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

Updated June 10, 2019 918 votes 89 voters27 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    The Outsiders
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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
  • 2
    To Kill a Mockingbird
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    8

    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
  • 3
    The Diary of Anne Frank
    58
    11

    The Diary of Anne Frank

    Shelley Winters, Ed Wynn

    Released1959

    Directed byGeorge Stevens

    The Diary of Anne Frank is a 1959 film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    The Giver
    48
    15

    The Giver

    Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes

    Released2014

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    The Giver is a 2014 American social science fiction film directed by Phillip Noyce and written... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Into the Wild
    44
    12

    Into the Wild

    Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn

    Released2007

    Directed bySean Penn

    Into the Wild is a 2007 American biographical drama survival film written and directed by Sean... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Lord of the Flies
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    16

    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
  • 7
    The Fault in Our Stars
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    18

    The Fault in Our Stars

    Shailene Woodley, Willem Dafoe

    Released2014

    Directed byJosh Boone

    The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Little Women
    26
    7

    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
  • 9
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    31
    12

    Released2005

    Directed byGarth Jennings

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a 2005 British-American comic science fiction film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    The Book Thief
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    9

    The Book Thief

    Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson

    Released2013

    Directed byBrian Percival

    This film is a 2013 American-German drama film directed by Brian Percival and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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    12

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev

    Released2012

    Directed byStephen Chbosky

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, and an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    The Hate U Give
    26
    12

    The Hate U Give

    Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall

    Released2018

    Directed byGeorge Tillman Jr.

    The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr., based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Fahrenheit 451
    19
    5

    Fahrenheit 451

    Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRamin Bahrani

    Fahrenheit 451 is a 2018 dystopian television film directed by Ramin Bahrani, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    If I Stay
    22
    13

    If I Stay

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos

    Released2014

    Directed byR. J. Cutler

    If I Stay is an American romantic drama film directed by R. J. Cutler, based on the novel of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    The Namesake
    21
    13

    The Namesake

    Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan

    Released2006

    Directed byMira Nair

    The Namesake is a 2006 film which was released in the United States on March 9, 2007,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Beautiful Creatures
    19
    12

    Beautiful Creatures

    Emmy Rossum, Emma Thompson

    Released2013

    Directed byRichard LaGravenese

    A supernatural love story set in the South, "Beautiful Creatures" tells the tale of two... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    13
    8

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon

    Released2008

    Directed byMark Herman

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (released as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) is a 2008 British... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    The Time Machine
    9
    5

    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
  • 19
    Hugo
    9
    5

    Hugo

    Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2011

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Ender's Game
    11
    9

    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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    The Cay

    James Earl Jones, Alfred Lutter

    Released1974

    Directed byPatrick Garland

    The Cay is an American drama film based on the book titled The Cay. It was released on October... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    The Martian
    7
    6

    The Martian

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain

    Released2015

    Directed byRidley Scott

    The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    The Adventures of Huck Finn
    6
    7

    The Adventures of Huck Finn

    Elijah Wood, Anne Heche

    Released1993

    Directed byStephen Sommers

    The Adventures of Huck Finn is a 1993 American adventure film written and directed by Stephen... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Inherit the Wind
    4
    5

    Inherit the Wind

    Spencer Tracy, Gene Kelly

    Released1960

    Directed byStanley Kramer

    Inherit the Wind is a 1960 Hollywood film adaptation of the 1955 play of the same name,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Flowers for Algernon
    5
    8

    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