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Banned Books Week 2010: 15 Iconic Movies Based On Banned Books (PHOTOS)

09/27/2010 05:42 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Banned Books Week is this week (Sept. 25 - Oct. 2) -- a chance for all of us to celebrate our freedom to read and to bring attention to the harms of censorship. This past spring, we brought you the 11 Most Surprising Banned Books. Here's another list: 15 of the most iconic, popular, and/or celebrated movies of all time -- all of which are based on books that have been banned, formally challenged, or burned.

The challenges listed don't tell the whole story -- the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom notes that for every challenge they receive, many others go unreported. "Not every book is right for each reader, but we should have the right to think for ourselves and allow others to do the same," said ALA President Roberta Stevens. "How can we live in a free society and develop our own opinions if our right to choose reading materials for ourselves and our families is taken away? We must remain diligent and protect our freedom to read."

Visit BannedBooksWeek.org, become a fan on Facebook or follow the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at @oif on Twitter (hash tag #bannedbooksweek) to learn more!