Sometimes sci-fi movies can be difficult to discover– especially the classics. That’s why we made this list!
We wanted to highlight a few hidden gems such as, alongside established classics like Looper and Starship Troopers. There are also a few new movies like The Colony here if you’re looking for something you’ve never seen.
All in all there is a lot to see if you are oneFan. Stuck in.
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Blade Runner 2049 really has no right to be good. As the sequel to perhaps the most popular and critically revered sci-fi film of all time, it’s insane that Denis Villeneuve somehow manages to live up to that legacy while carving one of his own. A spectacular film.
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Look, I’ll level with you: I kinda hate Inception. I think it’s a cold, pretentious film for people who really try to pretend to be smart.
But most people love it so I put it on the list. Every man for himself. Please enjoy this movie!
I love this movie. It’s great sci-fi.
Starship Troopers, a commonly misunderstood parody of chauvinism, has aged tremendously. On the surface, it’s also a really fun, simple watch. Stuck in.
Looper is the film that helped Rian Johnson get the Star Wars gig that led to my personal favorite Star Wars film of all time, The Last Jedi.
But beyond that, Looper is just fantastic sci-fi. It’s bold with its time travel options and just an incredibly stylish film. Watch it.
The Adam Project isn’t a perfect film, but it is is perfect for those looking for a simple watch for family movie night. Ryan Reynolds does his Ryan Reynolds thing as a time-travelling pilot who works with his 12-year-old self on a mission to save the future.
Look, it’s a crowd pleaser!
I recently saw The Colony. It’s surprisingly good!
It follows a very familiar pattern: Rich people return to Earth years after they left it and find it overrun by new, unknown threats. The Colony, however, subverts some of those stereotypes and has some surprisingly powerful things to say about how we dehumanize one another. It’s worth giving a chance.
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Is this science fiction? I think it’s science fiction.
It’s science fiction. end of discussion.
Don’t Look Up is anything but a perfect film. It stinks of Hollywood faux-activism and is too long and way too flashy. But it still feels important and also… quite funny?
I think, regardless of its flaws, Don’t Look Up is a film that has been positively received around the world and is well worth watching.
Gattaca is a true science fiction film as it wrestles with real scientific ideas and their potential impact on humanity. Essentially a film about eugenics, it also raises big questions about predestination and how we can roll back determinism. Very cool, very interesting. You must have seen that.
Apollo 10 1/2: A Childhood in Space
Apollo 11 1/2 is loosely based on director Richard Linklater’s childhood. An animated story set around the time of the Apollo moon landing, starring Glen Powell, Jack Black, Zachary Levi and Josh Wiggins and a beautiful animated aesthetic.
It’s a beautifully made film not to be missed.
Blade is iconic. It barely got good reviews when it first came out in 1998, but this vampire superhero flick has become almost prototypical for where we are right now, with Marvel movies dominating the limelight.
This one is smooth. Worth a look.
This remake/reimagining of War of the World is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Cruise. It’s underrated in my humble opinion! It has really innovative, well-integrated CGI and it’s just insanely fast. I loved it.
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The Platform is a Spanish sci-fi horror film with a harrowing high concept. Prisoners in a correctional facility are fed in a very special way: the people on the top floor get a ridiculous amount of food to eat, the people downstairs get their leftovers. Chaos ensues.
It’s not perfect, but still worth seeing.
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982)
Is there a more critically acclaimed sci-fi film than Blade Runner? If so, I can’t imagine. Maybe the original Alien or The Thing?
Anyway, none of them are currently on Netflix, so Blade Runner is likely the must watch sci-fi movie on the service.
Is Okja science fiction? Look, it’s a stretch, but it’s a good movie. Just watch it anyway.
I Am Mother, an Australian-produced sci-fi thriller starring Hilary Swank and Rose Byrne, tells the post-apocalyptic story of Daughter, a character raised by Mother, a robot tasked with helping in the repopulation of Earth help. Very exciting, very strange, very good.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
Mitchells vs. The Machines is one of the smartest and most accessible children’s films to come out in years. It’s the kind of movie that kids and parents can watch together and both have a great time.
I should know, my kids made me watch this… 8 times so far? Sweet.
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