Netflix: The Very Greatest Sci-Fi Motion pictures to Watch

Film night time is a beloved, long-standing custom for households all world wide. With all kinds of films 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 desires to observe sci-fi. However which film? Fortunately Netflix has a number of good choices in its library. A pleasant mixture of originals and current classics. 

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

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It is just a little generic by way of its aesthetic, however Jung_E is an interesting 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 does not fairly hit these giddy heights, however it’s nonetheless completely value watching. 

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I is perhaps alone on this (or within the minority) however Minority Report is — for me — top-of-the-line science fiction motion pictures of the century. Past its correct and good universe constructing, Minority Report can be a excessive octane thriller thriller not like something we have seen earlier than or since. If you have not watched it already — you most likely have — get on it ASAP.


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


I simply watched The Colony not too long ago. It is surprisingly good!

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


Spiderhead is the most recent film from High 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 degree because the superlative High Gun: Maverick, however it’s nonetheless value watching. Based mostly on a dystopian quick story revealed in The New Yorker, Spiderhead takes place in a state-of-the-art jail, the place drug-induced experiments are happening with the inmates. 

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This Spanish time journey gem ought 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 elements of this setup, making a satisfying climax with emotional oomph.


The Mist is nice. A sci-fi horror film primarily based on a Stephen King story that is obtained some brilliantly executed horror parts. 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 High Gun: Maverick, there was Oblivion. 

Oblivion is an underrated, and now largely forgotten, post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick the place all the pieces is not fairly what it appears. It is formidable and extremely lovely. You could have missed Oblivion on the theater, however there’s by no means been a greater time to present 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 approach: People on the prime flooring get fed a ridiculous quantity of meals, people beneath get their leftovers. Chaos ensues. 

It isn’t excellent, however nonetheless effectively value 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 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 thus far? Candy.


The Adam Venture is not an ideal film, however it is excellent for these searching for out a simple look ahead to a household film night time. Ryan Reynolds does his Ryan Reynolds factor as a time-traveling pilot working along 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 feel it is sci-fi. 

It is sci-fi. Finish of debate.

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

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


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

Apollo 11 1/2 is loosely primarily based 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 a ravishing animated aesthetic. 

It is a superbly made film you’ll be able to’t afford to overlook.