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The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids

Updated April 30, 2019 1.5k votes 37 voters43 items

List RulesVote up the best PG and G-Rated fantasy movies for twelve year old kids to watch.

Fantasy films are inherently magical and bring their spectators to a world created by pure imagination. The best fantasy films for 12 year olds feature selections from nearly every subgenre from science fiction to comedy. Here is the perfect list of fantasy movies for 12 year old kids.

Travel to the world of Oz and stroll down the yellow brick road. Enter the magical realm of Narnia, where animals can talk and magic is everywhere. Or, just stick around the planet Earth and find out what happens when a 12 year old boy’s wish to be big is granted by a fortune teller machine named Zoltar.

All of these fantasy films for twelve year olds are appropriate and are good for sleepover parties or lazy summer afternoons. Let us know what top fantasy films12 year olds should watch by voting up or down on the list below.

  • 1
    The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    The Dark Crystal

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Released1982

    Directed byFrank Oz, Jim Henson

    The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz.... more on Wikipedia
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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill Condon

    Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Big is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Elf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim Burton

    Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy 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
  • 10
    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy 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
  • 11
    Moana is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy 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
  • 12
    Your Name is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Your Name

    Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi

    Released2016

    Directed byMakoto Shinkai

    Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai. A high school... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Charlie and the Chocolate Fact is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2005

    Directed byTim Burton

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Marquand

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy 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
  • 16
    Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Spirited Away

    Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara

    Released2001

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Mary Poppins Returns is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Mary Poppins Returns

    Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Directed byRob Marshall

    Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall. In... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy 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
  • 19
    Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Cinderella

    Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2015

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    Cinderella is a 2015 American romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Shrek is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

    Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks,... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Coco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy 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
  • 22
    Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Tron: Legacy

    Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges

    Released2010

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

    Tron: Legacy is a 2010 American science fiction film produced and released by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia
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    The Chronicles of Narnia: The  is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Adamson

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure... more on Wikipedia
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    The Kid Who Would Be King is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy 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
  • 25
    Christopher Robin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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    Christopher Robin

    Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell

    Released2018

    Directed byMarc Forster

    Christopher Robin is a 2018 American comedy-drama adventure film directed by Marc Forster,... more on Wikipedia
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