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

Updated June 14, 2019 301 votes 27 voters25 items

List RulesVote 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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    Bridge to Terabithia

    Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm

    Released2007

    Directed byGábor 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 film is based on the...  more
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    Wonder

    Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson

    Directed byStephen 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 with...  more
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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 Selick, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di...  more
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    Anne of Green Gables

    Richard Farnsworth, Zack Ward

    Released1985

    Directed byKevin 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. An orphan girl (Megan Follows), sent to an elderly brother...  more
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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 starring Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott, John Lynch and Maggie Smith. It was written by Caroline...  more
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    Shiloh

    Rod Steiger, Michael Moriarty

    Released1996

    Directed byChip 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 book...  more
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    The Wizard of Oz

    Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton

    Released1939

    Directed byMervyn 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 Wizard...  more
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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 by Louis Sachar, with Shia LaBeouf as the lead role of Stanley Yelnats IV and also starring Khleo...  more
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    Island of the Blue Dolphins

    George Kennedy, Celia Kaye

    Released1964

    Directed byJames B. Clark

    Island of the Blue Dolphins is a 1964 fillm directed by James B. Clark....  more
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    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl

    Released1984

    Directed byWolfgang 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 warrior...  more
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    Where the Red Fern Grows

    James Whitmore, Beverly Garland

    Released1974

    Directed byNorman 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....  more
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    The Diary of Anne Frank

    Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn

    Released1959

    Directed byGeorge 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 by...  more
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    Tuck Everlasting

    Alexis Bledel, Elisabeth Shue

    Released2002

    Directed byJay 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 by Jay...  more
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    The BFG

    Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill

    Released2016

    Directed bySteven 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 befriends a...  more
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    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert 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 the...  more
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    The Giver

    Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes

    Released2014

    Directed byPhillip 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

    Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan

    Released2008

    Directed byGil 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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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    Sally Field, Michael J. Fox

    Released1993

    Directed byDuwayne 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 by...  more
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    My Side of the Mountain

    Maxie Rosenbloom, Theodore Bikel

    Released1969

    Directed byJames 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....  more
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    The Phantom Tollbooth

    Mel Blanc, June Foray

    Released1970

    Directed byChuck 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. This...  more
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    The Secret of NIMH

    Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton

    Released1982

    Directed byDon 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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    Hoot

    Logan Lerman, Jimmy Buffett

    Released2006

    Directed byWil 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 was...  more
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    Sounder

    Carl Lumbly, Suzzanne Douglas

    Released2003

    Directed byKevin Hooks

    Sounder is a 2003 Disney channel drama film directed by Kevin Hooks, based on the 1970 Newbery Medal-winning novel Sounder by William H. Armstrong. The heartwarming tale of a young boy's courageous...  more
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    Skellig

    Tim Roth, Kelly Macdonald

    Released2009

    Directed byAnnabel 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 based...  more
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    The Mighty

    Sharon Stone, Gillian Anderson

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Chelsom

    The Mighty is a 1998 drama film directed by Peter Chelsom and based on the book Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick....  more