HBO Max's Best Sci-Fi Films

HBO Max's Best Sci-Fi Films ...

From classics such as The Matrix and Blade Runner, it's brimming with sci-fi flicks, including Pacific Rim and an amazing Spanish gem called Timecrimes.

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Solaris (1972)

Andrei Tarkovsky made huge leaps for sci-fi cinema with his complex, character-driven piece about astronauts having wild hallucinations that might or may not be true. Solaris' 2002 American remake is also on HBO Max, with a new George Clooney romance.

Cloverfield (2008)

Matt Reeves has done a lot since directing this enormous found-footage monster morsel. See what he did before the film The Planet of the Apes and the Batman in 2022.

Moon (2009)

This enormous low-budget sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell has everything. It has Sam Rockwell. A Clint Mansell score. Hard sci-fi concepts. A personal premise: A man reaches the end of a three-year stint on the far side of the moon has a personal chagrin. A must-watch.

I, Robot (2004)

A regular blockbuster for excellent entertainment.

The Running Man (1987)

It would not be a best sci-fi list without multiple Arnie films. The Running Man is centered on a gameshow where criminals must attempt to escape from professional murderers.

Scanners (1981)

Scanners follows people with special abilities, including telepathic and telekinetic powers. 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.

The Faculty of England (1998)

Robert Rodriguez is currently popular in Star Wars theaters, mostly because he makes a character do a twirl in the divisive. The Faculty, directed by Rodriguez, isn't great, but it isn't bad either, following teenagers who investigate mysterious events at their school.

Super 8 (2011)

Basically Stranger Things set in the 1970s. Super 8 follows a group of teens who are filming their own film when a train dies, and a dangerous presence begins stalking their town.

Dune (2021)

Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi film is coming back on HBO Max. A hugely impressive ensemble includes a hefty original score and cinematography. Catch the sprawling story of the Atreides family, who battles the deadly planet Arrakis. Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, and others.

Jurassic Park (1993)

A new Jurassic Park movie is scheduled to air this year, but catch up on the (superior) original right now. Jurassic Park opened the franchise in 1993, based on Michael Crichton's novel. Spoiler: Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum are among the cast members to make a comeback in the film.

Pacific Rim (2013)

The sequel to Pacific Rim did not reach the same highs, so watch the first monster epic in the Pacific Rim franchise. Guillermo Del Toro is responsible for the 2013 sequel, but you should expect a strong visual artistry to combat this monster fear.

Timecrimes (2007)

If you're looking for a little bit of adventure, this Spanish sci-fi is a wild card to take a chance on. Timecrimes follows a middle-aged man who finds himself stuck in a time loop. A number of twists will keep you on your toes.

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

The Day After Tomorrow, the director of this year's festival, in which the moon breaks out of its orbit on a collision course with Earth, is a "master of disaster." You already know what type of fun this movie will be.

Oblivion (2013)

Oblivion was completed in a build-a-sci-fi-movie workshop. Starring Tom Cruise, it follows humans in a war with aliens, paying tribute to sci-fi films from the 1970s, 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, 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 times, including Minecraft, Batman, and Back to the Future. There's even a story in it, about a dystopic society finding solace in virtual reality.

Monsters (2010)

Gareth Edwards has directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Godzilla for a year, but his ability to experience atmosphere, wonder, and beauty is on display, on a shoestring budget. Monsters follows a couple attempting to cross a "Infected Zone" teeming with gigantic tentacled monsters.

Mr. Nobody (2009)

It's important to know that this is a story about 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 yet, and haven't discovered any of its major plot parameters, this is a good day, for 23 years. The sequels Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions are also available on HBO Max.

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Witness two and a half hours of stunning and sumptuous action, but don't expect any conclusions to the Blade Runner thread: Is Rick Deckard a replicant?

Blade Runner (1982)

Ridley Scott's Blade Runner will never be lost in time, as a result of gloomy rain.

Tenet (2020)

Tenet is a fan of fantasy, romance, and fashion. Preparation for Tenet.

The Origin of the 1990s

The most powerful Christopher Nolan film on this list.

Soylent Green (1973)

Charlton Heston is set to star in a dystopian thriller based in 2022, plagued by overpopulation, pollution, and climate catastrophe. This isn't a documentary.

A Space Odyssey (1968) in 2001

"Alexa, play 2001: A Space Odyssey."

Event Horizon (1997)

A good bad film bringing supernatural to space. A crew of astronauts travel in search of a missing spaceship and discover malevolent forces at play.

Gravity (2013)

Gravity is a spectacular and heartbreaking space film starring a total of zero aliens. It follows Dr. Ryan Stone, an astronaut trapped in space as she attempts a seemingly impossible return to Earth.

Reminiscence (2021)

This sci-fi fantasy from one half of the Westworld creators (Lisa Joy) is pure mind boggle, but the interesting ideas are worth a look. Nick Bannister of Hugh Jackman uses a machine to see into people's memories.

Independence Day (1996)

This is a second Roland Emmerich video that follows Earth's resistance soldiers making a last stand against an alien attack, an event they use in the calendar for July 4.

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) connects with the past in an enjoyable B-movie and discovers how each change affects the present.

Stalker (1979)

Make it through Stalker's slow start and you'll be able to claim that you've seen an incredible Russian cinema.

The Galaxy Hitchhiker (2005)

The science fiction genre isn't always a success, and this Douglas Adams adaptation may be quite bizarre in a good way if you're unfamiliar with the source material, or bizarre in a less confusing way. My 13-year-old self loved it.

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