Your 10-to-14-year-old is home sick from school and needs some entertainment? Or he’s complaining that the DVDs you pick out are always boring? Grab a few of these classics and he’ll be happy and impressed.

The Adventures of Robin Hood (Errol Flynn version)
Captains Courageous
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Crimson Pirate
Cast Away
Dr. Syn
The Hunt for Red October
In Search of the Castaways
The Man Who Would Be King
The Mask of Zorro

Master and Commander
The Princess Bride
The Three Musketeers (Michael York version)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
True Grit (John Wayne version)
Ulysses (Kirk Douglas version)
The Vikings
The Wind and the Lion

All of Me
Back to the Future trilogy
Cat Ballou
Duck Soup
Cool Runnings
It’s a Gift
Laurel and Hardy
My Bodyguard
The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming
Support Your Local Sheriff
They Call Me Trinity
The Twelve Chairs
Without a Clue

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone)
Murder by Decree
Rear Window

Sci Fi / Fantasy
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Galaxy Quest
Reign of Fire
I, Robot
The Incredible Mr. Limpet
Jason and the Argonauts
The Last Man on Earth
Mission to Mars
The Thing from Another World (1951 version)

World War II
The Battle of Britain
The Longest Day
The Great Escape
The Train

Hard Choices
Eight Men Out
Of Mice and Men
Mission to Mars
High Noon
On the Waterfront


No offense, Mom/Dad, but your taste in movies sucks. I mean, Little Mermaid? That is, like, so lame. Couldn’t you at least get something halfway interesting—like these movies here?

All of Me
The Amati Girls
American Rhapsody
Billy Elliot
The Boy Who Could Fly
The Black Stallion
The Court Jester
Earth Girls are Easy
Ever After
Groundhog Day
Happy, Texas (PG-13)
A Hard Day’s Night
Hope and Glory (PG-13)
It Could Happen to You
It’s Always Fair Weather
A Little Romance
The Man from Snowy River
My Cousin Vinny
My Life as a Dog (foreign)
Picture Perfect (PG-13)
The Princess Bride
Princess Caraboo
Pretty in Pink
The Railway Children
Red Shoes
Roman Holiday
The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao
Say Anything
She’s the Man
Sweet Land
Teacher’s Pet
That Thing You Do
13 Going On 30 (PG-13)
Tiger Bay
Whip It