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The 15 Best Sci-Fi Movies to Watch on Netflix



It’s no secret that I love a good sci-fi movie. I mean, who doesn’t? But lately, my Netflix queue has been getting a little thin on the sci-fi offerings—and as a result, I’ve started to get desperate for something to watch. Luckily for all of us who can’t get enough outer space and futuristic worlds, Netflix is full of fantastic sci-fi movies just waiting for you to stream them right now! So if you’re looking for something new or just want some recommendations on what’s worth your time and money (or both!), here are the 15 best sci-fi movies on Netflix right now:

1. The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

The Cloverfield Paradox is the third installment of the Cloverfield franchise. It was released in 2018, and J.J. Abrams directed it. Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Roger Davies star as a group of astronauts who must fight for survival after a space station experiment goes wrong. The movie takes place almost entirely in space but does include some flashbacks to Earth and scenes set inside a bunker on the planet’s surface.

2. Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough.

Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park follows a group of scientists who travel to an island where dinosaurs have been recreated using DNA from mosquitoes preserved in amber. The theme park has been created with great care and attention to detail—but what happens when nature takes its course? This film boasts tense action sequences and beautiful cinematography but also explores themes of greed and family dynamics.

3. Oblivion (2013)

Oblivion (2013)

If you’re a sci-fi fan, Oblivion is a must-see. The film stars Tom Cruise and is about a drone repairman sent to a distant planet to fix a drone that has gone offline. Oblivion was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, which it won in 2014; it was also nominated for Best Science Fiction Film at the Satellite Awards—and if those two awards aren’t enough proof of its excellence as a science fiction movie, it has an 8/10 rating on IMDb (the same as Avatar).

If you love science fiction movies and haven’t seen this one yet, add it to your queue now!

4. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

This movie is about a soldier who is stuck in a time loop. He wakes up each day and relives the previous day’s events, but he soon discovers that he can use the knowledge of what happened to save people and change his fate. The story is based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, later adapted into a manga series.

The movie is directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) and stars Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible) and Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train). It also features Bill Paxton as Cage’s mentor, Brendan Gleeson as General Brigham, Kick Gurry as Corporal Hicks, Tony Way as Captain Farrelly, and Noah Taylor as Cpl Tector Reid.

5. Looper (2012)

Looper (2012)

Looper is a sci-fi action thriller starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. The film follows two men—one who kills people sent back in time by the mob and another who is being targeted to be killed by the mob—who eventually must team up to save the world.

This movie will make you think long and hard about what would happen if we could travel through time but also make you feel like you’re watching an awesome action flick at all times.

If you’re looking for a good sci-fi movie on Netflix, this should definitely be one of your top picks!

6. Avatar (2009)

Avatar (2009)

Avatar (2009) is one of the best movies on this list. The story, acting, and effects are all perfect. If you like action and adventure, then you will like this movie. Sci-fi fans will also enjoy it because there are some sci-fi elements in it.

If you have never seen a 3D movie before, Avatar (2009) is an excellent choice for your first time watching one! James Cameron directed it, so that means it’s definitely going to be good!

7. Snowpiercer (2013)

Snowpiercer (2013)

The movie is based on the graphic novel of the same name, and it’s set in a post-apocalyptic future where the world has frozen over. The only survivors are those who live aboard a train that keeps traveling around the planet, always moving forward at all costs until they reach their final destination. But there’s a rebellion brewing when Curtis (Chris Evans) joins forces with Edgar (Jamie Bell), Tanya (Octavia Spencer), and others who aren’t happy being slaves to Wilford (Ed Harris).

Snowpiercer is available in both Korean and English with subtitles. It’s an action movie directed by Bong Joon-ho—who also made Mother!—, but it also has some social commentary about class issues. Snowpiercer is considered one of the best Sci-Fi movies to watch on Netflix.

8. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is the second installment in the Terminator franchise. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg sent back in time to kill the mother of John Connor (played by Edward Furlong). She will eventually be the leader of the resistance against Skynet’s machines.

The film was directed by James Cameron, who also directed Aliens and Avatar, two other sci-fi classics worth checking out. This movie is considered one of the best sci-fi movies of all time because it has significant special effects, a riveting plotline, and some really cool action scenes too! It was first released in 1991, so if you’re looking for something new to watch on Netflix with your friends or family this weekend, put this movie at the top of your list!

9. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

The second movie in the original series and one of the most popular Star Trek movies ever made. In this film, Kirk must face off against his greatest foe yet: Khan – a genetically-engineered superhuman bent on revenge. The movie is an award-winning classic that has spawned many imitators. It’s also one of only two Star Trek films to win an Academy Award for Best Picture – and it was nominated for Best Director too!

This movie is so good that fans think it’s better than anything from 1982 (including E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, or Blade Runner). If you’re looking for great sci-fi movies on Netflix, look no further than this gem!

10. Children of Men (2006)

Children of Men (2006)

“Children of Men is a modern classic and deserves to be treated as such. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry: the movie’s plot is easy enough to follow even if you’ve never heard of P. D. James or Alfonso Cuarón—and trust me when I say that once you have seen this film, you’ll want to watch more by both of them.”

Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 sci-fi masterpiece follows an unnamed protagonist known only as Fowler (Clive Owen), an aging war photographer who finds himself at the center of Earth’s most significant geopolitical event in decades: The birth of a child after twenty years without human conception. Featuring outstanding performances from Julianne Moore and Michael Caine, Children of Men has been called “one of those rare films that will leave your mind reeling after its final frame” by FilmSchoolRejects’ own Paul Tassi—and we can’t agree more!

11. Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future (1985) is a classic in the sci-fi genre. It stars Michael J. Fox as a teenager who travels back 30 years in time, only to find himself stuck there with his parents and forced to live out his teenage years without any of the modern conveniences he’s used to. The film is directed by Robert Zemeckis, who also wrote Back to the Future Part III (1989).

The movie is based on the novel written by Zemeckis himself, but Bob Gale rewrote it for this movie production because they thought it would make more sense as an adventure comedy rather than a drama like in the book version of “Back to the Future.”

12. Jurassic Park III (2001)

Jurassic Park III (2001)

In this film, you’ll see dinosaurs. It’s a sequel to Jurassic Park and the second sequel in that series. It’s also a follow-up to The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park II: The Lost World, but it stands on its own as an exciting sci-fi movie that features some of your favorite dinosaurs from those earlier movies.

The story focuses on a group of people who get trapped on an island with dinosaurs when their boat gets destroyed by one of them during a hurricane (it’s raining at night—the perfect conditions for dino sightings). They try to survive while protecting themselves from being eaten alive by hungry prehistoric beasts! That makes for some pretty entertaining viewing material!

13. Total Recall (1990)

Total Recall (1990)

Total Recall is a 1990 science fiction film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, and Michael Ironside. It tells the story of Douglas Quaid (Schwarzenegger), a construction worker who begins to suspect that his life is false memory implants provided to him by Mars Colony officials when he seeks help from a resistance organization to find out why he feels so estranged from his wife Lori (Stone). The film’s premise was inspired by Philip K. Dick’s 1966 short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” which was later adapted into the 1980 movie Total Recall.

The film had positive reviews from critics, with many praising it as one of Schwarzenegger’s best movies. It was nominated for Best Special Effects at the Academy Awards but lost to Backdraft. It won three Saturn Awards: Best Science Fiction Film, Best Supporting Actress (Sharon Stone), and Best Makeup/Hair.

Total Recall grossed $261 million worldwide on an estimated $63 million budget making it one of the highest-grossing films worldwide during its period.

14. Serenity (2005)

Serenity (2005)

The best sci-fi movies on Netflix are a bit of a mixed bag. Some are classics, and some are new, but they all have one thing in common: they’re so good that you’ll want to watch them again and again.

So how do you choose the right sci-fi movie for your taste? Look at this list of 15 great films about time travel, aliens, robots, or anything else that will keep you up late at night with your popcorn bowl close by.

15. Starship Troopers (1997)

Starship Troopers (1997)

Starship Troopers is a 1997 American satirical military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier, originally from an unrelated script called Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine.

The film stars Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Michael Ironside, and Patrick Muldoon. The story follows a group of young Mobile Infantry soldiers fighting arachnids on future planets.

Four direct-to-video sequels followed it: Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation in 2004, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder in 2008 (which had no theatrical release), Starship Troopers: Invasion in 2013, and Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars due to be released in 2018.

And there you have it. The 15 best sci-fi movies on Netflix. With so many great options, it can be hard to know where to start, but hopefully, we’ve helped give you a better idea of what’s out there and what might be right for you. Whether you want something funny or serious, short or long, action-packed or thought-provoking – there should be something here for everyone!

Unyime Anthony is a gaming enthusiast specializing in first-in-class gaming content, including PS4, Xbox, Nintendo, and Movies, to educate and inform readers.