The best sci-fi movies on Prime Video

Prime video is home to a surprisingly wide range of sci-fi stories, including indie sci-fi The Vast of Night and coherenceWidely regarded as one of the best sci-fi hidden gems out there.

Scroll down for our top picks for Science fiction movies You can now stream on Prime Video.

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It seems that films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger are a feature on this list. A classic action film, Predator follows an elite paramilitary rescue team being pursued by a technologically advanced alien.

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With the slew of cult films on Prime Video, you could be snuggled up to an 80s classic. Perhaps surprisingly, The Fly is a remake of the 1958 film of the same name, only with added gore and Jeff Goldblum. The David Cronenberg film has become a classic in its own right.

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It’s hard to leave The Tomorrow War off this list, as it’s Prime Video’s big sci-fi actioner starring Chris Pratt. It follows a school teacher who is drawn into a war with aliens – in the future. An easily digestible flick to watch while looking at your phone.

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Vivarium is interesting. It may frustrate many viewers with its surreal aspects, but it’s still an immersive film. A young couple is trapped in a labyrinthine suburban neighborhood of identical houses. While trying to escape, they take care of a mysterious baby.

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Emile Hirsch stars in this sci-fi horror about a father who keeps his 7-year-old daughter locked in their home for her entire life. Chloe inevitably seeks the great outdoors, which leads to unexplained incidents and a clash with a government agency. An impressive work with a father-daughter relationship at its core.

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Remember Dane DeHaan from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starred in this found footage sci-fi? He plays a friendless teenager who develops telekinetic abilities. What begins as fun and pranks ends in a plot that goes too far. With a pinch of superhero origin story, Chronicle is a clever documentary-style sci-fi actioner.

The sci-fi actioner that made director Neill Blomkamp famous. The hybrid found footage flick takes you straight into the intense action of an alternate 1982, when an alien spacecraft appears over Johannesburg, Africa. A unique, exciting and slightly political classic.

Yes, this is a prequel movie. Yes, this is the fifth in the Alien series. Yes, it’s terrific and its plot doesn’t do justice to its stunning visuals. But Prometheus introduced us to the brilliantly creepy and unnerving android David, played by Michael Fassbender. Its plot might not make complete sense in the end, but that doesn’t detract from the entertainment value of this sci-fi horror.

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This low-budget indie has surprisingly high production values, impressive performances and imaginative camerawork to tell the story of two teenagers in 1950’s New Mexico. The resourceful pair hunt the possibly alien origins of a mysterious audio frequency.


The City of Lost Children (1995)

Before Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet brought his flair and visual style to a sci-fi fantasy (co-directed by Marc Caro). The City of Lost Children follows an evil scientist who kidnaps children because he believes their dreams are the key to preventing aging.

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For those who miss Black Mirror, this will help fill that gap. Black Box follows a father trying to get his life back on track after a car accident. He agrees to an experimental procedure that takes him into the darkest recesses of his mind.

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Coherence doesn’t require an avatar-sized budget to create a compelling story. The low-budget indie film follows friends at a dinner party who notice bizarre events after a comet passes by. Even more unsettling for its down-to-earth setting, Coherence nails the shorthand of a true indie gem.

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Alex Garland fans will be familiar with Judge Dredd. One of the earlier films penned by the sci-fi author (based on a comic book), the sci-fi actionr follows the judge of the same name, covering everything from the jury to the executioner. In a dystopian metropolis, Dredd and his apprentice try to bring down drug lord Ma-Ma, played by Lena Headey.

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Fascinating premise? Check. Low budget? Check. Turn at the end? Check. This indie sci-fi mystery by Travis Milloy cements its spot in Google searches for “best indie sci-fi gems.” Infinity Chamber’s complex story focuses on a man being held in an automated detention center. He must fight against superior technology to escape, an immensely tricky task.

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For a well-made, thoughtful sci-fi film that is careful not to overdo its meditations on entertainment value, Archive has a great reputation. Gavin Rothery’s British directorial debut sees Theo James as a scientist working to make an AI as human as possible. His reasons are hidden, personal, and sure to throw a spanner in the works. Drawing comparisons to Ex Machina, Archive is safe storytelling with a keen focus on character.

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Not much needs to be said about the first part of the Terminator series. Seemingly born out of a fever dream, James Cameron’s story shows us a cyborg assassin sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to save humanity from the robot apocalypse.

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Haven’t seen RoboCop yet? The ’80s classic has been referenced in everything from Ready Player One to Community to Sailor Moon. It centers on a police officer who is brutally murdered, only to come back as a cyborg on a criminal rampage. The best sci-fi movies on Prime Video

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