Some of the best kids’ movies were once books and a new survey is showing which ones are the most beloved of all time. In our house, watching the movie version of a book is a reward for reading it. For others, watching movies might be a great way to get kids interested in the book version of the film.


Whichever way you do it, one thing’s for sure – books have spurned some of the best kids’ movies out there. Did you know that a lot of the Disney movies we know and love were once books?

To find out which were families’ favorites, PoundToy looked at over 100 of the best-loved children’s page-to-screen adaptations and ranked the movies based on profitability, box office revenue and average review scores.

Not surprisingly, three of the Harry Potter books made the top ten.

Did your favorite make the list? Which book-to-movie adaptations do you feel were left out?

The Top 10 Children’s Hollywood Film Adaptations: 

  1. One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
  2. Pinocchio (1940)
  3. The Jungle Book (1967)
  4. Mary Poppins (1964)
  5. Shrek (2001)
  6. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkahan (2004)
  9. Peter Pan (1953)
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Click here for the full list of the top 50 movies that were once books.

See What Our Readers Are Saying