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The Best Science Fiction Family Movies 

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Updated June 15, 2020 2.2k votes 296 voters 13.7k views 29 items

Some of the most entertaining family films ever made are truly out of this world. The best science fiction family movies feature kids, parents, and friends working together to make the world a better place. This is a list of the greatest sci fi family movies including everything from The Iron Giant to MegaMind to Meet the Robinsons.

What films will you find on this list of family scifi films?? E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial brought new life to the genre, telling the gentle story of young Elliot (Henry Thomas) and his adorable new friend from the cosmos. Though the Steven Spielberg-directed film was released back in 1982, it is still a favorite with families all over the world. WALL-E is another engaging movie that is entertaining for the whole family. Legos have been popular childhood toys for generations, so it came as no surprise that parents and kids alike loved The Lego Movie. Other good films featured on this list include The Incredibles, Flight of the Navigator, and Treasure Planet.

Which childrens' science fiction movies are your favorites? Give your picks for best sci fi kids movies a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and add any great features that are missing.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more

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Spider-Man: Into the Spi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, based on the Marvel Comics character. ...more

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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brad Bird

The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more

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Meet the Robinsons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West

Released: 2007

Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson

Meet the Robinsons is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 30, 2007. The 47th animated feature in ...more

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The Lego Movie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks

Released: 2014

Directed by: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

The Lego Movie is a 2014 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. An ordinary Lego minifigure (Chris Pratt) who finds himself being the only one ...more

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MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Tom McGrath

Megamind is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film directed by Tom McGrath. It was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film premiered ...more

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Atlantis: The Lost Empir... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a 2001 American traditionally animated action-adventure film created by Walt Disney Feature Animation—the first science fiction film in Disney's animated features ...more

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Robots is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes

Released: 2005

Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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Escape to Witch Mountain... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland

Released: 1975

Directed by: John Hough

Escape to Witch Mountain is a 1975 film based on the novel Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions, released by Buena Vista Distribution Company and ...more

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Zathura is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Kristen Stewart, Josh Hutchersonm, Tim Robbins

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Zathura: A Space Adventure is a 2005 American science fiction fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, and is loosely based on the illustrated book Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg, author ...more

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Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Carla Gugino

Released: 2001

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Spy Kids is a 2001 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the first installment in the Spy Kids series. Alexa Vega and Daryl ...more

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Artemis Fowl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Ferdia Shaw, Josh Gad, Hong Chau

Released: 2020

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Artemis Fowl is a 2020 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on the book series by Eoin Colfer. After kidnapping the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short (Lara ...more
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F.R.E.D.I. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
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Released: 2018

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Flight of the Navigator ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

Released: 1986

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 comic science fiction film directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Mark H. Baker and Michael Burton, about David Freeman, a 12-year-old boy who is taken by an ...more

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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short

Released: 2002

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Treasure Planet is a 2002 American animated science fiction adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. After he receives a map from a pirate, a rebellious teen (Joseph ...more

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Tomorrowland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw

Released: 2015

Directed by: Brad Bird

Tomorrowland is a 2015 American science-fiction mystery adventure film directed by Brad Bird. A disillusioned genius inventor (George Clooney) and a teenage science enthusiast (Britt Robertson) ...more

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Explorers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell

Released: 1985

Directed by: Joe Dante

Explorers is a 1985 family-oriented science-fiction fantasy film written by Eric Luke and directed by Joe Dante. The film stars Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix as teenage schoolboys who build a ...more

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Planet 51 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Jessica Biel, Dwayne Johnson, Gary Oldman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marcos Martinez, Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad

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Astro Boy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage

Released: 2009

Directed by: David Bowers

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SpaceCamp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson

Released: 1986

Directed by: Harry Winer

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Earth to Echo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Mary Pat Gleason, Jason Gray-Stanford, Astro

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Green

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The Last Mimzy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Science Fiction Family Movies
Michael Clarke Duncan, Rainn Wilson, Joely Richardson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Robert Shaye

The Last Mimzy is a 2007 science fiction adventure drama film directed by Robert Shaye and loosely adapted from the 1943 science fiction short story "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by Lewis ...more

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