Movies for Geek Kids

Like any good parent, I want to ensure my child receives the best education and up-bringing that reflects my values. What better way then to expose them to a bunch of movies!!!

What makes a geek movie?

To provide me with some guidelines for selection, I have defined criteria for this list. The movie must be significant in one of the following ways:

  1. Visual effects
  2. Technology & humanity – provide social, cultural, or philosophical commentary on the subject. Comedy is acceptable.
  3. Geek storyline – tell a story that resonates with geeks (geek kid is outkast, learns technology, saves world, gets girl)

Pre-teens

Here is a list that will get my daughter started with a proper geek cultural education.

  • Tron
  • Goonies
  • The Never Ending Story
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Star Wars series
  • The Last Starfighter
  • Time Bandits
  • The Dark Crystal
  • War Games
  • Back to the Future
  • Short Circuit
  • Star Trek
  • Space Balls
  • Indiana Jones & the Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
  • The Lord of the Rings (1978 animated)
  • Superman
  • The Fifth Element
  • Real Genius
  • D.A.R.Y.L.
  • Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • Labyrinth
  • Iron Giant
  • The Incredibles
  • Justice League: The New Frontier
  • Willow
  • City of Ember

Teens

When she gets older, we will start on these.

  • Terminator
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Metropolis
  • Brazil
  • Alien
  • Bladerunner
  • Planet of the Apes
  • The Matrix
  • Lord of the Rings Series
  • Akira
  • Pi
  • Sneakers
  • Weird Science
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Hackers
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show

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4 Responses to Movies for Geek Kids

  1. Mary Kate says:

    I am very happy to see that Labyrinth is on there twice… As it should be.
    Best movie ever!
    MK

  2. sarahvdv says:

    Not just for kids! Those lists are on my “to-watch” list.

  3. asdf says:

    War Games?
    The Manhattan Project?

  4. Dvalamardace says:

    Add Real Genius with Val Kilmer to the list.

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