From classics such as The Matrix and Blade Runner to newer titles, including Pacific Rim and an incredible Spanish gem called Timecrimes, the movie is brimming with sci-fi films.
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Andrei Tarkovsky made major advances for science fiction, with his complex, character-driven narrative about astronauts having wild hallucinations that might or may not be true. Solaris, a 2002 American remake, is also available on HBO Max, as well as a George Clooney romance.
Since directing This shocking found-footage monster morsel, Matt Reeves has gone on to big things. Check out what he had done before the movies of The Planet of the Apes and The Batman in 2022.
This huge low-budget science film starring Sam Rockwell has everything. It features Sam Rockwell. A Clint Mansell score. Hard sci-fi ideas. A personal premise: A man is going to the end of his three-year stint on the far side of the moon. A must-watch.
I, Robot (2004)
A routine blockbuster for excellent entertainment.
The Running Man (1987)
There would not be a best sci-fi list without multiple Arnie films. The Running Man is centered on a gamehow where criminals must attempt to escape from professional killers.
Scanners follows people with special abilities, including telepathic and telekinetic abilities. Not the first in this list to become a cult classic after a lukewarm initial response, Scanners left a lasting impression, not least because of a memorable scene involving a head explosion.
Faculty of Technology (1998)
Robert Rodriguez is mainly responsible for producing a character do a useless ballerina twirl in the divisive. It'sn't great, though, following teenagers who investigate mysterious events at their high school.
Super 8 (2011)
In the 1970s, Super 8 follows a group of youngsters who are filming their own film when a train derails and a dangerous presence begins stalking their village.
Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi novel has been released on HBO Max. The cinematic thriller based on Frank Herbert's novel has recently received a host of awards, including the best original score and cinematography. Catch the thrilling tale of the Atreides family, who are confronted with the deadly planet Arrakis. Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, and others all have a massive ensemble cast.
Jurassic Park (1993)
A new Jurassic Park film will be released at theaters this year, so catch up on the (superior) original right now. Jurassic Park, founded on the same name as Michael Crichton, was kicked off the franchise in 1993. Spoiler: Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum are expected to make a comeback in the theaters.
Pacific Rim (2013)
The sequel to Pacific Rim did not reach the same highs, so take a look at the first monster epic in the Pacific Rim series. Guillermo Del Toro has overseen the 2013 film, and this time, expect a fine visual technique over the monster mayhem.
If you're into a mood, this incredible Spanish sci-fi is a wild card to take a chance on. With all of the trimmings of a low-budget thriller, Timecrimes follows a middle-aged man who finds himself stuck in a time loop. A variety of twists will keep you on your toes.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
The film, "the master of disaster," shows The Day After Tomorrow. The filmmaker, who plays the moon this year, has also shown off its orbit on a collision course with Earth. You already know what kind of fun this film will be.
Oblivion was a part of a build-a-sci-fi-movie program based on Tom Cruise. It follows humans at war with aliens, paying homage to '70s sci-fi films including 'The Omega Man and Silent Running. A love letter in the form of a half-decent sci-fi action adventure.
(2018) Ready Player One
Ready Player One, which is based on the popular Ernest Cline novel of the same name, is a nerd's feast, with over 100 references to popular culture from various periods, including Minecraft, Batman, and Back to the Future. There's even a story in there, about a dystopic society finding solace in virtual reality.
Gareth Edwards, who directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Godzilla for 2014, has mastered atmosphere, wonder, and beauty on display, all on a shoestring budget. Monsters follows a couple attempting to cross an "Infected Zone" with massive tentacled monsters.
Mr. Nobody (2009)
The type of film that follows the conclusion, leaving you on a poignant note to ponder. It helps to know that this is a narrative examining the consequences of choices and why you shouldn't worry about making the perfect one.
The Matrix (1999)
If you haven't seen The Matrix before, and somehow don't know the main plot implications, this is a good start to the season. The sequels Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions are also available on HBO Max.
2049 (2017) Blade Runner
Watch two and a half hours of atmospheric, sumptuous spectacle, but don't expect any conclusions to the original Blade Runner: Is Rick Deckard a replicant?
Blade Runner (1982)
Ridley Scott's Blade Runner will never be lost in time, like tears in the rain.
Tenet is a fantastic entertainment. Don't miss Tenet, be patient.
The highest Christopher Nolan film in this list.
Soylent Green (1973)
Charlton Heston is set to star in a dystopian thriller in 2022 that is set to be plagued by overpopulation, pollution, and climate catastrophe. This isn't a documentary.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
"Alexa, play 2001: A Space Odyssey."
Event Horizon (1997)
A good bad film bringing supernatural to space. A crew of astronauts go in search of a missing spaceship and discover malevolent forces at play.
Gravity is the ultimate scary and stomach-lurching space film with a total of zero aliens. It follows Dr. Ryan Stone, Sandra Bullock's astronaut who has been left on Earth for months as she attempts to return to Earth.
The thought of this sci-fi mystery from one half of the Westworld creators (Lisa Joy) is pure mind boggle, but the interesting concepts are worth a gander. Nick Bannister, from Hugh Jackman, has been restored as a souvenir.
Independence Day (1996)
Another Roland Emmerich film! This one follows Earth's resistance soldiers making a last stand against an alien attack, an event they take into the calendar for July 4.
(2004): The Butterfly Effect
Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) tinker with the past and learn how each change affects the present in an enjoyable B-movie.
Make it through Stalker's gentle start, and you'll be able to say that you've seen an existential masterpiece of Russian cinema.
The Galaxy Hitchhiker (2005)
If you're familiar with the source material, sci-fi comedy isn't always a success, and this Douglas Adams adaptation is going to be weird in a good light, or weird in a crazy, confusing way. My 13-year-old self loved it.