Looking for some Sci-Fi actions? In this guide I’m rounding up the best 49 films you can watch right now on Netflix.
Science Fiction always has been a progressive genre both in literature and films. Through fantasy and scientific facts, Sci-Fi has built worlds, planets, distant futures and realities that make us question our own existence and society.
Through extensive research, we have found 49 sci-fi titles on Netflix that will blow your mind.
How to watch on Netflix
Before we get into the list a lot of movies in this long list aren’t available globally on Netflix. This means that while some are available in your country, others aren’t.
Several reasons, but the most common are copyright and licenses. Another one is offering a different library for each region fitting cultural demands.
But, thankfully, we can access all the regions recommended here using a VPN service.
A VPN allows us to change our IP address and by doing this we can fool Netflix into believing we’re accessing it from another country.
So if you want to access all the movies in this list and more, grab one of the VPN apps recommended above.
1. The Martian
(2015) (Adventure, Drama. Sci-Fi – 144 min.)
Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien) and starring Matt Damon (Saving Private Ryan), The Martian is based on the novel of the same name by Andy Weir.
Mark Watney (Damon), an American astronaut in a human-crewed mission on Mars, is presumed dead after he gets trapped in a dust storm.
Watney is left behind by his crew, and he finds himself alone on Mars in a very hostile environment.
(2016) (Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi – 116 min.)
Twelve gigantic spacecraft suddenly appear in twelve locations around the world. To communicate with the visitors, Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a linguist professor, leads an elite team of investigators.
She needs to translate what the creatures are trying to say to save the world and humankind.
(2016) (Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi – 116 min.)
The Avalon, a colossal spaceship transporting 5000 sleeping people to a remote colony in another galaxy, suffers a malfunction due to an asteroid collision after 30 years of travelling.
This accident leads to two passengers, James Preston (Chris Pratt) and Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawerence) to wake up 90 years early.
4. Blade Runner
(1982) (Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller – 117 min.)
A classic of the cyberpunk genre based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K Dick.
Set in a dystopian future in Los Angeles in 2019, where synthetic humans, known as replicants, are manipulated by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work in the colonies in the space.
A group of rebellious fugitive replicants escape back to earth lead by Roy (Rutger Hauer), and it’s Rick Deckard’s (Harrison Ford) mission to hunt them down.
(2010) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 148 min.)
Written and directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Prestige), Inception tells the story of a skilled thief, Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets.
The movie has an ensemble cast including Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine.
6. Minority Report
(2002) (Action, Crime, Mystery – 145 min.)
Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the short story of the same name by Philip K Dick.
In the year 2054 A.D. the crime can be fought beforehand thanks to a special police unit which can arrest murderers before they commit their crimes.
Chief John Anderton (Tom Cruise) is a member of this special force, and he’s accused of a future crime.
7. I Am Mother
(2019) (Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi – 113 min.)
Originally premiered at the Sundance Festival on 25th January 2019, this Australian film was later released on Netflix on 7th June 2019.
After humanity’s extinction, a girl is raised by a robot which was designed to repopulate the earth. But when a strange woman arrives at the facility, the bond between the girl and the robot will be put at stake.
(2017) (Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller – 104 min.)
Six astronauts on the International Space Station collect a sample from Mars that could be the evidence of extraterrestrial life.
But things don’t go well when the crew begin to experiment with this life form, and everything suddenly gets out of control.
Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, and Jake Gyllenhaal head the cast.
Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo and based on the manga of the same name by Otomo himself, Akira is perhaps one of the most emblematic anime movies.
In a dystopian future, Neo Tokyo city is in danger when a secret military project turns Tetsuo Shima, a bike gang member, into a psychic psychopath with telekinetic powers.
Only his childhood friend, Kaneda, can stop him from destroying the whole city and killing everyone.
10. War of the Worlds
(2005) (Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller – 116 min.)
Loosely based on the classic novel by H.G. Wells, this new redemption was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred by Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, and Tim Robbins.
Ray Ferrier (Cruise) must protect his children when tripod aliens invaded the earth threatening with killing the whole humankind.
(2013) (Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller – 91 min.)
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, this space drama is starred by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Dr Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a medical engineer, and she’s on her first mission to space. Lieutenant Matt Kowalski (Clooney) is a veteran astronaut planning to retire.
After they find out the crew from their shuttle has died due to an accident, the two astronauts get stranded in outer space.
12. Deep Impact
(1998) (Action, Drama, Romance – 120 min.)
A comet is on a collision course to earth and the human race must prepare for the end of the world.
An ensemble cast including Tea Leoni, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman, Maximilian Shell, James Cromwell, and Leelee Sobieski.
13. Bird Box
(2018) (Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi – 124 min.)
Directed by Susanne Bier (The Night Manager), this post-apocalyptic drama is a Netflix original movie starred by Sandra Bullock.
Malorie Hayes (Bullock) tries to protect herself and two children from evil entities that make people who see them go insane and kill themselves.
14. Code 8
(2019) (Action, Crime, Drama – 98 min.)
Based on the short film of the same name from 2016, this Canadian film was originally released at the Sitges Film Festival on October 9, 2019, and then it was globally released for streaming on Netflix.
In the near future, people with superpowers live in poverty. Connor Reed is one of them, and he needs money to help his sick mother. And the only way he can is joining a criminal group.
15. Gantz: O
(2016) (Animation, Action, Drama – 95 min.)
Based on the popular manga by Hiroya Oku, this CGI Japanese animated film focuses on Masaru Kato, a 17-year-old boy, who dies in the subway trying to save an old man from being stabbed.
After his death, Kato ends trapped in a room with people wearing black suits and a black ball called Gantz. Now, he’s part of a survival game in which he must fight against aliens attacking Japan.
16. Jupiter Ascending
(2015) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 127 min.)
From The Wachowskis, the creators of The Matrix trilogy comes this tale of fantasy and adventure about an ordinary young woman who has big dreams, and one day she finds out she’s an intergalactic princess destined to protect the earth from an ancient and destructive industry.
Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, and Eddie Redmayne head the cast.
17. Jurassic Park
(1993) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 127 min.)
Based on the best-seller of the same name by Michael Crichton and directed by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic Park has gained its place among the classics.
A billionaire creates a park full of living dinosaurs in a remote island in the Pacific.
When the park is near to be open, a group of scientists is invited to visit it, and the nightmare begins when after an electrical failure the dinosaurs run wildly.
18. Rim of the world
(2019) (Action, Adventure, Comedy – 98 min.)
A Netflix original film about four misfit teens stranded in a summer camp when an alien invasion hits the earth.
Now, they should overcome their fears and work as a team to save themselves and the world from the wicked threat.
19. The Terminator
(1984) (Action, Sci-Fi – 107 min.)
In 1984, both a human soldier and a killer cyborg are sent from a dystopian future.
Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), the soldier, is tasked with stopping the cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a Terminator, from killing a young woman, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose unborn son will be the humankind’s salvation in the future.
20. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
(1977) (Drama, Sci-Fi – 133 min.)
One of the classic sci-fi movies by Steven Spielberg. Two parallel stories are told at the same time.
On one hand, a group of scientists investigate the strange appearance of different items at different remote locations.
On the other hand, Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), an electric lineman witnesses how his life is changed by experiencing some paranormal activities related to UFOs in Muncie, Indiana.
21. The Wandering earth
(2019) (Action, Drama, Sci-Fi – 125 min.)
The sun is dying out, so the governments of each country on the earth agree to build a system of giant planet thrusters to move the earth out of its orbit and sail to another galaxy.
But along the journey, an unexpected danger put at risk the whole planet. A bunch of unlikely young people fights to keep safe humankind.
Read our review of the movie here.
22. The Cloverfield Paradox
(2018) (Adventure, Drama, Horror – 102 min.)
The third instalment in the Cloverfield franchise, working as a prequel to the original movie.
An international group of seven astronauts at the Cloverfield Space Station try to solve the energy crisis on earth by using a particle accelerator.
But when they manage to get the device working, they must face the consequences of having open a portal to a parallel reality.
(2018) (Adventure, Drama, Horror – 115 min.)
When her husband disappears, Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist, decides to join a secret expedition with another fellow women scientists to the Area X to find some clues.
In that quarantined area, they will discover that the laws of nature don’t apply and a mysterious presence is behind.
The cast is completed by Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Oscar Isaac.
24. What happened to Monday
(2017) (Action, Adventure, Crime – 123 min.)
In a future when overpopulation has become a big issue, governments of the world established the one-child policy.
When a set of identical septuples are born, they’re raised secretly by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe).
Once they reach adulthood, one day one of them, Monday, disappears, and the rest of the sisters must find out what happened to her. Noomi Rapace plays the seven different siblings.
(2014) (Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi – 169 min.)
Directed, co-written, and co-produced by Christopher Nolan, this epic movie is starred by Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, Matt Damon, and Michael Caine.
In a dystopian future, earth is running out of resources, and the only hope for humankind to survive is looking for another planet.
A group of astronauts travel through a wormhole near Saturn searching for a new home.
(2015) (Action, Crime, Drama – 120 min.)
In a near-future in Johannesburg, police have been able to reduce crime rates by using robots.
When one of the police robots has its program changed by a group of criminals, Chappie begins to develop the ability to think by himself and feel.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9 and Elysium), and starred by Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, and Sigourney Weaver.
27. Shanghai Fortress
(2019) (Sci-Fi- War – 107 min.)
An adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jiang Nan. In the year 2042, several metropolia around the world have been wiped out by aliens in search of an energy source.
Now, it’s Shanghai’s time to fight back to survive.
28. Total Recall
(2012) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 118 min.)
A remake of the classic from the ’90s based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K Dick.
This time directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld) and starred by Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel. Douglas Quaid (Farrell) is a factory worker tired of his boring life who decides to pay a visit to Rekall, a company that implants fake memories.
When everything goes wrong while Quaid is getting his fake memories about being a spy, he finds himself on the run from the police.
29. The Space Between Us
(2016) (Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi – 120 min.)
Gardner is a teenage boy who was born and raised in Mars by a group of scientists. While looking for clues about his origin and his home planet, he begins to chat online with a street smart girl named Tulsa.
When he has a chance to go to earth, he wants to experience everything but soon he finds out that his organs can’t adapt to the earth’s atmosphere.
30. The Host
(2006) (Action, Drama, Horror – 120 min.)
Directed by the newly Academy-Award winner Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), this Korean film has gained a special place among the so-called monster movies genre.
Blending comedy, drama, sci-fi and horror masterfully. When a terrible monster emerges from Seoul Han River and begins attacking people, a low-income family will do anything in their hands to save one of their girls from the creature.
31. The Hunger Games
(2012) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 142 min.)
In a dystopian future, the USA is now Panem, a dictatorial country divided into 12 districts and the Capitol.
Each year, every district sends two tributes, a boy and a girl, to be part of the Hunger Games, a reality TV survival game in which all participants should kill each other until only one remains.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers herself as a tribute to take the place of her younger sister. Now she and her partner Peeta must face the other tributes who are stronger and more deadly.
32. Back to the Future
(1985) (Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi – 116 min)
Rightfully one of the classics from the ‘80s directed By Robert Zemeckis that spawned a trilogy and launched into stardom, Michael J. Fox.
Marty McFly (Fox) is a typical 17-year old American boy who is sent accidentally back to 1955 in a DeLorean time machine by the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.
33. Mad Max
(1979) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 88 min.)
A low-budget Australian film that turned into a classic of the genre and launched Mel Gibson’s career.
In a near-future in a dystopian Australia, a policeman (Gibson) turns into a revengeful road warrior after losing his family at the hands of a bike gang.
34. District 9
(2009) (Action, Sci-fi, Thriller – 112 min.)
A military ghetto called District 9 keeps a group of refugees aliens living in poor conditions in Johannesburg, South Africa.
When 28 years after their arrival, the aliens are about to be relocated, the government agent in charge of the mission, Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley), befriends two alien refugees, his life will never be the same.
35. The Matrix
(1999) (Action, Sci-Fi – 136 min.)
Neo (Keanu Reeves) is a computer hacker who is contacted by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), a legendary hacker known as a terrorist.
Morpheus gives Neo the tools to awaken to the true reality and join the rebel forces which fights against an oppressive regime by machine in a post-apocalyptic world.
36. 2001: A Space Odyssey
(1968) (Adventure, Sci-Fi – 149 min.)
Perhaps one of the most iconic Sci-Fi movies of all times directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Kubrick himself and Arthur C. Clarke.
After a monolith-like device is found buried on the moon, a group of astronauts go on a mission to find humankind’s origins with the help of a supercomputer named H.A.L. 9000.
37. The Iron Giant
(1999) (Animation, Action, Adventure – 86 min.)
Written and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), this movie is a hidden animation gem.
A nine-year-old boy befriends a giant robot that comes from outer space while a paranoid U.S. government agent wants to do anything to destroy it. Fun fact: Vin Diesel voices the robot.
(1987) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 107 min.)
Major “Dutch” Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is in charge of a team of special force ops to go to a Central American jungle to rescue possible survivors from a helicopter crash.
But soon they discover the mission is fake and now they find themselves being hunted by something from another world.
39. Pacific Rim
(2013) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 131 min.)
When gigantic monstrous creatures known as Kaiju appears from the sea taking the lives of millions, the last chance for humankind is fighting back with giant robots.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro and explicitly influenced by Japanese monster movies like Godzilla and mecha anime, Pacific Rim is a visual feast of non-stop action.
40. The Fifth Element
(1997) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 126 min.)
From Luc Besson’s powerful imagination, comes this tale of the classic battle between evil and good. When the universe is facing the threat of evil, the only hope for humankind is The Fifth Element who comes to earth every five thousand years to save humans.
But, this time the evil nearly kills The Fifth Element and everything is in the hands of Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), a cab driver and former elite commando.
41. Ex Machina
(2014) (Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi – 108 min.)
Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is a young programmer who is selected to spend a whole week evaluating the human characteristics of an advanced humanoid A.I.
Directed and written by Alex Garland (Annihilation, 28 Days Later), with Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider) as Ava, the breathtaking humanoid, and Oscar Isaac (Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens) as Ava’s creator.
42. Edge of Tomorrow
(2014) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 113 min.)
Based on the novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Cage (Tom Cruise) is a soldier, who is fighting aliens that attacked earth and he is doomed to relive the same day over and over again every time he’s killed.
With the help of the Special Forces warrior Rita (Emily Blunt), they will be able to fight the aliens in a better way after each repetition.
43. Event Horizon
(1997) (Horror, Sci-Fi- Thriller – 96 min.)
When the starship Event Horizon disappears into a black hole and suddenly appears again seven years later, a group of astronauts is sent to rescue what remains of the ship and the crew and find out something terrifying.
44. The 5th Wave
(2016) (Action, Adventure – Drama)
Four deadly waves of alien attacks have destroyed earth. Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run trying to save her younger brother while the fifth wave approaches.
45. Super 8
(2011) (Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller – 112 min.)
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash while they’re filming a super 8 movie. They’re convinced the accident was due to something paranormal, and right after this, inexplicable events take place while a police deputy tries to hide something even worse.
Directed and written by J. J. Abrams and Produced by Steven Spielberg.
(2014) (Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi – 89 min.)
Another movie from Luc Besson’s mind. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) has to complete a simple job: to hand a briefcase to Mr Jung.
But, suddenly she finds herself caught in the middle of a mafia war, and she’s captured and turn into a drug mule for a very powerful synthetic drug.
When the bag inside her leaks, she transforms into an unstoppable being unlocking all the potential of her mind.
47. Ready Player One
(2018) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi – 140 min.)
Based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, which has turned into a cult book among geeks and video game players, and directed by Steven Spielberg.
In the near future, the world is a very harsh place, and people prefer to stay online in a virtual world called OASIS.
When the creator of this world dies, he left a posthumous challenge to find an heir. Wade Watts and his friends embark on a virtual adventure to complete the challenge and save OASIS.
(2018) (Action, Drama, Sci-Fi – 95 min.)
A family man is haunted by dreams about loss. His dreams become prophetical when an alien invasion attacks earth. With humankind being destroyed by the invaders, he must rely on his hidden strength to keep his family safe.
(2012) (Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi – 124 min.)
This movie marks Ridley Scott’s come-back to the Alien franchise after 33 years.
Prometheus is a prequel to the original Alien movie from 1979. Following the clues to decipher the humankind’s origin, a group of scientist embarks on an interplanetary journey until they find something that could mean the humankind’s very end.
The ensemble cast is formed by Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Guy Pearce.
In this comprehensive list, we have chosen the most relevant titles available on Netflix around the world, including landmark classics, current blockbusters, and Netflix original films.
And remember, if some of these movies aren’t available in your country or region, you only need to subscribe to a VPN service like ExpressVPN, Surfshark, or NordVPN, and you’ll be able to unlock all the Netflix regions of the movie recommendations.
Enjoy this mind-blowing trip with the best of the Sci-Fi!
What’s your favourite movie on the list? Or have I missed a classic? Let me know in the comments section below as I would love to know.