The Best Sci-Fi Movies to Watch on Netflix in 2022 – CNET

Science fiction movies are incredibly fun to watch. This is a simple fact. They exist across a wide spectrum. They explore weird ideas, make commentary on current issues and provide space for satire. But they’re also the perfect spot for popcorn movies that let you shut your brain off for a couple of hours.

With all that said, here are some of our favorite sci-fi movies on Netflix.

Terminator 2


Terminator 2 isn’t just a great sci-fi movie, it’s arguably the greatest action movie ever made. 

If you haven’t seen this already, I don’t know what to tell you. If you have seen it? Time to watch it again. Nothing beats T2. Nothing.



It inspired a sprawling set of endless TV shows, but the original Stargate movie, released back in 1994, is still worth watching. It’s campy and the effects have aged, but the nostalgia factor is unmatched.


Looper is the movie that helped Rian Johnson get the Star Wars gig, which led to my personal favorite Star Wars movie ever, The Last Jedi.

But beyond that, Looper is just fantastic science fiction. It’s bold with its time travel choices and is just an incredibly stylish movie. Watch it.

Blade Runner

Is there a more critically revered science fiction movie than Blade Runner? If there is, I can’t think of it. Maybe the original Alien or The Thing?

Either way, neither of them is currently on Netflix, so Blade Runner is probably the must watch sci-fi movie on the service.

I Am Mother


An Australian-made sci-fi thriller starring Hilary Swank and Rose Byrne, I Am Mother tells the post-apocalyptic tale of Daughter, a character raised by Mother, a robot tasked with helping repopulate the Earth. Very tense, very strange, very good.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines


The Mitchells vs. The Machines is one of the smartest, most accessible kids movies of the last few years. It’s the sort of movie kids and parents can watch together and both have a blast.

I should know, my kids have made me watch this… eight times so far? Sweet.

The Colony


I just watched The Colony recently. It’s surprisingly good!

It follows a very familiar trope: Rich people returning to Earth years after abandoning it, to find it overrun by new, unknown threats. The Colony subverts some of these cliches, however, and has some surprisingly powerful things to say about the ways in which we dehumanize one another. Well worth giving a chance. 



Is Okja science fiction? Look it’s a stretch, but it’s a good movie. Just watch it anyway. 

The Platform


The Platform is a Spanish sci-fi horror flick with a gruesome high concept. Prisoners in a correctional facility are fed in a very unique way: Folks at the top floor get fed a ludicrous amount of food, folks below get their leftovers. Chaos ensues. 

It’s not perfect, but still well worth watching.

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