Netflix is home to some great sci-fi movies, both new and old. The titles you’ll get to watch cover most categories in the science fiction genre, including cyberpunk, steampunk, space opera, superheroes, science fantasy, dystopian, utopian, time travel, and more. But what are the best sci-fi movies you can watch on Netflix? To help you choose the perfect celluloid escape to other worlds and dimensions, we have a curated list of 10 movies that you might want to catch.
The streaming service constantly refreshed its library of sci-fi flicks so you might see some movies come and go from the platform. That’s why we keep updating this list with the latest sci-fi titles. If you can’t get enough sci-fi, check out our list of the best sci-fi shows on Netflix, too.
Best sci-fi movies on Netflix:
Editor’s note: We will update this post as more great Netflix sci-fi movies are added to the service’s catalog and others are removed.
1. Total Recall
Forget about that recent remake and watch the 1990 original Total Recall. It still holds up as a great near-future sci-fi action movie. Arnold Schwarzenegger has one of his best performances as “Douglas Quaid,” a man who dreams about going to Mars. However, when he decides to go to a company that offers virtual vacations, he finds out that his life, and even his name, is a lie. It’s a great mind-bending movie, but with lots of explosions and guns. It’s great fun.
2. Outside The Wire
Starring Anthony Mackie in the lead role of a robot soldier, this action-packed sci-fi movie is centered around a mission to find a doomsday device. A drone pilot (Damson Idris) is sent on a punishment posting to a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for an android officer (Mackie). He’s reluctant at first for having to report to a robot, but soon forms a deep bond with the sentient droid when he realizes it’s trying to stop a nuclear war.
3. The Wandering Earth
The China-made film The Wandering Earth may be the most epic sci-fi movie on Netflix, just in terms of its visuals and themes. In the far future, humanity learns the sun is dying. It is about to expand in its last stage to a red giant, which will destroy the Earth. So what do the nations of the world do to avert humanity’s extinction? They put a bunch of really big rockets on the Earth and start moving it to another solar system.
Is it a little goofy? Yes. Is it one of the most spectacular films you might ever see? You bet. It’s definitely one of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix.
4. See You Yesterday
A Netflix original, See You Yesterday is a story of time travel. But if you’re thinking “Back To The Future,” think again. The film is not the fun, adventurous ride you’re imagining. Instead, it’s a tale of desperation that’ll make you feel sorry for the protagonists — two teenagers who happen to invent a time-traveling backpack. Instead of using their invention for something fun, the duo has to take it upon themselves to save a friend and a brother who dies in a wrongful police encounter.
5. I Am Mother
I Am Mother is a sci-fi thriller about a young girl (Clara Rugaard) who is being raised in isolation by Mother (Rose Byrne), a robot tasked with the responsibility of repopulating the Earth after the near extinction of humankind. Things go horribly wrong when a stranger (Hilary Swank) enters the mix and challenges everything the robot has taught the young girl about the outside world.
This 2013 movie from famed Korean director Joon-ho Bong has an unusual setting: a train that is traveling on what seems to be an endless track around the world, through a snowy post-apocalyptic Earth. The train’s lower class passengers, led by Chris Evans, are trying to get their way into the upper-class portion of the train, where the rich and privileged people, like the character played by Tilda Swinton, reside.
This is a movie that offers up commentary about class, poverty, and more inside an entertaining movie, and that makes it one of the best sci-fi films on Netflix.
7. Bird Box
A strange force eliminates the population of the world. If you see it, you tend to kill yourself. So what must Malorie (Sandra Bullock) do to get herself and her two toddlers to safety? Her last option is to flee to the only safe place left and seek sanctuary from the deadly force. But to survive, she and her kids must undertake a perilous two-day journey blindfolded. Will they survive? Watch this Netflix original sci-fi thriller to find out.
8. Project Power
A mysterious new pill that unlocks superpowers unique to each user is going viral on the streets of New Orleans. The catch is that people don’t know what will happen to them until they take it. As is the case with such drugs, crime starts to escalate in the city as some develop bulletproof skin, invisibility, and super strength. Given the circumstances, a local cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) teams with a teenage dealer (Dominique Fishback) and a former soldier (Jamie Foxx) to fight power with power and risk taking the pill in order to track down and stop the group responsible for creating it.
9. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Black Mirror is one of the best original TV shows on Netflix, but its creator and writer Charlie Brooker decided to release a great Black Mirror feature film in late 2018 on Netflix as well. This is great news on its own, as we get to watch how developing a fictional video game starts to affect the reality of its programmer.
This movie is an interactive experience, as you will be asked in the middle of the narrative to make choices that will affect the storyline. There are several different ways the storyline can end, and once you reach it, you can always start over again and make different choices to see if you can get to all of the endings.
Two paramedics and best friends (Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan) start coming across strange deaths owing to a new designer drug called Synchronic. It mostly affects young people and makes them time travel to the past, sometimes resulting in their death and sometimes leaving them behind. When the daughter of one of the two (Dornan) goes missing, the other (Mackie) decides to take the drug, go into the past, and recover the missing girl.
These are our choices for the best sci-fi movies on Netflix. We’ll update the list with new titles once they hit the streaming service.
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