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Good Movies for 12 Year Olds 

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Updated March 25, 2020 28.8k votes 4.5k voters 238.5k views 56 items

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 vote 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

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

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 Franchise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
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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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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Sweet'n'Sour added 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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Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the tenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was directed ...more
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Unknown12 added The Hunger Games Franchise
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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Spider-Man Trilogy (Sam ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco

Released: 2002-2007

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Peter Parker is a fictional character and secret identity of Spider-Man in the films, adapted from the comic-book character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko; portrayed by ...more
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Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly

Released: 2015

Directed by: Peyton Reed

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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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Captain Marvel Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn

Released: 2019

Directed by: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, based on the Marvel Comics character. In 1995, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Brie ...more
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Ryan100306 added Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jason Moore

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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Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer

Released: 2019

Directed by: David F. Sandberg

Shazam! is a 2019 superhero film directed by David F. Sandberg, based on the DC Comics character. A boy (Asher Angel) is given the ability to become an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) in times of ...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

Directed by: Peyton Reed

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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Thor Franchise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Thor is a 2011 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 fourth film in the ...more
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Harry Potter Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
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Harry Potter is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films. A spin-off ...more
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Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1997

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

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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Ryan100306 added Skylar Astin, John Michael Higgins, Ester Dean

Released: 2015

Directed by: Elizabeth Banks

Pitch Perfect 2 is a 2015 American music and comedy film written by Kay Cannon.
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Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

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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Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

Released: 2016

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

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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Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mark Waters

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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The Captain America Franchise is a set of three Avengers superhero movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that star Chris Evans as Steve Rogers. The series includes Captain America: The First ...more
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The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The ...more
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Fantastic Beasts and Whe... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
DHRawling added Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler

Released: 2016

Directed by: David Yates

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 fantasy film directed by David Yates, based on the 2001 book by J. K. Rowling. The adventures of writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New ...more
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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good Movies for 12 Year Olds
Sweet'n'Sour added Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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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Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien, Patricia Clarkson

Released: 2014

Directed by: Wes Ball

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