Sci-Fi movies are a genre that are always popular with a specific audience. They offer escapism, action, laughs, and adventure. The audience might be limited in some regards, but the universal stories they tell are simply undeniable.It is with this in mind that we have scoured Netflix to find you the best ones they have available right now.
The titles on display here come in all shapes and sizes. This is probably what makes the sci-fi genre so popular. There really is something for everybody. Whether you want to look at a dystopian future, a not to distant future, or an alternate future, there is something here for you. Science-Fiction films have a way of taking a present we know and distorting it to be something we no longer recognize. All while making a statement about the here and now.
It is the fluid ability of this genre that makes it so reliable to its audience. The best part about sci-fi is how it takes highly complex subject matter and makes it accessible. Because it can do that we get truly far out stories that we can understand. So basically forget about your Netflix queue. Why spend the time looking up a good science-fiction movie on your own? Especially when we have done the work for you with these 15 best sci-fi movies on streaming on Netflix right now.
Bright is not just one of the biggest original Netflix movies, but also one of it’s first forays into sci-fi. This tale of Will Smith teaming up with the an Orc played by Joel Edgerton wasn’t necessarily beloved by hardcore sci-fi fans. But Bright, with its Rotten Tomato score of 27%, is something of an anomaly.Bright has an audience score of 85%. Which means someone out there loves it. Set in Los Angeles and looking like a fantasy version of Training Day, from David Ayer, the guy that wrote that film, Bright makes a comment on the divide our nation has with itself. Netflix is bold but Bright is literally on another planet.
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
Okay, The Cloverfield Paradox is a beautifully flawed film. Sure, Netflix essentially dumped this third film in the Cloverfield universe on their platform, but that doesn’t mean that it is totally bad. While it isn’t anything like the original Cloverfield, or 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Cloverfield Paradox is not a movie without merits. This story about a space crew who find themselves moving through the multiverse of space and time, is bold, audacious, and, at one point, relies on a severed arm to save humanity!
Mute is another big budget Netflix original that hasn’t necessarily been winning over the critics. But fans of Netflix sure are devouring it. The story follows a mute man who ventures into a near-future Berlin to find his missing girlfriend in the seamy underworld. There, his actions speak louder than words. The movie stars Alexander Skarsgard in the lead, but it’s really Paul Rudd who steals the show.
Fullmetal Alchemist (2017)
Based on the popular anime of the same name, fans have been waiting for this one for a long time. And it doesn’t disappoint. While alchemist Edward Elric is searching for a way to restore his brother Al’s body, the military government and mysterious monsters are watching closely.
When We First Met (2018)
When we first met is an interesting foray in the sci-fi sub-genre of romantic comedies. As this is a time travel tale at heart, it calls back some of the better entries like Back to the Future and Bill and Ted. The movie follows a love lorn guy who believes he’s missed out on marrying his true soul mate. Their first night was perfect. So this lovesick guy, played by Workaholics favorite Adam Devine, keeps traveling back to that point in time to finally win the girl of his dreams. You can watch it here.
Spectral was supposed to be a big summer release. But Netflix decided the movie was a better fit for its line-up of original streaming movies. The story follows an otherworldly force that wreaks havoc on a war-torn European city. An engineer is forced to team up with an elite Special Ops unit to stop it.