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The Best Movies for Tweens  

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Raising a tweenager can be a handful. It's a very awkward age all around and they can be hard to find good, family friendly entertainment for. But not having a way to entertain your tween could leave you wanting to pull your hair out! Luckily, there are a number of wholesome yet truly entertaining films that your tween won’t argue too much with you over. What are the best movies for tweens?

This list has the best movies for tweens, that hard to please, not yet a teenager but no longer a kid, child of yours who desperately needs to be entertained at all times. These are family-friendly movies appropriate for tweens, but are highly rated, so parents will enjoy them as well. Some of these movies are top box office hits that were loved across all age groups and genres, including comedy, science fiction, adventure, fantasy, and more.

This list features the best tween movies including, Stand by Me, The Sandlot, Meatballs, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Star Wars, The Princess Bride, Beauty and the Beast, The Parent Trap, Now and Then, and Summer School. Vote up the best tween movies below or add one you (or your inner tween) love that isn't already on the list. Then check out the best TV shows for tweens.

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
jsnungaray added Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton
Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and is a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are ...more
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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
Marvel's The Avengers is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a ...more
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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
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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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
AllisonGrace12 added Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a 2017 American 3D action dark fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan. Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn ...more
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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o
Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character, directed by Ryan Coogler. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more
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Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians ...more
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Spider-Man: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Jon Watts, based on the Marvel Comics character. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balances his life as an ordinary high school ...more
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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Defterbarley64 added Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, John Candy
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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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Defterbarley64 added Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, Patricia Clarkson
Jumanji is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film was directed by Joe ...more
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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
William Crotty added Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles
Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more
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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
William Crotty added 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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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family ...more
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Thor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Thor is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the Marvel Comics character. The powerful, but arrogant god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is cast out of Asgard to live ...more
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Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics character. Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a ...more
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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett
Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Taika Waititi. Four years after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) must win a gladiatorial duel against an ...more
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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
William Crotty added Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 soft science fiction-family film. The directorial debut of Joe Johnston and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, it tells the story of an inventor who ...more
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Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly
Ant-Man is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed, based on the Marvel Comics character. Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in ...more
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Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst
Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. When bitten by a genetically modified spider, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), a nerdy, ...more
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Spider-Man Franchise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
The fictional character Spider-Man, a comic book superhero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and featured in Marvel Comics publications, has currently appeared in seven live-action films since ...more
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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
Doctor Strange is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Scott Derrickson, based on the Marvel Comics character. After a career-ending car collision, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more
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Captain America: The First Ave... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones
Captain America: The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is ...more
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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
SkyrimSmasher added Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried
Mean Girls is a 2004 American teen comedy film. Mark Waters directed, and Tina Fey wrote the screenplay, which is based in part on Rosalind Wiseman's non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, ...more
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Avengers: Endgame is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo
Avengers: Endgame is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, and the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. After Thanos (Josh ...more