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Best Movies for 10 Year Olds
How to choose a good movie for a 10 year old?
Whether you're a parent looking for a suitable movie that your 10 year old can watch with the family or you're 10 and want to choose the best movie for a slumber party, it can be hard to find a suitable film among the wide range of choice available today.
For parents the challenge is to choose something suitable for your child but something they will want to watch. Being a parent myself I am very cautious about choosing movies for my children that are too scary, violent, "romantic" or explicit in other ways. Even movies rated "PG" can have several scenes that cause concern. Likewise a 10 year old will want to choose something that their parents will approve of.
So read on for some tips to finding the best movie as well as lots of suggestions of specific movies for this age range.
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Tips on Finding the Perfect Movie
Whatever your criteria on what is suitable for a 10 year old, here are some tips for finding the right movie for you.
There are lots of websites that give good reviews of movies for kids. As well as checking out standard reviews on websites such as IMBD and amazon there are lots of websites that give good reviews of whether movies are suitable for kids.
My favorite movie review site is Kids Pick Flicks There are a team of professional movie reviewers who are kids themselves. Each movie also has a review by Tara The Mom who is a parent reviewer.
Another website for parents is Common Sense Media. I often check this out when choosing a movie for my kids. It gives each movie an age rating you can instantly see if it will be suitable. It gives parents a quick hightlight of anything they need to be aware of that's in the movie, it describes the story and lets you know if it'a any good. There is also a section which gives suggestions of discussion points for parents and children if you want the experience to be educational.
Ask friends/ parents
If your 10 years old it's worthwhile asking friends, relatives (and even parents) of suggestions of movies they've watched to give you some ideas. Parents can ask other parents for ideas of suitable films too.
Many movies have previews available on youtube or other sites for to check out before watching it.
There are some great classic movies that parents of 10 year olds will remember enjoying from their own childhood and will enjoy watching them as a family film once again. There are a selection of movies that I loved and remembered from my own childhood featured below.
Other classics that come to mind include the Karate Kid, Neverending Story, Mary Poppins and Big.
One of the movies that is special to me is The Goonies. This was the first movie I ever saw at the cinema when I was about 8. Even now I still love watching about the group of kids who fine a treasure map which takes them on a roller coaster ride of an adventure.
Marty McFly is blasted to 1955 in the time machine created by Doc Brown and finds himself in a time-shattering situation that jeopardizes his future.
One of the best loved movies of all time!
It follows the story of 10 year old Elliot who make friends with an alien who is lost.
Watch how him and his brother and sister help ET find home!
The Princess Bride is staged as a book read by grandfather to his ill grandson. Falk's character assures a romance-weary Savage that the book has much more to deliver than a simpering love story, including but not limited to fencing, fighting, torture, death, true love, giants, and pirates.
Best Movies for 10 Year Old Girls
These movies are particularly good for girls. They include princess movies, such as Another Cinderella Story (with happy ever afters and handsome heroes) and films based on books that girls love (Ramona and Beezus).
Most of these are good for a sleepover with other girls as most parents wouldn't object to movies such as Tangled and The Princess Diaries. Check out more ideas for best sleepover movies.
Of course not all 10 year old girls will like these kinds of movies. Some of the best movies for girls include a strong female kind of character (like Brave mentioned below). Some movies with tomboy / strong female characters include Jo March in Little Women (1994 movie with Winona Ryder), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightly) in Pirates of the Caribbean and Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell in Hook. A couple that are rated PG -13 are Kiera Knightly in Bend it Like Beckham (a good film portraying women playing soccer) and Fried Green Tomatoes.
Ramona is a little girl with a very big imagination and a nose for mischief. Her playful antics keep everyone in her loving family on their toes, including her older sister Beezus, who's just trying to survive her first year of high school. Through all the ups and downs of childhood, Ramona and Beezus learn that anything's possible when you believe in yourself and rely on each other.
Set around the modern world of the music biz, the classic fairy tale isrecast with Mary Santiago, as the princess-to-be, working for a cruelpop star and her two horrible daughters.
A Disney Channel Original Movie about finding what one has to offer the world and then giving it freely, Princess Protection Program is a nicely crafted, entertaining, and inspirational film for tweens and young teens.
A great family movie for families with preteens. Anne Hathaway plays Mia, a clumsy adolescent teenager who discovers that her paternal grandmother (Julie Andrews) is Queen of a small country and she is therefore a princess. She stays with her grandmother for two weeks of "training" and then it is up to Mia whether she stays in this role and life or not.
A funny modern fairy tale.
Best Movies for 10 Year Old Boys
We have mentioned many movies already that boys will love. Think of the treasure hunting and adventure that is the hallmark of The Goonies.
Boys love action, adventure, light sabers (this is why Star Wars is a must - my son loves the Star Wars movies), sports, aliens, dinosaurs, (Jurassic Park is another favorite with my son) kung fu, superheros and knights. These themes should give you some ideas but here are a few specific ones below.
Other ideas include Indiana Jones movies, comedies such as School of Rock and the Karate Kid.
A great family action movie. Boys especially will love it.
Benjamin Gates (Nicolas Cage) has been searching for family treasure since he was a boy. But nobody is sure it exists apart from Benjamin. His search leads him to stealing the declaration of independence on which a treasure map is written on the back. This map leads them on an action adventure to find the National Treasure.
Jurassic Park tells the story of a theme park which is just about to open that's filled with dinosaurs cloned from DNA.
There's lots of action as the tour of a group of experts and their friends goes wrong and they are left trying to fighting for survival and escape from the dinosaurs.
This movie is univerally popular with action film fans and has repeatedly been called the best action movie of all time in its reviews.
For comic and superhero fans this movie is a must see.
Definitley the best version of spider man you will see in a movie.
Movies Based on Books
Getting a movie which has been based on a book is a good way to encourage 10 year olds to read. From classics such as Anne of Green Gables and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to more modern books like Harry Potter, some of the best movies for kids are based on books.
A good one particularly for the boys is Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It may inspire kids to read the book after watching the movie.
Check out this review for parents on common sense media.
Other ideas include Alice in Wonderland featuring Johnny Depp, Black Beauty, The Secret Garden and Roald Dahl movies including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In actual fact, if you think of a classic book you and your kids like, 9 times out of 10 there will be a movie to go with it
Comedies for 10 Year Olds
There are tons of comedies suitable for 10 year olds and the great thing about comedies is quite often they are the best movies for family viewing.
With the recent passing of Robin Williams, I had to include Mrs Doubtfire in my list. In fact, there are quite a few Robin Williams movies that 10 year olds will love (Aladdin, Night at the Museum, Hook and Jumanji)
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure - remember loving this as a kid.
Elf and Home Alone - are both great holiday family movies that kids love.
Uncle Buck - another family comedy classic
If you're looking for a funny family movie for 10 year olds - you can't go wrong with Mrs Doubtfire.
Another funny movie - just perfect for 10 year olds.
Bill and Ted travel back in time in a phone booth.
I remember going to see this with my partner before we had kids and not wanting to see it. But it was one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. A great family movie that both adults and kids will love.
Uncle Buck comes to take care of the kids during a family crisis. Uncle Buck is not the most responsible of adults and has a different way of cooking and doing the laundry.
A great family movie with lots of laughs
Akeelah and the Bee
This movie wasn't a massive blockbuster but it is a very inspirational film perfect for this age group.
Great for sleepovers as you know there is nothing in it that will offend the majority of other parents.
An inspirational drama.
Aleekah has a gift for words but despite initial objections from her mother (and with the help of her coach) she enters and wins the district, regional, and ultimately the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
This is more than a story about spelling but about a girl gaining courage, confidence and determination
From nostalgic lego and supehero characters to frozen winter wonderlands and mischievous Minions, movies coming to DVD this year have a wide range to offer our kids.
If you're heading to the cinema, check out this list of new releases of kids movies (it's organized by month for 2014).
Some current new DVD releases include Despicable Me 2, Frozen, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and The Lego Movie. There's also Percy Jackson : Sea of Monsters (based on the book).
Other movies which are out at cinemas and coming up for release on DVD this year include Belle and Maleficent.
The Best Family Movies and 10 Year Olds
Sometimes, if you want to sit down with your kids and watch a movie, you don't want to watch an animated film or a kids film, so here are some top picks of great family movies to watch with your 10 year old.
The Hoosiers - A coach searches for redemption in this classic basketball film that's about more than playing the game.
Remember the Titans - Based on a true story of a high school football team. It is an inspirational sports drama, covering issues of race and people working together.
October Sky did actually win an award for the best family movie in 2000 at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.
It is based on a true story and tells of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.
Ulitmately it's a story about following your dreams and how far you can get with support from friends, family and community.
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