Total Nerd 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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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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 TÂ’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ...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
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) 4 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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Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) forms a group of intergalactic "bad ...more
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family ...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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The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 8 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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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) ...more
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Star Wars: Episode VII - The F... is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Captive State is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges
Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark (Robert ...more
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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Mars Attacks! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Natalie Portman, Jack Nicholson, Sarah Jessica Parker
Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American comic science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film features an ...more
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Killer Klowns from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano
Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a 1988 American science fiction horror comedy movie made by The Chiodo Brothers and starring Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder. It is the only Chiodo Brothers' ...more
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War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The ... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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War for the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 22 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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X-Men: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum
X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 Action, Adventure, Fantasy film written by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, Simon Kinberg and directed by Bryan Singer.
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X-Men: First Class is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender
X-Men: First Class is a 2011 American superhero film, based on the X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics. It is the fifth installment in the X-Men film series. It serves as a prequel to ...more
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The Amazing Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the Marvel Comics character. After Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a genetically altered ...more