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The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys 

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Updated April 26, 2019 225 votes 18 voters 41 items

List Rules Vote up the best G and PG-Rated movies for eight year old boys to watch.

Kids today have a lot of different ways to entertain themselves. This list of good movies for 8 year old boys should be added to any young ones entertainment agenda. The next time it rains or snows or your kid says he’s bored; check out the best films for 8 year olds. If you've ever asked yourself, "what movies can eight year old boys watch?" Then this list is for you.

These are all appropriate movies for eight year olds and have are sure to entertain them. Some are animated classics like Cars and Toy Story. However, live action films like Planet of the Apes and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory also made the cut because their tales are truly timeless.

There is nothing more magical for a young child like a well-made movie. Which do you think are the top films for 8 year old boys? Make your voice heard. Vote up or down on the list below. If we missed any kids movies that you love, go ahead and add them.  

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more
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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more
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The Land Before Time is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

Released: 1988

Directed by: Don Bluth

The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and ...more
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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

Released: 1993

Directed by: David M. Evans

The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy directed by David M. Evans, which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer ...more
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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy

Released: 1990

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. The film stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is ...more
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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

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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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

Released: 1984

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

Released: 2014

Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall

Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more
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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Clint Howard, George Sanders, Louis Prima

Released: 1967

Directed by: Wolfgang Reitherman

The Jungle Book is a 1967 American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Inspired by the Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name, it is the 19th animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

Released: 1984

Directed by: Nick Castle

The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film tells the story of Alex Rogan, an average teenage boy recruited by an alien defense force to fight in ...more
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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

Released: 1992

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
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An American Tail is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Christopher Plummer, Madeline Kahn, Dom DeLuise

Released: 1986

Directed by: Don Bluth

An American Tail is a 1986 American animated musical adventure film directed by Don Bluth and produced by Sullivan Bluth Studios and Amblin Entertainment. The film tells the story of Fievel ...more
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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated ...more
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The Fox and the Hound is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Kurt Russell, Mickey Rooney, Corey Feldman

Released: 1981

Directed by: Richard Rich, Art Stevens, Ted Berman

he Fox and the Hound is a 1981 American animated drama film based on the Daniel P. Mannix novel of the same name, produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in the United States on July ...more
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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brad Bird

The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more
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The Muppets Take Manhatt... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, Liza Minnelli

Released: 1984

Directed by: Frank Oz

The Muppets Take Manhattan is a 1984 American musical comedy film directed by Frank Oz. It is the third of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Henson's Muppets with ...more
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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short

Released: 2002

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Treasure Planet is a 2002 American animated science fiction adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. After he receives a map from a pirate, a rebellious teen (Joseph ...more
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Tron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Lisberger

Tron is a 1982 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Lisberger, based on a story by Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird, and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars ...more
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Free Willy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside

Released: 1993

Directed by: Simon Wincer

Free Willy is a 1993 American family drama film that was released by Warner Bros. under its Family Entertainment label. The film stars Jason James Richter as a delinquent boy who becomes ...more
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The Polar Express is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Tom Hanks, Steven Tyler, Josh Hutchersonm

Released: 2004

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

The Polar Express is a 2004 American motion capture computer-animated musical Christmas fantasy film based on the children's book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. Written, produced, and ...more
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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more
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Benji is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Edgar Buchanan, Frances Bavier, Peter Breck

Released: 1974

Directed by: Joe Camp

This tail-wagging tale begins as Benji visits his pals Cindy and Paul, whose father Paul Chapman, won't let them give the mutt a home. But the shaggy stray changes his mind by saving the day ...more
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Explorers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell

Released: 1985

Directed by: Joe Dante

Explorers is a 1985 family-oriented science-fiction fantasy film written by Eric Luke and directed by Joe Dante. The film stars Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix as teenage schoolboys who build a ...more
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Titan A.E. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo

Released: 2000

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Art Vitello

Titan A.E. is a 2000 animated post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure film directed by both Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. The title refers to the spacecraft central to the plot, with A.E. ...more
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Willy Wonka & the Ch... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for 8 Year Old Boys
Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Tim Brooke-Taylor

Released: 1971

Directed by: Mel Stuart

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a 1971 musical fantasy film directed by Mel Stuart, and starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The film, a film adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and ...more