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The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys 

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Updated June 22, 2019 133 votes 12 voters 40 items

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

Released: 1985

Directed by: Richard Donner

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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Home Alone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

Released: 2014

Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall

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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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

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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) 5 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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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Airplane! is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Ethel Merman

Released: 1980

Directed by: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker

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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Apollo 13 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris

Released: 1995

Directed by: Ron Howard

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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A Christmas Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Zack Ward

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bob Clark

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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Big is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Penny Marshall

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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Bill & Ted's Excelle... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Keanu Reeves, George Carlin, Jane Wiedlin

Released: 1989

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two slackers travel through time to assemble ...more
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Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Ursula Andress, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier

Released: 1981

Directed by: Desmond Davis

Clash of the Titans is an 1981 British-American fantasy adventure film involving the Greek hero Perseus, and features the final work of stop motion visual effects artist, Ray Harryhausen. It was ...more
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Fantastic Mr. Fox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated comedy film based on the Roald Dahl children's novel of the same name. The film is about a fox who takes food each night from three mean ...more
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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
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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Harry Potter and the Sor... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough

Released: 2001

Directed by: Chris Columbus

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus based on ...more
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Holes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Davis

Holes is a 2003 American comedy-drama adventure film based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Louis Sachar, with Shia LaBeouf as the lead role of Stanley Yelnats IV and also starring Khleo ...more
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Johnny English is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Rowan Atkinson

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Howitt

Johnny English is a 2003 British comedy film parodying the James Bond secret agent genre. The film stars Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller and John Malkovich. Atkinson had previously appeared in the ...more
18
Masters of the Universe ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Courteney Cox, Dolph Lundren, Frank Langella

Released: 1987

Directed by: Gary Goddard

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
19
Monty Python and the Hol... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

Released: 1975

Directed by: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones

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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October Sky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Jake Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Chris Cooper

Released: 1999

Directed by: Joe Johnston

October Sky is a 1999 American biographical film directed by Joe Johnston, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Laura Dern. It is based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's ...more
21
Pee-wee's Big Adventure ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild, Tim Burton

Released: 1985

Directed by: Tim Burton

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is a 1985 American adventure comedy film directed by Tim Burton in his full-length film directing debut and starring Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman. Reubens also co-wrote ...more
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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1976

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion (Carl Weathers) in ...more
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Superman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

Released: 1978

Directed by: Richard Donner

Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, ...more
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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for 12 Year Old Boys
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more