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Quality Movies To Watch With Your Son Before He’s 13

This is a list of 13 quality movies to watch with your son before he turns 13. As a boy mom, opportunities to bond are significant. It will not be long before your son is wanting to drive, ditching you to spend time with his friends, and more interested in girls than he is your family game nights.

My oldest son is 12.  I am not sure about you, but the more the moments pass, the more I want to collect and save them in my memory bank. So, I started movie nights with my sons a long time ago.

In this list, you will be handed the best of the best. That is good quality cinema and many chances to get some real quality time with your son. Do not worry, it is never too early or late to start this family tradition. Laughs will be had, tears may be shed, and lessons will be learned. Here are 13 quality movies to watch with your son before he turns 13! 

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Toy Story

(1995)

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Director: John Lasseter 

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

Other than the stellar soundtrack, Toy Story can teach your son about the value of true friendship.

WALL-E

(2008)

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Director: Andrew Stanton

Cast: Ben Burtt, Emily Knight, Jeff Garlin

WALL-E teaches children about the dangers of global warming and shows them that protecting our environment is heroism at its finest. 

The Lion King

(1994)

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Director: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff

Cast: James Earl Jones, Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons

The Lion King can teach your son about the value of knowing yourself and where you come from, especially when it comes to defining your purpose. Plus, it has another great soundtrack!

The Sandlot

(1993)

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Director: David Mickey Evans

Cast: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur

The Sandlot has many lessons for young boys; bravery, honesty, friendships, and more. It is a great movie to explore with your son, especially in the summer months (courtesy of my 12-year-old boy 😉).

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone

(2001)

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Director: Chris Columbus

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has a huge love and belonging theme. After feeling different for most of his life, Harry finally finds a home and discovers love at Hogwarts.

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

(2010)

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Director: Thor Freudenthal

Cast: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachel Harris

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a really great conversation starter on the topics of friendship, social status, and bullying.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

(1982)

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote

E.T.- The Extra-Terrestrial teaches children the value of connection, putting aside differences, and coming together to help one another. And remember, “Be good!”

The Goonies

(1985)

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Director: Richard Donner

Cast: Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen

The Goonies is one classic that can teach your son tons of lessons. To name a few, don’t judge people based on looks, self-acceptance, friendship, and teamwork. 

Star Wars (: A New Hope)

(1977)

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Director: George Lucas

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Like the Lion King and Harry Potter, we can learn a lot from the main character of Star Wars, Luke Skywalker. Some of these lessons include not letting fear rule your life, believing in yourself, letting go of the past, and commitment. Phew! Great movie! 

Home Alone

(1990)

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Director: Chris Columbus

Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern

As a child, Home Alone always taught me not to disrespect my mother, ha!! Other lessons that peak through are that people are not always whom they appear to be, resourcefulness, family, and independence.

Black Panther

(2018)

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Director: Ryan Coogler

Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

Black Panther can teach your son about the significance of your heritage, the contributions of your lineage, and that elders contribute wisdom and experience. But, it also will teach us that our children can bring us innovative perspectives. 

The Karate Kid

(2010)

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Director: Harald Zwart

Cast: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson

The Karate Kid gives your son the important lesson of self-defense, but it also can show him that new experiences do not always equal bad experiences. 

So that’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this list of quality movies to watch with your son before age 13. If you have any other suggestions for movies that younger boys should watch with their moms, leave me a comment down below. Until next time friends!! xoxo 

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction

    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

They are a garland to grace your head

    and a chain to adorn your neck.

PROVERBS 1:8-9 NIV

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