132 brilliant films to watch with teens

Note; please check the ratings (and reviews) on these websites if you need to – British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) or via the Family Review site Common Sense Media. A ratings reminder is at the bottom of the list.

So here is a list of real recommendations collated from my friends. That means that they have watched each and every film either themselves or with their kids (their kids were were at least aged 10/11+ or older at the time). This list wouldn’t have been made possible without the help of these people;

Mick, Jane, Darren, Gregor, Seraphina, Tam, James, Matt, Sally, Jocelyn, Fiona, Stash, Vicky, Deborah, Tory, Philip, Nadine, Stephanie Suzanne, Jo, Vicker, Athena, Nikki, Luisa, Marlise, Muthanna, Nick, Darcia, Mustafa, Melissa, Charlotte, Tim, Jenny, Rupert, Darryl, Joe Joe, Vic. Alexander and Dan. xo


  1. 13 going on 30
  2. About a Boy
  3. All About Eve
  4. Age of Innocence
  5. American Graffiti 
  6. Almodovar movies (Golden Balls and others…)
  7. Austin Powers
  8. Babette’s Feast
  9. Back To The Future
  10. Batteries Not Included
  11. Being There
  12. Benny and Joon
  13. Big
  14. Billy Elliot
  15. Breakfast at Tiffanys
  16. Breakfast Club 
  17. Bridges of Madison County
  18. Brooklyn 
  19. Book Smart
  20. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 
  21. Catch Me If You Can
  22. Captain Fantastic 
  23. Chef
  24. Cinema Paradiso
  25. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  26. Dead Poets Society
  27. Dirty Dancing
  28. Dirty Rotten scoundrels
  29. Driving Miss Daisy
  30. Drop Dead Fred
  31. Dumb and Dumber
  32. Fast Girl
  33. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  34. Flash Dance
  35. Footloose
  36. Forrest Gump
  37. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  38. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
  39. Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  40. The Goonies
  41. Green Door
  42. Gremlins
  43. Grease
  44. Gladiator
  45. Groundhog Day
  46. Good Will Hunting
  47. Harold and Maude
  48. Hidden Figures
  49. Hunt for the Wilder-people
  50. Il Postino (subtitles)
  51. Interstellar
  52. Jaws
  53. Jean de Florette
  54. Jerry Maguire
  55. JoJo Rabbit
  56. Juno
  57. Kes
  58. Kings Speech
  59. Kramer vs Kramer
  60. Ladybird
  61. Like Water for Chocolate
  62. Les Miserables (Richard Jordan or Antony Hopkins version)
  63. Les Visiteurs (subtitles)
  64. Little Miss Sunshine
  65. Man With Two Brains
  66. Manon de Source
  67. Memoirs of a Geisha
  68. Men In Black
  69. Meet Joe Black
  70. Mermaids
  71. Midnight Run
  72. Mr & Mrs Smith
  73. My Best Friends Wedding
  74. My Fair Lady
  75. My Life As A Dog
  76. Naked Gun
  77. National Lampoons Vacation
  78. Outsiders
  79. Overboard
  80. Pacific Heights (bit scary but a great movie)
  81. Paper Moon
  82. Parenthood
  83. Passengers 
  84. Peanut Butter Falcon
  85. Philadelphia Story
  86. Planes, Trains & Automobiles
  87. Point Break
  88. Pretty In Pink
  89. Project X
  90. Psycho
  91. Rabbit Proof Fence
  92. Rain Man
  93. Rear Window 
  94. Rebecca
  95. Romeo and Juliet – Baz Luhrmann version
  96. Sister Act
  97. Singing in the Rain
  98. Sliding Doors
  99. Splash
  100. Some Like It Hot
  101. Sophies Choice
  102. South Park the Movie
  103. St Elmo’s Fire
  104. Stakeout
  105. Stand By Me
  106. Super 8
  107. The Breakfast Club
  108. The Beach
  109. The Count of Monte Cristo
  110. The Elephant Man
  111. The Kings Speech
  112. The Great Outdoors
  113. The Holiday
  114. The Last of the Mohicans
  115. The Man In The White Suit
  116. The Man That Would Be King
  117. The Martian
  118. The Mission
  119. The Usual Suspects
  120. The Secrets In Their Eyes (check the rating please)
  121. The Untouchables (Subtitles)
  122. Thelma and Louise
  123. Time Bandits
  124. Titanic
  125. Tootsie 
  126. Top Gun
  127. Trading Places
  128. Vertigo 
  129. Walkabout 
  130. Waynes World
  131. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  132. Xanadu

Are there any on this list that I have missed? Films that will appeal to kids between ages 10-16 that the whole family can watch together… please leave a comment below with your favourites. We would love to hear from you, especially if you can share International ones. xo

Ratings guidance ;

Rated G: General audiences – All ages admitted.

Rated PG Parental guidance suggested – Some material may not be suitable for children.

Rated PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned – Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Rated R: Restricted – Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.