The 25 Best Young Adult Movie Adaptations

25. Holes (2003)

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Khleo Thomas

Considering Louis Sachar, the titular novel's author, also wrote the film's screenplay, Holes was bound to be well-received by its loyal readers. In the spirit of the book, the surprisingly intelligent and unpredictable dramedy gives hope to troubled and misunderstood kids everywhere.

Holes follows a wrongfully convicted juvenile delinquent, Stanley Yelnats (try to pronounce it backwards—mind blown, right?), who's been burdened by an age-old family curse, as he and his band of misfits at the detention center are forced to dig a bunch of holes for the facility's scheming warden. The reason behind their manual labor and Yelnats' false imprisonment remain a mystery, but let's just say they're not just for shits and giggles.

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