50 Great Movies Based on Children’s Books

Looking for a great flick for your next family movie night? Look no further! Here are 50 great movies based on children’s books.

50 Movies Based On Children's Books

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Alice in Wonderland
Based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll


Anne of Green Gables
Based on the Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


Ballet Shoes
Based on the Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield


Bridge to Terabithia
Based on Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson


Charlotte’s Web
Based on Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White


City of Ember
Based on The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Based on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Juli Barrett


Coraline
Based on Coraline by Neil Gaiman


Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney


Fantastic Mr. Fox
Based on Fantastic Mr. Fox by by Roald Dahl


Felicity: An American Girl Adventure
Based on the Felicity series by Valerie Tripp

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Five Children and It
Based on Five Children and It by E. Nesbit


Harriet the Spy
Based on Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh


Heidi
Based on Heidi by Johanna Spyri


The Hobbit
Based on The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


Holes
Based on Holes by Louis Sachar


How to Train Your Dragon
Based on How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell


Hugo
Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick


Inkheart
Based on Inkheart by Cornelia Funke


James and the Giant Peach
Based on James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl


Journey to the Center of the Earth
Based on Journey to the Center if the Earth by Jules Verne


Jumanji
Based on Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg


The Jungle Book
Based on The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling


Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Based on the Kit books by Valerie Tripp


The Lightning Thief
Based on Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Based on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis


A Little Princess
Based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett


Little Women
Based on Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Mary Poppins
Based on Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers


Matilda
Based on Matilda by Roald Dahl


Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front
Based on the Molly books by Valerie Tripp


Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Based on Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater


The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking
Based on Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren


Nim’s Island
Based on Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr


Peter Pan
Based on Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie


Ramona and Beezus
Based on Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary


Return to Oz
Based on The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum


Samantha: An American Girl Holiday
Based on the Samantha books by Susan S. Adler


A Series of Unfortunate Events
Based on The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, and The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket


The Secret Garden
Based on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


The Secret World of Arrietty
Based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton


The Spiderwick Chronicles
Based on the Spiderwick Chronicles series by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi


The Tale of Despereaux
Based on The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo


Tuck Everlasting
Based on Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt


Where the Red Fern Grows
Based on Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl


The Witches
Based on The Witches by Roald Dahl


The Wizard of Oz
Based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


A Wrinkle in Time
Based on A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


Zathura
Based on Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg

How many of these movies based on children’s books have you seen? Do have any favorites that didn’t make the list?

15 Comments

  1. It’s kind of amazing the number of movies based on books there are, aren’t there? I loved so many of these kids movies when I was a child. The Witches, The Secret Garden (although I liked a different version more), Mary Poppins, Anne of Green Gables! And some of these I like now as an adult. Series of Unfortunate Events is great. Oh and HOLES!

    Such a great list.

  2. Great list Katie! bookmarking for future reference! 🙂

  3. Great list! NIm’s Island, Mary Poppins, and How to Train Your Dragon are some of my favorites! 🙂

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  4. Great list! But don’t forget that “Babe” was based on a book titled “The Sheep Pig.”

  5. Great List, Katie! Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf, I hope you join us again when we return in September.

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  10. Amazing, thanks very much!

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  12. Don Rhine says:

    My daughter is not allowed to watch a movie until she reads a book. She’s read hundreds of books, and seen dozens of movies. But if you ask her, she’ll tell you that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie.

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