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The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the best science fiction movies that were made for young children.

 

Science fiction is a movie genre that has been embraced by young fans for decades. The best scifi movies for children can feature intergalactic adventures, or more earthbound stories that teach valuable life lessons. This is a list of the great childrens science fiction movies including everything from The Iron Giant to Flight of the Navigator to Treasure Planet. This list even has some of the best sci-fi Disney movies like Wall-E and Big Hero 6.

What films will you find on this list of the best kids sci fi movies? ? Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace delighted kids with thrilling action and memorable characters - though many adult fans were annoyed by new character Jar Jar Binks. WALL-E is another great kids movie set in space, and it tells a timeless tale of environmentalism and community responsibility. Other good sci fi children's films featured on this list include Spy Kids, Flubber, and Mars Needs Moms. Some of these films even made the best alien movies for kids list.

Which children's science fiction film deserves the top spot on this list? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good movies that are missing.

 

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Batteries Not Included is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Jessica Tandy, Luis Guzmán, Hume Cronyn
Batteries Not Included is a 1987 family-comic science fiction film directed by Matthew Robbins about small extraterrestrial living machines that save an apartment block under threat from ...more
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The Rocketeer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin
The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and based on the character of the same name created by comic book writer/artist Dave Stevens. Directed by ...more
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Titan A.E. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo
Titan A.E. is a 2000 animated post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure film directed by both Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. The title refers to the spacecraft central to the plot, with A.E. ...more
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The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart
The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film tells the story of Alex Rogan, an average teenage boy recruited by an alien defense force to fight in ...more
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D.A.R.Y.L. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added D.A.R.Y.L. Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Kathryn Walker
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The Transformers: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Orson Welles, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy
The Transformers: The Movie is a 1986 animated feature film based on the animated TV series by the same name. It was released in North America on August 8, 1986 and in the UK on December 5, ...more
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home is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Ray Milland
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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Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor
(32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master ...more
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The Adventures of Buckaroo Ban... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Goldblum
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension!, often shortened to Buckaroo Banzai, is a 1984 American science fiction film. It was directed and produced by W. D. Richter, and ...more
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Short Circuit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy, Austin Pendleton
Short Circuit is a 1986 American comic science fiction film directed by John Badham, and written by S. S. Wilson and Brent Maddock. The film's plot centers upon an experimental military robot ...more
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SpaceCamp is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson
SpaceCamp is a 1986 American space adventure film based on a book by Patrick Bailey and Larry B. Williams and inspired by the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Directed by Harry Winer from ...more
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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson
Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 21, 2002. The 42nd ...more
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Detective Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton
Detective Pikachu is a 2019 action mystery film directed by Rob Letterman, based on the video game. Despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, a peculiar talking ...more
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My Stepmother Is an Alien is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Alyson Hannigan, Kim Basinger, Dan Aykroyd
My Stepmother is an Alien is a 1988 American comedy science fiction film produced by the Weintraub Entertainment Group for release through Columbia Pictures, directed by Richard Benjamin and ...more
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Aliens Ate My Homework is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added London Cardinal, Ty Consiglio, Christian Convery
Aliens Ate My Homework is a 2018 American adventure comedy directed by Sean McNamara, based on the book by Bruce Coville. A pair of middle schoolers hold the fate of the world in their hands ...more
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Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Richard Steven Horvitz, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Andy Berman
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus! is a 2019 American animated film directed by Jhonen Vasquez and Jake Wyatt, based on the animated television series Invader Zim. Zim (Richard Steven Horvitz) ...more
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Battle for Terra is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Evan Rachel Wood, Chris Evans, Mark Hamill
Battle for Terra, originally screened as Terra, is a 2007 computer animated science fiction film, based on a short film of the same name about a peaceful alien planet which faces destruction ...more
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luis and the aliens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added luis and the aliens Callum Maloney, Dermot Magennis, Ian Coppinger
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Return from Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Christopher Lee, Bette Davis, Kim Richards
Return from Witch Mountain is the 1978 sequel to Walt Disney Productions' 1975 film, Escape to Witch Mountain. It was written by Malcolm Marmorstein and is based on the novel by Alexander Key. ...more
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger
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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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen
Galaxy Quest is a 1999 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by David Howard and Robert Gordon. The film follows the adventures of a troupe of actors ...more
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Robots is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Amanda Bynes
Robots is a 2005 American computer animated science fiction comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios for Twentieth Century Fox, and was released theatrically on March 11, 2005. The story was ...more
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Short Circuit 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Ally Sheedy, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb
Short Circuit 2 is an American 1988 comic science fiction film, the sequel to 1986's film Short Circuit. It was directed by Kenneth Johnson, and starred Fisher Stevens as Ben Jahveri, Michael ...more
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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger
Monsters vs. Aliens is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was DreamWorks ...more