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Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade  

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List Rules Vote up the best film adaptations of novels and literature on a typical eighth 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 eighth grade. Some of these films are based on classic literature like To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies, while others, such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Hate U Give, 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 circumstancesUse 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 8th grade books that were made into movies? Vote up your favorite eighth 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 8th grade? Feel free to add it to the list.

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The Diary of Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn, Millie Perkins
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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom
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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The Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane
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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Into the Wild is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis
Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer based on ...more
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The Giver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Meryl Streep
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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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Nicholas Hammond, James Aubrey, Kent Fletcher
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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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Zooey Deschanel, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a 2005 British-American comic science fiction film directed by Garth Jennings, based upon previous works in the media franchise of the same name, created ...more
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The Fault in Our Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe, Laura Dern
The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat ...more
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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Heike Makatsch
This film is a 2013 American-German drama film directed by Brian Percival and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. The film is about a young girl living with her ...more
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The Namesake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan, Tabu
The Namesake is a 2006 film which was released in the United States on March 9, 2007, following screenings at film festivals in Toronto and New York City. It was directed by Mira Nair and is ...more
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Little Women is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes
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 Hate U Give is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie
The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based on the novel by Angie Thomas. Constantly switching between the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where ...more
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The Perks of Being a Wallflowe... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an adaptation of the 1999 epistolary novel of the same name; it was written and directed by the novel's ...more
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Beautiful Creatures is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons
A supernatural love story set in the South, "Beautiful Creatures" tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and ...more
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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan, Sofia Boutella
Fahrenheit 451 is a 2018 dystopian television film directed by Ramin Bahrani, based on the book by Ray Bradbury. In a terrifying care-free future, Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan), whose job as a ...more
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The Adventures of Huck Finn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Elijah Wood, Anne Heche, Ron Perlman
The Adventures of Huck Finn is a 1993 American adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Buena Vista Pictures, and starring ...more
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Vera Farmiga
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (released as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) is a 2008 British historical-drama film directed by Mark Heyman, based on the novel by John Boyne. During World War ...more
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If I Stay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Stacy Keach
If I Stay is an American romantic drama film directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of the same name by Gayle Forman. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, ...more
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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young
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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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of ...more
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Flowers for Algernon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Kelli Williams, Matthew Modine, Bonnie Bedelia
Flowers for Algernon is a 2000 American-Canadian television film directed by Jeff Bleckner, based on the novel by Daniel Keyes.
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Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis
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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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by Andy Weir. An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him gone, and must ...more
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Inherit the Wind is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly, Harry Morgan
Inherit the Wind is a 1960 Hollywood film adaptation of the play of the same name, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, directed by Stanley Kramer. It stars Spencer Tracy as lawyer ...more
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The Cay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Movies Based On Books You Should Have Read In 8th Grade
The Cay James Earl Jones, Alfred Lutter, Gretchen Corbett
The Cay is an American drama film based on the book titled The Cay. It was released on October 21, 1974.