101 Terrific Tween Movies the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Jill Holtz

April 8, 2018


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Everyone is familiar with the Disney and Pixar classics like Toy Story and Finding Nemo but if you’re looking for a good family film that’s suitable for under 12s, then this list will definitely help: 101 Terrific Tween Movies The Whole Family Will Enjoy!

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101 Terrific Tween Movies The Whole Family Will Enjoy

#1. The Wizard of Oz

A time-honoured classic, this 1939 movie tells the story of Dorothy and her dog, Toto, who are carried away in their house by a tornado to the magical land of Oz, landing on the Wicked Witch of the East. Glinda, the good witch gives Dorothy the witch’s red shoes and tells her to follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz who will tell Dorothy how to get back home.

En route they meet a Scarecrow that wants a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help.

#2. Batteries Not Included

Frank and Faye Riley are an elderly New York City couple living in a depressed part of town. There, they run a diner as well as an apartment building, which is home to a poor but friendly group of people. One day, Frank and Faye learn that a property developer wants them to sell the apartment. When they refuse, their diner is vandalized. However, Frank, Faye and their tenants are aided by mysterious flying saucers, which help them repair the diner and fight back.

#3. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

In 1866, Professor Pierre M. Aronnax and his assistant Conseil, stranded in San Francisco hear reports of a giant sea monster attacking ships in the Pacific Ocean. They are invited to join an expedition to search for the creature. During the search, they and harpooner Ned Land are thrown overboard during an attack, eventually discovering that the supposed monster is actually a submarine piloted by the brilliant but haunted Captain Nemo.

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#4. Escape to Witch Mountain

Tony and Tia Malone are two orphaned siblings with extraordinary psychic powers. When their abilities attract the attention of a cruel millionaire, Aristotle Bolt, he kidnaps them with plans to exploit their powers for financial gain. Tony and Tia escape, and with the help of Jason O’Day, a bitter widower camping in a nearby Winnebago, they attempt to elude Bolt and begin to discover their otherworldly origins.

#5. King Kong

The 1933 classic is worth a watch if you can find it. The story follows director Carl Denham and his crew on a journey from New York City to the ominous Skull Island to film a new movie. Accompanying him are playwright Jack Driscoll and actress Ann Darrow, who is kidnapped by natives as a sacrifice to the monstrous ape, Kong, after they reach the island. The crew encounters dinosaurs and other creatures as they race to rescue Ann, while the actress forms a bond with her ape captor. The final scenes with King Kong climbing the Empire State Building are classic.

Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake stars Jack Black as Carl Denham and Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow.

#6. Fly Away Home

Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin (child star of “The Piano”) star in Fly Away Home, the story about a 13-year old who has moved in with her father following her mother’s death in a car accident.

She finds some abandoned goose eggs and takes care of them. But winter is coming and the geese don’t know how to find their way south.

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#7. The Love Bug

Race car driver Jim Douglas and mechanic, Tennessee Steinmetz, find themselves in possession of a white Volkswagen Beetle that seems to have a mind and spirit of its own. Calling the car Herbie, Jim and Tennessee become the talk of the California racing circuit much to the displeasure of sports-car dealer Peter Thorndyke, who tries to use his assistant to come between the friends and their car.

#8. Freaky Friday

Single mother Tess Coleman, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, and her teenage daughter Anna played by Lindsay Lohan, couldn’t be more different, and it is driving them both insane. After receiving cryptic fortunes at a Chinese restaurant, the two wake up the next day to discover that they have somehow switched bodies. Unable to switch back, they are forced to masquerade as one another until a solution can be found. In the process, they develop a new sense of respect and understanding for one another.

#9. The Princess Bride

A young grandson is ill in bed and his grandfather reads him a fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her, and together they must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other.

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#10. The Neverending Story

Bastian Balthazar Bux is shy and friendless but loves books. One day he hides in a bookstore, interrupting the grumpy bookseller, Mr. Koreander. Bastian asks about one of the books he sees, but Mr. Koreander against it. Bastian seizes the book, leaving a note promising to return it, and hides in the school’s attic to read.

He discovers a world of make-believe and magic through a portal within the antique book encountering all sorts of characters on his adventure.

#11. The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book is a classic Disney animated film based on Rudyard Kipling’s book.

Mowgli is an abandoned child raised by wolves but the return of the man-eating tiger Shere Khan threatens his existence.

Bagheera the panther agrees to help Mowgli return to the man village, however Mowgli stumbles into the carefree bear Baloo and refuses to leave the jungle.

#12. Back to the Future

In Back to the Future Californian teen Marty McFly is taken back to the 1950s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc goes wrong. Marty encounters young versions of his parents and must make sure that they fall in love or he won’t exist in the future.

Marty then has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc, all with the help of the time travelling DeLorean car.

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#13. Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Another classic adventure movie. On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the centre of the earth.

The 1959 original was remade in 2008 and stars Brendan Fraser.

#14. Adventures Of Robin Hood

A rip-roaring adventure from 1938 starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone, this is the good old tale of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.

Flynn shines as Robin Hood, managing to escape the clutches of the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and of course, woo the fair Maid Marian. Wonderful stuff.

#15. The Great Escape

Imprisoned during World War II in a German POW camp, a group of Allied soldiers are intent on breaking out, not only to escape, but also to draw Nazi forces away from battle to search for fugitives. Among the prisoners determined to escape are American Captain Virgil Hilts and British Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett. Outwitting their captors by digging a tunnel out of the prison grounds, the soldiers find the stakes much higher when escape becomes a reality.

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#16. Karate Kid

Daniel moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille, but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi, an unassuming repairman who just happens to be a martial arts master himself. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing, training him in a more compassionate form of karate and preparing him to compete against the brutal Cobra Kai.

#17. Uncle Buck

Another John Hughes comedy, with John Candy in truly inimitable fashion as Uncle Buck, the irresponsible adult brought in to take care of three unruly kids.

When Cindy and her husband, Bob, have to leave town for a family emergency, there is only one person available to babysit for their three kids: Bob’s lazy, carefree brother, Buck. While he immediately gets along with the two younger kids, Buck must change his bachelor lifestyle if he wants to be a responsible caregiver for the angst-filled teenager, Tia.

#18. Big

In this Tom Hanks classic, 12-year-old Josh wishes to be ‘big’ and wakes up the next day as an adult, with hilarious consequences. Imagine a pre-teen decorating a New York City apartment for a start…

#19. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Based on the Roald Dahl classic book “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory”, this is the story of Charlie Bucket who wins one of five golden tickets for a tour to the mysterious nearby chocolate factory.

The Chocolate Factory owner is the quirky Willy Wonka who leads the five young winners Charlie Bucket, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Mike Teevee and Violet Beauregarde on a thrilling and often dangerous tour of his factory.

#20. Star Wars

We mean the original Star Wars movie (now called number 4) the story of Luke Skywalker who discovers a recording of Princess Leia, who is being held by Darth Vader and the dark forces in their effort to quell a rebellion against the Galactic Empire. This leads him to discover he is not who he thought he was.

He travels to rescue the princess, with the help of Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, with hairy sidekick Chewbacca and droid duo R2-D2 and C3PO.

#21. The Empire Strikes Back

The adventure continues in this Star Wars sequel. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia  and Chewbacca face attack by the Imperial forces and its AT-AT walkers on the ice planet Hoth.

While Han and Leia escape in the Millennium Falcon, Luke travels to Dagobah in search of Yoda. Only with the Jedi master’s help will Luke survive when the dark side of the Force beckons him into the ultimate duel with Darth Vader.

#22. Return of the Jedi

In Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker battles horrible Jabba the Hutt and cruel Darth Vader to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo  and Princess Leia reaffirm their love and team up with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian and the androids C-3PO and R2-D2. They meet the cutest film characters, the furry Ewoks who help in the disruption of the Dark Side and the defeat of the evil emperor.

#23. The King and I

Widowed Welsh mother Anna Loenowens, played in the 1956 movie by Deborah Kerr, becomes a governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam, played by Yul Brynner. Anna and the king have a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs and etiquette, and rushes to prepare a party for a group of European diplomats who must change their opinions about the king.

Jodie Foster played Anna in the 1999 remake “Anna and the King”.

#24. Jumanji

Siblings Peter and Judy find a curious, jungle-themed game called Jumanji in the attic of an old mansion. When they start playing, they free Alan Parrish (played by Robin Williams) who has been stuck in the game for decades.

If they win Jumanji, the kids can free Alan for good but that means braving all sorts of adventures including giant bugs and stampeding rhinos!

#25. The Rescuers

Bernard and Miss Bianca, two New York City mice, are members of the Rescue Aid Society, an international team that operates beneath the United Nations and comes to the aid of those in need. After receiving word that Penny, a young orphan, has been abducted by Madame Medusa, an evil woman seeking a precious diamond, the two set out to bring her back home, with help from other animal friends.

#26. Mrs Doubtfire

Divorced father Daniel Hillard hatches an elaborate plan with the help of his creative brother Frank to dress as an older woman and convince his ex-wife, Miranda, to hire him as a nanny.

“Mrs. Doubtfire” wins over the children and helps Daniel become a better parent.

#27. Home Alone

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

#28. Labyrinth

Teenage Sarah journeys through a maze to recover her baby brother from a goblin king (played by David Bowie). With the exception of Connelly and Bowie, most of the film’s significant characters are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

#29. Dark Crystal

Jen has been raised by the noble race called the Mystics, told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was broken, the evil Skeksis used sinister means to gain control. Jen believes that he can repair the dark crystal and bring peace back to the world, if he can only find the remaining shard.

#30. The Railway Children

After Charles Waterbury is imprisoned on false charges of selling state secrets, his wife must move the family to a small house near a railway station. The Waterbury children, Bobbie (Jenny Agutter), Phyllis (Sally Thomsett) and Peter (Gary Warren) occupy themselves watching the trains, even befriending a gentleman who frequents the station. They help rescue the gentleman’s nephew when he breaks his ankle while on a school run along the railway line. When the Bobbie discover what has happened to their father, the gentleman provides key assistance.

#31. Swallows and Amazons

The film is based on Ransome’s book, but the script incorporates many changes to the plot. It chronicles the story of the Walker children on their holidays in the Lake District. They want to camp on an island in the lake. When they get there in the boat Swallow, they soon discover they are not alone. Two other children, the Blacketts, also known as the “Amazons”, have set up camp there, and a battle for the island begins. But with Britain on the brink of war and a “secret agent” looking for the Blackett children’s uncle, they have a series of adventures quite different from their plans.

There are 1974 and 2016 versions of the film.

#32. The Secret of Nimh

Mrs. Brisby, a widowed mouse, must move her children out of their home in a field before the local farmer starts plowing. Unable to leave because her son is ill, Mrs. Brisby seeks the help of nearby rats, who have heightened intelligence after being the subjects of scientific experiments. She receives an unexpected gift from the elder rat, Nicodemus. Soon Mrs. Brisby is caught in a conflict among the rats, jeopardizing her mission to save her family.

#33. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

While truant from school, young siblings Jeremy and Jemima meet the beautiful Truly Scrumptious, who falls for their widowed father, Caractacus Potts, played by Dick Van Dyke, and his various oddball inventions, including the family’s noisy rebuilt car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. One day at the beach, Caractacus tells Truly and the children a fanciful fable about the villainous Baron Bomburst and his evil designs on the Potts family car.

#34. Honey I Shrunk The Kids

When kids sneak into inventor Wayne Szalinski’s upstairs lab to retrieve an errant baseball, his experimental shrink ray miniaturises them. When Szalinski returns home, he destroys the device, thinking it’s a failure and dumps it in the trash, throwing out the kids along with it. The four children, now 1/4-inch tall, must survive the journey back to the house through a yard where sprinklers bring treacherous storms and garden-variety ants stampede like elephants.

#35. Nanny McPhee

Widower Cedric Brown hires Nanny McPhee (played by Emma Thompson) to care for his seven unruly children, who have chased away all previous nannies. Nanny McPhee uses mystical powers to instill discipline.

And when the children’s great-aunt and benefactor, Lady Adelaide Stitch threatens to separate the kids, the family pulls together under the guidance of Nanny McPhee.

#36. Willow

Enter the world of “Willow.” Journey to the far corners of your imagination, to a land of myth and magic, where dream and reality live side by side … to a place that never existed, a time that never was. It is a world where a young man named Willow lives out an adventure that explodes beyond the boundaries of his own hopes and fears.

#37. Beetlejuice

After Barbara and Adam Maitland die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes and teen daughter Lydia buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice, a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

#38. Time Bandits

Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they’ve purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon, Robin Hood, played by John Cleese, and King Agamemnon, played by Sean Connery, before the Supreme Being catches up with them.

#39. The Secret Garden

Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic kids book “The Secret Garden”. Mary Lennox is an orphan sent to live with her uncle at his mansion that is full of secrets. She discovers a crippled cousin she never knew she had and a neglected garden she is determined to bring back to life.

#40. The Parent Trap

In this update of the 1961 film, Lindsay Lohan plays twins Annie and Hallie, strangers until they meet at summer camp. The girls’ divorced parents, Nick and Elizabeth, are living on opposite sides of the Atlantic, each with one child.

American Hallie and British-raised Annie engineer an identity swap, giving both the chance to spend time with the parent they’ve missed.

However Nick is engaged and his snobby fiancee is not too happy about the prospect of her new step-daughter, never mind not realising there are 2 step-daughters!

#41. Explorers

Young Ben Crandall spends his free time watching sci-fi films, playing video games and reading comic books. Surprisingly, his affinity for all things fantastical yields a real result — when he has a vivid dream about technology, his science-loving friend Wolfgang Muller manages to create a working spacecraft. Joined by their buddy Darren Woods, the boys take off into outer space and encounter some very odd extraterrestrial life.

#42. Free Willy

When maladjusted orphan Jesse vandalizes a theme park, he is placed with foster parents and must work at the park to make amends. There he meets Willy, a young Orca whale who has been separated from his family. Sensing kinship, they form a bond and, with the help of kindly whale trainer Rae Lindley, develop a routine of tricks. However, greedy park owner Dial soon catches wind of the duo and makes plans to profit from them.

#43. The Sound of Music

Another classic family movie, this one is based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world’s best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II.

Julie Andrews stars as Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.

#44. Lassie Come Home

In a small Yorkshire village during the Great Depression, financial pressures cause the parents of young Joe Carraclough to sell his beloved dog, Lassie, to the Duke of Rudling. After the duke takes the collie to his Scottish estate, his granddaughter (played by Elizabeth Taylor) recognizes that the dog misses her former owner and allows her to escape. Facing great dangers and small kindnesses on her lengthy journey, the faithful dog sets forth to rejoin her beloved family.

#45. Rookie of the Year

A freak accident causes 12-year-old Little League player Henry to become such a powerful and accurate pitcher that the Chicago Cubs sign the junior high student to a contract. Unprepared for such a high-pressure environment, Henry falters until aging fastballer Chet Steadman takes him under his wing and teaches him how to play in the big leagues. Meanwhile, his mother’s nasty boyfriend tries to sell Henry’s contract to a hated opposing team.

#46. National Velvet

When Velvet Brown, played by Elizabeth Taylor, an equine-loving 12-year-old living in rural Sussex, becomes the owner of a rambunctious horse, she decides to train it for England’s Grand National race. Aided by former jockey Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) and encouraged by her family, the determined Velvet gets her steed, affectionately called “The Pie,” ready for the big day. However, a last-minute problem arises with the jockey and an unexpected rider must step in as a replacement.

#47. Sandlot

When Scottie Smalls  moves to a new neighborhood, he manages to make friends with a group of kids who play baseball at the sandlot. Together they go on a series of funny and touching adventures. The boys run into trouble when Smalls borrows a ball from his stepdad that gets hit over a fence.


#48. Angels in the Outfield

In this 1951 comedy, newspaper reporter, Jennifer Paige is investigating the Pittsburgh Pirates’ losing streak. The team is led by manager Guffy McGovern, whose swearing and fighting hinder his team’s progress. Meanwhile, an orphan named Bridget White has been praying for the team, and her pleas are answered by an angelic voice. The angel begins urging Guffy to be kinder in return for helping the Pirates win, but the playoffs test the manager’s temper.

#49. Cool Runnings

Four Jamaican bobsledders dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, despite never having seen snow. With the help of a disgraced former champion (John Candy in his last movie) desperate to redeem himself, the Jamaicans set out to become worthy of Olympic selection, and go all out for glory.

#50. Thunderbirds

Former astronaut Jeff Tracy runs International Rescue, a top-secret heroic organization, from his headquarters on Tracy Island. The island also houses the futuristic vehicles created by Ray “Brains” Hackenbacker. But while Jeff is on a mission in space, his nemesis, The Hood (played by Ben Kingsley), invades Tracy Island. The Hood plots to use the island’s technology for evil, and only Jeff’s son, Alan, can stop him.

#51. Sky High

At a school in the sky where teens learn how to be superheroes, Will Stronghold ends up in a class for students who show special promise. Classmate Gwen quickly cozies up to Will, but it’s soon clear that she has other motives. When he learns that Gwen’s mother is a villain who was defeated by his father, Steve Stronghold, Will realizes that Gwen is aiming for revenge, and he rushes to a school dance in the hope of stopping her.

#52. Monsters vs Aliens

When a meteor full of space gunk transforms Susan Murphy into a giant, the government renames her Ginormica and confines her to a secret compound with other monsters, like bug-headed Dr. Cockroach. When an extraterrestrial robot lands on Earth and begins a rampage, Gen. W.R. Monger persuades the president to send Ginormica and her fellow monsters to battle the machine and save the planet.

#53. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

When hard times hit Swallow Falls, the people in the town can only afford to eat sardines. Flint Lockwood, a failed inventor, thinks he has the answer to the town’s crisis.

But when the machine spins out of control and threatens to bury the whole world under giant mounds of food, Flint finds he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

He builds a machine that converts water into food and becomes a local hero when tasty treats fall from the sky like rain.

#54. Fantastic Mr. Fox

Based on Roald Dahl’s book. After 12 years of bucolic bliss, Mr. Fox (voice by George Clooney) breaks a promise to his wife (voiced by Meryl Streep) and raids the farms of their human neighbors, Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Giving in to his animal instincts endangers not only his marriage but also the lives of his family and their animal friends. When the farmers force Mr. Fox and company deep underground, he has to resort to his natural craftiness to rise above the opposition.

#55. Matilda

Based on the Roald Dahl book, Matilda Wormwood is a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father and mother. Even worse, Miss Trunchbull, the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifying bully.

However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents with the help of her sweet teacher Miss Honey.

#56. The Adventures of TinTin

While shopping at an outdoor market, young reporter Tintin, accompanied by his faithful dog, Snowy, buys a model of an old ship called the Unicorn. A shady character named Sakharine and later an American named Barnaby try to buy the model from him, but Tintin refuses. The lad discovers that the ship contains a clue about a hidden treasure, but before he can locate it, Tintin is kidnapped and given over to the custody of drunken Capt. Haddock.

#57. Around the World in 80 Days

Phileas Fogg is an inventor living in Victorian England. He believes he can travel around the world in 80 days. Another inventor challenges him to make the trip, and Phileas agrees. Accompanying Phileas on his journey are his loyal manservant, Passepartout (Jackie Chan), and Monique, a beautiful navigator. Using a variety of transportation means and Passepartout’s martial arts skills, the trio embarks on a globe-spanning adventure.


#58. Charlotte’s Web

One spring, on her family farm, Fern Arable finds her father John about to kill the runt of a litter of newborn pigs. She successfully begs her father to spare the piglet’s life. John gives the piglet to Fern, and she nurtures the piglet lovingly, naming him Wilbur. When Wilbur grows a little, he has to be sent to her uncle’s barnyard where he is befriended by Charlotte, a spider who lives in the space above Wilbur’s sty. When the other animals reveal to Wilbur that he will be prepared for dinner in due time, Charlotte promises to hatch a plan guaranteed to spare Wilbur’s life.

#59. Homeward Bound

Before the Seavers leave for a family vacation to San Francisco, they drop off their pets at a friend’s ranch. Chance is an adventurous American bulldog; Shadow is a wise golden retriever; and Sassy is a cat. But when the animals start to worry that they’ve been left for good, the three embark together on a treacherous and thrilling journey to find their way back home through the California wilderness.

#60. The Lego Movie

Emmet, an ordinary LEGO guy who always follows the rules, is mistakenly identified as the Special, an extraordinary being who has the key to saving the world.

He finds himself drafted into a fellowship of strangers who are on a mission to stop an evil tyrant’s plans to conquer the world. Unfortunately for Emmet, he is hopelessly unprepared for such a task, but he gives it his all anyway.

#61. Shrek

Shrek is an ogre living in a swamp whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters, banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad.

Determined to save their home, not to mention his, Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad to rescue Princess Fiona, bride-to-be to Farquaad. But Princess Fiona has a secret…

#62. Jason and the Argonauts

After saving the life of his royal father’s usurper, Pelias, whom he fails to recognize, Jason  is encouraged by the conniving murderer to begin a quest in search of the Golden Fleece. In doing so, Pelias hopes for Jason’s death to thwart the prophecy that he will reclaim the throne. Along the journey, Jason is protected by the goddess Hera, and his crew includes Hercules and Acastus, a saboteur planted by Pelias.

#63. Because of Winn-Dixie

India Opal (known as Opal) has just moved to a new town with her father who is a preacher. Her mother left when she was a baby. Opal is lonely and misses her old friends, and she ends up rescuing a dog she names Winn-Dixie, after the store where she found him.

With Winn-Dixie’s help, Opal starts to make new friends and even begins mending her relationship with her father.

#64. The Pink Panther

In this first film of the beloved comic series, dashing European thief Sir Charles Lytton aka “The Phantom”, played by David Niven, plans to steal a diamond, but he’s not the only one with his eyes on the famous jewel known as the “Pink Panther”. His nephew George (Robert Wagner) also aims to make off with the gem, and to frame Charles for the crime. Peter Sellers plays blundering French police inspector Jacques Clouseau who tries to solve the crime but finds his career, and his freedom, jeopardized. Watch out for Bert Kwouk who plays Cato, Clouseau’s manservant who always tries to surprise his master!

#65. Short Circuit

Kids will love Number Five, one of a group of experimental robots in a lab. When Number Five is electrocuted, he suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes from a military compound and needs to be kept safe by the scientists who created him.

#66. The Goonies

Two brothers find out they might lose their house and are desperate to find a way to keep their home. While rummaging through an attic, they come across an old treasure map, a 1632 doubloon, and a news article about the treasure of a famous pirate named “One-Eyed” Willy rumored to be hidden nearby.

The Goonies set off looking for the treasure while trying to evade a group of bad guys who also want to find the treasure.


#67. The Muppet Movie

Kermit the Frog sets off on a cross-country trip from Florida to California to pursue his dream of becoming a movie star.

Along the way, he meets and befriends Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and rock musicians Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

When Kermit is offered a job by Doc Hopper to advertise the fried frog legs at his restaurant chain, Kermit turns Hopper down. What will happen at the final showdown with Hopper?

#68. Ice Age

Set twenty-thousand years ago, during prehistoric times and the start of the Ice Age. A human infant is lost by the migrating tribe and a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a woolly mammoth try to return him to his tribe.

Watch out for Scrat, a cross between a squirrel and a rat, who is always trying to catch an acorn!

#69. Laura’s Star

Laura aged 7 has just moved with her family to a big city. On her first night in her new neighborhood, she sees a shooting star falling to earth so she searches for and finds it in a park and discovers it is a living being.

Taking it back home, she and her younger brother Tommy discover the little star has special powers and can do amazing things like making people fly and bringing inanimate objects to life.

But over time both notice that the longer the star stays on earth, the weaker it becomes. Will they find a way to send the little star back into outer space?

#70. E.T.

A young boy Elliot discovers and befriends a gentle alien who becomes stranded on Earth, and brings him home.

Elliott introduces E.T. to his brother and his little sister and the children decide to keep it secret. But when E.T. falls ill, the government arrives and Elliott has to decide how to help the alien.

#71. The Champ

Billy used to be a great boxer, but he’s settled into a hardscrabble life that revolves around drinking, training horses, and the one bright spot in his existence, his young son, T.J. . Although Billy has had custody of T.J. since his wife, Annie, left the family years ago, her return prompts a new struggle for the former fighter. Determined to hold on to T.J., Billy gets back into the ring to try and recapture his past success.

#72. The Iron Giant

In this animated adaptation of Ted Hughes’ Cold War fable, a giant alien robot crash-lands near the small town of Rockwell, Maine, in 1957. Exploring the area, a local 9-year-old boy, Hogarth, discovers the robot, and soon forms an unlikely friendship with him. When a paranoid government agent, Kent Mansley, becomes determined to destroy the robot, Hogarth and beatnik Dean McCoppin must do what they can to save the misunderstood machine.

#73. Tron

Sam, the son of famous video-game developer Kevin Flynn, played by Jeff Bridges, has been haunted for a long time by his father’s mysterious disappearance. A strange signal draws Sam to Flynn’s Arcade, and he is pulled into the same cyberworld in which his father, its creator, has been trapped for 20 years. With fearless warrior Quorra, Kevin and Sam seek to escape from a universe that, while magnificent, is far more advanced and dangerous than Kevin had ever imagined.

#74. Raiders of the Lost Ark

Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), a renowned archaeologist and expert in the occult, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the ark of the covenant, which is believed to still hold the Ten Commandments. Unfortunately, Hitler’s agents are also after the ark. Indy and his ex-flame Marion escape from various close scrapes in a quest that takes them from Nepal to Cairo.

#75. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

The second of the Indiana Jones epic movies is set a year or so before the events in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indy needs to retrieve a precious gem and several kidnapped young boys on behalf of a remote East Indian village. This time he teams up with a night club singer and a 12-year old boy.

#76. The Secret of Kells

In the remote Irish woods, Cellach prepares a fortress for an impending attack by a Viking war party. Unbeknownst to Cellach, his young nephew Brendan has no taste for battle and works secretly as an apprentice in the scriptorium of the local monastery, learning the ancient art of calligraphy.

As the Vikings approach, revered illuminator Aidan arrives at the monastery and recruits Brendan to complete a series of dangerous, magical tasks.

#77. Song of the Sea

Another beautiful animation from Irish film studio Cartoon Saloon. Ben discovers that his mute sister Saoirse, whom he blames for the apparent death of his mother, is a selkie who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess.

#78. Jurassic Park

Directed by Steven Spielberg, this story of an island where a new theme park has been created and populated with real live dinosaurs can be a little scary for younger children.

Paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler along with mathematician Ian Malcolm are among a select group chosen to tour the theme park.

The park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond, assures everyone that the facility is safe, but his grand children and the other visitors soon find out otherwise.

#79. Kiki’s Delivery Service

This heart-warming story from Studio Ghibli of someone finding their place in the world is sure to appeal. Kiki is a trainee witch who has to spend a year of independent life away from her family.

She finds somewhere to stay near a bakery and supports herself by running an air courier service on her broomstick.

#80. Howl’s Moving Castle

Another Studio Ghibli classic, in Howl’s Moving Castle Sophie has to work in her parents’ hat shop day after day. When a witch stops by the hat shop one day and sees her happiness, she curses Sophie to become old in a jealous rage.

Ashamed and afraid, she flees to Howl the Wizard’s magic moving castle. Will Howl see her for who she really is? And how will she break the spell?

#81. My Neighbour Totoro

A wonderfully gentle and classic film from Studio Ghibli, My Neighbour Totoro tells the story of two young girls, Satsuke and Mei, who have moved with their father into the countryside to be nearer their mother who is in hospital.

Mei encounters magical creatures who lead her to Totoro, a large furry creature who is magical and can fly. When trouble occurs, the new friends are there to help.

#82. Mary Poppins

When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins played by Julie Andrews.

They proceed to have a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert (played by Dick Van Dyke with one of the dodgiest accents ever!).

They also try to pass on some of their nanny’s sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents.

#83. Close Encounters of a Third Kind

Roy Neary witnesses an unidentified flying object and even has a “sunburn” from its bright lights to prove it. 5 musical notes keep running through his mind.

Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and sets off to pursue the truth about UFOs finding like-minded people on the way who share the vision which draws them to a place where they meet old and new friends.

#84. Ghostbusters

After the members of a team of scientists lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction.

#85. Anne of Green Gables

Matthew Cuthbert and his crotchety sister Marilla contact a local orphanage to request a young boy who might serve as a farmhand on their Prince Edward Island estate called Green Gables.

#86. Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

Magic flows freely through the walls and toys within the Wonder Emporium. But when Mr. Magorium, the store’s 243-year-old proprietor, decides to turn the reins over to his manager Molly Mahoney, mysterious changes creep over the Emporium. Molly and Henry, an accountant, must discover the magic within themselves if they are ever to revive the now-quiet toys.

#87. Bridge to Teribithia

The life of Jesse, an adolescent, changes when he befriends Leslie, the class outsider. The children create an imaginary world called Terabithia, which is inhabited by all manner of magical creatures. Though difficulties fill their ordinary lives, Jesse and Leslie rule as king and queen in Terabithia. Soon one of the friends must draw on the strength of their imaginary kingdom to cope with a tragedy.

#88. Firehouse Dog

When a commercial shoot goes terribly wrong, Rex, Hollywood’s biggest canine star, goes missing and is presumed dead by his handlers. Rex takes refuge in a row of lofts, but the structure catches fire, and Rex makes a death-defying leap into a fire captain’s arms. The man’s son, Shane, becomes Rex’s reluctant new master, and the firefighters adopt the dog as their mascot. Trouble looms when Rex’s handlers try to get him back.

#89. The Indian In the Cupboard

On his birthday, Omri is given several simple gifts, including an old wooden cupboard and a small plastic figurine of a Native American man. When he locks the toy inside the cabinet it magically comes to life as a tiny, cagey warrior named Little Bear. The boy then places other toys in the cupboard and they too come to life, even engaging in entertaining battles. But after Little Bear is wounded, Omri begins to understand that his animate toys are not mere playthings.

#90. How to Train Your Dragon

Hiccup is a Norse teenager from the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. His progressive views and weird sense of humor make him a misfit, despite the fact that his father is chief of the clan. Tossed into dragon-fighting school, he endeavors to prove himself as a true Viking, but when he befriends an injured dragon he names Toothless, he has the chance to plot a new course for his people’s future.

#91. Babe

Farmer Arthur Hoggett wins a piglet named Babe at a county fair.

When Farmer Hoggett decides to show him at the next fair (thereby avoiding being Christmas dinner), Babe makes friends with motherly border collie Fly and discovers that he too can herd sheep.

But will the other farm animals, including Fly’s jealous husband Rex, accept a pig who doesn’t conform?

You might also enjoy the follow up movie, Babe Pig in the City.

#92. Danny Champion of the World

In 1950s England, young Danny  lives in a caravan with his father, William,, next to the garage that William owns and operates just outside a small village. Local businessman Victor Hazell has quietly been buying up the woods surrounding William’s garage to develop into a housing estate, but William refuses to sell. When Hazell organizes a pheasant shoot to woo the local upper crust in aid of his plans, Danny and his father plot their revenge.


#93. Stuart Little

The Littles go to an orphanage to adopt a new family member, and end up adopting a charming young mouse named Stuart.

While his new brother George is initially unwelcoming, the family cat, Snowbell, is even less enthusiastic about having a mouse as his “master” and plots to get rid of Stuart.

Stuart shows his beloved new family that great things can truly come in small packages.

#94. James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach, based on Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s tale follows the adventures of James, an orphaned young British boy. Forced to live with his cruel aunts, James finds a way out of his bleak existence when he discovers an enormous enchanted peach. After rolling into the sea inside the buoyant fruit, James, accompanied by a crew of friendly talking insects, sets sail for New York City.

#95. The Wind in the Willows

Mr. Toad lives in a mansion, but his obsession with motorcars is taking a toll on his finances. He sells his meadow to the sinister Chief Weasel, but neglects to tell Mole, who lives underneath the field in a cozy burrow. After Mole moves in with his friend Rat, they learn that Toad is in jail and that his lawyer is no help. The two friends hatch a plan to find their pal Badger and free Toad from prison.

#96. A Little Princess

When young Sara is sent to a boarding school by her well-meaning World War I-bound father, the imaginative girl makes the best of things by entertaining her friends with fanciful tales. After running afoul of the strict headmistress, Miss Minchin, Sara receives some heartbreaking news, and is forced to work in servitude. As she struggles to keep her spirits up, she makes some remarkable discoveries that may change her seemingly bleak fate.

#97. Night at the Museum

A divorced father wants to settle down and impress his son so he takes a job as a night watchman at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History where he discovers that the exhibits, animated by a magical Egyptian artifact, come to life at night.

But he has to work out how to get everything back in its place by morning!

#98. The Black Hole

In the future, a spaceship dubbed the USS Palomino is on its way back to Earth when it discovers another ship that had been assumed missing, the USS Cygnus. Kate McCrae, a scientist aboard the Palomino, learns that it’s the same ship upon which her father had served as a crew member. When the Palomino’s crew boards the Cygnus, they are met by Dr. Reindhardt and a bizarre, faceless army who plan to be the first people ever to explore a black hole.

#99. Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah, an 11-year-old girl living in South Los Angeles, discovers she has a talent for spelling, which she hopes will take her to the National Spelling Bee. Despite her mother’s objections, Akeelah doesn’t give up on her goal. She finds help in the form of a mysterious teacher, and along with overwhelming support from her community, Akeelah might just have what it takes to make her dream come true.

#100. Hugo

Orphaned and alone except for an uncle, Hugo Cabret lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo’s job is to oil and maintain the station’s clocks, but to him, his more important task is to protect a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his late father. Accompanied by the goddaughter of an embittered toy merchant, played by Ben Kingsley, Hugo embarks on a quest to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he can call home.

#101. Bedtime Stories

Hotel handyman Skeeter Bronson gets an unexpected surprise when he discovers that the tall tales he has been telling his niece and nephew are somehow coming true.

Hoping to make the most of the mysterious phenomenon, Skeeter spins one outlandish yarn after another, but the children’s unexpected contributions to the stories turn Skeeter’s life upside down.

Over to you now. Have we missed a favourite movie off our list? Any other tween movies we should include? Tell us in the comments below.

101 Terrific Tween Movies The Whole Family Will Enjoy


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