The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Right Now
If you’re in the mood for some speculative fiction and your pile of Arthur C. Clarke books has been exhausted, you could do worse than to tune into Netflix. The streaming service is constantly acquiring new films in the sci-fi and fantasy genres that should satisfy most fans of alternative futures. Here are 10 of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix right now.
1. HER (2013)
The perils of falling in love with artificial intelligence is at the core of Her, which features a terrific performance by Joaquin Phoenix as a rumpled office worker who finds his soulmate in something without a soul: An Alexa-esque disembodied voice (Scarlett Johansson).
2. ANON (2018)
Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried appear in this Netflix original about a future in which privacy has been rendered obsolete. While there wouldn't appear to be any possible downside, a killer who manages to avoid being detected by widespread surveillance turns into a problem for Owen.
3. EX MACHINA (2015)
Alex Garland's quiet—and quietly subversive—robot parable didn't arrive with all the hype of a major studio sci-fi release but still manages to outdo most big-budget android tales. As the enigmatic CEO of a robotics company, Oscar Isaac uses an underling (Domhnall Gleeson) to test his eerily lifelike AI (Alicia Vikander). But maybe it's really Gleeson who's the one being tested.
4. CHILDREN OF MEN (2006)
If The Handmaid's Tale hasn't sated your appetite for squirm-inducing dystopian fiction, consider Children of Men, which features Clive Owen as a bureaucrat living in a future where women are incapable of getting pregnant. When a young woman develops a baby bump, Owen struggles to help her navigate a society that considers fertility to be an unforgivable burden.
5. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)
Soon we'll have a movie for every single major or minor incident ever depicted in the Star Wars universe. For now, we'll have to settle for this one-off that explains how the Rebel Alliance got their hands on the plans for the Death Star.
6. MOON (2009)
Sam Rockwell stars in this low-key potboiler from director Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son) about a man coming to the end of a solitary assignment on the moon who begins to see and hear things he shouldn't. Apparently, space madness is a thing.
7. KING KONG (2005)
8. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)
Marvel's tale of a misfit band of space jockeys was a surprise hit in 2014. The sequel offers more Groot, more Rocket Raccoon, and the addition of Kurt Russell as a human manifestation of an entire sentient planet.
9. STARDUST (2007)
Director Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel features Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro as supporting players in the tale of a man (a pre-Daredevil Charlie Cox) in search of a fallen star to gift to his love.
10. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
It was a good year for sci-fi and fantasy fans. Following the release of Star Wars, Steven Spielberg etched a permanent place of prominence in his filmography with Close Encounters, the rare alien-arrival film that doesn't end with a show of military force. Richard Dreyfuss, who co-starred in the director's 1975 hit Jaws, is Roy Neary, an electrician with an obsession over extraterrestrial contact. Dreyfuss lobbied hard for the role, which was offered to Steve McQueen, Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson.