The 8 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Right Now
If you’re in the mood for some speculative fiction and have exhausted your trusty pile of Arthur C. Clarke books, you might want to consider tuning into Netflix. The streaming service is regularly acquiring new sci-fi and fantasy movies that should satisfy most fans of alternative futures. Here are 8 of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix right now.
1. Jurassic Park (1993)
Steven Spielberg's classic adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel has spawned several sequels, but it's hard to equal the potency of the original. Scientists Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum take a trip to an island where cloned dinosaurs roam.
2. Total Recall (1990)
Everyman Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to take a trip to Mars via a memory implant from a travel agency. But he soon realizes that he may have already been there, and that his life isn't what it seems. Paul Verhoeven's violent, darkly funny sci-fi thriller has lost none of its satirical edge.
3. Snowpiercer (2013)
In a dystopian future—in sci-fi, there may not be any other kind—a train carrying cars separated by social class circles the globe. Soon, the have-nots (led by Chris Evans) decide to defy authority and get answers from those in charge.
4. Starship Troopers (1997)
Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, and Neil Patrick Harris are futuristic soldiers in a war against giant insects in Paul Verhoeven's splatterfest that pokes fun at the military industrial complex.
5. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
While it doesn't quite reach the heights of 1984's Terminator or 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the third installment of Arnold Schwarzenegger's killer android franchise is still a worthy addition. This time, Arnold's T-800 encounters an adult John Connor, who is once again pursued by a more sophisticated model of robot assassin.
6. Bird Box (2018)
Sandra Bullock navigates a world in which the presence of mysterious creatures have forced humanity to avert their gaze, lest they go insane. With her two children, Bullock has to take action and make a dangerous trek to have any hope for survival.
7. Spectral (2016)
How do you fight an enemy you can't see? That's the dilemma facing the soldiers in Spectral, which pits the military against apparitions that can attack without being spotted.
8. 2012 (2009)
John Cusack avoids disaster in this spectacle from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich. A series of natural disasters strikes, leaving Cusack and geologist Chiwetel Ejiofor scrambling to survive.