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The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds

Updated August 7, 2019 1.2k votes 71 voters 1.6k views42 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.

  • 1
    Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert... more on Wikipedia
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    Gravity is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Gravity

    Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

    Released2013

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, and produced by Alfonso... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Men in Black 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Men in Black 3

    Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber

    Released2012

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black 3 is a 2012 American 3D comic science fiction-action film directed by Barry... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released2015

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J.... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Hunger Games is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    The Hunger Games

    Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson

    Released2012

    Directed byGary Ross

    The Hunger Games is a 2012 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Jurassic Park

    Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1993

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg.... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

    Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film directed by Doug... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Martian is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    The Martian

    Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain

    Released2015

    Directed byRidley Scott

    The Martian is a 2015 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, based on the novel by... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Jurassic World is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Jurassic World

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

    Released2015

    Directed byColin Trevorrow

    Jurassic World is a 2015 American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Felicity Jones, Diego Luna

    Released2016

    Directed byGareth Edwards

    This film is a 2016 American epic space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards. The daughter... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Men in Black

    Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1997

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry... more on Wikipedia
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    Men in Black II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Men in Black II

    Michael Jackson, Will Smith

    Released2002

    Directed byBarry Sonnenfeld

    Men in Black II is a 2002 American science fiction action spy comedy film starring both Tommy... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Captive State is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Captive State

    John Goodman, Ashton Sanders

    Released2019

    Directed byRupert Wyatt

    Captive State is a 2019 American science fiction crime thriller film directed by Rupert Wyatt.... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Transformers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Transformers

    Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2007

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Transformers is a 2007 American science fiction action film directed by Michael Bay, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    War for the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    War for the Planet of the Apes

    Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    This film is a 2017 science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves. Following the events of Dawn... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    James Franco, Gary Oldman

    Released2014

    Directed byMatt Reeves

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher

    Directed byRian Johnson

    This film is a 2017 American epic space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson.... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Transformers: Age of Extinctio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Transformers: Age of Extinction

    Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer

    Released2014

    Directed byMichael Bay

    Transformers: Age of Extinction is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    World War Z is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

    This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard

    Released2018

    Directed byJ. A. Bayona

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a 2018 American science fiction adventure film directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Black Panther

    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2018

    Directed byRyan Coogler

    Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the Marvel Comics character,... more on Wikipedia
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    Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Gunn

    Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    I, Robot

    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2004

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    I, Robot is a 2004 American dystopian science fiction action film directed by Alex Proyas. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Rampage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 13 Year Olds
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    Rampage

    Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris

    Directed byBrad Peyton

    Rampage is a 2018 American action adventure monster film directed by Brad Peyton, loosely... more on Wikipedia
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