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The 15 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix in 2022

15 Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix to Watch in 2022

There are an overwhelming number of movies on Netflix to choose from these days, and even more Netflix shows to dig through. Narrowing your search down by genre can only get you so far, and it can be hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. Luckily, we spend our time picking out the best possible sci-fi movies to stream so you don’t have to waste your time looking for them. So if you’re looking for the best sci-fi and fantasy movies on Netflix for 2022, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re looking for something longer than a movie, you can also check out our list of the best sci-fi series on Netflix right now.

Prospect (2018)

68 %
r 98m
Genre Science Fiction
Stars Sophie Thatcher, Pedro Pascal, Jay Duplass
Directed by Christopher Caldwell, Zeek Earl
Full of suspense and desperation, Prospect is a Netflix original film that delves deeply into the concepts of family, trust, and deception. When a father and daughter searching for mining work in space finally get a job, they must face unknown threats on an alien moon to mine for a very valuable material sought by many. This film is a bit slow and driven by character development, but when considering the limitations set by a relatively low budget (less than $4 million), respect for the acting and storyline must be paid. 

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
75 %
r 137m
Genre Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong
Directed by James Cameron
In arguably the best James Cameron movie, the machines of Skynet are at it again. One of the many great sequels in film history, Terminator 2: Judgement Day is an encore that takes this sci-fi story above and beyond. Spoiler alert: After the first terminator fails to destroy the Connor family line in The Terminator, another is reprogrammed and sent back in the sequel to protect a young John Connor (Edward Furlong) from a new and terrifying threat: a liquid metal T-1000 (Robert Patrick), which is a more efficient killing machine in every way possible.

The Old Guard (2020)

The Old Guard
70 %
r 125m
Genre Action, Fantasy
Stars Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts
Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
From the Netflix sci-fi collection of original movies, The Old Guard is an action movie on Netflix worth streaming in 2022. The story follows a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron) and her covert group of immortal mercenaries who have been protecting the mortal world for centuries.

Star Trek (2009)

Star Trek
82 %
pg-13 127m
Genre Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
Directed by J.J. Abrams
A superb reboot by J.J. Abrams of the classic Original Series storyline and characters, Star Trek thrills audiences with glorious action scenes, fantastic acting, and consistent Abrams lens flares. Dared to live up to his father’s legacy and trying to regain his own pride, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) enlists in Starfleet and begins the adventure of a lifetime, befriending Leonard McCoy and, eventually, Spock. Though the two sequels to this movie weren’t quite as well-received, this revival is a triumph on its own. Star Trek also features a short-lived appearance from Chris Hemsworth as Kirk’s father, kick-starting his mega movie career.

What Happened to Monday (2017)

What Happened to Monday
47 %
r 123m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Stars Noomi Rapace, Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck
Directed by Tommy Wirkola
Jumping forward to the future: What Happened to Monday is set in a society with a strict one-child policy, which is enforced by an armed and dangerous federation army. A group of identical septuplets (Noomi Rapace) attempt to live a single life as one, all assigned to and named after a day of the week. When Monday suddenly goes missing, it’s up to the rest of the family to find her and stay alive.

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Stranger Than Fiction
67 %
pg-13 113m
Genre Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Stars Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman
Directed by Marc Forster
Stranger Than Fiction is one of Will Ferrell’s more serious roles, but it still works as a comedy. The story follows Internal Revenue Service auditor Harold Crick as he goes about his life, only to be suddenly afflicted by narration only he can hear. Life only gets worse for him as the narration begins to affect his work, love life, and potential death.

Inception (2010)

74 %
pg-13 148m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe
Directed by Christopher Nolan
In a conceptual roller coaster of consistently increasing depth, Inception is Nolan’s most popular mind-bending action movie that will make you question consciousness itself. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) performs corporate espionage by hacking into people’s dreams to steal their secrets, but he’s hired to perform a seemingly impossible task: plant an idea into someone’s mind. Though at times a bit over the top, this is one of the best Christopher Nolan films ever, featuring a solid cast and use of creative film tools to wow audiences.

Total Recall (1990)

Total Recall
57 %
r 113m
Genre Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
If you’re looking to watch more of the classics, this early 1990s film is a great place to start. The story follows Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who has been having a recurring dream in which he journeys to Mars. To find out more about this dream, he purchases a holiday at a corporation that deals with memory implants. Naturally, Quaid remembers that he is actually a secret agent and must take down the evil administration on the Red Planet. Take a look at our list of the best Arnold Schwarzenegger movies for more thrillers like this.

No Game No Life: Zero (2017)

No Game No Life: Zero
r 106m
Genre Animation, Action, Drama
Stars Yoko Hikasa, Ai Kayano, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Directed by Atsuko Ishizuka
Based on the novel series of the same name, No Game, No Life: Zero tells the story of humanity’s struggle through the great war. Despite being the only race without magic, humans must use the true power of intellect to survive. This movie is actually the prequel to a popular anime series on Netflix.

Stargate (1994)

42 %
pg-13 116m
Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Stars Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson
Directed by Roland Emmerich
This underrated 1990s flick is a seriously great way to nerd out to sci-fi, mythology, and interdimensional travel all at the same time. Though the overall experience is somewhat tampered by one or two performances in the movie, the action and timely special effects are a great way to enjoy the great performances from Kurt Russell and James Spader.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
69 %
pg-13 112m
Genre Comedy, Action, Romance, Fantasy
Stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong
Directed by Edgar Wright
There aren’t many comedy movies on Netflix that also fit within the action and drama genre, but Scott Pilgrim vs. The World isn’t your average film. Exploring a new love, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must face his new girlfriend’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle to win her heart. If you like witty sci-fi comedies with a dash of action, then dive into the world of Scott Pilgrim.

Midnight Special (2016)

Midnight Special
76 %
pg-13 112m
Genre Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Michael Shannon, Jaeden Martell, Joel Edgerton
Directed by Jeff Nichols
Touching and full of twists, Midnight Special is a sci-fi story helmed by the creative mind of Jeff Nichols, meaning that it might not gain critical acclaim, but it will receive deserved appreciation from a keen crowd. A father (Michael Shannon) takes his young son on the run, as government officials and religious radicals take extreme interest in the young boy’s supernatural abilities. With an incredible performance from the under-appreciated Michael Shannon, this film has much more to give than just a reliable director with an inspiring story. 

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

The Cloverfield Paradox
37 %
pg-13 102m
Genre Horror, Science Fiction, Action, Thriller
Stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Brühl, Chris O'Dowd
Directed by Julius Onah
A strange addition to the Cloverfield film universe, The Cloverfield Paradox takes on a new setting when dimensions collide in Earth orbit. While a space station crew circling the planet searches for a new source of energy to prevent global war, they happen upon an alternate reality that begins to crudely overlap with their own. This film isn’t a must-see by many means, but it is a fun twist that further adds to the lore of the Cloverfield films before it, ending in a surprise that ties them all together.

Real Steel (2011)

Real Steel
56 %
pg-13 127m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly
Directed by Shawn Levy
When Charlie Kenton’s (Hugh Jackman) life as a boxer is cut short by a change in the business, he is forced to adapt and adopt his own prize-fighting robot, simultaneously rebuilding his fragmented relationship with his son. This robot fighting movie has all the action you need.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

The Mitchells vs. the Machines
81 %
pg 114m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
Directed by Michael Rianda
If you’re looking for a new family sci-fi movie on Netflix, The Mitchells vs. The Machines. The plot follows a quirky and dysfunctional family with some generational communication issues between the father and college-age daughter. When the father (Danny McBride) decides to take a road trip to reconnect with his daughter (Abbi Jacobson), they find themselves stuck in a car together as the only humans who can stop the sudden robot apocalypse. If you’re a fan of animated series, this is a great film to enjoy with the whole family.

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