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The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys  

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List Rules Vote up the best PG and G-Rated movies for twelve year old boys to watch.

What are the best films for 12 year old boys? It’s nearing the end of the tween years, but the kid is just not ready for PG-13 movies yet. This list of appropriate movies for twelve year old boys promises to satisfy the audience and his parents. This list is for you, if you have ever asked yourself "what movies can twelve year old boys watch?"

Some of the most hilarious comedies ever made, like Airplane!, Big, and Young Frankenstein top this list of good movies for 12 year old boys. However, a young man’s need for adventure will surely be satisfied as well with classics like The Gooonies and Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Got a yearning for science fiction? Back to the Future and Star Wars also made the cut.

What should 12 year old boys watch? That’s up to you to decide. Vote up your favorite movies and vote down the ones you don't like on the list below.

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The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman
Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and ...more
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Big is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins
Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris
Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, and Ed Harris. The screenplay by William Broyles, ...more
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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez
Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more
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Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Cillian Murphy
Tron: Legacy is a 2010 American science fiction film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. A sequel to the 1982 film Tron, it is directed by Joseph Kosinski, produced by Tron director ...more
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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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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Young Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Gene Hackman, Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder
Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting ...more
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A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, based on his book In God We Trust: All ...more
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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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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The Kid Who Would Be King is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis, Tom Taylor
The Kid Who Would Be King is a 2019 British adventure drama film directed by Joe Cornish. After discovering the mythical sword Excalibur, Alex (Louis Serkis) and his friends must thwart a ...more
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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman
The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Ve... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, based on the Marvel Comics character. ...more
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Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Scott Menville, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes
Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is a 2018 American animated superhero film directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Micha, based on the TV series. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their ...more
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ...more
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Monty Python and the Holy Grai... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the hiatus ...more
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The Jungle Book is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba
The Jungle Book is a 2016 fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau. Based on Rudyard Kipling's eponymous collective works and inspired by Walt Disney's 1967 animated film ...more
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Hugo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Jude Law, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee
Hugo is a 2011 American 3D historical adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Martin Scorsese and adapted for the screen by John Logan. Based on Brian Selznick's novel The Invention of ...more
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Masters of the Universe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Courteney Cox, Dolph Lundren, Frank Langella
Masters of the Universe is a 1987 American science fantasy film directed by Gary Goddard and starring Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Jon Cypher, Chelsea Field, Billy Barty and Courteney Cox. It ...more
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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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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The Lego Batman Movie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera
The Lego Batman Movie is a 2017 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Chris McKay. A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to ...more