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10 Must Watch Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix (December 2023)

Are you searching for top-notch sci-fi thrills on Netflix? Well, look no further! We have got the scoop on the must-watch movies—the cream of the crop ranked by IMDb. Join us as we dive into futuristic adventures featuring high-tech wonders, space journeys, time twists, alternate realities, and friendly aliens. This cosmic genre, rooted in ancient stories, mingles with fantasy, horror, and superheroes, creating a movie experience that’s out of this world. Get ready to explore the best of sci-fi on Netflix with our top 10 picks now. 

Dune 

IMDb Rating – 8.0

In Denis Villeneuve’s version of Dune, there’s this special spice that makes space travel work. It’s found on a planet called Arrakis, also known as Dune. Even before Paul Atreides (played by Timothée Chalamet) gets to Arrakis, he starts seeing future stuff there, especially with a Fremen woman named Chani (Zendaya). However, things go sideways when Paul’s dad, Duke Leto Atreides (Oscar Isaac), gets betrayed by the Emperor to their enemies, House Harkonnen. Suddenly, Paul and his mom, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), lose everything except their clothes. Now, Paul has to team up with new friends to get back what they lost.

Cast 

  • Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides
  • Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica Atreides
  • Oscar Isaac as Duke Leto Atreides
  • Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
  • Stephen McKinley Henderson as Thufir Hawat
  • Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck
  • Javier Bardem as Stilgar
  • Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Dr. Liet Kynes
  • Chang Chen as Dr. Wellington Yueh
  • Dave Bautista as Glossu Rabban Harkonnen
  • David Dastmalchian as Piter de Vries
  • Zendaya as Chani
  • Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam
  • Babs Olusanmokun as Jamis
  • Benjamin Clémentine as Herald of the Change (credited as Benjamin Clementine)
  • Souad Faress as Bene Gesserit Sister
  • Golda Rosheuvel as Shadout Mapes
  • Roger Yuan as Lieutenant Lanville
  • Seun Shote as Arrakeen Residency Gardener
  • Neil Bell as Sardaukar Bashar
  • Oliver Ryan as Hawat Specialist
  • Stephen Collins as Harkonnen Trooper
  • Charlie Rawes as Harkonnen Trooper
  • Richard Carter as Harkonnen Trooper
  • Ben Dilloway as Sardaukar Assassin
  • Elmi Rashid Elmi as Shamir
  • Tachia Newall as Tanat
  • Gloria Obianyo as Female Fremen
  • Fehinti Balogun as Male Fremen
  • Dora Kápolnai-Schvab as Baron Servant (credited as Dóra Kápolnai-Schvab)
  • Joelle as Baron Servant (credited as Joelle Amery)
  • Jimmy Walker as Atreides Lieutenant
  • Paul Bullion as Sardaukar Soldier
  • Milena Sidorova as Human Spider Proxy
  • János Timkó as Harkonnen Guard

Director – Denis Villeneuve

Release Date – 2021

Runtime – 2h 35m 

The Mitchells vs. the Machines 

IMDb Rating – 7.6

Got kids? Want them to dig sci-fi? Check out this cool animated flick by Lord and Miller (the brains behind The Lego Movie and Solo: A Star Wars Story). Meet Katie Mitchell, a teen dealing with her quirky family, especially her dad, who’s a bit different. When he worries about losing her to film school, he switches up their plans for a family road trip. But here’s the twist: a grumpy robot messes things up, sending everyone to space. Now, the Mitchells, with some broken robots, have to save humanity and their own family. 

Cast

  • Abbi Jacobson as Katie / Dog Cop (voice)
  • Danny McBride as Rick (voice)
  • Maya Rudolph as Linda (voice)
  • Michael Rianda (credited as Mike Rianda) as Aaron / Furbies / Talking Dog / WiFi Enthusiast (voice)
  • Eric André (credited as Eric Andre) as Mark (voice)
  • Olivia Colman as PAL (voice)
  • Fred Armisen as Deborahbot 5000 (voice)
  • Beck Bennett as Eric / PAL MAX Robots (voice)
  • Chrissy Teigen as Hailey Posey (voice)
  • John Legend as Jim Posey (voice)
  • Charlyne Yi as Abbey Posey (voice)
  • Blake Griffin as PAL MAX Prime (voice)
  • Conan O’Brien as Glaxxon 5000 (voice)

Director – Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe

Release Date – 2021

Runtime – 1h 54m

Mirage

IMDb Rating – 7.4

Mirage is a story that clicks no matter what language you speak. Adriana Ugarte plays Vera Roy, who stumbles upon a way to talk to a teen named Nico Lasarte (played by Joel Illescas) from 25 years ago. They fix things so Nico doesn’t accidentally kick the bucket, but then Vera finds out her whole world changed. Her daughter’s gone, and David (Álvaro Morte), her hubby, is with someone new. Now, Vera’s on a mission to get back what she lost. 

Cast

  • Adriana Ugarte as Vera Roy
  • Chino Darín as Inspector Leyra
  • Javier Gutiérrez as Ángel Prieto
  • Álvaro Morte as David Ortiz
  • Nora Navas as Clara Medina
  • Miquel Fernández as Aitor Medina
  • Clara Segura as Hilda Weiss
  • Mima Riera as María Lasarte
  • Aina Clotet as Úrsula
  • Albert Pérez as Román

Director – Oriol Paulo

Release Date – 2018

Runtime – 2h 8m

Snowpiercer 

IMDb Rating – 7.1

Before Bong Joon-ho won the Oscar for Parasite, he made another movie called Snowpiercer. It’s from Korea and comes from a comic book by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette. The story is about a future where scientists mess up and cause a second ice age. The last humans alive all live on a train that never stops moving. However, here’s the catch—rich folks live up front, and the poor folks live in the back, dealing with pretty tough living conditions.

Cast

  • Chris Evans as Curtis
  • Song Kang-ho (credited as Song Kang Ho) as Namgoong Minsoo
  • Ed Harris as Wilford
  • John Hurt as Gilliam
  • Tilda Swinton as Mason
  • Jamie Bell as Edgar
  • Octavia Spencer as Tanya
  • Ewen Bremner as Andrew
  • Ko Asung as Yona
  • Alison Pill as Teacher
  • Luke Pasqualino as Grey
  • Vlad Ivanov as Franco the Elder
  • Adnan Haskovic as Franco the Younger
  • Emma Levie as Claude
  • Steve Park (credited as Stephen Park) as Fuyu
  • Clark Middleton as Painter
  • Marcanthonee Reis (credited as Marcanthonee Jon Reis) as Tim
  • Paul Lazar as Paul

Director – Bong Joon Ho

Release Date – 2013

Runtime – 2h 6m

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch 

IMDb Rating – 7.1

Check out Black Mirror: Bandersnatch on Netflix—it’s unlike anything else. It’s like a game where you control what happens to Stefan Butler (played by Fionn Whitehead). Stefan, a young computer whiz in 1984, gets the cool chance to turn a “choose your own adventure” book into a video game. You can’t catch every part of the story in one go, so it’s designed for multiple views. 

Cast

  • Fionn Whitehead as Stefan Butler
  • Craig Parkinson as Peter Butler
  • Alice Lowe as Dr. Haynes
  • Asim Chaudhry as Mohan Thakur
  • Will Poulter as Colin Ritman
  • Tallulah Haddon as Kitty
  • Catriona Knox as Leslie
  • Paul Michael Bradley (credited as Paul Bradley) as Robin
  • Jonathan Aris as Crispin
  • A.J. Houghton as Young Stefan
  • Fleur Keith as Mum
  • Laura Evelyn as Pearl Ritman
  • Alan Asaad as Satpal
  • Suzanne Burden as Judith Mulligan
  • Jeff Minter as Jerome F. Davies

Director – David Slade

Release Date – 2018

Runtime – 1h 30m

Prometheus

IMDb Rating – 7.0

The Alien story starts with Prometheus. However, hold on for a bit before the scary Xenomorphs pop in. The movie is more about searching for the Engineers, the mysterious folks who made humans. In the future, Weyland Corp sends Prometheus to deep space because they found a star map on Earth.

Cast

  • Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw
  • Michael Fassbender as David
  • Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers
  • Idris Elba as Janek
  • Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland
  • Logan Marshall-Green as Charlie Holloway
  • Sean Harris as Fifield
  • Rafe Spall as Millburn
  • Emun Elliott as Chance
  • Benedict Wong as Ravel
  • Kate Dickie as Ford

Director – Ridley Scott

Release Date – 2012

Runtime – 2h 4m

I Am Mother

IMDb Rating – 6.7

Grant Sputore’s movie, I Am Mother, is a cool sci-fi thriller. It’s about an android, Mother, voiced by Rose Byrne, trying to bring back humanity. Mother raises Daughter, played by Clara Rugaard, teaching her survival in a tough world. Daughter’s world changes when she meets an outsider, Hilary Swank’s character, the first human she’s seen. The story takes a dark twist as the newcomer enters the bunker. 

Cast 

  • Luke Hawker as Mother
  • Rose Byrne (voice) as Mother
  • Maddie Lenton as Infant
  • Hazel Sandery as Toddler
  • Summer Lenton as Toddler
  • Tahlia Sturzaker as Child
  • Clara Rugaard as Daughter
  • Hilary Swank as Woman
  • Jacob Nolan as Brother

Director – Grant Sputore

Release Date – 2019

Runtime – 1h 53m

Bird Box 

IMDb Rating – 6.6

Think of Bird Box as a cousin to A Quiet Place—it’s got those sci-fi horror vibes. Nasty creatures mess with your head, making you go all suicidal if you catch a glimpse. That’s why everyone’s rocking blindfolds. Sandra Bullock plays Malorie Hayes, trying to survive in this messed-up world. Flashbacks show how she handled life going bonkers. Not every part is a winner, but Bird Box serves up some good scares.

Cast

  • Sandra Bullock as Malorie
  • Trevante Rhodes as Tom
  • John Malkovich as Douglas
  • Sarah Paulson as Jessica
  • Jacki Weaver as Cheryl
  • Rosa Salazar as Lucy
  • Danielle Macdonald as Olympia
  • Lil Rel Howery as Charlie
  • Tom Hollander as Gary
  • Colson Baker as Felix
  • BD Wong as Greg
  • Pruitt Taylor Vince as Rick
  • Vivien Lyra Blair as Girl
  • Julian Edwards as Boy
  • Parminder Nagra as Dr. Lapham
  • Rebecca Pidgeon as Lydia
  • Amy Gumenick as Samantha
  • Taylor Handley as Jason

Director – Susanne Bier

Release Date – 2018

Runtime – 2h 4m

War of the Worlds

IMDb Rating – 6.5

Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise worked together again for War of the Worlds. It’s about Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise), a divorced dad with two kids, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie Ferrier (Justin Chatwin). After his ex-wife, Mary Ann (Miranda Otto), drops off the kids, aliens invade Earth, and Ray witnesses it all.

Cast

  • Tom Cruise as Ray Ferrier
  • Dakota Fanning as Rachel Ferrier
  • Miranda Otto as Mary Ann
  • Justin Chatwin as Robbie
  • Tim Robbins as Harlan Ogilvy
  • Rick Gonzalez as Vincent
  • Yul Vazquez (credited as Yul Vázquez) as Julio

Director – Steven Spielberg

Release Date – 2005

Runtime – 1h 56m

The One

IMDb Rating – 5.9

 

In The One, Jet Li plays the lead, Gabe Law, or is it Gabriel Yulaw? Gabriel, a member of the Multiverse Authority, hatches a risky plan to gain god-like powers by eliminating all his other versions across the Multiverse. He betrays his colleagues Evan Funsch (Jason Statham) and Harry Rodecker (Delroy Lindo) in pursuit of his ambitious goal, and now, his plan is on the verge of coming true.

Cast

  • Jet Li as Gabe / Yulaw / Lawless
  • Carla Gugino as T.K. / Massie Walsh
  • Delroy Lindo as Roedecker / Attendant
  • Jason Statham as Funsch
  • James Morrison as Aldrich / ‘A’ World Inmate #1
  • Dylan Bruno as Yates
  • Richard Steinmetz as D’Antoni
  • Steve Rankin as MVA Supervisor
  • Tucker Smallwood as Prison Warden
  • Harriet Sansom Harris as Nurse Besson
  • David Keats as MRI Technician
  • Dean Norris as Sgt. Siegel
  • Ron Zimmerman as Rotten Ronnie
  • Darin Morgan as Hugo
  • Mark Borchardt as Cesar
  • Joel Stoffer as Dr. Franklin
  • Ashlyn Gere (credited as Kimberly Patton) as Dr. Hamilton

Director – James Wong

Release Date – 2001

Runtime – 1h 27m

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