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The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids  

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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.

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Ve... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali
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
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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
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
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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin
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
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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker
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
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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant
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
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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau
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
8
Coco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
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
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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
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
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Moana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House
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
11
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins
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
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The Kid Who Would Be King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis, Tom Taylor
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
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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more
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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
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
Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito
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
16
Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen
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
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
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
Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger
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
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Incredibles 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell
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
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How to Train Your Dragon: The ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson
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
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wre... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer
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
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A Dog's Way Home is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp
A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith, based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron. A dog (Bryce Dallas Howard) embarks on a 400-mile journey home ...more
23
Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris
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
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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson
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
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Hook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams
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 ...more