37 Best Sci Fi Netflix Original Movies Streaming Now!

Since 2016 Netflix have been releasing Netflix Original Movies. And each year Netflix are adding even more original movies to their schedule. And each year the budgets also seem to be getting bigger with big name stars. Last year we had Don’t Look Up starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence and coming very soon in 2022 we have The Adam Project starring Ryan Reynolds. So check out this list of Original Netflix Movies Sci Fi edition and be sure to catch them all!

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Original Netflix Movies: 2016

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ARQ

Starring: Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor, Shaun Benson

Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, a disoriented couple fends off masked raiders while harboring a new energy source that could save humanity.

This is a time twisting sci fi action thriller that manages to keep all the different time threads in order and tied nicely together at the end. Definitely worth a watch!

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Spectral

Starring: James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Bruce Greenwood

When an otherworldly force wreaks havoc on a war-torn European city, an engineer teams up with an elite Special Ops unit to stop it.

This is a military 3D sci fi action film. This is a big screen large scale thriller that landed on Netflix in 2016 that is definitely worth a shot!

Original Netflix Movies: 2017

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iBoy

Starring: Bill Milner, Maisie Williams, Rory Kinnear

When shards of a cell phone get lodged in a teenager’s brain, he discovers he can control electronic devices and uses his newfound power for revenge.

This is a science-fiction teen superhero action-thriller film and it is based on the 2010 novel of the same name from Kevin Brooks. Reviews were a little mixed on release but the actors performances were praised, particularly Maisie Williams.

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The Discovery

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.

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BLAME!

Starring: Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Sora Amamiya

Inside a vast, self-replicating city bent on eliminating all life, mysterious loner Killy emerges to guide a remnant of humanity desperate to survive.

This is CGI anime science fiction action film. It is based on the manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Tsutomu Nihei. Regarded as being faithful to its source material this is a must watch whether you are a fan of the manga or not!

Original Netflix Movies: 2018

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How It Ends

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!

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Tau

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.

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The Cloverfield Paradox

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!

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Mute

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!

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Extinction

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.

Original Netflix Movies: 2019

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The App

Starring: Vincenzo Crea, Jessica Cressy, Greta Scarano

While in Rome to shoot his first movie, actor and industrial heir Nick becomes obsessed with a dating app that sends him into a self-destructive spiral.

This is an Italian language sci fi thriller that aired in 2019.

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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!

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IO

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 bees – what more could you ask for – sci fi and bees!

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Rim Of The World

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!

Original Netflix Movies: 2020

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The Midnight Sky

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!

Original Netflix Movies: 2021

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A World Without

Starring: Amanda Rawles, Maizura, Asmara Abigail

Three teenage girls in search of happiness decide to join a reclusive community that forbids dating, headed by a charismatic leader.

This is an Indonesian movie that was launched on Netflix in 2021.

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Deep

Starring: Panisara Rikulsurakan, Kay Lertsittichai, Supanaree Sutavijitvong

Four insomniac med school students are lured into a neuroscience experiment that spirals out of control — and must find a way out before it’s too late.

This is a sci fi mystery thriller that was written and directed by a team of students from Bangkok University.

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Outside The Wire

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!

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Don’t Look Up

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!

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Oxygen

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!

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Awake

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!

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Space Sweepers

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!

Original Netflix Movies: 2022

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Big Bug

Starring: Elsa Zylberstein, Isabelle Nanty, Stéphane De Groodt

Humans have ceded most tasks to AI in 2045, even in nostalgic Alice’s home. So when robots stage a coup, her androids protectively lock her doors.

This is a French sci fi comedy that was released on Netflix on February 11 2022. Reviews are mixed at the moment but as the movie is so fresh its definitely worth you checking it out for yourself, especially if you like some comedy with your sci fi.

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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 is an upcoming sci fi movie that will be released on Netflix on March 11 2022. Obviously we don’t know much about this one as yet but it is a hotly anticipated title, starring the amazing Ryan Reynolds this is certainly one to look forward to!

Some Of The Best Netflix Original Movies From Other Genres

If you are thinking of watching a movie that isn’t within the Sci Fi Genre then here are some of the best picks of other genre Netflix Originals:

The Irishman – Hit man Frank Sheeran looks back at the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family in this acclaimed film from Martin Scorsese. Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci.
Marriage Story – Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach directs this incisive and compassionate look at a marriage coming apart and a family staying together. Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern.
Da 5 Bloods – Four African American veterans return to Vietnam decades after the war to find their squad leader’s remains — and a stash of buried gold. From Spike Lee. Starring: Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters.
Beasts Of No Nation – When civil war tears his family apart, a young West African boy is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transform into a child soldier. Starring: Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Kurt Egyiawan.
The Guilty – A troubled police detective assigned to 911 operator duty scrambles to save a distressed caller during a harrowing day of revelations — and reckonings. Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Riley Keough.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – When her secret love letters somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down. Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parris.
Malcom And Marie – As a filmmaker and his girlfriend return home from his movie premiere, smoldering tensions and painful revelations push them toward a romantic reckoning in this black and white Netflix movie. Starring: Zendaya, John David Washington.
Roma – Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón delivers a vivid, emotional portrait of a domestic worker’s journey set against domestic and political turmoil in 1970s Mexico City. Starring: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Fernando Grediaga.
The Power Of The Dog – A domineering but charismatic rancher wages a war of intimidation on his brother’s new wife and her teen son — until long-hidden secrets come to light. This movie has received Oscar nominations. Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any good Netflix original movies?

Yes there are lots of good Netflix orginal movies. Here are some of the best:

  1. The Power Of The Dog
  2. Don’t Look Up
  3. I’m Thinking Of Ending Things
  4. Fear Street Part 1 1994
  5. Beasts Of No Nation
  6. Outside The Wire
  7. The Irishman
  8. Tick, Tick…BOOM!
  9. Roma
  10. Marriage Story

How do you know if a movie is a Netflix original?

You can tell if a movie is a Netflix Original as it will have the distinctive red Netflix N above the title on the movie page.

What does Netflix original movie mean?

Netflix original movie means that the movies was funded and produced by Netflix themselves and will then premiere on Netflix.

Have you found a new Netflix original film to watch, let us know!

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