The Absolute Best Sci-Fi Movies To Watch On HBO Max

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Warner Bros.
Atmosphere, creativity and philosophical concepts are simply among the components you may count on from the collection of sci-fi motion pictures on HBO Max. Aside from current blockbusters and indie gems, HBO Max is stacked with sci-fi classics. It’s the most effective choices on the market — not less than extra spectacular than Netflix and Amazon Prime Video mixed. Sure, it is missing in loads of different areas (the free trial is lifeless within the floor), however not less than its sci-fi choices are as much as scratch. Scroll down for the most effective of the HBO Max bunch.

The Matrix (1999)

Warner Bros. Pictures

If you have not seen The Matrix, and one way or the other do not know its main plot factors, properly executed for avoiding spoilers for 23 years. The sequels Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions are additionally on HBO Max.

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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

Blade Runner (1982)

Forever the top of neo-noir visible artistry, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner won’t ever be misplaced in time, like tears in rain.

Tenet (2020)

Warner Bros.

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.

Ready Player One (2018)

Jaap Buitendijk

Based on the favored Ernest Cline novel of the identical title, Ready Player One is a nerd’s feast, dropping over 100 references to in style tradition from numerous time durations, together with Minecraft, Batman and Back to the Future. There’s even a narrative in there too, a few dystopic society discovering solace in digital actuality.

Inception (2010)

Warner Bros.

The superior Christopher Nolan film on this checklist.

Soylent Green (1973)

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A dystopian thriller starring Charlton Heston and set in a 2022 stricken by overpopulation, air pollution and local weather catastrophe. This is not a documentary.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


“Alexa, play 2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Event Horizon (1997)

Paramount Pictures

A very good unhealthy film bringing supernatural horror to area. A crew of astronauts go searching for a lacking spaceship and uncover malevolent forces at play.

Gravity (2013)

Gravity is the last word scary and stomach-lurching area film, that includes a complete of zero aliens. It follows Sandra Bullock’s Dr. Ryan Stone, an astronaut stranded in area, as she makes an attempt a seemingly unimaginable return to Earth.

Reminiscence (2021)

Warner Bros. Pictures

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 individuals’s reminiscences.

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Twentieth Century Fox

Roland Emmerich, “grasp of catastrophe,” presents The Day After Tomorrow. The director additionally made this 12 months’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.

Independence Day (1996)

Oh look, it is one other Roland Emmerich movie! This one follows Earth’s resistance troopers making a final stand towards an alien assault, an occasion they log within the calendar for July 4.

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

New Line Cinema

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

Stalker (1979)


Make it by means of Stalker’s sluggish begin and you can say you have watched an existential masterpiece of Russian cinema.

Oblivion (2013)

Oblivion got here out of the build-a-sci-fi-movie workshop. Starring Tom Cruise, it follows people at warfare with aliens, homaging ’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.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Buena Vista Pictures

Sci-fi comedy is not at all times successful, and this Douglas Adams adaptation is both going to be bizarre in a great way, for those who’re conversant in the supply materials, or bizarre in an unfunny, complicated means. My 13-year-old self liked it.

Solaris (1972)


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

Mr. Nobody (2009)

Mr. Nobody’s the type of film that nails the ending, leaving you on a considerate notice to ponder. It helps to know that it is a story exploring the results of decisions and why you should not fear about making the proper one.

Cloverfield (2008)

Paramount Pictures

Matt Reeves has gone on to huge 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.

I, Robot (2004)

A routine blockbuster for dependable leisure.

The Running Man (1987)

Tri-Star Pictures

It would not be a greatest sci-fi checklist with out a number of Arnie motion pictures. The Running Man facilities on a gameshow the place criminals should try to flee from skilled killers.

Scanners (1981)


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

The Faculty (1998)

Miramax Films

Robert Rodriguez is not the most well-liked amongst Star Wars followers in the meanwhile, 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, however it is not unhealthy both, following teenagers who examine mysterious happenings at their highschool.

Monsters (2010)

Vertigo Films

This stable 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, surprise and wonder is on present right here, all on a shoestring finances. Monsters follows a pair making an attempt to cross an “Infected Zone” teeming with large tentacled monsters.

Super 8 (2011)

Paramount Pictures

Basically Stranger Things set within the ’70s. Super Eight follows a bunch 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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