Science fiction is fun and refreshing in the way that it often explores elements of science that are not widely accepted by authentic, mainstream sciences. Themes in sci-fi often include aliens, time travel, robots, spacecraft, futuristic environments and so much more. People are drawn to sci-fi because it explores what life could eventually be like in the future and looks into things that we are naturally curious about, such as the existence of the aforementioned alien life forms. This article will detail a list of the 7 best sci-fi movies on Netflix for you to enjoy.
1. ET (1982)
|Release Date on Netflix||November 19, 2014|
|Runtime||1 hour 55 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||7.9 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||98%|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States and Netflix France|
A heartwarming sci-fi classic, ET definitely wins the number one spot on our list of the 7 best sci-fi movies on Netflix and also ranks high on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Best American Movies. ET is a story about a kind alien who ends up on Earth and the friendly young boy who will stop at nothing in order to get him back home.
– Spielberg said in an interview about the film that E.T. was more of a plant-like creature and could not be defined as either male or female.
– This film is also a novel.
2. Metropolis (1927)
|Release Date on Netflix||May 16, 2012|
|Runtime||2 hours 33 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||8.3 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||99%|
|MPAA Rating||Not Rated|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States, Netflix Australia, Netflix New Zealand and Netflix Canada|
With a high rating of 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and ranked as the number 3 movie on their list of the Top 100 Sci-fi and Fantasy movies, Metropolis explores a futuristic dystopian city that is divided by the city and the working class. The son of the city’s head of charge falls in love with a working class girl who predicts a savior who comes to help them settle their differences.
– Metropolis used 11,000 women, 25,000 men, 1,100 bald men, 750 children and 25 Asian people for a total of around 37,000 extras. It took 310 days to shoot the film.
3. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
|Release Date on Netflix||July 1, 2015|
|Runtime||1 hour 32 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||7.8 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||94%|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States|
Resting at number 46 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the Top 100 Sci-fi and Fantasy movies, The Day the Earth Stood Still is the story of the day that an alien lands upon the Earth, bringing with it a message to Earth’s inhabitants that they must live more peaceful lives lest the planet be destroyed as it is currently a danger to the other planets.
– Two Gort suits were included in The Day the Earth Stood Still: one that laced up the front for shots of his back, and one that laced up the back for when he was facing the camera.
4. The Iron Giant (1999)
|Release Date on Netflix||January 2, 2015|
|Runtime||1 hour 26 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||8.0 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||96%|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States, Netflix Norway, Netflix France, Netflix Brazil, Netflix Finland, Netflix Denmark, Netflix Sweden and Netflix Canada|
The Iron Giant is ranked number 57 on the list of the Top 100 Sci-fi and Fantasy Movies on Rotten Tomatoes and definitely deserves a spot on our list of the 7 best sci-fi movies on Netflix. This film features a massive alien robot played by Vin Diesel that lands in a small town in Maine. A young boy finds him and forms a friendship, working with the alien to prevent him from being destroyed by a suspicious government.
– This film is based on a children’s book.
– The Iron Giant character speaks only 53 words during the entire film.
5. Jurassic Park (1993)
|Release Date on Netflix||January 2, 2015|
|Runtime||2 hours 7 minutes|
|IMDb Rating||8.1 out of 10|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score||93%|
|Streaming on||Netflix United States, Netflix Brazil|
In Jurassic Park, two paleontologists, a mathematician and a number of other people tour a theme park set on an island that is filled with different dinosaurs brought to life using DNA. They find out that things are not as fine as the park’s mastermind makes them seem when the dinosaurs break free and begin to hunt the visitors.
– During the scene where the T-Rex breaks through the glass roof of the Ford Explorer, the glass was not supposed to shatter, so the screams heard in the final cut of the film are authentic.
– The roars of the T-Rex were a combination of tiger, penguin, elephant, dog and alligator sounds.