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The Best Alien Movies for Kids  

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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-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more
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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman
The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more
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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson
Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 21, 2002. The 42nd ...more
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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy
WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more
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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger
Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was DreamWorks ...more
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Mars Needs Moms is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois
Mars Needs Moms is a 2011 American 3D motion capture computer-animated science fiction comedy film co-written and directed by Simon Wells, and based on the Berkeley Breathed book of the same ...more
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Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Dakota Fanning, Tia Carrere, Emily Osment
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch is a 2005 direct-to-video animated film produced by DisneyToon Studios. The film is a followup to the 2002 Disney feature film Lilo & Stitch and ...more
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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird
Space Jam is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports family/comedy film starring basketball player Michael Jordan and featuring the Looney Tunes characters. The film was produced by Ivan ...more
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Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright
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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MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell
Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom McGrath. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film premiered ...more
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Zathura is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Kristen Stewart, Josh Hutchersonm, Tim Robbins
Zathura: A Space Adventure is a 2005 American science fiction fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, and is loosely based on the illustrated book Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg, author ...more
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Mac and Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Jennifer Aniston, Nikki Cox, Danny Cooksey
Mac and Me is a 1988 American science fiction adventure film co-written and directed by Stewart Raffill about a "Mysterious Alien Creature" that escapes from nefarious NASA agents and ...more
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Spaceballs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Joan Rivers, John Hurt, Mel Brooks
Spaceballs is a 1987 American parody film co-written and directed by Mel Brooks and starring Brooks, Bill Pullman, John Candy and Rick Moranis. It also features Daphne Zuniga, Dick Van Patten, ...more
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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more
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My Favorite Martian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Elizabeth Hurley, Christopher Lloyd, Daryl Hannah
My Favorite Martian is a 1999 comic science fiction film starring Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Daniels, Daryl Hannah, Elizabeth Hurley, Wallace Shawn and Ray Walston, based on the 1960s television ...more
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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
Planet 51 is a 2009 English-language Spanish animated science fiction/family comedy film directed by Jorge Blanco, written by Joe Stillman, and starring Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin ...more
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Race to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb
Race to Witch Mountain is a 2009 science fiction/thriller film and a continuation to the 1975 Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain.. All three versions of the film are based on the 1968 novel ...more
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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen
Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by David Howard and Robert Gordon. The film follows the adventures of a troupe of actors ...more
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Escape from Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara, Sarah Jessica Parker
Escape from Planet Earth is a 2012 animated adventure comedy film written by Cory Edwards and Tony Leech and directed by Callan Brunker.
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Aliens Ate My Homework is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
London Cardinal, Ty Consiglio, Christian Convery
Aliens Ate My Homework is a 2018 American adventure comedy directed by Sean McNamara, based on the book by Bruce Coville. A pair of middle schoolers hold the fate of the world in their hands ...more
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Muppets from Space is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Katie Holmes, Hulk Hogan, Kathy Griffin
Muppets from Space is a 1999 American science fiction comedy film and the sixth feature film to star The Muppets. The film was directed by Tim Hill, produced by Jim Henson Pictures, and released ...more
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Earth to Echo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Mary Pat Gleason, Jason Gray-Stanford, Astro
Earth to Echo is a 2014 adventure film written by Henry Gayden and Andrew Panay and directed by David Green.
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My Stepmother Is an Alien is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien Movies for Kids
Alyson Hannigan, Kim Basinger, Dan Aykroyd
My Stepmother is an Alien is a 1988 American comedy science fiction film produced by the Weintraub Entertainment Group for release through Columbia Pictures, directed by Richard Benjamin and ...more