20 Movies to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Science Fiction

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Vote up the classic sci-fi films appropriate for kids and teens that will teach them to love and respect science fiction.

Given it's a contemplative genre that offers reflection on humanity and contemporary society, it's understandable you would want to get kids into science fiction. The kinds of moral debates and political issues that crop up in fictional universes can spur discussions about life in our own world, and sci-fi is a genre that encourages critical thought. Luckily, there are plenty of science fiction movies appropriate for kids. Whether you want to see a battle between the Sith and a Jedi Knight or watch how humanity may react to alien contact, science fiction has it all.

Getting your kids into the genre isn't as difficult as you might think. You don't need to show them every episode of Doctor Who or Star Trek, nor should you - you need to ease them into it with some finesse! If your teen or tween is unfamiliar to the genre, try some science fiction movies for beginners, there are some great Disney science fiction movies. The lighthearted Galaxy Quest will familiarize your kids with some sci-fi tropes while providing laughs. The Star Wars and Star Trek films will help your kids recognize the characters that have inspired many archetypal personas in the genre. Classic sci-fi films, like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Tron, are definitely appropriate for a younger audience. 

What are the best science fiction movies for teens and tweens? Vote up the films that can best get kids into the genre! 


  • Star Wars Franchise
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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 franchise called the Expanded Universe including books, television series, computer and video games, and comic books. These supplements to the franchise resulted in significant development of the series' fictional universe, keeping the franchise active in the 16-year interim between the two film trilogies. The franchise depicts a galaxy described as "far, far away" in the distant past, and commonly portrays Jedi as a representation of good, in conflict with the Sith, their evil counterpart.
    • Released: 1977 - Present
    • Directed by: George Lucas, JJ Abrams, Rian Johnson, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand
    36 votes
  • The Last Starfighter
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    After finally achieving the high score on Starfighter, his favorite arcade game, everyday teenager Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) meets the game's designer, Centauri (Robert Preston) -- who reveals that he created Starfighter as a training ground for developing and recruiting actual pilots to help fight a war in space. Whisked away from the banality of his trailer park life to a distant alien planet, Alex struggles to use his video game-playing skills to pilot a real ship, with real lives at stake.
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: Nick Castle
    27 votes

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  • Star Trek Franchise
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    Star Trek Franchise

    The Star Trek film series is the cinematic branch of the Star Trek media franchise, which began in 1966 as a weekly television series on NBC, running for three seasons until it was canceled in 1969 because of poor ratings. Reruns of the series proved to be wildly successful in syndication during the 1970s, which persuaded the series' then-owner, Paramount Pictures, to expand the franchise.
    • Released: 1966 - Present
    • Directed by: JJ Abrams, Robert Wise, Nicholas Meyer, Leonard Nimoy, et al
    24 votes
  • The Fifth Element
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    In the 23rd century, a New York City cabbie, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), finds the fate of the world in his hands when Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) falls into his cab. As the embodiment of the fifth element, Leeloo needs to combine with the other four to keep the approaching Great Evil from destroying the world. Together with Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) and zany broadcaster Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), Dallas must race against time and the wicked industrialist Zorg (Gary Oldman) to save humanity.
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Luc Besson
    20 votes

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  • Tron
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    When talented computer engineer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) finds out that Ed Dillinger (David Warner), an executive at his company, has been stealing his work, he tries to hack into the system. However, Flynn is transported into the digital world, where he has to face off against Dillinger's computerized likeness, Sark, and the imposing Master Control Program. Aided by Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) and Yori (Cindy Morgan), Flynn becomes a freedom fighter for the oppressed programs of the grid.
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Steven Lisberger
    27 votes

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  • Galaxy Quest
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    The stars of a 1970s sci-fi show - now scraping a living through re-runs and sci-fi conventions - are beamed aboard an alien spacecraft. Believing the cast's heroic on-screen dramas are historical documents of real-life adventures, the band of aliens turn to the ailing celebrities for help in their quest to overcome the oppressive regime in their solar system.
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Dean Parisot
    27 votes

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