With the vast amount of choice available on Netflix, it’s hard to distinguish between what you should stream or what you should skip. And if you’re a sci fi lover, then there are plenty of sci fi movies on Netflix for you. But we’ve picked out the best of the bunch. The top 25 sci fi Netflix movies are right here, so get ready to stream right now!
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Netflix Best Sci Fi Movies List
Don’t Look Up (2021)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep
Two astronomers go on a media tour to warn humankind of a planet-killing comet hurtling toward Earth. The response from a distracted world: Meh.
This big budget Netflix Original is a must watch commentary on modern times. Amazing performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. Definitely makes you think that something like this could really happen!
Starring: Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford
A scientist whose proof of an afterlife caused a rash of suicides forges ahead with his research, while his disapproving son falls for a troubled woman.
This is a sci fi thriller with some romance thrown in. Reviews were mixed for this title, stating that it doesn’t quite live up to its premise but it is still worth a watch, especially if you like a little romance with your sci fi.
Starring: Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi
After waking up in a cryogenic unit, Liz fights to survive and remember who she is before her oxygen runs out.
This is a French language sci fi thriller with Anne Hathaway serving as a producer. It is a claustrophobic white knuckle thriller that premiered on Netflix in May of last year. With the majority of reviews being favorable this is definitely one to stream!
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim
A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board.
This movie is a thoughtful take on a very difficult dilemma which has been praised for it’s acting performances. Check this one out for sure!
See You Yesterday
Starring: Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow, Astro
As two teen prodigies try to master the art of time travel, a tragic police shooting sends them on a series of dangerous trips to the past.
This sci fi movie received many positive critical reviews and was loved by viewers. It was also nominated for many independant movie awards. And it features Michael J Fox’s last movie appearance before his retirement. A must watch!
Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt, Frances Fisher
After a global event wipes out humanity’s ability to sleep, a troubled ex-soldier fights to save her family as society and her mind spiral into chaos.
This movie premiered on Netflix in June last year and reached number one worldwide in the week of it’s release. Even so, this disaster movie didn’t receive the best reviews but it is still worth a watch!
The Midnight Sky (2020)
Starring: George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo
In the aftermath of a global catastrophe, a lone scientist in the Arctic races to contact a crew of astronauts with a warning not to return to Earth.
This movie is based on the book Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. It was named one of the top ten best movies of 2020 by National Board of Review. For the first five days after it’s release it was Netflix’s most watched movie and it stayed in the top ten for the first twelve days afterwards. So join the other 72 million households that watched this movie and catch it now!
How It Ends (2018)
Starring: Theo James, Forest Whitaker, Kat Graham
Worried about his pregnant fiancée amid a sudden cataclysm, a young lawyer embarks on a dangerous road trip west with his future father-in-law.
Another straight to Netflix release this sci fi action thriller didn’t receive the best reviews but the cast put in a stellar performance so it’s worth a shot!
Starring: Michael Peña, Lizzy Caplan, Israel Broussard
Plagued by dreams of an alien invasion, a family man faces his worst nightmare when an extraterrestrial force begins exterminating Earth’s inhabitants.
This movie was originally scheduled for a theatrical release but it was pulled at the last minute and Netflix scooped up the rights. This is an alien invasion movie that is worth a stream.
Outside The Wire (2021)
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris, Emily Beecham
In the near future, a drone pilot sent into a war zone finds himself paired with a top-secret android officer on a mission to stop a nuclear attack.
The futuristic action thriller was first released direct to Netflix in January 2021 and it was the most watched movie on the platform on it’s opening weekend. Don’t miss this one!
In The Shadow Of The Moon (2019)
Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Michael C. Hall, Cleopatra Coleman
A Philadelphia detective slowly unravels as he nurses a lifelong obsession with an enigmatic female serial killer whose crimes defy explanation.
This is a sci fi thriller that you don’t want to miss!
Starring: Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie, Danny Huston
As a young scientist searches for a way to save a dying Earth, she finds a connection with a man who’s racing to catch the last shuttle off the planet.
This post-apocalyptic thriller set features a bees – what more could you ask for – sci fi and bees!
Space Sweepers (2021)
Starring: Song Joong-ki, Kim Tae-ri, Jin Sun-kyu
Chasing after space debris and faraway dreams in year 2092, four misfits unearth explosive secrets during the attempted trade of a wide-eyed humanoid.
This is a Korean movie, the theme is heavy on the criticism of capitalism. But despite the serious theme Robot Bubs brings some lightheartedness this can also be something of a fun watch. On it’s release this movie debuted at number one on Netflix in 16 countries and it dominated the top tens in over 80 countries. This is one you definitely don’t want to miss!
The Platform (2019)
Starring: Iván Massagué, Antonia San Juan, Zorion Eguileor
A slab of food descends floor by floor in a prison. The inmates above eat heartily, leaving those below starving and desperate. A rebellion is imminent.
This is a Spanish language social science fiction horror film. Reviews have been very favourable and has been described as an inventive and captivating dystopian thriller. So if you fancy something a little different give this one a try!
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl
Orbiting above a planet on the brink of war, scientists test a device to solve an energy crisis and end up face-to-face with a dark alternate reality.
This sci fi horror is the third movie in the Cloverfield franchise. But in space. The film hasn’t received the best of reviews compared to the first two movies in the series but if you want to continue the Cloverfield story then stream this one!
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter, Craig Parkinson
In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a dark fantasy novel into a video game. A mind-bending tale with multiple endings.
This is an interactive sci fi film from the Blackmirror anthology series, written by creator Charlie Broker. As well as being sci fi this movie also incorporates elements of horror and comedy. The film was a hit with critics, although these has been some criticism. The movie has been nominated for and won a huge numbers of film awards so whether you have seen anything in the Blackmirror series or not this is still definitely worth a watch!
What Happened To Monday (2017)
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe, Glenn Close
In a future with a strict one-child policy, six septuplets must avoid government detection while searching for their missing sister.
This is a dystopian sci fi action thriller which is at times a little on the silly side it is considered likely to end up as a cult classic movie. So catch it now, before the crowd!
I Am Mother (2019)
Starring: Clara Rugaard, Rose Byrne, Hilary Swank
Following humanity’s mass extinction, a teen raised alone by a maternal droid finds her entire world shaken when she encounters another human.
After it’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Netflix acquired the streams rights to this sci fi thriller. It is a tense and intriguing movie that has been praised, especially for it’s acting. Definitely one not to miss!
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux
When his girlfriend vanishes, a mute man ventures into a near-future Berlin’s seamy underworld, where his actions speak louder than words.
This is a neo noir science fiction film directed by Duncan Jones. The movie is worth watching for the score alone, composed by Clint Mansell, even if the critics haven’t been too kind!
Project Power (2019)
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback
An ex-soldier, a teen and a cop collide in New Orleans as they hunt for the source behind a dangerous new pill that grants users temporary superpowers.
This one is a futuristic superhero movie that was released straight to Netflix in August 2020. For the first two weekends after it’s premiere it was the top streamed movie on Netflix. With critics praising the acting this is a fun thriller that is worth a stream!
America: The Motion Picture (2021)
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jason Mantzoukas, Olivia Munn
A chainsaw-wielding George Washington teams with beer-loving bro Sam Adams to take down the Brits in a tongue-in-cheek riff on the American Revolution.
This is an adult animated sci fi comedy which is a Netflix original movie. It is something of a controversial movie which opinions divided but if you are looking for something more lighthearted then this may be your thing!
Starring: Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein, Gary Oldman
Kidnapped by an inventor who uses her as a test subject to perfect his robotic AI, a street-smart young woman tries to escape her high-tech prison.
This is a sci fi thriller Netflix original starring Gary Oldman as Tau.
Rim Of The World (2019)
Starring: Jack Gore, Miya Cech, Benjamin Flores Jr.
Stranded at a summer camp when aliens attack the planet, four teens with nothing in common embark on a perilous mission to save the world.
This sci fi adventure movie is a modern take on the 80s kid centered action films. Although it may fall short of some of the 80s classics it is still worth a watch!
The Silence (2019)
Starring: Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto
With the world under attack by deadly creatures who hunt by sound, a teen and her family seek refuge outside the city and encounter a mysterious cult.
This is a sci fi horror based on the book of the same name from Tim Lebbon. It has been compared to 2018 movie A Quiet Place so if you enjoyed that movie then catch this one too!
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, An Seo Hyun
A gentle giant and the young girl who raised her are caught in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed and scientific ethics.
This is an action adventure film directed by Parasite director Bong Joon Ho. This movie has garnered huge critical acclaim and was named New York Times’s ten most influential films of the decade in November 2019. Definitely one not to miss!
Starring: Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore
In a future where technology has rendered privacy obsolete, a detective investigates a serial assassin who has been deleted from all visual records.
This is a sci fi thriller which has been described as slightly predictable but if you’ve exhausted everything else on this list then go for it!
The Titan (2021)
Starring: Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Agyness Deyn
On a bleak future Earth, a soldier endures a radical genetic transformation to save humanity. But his wife fears he’s becoming more creature than man.
This is a futuristic dystopian thriller from Netflix about colonizing the moon. While not critically lauded it’s still worth a shot!
Starship Troopers (1997)
In the distant future, Earth is at war with a race of giant alien insects. Little is known about the Bugs except that they are intent on the eradication of all human life. The Bugs are a ruthless enemy with only one mission: survival of their species no matter what the cost.
Starship Troopers is a military science fiction action film It is directed by Paul Verhoeven and is based on the novel of the same name by Robert A. Heinlein’s. This is the only movie in the Starship Troopers franchise to get a theatrical release. Initially the movie received negative reviews, however it has aged well and the response over time has become more positive with the movie being praised for its political satire.
The Adam Project
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner
After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self on a mission to save the future.
This time travel adventure starring Ryan Reynolds is a fun action movie with all the usual charm that Ryan Reynolds usually brings to a movie.
War Of The Worlds
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin and Miranda Otto
Dockworker Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) struggles to build a positive relationship with his two children, Rachel and Robbie. When his ex-wife, Mary Ann (Miranda Otto), drops them off at Ferrier’s house, it seems as though it will be just another tension-filled weekend. However, when electromagnetic pulses of lightning strike the area, the strange event turns out to be the beginning of an alien invasion, and Ferrier must now protect his children as they seek refuge.
This is a big budget remake of HG Wells classic novel of the same name, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the number one sci-fi movie on Netflix?
Here are some of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix:
- Don’t Look Up
- The Adam Project
- Black Mirror
- Starship Troopers
- War Of The Worlds
- Blade Runner: 2049
- I Am Legend
Are there any sci-fi movies on Netflix?
There are loads of sci-fi movies on Netflix – there are plenty of Netflix originals and other movies too. Here are some of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix:
- Don’t Look Up
- The Adam Project
- Black Mirror
- Starship Troopers
- War Of The Worlds
- Blade Runner: 2049
- I Am Legend