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The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds 

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Updated August 7, 2019 735 votes 60 voters 42 items

List Rules Vote up the best science fiction movies for 13 year old teens to watch. No R-Rated movies please.

This list of sci-fi movies for 13 year olds finds the sweet spot. This list has movies that are edgier than say WALL·E but are still appropriate for new teenagers. Here are the top sci-fi films for 13 year olds.

Of course the slew of really well-made PG-13 superhero movies are going to make the list. Black Panther and Iron Man are more than just good fighting evil. They both comment on society and culture. But there are other appropriate sci-fi movies for 13 year old teens where a cape is not needed.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Academy Award winning epic Gravity is sure to hold any teenager’s attention. Additionally, the intricately weaved time loop narrative that makes up Edge of Tomorrow will challenge a teenager just enough.

Make your voice heard. Vote up the best sci-fi films for 13 year old teens. If we left out one of your favorites, go ahead and add it to the list.

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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
underdoglover added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Released: 2014

Directed by: Doug Liman

Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film. The film takes place in a future where Earth is ...more
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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

Released: 2015

Directed by: Ridley Scott

The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by Andy Weir. An astronaut (Matt Damon) becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him gone, and must ...more
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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris

Released: 2013

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts, and sees them stranded in ...more
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Star Wars: The Force Awa... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 2015

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. ...more
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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith

Released: 2012

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Josh Brolin. It is the third installment in the ...more
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Men in Black II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Men in Black II is a 2002 American science fiction action spy comedy film starring both Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. The film also stars Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson, ...more
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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg

Released: 1997

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more
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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Released: 2012

Directed by: Gary Ross

The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary Ross, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. In a dystopian post-apocalyptic future in the nation of ...more
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Final Fantasy: The Spiri... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, James Woods

Released: 2001

Directed by: Motonori Sakakibara, Hironobu Sakaguchi

Film Production NotesFinal Fantasy: The Spirits Within emerges from its successful interactive game roots to deliver an exciting new breed of motion picture adventure. A fresh, provocative take ...more
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Battlefield Earth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Forest Whitaker

Released: 2000

Directed by: Roger Christian

This film is a 2000 American dystopian science fiction action film based upon the first half of L. Ron Hubbard's 1982 novel of the same name. Directed by Roger Christian and starring John ...more
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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Released: 1993

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Kurt Russell, James Spader, Djimon Hounsou

Released: 1994

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first ...more
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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder

Released: 2009

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Star Trek is a 2009 science fiction film directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, and produced by Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk. It is the eleventh film based on the ...more
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Transformers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, Odette Annable

Released: 2007

Directed by: Michael Bay

Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line. An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil ...more
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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko

Released: 2013

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

Oblivion is a 2012 action and science fiction film written by Joseph Kosinski and William Monahan and directed by Joseph Kosinski.
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Sphere is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman

Released: 1998

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Sphere is a 1998 science fiction psychological thriller film, directed and produced by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson. Sphere was based on the ...more
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Rogue One: A Star Wars S... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed

Released: 2016

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

This film is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter (Felicity Jones) of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to take the plans.
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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

Released: 2005

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh ...more
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Rampage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Rampage Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Åkerman

Directed by: Brad Peyton

Rampage is a 2018 American action adventure monster film directed by Brad Peyton, loosely based on the video game series. When three animals are mutated into giant monsters, primatologist Davis ...more
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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

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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Star Wars: The Last Jedi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver

Directed by: Rian Johnson

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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Captive State is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors

Released: 2019

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

Captive State is a 2019 American science fiction crime thriller film directed by Rupert Wyatt. Nearly a decade after occupation by an extraterrestrial force, the lives of a Chicago neighborhood ...more
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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alex Proyas

I, Robot is a 2004 American dystopian science fiction action film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman, and is inspired by Isaac Asimov's ...more
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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio

Released: 2015

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow, it is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. 22 years after the events of Jurassic ...more