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Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade

Updated June 6, 2019 1k votes 86 voters 1.4k views30 items

List RulesVote up the best film adaptations of novels and literature on a typical seventh 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 seventh grade. Some of these films are based on classic literature like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Great Gatsby, while others, such as Ender’s Game, 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 7th grade books that were made into movies? Vote up your favorite seventh 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 7th grade? Feel free to add it to the list.

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire
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    Released2013

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    The Great Gatsby is a 2013 romantic drama film directed by Baz Luhrmann, based on the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A writer and wall street trader, Nick (Tobey Maguire), finds himself drawn to...  more
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    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito
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    7

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman and directed by Miloš Forman. A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where...  more
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    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage
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    7

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis 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 Misakian,...  more
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    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck
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    9

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee. It...  more
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    Ethan Hawke, James Remar
    43
    10

    Released1991

    Directed byRandal 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 story of...  more
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    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright
    45
    13

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The story...  more
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    Nicholas Hammond, James Aubrey
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    14

    Released1963

    Directed byPeter Brook

    Lord of the Flies is a 1963 British film adaptation of William Golding's novel of the same name. It was directed by Peter Brook and produced by Lewis M. Allen. The film was in production for much of...  more
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    Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale
    42
    16

    Released1994

    Directed byGillian 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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    Blake Lively, America Ferrera
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    15

    Released2005

    Directed byKen Kwapis

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American drama film, based on the novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed by...  more
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  • 10
    Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro
    29
    13

    Released2007

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Stardust is a 2007 British-American romantic fantasy film from Paramount Pictures, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The film is based on Neil Gaiman's novel Stardust and stars an ensemble cast including...  more
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    Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong
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    8

    Released2005

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    Oliver Twist is a 2005 Drama film written by Ronald Harwood and directed by Roman Polanski....  more
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    Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley
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    14

    Released2013

    Directed byGavin Hood

    Ender's Game is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Written and directed by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew...  more
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    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker
    22
    9

    Released1991

    Directed byJon Avnet

    Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Directed by Jon Avnet. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship between two...  more
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  • 14
    John Malkovich, Gary Sinise
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    5

    Released1992

    Directed byGary Sinise

    Of Mice and Men is a 1992 film based on John Steinbeck's novella of the same name. Directed and produced by Gary Sinise, the film features Sinise as George Milton alongside John Malkovich as Lennie...  more
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  • 15
    Willa Holland, Amy Jo Johnson
    22
    15

    Released2012

    Directed byLawrence Blume

    Tiger Eyes is a 2012 film directed by Lawrence Blume based on the 1981 young adult novel of the same name, written by Judy Blume and stars Willa Holland, Amy Jo Johnson and Tatanka Means. It follows...  more
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    Joan Blondell, Dorothy McGuire
    10
    5

    Released1945

    Directed byElia Kazan

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a 1945 film, the first film directed by Greek-American director Elia Kazan, starring James Dunn, Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, and Peggy Ann Garner. The film is based on...  more
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    Audie Murphy, James Whitmore
    14
    10

    Released1951

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Red Badge of Courage is a 1951 war film made by MGM. Directed by John Huston, it was produced by Gottfried Reinhardt with Dore Schary as executive producer. The screenplay is by John Huston,...  more
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    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel
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    5

    Released2002

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, père and stars Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, and...  more
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  • 19
    Kelli Williams, Matthew Modine
    11
    8

    Released2000

    Directed byJeff Bleckner

    Flowers for Algernon is a 2000 American-Canadian television film directed by Jeff Bleckner, based on the novel by Daniel Keyes....  more
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  • 20
    Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich
    15
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    Released2006

    Directed byStefen Fangmeier

    Eragon is a 2006 British-American fantasy-adventure film based on the novel of the same name by author Christopher Paolini. The cast includes Edward Speleers in the title role, Jeremy Irons, Garrett...  more
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  • 21
    Patrick Troughton, Bobby Driscoll
    11
    10

    Released1950

    Directed byByron 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 Hawkins,...  more
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  • 22
    Laurence Olivier, David Niven
    8
    6

    Released1939

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Wuthering Heights is a 1939 American black-and-white film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. It is based on the novel, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The film depicts only...  more
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  • 23
    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf
    8
    8

    Released2004

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    I, Robot is a 2004 American dystopian science fiction action film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman, and is inspired by Isaac Asimov's short-story...  more
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  • 24
    Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter
    3
    1

    Released1968

    Directed byCarol Reed

    Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage musical of the same name, with book, music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart. The screenplay was written by...  more
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  • 25
    Henry Fonda, John Carradine
    9
    12

    Released1940

    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Grapes of Wrath is a 1940 drama film directed by John Ford. It was based on John Steinbeck's 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Nunnally Johnson and...  more
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List Rules: Vote up the best film adaptations of novels and literature on a typical seventh grade reading syllabus.