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Good Movies for 13 Year Olds  

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

This list has awesome movies for 13 year olds, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best movies for 13 year olds cover all kinds of genres as young film buffs become more mature. Some great movies for thirteen year olds to watch are heavy on the CGI and cool effects, while other good films for thirteen year olds are completely live action. Many of the top films for 13 year olds tell stories of other teens, like Big Fish and Footloose.

Which flicks will you find below, on this best movies for 13 year olds list? Thirteen year olds love multi-movie franchises like The Hunger Games series. Katniss Everdeen's quest for justice and equality is a fight that everyone age 13 and beyond can get behind. Twilight is another good movie – with a good love story – that a thirteen year old can watch.

By the age of 13, many kids start enjoying horror movies like Poltergeist and Jaws. Other great movies featured on this list of top movies for 13 year olds include Pretty in Pink, Footloose, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Do you have a favorite movie for 13 year olds? Let your voice be heard by giving the best films a thumbs up and add any other 13 year old appropriate movies that aren't already listed.

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Avatar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
markkallstroem added Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
Avatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Joel David Moore, Giovanni ...more
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Indiana Jones and the Temple o... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Dan Aykroyd
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, and the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film ...more
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Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Nini Chichua added Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd
Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VI –Return ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Alita Thornton added Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand, and the third and final film in the original Star Wars trilogy. After a daring ...more
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Alita Thornton added Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank, Donald Sutherland
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 American action/comedy horror film about a Valley girl cheerleader named Buffy who learns that it is her fate to hunt vampires. The film starred Kristy ...more
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen
Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more
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The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Gregothegreat added Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart
The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film tells the story of Alex Rogan, an average teenage boy recruited by an alien defense force to fight in ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VII - The F... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
This film is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Ex-stormtrooper Finn (John ...more
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The Lord of the Rings: The Ret... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Nini Chichua added Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second and third volumes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is ...more
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Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Nini Chichua added Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue
Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 American comic science fiction film and the second installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, who directed all three ...more
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OwenReyda added Annette Bening, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy
The Great Outdoors is a 1988 American comedy film starring Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. Annette Bening and Stephanie Faracy co-star. Robert Prosky, Lucy Deakins and Lewis Arquette have supporting ...more
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed
This film is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter (Felicity Jones) of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to take the plans.
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OwenReyda added Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Patricia Arquette
Uncle Buck is a 1989 American comedy film directed by John Hughes and starring John Candy and Amy Madigan, with Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann, Macaulay Culkin, Jay Underwood, and Laurie ...more
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Easy A is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Nini Chichua added Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Aly Michalka
Easy A is a 2010 film directed by Will Gluck. "After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean-cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
This film is a 2017 American epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson. Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey (Daisy Ridley) joins Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) ...more
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Nini Chichua 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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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
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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The Breakfast Club is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Nini Chichua added Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall
The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written, produced, and directed by John Hughes and starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, John ...more
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The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Nini Chichua added Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner
The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth POW from a German POW camp during WWII, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard ...more
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The Fast and the Furious is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Olaf added Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
The Fast and the Furious is a 2001 American street racing action film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. The film is the first ...more
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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Nini Chichua added Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd
Clueless is a 1995 American comedy film loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma. It stars Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy. The film is set in Beverly Hills ...more
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Spice World is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Scott Merritt added Elton John, Victoria Beckham, Hugh Laurie
Spice World is a 1997 British-American musical comedy film directed by Bob Spiers and written by Kim Fuller and Jamie Curtis. The film stars pop girl group the Spice Girls who all play their ...more
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Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the ...more
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Flash Gordon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Scott Merritt added Timothy Dalton, Max von Sydow, Ornella Muti
Flash Gordon is a 1980 British science fiction action film, based on the comic strip of the same name created by Alex Raymond. The film was directed by Mike Hodges, and produced by Dino De ...more
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The Apple Dumpling Gang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good Movies for 13 Year Olds
Scott Merritt added Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Bill Bixby
The Apple Dumpling Gang is a 1975 Disney film about a slick gambler named Russell Donovan who is duped into taking care of a group of orphans who eventually strike gold during the California ...more