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The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids

Updated April 30, 2019 909 votes 31 voters40 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1
    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Ve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld

    Released2018

    Directed byBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

    The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner.... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob Reiner

    The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    2

    Aladdin

    Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Dumbo

    Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton

    Released2019

    Directed byTim Burton

    Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Moana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Moana

    Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2016

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Coco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Coco

    Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal

    Directed byLee Unkrich

    Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film directed by Lee... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    George Clooney, Meryl Streep

    Released2009

    Directed byWes Anderson

    Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy-comedy film directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    How to Train Your Dragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

    How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated action-fantasy film by... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    The Kid Who Would Be King is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    The Kid Who Would Be King

    Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Cornish

    The Kid Who Would Be King is a 2019 British adventure drama film directed by Joe Cornish.... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders  is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

    John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman

    Released2018

    Directed byRich Moore, Phil Johnston

    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Monsters vs. Aliens

    Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler

    Released2009

    Directed byConrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

    Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    How to Train Your Dragon: The  is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett

    Released2019

    Directed byDean DeBlois

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated action... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    A Dog's Way Home is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    A Dog's Way Home

    Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos

    Released2019

    Directed byCharles Martin Smith

    A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith, based... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Hook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Hook

    Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1991

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Hook is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Incredibles 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Incredibles 2

    Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter

    Released2018

    Directed byBrad Bird

    Incredibles 2 is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    The Lego Movie

    Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell

    Released2014

    Directed byPhil Lord, Christopher Miller

    The Lego Movie is a 2014 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Phil Lord and... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars... more on Wikipedia
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