Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix: Science-Fiction, the holy grail of box-office, a genre which has the liberty to explore ambitious and inspiring concepts and ideas and a treasure box which has given many remarkable movies over the years. Now with Netflix starting their own NX on Netflix campaign, it opened up and allowed us to stream quite a few sci-fi classics and thought-provoking new movies. So, continuing our Best on Netflix tradition, here are the Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix available to stream right now.
Last Updated: May 24, 2022
[Ranked in no particular order]
22. Oxygen (2021)
Director – Alexandre Aja
Cast – Melanie Laurent, Anne Hathaway
Waking up trapped in a cryogenic unit, the main character had to figure out who she was before oxygen ran out. On to the positives, the first 2/3rd of this movie was pretty typical of a claustrophobic thriller. It built up certain things before the twist came. An entertaining last third act made up for the typical buildup. I wished the ending would be darker, like in Buried. – Nguyen Dang
Directors – Benson & Moorhead
Cast – Anthony Mackie & Jamie Dornan
From Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the visionary directors behind one of the Best Movies of 2018, The Endless, the 2020 sci-fi thriller Synchronic was a slow burn like The Endless. The storyline was basically about the pineal gland, and there are quite a few aspects to like about this sci-fi film. First off, the background music elevated the atmosphere and emphasized the mystery. And I liked how Anthony Mackie’s character, Steve, discovered the mystery of synchronic, which was the primary sci-fi aspect. Overall, a good-looking sci-fi thriller you should not miss watching.
Director – Akash Sherman
Cast – Patrick J. Adams & Troian Belilsario
Preview Only: Clara is a 2018 sci-fi, romance drama directed by Akash Sherman, with Patrick J. Adams and Troian Belilsario in the primary roles. Isaac Bruno (Patrick J. Adams) is an astronomer obsessed with scanning the universe for proof of life. At the point when his obsession endangers his profession, he ignores a friend’s advice to get his life in the groove again and rather digs further into his exploration.
After Isaac meets an artist named Clara (Troian Belilsario), the two start an improbable joint effort filtering through hills of recently delivered information with expectations of making a fantastic discovery. The film address some intriguing science concepts, the first time I’ve seen creators talk about these in the film. Also, Director Akash Sherman executes the ‘first contact’ idea in an exceptionally unique way. One of the Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix.
19. Star Trek
Director – JJ Abrams
Cast – Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana
Preview Only: James Kirk, a reckless youngster, and Spock, an outsider with human and Vulcan blood, join the group of the USS Enterprise to battle Nero, an individual from the Romulan race who aims to decimate numerous planets.
18. Edge of Tomorrow
Director – Doug Liman
Cast – Tom Cruise & Emily Blunt
Preview Only: Next on the list of the Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in the lead roles, Edge of Tomorrow explores the story of Major William Cage, who, with the help of warrior Rita Vrataski attempts to stop aliens from destroying Earth and humans, after being caught in a time loop.
17. Ender’s Game
Director – Gavin Hood
Cast – Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld
Preview Only: Starring Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, and Hailee Steinfeld in the lead roles, Ender’s Game explores the story of Ender Wiggin, a bright young tactician who gets selected by the Military to lead the army safeguarding Earth from a destructive outsider race keen on obliterating mankind.
Director – Jennifer Phang
Cast – Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak
Preview Only: Jennifer Phang’s sci-fi drama, Advantageous takes place in a far-fetched future where plushness dominates monetary difficulty, Gwen and her little girl Jules attempt to clutch their happiness.
Director – Neill Blomkamp
Cast – Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford
Preview Only: Directed by Neill Blomkamp, the film begins in 2154, where the rich live in Elysium, an advanced space station, while the others thrive in poverty on Earth. Max, our protagonist, begins a journey to Elysium to change the fate of humans on Earth and restore equality.
14. The Wandering Earth
Director – Frant Gwo
Cast – Wu Jing, Qu Chuxiao
[This excerpt comes from Surya’s ‘Wandering Earth’ Editorial]
China’s second highest-grossing movie of all time, The Wandering Earth, is the nation’s biggest spectacle to date and further proves the point that the Chinese Film Industry can hold it’s own when it comes to executing big-budget sci-fi films which are parallel to their Hollywood counterparts in terms of quality and scale. It is indeed is a spectacle to watch even on your 42-inch TV and will remain as a prime example that a movie can deliver when you’re able to blend an ambitious concept with superlative visuals immaculately. Wothout a doubt, one of Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix.
13. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Director – David Slade
Cast – Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter
[Comes from Anu’s ‘Black Mirror Episodes Worst to Best’ Editorial]
Bandersnatch, a standalone interactive movie was an experiment into the storytelling of the future. The audience gets to make the choices that lead to different stories and different outcomes. In essence, Bandersnatch is the story of a programmer, Stefan Butler (Whitehead) who wants to adopt a ‘Choose your own adventure’ book called Bandersnatch into a video game and approaches a video game company, Tuckersoft. The episode’s interactive nature is both a blessing and a curse because sometimes the effort comes across as too gimmicky. Still, you have to appreciate Brooker’s ambition and innovation in bringing Bandersnatch to life.
Director – Denis Villeneuve
Cast – Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner
One of the most spectacular, extravagantly shot, and beautifully narrated sci-fi movies in recent times, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival deserves all the acclaim and appreciation through and through. Focused around the theme of extraterrestrials, the emotional beats in the narrative, and the amazing performances from the cast make this movie a must-watch because it is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. – Surya Komal
11. The Adam Project
Director – Shawn Levy
Cast – Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo
The Adam Project is directed by Shawn Levy, and stars Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam, Walker Scobell as Young Adam, Jennifer Garner as Ellie Reed, Mark Ruffalo as Lousi Reed, Zoe Saldana as Laura, and Catherine Keener as Maya Sorian. The storyline revolves around a time-traveling pilot teams up with his younger self to save the future and reconcile with their late father.
Director – Nic Mathieu
Cast – James Badge Dale, Max Martini
Preview Only: Netflix’s 2016 sci-fi/thriller, Spectral is a story that is centered around a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings. Directed by Nic Mathieu, the film stars James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Emily Mortimer, and Bruce Greenwood in the lead roles.
9. The End of Evangelion
Director – Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki
Cast – Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara
Preview Only: NERV face off against the Eighteenth Angel, humanity itself, but in the end the fate of the world depends upon Shinji’s choices. One of the Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix.
8. Divergent Series
Director – Neil Burger
Cast – Shailene Woodley, Theo James
Preview Only: Tris Prior lives in a futuristic world where civilization is separated into factions. And after reaching adulthood, everyone must choose a faction. Tris chooses Dauntless — those who pursue bravery above all else. However, her initiation leads to the discovery that she is a Divergent and will not fit into just one faction. Warned that she must conceal her status, Tris uncovers a looming war that threatens everyone she loves.
Directors – Joe Penna
Cast – Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette
Preview Only: Stowaway tells an unlikely story of launch engineer Michael who, after being knocked unconscious, accidentally stows away aboard an important two-year mission to Mars. Upon his discovery, the crew must navigate all the usual problems of having an unexpected extra crew member on board while Michael comes to terms with actually having to live in space with no training whatsoever.
Director – Arati Kadav
Cast – Vikrant Massey & Shweta Tripathi
Director Arati Kadav’s Cargo, with Sci-Fi undertones, provides an emotional tale, told through the eyes of two rakshasas (demons), Prahastha (Vikrant Massey) and Yuvishka (Shweta Tripathi). With commendable performances from the two main leads, Cargo may not be a flawless attempt, as it certainly suffers from a few storytelling issues. However, it is a worthy step towards an intriguing and innovative concept in Hindi cinema, which we do not see too often. – Surya Komal
5. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
Directors – Yasuhiro Takemoto & Tatsuya Ishihara
Cast – Aya Hirano, Tomokazu Sugita
If the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a prophecy, The Disappearance is a prophecy that came true because everything leads perfectly to this masterpiece. This movie defies all expectations, adding so much more depth to its characters and the world of Haruhi Suzumiya itself. It truly exceeds the series along with A Silent Voice and Liz, and the Blue Bird, Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya stands as one of, if not the best Kyoto animation movie in recent years. – Charlie G
4. The Matrix Series
Director – The Wachowskis
Cast – Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss
[Excerpt comes from ‘Is The Matrix Still Relevant After Two Decades?’ article]
Evil machines took over the planet and humans “brilliantly” thought of an extraordinary plan to cover the sky with some chemicals that will block the sun, eventually starving the machines of energy. Except, the machines started human farming which is a technique where people are used as energy sources while keeping them in simulated dreams, we call the real world. Among these happily sedated humans, one will rise and free all humanity from the dream world.
Director – Alex Garland
Cast – Natalie Portman, Oscar Issac
Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix: Directed by one of the best directors working right now, Annihilation was a beautifully shot film. Everything from the production design, cinematography, and CGI looked exquisite and is a true cinematic experience. The direction by Garland was exceptional, but, the film is a slow-burn, it’s filled with social commentary, creepy imagery, and exciting subplots which makes it special and also very confusing.
Overall, Annihilation is not your conventional science-fiction flick, it has quite a lot to unpack with no coherent ending and will pretty much baffle your brain with alternate theories and social commentary. On the contrary, it is a beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, masterfully directed and gorgeous looking film that you should not miss if you’re up for a discrete science-fiction drama. – Surya Komal
Director – Christopher Nolan
Cast – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway
[This excerpt comes from ‘Nolan Movies Ranked’ article]
1. Ready Player One
Director – Steven Spielberg
Cast – Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke
[Also feat. in our ‘Best Action Movies on Amazon Prime’ list]
Directed by Steven Speilberg, Ready Player One tells the story of Wade, a teenager who sets out on a quest to find the keys and fortune in an alt-reality video game. With great character and emotional moments, incredible action sequences, flashes of memorable nostalgia, and the Speilberg magic that we all grew up watching, this action-thriller is a worthy watch and one of the Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix. – Surya Komal
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