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With my eldest graduating high school this year, I have many things on my mind. Beyond wondering what he’s going to do now and how it will be financed, I am also thinking about what items in the house might be prone to silently disappearing. As he loves watching movies in his downtime, I have to wonder if any of our family’s favorite DVDs will be up for grabs. Some of these came with a digital copy, so we can ‘share’ as a family that way. Others would need to be purchased for him to enjoy away from home. So, here’s a short version of my must have movies for young adult men (great gifts for a dad, too!)
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Must Have Movies for Young Adult Men ~ Fantasty / Science Fiction Films
While the newer movies might be less admired and watched than the original trilogy, the Star Wars: The Complete Saga is one set that is pretty much a must have for a household. Plus, with the movies in house, they can pass on the love of this saga with their own children. If you aren’t familiar with the storyline, you can read our synopsis of them. This series is also available exclusively as digital content.
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is something that resonates with a wide range of people. Friends who are not even science fiction fans consider these must have movies for their own homes. With all the battle scenes and struggles for the good to win over evil, how can a young adult male but help to love these films. My personal recommendation (upon input from my boys) is to get them the extended edition version. This is out for Lord of the Rings, but not for The Hobbit yet.
Must Have Movies for Young Adult Men ~ Action / Adventure Films
What young man in your life do you know who doesn’t like a good fast paced movie where things get blown up? That seems to be par for the course as evidenced by series such as Fast & Furious.
Mel Gibson has stared in a few movies that are in this genre and are ones worth owning. The Patriot is great to remind us of how the United States had to fight its way for freedom. We Were Soldiers then shows how many men gave up their lives to continue the fight for freedom.
James Bond movies are a favorite as well. We don’t own the older ones, but have the new Daniel Craig films for our viewing pleasure. You could buy just his favorites, or spend a tiny bit more to get Bond 50: The Complete 23 Film Collection including Skyfall.
Must Have Movies for Young Adult Men ~ A Few Good Comedies
This one might be a bit subjective based upon the guy in your life’s idea of funny. So, in some ways, this is a list of the ones my 17 year old son would love to have on hand.
Talladega Nights – The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is one of the few Will Farrell movies that has a bit of a raunchy flavor to it, but still makes me laugh deep down in my belly. I won’t share how many times my eldest has watched this one…but, we’ll say that the investment in a DVD copy has brought the cost per view down to well under the dollar mark. Do note that there is an unrated version out there which is definitely pushing some limits for taste.
Elf is another Will Farrell movie, only in the holiday spirit. We watch it every December at least once. Humor, fun music and a little over the top acting by Farrell make it a great one to watch.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of the few comedies aimed at teens from my own youth which has stood the test of time. My older boys each had a special movie night with mom to watch this one and loved it. As they are homeschooled, the thought of faking illness to have time running around town isn’t in their scope of life. But, they found the antics fun to watch.
The Princess Bride is considered more of a family film, but I know many a young man who still loves the movie. So what if they end up closet watching it for fear of what their peers might say? You can’t keep a funny film down and this one is definitely a classic. Tell me if you can’t finish the statement “My name is …..”
For more ideas for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Day, visit a few of my favorite bloggers.
- Father’s Day Books for Preschoolers by In Our Spare Time
- DIY Mother’s Day Movie Night Gift Basket by Mom Does it All
- Spectacular Mother’s Day Gifts for Writers by Pretty Opinionated
- 6 Beautiful Baby Books for New Moms by Our Family World
- Mother/Daughter Movies for Teens & Moms by My Kids Guide
- 7 Movies for Mom by MommaDJane
- Five Mother’s Journals That Mom Will Actually Use by The Guavalicious Life
Which (if any) of these films are family favorites?