What about Akira?
We haven't gotten to Akira yet! Good choice. My oldest is sixteen now and he just asked me if it was okay to watch "Thelma & Louise." I said yes. He's sixteen. I think the barn door to protecting him from adult situations is wide open..
Yeah, it's pretty much all downhill from there. From now on, you'll be learning about the seedy underbelly of life from him rather than the other way around.
Enjoy the ride!
I now they are not truly SF movies, but for her I would start with Studio Ghibli movies, like Totoro.
youngest is 10 and has a friend who pretty much watches what he likes. Makes it very difficult to tell him that he shouldn't watch something when his friend is telling him about it at school.
However will regularly sit down and watch Cartoon Network with him and he has watched new Dr Who with me.
depends what sort of films you are looking for. If it is just for the wonder of space, I suggest a classic, 2001
turn it off when you get to the bit with the monolith at the end as it gets all psychedelic, but the space travel scenes were really accurate.
A favourite in our house was "short Circuit" ("Number 5 is alive, no disassemble Number 5!")
"Moon" is a great techno suspense film, and delves into the whole "If you rely on media for your life, are you truly alive?" question.
If you are into Zombies, I believe "Zombieland" is quite amusing.
Interestingly, Short Circuit was a favorite of the girls in the house. :)
Here's a spread of classic to modern films which are suitable for a 14 year old boy if he's willing to see movies that aren't too violent and gory....
The Day the Earth Stood Still (original)
Planet of the Apes (original)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
20 Million Miles to Earth
This Island Earth
Mothra (and a lot of the other Kaiju movies)
Invaders from Mars (orginal)
War of the Worlds (original)
Robinson Crusoe on Mars
The Day of the Triffids
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Colossus: the Forbin Project
The Time Machine (Rod Taylor version)
The Circus of Dr. Lao (not strictly SF, but fun)
Creature From the Black Lagoon
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Fun story with the original Planet of the Apes. My husband watched that with my son and the husband said the best part was when he watched my son absorb the twist ending.
There needs to be a separate list of the films you must show your kids before showing them Spaceballs, so they'll appreciate it.
At least Star Wars and Alien. Although they might not get that last reference fully unless they've seen classic Looney Tunes.
Aww, hell. I guess it doesn't really matter.
Is it possible that this is the first reference to Star Wars - (1978)? My kids are easily freaked out, so I haven't shown them this yet, mostly due to the Vader Captain Antilles throat-crush, the hand chopping, and the string of exploding X and Y wing pilots, which gets a bit dark (poor, poor Porkins). But I've already purchased the original, Han shooting-first, digital effects-free version, which will be the first Star Wars film they see if if freakin' kills me. I can't wait to show this soon.
(grumble grumble Jar Jar Binks grumble)
The original is the first one my kids watched but I think there were about 9 or so. We had the VHS tapes of the original Han-shooting-first movies.
They loved it. They were less fond of the sequels.