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The Best Movies for Boys to Watch

Updated July 15, 2020 7.8k votes 1.1k voters 76.7k views58 items

The films on this list of the best movies for boys have been ranked as the absolute best by the community when it comes to movies boys and young men will love. Great movies for boys often include adventure, scifi, battles, and stories about friendship. What are the best movies for boys?

This list ranks the best movies for boys to see, many of which have been top box office hits and have received many awards as well. The best movies for boys often have an intensely dramatic theme with plenty of action, adventure, and survival elements. Films boys will love cover many different genres, but are usually action or adventure movies. If you're looking for more to watch, check out the best TV shows for young boys.

This list features the best boy’s movies including: Stand by Me, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, The NeverEnding Story, War Games, Old Yeller, The Karate Kid, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park. Vote up the movies appropriate for boys that you think are the best or add a great film you think all boys should watch that isn't already on the list.

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    Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Swiss Family Robinson

    John Mills, Dorothy McGuire

    Released1960

    Directed byKen Annakin

    Swiss Family Robinson is a 1960 British-American family film starring John Mills, Dorothy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    The Iron Giant

    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

    Released1999

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Artemis Fowl

    Ferdia Shaw, Josh Gad

    Released2020

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    Artemis Fowl is a 2020 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Kenneth Branagh,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Old Yeller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Old Yeller

    Chuck Connors, Fess Parker

    Released1957

    Directed byRobert Stevenson

    Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Jaws is an American media franchise that started with a 1974 novel that expanded into four... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    WarGames is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    WarGames

    Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Badham

    WarGames is a 1983 American science-fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Close Encounters of the Third  is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

    Released1977

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Pokémon The Movie: Mewtwo Stri is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch

    Released2020

    Directed byKunihiko Yuyama, Motonori Sakakibara

    Pokémon The Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution is a 2020 Japanese computer-animated film... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Captains Courageous is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Captains Courageous

    Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy

    Released1937

    Directed byVictor Fleming

    Captains Courageous is a 1937 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adventure film. Based on the novel by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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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 Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Spaceballs

    Joan Rivers, John Hurt

    Released1987

    Directed byMel Brooks

    Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Rudy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Ben-Hur

    Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Wyler

    Ben-Hur is a 1959 American epic historical drama film, directed by William Wyler, produced by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    My Hero Academia: Heroes Risin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising

    Felecia Angelle, Christopher Bevins

    Released2020

    Directed byKenji Nagasaki

    My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising is a 2020 Japanese anime superhero film directed by Kenji... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film directed by David Anspaugh. A coach with a checkered past (Gene... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Where the Red Fern Grows is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Where the Red Fern Grows

    James Whitmore, Beverly Garland

    Released1974

    Directed byNorman Tokar

    Where the Red Fern Grows is a 1974 film directed by Norman Tokar, based on the 1961 novel of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Explorers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Explorers

    Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix

    Released1985

    Directed byJoe Dante

    Explorers is a 1985 family-oriented science-fiction fantasy film written by Eric Luke and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre

    Released1954

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 American Technicolor adventure film starring Kirk... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Davy Crockett, King of the Wil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Released1955

    Directed byNorman Foster

    This was a combination of Disney's first three Davy Crockett films. They were Davy Crockett,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

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    Avatar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Rocketeer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    The Rocketeer

    Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton

    Released1991

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Glory is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Released1989

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Glory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    King Kong is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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    King Kong

    Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper

    Released1933

    Directed byMerian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

    King Kong is a 1933 American fantasy monster/adventure film directed and produced by Merian C.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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