Movies for Teens

Recommended movies to help you with your family’s movie selection. I cannot guarantee that you will like every single one and I personally have not seen all of them, but list them on the advice of dear friends. Although we all are concerned about our teenagers, we have different tolerances regarding language, content and violence. As a result, I encourage you to check out a review on the following movies to determine their suitability for the age and stage of your teenager.

23 Blast  – 2013 – PG 13-sports drama based on a true story of a blind highschool football player

42: The Jackie Robinson Story -2013 – PG13 –  biographical drama of a famous baseball player

A United Kingdom – PG -2016 – true story – drama/romance of a King and the woman he marries

The A-Team – PG-13 – action/adventure/comedy with Liam Neeson

All About Eve – old B&W drama with Bette Davis, great for girls

All Quiet on the Western Front – 1920 war movie

All the President’s Men – PG – drama/thriller

Amazing Grace – PG – drama

Ant-Man and the Wasp – 2018 – action/adventure Marvel super hero movie

Apollo 13 – PG – based on the true story, drama

Arlington Road – R for violence and some language – action/thriller/suspense/horror for older teens

Babette’s Feast – foreign film, drama

Back in Time for Dinner – a documentary  6 episode series that has a real family experience what life was like over the decades

Bad Day at Black Rock – an old western with Spencer Tracy

Batman Begins with Christian Bale – PG13 – fantasy action

Beautiful Mind – PG-13 – drama

Belle – PG- 2013 – period drama, romance

Beneath Hill 60 – PG – WWI action/drama based on a true story of the war effort of Australians

Bella – PG-13 drama

Blackhawk Down – R – war movie for older teens because of level of violence

Bleak House – based on Charles Dickens book, made by BBC – 7 hours

The Blind Side – PG-13 – football drama biography

Blood Diamond – set in Africa, re: child soldiers, for older teenage boys

Bourne Identity; Bourne Supremacy; Bourne Ultimatum; Bourne Legacy; Jason Bourne – PG13 – action/thriller

Bridge on the River Kwai – war movie

Bruce Almighty – PG-13 – comedy/fantasy

Captain America – PG-13 – action/adventure based on superhero comics

Captain Marvel – PG –  2019 action/adventure/science fiction in the Marvel movie series

Captain Phillips –  PG-13 – 2013 thriller/drama – a true story of the 2009 Somali pirate hijacking of a US cargo ship featuring Tom Hanks

Charade – 1963 – Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn – comedy/mystery/romance/thriller

Cinderella Man – PG-13 – drama, boxing, true story

Clear and Present Danger – PG-13 – action/drama/thriller with Harrison Ford

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – 1977 – science-fiction drama

Confessions of a Shopaholic – PG – romantic/comedy

Conspiracy Theory – R – older teens, spoof on FBI

Cool Runnings with John Candy – PG – comedy

Courageous – PG-13 – 2011 drama about the importance of fathers

The Count of Monte Cristo with Jim Caviezel –PG-13 – 2002 historical drama/adventure

Cranford – 2007 – social drama – TV Mini-series featuring Judi Dench

Crown for Christmas – 2015 Hallmark movie, romantic comedy

Dance With Me – drama/romance/music

The Day After Tomorrow – PG-13 – sci-fi/fantasy thriller, a disaster movie

Death Race- R for violence, sci-fi thriller for older teenagers

Deja Vu – PG-13 – action/thriller/romance for older teenagers

Die Hard (1 and 4) – R – for older teenagers, action/thriller

Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman – PG – TV series 1993-1998 – American western

Doctor Zhivago -1965 – drama/romance/war

Edge of Darkness – 1943 war drama with Errol Flynn

The Emperor’s Club – PG-13 – drama about students in a private school

Enemy at the Gates – R for war violence and some sexuality – action/romance/war for older teens

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed – 2008 independent documentary on truth and freedom in academia

Facing the Giants – PG – football sports/drama

The Finest Hours – 2016 – PG-13 – action/drama true story of Coast Guard’s 1952 rescue of oil tanker survivors

FireProof – PG – drama/romance

Flags of our Fathers – R – action/war/drama – for older teens – graphic war violence and language

Flash of Genius – PG-13 – 2008 drama based on a true story Florence Nightingale – 1985 with Jaclyn Smith – biography/drama set in Victorian times

Flight of the Phoenix – 1965 – adventure/drama in the Sahara desert, starring James Stewart and Ernest Borgnine

The Flying Scotsman – 2006- PG-13 – sports/drama  based on the true story of Graeme Obree, Champion cyclist and his struggles

Foyle’s War – TV series – WWII British detective drama series

Freedom Writers – PG-13- crime/drama

Friday Night Lights – PG-13 – football sports/drama

Funny Girl – musical, romance with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn

G.I.Joe: Rise of the Cobra – PG-13 – science-fiction thriller

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story – 2009 – true story about a boy who becomes a neurosurgeon

Gladiator  – R for violence – historical action movie with Russell Crowe

God’s Not Dead – PG – 2014 – drama about a student who challenges a professor on God’s existence

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly with Clint Eastwood – western

The Good Lie – 2014 – PG-13 – drama – Sudanese refugees come to America to start a new life

The Great Debaters – PG-13 – drama

Great Expectations – 1946 adventure/drama/mystery

The Great Global Warming Swindle – 2007 documentary on global warming

Green Book – 2018 PG-13 -based on a true story of an African-American classical pianist travelling southern USA in the 1960’s

Groundhog Day – PG – humor

Hidalgo – PG-13 – modern western adventure

Hearts of Christmas – 2016 Hallmark movie, romantic comedy

Hidden Places – drama/ romance produced by Hallmark

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – PG-13 – adventure fantasy

Holiday – romance/comedy/drama with Gary Cooper

How to Steal a Million – Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole – romantic comedy

Hunt for Red October – PG – action thriller

I Am David with Jim Caviezel – PG – war drama

I Am Sam – PG-13 – drama

I Can Only Imagine – 2018 – PG – drama

The Illusionist – PG-13 – fantasy, drama, romance

Impossible Engineering – TV series 2015 -2017, impressive engineering feats from around the world

The Incredible Hulk PG-13 – Edward Norton, super hero/sci-fi

The International – R – for violence and language – crime/thriller with Clive Owen

Invictus – PG-13- Rugby drama featuring Matt Damon, based on a true story

Invincible – football drama based on a true story

The Island – PG-13 – action/thriller/sci-fi

It Happened One Night – romantic comedy with Clark Gable

The Italian Job – 2003 – PG-13 – action/crime/thriller

Jeeves and Wooster movies – British humor great for teens

John Adams – 2008 biography/drama/history – TV mini-series about the first 50 years of the U.S.

Juno – PG-13 – comedy romance drama

Jurassic Park – PG-13 – science fiction adventure

King Kong with Jack Black – PG-13 – monster movie

The King’s Speech – PG 13 – based on the life of King George VI starring Colin Firth

La Neuvaine – french with english subtitles, drama

The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise – R for violence – Japanese historical action, for older teens

Leap Year – PG- Romantic comedy featuring Amy Adams

Leatherheads- PG-13 – George Clooney, romantic comedy/football drama

Legend of 1900 – R for language – drama

The Legend of Zorro – PG – with Antonio Banderas – adventure romance comedy (sequel to Mark of Zorro)

Les Choristes – PG-13 – french with english subtitles, drama

Les Miserables – 2012 – PG-13 – drama, musical, romance

Letters to Iwo Jima – R for war violence – WWII Japanese drama

Letters to Juliet – 2010 – PG – romantic comedy

Life is Beautiful – PG-13 – World War II drama

The Long Walk Home – PG – drama

The Longest Day – 1962 -WWII action/drama

Lord of the Rings – PG 13- fantasy/adventure

Lorenzo’s Oil – PG-13 – drama

Love Come Softly; Love’s Enduring Promise; Love’s Long Journey; Love’s Abiding Joy; Love’s Unending Legacy; Love Takes Wings series – pioneer/drama/romance for girls

The Majestic – PG – drama/romance

Man on a Ledge – PG-13 – 2012 – action/crime/thriller

The Man Who Knew Too Much – mystery with Jimmy Stewart

Man for All Seasons – life of St. Thomas More

Manchurian Candidate – 1962 with Frank Sinatra – action/suspense

Mansfield Park – 2007 – TV drama starring Blake Ritson and Billie Piper

The Mark of Zorro – PG – with Antonio Banderas – adventure romance comedy

Marvin’s Room – PG-13 – comedy/drama

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World – PG-13 – naval drama

Matrix (the first movie) – R for violence – science fiction action

Meet John Doe – a 1941 Gary Cooper drama

Men of Honor – 2000 – R for language – biography drama of first African-American U.S. Navy diver – for older teenagers

Midnight Masquerade – 2014 Hallmark movie, romance/comedy

Miracle at Midnight – war drama movie

Miss Potter – PG – romantic drama about the biography of Beatrix Potter

Mission Impossible (the first movie) – PG-13 – action/thriller

Mr. Holland’s Opus – PG – drama

Mr. Roberts – war/comedy/drama with Henry Fonda

Moby Dick – an old B&W, based on the classic novel about the sea

Moms’ Night Out – PG – 2014 – comedy

Mostly Martha – PG – comedy/romance

My Big Fat Greek Wedding – PG – comedy/romance

Napoleon Dynamite – PG – comedy

National Treasure – PG – action/adventure/mystery

Nicholas Nickelby – 2002 – social drama

North and South – 2004 BBC mini-series set in England– social drama/romance

Nicky’s Family – 2011 – documentary of someone who helped Jewish children escape in WWII

O Brother, Where Art Thou? – PG-13 – comedy

October Sky – PG – drama based on a true story

Of Gods and Men – PG-13- drama based on a true story of monks in Northern Africa

Ong Bak –R- for violence and language, kung fu action movie for older teens

The Others – PG-13 – horror/thriller/suspense

Our Mutual Friend – BBC 1999 – mystery/romance

Passion of the Christ – R for violence – movie about the passion, death and resurrection of Christ

Paycheck – PG-13 – drama/thriller for older teens

Pay It Forward – PG 13 – drama

Pele: Birth of a Legend – 2016 – PG – biographical drama of a famous soccer player

Persuasion – 1995 with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds, based on Jane Austin’s book, great for girls

Persuasion – 2007 with Rupert Penry-Jones – romantic drama

The Phantom of the Opera – 2004 – musical/drama/romance

The Pianist – R – war, life in the Polish ghettos during WWII

Pirates of the Caribbean – PG-13 – action/fantasy/adventure

Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth – drama/romance for girls

Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley – PG – drama/romance for girls

Push – 2009 – PG-13- sci-fi/thriller

Queen of Katwe – 2016 – PG –  biographical drama about a girl who’s life changes through playing chess

Rabbit-Proof Fence – PG – drama

Race – 2016 – PG-13 – biography sports drama. True story of Jesse Owens, track and field athelete who competed in Olympics during WWII.

Rebecca – 1940 B&W – An Alfred Hitchcock romance, mystery,  thriller.

Red – PG-13 – action/comedy with Bruce Willis

Remember the Titans – PG – sports drama

Rescue Dawn – PG-13 – action/drama war movie

Risen – 2016 – PG-13 – mystery/historical fiction about finding the body of Christ

Roman Holiday – 1953 – drama/romance for girls with Audrey Hepburn

Run Lola Run – R for violence and language – foreign – action/adventure/drama/thriller – for older teens

Sabrina  – 1954 -drama/romance for girls with Audrey Hepburn

Sabrina  – PG – 1995 – drama/romance for girls with Harrison Ford

Sahara – PG-13- 2005 – action/adventure/comedy

St. Paul – PG 13- 2018 – historical drama about St. Paul the Apostle

The Scarlet and the Black – drama/adventure based on true story with Gregory Peck

Scarlett Pimpernel – 1982 – action/drama/romance during French Revolution with Jane Seymour

Scarlett Pimpernel – 1934 – action/drama with Leslie Howard

Sea Biscuit – PG-13 – true story about horse racing

Sense and Sensibility with Hugh Grant – romance drama for girls based on Jane Austen’s novel

Serenity – PG-13 – action/thriller/sci-fi

Shadow of a Doubt (1943 version) – Alfred Hitchcock suspense

Shall We Dance – musical, romantic comedy with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

Sissi – 1955 romance drama on the lives of Princess Elizabeth of Bavaria and Franz Josef of Austria

Sissi the Young Empress – 1956 drama (second of the trilogy)

Sissi – Fateful Years of an Empress – 1957 drama (last of the trilogy)

16 Blocks with Bruce Willis- PG-13 – action thriller

Something the Lord Made – 2004 – true story of two heart surgeons who help blue babies in the 1940s

The Song – PG-13 – drama, music, romance

The Spanish Prisoner – PG – drama/thriller/crime/gangster

Spiderman with Tobey Maguire (the first movie) – PG13 – superhero action movie

Spitfire Grill – PG-13 – drama for older teens and adults

The Sting with Robert Redford – PG – action/comedy/gangster

Stop That Marriage – 2016 made for TV movie – comedy/romance

Storming Juno – Docudrama of the Canadian assault of Juno Beach on D-Day

Straight from the Heart – romance/drama for girls

Surrogates with Bruce Willis – PG-13 – science-fiction/thriller

Swing Kids – PG-13 – war drama

Take the Lead- PG-13 – Antonio Banderas, based on true story, drama, dance

The Terminal – PG-13 – comedy/romance/drama

Terminator 2: Judgement Day – R – scifi action thriller for older teens

The 39 Steps – 1935 Alfred Hitchcock action/mystery/suspense movie

They Shall Not Grow Old – 2018 – history of WWI made my Peter Jackson

Timeline – PG 13- 2003 sci-fi action adventure

The Truman Show – PG 13 – drama/comedy

Twelve Angry Men – drama with Henry Fonda

U-571 – PG-13- U-boat thriller

Unbroken – PG-13  2014 biography/drama. True story  of  American Olympic athlete’s life  before and during WWII

Unbroken: Path to Redemption – PG-13 2018 biography/drama that continues the earlier movie, beginning when WWII ended.

Undefeated – western with John Wayne and Rock Hudson

Under the Greenwood Tree – 2005 – BBC – romance/drama for girls

Unstoppable – 2010 – action/adventure/thriller with Denzel Washington

Waking Ned Devine – PG – comedy

A Walk in the Clouds with Keanu Reeves – PG-13 – good for older teenagers and adults

A Walk to Remember – PG-13 – drama/romance for girls

War and Peace with Audrey Hepburn – Russian historical drama (great to see before reading book)

War Horse – PG-13 – WWI drama about a boy and his horse

We Were Soldiers – R – war movie for older teens because of level of violence

When the Game Stands Tall – PG – 2014 inspiring true sports drama with Jim Caviezel

Where Eagles Dare – 1968 with Clint Eastwood – action/adventure

Wives and Daughters – 19th century romance/drama

Woman of the Year – romantic drama with Katharine Hepburn

The Young Victoria – PG – romantic drama based on the true story of Queen Victoria

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