Best Science Fiction Movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go

If you love robots, aliens, genetically modified humans, or time travel, look no further than this list of the best science fiction movies and shows available on all of the top streaming services — Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, and more. 

 

Best Science Fiction Movies to Stream Now

 

I AM MOTHER (2019)

Streaming Services: Netflix

Genre: Science fiction, psychological thriller, cyberpunk, action

Cast: Hillary Swank, Luke Hawker, Rose Byrne, Maddie Lenton

Rating: 10/10

 

A young girl, Daughter, is raised in an automated bunker by a robotic A.I. known as Mother following humanity’s near-extinction. While Mother warns her of the world’s danger, Daughter is lured outside by her own burning curiosity and a wounded woman calling for help (Swank). 

Surprisingly intense and suspenseful, I Am Mother is highly recommended for those who enjoy science fiction movies and shows like Ex Machina and Black Mirror.

 

See You Yesterday (2019)

Streaming Services: Netflix

Genre: Science fiction, drama, cyberpunk

Cast: Eden Duncan-Smith, Dante Crichlow, Astro

Rating: 8/10

 

When two young New York geniuses unlock the keys to time travel, they decide to go back in time and prevent their brother’s death by a police officer.  With similar themes to The Butterfly Effect, the film follows their attempts to correct the mistakes of the past…while possibly making things far worse. 

 

Self/less (2015)

Streaming Services: Netflix, HBO Go

Genre: Science fiction, action, thriller

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode

Rating: 9/10

 

Following his terminal diagnosis, billionaire Damian Hale employs a professor to help him survive. Through groundbreaking technology, his subconscious is moved to a healthy, artificially-grown body.

While starting his life anew, Hale begins to experience vivid hallucinations of a woman and child he doesn’t know. His search for answers reveals that no one, including himself, are who they seem. 

 

Spectral (2016)

Streaming Services: Netflix

Genre: Science fiction, action, thriller, alien, military

Cast: James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Emily Mortimer, and Bruce Greenwood

Rating: 9/10

 

Humanoid apparitions, invisible to the naked eye, attack a European city.  Armed with hyperspectral goggles, a special Delta Force ops team is tasked with saving the world from these deadly anomalies. With an intriguing plotline and fast-paced action sequences, this military thriller is a solid addition to the Netflix Originals science fiction movies catalog. 

 

District 9 (2009)

Streaming Services: Hulu, TCM

Genre: Science fiction, action, thriller, alien, military

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James

Rating: 9/10

This documentary-style alien thriller begins with video and news footage of a stranded extraterrestrial ship.  Authorities place the beings on board, known as Prawns, into a “camp” called District 9. 

As the years pass, the district grows neglected and run-down; the Prawns are also considered criminals leeching off society. Following violence between the aliens and nearby civilians, the government arranges for the Prawns’ relocation to a new district—led by an agent who discovers shocking truths about the alien race, and his own government. 

 

A.M.I. (2019)

Streaming Services: Netflix, TCM, 

Genre: Science fiction, cyberpunk, thriller, horror

Cast: Debs Howard, Philip Granger

Rating: 9/10

 

Still mourning the loss of her mother, high school student Cassie downloads a new phone app and quickly develops a disturbing bond with the A.I. The app then convinces her to seek revenge on the people who’ve hurt her. The result is an entertaining tech sci-fi that will appeal to slasher fans, too. 

 

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Streaming Services: Netflix

Genre: Science fiction, action, thriller, alien, military

Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz, William Lee Scott

Rating: 9/10

 

After Evan discovers he can time-travel by reading his old journals, he resolves to prevent the many traumatic events in his childhood that still plague his friends and himself as adults. Each attempt to fix the past, however, results in a more horrific present than before. This Best Science Fiction Film nominee is suspenseful, clever, and unexpectedly heartbreaking.

 

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Streaming Services: VUDU, Google Play, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Showtime

Genre: Science fiction, action, thriller, cyberpunk

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Carmen Pitt, Takeshi Kitano

Rating: 8/10

 

Based on the manga by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell showcases a near-future world where A.I. and humanity quite literally exist as one. Humans are routinely “upgraded” via robotic improvements. Mira Killian (Johansson), the first human to have their brain transplanted into a completely artificial body, becomes a super-soldier dedicated to stopping the world’s most deadly terrorists and criminals by any means necessary. 

 

Best Science Fiction TV Shows

 

Another Life (2019 – )

Streaming Services: Netflix

Genre: Science fiction, cyberpunk, outer space, thriller, action

Cast: Katee Sackhoff, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, Blu Hunt

Rating: 10/10

 

When communication attempts with a Mobius-shaped UFO that landed on earth fail, a group of scientists is sent into space to find the ship’s origin and make first contact. 

 

Westworld (2016 – )

Streaming Services: HBO Max, HBO Go, Hulu, Amazon Prime

Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, action, drama, mystery

Cast: Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins, Aaron Paul, Evan Rachel Wood

Rating: 10/10

 

Based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name, this sci-fi western series takes place at a theme park where guests are encouraged to play out their wildest desires and fantasies—no matter how bad or illegal—with “hosts,” androids that look, sound, and act like humans.  Hosts must do whatever guests demand, short of harming other humans.

As the main character, a host named Delores, gains sentience, the park operators can no longer wipe her memory of each day’s events…nor the emotions she begins to experience in response to them.  More hosts soon follow, and a gripping “robot revolution” begins. 

 

Devs (2020 – )

Streaming Services: Hulu

Genre: Drama, suspense, thriller, science fiction, cyberpunk

Cast: Sonoya Mizuno, Alison Pill, Nick Offerman, Zach Grenier

Rating: 9/10

 

Lily, a tech at computing giant Amaya, questions her boyfriend’s mysterious disappearance following his initiation to the company’s secretive team, Devs. Fast-paced, clever, and philosophical, Devs requires—and commands—the viewer’s full attention through every last episode. 

 

Snowpiercer (2020 – )

Streaming Services: Netflix, TBS

Genre: Science fiction, drama, action

Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer, Tilda Swinton

Rating: 10/10

 

In the future, the world is sent into a deadly ice age after scientists try (and fail) to stop global warming. Consequently, humanity’s sole survivors live aboard the Snowpiercer, a train run by a mysterious magnate no one ever sees.  If the Snowpiercer stops, then its passengers will die. 

Meanwhile, a class war brews inside the train as the “have-nots,” sick of being confined to the dark and cold tail car by wealthier passengers, begin a revolution. 

 

Pandora (2019 – )

Streaming Services: Netflix, the CW

Cast: Priscilla Quintana, Oliver Dench, Raechelle Banno, John Harlen Kim

Genre: Science fiction, cyberpunk, action, thriller

Rating: 9/10

 

Jax, a young woman who loses her parents in an attack on her colony, leaves her home planet and enrolls at the Earth Space Training Academy to learn how to defend the galaxy.  Her real motivation, however, is to investigate her parents’ deaths when the formal investigation is allegedly inconclusive. 

While declared a dud by many critics due to poor CGI, Pandora is character-driven and entertaining, particularly for fans of other C.W. fare. 

 

The Mandalorian (2019 – )

Streaming Services: Netflix, Disney+

Cast: Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte

Genre: Science fiction, young adult, space punk, action

Rating: 10/10

 

Din Djarin, a Mandalorian bounty hunter, must retrieve Grogu (the adorable source of the “baby Yoda” memes) after the fall of the Galactic Empire. Following a change of heart, Din Djarin decides to protect Grogu and take him to the Jedi. But first, the pair must evade capture by an Imperial remnant. 

This Emmy-winning series delighted old and new Star Wars fans alike, and with good reason. Boasting stunning visual effects and compelling storylines (and, as expected, tons of action), The Mandalorian undoubtedly assuaged fan fears that the Disney takeover would ruin the beloved franchise.

 

For more movie night ideas, check out these alien and outer space movies available on Netflix, Hulu, and Prime,  or the best Nic Cage movies to stream now.

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