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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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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy
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 Spider-Ve... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali
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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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
UnrightKhan added Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez
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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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman
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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Star Wars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added
This films franchise is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. The film series, consisting of two trilogies, has spawned an extensive media ...more
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MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell
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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Back to the Future trilogy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added
The Back to the Future franchise is an American comic science fiction-adventure film series written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Bob Gale and Neil Canton for Steven Spielberg's ...more
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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short
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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The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Lisa Maxwell
The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The plot revolves around Jen, an elflike 'Gelfling' on a quest to restore balance to his alien world ...more
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Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright
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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F.R.E.D.I. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added F.R.E.D.I. Kelly Hu, Angus Macfadyen, Candace Cameron Bure
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Meet the Robinsons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West
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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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Keri Russell, Allison Mack, Rick Moranis
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a 1989 soft science fiction-family film. The directorial debut of Joe Johnston and produced by Walt Disney Pictures, it tells the story of an inventor who ...more
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Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy, James Garner
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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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Derek Jacobi
The Secret of NIMH is a 1982 American animated fantasy adventure drama film directed by Don Bluth in his directorial debut. It is an adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's 1971 children's novel Mrs. ...more
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Tron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
yurewitch.ron added Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff
Tron is a 1982 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Lisberger, based on a story by Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird, and produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film stars ...more
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The Rocketeer is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Batteries Not Included is listed (or ranked) 18 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 Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 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) 21 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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Explorers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell
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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SpaceCamp is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Short Circuit is listed (or ranked) 24 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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My Stepmother Is an Alien is listed (or ranked) 25 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