55 Best Movies for Teens 2013

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Oz the Great and Powerful

2013 seems to be the year of thriller and horror films. I don’t remember ever seeing so many in one year. The scary movies that I recommended on this list are for older teens. Many look to scary for me, however I only recommended those that I think that teens will want to see. I also decided to leave animated films off this list of movies for teens and create a separate blog post about them.

Here are the 55 Movies being released in 2013 that teenagers will most want to see: (The Summer section has now been updated in 30 Summer Movies for Teens and Tweens 2013 and make sure you check 20 Movies for Teens Fall 2013 because the fall movie schedule has almost completely changed.)


1. Struck By Lightening – (1/11) Coming of Age film written by and starring Chris Colfer (Kurt from Glee). Colfer’s character is struck by lightening, dies and then narrates the story of his life including how he blackmailed his classmates. The film premiered last April at the Tribeca Film Festival.

2. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – (1/25) 3D Horror film starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen. The film takes place 15 years after the Grimm fairy tale.

3. Movie 43 – (1/25) A comedy with 12 different storylines. It stars almost every actor and actress working today. Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Kristen Bell, Chris Pratt and Richard Gere are just a few of the well-known actors you will see.


4. Warm Bodies – (2/1) Vampire films are always filled with romance. Well now it seems to be time to let the zombies enjoy some romance also. Think Romeo and Juliet as zombies.

5. Identity Thief – (2/8) A comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy as a man who has had his identity stolen and the woman who stole it.

6. Top Gun 3D – (2/8) The film that made Tom Cruise a superstar (after Risky Business made him a star) is being released in 3D.

7. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III – (2/8) A comedy starring Charlie Sheen as a ladies man (what else is new) taking place in the 1990s. Also starring Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray with Patricia Arquette, Aubrey Plaza and Dermot Mulroney. I’m guessing this will not be a movie you will want your younger teens to see.

8. Beautiful Creatures – (2/13) Another supernatural romance with young star crossed lovers. Although the young lovers are both newcomers, the movie also stars Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum and Emma Thompson.

9. Safe Haven – (2/14) An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again, based on the novel from Nicholas Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit film The Notebook (which teen girls swarmed to). Will this be another must see movie for teens or will their mothers prefer it?

10. Dark Skies – (2/22) Sci-fi horror film in which Kerri Russel (Felicity) and Josh Hamilton play parents who try to save their family from aliens after their kids.


11. Jack the Giant Slayer – (3/1) Fantasy adventure film based on the fairy tale and directed by Brian Singer.

12. 21 and Over – (3/1 ) Picture The Hangover, except instead of a bachelor party, the wild celebration is for turning 21. For older teens.

13. Stoker – (3/1) This thriller is about a teenage girl (Mia Wasikowska) mourning the death of her father deals with an uncle who mysteriously shows up to meet the family. Also starring Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode.

14. Oz the Great and Powerful – (3/8) An adaptation and prequel to The Wizard of Oz telling the story of the wizard. Starring James Franco and directed by Sam Raimi.

15. Admission -(3/8) Comedy starring Tina Fey as an admission’s counsel trying to help a gifted unconventional student at an alternative high school run by an old friend, played by Paul Rudd.

16. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – (3/15) Comedy starring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini and Jim Carrey about Las Vegas magicians.

17. G.I. Joe: Retaliation – (3/29) Sequel to the 2009 film, starring Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum.

18. The Host – (3/29) An adaptation of the Stephanie Meyer (Twilight) novel about parasitic aliens called “Souls” that have invaded the Earth and have begun to possess the minds of humans. Starring Saoirse Ronan.


19. The Heat – (4/5) Female buddy comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as FBI agents.

20. Jurassic Park 3D – (4/5) See the giant dinosaurs now in 3D.

21. Scary Movie 5 – (4/12) Comedy horror movie sequel, this time starring Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Terry Crews, Kate Walsh, Molly Shannon, Heather Locklear, Erica Ash, Mike Tyson, Audrina Patridge and Kendra Wilkinson.

22. Oblivion – (4/12) Science Fiction movie based on the graphic novel of the same name, starring Tom Cruise. “On a spectacular future earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind”.


23. Iron Man 3 – (5/3) Sequel to the Iron Mancomic book series starring Robert Downey Jr.

24. The Great Gatsby – (5/10) Adaptation of the classic book starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, directed by Baz Luhrmann. Not sure how teens will feel about seeing this literary classic portrayed on film.

25. Star Trek Into Darkness – (5/17) Sequel to the 2009 Star Trek film, again directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Kirk and Spock.

26. Hangover 3 – (5/24) Another sequel to this comedy with the same cast that older teens will rush to see.


27. Much Ado About Nothing – (6/7) An adaptation of the Shakespeare play that should be very interesting, especially to Joss Whedon fans. Whedon wrote, directed and produced this film and it stars many actors from the Whedonesque universe, including Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz and Sean Maher. (I can’t wait to see this!) Fans of Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse will be flocking to this movie.

28. After Earth – (6/7) A post-apocalyptic thriller starring Will and Jaden Smith, directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

29. Now You See Me – (6/7) Another thriller (I warned you), this film looks to be a big hit. “The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic Michael Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts.” Also starring Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher.

Man of Steel

30. This is the End – (6/14) This comedy has the actors playing a fictional version of themselves after an apocalypse. Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Emma Watson, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Michael Cera, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, David Krumholtz, Mindy Kaling, and Aziz Ansari.

31. Man of Steel – (6/14) Another reboot of the Superman franchise, this time starring Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. 3D

32. Kick Ass 2 – (6/28) Sequel to the 2010 film. The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume.


33. The Lone Ranger – (7/3) Action comedy in the old west with Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto.

34. Pacific Rim – (7/12) Science fiction 3D film in which soldiers piloting giant robots battle giant mosters.

35. Grown Ups 2 – (7/12) Sequel to the Adam Sandler comedy with  Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Taylor Lautner, David Henrie, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nick Swardson, Cheri Oteri, Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Milo Ventimiglia, Maria Bello, Aly Michalka and Maya Rudolph,

36. R.I.P.D. – (7/19) Action comedy based on the comic book Rest in Peace Department about undead police officers. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.

37. Wolverine – (7/26) Hugh Jackman is Wolverine again in the sixth film of the X-Men series.


38. We are the Millers – (8/9) A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. Stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis and Emma Roberts.

39. Elysium – (8/9) Matt Damon and Jodie Foster star in this science fiction film which takes place on a ravaged Earth and Elysium, a space habitat.

40. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Sea of Monsters – (8/16) Sequel to Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief based on the Percy Jackson YA book series.

41. The To Do List – (8/16) Romantic comedy taking place on Valentine’s Day about a high school graduate (Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation) who thinks she needs more experience with sex before going to college. Also starring  Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton and Clark Gregg.

42. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – (8/23) Based on the first book of the YA fantasy series The Mortal Instruments>. Clary Fray (Lily Collins) learns that her mother was a Shadowhunter, which are half-angel, half-human warriors and that she too has the powers of one and tries to harness her powers in time to save her mother.

43. One Direction Concert Movie – (8/30) In 3D.


44. Battle of the Year: The Dream Team – (9/13) Battle of the Boy Bands International competition with Josh Holloway (Lost) as the American’s team coach. Also starring Josh Peck and Chris Brown.

45. Star Wars II 3D – (9/20) Attack of the Clones in 3D.


46. The Delivery Man – (10/4) Comedy about a sperm donor (Vince Vaughn) who finds out he has fathered hundreds of children. With Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt.

47. Star Wars III 3D – (10/4) Revenge of the Sith in 3D.

48. The Seventh Son – (10/18) Based on the dark fantasy children’s book The Spook’s Apprentice from the series The Wardstone Chronicles>. It is about a 14 year old boy and his adventure’s as the apprentice of the Spook. Starring Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore.

49. Carrie – (10/18) Remake of the 1976 horror film based on the Stephen King novel. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz as Carrie White, and Julianne Moore as her mother.

Catching Fire


50. Ender’s Game – (11/1) Based on the YA science fiction novel about an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion. Starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin and Asa Butterfield as “Ender”.

51. Thor: The Dark World – (11/8) Based on the Marvel Comics character and a sequel to the 20ll Thor film. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman.

52. Catching Fire – (11/22) – Second film in The Hunger Games Series.


53. The Hobbit – (12/13) Continuation of the Hobbit 2012 film.

54. Anchorman Legend Continues – (12/20) Sequel to the 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, again starring Well Ferrell.

55. 47 Ronin – (12/25) A fantasy adventure about a group of 18th century samurai who avenge the murder of their master. Starring Keanu Reeves.

Be sure to check back as movie schedules have a way of changing throughout the year. I will be posting a summer and fall list to keep you updated.

See also:
36 Movies For Teens, Tweens and Parents 2015
40 Movies for Teens 2014
About Time Movie: Comedy, Romance, Family and Time Travel
10 Animated Movies for Tweens in Theaters 2013

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  1. Wow, this list is amazing! I’m bookmarking it so I can come back later and mark down all the movies I want to see this year. Thanks for doing all the legwork for us on finding good movies!

  2. Leila Kennedy :

    I think that Hansel and Gretal movie actually looks pretty cool. And I had no idea Top Gun was going 3D – hubby is gonna flip! Hubby is def going to want to see Iron Man 3 and Thor, but I am all about Grown Ups 2 and I love me my Wolverine movies! I vote skipping another remake of Carrie. And I’m totally bummed that the second movie to Hunger Games is like the entire year away. I am bookmarking this so we know when the movies come out!

  3. Wow! I really appreciate this list. I’m actually looking forward to seeing quite a few movies on this list including Hansel and Gretal, The Hobbit, Star Wars 3D, Kick Ass 2 and Now You See Me.

  4. Cheap Is The *New* Classy :

    I am especially looking forward to Thor, Identity Thief {which I JUST learned about – THANKS! Love Jason Bateman} and Hansel and Gretal!


  5. I want to see OZ

  6. Norma Cummins :

    This is awesome! I bookmarked it. I can’t wait to see After Earth, Grown Ups 2, and the Carrie remake.

  7. I love this list…

  8. Lisa Heffernan :

    What a great list. How fun to know what is coming out over the course the the year…looks like a great line up.

  9. For teens huh??? What about ME??? I want to see lots of those and I’m NOT a teen. I bet I’m gonna like ’em too. So there!

  10. I can’t wait to see Oz the Great and Powerful. I think I should go reread all the L. Frank Baum Books…

  11. This is very close to being a terrific resource for me.

  12. That is quite a list and I found a lot that I’d like to see. I like sci-fi films but not the type of scary movies that contain gore or mass murders LOL. You’ve given me a great list for my movie watching days. Thanks

  13. Thanks for enjoying this list and I’m glad you all find it a good resource for movies this year. When I write movies for teens, most of the movies are for other ages also. I only spotlight those I think teens will want to see, but that doesn’t mean adults won’t like them also.

  14. Darlene http://adventuresofamiddleagemom.com :

    Okay. My mind never grew up…I think a lot of these upcoming movies sound like fun watches: Identity Theft is first on my list!

  15. I thought The Host came out in 2012…oh well. I saw that, THG:Catching Fire, Scary Movie 5, Enders Game, and basically every movie that came out in July and August


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