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The Best Alien Movies for Kids 

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Updated October 9, 2019 257 votes 38 voters 3.2k views 23 items

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Is your kid interested in everything out of this world? Do they have constellations hanging in their room and stars pinned up on the wall? Then check out this list of the best movies about aliens for kids!

Thanks to the work of organizations like NASA and SpaceX, we know more about space than ever before. Every exciting new development makes kids (and some adults) wonder what else could possibly be out there. It's no surprise that Hollywood has a long tradition of making movies about visitors from outer space.

It can sometimes be hard to find appropriate alien movies for kids. Don't believe me? Google "alien movie" and watch the first thing that comes up. However, while some alien movies are full of chestbursters and xenomorphs, there are others that tell fun, appropriate stories for little kids, and are just as entertaining in their own way.

So whether your kid is looking for a cuddly little alien buddy like in Flight of the Navigator, or a high-stakes battle against the dark side of the force, there's something here for you. Vote for your favorite movies, and add anything we're missing.

 

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tom McGrath

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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brad Bird

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Flight of the Navigator ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

Released: 1986

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 comic science fiction film directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Mark H. Baker and Michael Burton, about David Freeman, a 12-year-old boy who is taken by an ...more

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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks

Released: 1987

Directed by: Mel Brooks

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Muppets from Space is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Katie Holmes, Hulk Hogan, Kathy Griffin

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tim Hill

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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

Released: 1999

Directed by: Dean Parisot

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My Stepmother Is an Alie... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Alyson Hannigan, Kim Basinger, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1988

Directed by: Richard Benjamin

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Zathura is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Kristen Stewart, Josh Hutchersonm, Tim Robbins

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

Released: 1996

Directed by: Joe Pytka

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Race to Witch Mountain ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb

Released: 2009

Directed by: Andy Fickman

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Planet 51 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Jessica Biel, Dwayne Johnson, Gary Oldman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marcos Martinez, Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad

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Lilo & Stitch 2: Sti... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Dakota Fanning, Tia Carrere, Emily Osment

Released: 2005

Directed by: Michael LaBash, Anthony Leondis

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Mac and Me is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Jennifer Aniston, Nikki Cox, Danny Cooksey

Released: 1988

Directed by: Stewart Raffill

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Mars Needs Moms is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois

Released: 2011

Directed by: Simon Wells

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Earth to Echo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Mary Pat Gleason, Jason Gray-Stanford, Astro

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Green

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My Favorite Martian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Elizabeth Hurley, Christopher Lloyd, Daryl Hannah

Released: 1999

Directed by: Donald Petrie

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Escape from Planet Earth... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara, Sarah Jessica Parker

Released: 2013

Directed by: Callan Brunker

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Aliens Ate My Homework ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
London Cardinal, Ty Consiglio, Christian Convery

Released: 2018

Directed by: Sean McNamara

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