Netflix: The Very Best Sci-Fi Movies to Watch

Film evening is a beloved, long-standing custom for households all world wide. With all kinds of flicks out there for streaming on totally different platforms, deciding what to observe could be trickier than agreeing on pizza toppings. Nevertheless, the rallying name in my home by no means adjustments — everybody needs to observe sci-fi. However which film? Fortunately Netflix has just a few good choices in its library. A pleasant mixture of originals and current classics. 

Listed below are our favorites, present for March 2023. Get caught in!

Learn extra: The Finest Sci-Fi TV Exhibits on Netflix


It is somewhat generic when it comes to its aesthetic, however Jung_E is an enchanting sci-fi flick centered on AI and sophistication warfare. Directed by Yeon Sang-ho, the creator behind the acclaimed 2016 zombie flick Prepare to Busan, Jung_E would not fairly hit these giddy heights, nevertheless it’s nonetheless completely price watching. 

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I is likely to be alone on this (or within the minority) however Minority Report is — for me — probably the greatest science fiction motion pictures of the century. Past its correct and good universe constructing, Minority Report can also be a excessive octane thriller thriller in contrast to something we have seen earlier than or since. If you have not watched it already — you in all probability have — get on it ASAP.


There is a purpose this Norwegian flick was glued in Netflix’s Prime 10 for some time. A ragtag group should come collectively within the mountain ranges to comprise a large historical troll from wreaking havoc. A stable monster film with spectacular particular results.


I simply watched The Colony lately. It is surprisingly good!

It follows a really acquainted trope: Wealthy folks returning to Earth years after abandoning it, to seek out it overrun by new, unknown threats. The Colony subverts a few of these cliches, nevertheless, and has some surprisingly highly effective issues to say concerning the methods wherein we dehumanize each other. Nicely price giving an opportunity. 


Spiderhead is the most recent film from Prime Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski, and in addition stars Miles Teller, who options in that very same film. 

Spiderhead is not fairly on the identical stage because the superlative Prime Gun: Maverick, nevertheless it’s nonetheless price watching. Based mostly on a dystopian brief story revealed in The New Yorker, Spiderhead takes place in a state-of-the-art jail, the place drug-induced experiments are going down with the inmates. 

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This Spanish time journey gem needs to be in your radar. A mom discovers a connection to the previous, which she makes use of for good, however the penalties for her current are catastrophic. Mirage takes sudden routes away from the acquainted points of this setup, making a satisfying climax with emotional oomph.


The Mist is nice. A sci-fi horror film based mostly on a Stephen King story that is obtained some brilliantly executed horror components. Simply bear in mind, it has an ending that can suck the oxygen out of your lungs. Do not say you were not warned.


Earlier than Tom Cruise and Joseph Kosinski teamed up on Prime Gun: Maverick, there was Oblivion. 

Oblivion is an underrated, and now largely forgotten, post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick the place the whole lot is not fairly what it appears. It is bold and extremely stunning. You’ll have missed Oblivion on the theater, however there’s by no means been a greater time to offer it an opportunity. 


The Platform is a Spanish sci-fi horror flick with a grotesque excessive idea. Prisoners in a correctional facility are fed in a really distinctive means: Of us on the prime flooring get fed a daft quantity of meals, people under get their leftovers. Chaos ensues. 

It isn’t excellent, however nonetheless nicely price watching.


An Australian-made sci-fi thriller starring Hilary Swank and Rose Byrne, I Am Mom tells the post-apocalyptic story of Daughter, a personality raised by Mom, a robotic tasked with serving to repopulate the Earth. Very tense, very unusual, superb.


The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

The Mitchells vs. The Machines is likely one of the smartest, most accessible children motion pictures of the previous couple of years. It is the form of film children and fogeys can watch collectively and each have a blast.

I ought to know, my children have made me watch this… eight occasions up to now? Candy.


The Adam Mission is not an ideal film, nevertheless it is excellent for these in search of out a simple look ahead to a household film evening. Ryan Reynolds does his Ryan Reynolds factor as a time-traveling pilot working together with his 12-year-old self on a mission to save lots of the long run.

Look, it is a crowd pleaser! 

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Is that this sci-fi? I believe it is sci-fi. 

It is sci-fi. Finish of dialogue.

Do not Look Up is much from an ideal film. It reeks of Hollywood faux-activism and it is too lengthy and means too on the nostril. But it surely nonetheless feels essential and in addition… fairly humorous? 

I believe no matter its flaws, Do not Look Up is a film that has had a web constructive on the world and it is price watching.


Apollo 10 1/2: A Area Childhood (2022)

Apollo 11 1/2 is loosely based mostly on director Richard Linklater’s childhood. An animated story set across the time of the Apollo moon touchdown it stars  Glen Powell, Jack Black, Zachary Levi and Josh Wiggins and options an attractive animated aesthetic. 

It is a fantastically made film you may’t afford to overlook.

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