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5 must-see sci-fi movies on Netflix

From big budget Hollywood blockbusters to trashy B-movies and indie sleeper hits, there are sci-fi movies on Netflix to cater to all tastes. Some star eerily realistic robots, while others deal in the supernatural or take us to space. What makes a great sci-fi picture, though, is big ideas – something these 5 movies have in abundance.

The 5 best sci-fi movies on Netflix;

Re-animator (1985)

The 80s was a golden era for a certain kind of gruesome, high-concept sci fi, notable for David Cronenberg’s classic body horrors. Most of those aren’t on Netflix unfortunately, but Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator is the next best thing. This cult classic is based on a H.P Lovecraft novella, exploring the deadly implications of science students who attempt to play god.

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

This one should need no introduction, it’s one of the greatest movie sequels of all-time and nearly 25 years later it still stands up to repeat viewings. Netflix is actually treasure trove of Arnie movies – also streaming other favorites Total Recall, Last Action Hero, The Running Man and Twins. 

If you liked this, you’ll also like The Running Man.

Upstream Color (2012)

Shane Carruth scored an indie hit in 2004 with his first movie Primer, and eight years later he followed to up with this. If you’re looking for light viewing, Upstream Color isn’t it – but while the movie is no easier on the brain than the director’s first, it’s just as brilliant and satisfying if you stick it out.

If you liked this, you’ll also like Primer.

Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko was the first feature-length movie made by filmmaker Richard Kelly (Southland Tales, The Box), and what an introduction. Starring both Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, this masterpiece of indie cinema is yet to be topped by Kelly, but we’ll never tired of watching it over again. We’ll never be able to get the movie’s creepy hallucinogenic bunny visions out of our head, either.

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Metropolis (1927)

Go back to the source with this German expressionist classic from Friz Lang, which has influenced practically every sci-fi movie since its release in 1927. A color-tined version was later made in the 80s (also available on Netflix), with music from Freddie Mercury and Pat Benatar.

If you liked this, you’ll also like Woman in the Moon.

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