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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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Back to the Future trilogy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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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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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Ve... is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Escape to Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Return from Witch Mountain is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Star Wars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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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) 10 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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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
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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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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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 13 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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D.A.R.Y.L. is listed (or ranked) 14 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 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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Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Explorers is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 18 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 Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 19 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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home is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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The Rocketeer is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The Transformers: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 22 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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The Adventures of Buckaroo Ban... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Detective Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Batteries Not Included is listed (or ranked) 25 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