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The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds  

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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
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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Men in Black II is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Rosario Dawson
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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Star Wars: Episode VII - The F... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill
This film 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. Ex-stormtrooper Finn (John ...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
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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The Martian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
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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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
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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Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Will Smith
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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg
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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I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan
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) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio
Jurassic World is an upcoming 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. The screenplay was ...more
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War for the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
War for the Planet of the Apes Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn
This film is a 2017 science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves. Following the events of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Caesar (Andy Serkis) and the apes are embroiled in a conflict ...more
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary ...more
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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
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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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B. D. Wong
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by J. A. Bayona. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire ...more
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Transformers: Age of Extinctio... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci
Transformers: Age of Extinction is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on the toy line, and is the fourth film in the series. After a dangerous bounty ...more
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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse
This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by ...more
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Captive State is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
John Goodman, Ashton Sanders, Jonathan Majors
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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Sphere is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Dustin Hoffman
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 Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed
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) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum
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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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Wit... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, James Woods
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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Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Morrison, Winona Ryder
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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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko
Oblivion is a 2012 action and science fiction film written by Joseph Kosinski and William Monahan and directed by Joseph Kosinski.