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The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds 

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Updated August 12, 2019 2.1k votes 118 voters 45 items

List Rules Vote up the best adventure movies for thirteen year olds to watch. No R-Rated movies please.

Adventure movies can take us to exotic locations and are always filled with action. If your tween has officially become a teenager, this list of adventure movies for 13 year olds is the perfect big screen viewing guide.

The best adventure films for 13 year old teens are going to be a step up in maturity from classic Disney fare and other PG rated movies. However, they are also not going to be filled with sexual content or overt violence. Superhero movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers are the perfect blend of comedy, fantasy, action, and of course adventure.

Check out the top adventure films for 13 year olds. Then, because it’s still a democracy, go ahead and vote up all your favorites. Did we miss one you think is amazing and needs to be watched by young teens everywhere? Add it to the list below.

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Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer

Released: 2019

Directed by: David F. Sandberg

Shazam! is a 2019 superhero film directed by David F. Sandberg, based on the DC Comics character. A boy (Asher Angel) is given the ability to become an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) in times of ...more
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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
dontyouwish added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more
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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Released: 2009

Directed by: James Cameron

Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more
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Star Wars: The Force Awa... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 2015

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. ...more
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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2001

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the first ...more
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Interstellar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon

Released: 2014

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Interstellar is a British-American 2014 science fiction epic film directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine. The film ...more
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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Released: 2017

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC Comics character. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more
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The Hobbit: The Battle o... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen

Released: 2014

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Hobbit: There and Back Again is a 2014 film writted by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro and directed by Peter Jackson.
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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character, directed by Ryan Coogler. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King TÂ’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more
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Dawn of the Planet of th... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell

Released: 2014

Directed by: Matt Reeves

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary ...more
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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Captain Marvel Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, based on the Marvel Comics character. In 1995, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Brie ...more
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Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Bumblebee Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

Directed by: Travis Knight

Bumblebee is a 2018 American science fiction action film directed by Travis Knight, based on the Transformers' character. In 1987, Bumblebee takes refuge in a small California beach town ...more
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Pirates of the Caribbean... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Zoe Saldana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gore Verbinski

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks. It was directed by Gore ...more
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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

Released: 1963

Directed by: John Sturges

The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth POW from a German POW camp during WWII, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard ...more
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A Knight's Tale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Shannyn Sossamon

Released: 2001

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

A Knight's Tale is a 2001 medieval adventure comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by Brian Helgeland. The film stars Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Alan Tudyk, Rufus ...more
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Butch Cassidy and the Su... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Cloris Leachman

Released: 1969

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 American Western film directed by George Roy Hill and written by William Goldman. Based loosely on fact, the film tells the story of Wild West ...more
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True Grit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin

Released: 2010

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

True Grit is a 2010 American Revisionist Western film directed by the Coen brothers, based on the 1968 novel by Charles Portis. A stubborn teenager (Hailee Steinfeld) enlists the help of a tough ...more
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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Released: 2012

Directed by: Gary Ross

The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary Ross, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. In a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation of ...more
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Solo: A Star Wars Story ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Solo: A Star Wars Story Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ron Howard

This film is a 2018 American space Western film directed by Ron Howard. Before joining the Rebellion, a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) has adventures with his Wookiee partner Chewbacca, and ...more
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Divergent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, Ashley Judd

Released: 2014

Directed by: Neil Burger

Divergent is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by Neil Burger, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film is the first installment in The Divergent Series ...more
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The Silence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Kiernan Shipka, Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto

Released: 2019

Directed by: John R. Leonetti

The Silence is a 2019 American-German horror film directed by John R. Leonetti based on the novel by Tim Lebbon. A deaf teen (Kiernan Shipka) and her family try to escape terrifying creatures by ...more
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Isle of Dogs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Adventure Movies for 13 Year Olds
Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray

Released: 2018

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Isle of Dogs is a 2018 American stop-motion animated adventure film directed by Wes Anderson. In a dystopian future Japan in which dogs have been quarantined on a remote island, a boy ventures ...more