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The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies 

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Updated November 21, 2019 3.4k votes 370 voters 20.7k 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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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 1 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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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
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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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Spider-Man: Into the Spi... is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Star Wars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Back to the Future Franc... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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The Back to the Future franchise is an American science fiction–comedy film series written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Bob Gale and Neil Canton for Steven Spielberg's Amblin ...more

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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 7 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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MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 8 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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E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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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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Meet the Robinsons is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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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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The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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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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Atlantis: The Lost Empir... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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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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Flight of the Navigator ... is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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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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Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling
Wreck-It Ralph is a 2012 comedy animation family film written by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee and directed by Rich Moore.

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The Secret of NIMH is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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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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Batteries Not Included ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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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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Ghostbusters Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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Ghostbusters is a supernatural comedy franchise created in 1984. Its first installment was the film Ghostbusters, released on June 8, 1984, by Columbia Pictures. It centers on a group of ...more
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Titan A.E. is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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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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home is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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Tron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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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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Short Circuit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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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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