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The best sci-fi movies on Netflix (February 2021)

Sci-fi movies on Netflix
Total Recall and The Midnight Sky. Pic credit: TriStar Pictures / Netflix

Netflix is home to some of the best sci-fi movies for anyone looking for some out-of-this-world adventures.

With its own original films, as well as movies it has licensed over the years, there is something here for everyone who loves some good sci-fi entertainment.

From outer space epics to more grounded Earth-based sci-fi craziness, Netflix hits every corner of the world.

Every month, Netflix deletes movies from its streaming service when contracts expire. The good news is that Netflix also had plenty of great movies to replace them.

Bookmark this page, as we will update this article every month to remove the films that drop off and add great new sci-fi movies you can enjoy every month.

Updated on February 3: Every month, Netflix makes significant changes by removing many movies from its streaming service and then replaces them with other films, some even better than what came before.

The good news is that we are here to check the entries every single month and will replace those that leave with new options that might even be better than the rest.

Make sure to check back every month as we will continuously update this list to make sure you have the best choices every month for current Netflix streaming.

Inception (2010)

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The Christopher Nolan movie Inception. Pic credit: Warner Bros

In 2010, Christopher Nolan created one of the most mind-bending movies in cinema.

Leonardo DiCaprio is Dom Cobb, who, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Arthur, are specialized thieves. They use experimental military tech to go into the subconscious of a person to steal their memories.

Since much of the movie takes place in their victims’ memories, it allows Nolan to create a world with no rules and allowed him to create one of the most visually astonishing worlds ever to grace a movie screen.

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Project Power (2020)

Jamie Foxx as Art and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Frank in Project Power
Jamie Foxx as Art and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Frank in Project Power. Pic credit: Skip Bolen/Netflix

Project Power is an original superhero movie for Netflix, where it is more based in a sci-fi world where a drug gives people powers.

The powers only last for a short time but they are very powerful, and therefore the drug is illegal.

Jaime Foxx is a U.S. Army Major who was one of the first test subjects and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a New Orleans detective who uses the drug to become bulletproof.

They team up with a drug dealer named Robin to find and stop the distribution of the pills.

Real Steel (2011)

Real Steel
Hugh Jackman in Real Steel. Pic credit: Disney

After a decade of becoming one of Hollywood’s top stars thanks to his role as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman tried to lend his name to another possible franchise.

This was Real Steel, which was about a future where animatronic robots are built to take part in fights, replacing human boxers for audiences.

Jackman is a former boxer and loses his robot before his ex-girlfriend dies and he ends up with the son he never had any contact with but is a huge robot boxing fan.

Together they build a robot that seems like a disaster but it ends up winning fights and this becomes the ultimate underdog story.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange
Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange. Pic credit: Warner Bros

Stanley Kubrick directed A Clockwork Orange in 1971, an adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s novel.

A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian sci-fi film taking place in Britain, where debauchery, delinquency, and violence are commonplace.

Malcolm McDowell is Alex, the leader of a gang called the Droogs, as they rape, steal, and kill people without a care in the world. When Alex is arrested, the story changes.

He goes through what is a sci-fi version of conversion therapy to “cure” him from being evil. When cured, he can no longer defend himself when people he hurt in the past come to collect receipts.

The Midnight Sky (2020)

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George Clooney and Caoilinn Springall in Midnight Sky. Pic credit: Netflix

The Midnight Sky is George Clooney’s latest movie, which he both directs and stars in.

The Midnight Sky tells the story of a scientist in the Arctic and one of the last survivors of an Earth that had fallen to some sort of apocalyptic disaster.

He knows a space exploration seeking a new habitat on a moon of Jupiter is returning soon, and he sets out to contact them to warn them to head back because all is lost here.

However, a girl that was left behind when the rest of his team left shows up, and his plans are interrupted when he has to care for her as well.

Lockout (2012)

Lockout
Guy Pearce in Lockout. Pic credit: Open Road Films

Lockout hit theaters in 2012 and is a sci-fi film that was judged to be a remake of the classic John Carpenter movie Escape from New York.

Like that original movie, Lockout follows a man framed for a crime he never committed who is offered his freedom if he helps save the President’s daughter from an orbital prison that was taken over by the inmates.

It was judged because the movie was released as an original film, but a French court ruled it was too similar to the Carpenter movie to avoid the comparison.

Maggie Grace co-stars as the President’s daughter.

Self/Less (2015)

Self/Less
Ryan Reynolds in Self/Less. Pic credit: Focus Features

Ryan Reynolds took a break from his comedy work to make a serious science-fiction action movie in Self/Loss.

In this movie, a billionaire learns he has cancer and is told he would be able to “shed” his life and transfer his consciousness into another artificially grown body.

He orders his death to be staged and then transfers his consciousness into the body. However, when he forgets to take the medication required for the transfer, he starts to hallucinate a woman and child and wonders if the body was artificially grown or something more ominous.

Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max
Mel Gibson in Mad Max. Pic credit: Warner Bros.

Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the best sci-fi movies created in the last decade, and Netflix now has the film where it all started.

Mad Max arrived in 1979, a film directed by George Miller that introduced the world to Mel Gibson.

A dystopian movie that had a world where an oil crisis has sent society into an almost post-apocalyptic situation, Gibson is a highway patrol pursuit officer in Australia that wants to quit after watching his close friend and fellow officer die.

However, when Max’s family is murdered by the same biker gang that killed his officer friend, grief overwhelms him, and he heads after the killers with a murderous rage.

Total Recall (1990)

Total Recall
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall. Pic credit: TriStar

Released in 1990, Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the sci-fi movie Total Recall, from acclaimed director Paul Verhoeven.

The film takes place in 2084, and Schwarzenegger stars as a man named Douglas Quaid, who is having strange dreams about Mars. When he decides he wants to go to a company called Rekall, that can provide memory implants to simulate vacations, something goes wrong.

Soon, people are trying to kill Douglas, and he believes he might have a past life as a secret agent that was wiped from his memory. The answers to his questions rest on Mars.

Bright (2017)

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Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in Bright. Pic credit: Netflix

Bright is a Netflix original sci-fi action movie about a world where humans and aliens live together.

Will Smith is a human police detective who is forced to team up with a new partner – the first orc police officer in the LAPD. The world is an exaggerated version of the real world, with the racism focused on aliens, including orcs.

When the two are sent to a disturbance, they discover a Bright – a young elf girl who possesses extraordinary powers. With everyone wanting her for their own purposes, the two partners have to protect her and end up discovering a great conspiracy in their world.

Snowpiercer (2013)

Snowpiercer
The cast of Snowpiercer. Pic credit: RADIUS-TWC

Television fans just watched the first season of Snowpiercer come to an end, but movie fans had already gotten to see the story play out on the big screen in 2013.

Fans who want to catch up with that original movie once again can see it on Netflix.

The film has a great cast, with Chris Evans (Captain America), Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange), Jamie Bell (Fantastic Four), and Ed Haris leading the way. It also has an Oscar-winning director in Bong Joon-ho (Parasite).

The story is about a train that is the only thing keeping the people on it from dying on the frozen wasteland that is Earth, and the class system on board that threatens to bring it all to an end.

I Am Mother (2019)

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Netflix’s I Am Mother. Pic credit: Netflix

I am Mother is a former Sundance Film Festival sci-fi movie that was picked up and distributed by Netflix.

After an extinction-level event, a robot named Mother (voice by Rose Byrne) grows a human child from an embryo and raises it, calling the child, Daughter (Clara Rugaard).

Mother claims the surface of the planet is toxic, and the girl must remain protected to live. However, when a woman (Hilary Swank) shows up outside, it changes everything Daughter knows, and Mother realizes she has to defend her home at all costs.

Apollo 18 (2011)

Apollo 18
The sci-fi movie Apollo 18. Pic credit: Dimension Films

Apollo 18 is a movie that is an alternate history sci-fi film. The movie supposes that the Apollo 18 mission landed on the moon.

In real life, it was canceled. However, this time the mission lands, and the astronauts start to explore, finding something terrifying waiting for them.

This is one of the scariest movies on Netflix – a found footage film that shows that none of the astronauts made it back to Earth. It also explains why, in this world, the U.S. government never tried to go to the moon again.

The Signal (2014)

The Signal
Laurence Fishburn and Lin Shaye in The Signal. Pic credit: Focus Features

The Signal was a sci-fi movie released in 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival before getting a limited theatrical release.

Jonah, Nic, and Haley are three MIT students on a road trip in California when Haley is abducted by something in the sky, pulling her from the ground in a blinding white light.

Nic then wakes up and is interviewed by a doctor (Lawrence Fishburn) before he realizes he no longer has his legs, but now has super-powered prosthetics and escapes to figure out what is going on, and ends up realizing that nothing is as it seems.

Freaks (2018)

Freaks
The cast of Freaks. Pic credit: Well Go USA

Freaks is an original superhero movie that flew under the radar in 2018.

The movie is about a seven-year-old girl named Chloe who lives in a house and has never been outside or met any other person.

Her father (Emile Hirsch) has protected her from what he calls the “bad men,” but she longs for real life.

Soon, Chloe learns that there are abnormals in the world, which are people with superhuman abilities that the government is hunting down and capturing. Chloe is one of these abnormals, and the reason her father was so protective becomes apparent.

Shawn S. Lealos


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