Best Tween Movies

Looking for a five-star film for your next family movie night with your tween? We've got you covered with some must-see movies that older kids and grown-ups alike will love. Check out some of our top-rated favorites, from inspiring sports dramas such as Hoosiers to a fast-paced Harry Potter fantasy, from Indiana Jones action to classic comedies such as Some Like It Hot. No matter what kinds of movies your tween likes, you're sure to find something great here. For even more movie night inspiration, check out our Essential Movie Guide or try our Best Tween TV Shows.

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Anne of Green Gables Movie Poster Image
Faithful, sensitive take on classic novel is great for kids.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Movie Poster Image
Spielberg's family classic is still one of the best.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Movie Poster Image
First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Poster Image
Tim Burton magic with just a touch of scariness.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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The Adventures of Robin Hood Movie Poster Image
Errol Flynn stars in swashbuckling family delight.
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(Release Year: 1938)
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Beauty and the Beast Movie Poster Image
Fantastic but scarier remake of the "tale as old as time."
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(Release Year: 2017)
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The Black Stallion Movie Poster Image
Breathtakingly beautiful, magical classic is a must-see.
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(Release Year: 1979)
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Bringing Up Baby Movie Poster Image
Classic screwball comedy with loads of tame laughs.
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(Release Year: 1938)
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A Christmas Story Movie Poster Image
Wonderful antidote to cutesy holiday tales; some swearing.
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(Release Year: 1983)
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Movie Poster Image
Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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Fly Away Home Movie Poster Image
Thrilling, touching adventure for animal lovers.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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A Hard Day's Night Movie Poster Image
Beatles classic is Fab-ulous, but expect lots of smoking.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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High School Musical Movie Poster Image
A modern-day Grease for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Howl's Moving Castle Movie Poster Image
Charming Miyazaki fairy tale with surreal villains.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Hugo Movie Poster Image
Spectacular book adaptation is great for tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Long Way North Movie Poster Image
Thrilling tale about a girl's search for her grandfather.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Mad Hot Ballroom Movie Poster Image
Enchanting dance documentary hits all the right beats.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Old Yeller Movie Poster Image
Tearjerker is one of the best early Disney dramas.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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The Princess Bride Movie Poster Image
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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The Princess Diaries Movie Poster Image
Sweet tale about growing up is terrific fun for families.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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The Sandlot Movie Poster Image
Lighthearted, nostalgic tween comedy; some language.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Movie Poster Image
Pure, sweet imagination for both kids and adults.
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(Release Year: 1971)
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Zootopia Movie Poster Image
Charming buddy-animal story promotes tolerance, teamwork.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Poster Image
Adorable comedy about middle-school anxieties...and farts.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The Great Gilly Hopkins Movie Poster Image
Book-based drama has strong messages on family, friendship.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Hoosiers Movie Poster Image
Stirring tale of heroic sportsmanship will inspire families.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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It's a Wonderful Life Movie Poster Image
This classic delivers warmth all year long.
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(Release Year: 1946)
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The Jungle Book (2016) Movie Poster Image
Fangs and fur fly in visually dazzling but intense update.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Poster Image
Beautiful epic about storytelling hero can be dark, scary.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Roman Holiday Movie Poster Image
Delightful classic is perfect for family movie night.
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(Release Year: 1953)
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Spellbound Movie Poster Image
Families should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s film.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Spirited Away Movie Poster Image
Magnificent movie with scary creatures and a strong heroine.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Wadjda Movie Poster Image
Beautiful, nuanced tale of an independent Saudi girl.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Zarafa Movie Poster Image
Enchanting African fable with some scares and sadness.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Back to the Future Movie Poster Image
'80s time-travel favorite; some violence, bullying, cursing.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Movie Poster Image
Silly time-capsule comedy ideal for older tweens.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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Casablanca Movie Poster Image
Brief violence and lots of tension in top-notch classic.
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(Release Year: 1942)
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Children of Heaven Movie Poster Image
Excellent subtitled Iranian coming-of-age story.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Fiddler on the Roof Movie Poster Image
Epic musical story of Jews facing religious persecution.
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(Release Year: 1971)
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Frankenstein Movie Poster Image
Classic monster movie still electrifies.
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(Release Year: 1931)
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Gone with the Wind Movie Poster Image
Still one of Hollywood's best sweeping epics.
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(Release Year: 1939)
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The Goonies Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s adventure has lots of swearing, some scares.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Hidden Figures Movie Poster Image
Inspiring true story of African-American women at NASA.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Holes Movie Poster Image
Great movie respects its audience's intelligence.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Millions Movie Poster Image
A beautiful, rare family film that everyone can enjoy.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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October Sky Movie Poster Image
Inspiring tale for older tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Phantom Boy Movie Poster Image
Poignant crime caper follows sick boy with ghostly ability.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Queen of Katwe Movie Poster Image
Inspiring true tale of girl Ugandan chess champ.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens Movie Poster Image
Epic Star Wars sequel delivers great performances, action.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Arrival Movie Poster Image
Great, deeply thoughtful, compassionate sci-fi tale.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Groundhog Day Movie Poster Image
'90s comedy offers witty, sarcastic take on redemption.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Hairspray (2007) Movie Poster Image
Infectiously fun musical with a message.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Movie Poster Image
Indy's first adventure is a rip-roaring action masterpiece.
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(Release Year: 1981)
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The Karate Kid Movie Poster Image
'80s classic is still fun for families with older tweens.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Napoleon Dynamite Movie Poster Image
One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Rocky Movie Poster Image
Boxing Best Picture sets underdog-hero standard; drinking.
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(Release Year: 1976)
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Rudy Movie Poster Image
Inspiring sports film about a real-life underdog.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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School of Rock Movie Poster Image
Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Sense and Sensibility Movie Poster Image
A lush and witty adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Some Like It Hot Movie Poster Image
One of the wildest romantic farces ever.
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(Release Year: 1959)
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West Side Story Movie Poster Image
Musical masterpiece tackles race, with some violence.
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(Release Year: 1961)
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2001: A Space Odyssey Movie Poster Image
Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece is still relevant.
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(Release Year: 1968)
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Apollo 13 Movie Poster Image
Thrilling, heartwarming, scary, and superb.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Catch Me If You Can Movie Poster Image
Excellent account of youngest FBI's Most Wanted.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Citizen Kane Movie Poster Image
Classic should be required for any movie lover.
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(Release Year: 1941)
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Movie Poster Image
Magical, award-winning martial-arts fairy tale.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Poster Image
Delightful but dark Potter prequel is more grown-up.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Ferris Bueller's Day Off Movie Poster Image
Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Gandhi Movie Poster Image
Brilliant biopic engages, educates, and inspires.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Gremlins Movie Poster Image
Comic horror classic is still scary; some profanity.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Poster Image
Marvel's sci-fi adventure has it all: laughs, action, charm.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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He Named Me Malala Movie Poster Image
Inspiring, deeply affecting docu explores teen icon's life.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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The Help Movie Poster Image
Poignant, thought-provoking civil rights tale.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Legally Blonde Movie Poster Image
Fun romp has some sexual references and salty language.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Life, Animated Movie Poster Image
Unforgettable doc about autism, communication, Disney.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Movie Poster Image
Fabulous, but also violent and scary.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Men in Black Movie Poster Image
Lots of fun, but too scary for some kids.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Movie Poster Image
Rip-roaring fun for kids who don't mind skeletons.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Princess Mononoke Movie Poster Image
Epic, compelling, and violent anime classic.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made Movie Poster Image
Story of kids' labor-of-love Indy remake is fun, moving.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Simpsons Movie Movie Poster Image
Same hilarious but in-your-face, edgy humor as TV show.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Movie Poster Image
Sensitive portrayal of four girls' friendships.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Star Trek Movie Poster Image
Classic franchise gets new life; OK for older kids.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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To Kill a Mockingbird Movie Poster Image
Masterpiece with crucial lessons about prejudice.
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(Release Year: 1962)
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Young Frankenstein Movie Poster Image
Brooks' corniness still yields plenty of belly laughs.
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(Release Year: 1974)
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Your Name Movie Poster Image
Stunning but mature animated body-swapping love story.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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