The Best Netflix Sci-Fi Movies You Absolutely Need To See

When it comes to NetflixSci-fi movies are often a bit hard to find, especially the classics. That’s why we created this list!

We wanted to highlight some of the best gems in science fiction, such as synchronous — along with established classics like Looper and Starship Troopers. There are also some new movies here like Spiderhead if you’re looking for something you haven’t seen before.

In short, there is much to see if you are a Science fiction fan. Get stuck in.

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Spiderhead is the latest film from Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski, and also stars Miles Teller, who appears in that same film.

Spiderhead isn’t quite on the same level as the superlative Top Gun: Maverick, but it’s worth watching. Based on a dystopian short story published in The New Yorker, Spiderhead takes place in a state-of-the-art prison, where drug-induced experiments are carried out on the inmates.


The mist is great. A sci-fi horror film based on a Stephen King story that has some brilliantly executed horror elements. Just be aware that it has an end that will suck the oxygen out of your lungs. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

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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 amazing that Denis Villeneuve somehow manages to live up to that legacy, while creating one of his own. A spectacular movie.

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Look, I’m going to be honest with you: I kind of hate Inception. I think it’s a cold, pretentious movie for people who try really hard to pretend they’re smart.

But most people love it so I put it on the list. Each for their own. Enjoy this movie!


I love this movie. It’s great science fiction.

Starship Troopers, an often misunderstood parody of jingoism, has aged tremendously. On a surface level, it’s also a really fun and easy watch. Get stuck in.

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

But beyond that, Looper is just sci-fi fantasy. It’s bold with its time travel choices and it’s just an incredibly stylish movie. Look.


The Adam Project is not a perfect movie, but it is perfect for those looking for a simple watch for family movie night. Ryan Reynolds does his thing as Ryan Reynolds 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!


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

It follows a very familiar trope: the wealthy return to Earth years after leaving it, to find it overrun by new and unknown threats. However, The Colony subverts some of these clichés and has some surprisingly powerful things to say about the ways we dehumanize each other. It’s worth giving it a try.

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

It’s science fiction. End of discussion.

Don’t Look Up is far from a perfect movie. It reeks of fake Hollywood activism and is too long and too direct. But it still feels important and also… quite fun?

I think that regardless of its faults, Don’t Look Up is a film that has had a net positive impact on the world and is worth watching.

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Gattaca is a true science fiction movie as it grapples with real scientific ideas and their potential impact on the human race. It’s a eugenics movie, essentially, but it also raises big questions about predestination and how we can reject determinism. Very good, very interesting. A must see.


Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Childhood

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

It is a beautifully made film that you cannot miss.

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Blade is iconic. It barely got good reviews when it first came out in 1998, but this vampire-superhero flick has become almost a prototype for where we are now, with the Marvel movies dominating the spotlight.

This one is slippery. Well worth a look.

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This new version/reinterpretation of The War of the World is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Cruise in the title role. It’s a bit underrated IMHO! It features really cutting edge CGI, well integrated and is fast paced. I loved.

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The Platform is a Spanish sci-fi horror movie with a gruesome concept. Inmates in a correctional facility are fed in a very unique way: the people upstairs get a ridiculous amount of food, the people downstairs get their scraps. Chaos ensues.

It’s not perfect, but it’s worth seeing.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)

Is there a science fiction 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 will probably be the must watch sci-fi movie on service.


Okay is it science fiction? Look, it’s exaggerated, but it’s a good movie. Just watch it anyway.


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 to repopulate the Earth. Very tense, very strange, very good.


The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

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

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

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