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100+ Books Made to Motion pictures You Can Watch on Amazon Prime

September 21, 2023
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What are you reading this year? Add some picks from this mega list of books made to movies that you can watch on Amazon Prime. Enjoy!

In today’s technology-heavy, screens-everywhere world, it can be harder than ever to get kids interested in reading. That fact can be extra difficult to come to terms with if you’re a book-loving, homeschooling parent.

That’s why I’ve come up with an idea to harness the mesmerizing power of screens to help get our kids excited about reading…by reading books made to movies!

I love watching movies based on my favorite books. Sure, Hollywood has a tendency to miss some of the best details (the movie is never as good as the book, yes, I went there), but it’s still fun to see the movie I “watched” in my mind while reading come alive on the big screen – even if the big screen is just the TV in our living room. 

I don’t want to sound like an overachiever or anything, but after creating this list, it’s my goal to watch as many books made to movies as we can this year. Whether it’s a family movie night with a bit of an ulterior motive or a ready-made rainy-day plan just waiting for a rainy day, we’re going to watch some movies this school year!

Anything to help get our kids excited about reading, right?

100 Books Made to Movies You Can Watch on Amazon Prime

This list was a labor of love. I haven’t clicked around the interwebs at all because I don’t want to see another list until after I publish this one, but I’d like to think mine is a pretty darn good, family-friendly list of books made to movies!

Each listing includes the year the movie was released and its rating according to Amazon Prime Video.

About the List

  • This list is NOT a parent’s guide! Watch at your own risk. Please do not be angry or upset if there is something in a movie you find offensive or inappropriate. I can be sure the list is what it promises: these movies were also once books.
  • There are NO “R” rated suggestions, and the whole family can enjoy the majority of the list.
  • I tried to categorize this, but that task seemed easier in theory. I’m not Robert Ebert, okay? If I call something a classic and it really isn’t or whatever, just be okay with me anyway. Deal?
  • You can find all of these on Amazon Prime Video. Some are included with your Prime membership already; others you can rent through Amazon or a third-party app. Some titles are actually a series.
  • If you click a link in this article and get a message saying the video is currently unavailable to watch in your location, just type the name of the movie into the search bar on Amazon, and it should take you to other options for watching or options for buying the DVD or Blu-ray versions.

Without further ado, I bring you my list, baby! One hundred books made to movies that will make you want to stop what you’re doing and veg out all day. It’s also a great reminder of one of the many benefits of homeschooling – getting to enjoy some of your favorite childhood reads all over again with your kids!

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This list of timeless classics includes everything from action to romance – some with surprisingly recent adaptations.

  1. Sense and Sensibility, 1995 (PG)
  2. Emma, 1996 (PG)
  3. Jane Eyre, 1996 (PG)
  4. The Age of Innocence, 1993 (PG)
  5. Pride and Prejudice, 2005 (PG)
  6. The Importance of Being Earnest, 2002 (PG)
  7. Howard’s End, 1993 (PG)
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962 (13+)
  9. The Grapes of Wrath, 1940 (7+)
  10. Gone with The Wind, 1939 (G)
  11. The Count of Monte Cristo, 1975 (13+)
  12. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1954 (G)
  13. The Sound of Music, 1965 (G)


From classic favorites to more modern titles, you and your kids are sure to find some great snuggle-up reads. Fair warning, you’ll need tissues for some of these tear-jerkers.

  1. Old Yeller, 1957 (G)
  2. Where the Red Fern Grows, 2003 (PG)
  3. Swiss Family Robinson, 1960 (G)
  4. Indian In the Cupboard, 1995 (PG)
  5. The Secret Garden, 1993 (G)
  6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, 2016 (PG-13)
  7. Bridge to Terabithia, 2007 (PG)
  8. Matilda, 1996 (PG)
  9. Because of Winn Dixie, 2005 (PG)
  10. Charlotte’s Web, 2006 (G)
  11. A Wrinkle in Time, 2018 (PG)
  12. The Jungle Book, 2016 (PG)
  13. Jack and The Beanstalk, 2010 (G)
  14. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 1971 (G)
  15. Jumanji, 1995 (G)
  16. The Last Airbender, 2009 (PG)
  17. Anne of Green Gables, 2016 (13+)
  18. Alice in Wonderland, 1951 (G)
  19. The Adventures of Huck Finn, 1993 (PG)
  20. The Wizard of Oz, 1939 (G)
  21. The Princess Bride, 1987 (G)


This list is for all the Harry Potter fans out there, young and old alike!

  1. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone, 2001 (PG)
  2. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, 2002 (PG)
  3. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, 2004 (PG)
  4. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, 2005 (PG-13)
  5. Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix. 2007 (PG-13)
  6. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, 2009 (PG)
  7. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part One, 2010 (PG-13)
  8. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part Two, 2011 (PG-13)


And for all you Tolkien fans, although you already know the movies will never match up to the classic writing of JRR Tolkien.

  1. The Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Rings, 2001 (PG-13)
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002 (PG-13)
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003 (PG-13)
  4. The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, 2012 (PG-13)
  5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 2013 (PG-13)
  6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, 2015 (PG-13)


While these are engaging stories for either gender, if you’ve got tween and teen girls, you’ll want to check out these titles featuring strong female leads.

  1. The Hunger Games, 2012 (PG-13)
  2. Catching Fire, 2013 (PG-13)
  3. Mockingjay Part One, 2014 (PG-13)
  4. Mockingjay Part Two, 2015 (PG-13)
  5. Divergent, 2014 (PG-13)
  6. Insurgent, 2015 (PG-13)
  7. Allegiant, 2016 (PG-13)


The Maze Runner series was one of the first to capture my reluctant reader’s attention, and Twilight got Kris’s oldest into Shakespeare, believe it or not.

  1. The Maze Runner, 2014 (PG-13)
  2. The Fifth Wave, 2016 (PG-13)
  3. Twilight, 2008 (PG-13)
  4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon, 2009 (PG-13)
  5. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, 2010 (PG-13)
  6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, 2011 (PG-13)
  7. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, 2012 (PG-13)


Pop the corn and get the whole family gathered around for these family-friendly favorites. On days when homeschooling just isn’t working, one of these movies might be the perfect solution!

  1. The Spiderwick Chronicles, 2008 (PG)
  2. Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events, 2004 (PG)
  3. How to Eat Fried Worms, 2006 (PG)
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 2010 (PG)
  5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, 2011 (PG)
  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, 2012 (PG)
  7. Holes, 2003 (PG)
  8. Hoot, 2006 (PG)
  9. The Secret Life of Bees, 2008 (PG-13)
  10. Tuck Everlasting, 2002 (PG)
  11. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, 2005 PG
  12. The Neverending Story, 1984 PG
  13. Eragon, 2006 (PG)
  14. How to Train Your Dragon, 2010 (PG)
  15. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, 2010 (PG)
  16. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, 2019 (Series)
  17. The Dangerous Book for Boys, 2018 (Series)
  18. The Secret World of Arrietty, 2010 (G)
  19. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 2009 (PG)
  20. The Lorax, 2012 (PG)
  21. Stuart Little, 1999 (PG)
  22. The Cat in The Hat, 2003 (PG)
  23. The Polar Express, 2004 (G)
  24. Wonder, 2017 (PG)
  25. The Martian, 2015 (PG-13)

100 Books Made to Movies You Can Watch On Amazon Prime


One of our family’s favorite ways to study history is to put ourselves in it through the words of a great historical fiction novel. How about you?

  1. The Help, 2012 (PG-13)
  2. The Book Thief, 2013(PG-13)
  3. Sarah’s Key, 2011 (PG-13)
  4. The Boy in The Striped Pajamas, 2008 (PG-13)
  5. Master and Commander, 2003 (PG-13)


Older teens will enjoy these classic books made to movies adaptations. Did you read any of these in high school?

  1. The Giver, 2014 (PG-13)
  2. The Outsiders, 1983 (PG)
  3. Life of Pi, 2012 (PG)
  4. Romeo and Juliet, 1960 (G)
  5. Animal Farm, 1999 (PG)
  6. Fahrenheit 451, 1966 (13+)
  7. The Great Gatsby, 1974 (PG)
  8. Of Mice and Men, 1992 (PG-13)

Were you surprised to find that many of these movies were books originally? Do you think this list of books made to movies will help ignite your child’s passion for reading? I hope so!

Here’s to reading a bunch of books and then watching the movie afterward this year. Did somebody say compare and contrast essay as part of your writing curriculum? For extra fun, many of these films have newer remakes or older originals. Watch more than one version and compare the two. Which is closer to the book? Which did you like better?

Don’t forget to pin this list so you can easily locate it throughout the school year!

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Adrienne Bolton is a freelance writer and veteran homeschool mom. She began homeschooling in 2009 to meet the needs of her oldest son who struggled with the public school setting. Her boys have had different experiences with homeschooling, but both have thrived in spite of her. Her oldest son transitioned from public school after fourth grade and her youngest is 100% homegrown, having never stepped foot in a traditional classroom. Now with one son in college and one working his way through high school, she is proof anyone can do this. She writes with humor and heart, peppered with occasional snark and sarcasm. When she is not writing or working you can find her with a good book in hand, snuggling her massive Pitbull fur baby, or making something yummy in the kitchen. She loves to cook, bake, and be outdoors in the sunshine. The beach is her happy place and she's a true flip-flop wearing Florida girl. Connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.

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