10 of the Best PG-13 Rated Movies on Netflix Right Now

While Netflix smashes its way into the awards arenas with its original content, the streaming giant still maintains a rolling catalog of classics and new releases from its competitors. Despite the platform’s subscriber numbers declining in recent months, Netflix still has a goldmine of movies, especially in the PG-13 category.

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From originals to adaptations, there are hundreds of options to choose from in a movie’s rating questions. For parents who want to transition their kids from family-friendly movies to mildly family-unfriendly movies, PG-13 is a rating that bridges that gap. Depending on the binge or movie night, these films cover various genres that can meet the needs of most viewers.

“Always Be My Maybe” (2019)

Sasha (Ali Wang) and Mark (Randall Park) were childhood sweethearts that everyone (except them) thought would come together. Fifteen years later, they reconnect to find that the spark lingers despite moving to entirely different worlds in their adult lives. This Netflix Original is directed by Nahnachka Khan and is the perfect odd-couple romance flick to stream.

Wong and Park’s comedic tone and chops garnered positive reviews from critics and audience members alike. Even with brief appearances of Keanu Reeves and Daniel Dae Kim, Always be my maybe maintains focus on its main stars. The film tackles social issues without overshadowing the romantic story.


“Les Miserables” (2012)

by Tom Hooper The film adaptation garnered eight Oscar nominations and three wins at the 85th Academy Awards. With an epic cast of stars from around the world, Wretched follows the trials and tribulations of ex-convict Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who is being prosecuted for breach of parole by police officer Javert (Russell Crowe). Originally a play based on by Victor Hugo novel, this film focuses on several intertwined characters and their stories during the French uprising known as the June Rebellion.

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This critically acclaimed film has a running time of two and a half hours ticking by as various stars grace the screen as Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Sasha Baron Cohen, and Amanda Seyfried. For lovers of musicals or historical film buffs, Wretched is a solid PG-13 pick to stream on the next rainy day.

“The Adam Project” (2022)

A multi-genre Netflix Original, by Shawn Levy The Adam Project find Ryan Reynolds into familiar territory as a comedic action hero. A time-traveling pilot who crashed in 2022, Adam Reed (Reynolds) teams up with his 12-year-old self, saving the future. With a supporting cast of Walker Scobell, Marc Ruffalo, Jennifer Garnierand Zoe Saldanathe film earned a relatively high score from critics and streamers.

As Reynolds plays the classic Ryan Reynolds character, the film looks familiar but brings in enough sci-fi action to set it apart from his other filmography. Where Netflix failed with action movies, it finds a steady heartbeat with The Adam Projectadding a solid slice to his catalog of original works.

’42’ (2013)

Before Chadwick Boseman donned the Black Panther costume, he donned a Dodger’s uniform as the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson. 42 chronicles Jackie Robinson’s installation in Major League Baseball as the first black player. Although it is a historical masterpiece of cinema, this film was excluded from any nominations for the Oscars or the Golden Globes.

42, directed by Brian Helgelandco-stars Harrison Ford as Robinson’s seemingly unique ally, sporting director Rickey Branch. Boseman’s performance as Robinson touches every emotional atom of viewers as the racism and real-life difficulties that Robinson faces play out on screen. Despite earning a PG-13 rating for thematic elements, the film is well worth watching on family movie night.

“The Social Network” (2010)

masterfully written by Aaron Sorkindirector by David Fincher The social network follows the rise of Facebook and the legal deposition of the founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg). The film earned eight nominations and three wins at the 83rd Academy Awards, with Sorkin taking one of those wins for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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The social network is based on the book the Accidental billionaires by Ben Mezrich. This PG-13 drama swings between real-time deposition issues hammered home like Zuckerberg and flashbacks to his time at Harvard. With witty dialogue and exceptional editing, audiences and critics alike raved about the inside look into the world of social media as it premiered.

‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ (2011)

A Hollywood idol, a comedic legend, a young rising starlet and movie royalty have come together to treat audiences to rom-com gold in Crazy, Stupid, Lovedirected by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. When Cal (Steve Carrell) and Emily (Julieanne Moore) separated, Cal finds himself following the dating and style advice of young hotshot Jacob (Ryan Gosling). As Jacob teaches Cal how to be a woman, he begins to fall in love with Hannah (Emma Stone), a young law student who sees through his playboy ways.

With any good romantic comedy, there’s always a twist, and this movie delivers. Beloved by viewers and critics alike, this cast balances itself without feeling forced or over the top as they compete for all the spotlight. For audiences who haven’t seen this PG-13 gem, it’s worth streaming for the first time. Another epic Gosling-Stone romantic partnership, Crazy, Stupid, In Love. is the perfect movie to select the next time you scroll through your watchlist.

‘Enola Holmes’ (2020)

Bringing a young female detective to the streaming screen, by Harry Bradbeer Enola Holmes offers young viewers a capable role model emerging from his brother’s shadow. Sherlock’s sister, Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), discovers that their mother is missing and embarks on a quest to solve the case. Even with Henry Cavill like Sherlock and Sam Clafin as Mycroft Holmes, Bobby Brown held firm as the film’s lead.

Critics and audiences fell in love with Enola so much that Netflix should release Enola Holmes 2 later in 2022. Bobby Brown is Netflix royalty with his role as Eleven in Strange things. For tween fans looking to watch more Bobby Brown roles in one place, Enola Holmes is the perfect movie.

‘Dunkirk’ (2017)

With a wide range of options for war movies on Netlfix, by Christophe Nolan Dunkirk ranks near the top. While Allied troops are pinned down on the beaches of Dunkirk by German forces, British and French forces methodically attempt to evacuate their troops. In standard Nolan-esque style, there are patterns of time and how each set of characters intertwine with each other.

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Earning eight Oscar nominations and three wins for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Film Editing, Dunkirk is hailed by critics as a technical masterpiece, maintaining Nolan’s status as a highly revered filmmaker. The film is just under two hours long and fits perfectly into any historical movie night.

‘Dumplin’ (2018)

Revolutionizing her mother’s Texas beauty pageant, Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald) is a plus-size teenager who enrolls at Rosie’s (Jennifer Aniston) contest out of spite but didn’t expect other contestants like her to follow suit. A dramatic comedy by Anne Flechercritics and audiences loved it Pellet for his ability to bring diverse body representation to the screen, particularly in a pageant film.

The stars and supporting cast were able to elevate the film and set itself apart from its competitors in the genre. Its PG-13 rating mostly comes from short and strong language. Instead of hitting “Surprise Me” next time on a Netflix movie night, Pellet should be the first choice.

“The Other Guys” (2010)

What ended up being a match made in crime comedy heaven, the other guys features two Hollywood legends side by side for the first time. Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg) and Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) are the opposite of NYPD detectives forced to team up when a minor case turns out to be a major conspiracy.

Screenwriter and Director Adam McKay slightly reminiscent of the usual language and sexual content to earn the film a PG-13 rating. Wahlberg and Ferrell are absolute magic as they battle the good cop and bad cop personas to prove themselves capable detectives when the full force doubts their abilities. A comic treasure The other guys, is a film that should not be missed as long as it finds its place on Netflix.

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