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The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies

Updated July 13, 2020 8.0k votes 566 voters 28.3k views99 items

List RulesVote 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 Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Iron Giant

    Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel

    Released1999

    Directed byBrad Bird

    The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both... more on Wikipedia
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    Star Wars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    F.R.E.D.I. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    F.R.E.D.I.

    Kelly Hu, Angus Macfadyen

    Released2018

    Directed bySean Olson

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia

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    Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Big Hero 6

    Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph

    Released2014

    Directed byChris Williams, Don Hall

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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Ve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld

    Released2018

    Directed byBob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

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    Wreck-It Ralph is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Wreck-It Ralph

    Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch

    Released2012

    Directed byRich Moore

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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Keri Russell, Allison Mack

    Released1989

    Directed byJoe Johnston

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    Ghostbusters Franchise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Lilo & Stitch

    Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames

    Released2002

    Directed byDean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

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    Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Galaxy Quest

    Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman

    Released1999

    Directed byDean Parisot

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    The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Dark Crystal

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Released1982

    Directed byFrank Oz, Jim Henson

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    Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Treasure Planet

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson

    Released2002

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    The Transformers: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Transformers: The Movie

    Orson Welles, Judd Nelson

    Released1986

    Directed byNelson Shin

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    Guardians of the Galaxy Franch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

    John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman

    Released2018

    Directed byRich Moore, Phil Johnston

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    Tron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Tron

    Jeff Bridges, David Warner

    Released1982

    Directed bySteven Lisberger

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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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    The Secret of NIMH

    Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton

    Released1982

    Directed byDon Bluth

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    MegaMind is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    MegaMind

    Brad Pitt, Tina Fey

    Released2010

    Directed byTom McGrath

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    Meet the Robinsons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Meet the Robinsons

    Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett

    Released2007

    Directed byStephen J. Anderson

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    Flight of the Navigator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Flight of the Navigator

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens

    Released1986

    Directed byRandal Kleiser

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    Atlantis: The Lost Empire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    Michael J. Fox, Leonard Nimoy

    Released2001

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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    The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Kids Sci-Fi Movies
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    The Last Starfighter

    Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston

    Released1984

    Directed byNick Castle

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