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The Best Movies for Boys to Watch

Updated January 15, 2021 7.9k votes 1.1k voters 79.6k views78 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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  • The Goonies1
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World2
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    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett

    Released2019

    Directed byDean DeBlois

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  • The Karate Kid3
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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Incredibles4
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • Dead Poets Society7
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    Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byPeter Weir

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  • Back to the Future8
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Indiana Jones Franchise9
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  • The Lord of the Rings film trilogy11
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  • The Lion King12
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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  • How to Train Your Dragon13
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    How to Train Your Dragon

    Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig

    Released2010

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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  • Ghostbusters14
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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  • Ice Age15
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    Ice Age

    Jack Black, Ray Romano

    Released2002

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial16
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Cool Runnings18
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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  • Empire of the Sun20
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    Empire of the Sun

    Christian Bale, Ben Stiller

    Released1987

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • The NeverEnding Story21
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    The NeverEnding Story

    Gerald McRaney, Limahl

    Released1984

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • Stand by Me22
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    Stand by Me

    Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman

    Released1986

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • Peter Pan23
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    Peter Pan

    June Foray, Bobby Driscoll

    Released1953

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

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  • The Bear24
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    The Bear

    Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear

    Released1988

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

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  • The Iron Giant25
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    The Iron Giant

    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

    Released1999

    Directed byBrad Bird

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