17 Sci-Fi Movies On Netflix You Need To Watch

Often the best sci-fi movies streaming services love netflix have in their catalog is buried in algorithms. That’s why we decided to put together a list of the best sci-fi movies available on the service.

It’s a real mix. We wanted to highlight a few hidden gems, like Synchronic, alongside established classics like Looper and Starship Troopers. There are also a few new movies here like The Colony if you’re looking for something you haven’t seen before.

All in all, there’s plenty to watch if you’re a science fiction fan. Stuck in.

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Look, I’ll match you: I kinda hate Inception. I think it’s a cold, pretentious movie for people who are really trying to pretend to be smart.

But most people like it, so I put it on the list. Everyone has their taste. Please enjoy this movie!

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Blade Runner 2049 really has no right to be good. A sequel to perhaps the most beloved and critically revered sci-fi film of all time, it’s crazy that Denis Villeneuve somehow manages to live up to that legacy, while creating the one of his. A spectacular film.

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I love that movie. It’s wonderful science fiction.

An often misunderstood parody of jingoism, Starship Troopers has aged tremendously. At the surface level, it’s also a really fun and easy watch. Stuck in.

Looper is the movie that helped Rian Johnson get the Star Wars gig, which led to my favorite Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi.

But beyond that, Looper is just science fiction fantasy. It’s daring with its time travel choices and is just an incredibly elegant film. Look at this.

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The Adam Project is not a perfect film, but it is perfect for those looking for an easy watch for family movie night. Ryan Reynolds does his Ryan Reynolds thing as a time-traveling pilot working with his 12-year-old self on a mission to save the future.

Look, it’s a crowd pleaser!

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I just watched The Colony recently. It’s surprisingly good!

It follows a very familiar trope: wealthy people return to Earth years after abandoning it, only to find it overrun with new, unknown threats. However, The Colony reverses some of these clichés and has some surprisingly powerful things to say about how we dehumanize each other. Worth giving a chance.

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Is it science fiction? I think it’s science fiction.

It’s science fiction. End of the conversation.

Don’t Look Up is far from being a perfect film. It stinks of fake Hollywood activism and it’s too long and way too much on the nose. But it still seems important and also… kinda funny?

I think whatever its flaws, Don’t Look Up is a film that had a net positive on the world and is well worth watching.

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Gattaca is a real sci-fi movie, in that it grapples with real scientific ideas and their potential impact on the human race. It’s a film about eugenics, essentially, but it also asks big questions about predestination, and how we can push back against determinism. Very cool, very interesting. To watch absolutely.

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Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Childhood

Apollo 11 1/2 is loosely based on director Richard Linklater’s childhood. An animated tale set in the time of the Apollo moon landing, it stars Glen Powell, Jack Black, Zachary Levi and Josh Wiggins and features a beautiful animated aesthetic.

It’s a beautifully made movie that you can’t afford to miss.

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The blade is iconic. It barely reviewed well when it was first released in 1998, but this vampire superhero movie became almost the prototype of where we are now, with Marvel movies dominating the spotlight.

This one is smooth. Well worth a look.

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This remake/reinterpretation of War of the World is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Cruise in the lead role. It’s a bit underrated in my humble opinion! It features really state-of-the-art, well-integrated CGI and is just furiously paced. I liked it.

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The Platform is a Spanish sci-fi horror film with a macabre concept. Prisoners in a correctional facility are fed in a very unique way: people on the top floor get a ridiculous amount of food, people downstairs get leftovers. Chaos ensues.

It’s not perfect, but it’s still worth watching.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)

Is there a sci-fi movie more critically revered than Blade Runner? If there is, I can’t think of it. Maybe the original Alien or The Thing?

Either way, none of them are currently on Netflix, so Blade Runner is probably the must watch a sci-fi movie on the service.

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Is Okja science fiction? Look, it’s overkill, but it’s a good movie. Watch it anyway.

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An Australian-made sci-fi thriller starring Hilary Swank and Rose Byrne, I Am Mother tells the post-apocalyptic story of Daughter, a character raised by Mother, a robot tasked with helping repopulate the Earth. Very tense, very strange, very good.

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The Mitchells Against the Machines (2021)

The Mitchells vs. The Machines is one of the smartest and most accessible children’s films of recent years. It’s the kind of movie kids and parents can watch together and both have fun.

I should know, my kids have made me watch this…eight times so far? Sweet.

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