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

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Updated June 6, 2019 610 votes 66 voters 30 items

List Rules Vote 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
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Baz 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 ...more
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

Released: 1975

Directed by: Miloš 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.
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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th 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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom

Released: 1962

Directed by: Robert 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. ...more
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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Nicholas Hammond, James Aubrey, Kent Fletcher

Released: 1963

Directed by: Peter 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 ...more
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White Fang is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th 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
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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob 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 ...more
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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
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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The Sisterhood of the Tr... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Blake Lively, America Ferrera, Nancy Travis

Released: 2005

Directed by: Ken 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 ...more
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Stardust is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Claire Danes

Released: 2007

Directed by: Matthew 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 ...more
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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
Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis

Released: 2013

Directed by: Gavin 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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Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, Ophelia Lovibond

Released: 2005

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Oliver Twist is a 2005 Drama film written by Ronald Harwood and directed by Roman Polanski.
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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
Willa Holland, Amy Jo Johnson, Cynthia Stevenson

Released: 2012

Directed by: Lawrence 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 ...more
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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
Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jon 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 ...more
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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
John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, Sherilyn Fenn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Gary 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 ...more
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Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Oliver Reed, Leonard Rossiter, Hugh Griffith

Released: 1968

Directed by: Carol 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 ...more
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The Count of Monte Crist... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kevin 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 ...more
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Robinson Crusoe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Dan O'Herlihy, Jaime Fernández, José Chávez

Released: 1954

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

Robinson Crusoe is a 1954 Mexican film by director Luis Buñuel, based on the novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Both English and Spanish versions were produced. Lead actor Dan ...more
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The Red Badge of Courage... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Audie Murphy, James Whitmore, Andy Devine

Released: 1951

Directed by: John 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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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

Released: 1960

Directed by: George Pal

The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960 Metrocolor time travel science fiction film based on the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells in ...more
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Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th 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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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Joan Blondell, Dorothy McGuire, James Dunn

Released: 1945

Directed by: Elia 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 ...more
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Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall, Rachel Hurd-Wood

Released: 2009

Directed by: Oliver Parker

Dorian Gray is a 2009 British fantasy-thriller drama film based on Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. This version is directed by Oliver Parker, written by Toby Finlay, and ...more
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Eragon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Rachel Weisz, John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons

Released: 2006

Directed by: Stefen 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, ...more
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The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 7th Grade
Henry Fonda, John Carradine, John Qualen

Released: 1940

Directed by: John 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 ...more