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Best science fiction movies on Netflix

From Inception to Interstellar and Ex Machina, check out the best science fiction movies on Netflix that are perfect for binge-watching.

Best science fiction movies on Netflix

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Last Updated: 09.00 PM, May 27, 2024


With their inventive special effects and cutting-edge technology, science-fiction films often transport us to new worlds or parallel universes. These movies also have interesting storylines and nuanced characters that make for an intriguing watch. If you are fan of the science-fiction films or would like to explore the genre, then consider the compelling films that Netflix has to offer such as Inception and Interstellar. Listed below are the best science fiction movies on Netflix that are perfect for binge-watching.

Top sci-fi movies on Netflix



Writer and director Christopher Nolan's science fiction movie Inception was released in 2010. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a professional burglar in the movie who gets information by breaking into his victims' minds. In exchange for implanting someone else's idea in a target's mind, he can have his criminal history removed. One of the greatest movies of the decade, Inception took home four Oscars for Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.

IMDb rating: 8.8/10


Christopher Nolan directed the epic science fiction drama film Interstellar in 2014. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, Bill Irwin, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain. The movie is set in a dystopian future where there is extreme starvation. The film centers on a group of astronauts who use a wormhole near Saturn to travel in search of a new home for humanity. At the 87th Academy Awards, Interstellar was nominated for five categories and won the Best Visual Effects award.

IMDb rating: 8.7/10

Blade Runner 2049

Denis Villeneuve helmed the 2017 epic science fiction film Blade Runner 2049. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford lead the film, which is a follow-up to Blade Runner (1982). In the film, Gosling portrays K, a "blade runner" who discovers a secret that has the potential to upend the civilization. Ford and Edward James Olmos, who played Rick Deckard and Gaff in the last movie, respectively, reprise their roles.

IMDb rating: 8/10

Ex Machina

In 2014, Alex Garland made his feature film directorial debut with the science fiction thriller Ex Machina. Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, and Domhnall Gleeson are the main stars. It centers on a programmer who receives an invitation from his CEO to give an intelligent humanoid robot the Turing test. The film took home the Best Visual Effects Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards, while Garland received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

IMDb rating: 7.7/10


The film competed for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Bong Joon-ho is the director of the 2017 science-fantasy movie. The movie tells the story of a young girl who raised Okja, the genetically altered "super pig," and sets out on a mission to save her from abuse at the hands of the meat industry after being brought to the United States.

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

The Platform

Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia is the director of the 2019 Spanish social science fiction horror film. The movie takes place in a sizable "Vertical Self-Management Center," modelled after a tower. The food is fed to the residents, who are rotated among the tower's numerous floors once a month. Because each level only receives the leftovers from the previous ones, and the residents at the top levels get to eat as much as they can, the system inevitably results in conflict.

IMDb rating: 7/10


In 2016, Morten Tyldum directed the science-fiction romance film Passengers, which starred Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. Andy García, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Sheen make up the supporting cast. In the movie, two crew members on an interstellar spacecraft, that is transporting thousands of people to a colony 120 years away from Earth, are awakened from their artificial hibernation 90 years ahead of schedule.

IMDb rating: 7/10

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