zack Ward, Colleen Dewhurst
    • Released: 1985
    • Directed by: Kevin Sullivan
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
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    James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Lonny Chapman
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Norman Tokar
  • Holes
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    Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Andrew Davis
  • Shiloh
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    Michael Moriarty, Rod Steiger, Blake Heron
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Dale Rosenbloom
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
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    Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: George Stevens
  • The BFG
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    Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton
    • Released: 2016
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Old Yeller
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    Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Robert Stevenson
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
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    Don Ameche, Michael J. Fox, Sally Field
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Duwayne Dunham
  • Tuck Everlasting
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    Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Jay Russell
  • City of Ember
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    Saoirse Ronan, Harry Treadaway, Bill Murray
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Gil Kenan
  • The Phantom Tollbooth
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    Patrick Lilly, Mel Blanc, Daws Butler
    • Released: 1969
    • Directed by: Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow, Dave Monahan
  • The Giver
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    Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Phillip Noyce
  • The NeverEnding Story
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    Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
  • My Side of the Mountain
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    Ted Eccles, Theodore Bikel, Tudi Wiggins
    • Released: 1969
    • Directed by: James B. Clark
  • Hoot
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    Luke Wilson, Logan Lerman, Brie Larson
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Wil Shriner
  • The Secret of NIMH
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    Elizabeth Hartman, Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Don Bluth
  • Skellig
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    Tim Roth, Kelly Macdonald, John Simm
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Annabel Jankel
  • Sounder
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    Carl Lumbly, Suzzanne Douglas, Daniel Lee Robertson III
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Kevin Hooks
  • The Mighty
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    Sharon Stone, Elden Henson, Kieran Culkin
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Peter Chelsom