Total Nerd The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids  

Ranker Film
42 votes 8 voters 31 items

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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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Star Wars: Episode VI – Return... is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 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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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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WarGames is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Zathura is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old 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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Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 8 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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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old 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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Planet 51 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old 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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Tron: Legacy is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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Tomorrowland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw
Tomorrowland is a 2015 American science-fiction mystery adventure film directed by Brad Bird. A disillusioned genius inventor (George Clooney) and a teenage science enthusiast (Britt Robertson) ...more
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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez
Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more
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Escape from Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old 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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Battle for Terra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Evan Rachel Wood, Chris Evans, Mark Hamill
Battle for Terra, originally screened as Terra, is a 2007 computer animated science fiction film, based on a short film of the same name about a peaceful alien planet which faces destruction ...more
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Earth to Echo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old 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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The House with a Clock in Its ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Kyle McLachlan
The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a 2018 American fantasy horror film directed by Eli Roth, based on the novel by John Bellairs. A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) aids his ...more
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The Truman Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti, Ed Harris
The Truman Show is a 1998 American satirical social science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Peter Weir and written by Andrew Niccol. The cast includes Jim Carrey as Truman Burbank, Laura ...more
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Close Encounters of the Third ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Carl Weathers
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film, written and directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, ...more
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Contact is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Matthew McConaughey, Jodie Foster, Jay Leno
Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name; Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the ...more
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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old 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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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old 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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Moonraker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel
Moonraker is the eleventh spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The third and final film in the series to be directed by ...more
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Robots is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes
Robots is a 2005 American computer animated science fiction comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios for Twentieth Century Fox, and was released theatrically on March 11, 2005. The story was ...more