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The Best Movies for Boys to Watch  

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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.

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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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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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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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
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

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Toy Story is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the original 1995 film, Toy Story, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more

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Toy Story 4 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Kristen Schaal
Toy Story 4 is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Josh Cooley. Woody (Tom Hanks) and the gang go on a search when Bo Peep (Annie Potts) goes missing.

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Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more

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The Indiana Jones franchise is an American media franchise based on the adventures of Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, a fictional archaeologist. It began in 1981 with the film Raiders of ...more

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand, and the third and final film in the original Star Wars trilogy. After a daring ...more

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Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, it is based on the 1990 novel of the same name ...more

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Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into ...more

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The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The ...more

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Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick
The Lion King is a 1994 American animated musical epic film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more

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Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant
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The Shrek franchise from DreamWorks Animation, based on William Steig's picture book Shrek!, consists of four computer-animated films including: Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third ...more

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Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski
Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel
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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
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Swiss Family Robinson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Boys to Watch
John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Tommy Kirk
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