Living

The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids 

Ranker Film
Updated April 30, 2019 470 votes 30 voters 40 items

List Rules Vote up the best PG and G-Rated adventure movies for twelve year old kids to watch.

A life threatening true story about a trip to the moon, the hunt for pirate treasure, and the epic battle between the light side and the dark side of the force are just a few of the main stories on this list of adventure movies for 12 year old kids. It’s the last year of being a tween, and they’re just not quite ready for PG-13 yet. What are the best adventure films for 12 year olds?

Some of these adventure movies lean towards science fiction, others are more comedic, some are even animated. However, they all feature some kind of exciting journey and are good adventure movies for twelve year olds. Parents can rest easy knowing that these films will not contain too much violence or graphic language. Young kids can just relax and have a great experience watching these timeless classics.

What adventure movies should 12 year old kids watch? That's up to you, vote up or down on the movies listed below. Don’t see an appropriate adventure movie that you love? Go ahead and add it to the list.

list ordered by
1
Spider-Man: Into the Spi... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, based on the Marvel Comics character. ...more
2
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more
3
Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

Released: 1992

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
4
Moana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House

Released: 2016

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With the help of a demigod (Dwayne Johnson), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the ...more
5
The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

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 ...more
6
Coco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film directed by Lee Unkrich. Aspiring musician Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Hector (Gael ...more
7
The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more
8
Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more
9
Who Framed Roger Rabbit ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis. The screenplay by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman is based on Gary K. Wolf's ...more
10
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more
11
Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story ...more
12
The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more
13
The Kid Who Would Be Kin... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis, Tom Taylor

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joe Cornish

The Kid Who Would Be King is a 2019 British adventure drama film directed by Joe Cornish. After discovering the mythical sword Excalibur, Alex (Louis Serkis) and his friends must thwart a ...more
14
How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant

Released: 2010

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the British book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The ...more
15
Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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 ...more
16
Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tim Burton

Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by Helen Aberson. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a one-armed war veteran and former circus star, is ...more
17
Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean ...more
18
Ralph Breaks the Interne... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer

Directed by: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston. Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah ...more
19
Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was DreamWorks ...more
20
How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated action fantasy film directed by Dean DeBlois. As Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) fulfills his dream of creating a ...more
21
Incredibles 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Incredibles 2 Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell

Released: 2018

Directed by: Brad Bird

Incredibles 2 is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is out ...more
22
Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was directed by Joe ...more
23
Zootopia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Released: 2016

Directed by: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Zootopia is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore. A rabbit police officer (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a red fox con artist (Jason Bateman) form an ...more
24
Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ron Howard

Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more
25
Peter Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Peter Rabbit Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, Sam Neill

Released: 2018

Directed by: Will Gluck

Peter Rabbit is a 2018 3D live-action/CGI animated adventure comedy film directed by Will Gluck, based on the stories by Beatrix Potter. Peter Rabbit's (James Corden) feud with Mr. McGregor ...more