There’s an overwhelming amount of Netflix movies to choose from these days, and even when you narrow your search down by genre, it can be hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. Luckily, we spend our time picking out the best possible films to stream so you don’t have to waste yours poking around the platform. So if you’re looking for the best Sci-fi movies on Netflix, you’ve come to the right place.
Oscar-winning director Bong Joon Ho is mostly known for his most recent film, Parasite, but his body of work expands beyond just that thriller film. Snowpiercer boasts one of the most unique premises: the entire film taking place on a train that holds the last of the world’s survivors after a failed climate-change experiment.
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Main cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton
Runtime: 126 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.1
Back to the Future (1985)
This classic time-travel movie follows 17-year old highschool student Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) as he accidentally embarks on a journey 30 years in the past. With the help of the same eccentric mad-scientist that sent him into the past, he must find a way back to the future without causing too much damage to his own life.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Main Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Runtime: 165 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.5
V for Vendetta (2012)
While this movie takes place in a fictional dystopia, the main themes are eerily relevant to what’s happening in the world right now. In the Year 2032, the united kingdom is under the tyrannical rule of the Norsefire Party. Those who oppose the government are killed, and the “truth” has become a weapon to control the people. The film follows a shadowy freedom fighter that goes by “V” as he plots to overthrow a tyrannical regime. Don’t be fooled by the flashy action scenes, however, the true purpose of V for Vendetta is to give us a terrifying look at what can happen if a government falls under fascist rule.
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Director: James McTeigue
Main Cast: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves
Runtime: 132 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.2
Ex Machina (2014)
This sci-fi movie brings an up-and-coming computer programmer (Domhall Gleeson) to the remote home of his boss (Oscar Isaac) to assist in a ground-breaking A.I. (artificial intelligence) experiment: Observing a synthetic humanoid (Alicia Vikander) perform a series of evaluations to test just how human she is.
Director: Alex Garland
Main Cast: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac
Runtime: 108 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.7
Minority Report (2002)
In a future where a special police unit is able to stop and arrest murderers before they ever get to commit their crimes, Chief John Anderton (Tom Cruise) finds himself accused of a future murder. He goes from officer to criminal in his search to understand why he saw himself murdering a stranger.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Main Cast: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
Runtime: 145 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
If you’re looking for a fun, action-packed Star Wars movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, this is worth a watch. The story follows Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian years before they joined the rebellion. However, if you want to stream all of the Star Wars movies beyond this one, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
Director: Ron Howard
Main Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke
Runtime: 155 minutes
IMDb Rating: 6.9
No Game No Life: Zero (2017)
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.
Director: Atsuko Ishizuka
Main Cast: Alexandra Bedford, Jessica Boone, Ricardo Contreras
Runtime: 110 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
As the second installment in the Ant-Man series, this movie takes place in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War. As he struggles to bring balance back to his life, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must put the Ant suit back on once again to fight side by side with The Wasp.
Director: Peyton Reed
Main Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña
Runtime: 118 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.1
As far as animated Marvel movies go, Spider-Verse is one of the best so far. In a string of parallel universes, teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) finds himself becoming Spider-Man. Aided by the Spider-Men — and woman — from other timelines, he must learn to be like Peter Parker.
Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey
Main Cast: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld
Runtime: 116 minutes
IMDb Rating: 8.4
If you’re in the mood for a dystopian future packed with action, Equilibrium is here to deliver just that. Set in the middle of a totalitarian regime, peace is maintained amongst the populace with a drug that removes emotions from its citizens. Books, Art, and music are all strictly forbidden and punishable by death.
Director: Kurt Wimmer
Main Cast: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson
Runtime: 107 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.4
The Vampires and the Lycans have been at war for centuries, and Selene (Kate Beckinsale) has devoted her life to eradicating the remaining pockets of werewolves. However, when she encounters a seemingly harmless human doctor (Scott Speedman), she uncovers a long-standing conspiracy that shakes her beliefs.
Director: Len Wiseman
Main Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Shane Brolly
Runtime: 121 minutes
IMDb Rating: 7.0
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