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The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies 

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Updated November 21, 2019 3.7k votes 384 voters 21.8k views 99 items

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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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi 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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Spider-Man: Into the Spi... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
UnrightKhan added Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

Released: 2014

Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall

Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more

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Star Wars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short

Released: 2002

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

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MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi 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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Meet the Robinsons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West

Released: 2007

Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson

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Back to the Future Franc... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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Atlantis: The Lost Empir... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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Flight of the Navigator ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

Released: 1986

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

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The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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Released: 1982

Directed by: Frank Oz, Jim Henson

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis

Released: 1989

Directed by: Joe Johnston

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Star Wars Episode I: The... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

Released: 1999

Directed by: George Lucas

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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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Released: 2002

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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Titan A.E. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo

Released: 2000

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Art Vitello

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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

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Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Carla Gugino

Released: 2001

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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Released: 1982

Directed by: Don Bluth

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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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Released: 2012

Directed by: Rich Moore

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Explorers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell

Released: 1985

Directed by: Joe Dante

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home is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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Ghostbusters Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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Ralph Breaks the Interne... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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