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The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys

Updated June 22, 2019 134 votes 13 voters40 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1
    The Goonies is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    The Goonies

    Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

    Released1985

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Goonies is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Richard Donner. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Home Alone

    Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci

    Released1990

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Home Alone is a 1990 American Christmas family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Big Hero 6

    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph

    Released2014

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

    Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Lucas

    Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Airplane!

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen

    Released1980

    Directed byJerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

    Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released1995

    Directed byRon Howard

    Apollo 13 is a 1995 American historical docudrama film directed by Ron Howard. The film stars... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    A Christmas Story

    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

    Released1983

    Directed byBob Clark

    A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Big is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Keanu Reeves, George Carlin

    Released1989

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Clash of the Titans

    Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith

    Released1981

    Directed byDesmond Davis

    Clash of the Titans is an 1981 British-American fantasy adventure film involving the Greek... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    George Clooney, Meryl Streep

    Released2009

    Directed byWes Anderson

    Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer' is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe

    Released2001

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Holes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Holes

    Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Davis

    Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Johnny English is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Johnny English

    John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Howitt

    Johnny English is a 2003 British comedy film parodying the James Bond secret agent genre. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Masters of the Universe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Masters of the Universe

    Courteney Cox, Dolph Lundren

    Released1987

    Directed byGary Goddard

    Masters of the Universe is a 1987 American science fantasy film directed by Gary Goddard and... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Monty Python and the Holy Grai is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    John Cleese, Terry Gilliam

    Released1975

    Directed byTerry Gilliam, Terry Jones

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    October Sky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    October Sky

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern

    Released1999

    Directed byJoe Johnston

    October Sky is a 1999 American biographical film directed by Joe Johnston, starring Jake... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Pee-wee's Big Adventure is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild

    Released1985

    Directed byTim Burton

    Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton in his... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Indiana Jones and the Raiders  is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Released1981

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Rocky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Superman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A... more on Wikipedia
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