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The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds

Updated January 29, 2021 1.1k votes 101 voters 3.2k views85 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • Alita: Battle Angel1
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert...  more
  • The Hunger Games2
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    The Hunger Games

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

    Released2012

    Directed byGary Ross

    RatedPG-13

    The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary...  more
  • The Martian3
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    The Martian

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain

    Released2015

    Directed byRidley Scott

    RatedPG-13

    The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by...  more
  • Men in Black Franchise4
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    18

    Men in Black Franchise

    Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released1997 - Present

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld, F Gary Gary

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    Men in Black is a series of American comic science fiction action spy films directed by Barry...  more
  • Edge of Tomorrow5
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

    RatedPG-13 (USA), G, 12+

    Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film directed by Doug...  more
  • Jurassic Park Franchise6
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    Jurassic Park Franchise

    Richard Attenborough, Sam Neill

    Released1993 - Present

    Directed bySteven Spielberg, Joe Johnston, Colin Trevorrow, J.A. Bayona

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg....  more
  • Transformers Franchise7
    12
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    Transformers Franchise

    Shia LaBeouf, Peter Cullen

    Released2007 - Present

    Directed byMichael Bay, Travis Knight, Josh Cooley, Steven Caple Jr.

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    Transformers is a series of American science fiction action films based on the toys created by...  more
  • Planet of the Apes Franchise8
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    Planet of the Apes Franchise

    Andy Serkis, James Franco

    Released2001 - Present

    Directed byRupert Wyatt, Matt Reeves, Tim Burton

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    Planet of the Apes is a 2001 American science fiction film directed by Tim Burton and starring...  more
  • Star Wars Franchise9
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    Star Wars Franchise

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977 - Present

    Directed byGeorge Lucas, JJ Abrams, Rian Johnson, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand

    RatedPG-13

    This films franchise is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series...  more
  • Gravity10
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    Gravity

    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

    Released2013

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    RatedPG-13 (USA), 12+

    Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso...  more
  • I, Robot11
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    I, Robot

    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2004

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    I, Robot is a 2004 American dystopian science fiction action film directed by Alex Proyas. The...  more
  • Captive State12
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    Captive State

    John Goodman, Ashton Sanders

    Released2019

    Directed byRupert Wyatt

    RatedPG -13 (USA)

    Captive State is a 2019 American science fiction crime thriller film directed by Rupert Wyatt....  more
  • Guardians of the Galaxy13
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

    RatedPG-13 (USA), 12+

    Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the...  more
  • Black Panther14
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    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character,...  more
  • Avengers Franchise15
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    Avengers Franchise

    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

    Released2012 - Present

    Directed byJoss Whedon, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    Marvel's The Avengers(classified under the name Marvel Avengers Assemble in the United Kingdom...  more
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 216
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    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2017

    Directed byJames Gunn

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based...  more
  • World War Z17
    5
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    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

    RatedPG-13 (USA), G

    This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The...  more
  • War of the Worlds18
    4
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    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation...  more
  • Rampage19
    4
    15

    Rampage

    Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris

    Released2018

    Directed byBrad Peyton

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    Rampage is a 2018 American action adventure monster film directed by Brad Peyton, loosely...  more
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within20
    2
    10

    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

    Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi

    Released2001

    Directed byMotonori Sakakibara, Hironobu Sakaguchi

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within emerges from its successful interactive game roots to...  more
  • Oblivion21
    2
    10

    Oblivion

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2013

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

    RatedUK: 12a, PG-13 (USA), G

    Oblivion is a 2012 action and science fiction film written by Joseph Kosinski and William...  more
  • Star Trek Franchise22
    2
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    Star Trek Franchise

    William Shatner, Chris Pine

    Released1966 - Present

    Directed byJJ Abrams, Robert Wise, Nicholas Meyer, Leonard Nimoy, et al

    RatedPG, PG-13 (USA)

    The Star Trek film series is the cinematic branch of the Star Trek media franchise, which...  more
  • Sphere23
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    Sphere

    Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1998

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    Sphere is a 1998 science fiction psychological thriller film, directed and produced by Barry...  more
  • The Amazing Spider-Man24
    5
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    The Amazing Spider-Man

    Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone

    Released2012

    Directed byMarc Webb

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the...  more
  • X-Men Franchise25
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    X-Men Franchise

    Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan

    Released2000 - Present

    Directed byBryan Singer, Brett Ratner, Gavin Hood, James Mangold, Matthew Vaughn

    RatedPG-13 (USA)

    The X-Men film series is an American series of superhero films based on the fictional...  more