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. 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 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. Their weapon of choice, ...more on Wikipedia
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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 an interstellar war. It also featured Robert Preston, Dan O'Herlihy, Catherine Mary Stewart, Norman Snow and Kay E. Kuter. The Last Starfighter, along with Disney's Tron, has the distinction of being one of cinema's earliest films to use extensive computer-generated imagery to depict its many starships, environments and battle scenes. It is one of the first films to use CGI to represent "real-life" objects instead of a digital graphics. The Last Starfighter was Preston's final film role. His character, ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart, Barbara Bosson, Dan O'Herlihy, + more
Initial Release: 1984
Directed by: Nick Castle
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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. meaning "After Earth". The film stars the voices of Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, John Leguizamo, Nathan Lane, Janeane Garofalo, and Drew Barrymore. The film's animation technique combines traditional hand-drawn animation and extensive use of computer generated imagery. Its working title was Planet Ice. ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo, Ron Perlman, Nathan Lane, + more
Initial Release: 2000
Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Art Vitello
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 Jeff Bridges as a computer programmer who is transported inside the software world of a mainframe computer, where he interacts with various programs in his attempt to get back out. Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan, and Barnard Hughes star in supporting roles. Development of Tron began in 1976 when Lisberger became fascinated with the early video game Pong. He and producer Donald Kushner set up an animation studio to develop Tron with the intention of making it an animated film. Indeed, to ...more on Wikipedia
Actors: Jeff Bridges, David Warner, Michael Dudikoff, Cindy Morgan, Bruce Boxleitner, + more
Initial Release: 1982
Directed by: Steven Lisberger
#14 on The Best Movies of 1982