Fabulous Films for Young Adults

About the Fabulous Films for Young Adults
The purpose of this list is to identify for collection developers a body of films relating to a theme that will appeal to young adults in a variety of settings. Selection criteria consistent with the Library Bill of Rights shall be applied throughout the selection process. Titles chosen are of acceptable quality and are effective in their presentation.

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Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) logo


2013 Selection(s)

127 Hours

Fox Searchlight. 94 min. DVD Rated R. $29.98. www.foxsearchlight.com/

A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

28 Days Later

Twentieth Century Fox. 113 min. DVD Rated R. $14.98. www.foxconnect.com

An infirmary patient awakens from a coma to an empty room to find that a powerful virus has transformed the world around him into a seemingly desolate wasteland.


Buena Vista Home Entertainment. 120 min. DVD Rated R. $6.25. disneydvd.disney.go.com/home.html

Faced with the brutal weather conditions in the Andes after their plane crashes, members of a rugby team struggle to survive.

Apollo 13

Universal Pictures. 140 min. DVD Rated PG. $12.98. www.universalpictures.com/

When the Apollo 13 spacecraft was seriously during an explosion, the crew and Houston-based mission controllers race against time and heavy odds to return the damaged spacecraft safely to Earth.

Battle Royale

Anchor Bay Films. 122 min. DVD Not Rated. $19.98. www.anchorbayentertainment.com

A 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they are locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left.

Big Miracle

Universal Pictures. 107 min. DVD Rated PG. $19.98. www.universalpictures.com/

Three whales are trapped by ice in the waters off Barrow, Alaska.  Various segments of the population come together to save the whales.

Cast Away

Twentieth Century Fox. 143 min. DVD Rated PG-13. $14.98. www.foxconnect.com

When Chuck Nolan's plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean, he finds himself stranded on a deserted island.  With few supplies, Chuck must physically and mentally adapt to his new environment in order to survive.


Paramount. 137 min. DVD Rated PG-13. $14.99. www.paramount.com/

Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.

Devil’s Arithmetic

Showtime Ent. 95 min. DVD Not Rated PG-13. $14.98. Http://www.sho.com

A teen girl learns to appreciate her Jewish heritage after being transported back in time to the concentration camp that imprisoned her ancestor.

Eight Below

Walt Disney. 120 min. DVD Rated PG. $14.99. www.disneydvd.disney.go.com

This film tells the story of a pack of sled dogs abandoned at a research film.  These dogs must battle hunger, the extreme climate, and dangerous predator in order to survive.