Are you looking for age-appropriate sleepover movies for your tween? Or perhaps your tween is ready to graduate away from animated G-rated movies, and you’re seeking a family action flick you can all watch together.
Our tweens are on the verge of becoming teenagers and are starting to look at the world differently. Some of the best tween movies are classics that tell the story of inspiring people who have overcome challenges, whilst others are full of adventure, fun, and those that teach life lessons.
From early tweens to teens, these movies tell a story everyone should know. Our selection of the best all-time tween movies vary from real-life events to endearing animations and exciting stories that they can resonate with.
So, grab your popcorn and enjoy these movies with your tween!
Best Tween Movies for Your Next Movie Night
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NB – some of our picks are classified as PG13 – use your discretion in determining whether your tween is ready for some of the more mature themes that may be portrayed and whether these are appropriate movies for your audience.
Working security at a museum couldn’t be that hard, right? Larry has started his new night security job at the museum and soon gets the surprise of a lifetime.
Once the crowds are gone and the museum shuts down for the night, the exhibits come to life. Now, his job is to protect the museum from criminals and manage the chaos the exhibits bring.
An action-packed comedy not just for tweens, the whole family will enjoy watching this classic together – one of the best comedy movies for 9 to 12 year olds.
Looking for a lighthearted laugh the entire family can enjoy? With Dad being a former wrestler, it’s unsurprising that brother and sister Saraya and Zak want to become wrestling superstars.
Following the dreams their family has always wanted, they get the chance to audition for WWE and, on their journey, learn that there is more to it than what we see on TV.
What started out as a book series for tweens in the 1980s comes to life in movie form.
The Baby-Sitters club follows seven friends who start a babysitting business one summer. That summer turns out to be adventurous, memorable, and fun for all seven girls. Throw in the dynamics of friendship, family crisis, and romantic encounters for the perfect tween girl movie mix ideal for a best friend sleepover.
Released in 2016, Hidden Figures tells the true story of three women that worked at NASA and were influential in one of the greatest operations in history.
These three women helped John Glenn be the first astronaut to go into space. Truly inspiring and great movie for a tween movie night.
An animated film that tweens can watch when they want to go on an adventure, Mosely is one of those family-friendly movies you can all enjoy.
The movie’s story follows Mosely, who finds out that he is part of a heroic tribe of giants and is determined to prove that he’s more than just an animal that belongs on the farm.
With a sad start to the movie, three children have lost their parents and are now sent to live with their cousin, Count Olaf.
The children have been left a vast fortune from their parents and Olaf is nothing but a cruel man who tries everything to get the fortune for himself.
Luckily, the children escape and find other family members to stay with, but escaping Cousin Olaf seems harder to do.
Full of adventure, The Goonies is one of those classic films from the ’80s every generation falls in love with. It follows a group of children who discover a secret treasure map.
On their hunt for the treasure, they come across a fun-filled adventure full of surprises; a great movie for your more mature tweens.
Based on a true story, Homer Hickman is the son of a coal miner. His father expects him and his brother to follow in his footsteps of coal mining. While his brother has recently gotten a football scholarship, Homer sees the Sputnik 1 rocket crossing the sky and realizes he has an interest in rocket science.
Unfortunately, his father doesn’t approve of his interests or the fact that he is building rockets with friends. Homer accomplishes more than anyone thought he would, and it changes his life completely.
A great movie for those that love inspiring stories based on real world events. Rudy Ruettiger wants nothing more than to play football for Notre Dame but doesn’t have the grades or money to attend the famous school.
His dyslexia holds him back when it comes to his grades, but he works with his friend and tutor to overcome his challenges and makes his way into Notre Dame. He then fights his way onto the school’s famous football team in this inspiring story that’s based on real-life events.
One of those classic movies that has become a favorite for many tweens over the years (and has even been revived with the characters in a new television series), The Karate Kid is a must-watch.
Daniel, who has just moved to a new city finds himself dealing with bullies. He eventually meets a martial arts expert, Mr. Miyagi, who takes him under his wing and teaches him the art of compassionate karate, and leads him to become the best.
A touching coming of age story, you’ll laugh and cry as you follow Vada’s journey through her own tween-year dramas and coping with her fears around death.
An unlikely new friendship ensues for the conflicted tom boy. Follow their summer of misadventures in this emotional-charged tween movie, though perhaps have a Kleenex handy!
A fun rom-com that we’re sure many of your tween girls especially can relate to; ever dreamed of skipping those awkward teen years and turning the clock forward?
From geek to glamorous overnight, 13-year-old Jenna (Lindsay Lohan) wakes up in the body of a 30-year-old (Jamie lee Curtis) but needs some magic to find the true love she left behind.
What quickly became a popular movie with older kids and teens, Napoleon Dynamite may not be a movie you would think of for tweens.
However, it’s a story of a nerdy teenager that comes from an odd family, which makes it relatable for tweens. As Napoleon goes through learning about the things that matter most; friendship, family, and being yourself, he becomes more comfortable in his skin.
Another classic film that has become a favorite for many, A League of Their Own will help inspire and empower older tween girls.
The story follows the journey of the American Girls Baseball League, where women take over the baseball world while the men are at war. Proving that women can do everything men can do in sports, it carries a positive message and resonates well with a younger audience.
Based on the true story of a girl from Uganda who finds out that she has the unbelievable talent of playing chess.
Where she lives and how she grows up can be hard for children, but the story behind her journey is an inspiring one.
Always a crowd pleaser with preteen girls especially, the teen years are never easy, but what happens when the decidedly average high school student Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathway) discovers she’s a princess?
Learning about her new title, her late father, and dealing with her pesky grandmother plenty of comedy moments ensue in this
Do you have any more movie suggestions for the perfect tween sleepover or a fun family movie night with your older kids? Let us know your favorites in the comments below!
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