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The Best Science Fiction Family Movies

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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-Terrestrial
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Incredibles
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

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    WALL-E
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia

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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld

    Released2018

    Directed byBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

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    The Iron Giant
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    The Iron Giant

    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

    Released1999

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both... more on Wikipedia
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    The Lego Movie
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    The Lego Movie

    Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell

    Released2014

    Directed byPhil Lord, Christopher Miller

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    Meet the Robinsons
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    Meet the Robinsons

    Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett

    Released2007

    Directed byStephen J. Anderson

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    MegaMind
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    MegaMind

    Brad Pitt, Tina Fey

    Released2010

    Directed byTom McGrath

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    Atlantis: The Lost Empire
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    Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy

    Released2001

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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    Escape to Witch Mountain
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    Escape to Witch Mountain

    Kim Richards, Kyle Richards

    Released1975

    Directed byJohn Hough

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    Robots
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    Robots

    Halle Berry, Robin Williams

    Released2005

    Directed byChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

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    F.R.E.D.I.
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    F.R.E.D.I.

    Kelly Hu, Angus MacFadyen

    Released2018

    Directed bySean Olson

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    Max Winslow and the House of Secrets
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    Max Winslow and the House of Secrets

    Chad Michael Murray, Marina Sirtis

    Released2020

    Directed bySean Olson

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    Zathura
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    Zathura

    Kristen Stewart, Josh Hutchersonm

    Released2005

    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Zathura: A Space Adventure is a 2005 American science fiction fantasy adventure film directed... more on Wikipedia
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    Spy Kids
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    Spy Kids

    George Clooney, Teri Hatcher

    Released2001

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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    Flight of the Navigator
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    Flight of the Navigator

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens

    Released1986

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    Artemis Fowl
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    Artemis Fowl

    Ferdia Shaw, Josh Gad

    Released2020

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

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    Treasure Planet
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    Treasure Planet

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson

    Released2002

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

    Treasure Planet is a 2002 American animated science fiction adventure film directed by Ron... more on Wikipedia
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    Tomorrowland
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    Tomorrowland

    George Clooney, Hugh Laurie

    Released2015

    Directed byBrad Bird

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    Explorers
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    Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix

    Released1985

    Directed byJoe Dante

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    The Mystery of the Third Planet
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    The Mystery of the Third Planet

    Vasily Livanov, Vladimir Druzhnikov

    Directed byRoman Abelevich Kachanov

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    Planet 51
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    Planet 51

    Jessica Biel, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2009

    Directed byMarcos Martinez, Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad

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    Astro Boy
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    Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell

    Released2009

    Directed byDavid Bowers

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    SpaceCamp
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    SpaceCamp

    Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston

    Released1986

    Directed byHarry Winer

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    Earth to Echo
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    Earth to Echo

    Mary Pat Gleason, Jason Gray-Stanford

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Green

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