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The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids  

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List Rules Vote up the best PG and G-Rated science fiction movies for twelve year old kids to watch.

Science fiction movies can get really complicated and hard to follow. The top sci-fi films for 12 year olds don’t get too bogged down in the advanced science department but still maintain the genre’s sense of out of this world imagination. If you're wondering what sci-fi films should 12 year old kids watch, this list is a really good place to start.

There are all different kinds of science fiction movies on this roundup. Some of the films feature space exploration, others take place in a galaxy far, far away, and one movie even tells the hilarious tale of a scientist father accidentally shrinking his two kids down to the size of an insect.

Which do you think are the best sci-fi films for 12 year olds? Vote up all your favorites. Did we miss an appropriate science fiction movie you think would be perfect for someone who is not quite but almost a teenager, go ahead and add it to the list below.

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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
mercedesakira.spunkel added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly
Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VI – Return... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand, and the third and final film in the original Star Wars trilogy. After a daring ...more
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Star Wars Episode V: The Empir... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story ...more
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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, ...more
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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 soft science fiction-family film. The directorial debut of Joe Johnston and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, it tells the story of an inventor who ...more
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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old 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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Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor
(32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master ...more
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Star Wars Episode II: Attack o... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson
(22 Years Before Episode IV) Ten years after the events of the Battle of Naboo, not only has the galaxy undergone significant change, but so have Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padmé Amidala, and Anakin ...more
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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson
(19 Years before Episode IV) Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VIII is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added 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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Tron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff
Tron is a 1982 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Lisberger, based on a story by Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird, and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars ...more
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Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Cillian Murphy
Tron: Legacy is a 2010 American science fiction film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. A sequel to the 1982 film Tron, it is directed by Joseph Kosinski, produced by Tron director ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
This film is a 2017 American epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson. Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey (Daisy Ridley) joins Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) ...more
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Shazam! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer
Shazam! is a 2019 superhero film directed by David F. Sandberg, based on the DC Comics character. A boy (Asher Angel) is given the ability to become an adult superhero (Zachary Levi) in times of ...more
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Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old 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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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd
Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more
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Back to the Future Part II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added Clint Eastwood, Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue
Back to the Future Part II is a 1989 American comic science fiction film and the second installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, who directed all three ...more
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Back to the Future Part III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added Michael J. Fox, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd
Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction Western film. It is the third and final installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and ...more
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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o
Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character, directed by Ryan Coogler. After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...more
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Ve... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, based on the Marvel Comics character. ...more
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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise. It is based on the 1990 novel of the ...more
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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright
Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC Comics character. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana ...more
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WarGames is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy
WarGames is a 1983 American science-fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham. The film stars Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, and ...more
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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
aalroth added Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn
Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, based on the Marvel Comics character. In 1995, former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Brie ...more