Kid oriented adventure films are a staple of the cinematic world, with many animated Disney and Pixar classics falling under the umbrella of the genre. But what happens when young children grow into teens and tweens? They're certainly going to be curious to try more mature content, getting tired of the G-rated world, but are V for Vendetta and 300 really appropriate? While these may be adult favorites, they're not really the best choices to get kids into adventure films. Luckily, there are many adventure films that deal with adult topics without being too violent or raunchy. Here, you'll find some classic adventure movies appropriate for kids!
Some films you likely loved growing up are great to show older kids. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, for example, refrains from over-the-top violence and foul language, but deals with the bleak historical reality of the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi movement. The NeverEnding Story has plenty of bright colors and cute creatures that kids will love, but also deals directly with death in a way that's not condescending. These and other adventure movies for beginners will ease your kids into the genre without overwhelming them with adult content.
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Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by Frank Marshall for Lucasfilm Ltd., with Lucas and Howard Kazanjian as executive producers. Starring Harrison Ford, it was the first installment in the Indiana Jones film franchise to be released, though it is the second in internal chronological order. It pits Indiana Jones against a group of Nazis who are searching for the Ark of the Covenant, which Adolf Hitler believes will make his army invincible. The film co-stars Karen Allen as Indiana's former lover, Marion Ravenwood; Paul Freeman as Indiana's ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen, Frank Welker, Denholm Elliott, + more
Initial Release: 1981
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German epic fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ende, about a boy who reads a magical library book that tells a story of a young warrior whose task is to stop a dark storm called the Nothing from engulfing a fantasy world. The film was directed and co-written by Wolfgang Petersen and starred Barret Oliver, Noah Hathaway, Tami Stronach, Moses Gunn, Thomas Hill; and Alan Oppenheimer as the voices of both Falkor and Gmork. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive film produced outside the USA or the USSR. The film was later followed by two sequels. Ende felt that this adaptation's content deviated so far from his book ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Gerald McRaney, Limahl, Moses Gunn, Deep Roy, Alan Oppenheimer, + more
Initial Release: 1984
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The screenplay was written by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg. The film's premise features a band of pre-teens who live in the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon attempting to save their homes from demolition, and in doing so, discover an old Spanish map that leads them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willie, a legendary 17th-century pirate. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin, Joe Pantoliano, Martha Plimpton, + more
Initial Release: 1985
Directed by: Richard Donner
#20 on The Most Rewatchable Movies
#24 on The Funniest '80s Movies
Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by James V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo. It stars Robin Williams as Peter Pan/Peter Banning, Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell, Bob Hoskins as Smee, Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy, Caroline Goodall as Moira Banning, and Charlie Korsmo as Jack Banning. The film acts as a sequel to J. M. Barrie's 1911 novel Peter and Wendy, focusing on a grown-up Peter Pan who has forgotten his childhood. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Carrie Fisher, + more
Initial Release: 1991
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
#48 on The Best Movies for Kids
#63 on The Best Movies for Tweens
#10 on The Best Movies of 1991