Parenting Good Movies for 12 Year Olds  

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List Rules Vote up the best films appropriate for a twelve year old to watch.

This list has all manner of excellent movies for 12 year olds, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best movies for 12 year olds come from many genres. Some great movies for twelve year olds to watch are animated cartoons, while other good films for twelve year olds are live action comic book movies and adventure films. It won't surprise anyone to see movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hunger Games among these top films for 12 year olds.

What films will you find on this best movies for 12 year olds list? It doesn't get much better than Mean Girls for 12 year old girls' viewing pleasure. This smart film starring Lindsay Lohan was written by Tina Fey, so even Mom and Dad will enjoy the clever jokes peppered throughout this funny movie. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is another great movie that a 12 year old can watch.

Twelve year old boys and girls alike will love action-packed and funny movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor. Other great films on this top movies for 12 year olds list include Jurassic Park and The Hunger Games.

How will we ever determine which movie deserves the top spot on this list? Help fellow fans decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and add any other 12 year old appropriate films that aren't already listed.

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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
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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Ryan100306 added 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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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 criminals ...more

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Spider-Man: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
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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Avengers: Infinity War is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
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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Ryan100306 added 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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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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Unknown12 added The Hunger Games film series consists of four science fiction dystopian adventure films based on The Hunger Games trilogy of novels, by the American author Suzanne Collins. Distributed by ...more

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Guardians of the Galaxy Franch... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Guardians of the Galaxy (retroactively referred to as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1) is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) ...more

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Thor: Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
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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Ant-Man and the Wasp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Bobby Cannavale Ant-Man and the Wasp is a 2018 American superhero film directed by Peyton Reed. As Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) balances being both a superhero and a father, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Dr. ...more

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Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Francesca Neri Captain America is a 1990 direct-to-video American-Yugoslavian superhero film directed by Albert Pyun. The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name. While the film takes ...more

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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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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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Avengers Franchise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Marvel's The Avengers(classified under the name Marvel Avengers Assemble in the United Kingdom and Ireland), or simply The Avengers, is a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics ...more

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Captain America: Civil War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
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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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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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 accident, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon ...more

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Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios ...more

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Iron Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley Iron Man 3 is a 2013 superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2008's ...more

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
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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Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ...more

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Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and ...more

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Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. While struggling to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man, Peter ...more

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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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Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures.It is the first film in the ...more

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Avengers: Infinity War – Part ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo The untitled Avengers film, colloquially referred to as Avengers 4, is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team.

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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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Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad Pixels is a 2015 science fiction comedy film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the 2010 short film by Patrick Jean. When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a ...more

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 science fiction action film written by Jane Goldman, Simon Kinberg and Matthew Vaughn; directed by Matthew Vaughn.

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Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the Marvel Comics character. After Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a genetically altered ...more

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Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics' fictional character Wolverine, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the fourth installment in the X-Men film ...more

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Sally Field The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and released by Columbia Pictures. It It is the fifth ...more

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Demetrice Nguyen, Deezy Captain Marvel is a 2019 superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

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Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien, Patricia Clarkson The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction dystopian action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner's 2009 novel of the same name. The film is the first installment in ...more

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Jennifer Connelly, Nick Nolte, Eric Bana Hulk is a 2003 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. Ang Lee directed the film, which stars Eric Bana as Dr. Bruce Banner, as well as Jennifer ...more

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Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin X2 is a 2003 American superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel Comics, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the second installment in the X-Men film series. The ...more

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X-Men: The Last Stand is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin X-Men: The Last Stand is a 2006 superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team introduced in Marvel Comics. The film, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is the third installment in the X-Men ...more

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JAVO added Kevin James, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a 2009 American family-action comedy film directed by Steve Carr and co-written by Kevin James, who stars as the title character, Paul Blart. Filming began in February ...more

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Rebecca Staab, Alex Hyde-White, Jay Underwood The Fantastic Four is an unreleased independent superhero film completed in 1994. Executive produced by low-budget specialist Roger Corman and Bernd Eichinger, the film was based on Marvel ...more

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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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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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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Robert Downey Jr., Liv Tyler, Edward Norton The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character the Hulk, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the second ...more

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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more

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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Sweet'n'Sour 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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Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a 2007 superhero film directed by Tim Story, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only ...more

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Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more

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Sweet'n'Sour 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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Graham McTavish, Nolan North, Fred Tatasciore Hulk Vs is a 2009 direct-to-video animated release from Marvel Animation and Lionsgate, featuring the Incredible Hulk in two short films: Hulk Vs Wolverine and Hulk Vs Thor. The animation was by ...more