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15 Great Tween Movies On Netflix: Not Too Childish, Not Too Mature, Just Right

Updated April 2, 2020 312 votes 40 voters15 items

List RulesVote up the movies available on Netflix you think are best for tweens!

Finding good Netflix movies for tweens can be a bit of a challenge. First of all, what exactly is a tween? A tween is someone who is too old to be considered a kid, but not quite yet a teenager. They're "in between" those stages of life, hence "tween". Because of this, they're often too old to get excited about movies made for kids. But on the other hand, they may not quite be ready for more mature content. So what's a tween to do? This list features a selection of movies that are perfect for this unique phase of youth. Plus, they're all currently available on Netflix. Tweens, we've got you covered.

You'll find a variety of comedy, action, and horror films here, all suitable for those aged 9-12. Therefore this list also includes good Netflix movies for 12-year-olds. There's critically-acclaimed animated flicks like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Incredibles 2, along with frightful delights such as Corpse Bride and Monster House. Many of these movies feature protagonists that fall into this age range, making the characters' adventures relatable as well as entertaining. 

Keep reading to find out the best Netflix movies for tweens, and make sure to vote up the ones you love the most. Happy streaming! 

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Ve is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Great Tween Movies On Netflix: Not Too Childish, Not Too Mature, Just Right
    Photo: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse / Sony Pictures Releasing

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a dazzling animated adventure that's perfect for old and new Spidey fans alike. It's action-packed, sharp, and full of heart, with a fantastic cast of voice actors to boot. Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) is only thirteen years old when he's bitten by a radioactive spider, turning his life (sometimes literally) upside down. He learns the ropes of how to be Spider-man from a whole team of Spider-men, women, and pig, who travel to his dimension after an atomic explosion sends them there.

    This movie won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and for good reason. It blends multiple animation styles together seamlessly in a way that's endlessly exciting to watch.

    • Actors: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
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  • Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Great Tween Movies On Netflix: Not Too Childish, Not Too Mature, Just Right
    Photo: Spy Kids / Troublemaker Studios

    Tweens in the early 2000's know that Spy Kids is where it's at. But today's tweens can still be introduced to the spy family film via Netflix. While the graphics may pale in comparison to what we have in action movies today, it adds to Spy Kids' campy charm. Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara play Carmen and Juni Cortez, two siblings whose parents just happen to be undercover spies. When Carmen and Juni are captured by the villainous Fegan Floop's life-sized thumb henchmen (yes, you read that correctly) and taken to his castle, they soon learn they have more powers than they ever knew about. 

    Spy Kids is fun for all ages, but hits close to home for those in the tween demographic. After all, who doesn't want to be a secret agent at 12 years old? 

    • Actors: George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Carla Gugino, Antonio Banderas, Alan Cumming
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
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    Incredibles 2

    Those who grew up with The Incredibles waited patiently for a scecond movie for ages. In 2018, we finally got a follow-up adventure with the Parr family in a sequel that was well worth the wait. There's just as much action, plus a new set of characters that shake things up. With Syndrome out of the picture, the Incredibles have a new villain to deal with: the Screenslaver. This mysterious villian projects images on people's TV screens in order to hypnotize them. Eventually, the Incredibles discover the Screenslaver's true identity.

    Full of action and witty fun, The Incredibles 2 makes for great family viewing, especially when viewed with the first film as a double feature. 

    • Actors: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, John Ratzenberger
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Brad Bird
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  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of U is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Great Tween Movies On Netflix: Not Too Childish, Not Too Mature, Just Right
    Photo: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events / Paramount Pictures

    The 2004 movie adaptation of Lemony Snicket's book series A Series of Unfortunate Events is just the right amount of spooky, funny, and creepy. Jim Carrey gives a pitch-perfect performance as Count Olaf, a mysterious master of disguise who lusts after the Baudelaire family fortune. Follow the fourteen year-old inventor Violet Baudelaire (Emily Browning), her twelve year-old bibliophile brother Klaus (Liam Aiken), and their baby sister Sunny as they dodge Count Olaf's numerous attempts to get his hands on their money. 

    This movie goes much easier on its main characters than the books do, making it suitable for tweens to enjoy. But don't worry, there's still plenty of gothic goodness to enjoy in its costumes, production design, and performances.  

    • Actors: Meryl Streep, Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Lynch
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Brad Silberling
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