The Best Sci-Fi Movies on HBO Max

HBO Max is completely full of sci-fi motion pictures, from the classics to latest blockbusters to smaller gems extra folks want to observe. Try little Spanish gem Timecrimes, Moon (starring Sam Rockwell) and Monsters (directed by Gareth Edwards).

Thanks to the latest Warner Bros. and Discovery merger, HBO Max has seen just a few casualties, together with the removals of Moonshot, Superintelligence, 2020’s The Witches, An American Pickle, Locked Down and Charm City Kings. Thankfully, none of these are worthwhile sci-fi flicks. Read extra concerning the merger right here.

Scroll down for the intensive choices obtainable on HBO Max.

One of the perfect Alex Garland movies that includes probably the greatest robotic dance scenes.


Prepare to be each deeply unsettled and riveted by this distinctive sci-fi horror. Scarlett Johansson performs an alien roaming the streets of Scotland, preying on unsuspecting males. With novice actors, unscripted sequences shot with hidden cameras and a lens capturing the alien’s perspective, this mesmerizing flick is exclusive in additional methods than one.

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A brand new Jurassic Park film is headed to theaters this yr, so compensate for the (superior) unique now. 1993’s Jurassic Park kicked off the franchise, based mostly on the novel of the identical identify by Michael Crichton. Spoiler: Original solid members Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum are set to make a return within the upcoming 2022 flick.

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Its sequel did not attain the identical lofty heights, so watch the primary monster epic within the Pacific Rim franchise. 2013’s Pacific Rim is helmed by Guillermo Del Toro, so anticipate a robust brush of visible artistry over the monster mayhem.

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This really mind-bending Spanish sci-fi is a wild card to take an opportunity on when you’re within the temper. Featuring all of the trimmings of a low-budget thriller, Timecrimes follows a middle-aged man who finds himself caught in a time loop. A stream of twists will preserve you in your toes.

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This good, tightly packaged sci-fi thriller might need a barely preposterous setup, however its gripping storytelling shortly shuts off your cynicism. Jake Gyllenhaal is Captain Colter Stevens, an ex-army pilot who wakes up on a practice within the physique of one other man. If you have not seen Source Code but, it is best to let it carry you alongside its exhilarating trip, careening down many twists and turns towards a satisfying, emotionally impactful closing vacation spot.

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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Roland Emmerich, “master of disaster,” presents The Day After Tomorrow. The director additionally made this yr’s Moonfall, by which the moon falls out of its orbit on a collision course with Earth. You already know what sort of enjoyable this film goes to be.

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Oblivion got here out of the build-a-sci-fi-movie workshop. Starring Tom Cruise, it follows people at struggle with aliens, paying homage to ’70s sci-fi movies together with The Omega Man and Silent Running. A love letter within the type of a half-decent sci-fi motion journey.

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This strong British sci-fi comes from Gareth Edwards, who went on to direct Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and 2014’s Godzilla. His mastery of ambiance, marvel and wonder is on present right here, all on a shoestring price range. Monsters follows a pair making an attempt to cross an “Infected Zone” teeming with large tentacled monsters.

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If you have not seen The Matrix, and in some way do not know its main plot factors, effectively achieved for avoiding spoilers for 23 years. The sequels Reloaded, Revolutions and Resurrections are additionally on HBO Max.

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Watch two and a half hours of atmospheric, luxurious spectacle, however do not anticipate any conclusions to the query posed by the unique Blade Runner: Is Rick Deckard a replicant?

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Colossal may appear to be a romantic comedy on the floor, nevertheless it has surprisingly darkish layers beneath. This black comedy stars Anne Hathaway as an alcoholic out-of-work journalist who strikes again dwelling to New Hampshire after her suave British boyfriend (Dan Stevens) dumps her. What occurs subsequent is each massively sudden and a large metaphor: She discovers she has a reference to a colossal Kaiju monster destroying Seoul, in South Korea. Yes, Colossal has a ton of soul, a standout efficiency from Jason Sudeikis and an imaginative, at instances thrilling story.

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Love it or hate it — get it or discover its “science” baffling — Tenet is eye-popping leisure. Best recommendation: Don’t query Tenet, undergo the Tenet expertise.

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The superior Christopher Nolan film on this record.

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A David Cronenberg sci-fi thriller based mostly on a Stephen King novel — what extra do you could entice you to observe The Dead Zone? A plot, perhaps? Christopher Walken stars as a college instructor who awakens from a coma to find he has psychic powers. What he makes use of them for: Preventing a sure politician from changing into president. Yes, The Dead Zone is an ’80s horror referenced by Stranger Things. It’s additionally one of many higher Stephen King diversifications on the market.

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

“Alexa, play 2001: A Space Odyssey.”

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This sci-fi thriller from one half of the duo that created Westworld (Lisa Joy) is pure thoughts boggle, however the attention-grabbing concepts are value a gander. Reminiscence follows Hugh Jackman’s Nick Bannister, who makes use of a machine that may see into folks’s reminiscences.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

The greatest Terminator film? Make your judgment by watching The Terminator sequel.

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The Butterfly Effect (2004)

An pleasing B-movie, The Butterfly Effect sees school scholar Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) tinker with the previous and uncover how every change impacts the current.

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Make it by way of Stalker’s gradual begin and you can say you’ve got watched an existential masterpiece of Russian cinema.

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Before Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky made enormous leaps for sci-fi cinema, along with his complicated, character-driven piece about astronauts having wild hallucinations which will or will not be actual. The 2002 American remake of Solaris can be on HBO Max, with added George Clooney romance.

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Matt Reeves has gone on to massive issues since directing this slick found-footage monster morsel. See what he was as much as earlier than The Planet of the Apes motion pictures and 2022’s The Batman.

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This immense low-budget sci-fi starring Sam Rockwell has all the pieces. It has Sam Rockwell. A Clint Mansell rating. A claustrophobic retro set and gorgeously moody moonscapes. Hard sci-fi concepts. The primary premise: A person coming to the top of a three-year solitary stint on the far aspect of the moon suffers a private disaster. A must-watch.

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A routine blockbuster for dependable leisure.

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A warning for the physique horror-averse earlier than hitting play on this David Cronenberg sci-fi. Scanners follows folks with particular talents, together with telepathic and telekinetic powers. Not the primary on this record to grow to be a cult basic after a lukewarm preliminary response, Scanners left an enduring impression, not least due to a memorable scene involving a head explosion.

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Robert Rodriguez is not the most well-liked amongst Star Wars followers for the time being, primarily for making a personality do a pointless ballerina twirl within the divisive The Book of Boba Fett finale. The Faculty, directed by Rodriguez, is not nice, nevertheless it is not dangerous both, following teenagers who examine mysterious happenings at their highschool.

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Basically Stranger Things set within the ’70s. Super 8 follows a gaggle of teenagers who’re filming their very own film when a practice derails and a harmful presence begins stalking their city.

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Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi blockbuster is again on HBO Max. The epic based mostly on Frank Herbert’s novel lately scored a bunch of Oscars, together with greatest unique rating and cinematography. Catch the sprawling story of the Atreides household, who discover themselves at struggle on the lethal planet Arrakis. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya and extra stack out a massively spectacular ensemble solid.

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With the most recent season of HBO’s Westworld at the moment airing on TV, it’s possible you’ll as effectively return and watch its supply materials, if you have not already. The premise is just about the identical because the collection: An grownup amusement park transports guests to themed worlds, together with a Western World. James Brolin performs one of many characters, among the many creepy humanoid androids. An wonderful sci-fi thriller that is a lot simpler to know than the collection it spawned.

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