The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Right Now

For when you really need to escape reality.

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Michael Stillwell

Science fiction is the ultimate big-tent genre: It's a vehicle for action-adventure spectacle, cultural criticism, horror, comedy, even romance (and sometimes all those genres in one). Luckily, Netflix's offerings run the gamut.

[Related: The 2019 Sci-Fi Film Guide]

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A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Fancy a bit of the old ultraviolence? That aside, this movie is prescient: Turns out the Ludovico Tecnhique would be realized not with psychology, but with data analysis.

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The Matrix (1999)

The fight scenes are spellbinding, the special effects are mindbending, and the plot is frighteningly prophetic. Twenty years later, The Matrix feels just as revolutionary as it did upon release.

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Serenity (2005)

Joss Whedon’s very good practice run for his about a ragtag team of buddies saving the world.

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The Wandering Earth (2019)

This Chinese blockbuster scratches every possible sci-fi itch: Looming apocalypse(s)? Check. Sentient AI gone rogue? Check. Underground cities, global cooling, and Jupiter being a jerk? Check, check, check. The Wandering Earth is insane—and an insanely good time.

5 of 25
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

R.I.P. .

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District 9 (2009)

District 9 more than lived up to

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Moon (2009)

A bleak, futuristic movie about the greed of corporations spreading to the moon. But not that futuristic: It’s set on the far side, and we just got there.

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Her (2013)

Novel talking software, “Theodore Twombly,” Chris Pratt, Arcade Fire, that mustache—Her is perfectly of its moment. And yet, six years on, it feels as relevant as ever.

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Under the Skin (2013)

The strangest, most beautiful, terrifying, and empathetic movie of this decade.

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Ex Machina (2014)

Incredibly economical in its exploration of the issues of ethics and security surrounding A.I. and robots, Ex Machina has only five characters and three settings, yet manages to capture exactly how the tech bros would fail us.

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Zombieland (2009)

With a dream cast and the best Bill Murray cameo ever, Zombieland is a killer road-trip comedy and whip-smart post-apocalyptic satire. We can't wait for the sequel this fall.

12 of 25
Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

Because every good genre begets at least one B-movie worth watching.

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Okja (2017)

Two words: super pig.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

At minimum, it's worth watching for the sheer inventiveness and visual splendor of the battle on the salt planet Crait. We're big fans.

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Black Panther (2018)

You already know all about Black Panther. You’ve probably seen it more than once. What can be added to what’s already been said? We’ll just say that aside from everything else it is, it’s actually a pretty cogent examination of what might happen if one nation were to possess a resource so valuable as to supercharge its technological development.

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Snowpiercer (2013)

Captain America leads an uprising on a train to nowhere. Tilda Swinton hams it up. Explosions ensue.

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Logan's Run (1976)

Everything in the future is rosy under the dome—unless you're over the age of 30, of course.

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Hellboy (2004)

The less said about the 2019 reboot, the better. Stick with the Guillermo del Toro-helmed original, which is as visually stunning (by '04 standards, anyway) as it is wickedly funny.

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The Lobster (2015)

If you're single, you have 45 days to find your soulmate or you'll be turned into an animal. Yes, this is a comedy.

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I Am Legend (2007)

You've seen Will Smith save the world at least five other times, but not with blood-sucking vampires standing in the way.

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The Fifth Element (1997)

You've also seen Bruce Willis save the world at least five other times, but not with a bunch of alien monsters called the Mangalores standing in his way.

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V for Vendetta (2005)

At once a sharp superhero flick and bleak sci-fi thriller, this graphic novel adaptation effortlessly floats from genre to genre.

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Prodigy (2018)

A little girl with supernatural secrets is the oldest sci-fi trick in the book, but this kindred spirit to Stranger Things is twisty and subversive enough that it still feels fresh.

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Cloud Atlas (2012)

Sure, it's a bit bloated and occasionally nonsensical—what Wachowski work isn't?—but it's much better than you remember.

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Bird Box (2018)

The movie that launched a million memes has a juicy hook (don't open your eyes ... or else) and a satisfying execution.

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