Total Nerd 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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58 18
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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55 17
The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 3 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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42 8
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
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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39 20
Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 5 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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35 17
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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36 19
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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39 22
Meet the Robinsons is listed (or ranked) 8 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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33 19
Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 9 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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43 29
Spy Kids is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
George Clooney, Teri Hatcher, Carla Gugino
Spy Kids is a 2001 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the first installment in the Spy Kids series. Alexa Vega and Daryl ...more
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29 17
Robots is listed (or ranked) 11 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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25 16
Titan A.E. is listed (or ranked) 12 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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27 18
Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 13 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
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38 30
Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 14 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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27 21
Zathura is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Kristen Stewart, Josh Hutchersonm, Tim Robbins
Zathura: A Space Adventure is a 2005 American science fiction fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, and is loosely based on the illustrated book Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg, author ...more
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City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Bill Murray, Saoirse Ronan, Tim Robbins
City of Ember is a 2008 American science fiction fantasy film based on the 2003 novel The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. It was directed by Gil Kenan from a screenplay by Caroline Thompson, and ...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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12 11
The Mystery of the Third Plane... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Alex Gaginsky added Vasily Livanov, Vladimir Druzhnikov, Rina Zelyonaya
The Mystery of the Third Planet, aka The Secret of the Third Planet is a 1981 Soviet traditionally animated feature film directed by Roman Kachanov and produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in ...more
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Flubber is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Wil Wheaton
Flubber is a 1997 comedy film and a remake of The Absent-Minded Professor, directed by Les Mayfield. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and stars Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, ...more
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Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Scott Menville, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes
Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is a 2018 American animated superhero film directed by Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Micha, based on the TV series. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their ...more
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11 15
Astro Boy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage
Astro Boy is a 2009 American-Hong Konger-Chinese computer-animated action film loosely based on the manga and anime series of the same name by the Japanese writer and illustrator Osamu Tezuka. ...more
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14 19
Planet 51 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Jessica Biel, Dwayne Johnson, Gary Oldman
Planet 51 is a 2009 English-language Spanish animated science fiction/family comedy film directed by Jorge Blanco, written by Joe Stillman, and starring Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin ...more
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11 16
Earth to Echo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Mary Pat Gleason, Jason Gray-Stanford, Astro
Earth to Echo is a 2014 adventure film written by Henry Gayden and Andrew Panay and directed by David Green.
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The House with a Clock in Its ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Kyle McLachlan
The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a 2018 American fantasy horror film directed by Eli Roth, based on the novel by John Bellairs. A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) aids his ...more
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12 19
The Last Mimzy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
Michael Clarke Duncan, Rainn Wilson, Joely Richardson
The Last Mimzy is a 2007 science fiction adventure drama film directed by Robert Shaye and loosely adapted from the 1943 science fiction short story "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by Lewis ...more