Last Updated: July 5th
There was a time when tales of aliens, space travel, and robots were believed to be the strict province of four-eyed basement dwellers, but the truth is that everybody can find something to enjoy in the weird world of science fiction. The best sci-fi works in both universal truths and hyperspecific detail, using fantastical yet fully-realized worlds to tell stories about our own.
Netflix‘s selection of good sci fi movies isn’t exhaustive, but there’s still plenty worth exploring nestled among the sequels and paycheck-generators. Keep on scrolling for 10 of the best sci-fi movies on Netflix streaming to watch right now, taking you from the moon, the farthest reaches of space, and to the outer fringes of reality itself.
1. Ghostbusters (1984)
Run Time: 105 min, IMDb: 7.8/10
Almost 25 years later and the love for the original Ghostbusters is still going strong. In the film, a team of parapsychologists forms a ghost removal-for-hire business, cleaning up the streets of New York as they go up against otherworldly creatures and sensible EPA regulations. Starring Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, and Rick Moranis, it’s got not only a hilariously inventive premise but enough talent to sell it and improve it, with much of the movie ad-libbed. Sequels, spin-offs, imitators, and toy lines followed its release, but at its core, Ghostbusters still stands up as a funny movie with a semi-frightening sci-fi story behind it.