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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.
 
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.

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
jsnungaray added Minions 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 Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
The Little Mermaid 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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The Parent Trap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
The Parent Trap Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Kat Graham The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and produced and co-written by Charles Shyer. It is the second adaptation of Erich Kästner's German ...more

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High School Musical is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Toughluck3232 added High School Musical Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron High School Musical is a 2006 American teen/children's romantic comedy musical television film and the first installment in the High School Musical trilogy. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, ...more

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The Princess Diaries is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
The Princess Diaries Anne Hathaway, Mandy Moore, Julie Andrews The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film produced by singer and actress Whitney Houston and directed by Garry Marshall. It is based on Meg Cabot's 2000 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
SkyrimSmasher added Mean Girls 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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Hotel Transylvania 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
GreninjaPlayz added Hotel Transylvania 2 Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Mel Brooks

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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Ian Solis added Jurassic Park Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more

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Bridge to Terabithia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Michael Steedman-Cross added Bridge to Terabithia Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutchersonm, AnnaSophia Robb Bridge to Terabithia is a 2007 American-New Zealand fantasy adventure family drama film directed by Gábor Csupó and adapted for film by David L. Paterson and Jeff Stockwell. The ...more

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
William Crotty added Back to the Future Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more

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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Laney added Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester ...more

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Moana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Moana Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With the help of a demigod (Dwayne Johnson), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the ...more

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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Matilda Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same ...more

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Elf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Elf Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Star Wars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill 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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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Freaky Friday Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. It stars Lindsay Lohan as Anna Coleman and Jamie Lee Curtis as her mother. In the film their souls are ...more

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
ReidJacobson added Iron Man Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert ...more

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Inside Out is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Sunay Shastri added Inside Out Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Mindy Kaling Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film directed by Pete Docter. In the mind of a young girl, five personified emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Beauty and the Beast Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more

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Ramona and Beezus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
graceidrees added Ramona and Beezus Selena Gomez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Sandra Oh Ramona and Beezus is a 2010 Fox-Walden film adaptation of the Ramona series of novels by Beverly Cleary. The film's title derives from Beezus and Ramona, the first of Cleary's Ramona books, ...more

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Star Wars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Toughluck3232 added Star Wars: The Force Awakens Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. The film series, consisting of two trilogies, has spawned an extensive media franchise ...more

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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Enchanted Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. ...more

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Hotel Transylvania is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
GreninjaPlayz added Hotel Transylvania Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 American 3D computer animated fantasy comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack, Dexter's ...more

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Tangled is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Tangled Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, Zachary Levi Tangled is a 2010 American computer animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale ...more

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Brave is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and ...more

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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Ian Solis added Jurassic World Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio Jurassic World is an upcoming 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was ...more

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Aladdin Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker 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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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Alice in Wonderland Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 British-American live action and computer animated adventure fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Cederstromal added Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana 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 Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
The Princess Bride Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
The Goonies Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin, Sean Astin 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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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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The Princess and the Frog is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
The Princess and the Frog Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman, Terrence Howard The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Holes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Holes Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar, with Shia LaBeouf as the lead role of Stanley Yelnats IV and also starring Khleo ...more

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13 Going on 30 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
13 Going on 30 Jennifer Garner, Ashley Benson, Mark Ruffalo 13 Going on 30 is a 2004 American romantic comedy fantasy film written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, and directed by Gary Winick. Starring Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer, Andy ...more

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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
The Sandlot James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen 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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Pitch Perfect 2 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Laney added Pitch Perfect 2 Skylar Astin, John Michael Higgins, Ester Dean Pitch Perfect 2 is an upcoming music and comedy film written by Kay Cannon.

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Spy Kids George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Carla Gugino Spy Kids is a 2001 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the first installment in the Spy Kids series. Alexa Vega and Daryl ...more

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
1337.sp33d added Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Cederstromal added Ferris Bueller's Day Off Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller, who skips school and spends the day in ...more

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatba... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, Lauren Graham Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a 2009 American computer-animated science fiction comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation, distributed by Columbia Pictures, and released on ...more

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Jumanji is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Defterbarley64 added Jumanji 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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Free Willy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Free Willy Danielle Harris, Michael Madsen, Michael Ironside 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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Gnomeo & Juliet is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
stellabella152 added Gnomeo & Juliet Ozzy Osbourne, Emily Blunt, Hulk Hogan Gnomeo & Juliet is a 2011 British-American-Canadian 3D computer-animated romantic comedy family film based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The film was directed by Kelly ...more

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Teen Beach Movie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies for Tweens
Cederstromal added Teen Beach Movie Maia Mitchell, Ross Lynch, Barry Bostwick Teen Beach Movie is a Disney Channel Original Movie that premiered July 19, 2013 on Disney Channel, starring Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell. The movie was filmed in Puerto Rico. The only Disney ...more