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Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade 

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Updated June 14, 2019 317 votes 32 voters 30 items

List Rules Vote up the best film adaptations of novels and literature on a typical sixth grade reading syllabus.

Here is a list of all the movies based on books that you might have or should have read while in the sixth grade. Some of these films are based on classic literature like The Secret Garden and The Diary of Anne Frank, while others, such as The Giver, 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 6th grade books that were made into movies? Vote up for your favorite sixth 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 6th grade? Feel free to add it to the list.

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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

Released: 1983

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen ...more
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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th 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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Percy Jackson & the ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

Released: 2010

Directed by: Chris Columbus

This film is a 2010 fantasy adventure film directed by Chris Columbus.
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The Diary of Anne Frank ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th 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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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes

Released: 1994

Directed by: Gillian Armstrong

Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by Robin Swicord is based on the Louisa May Alcott novel of the same name. It is the fifth feature film ...more
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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th 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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Holes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th 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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Black Beauty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Sean Bean, Alan Cumming, Peter Cook

Released: 1994

Directed by: Caroline Thompson

Black Beauty is a 1994 film adaptation of Anna Sewell's novel by the same name directed by Caroline Thompson in her directorial debut. The film stars Andrew Knott, Sean Bean and David Thewlis. ...more
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My Dog Skip is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon, Frankie Muniz

Released: 2000

Directed by: Jay Russell

My Dog Skip is a 2000 film, directed by Jay Russell. It is based on the autobiographical book My Dog Skip by Willie Morris. The movie was released March 3, 2000. The movie recounts a few ...more
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The Black Stallion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton

Released: 1979

Directed by: Carroll Ballard

The Black Stallion is a 1979 American film based on the 1941 classic children's novel The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. It tells the story of Alec Ramsay, who is shipwrecked on a deserted ...more
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Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Patrick Troughton, Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton

Released: 1950

Directed by: Byron Haskin

Treasure Island is a 1950 live action adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions, adapted from the Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel Treasure Island. It stars Bobby Driscoll as Jim ...more
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Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th 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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A Wrinkle in Time is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling

Directed by: Ava DuVernay

A Wrinkle in Time is a 2018 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay. After learning that her astrophysicist father is being held captive on a distant planet, Meg Murry ...more
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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th 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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Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Jackie Coogan, Jane Darwell, Tully Marshall

Released: 1930

Directed by: John Cromwell

Tom Sawyer is a 1930 American drama film directed by John Cromwell and starring Jackie Coogan. The screenplay by Grover Jones, William Slavens McNutt, and Sam Mintz is based on the 1876 novel ...more
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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th 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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My Friend Flicka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Roddy McDowall, James Bell, Jeff Corey

Released: 1943

Directed by: Harold D. Schuster

My Friend Flicka is a 1943 coming-of-age film about a young boy, played by Roddy McDowall, who is given a young horse to raise. It is based on the popular children's novel by Mary O'Hara.
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The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Reginald Owen

Released: 1935

Directed by: William A. Wellman

The Call of the Wild is a 1935 American adventure film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Clark Gable, Loretta Young, and Jack Oakie. Based on Jack London's novel of the same name, the ...more
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War Horse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

This film is a 2011 American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg based on British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name. After his beloved horse is sold to the ...more
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City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th 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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Tuck Everlasting is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th 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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Summer of My German Sold... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Kristy McNichol, Robyn Lively, Bruce Davison

Released: 1978

Directed by: Michael Tuchner

Summer of My German Soldier is a 1978 made-for-TV movie based on the novel of the same name written by Bette Greene. It stars Kristy McNichol as a Jewish-American girl and Bruce Davison as the ...more
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Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
John Hurt, Denholm Elliott, Richard Briers

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Hubley, Martin Rosen

Watership Down is a 1978 British animated adventure drama film written, produced and directed by Martin Rosen and based on the novel of the same name by Richard Adams. It was financed by a ...more
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Island of the Blue Dolph... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th 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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White Fang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 6th Grade
Ethan Hawke, James Remar, Bill Moseley

Released: 1991

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

White Fang is a 1991 American adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser, starring Ethan Hawke, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Seymour Cassel. Based on Jack London's novel White Fang, it tells the ...more