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

Updated June 6, 2019 822 votes 71 voters30 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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    The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    The Great Gatsby

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire

    Released2013

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    The Great Gatsby is a 2013 romantic drama film directed by Baz Luhrmann, based on the 1925... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    The Outsiders

    Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito

    Released1975

    Directed byMiloš Forman

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 drama film written by Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    White Fang is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    White Fang

    Ethan Hawke, James Remar

    Released1991

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

    White Fang is a 1991 American adventure film directed by Randal Kleiser, starring Ethan Hawke,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Lord of the Flies

    Nicholas Hammond, James Aubrey

    Released1963

    Directed byPeter Brook

    Lord of the Flies is a 1963 British film adaptation of William Golding's novel of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Little Women is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Little Women

    Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale

    Released1994

    Directed byGillian Armstrong

    Little Women is a 1994 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong. The screenplay by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Sisterhood of the Travelin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    Blake Lively, America Ferrera

    Released2005

    Directed byKen Kwapis

    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is a 2005 American drama film, based on the novel The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Stardust is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Stardust

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro

    Released2007

    Directed byMatthew Vaughn

    Stardust is a 2007 British-American romantic fantasy film from Paramount Pictures, directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Ender's Game

    Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley

    Released2013

    Directed byGavin Hood

    Ender's Game is a 2013 American science fiction action film based on the novel of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Oliver Twist

    Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong

    Released2005

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    Oliver Twist is a 2005 Drama film written by Ronald Harwood and directed by Roman Polanski.amazon buy button
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    Tiger Eyes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Tiger Eyes

    Willa Holland, Amy Jo Johnson

    Released2012

    Directed byLawrence Blume

    Tiger Eyes is a 2012 film directed by Lawrence Blume based on the 1981 young adult novel of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker

    Released1991

    Directed byJon Avnet

    Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Of Mice and Men

    John Malkovich, Gary Sinise

    Released1992

    Directed byGary Sinise

    Of Mice and Men is a 1992 film based on John Steinbeck's novella of the same name. Directed... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Oliver!

    Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byCarol Reed

    Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed and based on the stage... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    The Time Machine

    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor

    Released1960

    Directed byGeorge Pal

    The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Red Badge of Courage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    The Red Badge of Courage

    Audie Murphy, James Whitmore

    Released1951

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The Red Badge of Courage is a 1951 war film made by MGM. Directed by John Huston, it was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Dorian Gray

    Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall

    Released2009

    Directed byOliver Parker

    Dorian Gray is a 2009 British fantasy-thriller drama film based on Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Eragon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Eragon

    Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich

    Released2006

    Directed byStefen Fangmeier

    Eragon is a 2006 British-American fantasy-adventure film based on the novel of the same name... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    Joan Blondell, Dorothy McGuire

    Released1945

    Directed byElia Kazan

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a 1945 film, the first film directed by Greek-American director... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Robinson Crusoe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Robinson Crusoe

    Dan O'Herlihy, Jaime Fernández

    Released1954

    Directed byLuis Buñuel

    Robinson Crusoe is a 1954 Mexican film by director Luis Buñuel, based on the novel Robinson... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Treasure Island

    Patrick Troughton, Bobby Driscoll

    Released1950

    Directed byByron Haskin

    Treasure Island is a 1950 live action adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel

    Released2002

    Directed byKevin Reynolds

    The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
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    Flowers for Algernon

    Kelli Williams, Matthew Modine

    Released2000

    Directed byJeff Bleckner

    Flowers for Algernon is a 2000 American-Canadian television film directed by Jeff Bleckner,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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