20 Best Science Fiction Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now

Humans have come a long way from where their story began. In our evolution, we have understood the ways of nature and created our own devices out of it. Curiosity has been the constant driving force that kept pushing us further. But, there are still a lot of things that we don’t fully understand yet. Most things are still out of our reach, and only God knows what it is out there that we are not even aware of. This ignorance doesn’t mean that we lack any imagination. We are talking about the world of science fiction. Surely, filmmakers love the unknown. That’s why sci-fi still happens to be one of the most popular genres. In case, you are one of the sci-fi fans, today’s article is for you.

With the advent of online streaming services, movie lovers don’t have to venture out to catch up a movie. Most are nowadays preferring to watching movies sitting in the comforts of their home. Netflix, of course, has the lion share of eyeballs, but Amazon Prime is not far behind. So, if you are planning to watch a sci-fi movie with bunch of your friends, you can just invite them to you house and watch it on TV or laptop. Here’s the list of top science fiction movies on Amazon Prime that are our recommendations for you and your friends.

20. Invaders from Mars (1986)

Meteor showers are a pretty sight. But not for David Gardner. He sees an alien spaceship land on Earth in the guise of the meteor shower. From the very next day, he starts experiencing changes in the demeanor of people around him. The people are becoming emotionless. He tries to find someone who will believe him and help him in solving the situation. But it is too difficult, considering what’s in store for him.

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19. The Invasion (2007)

An alien life-form which looks like a type of fungus spreads all over the United States when a space shuttle crash there. The people who come in contact with it seem to lose control of their consciousness to the fungus. The wife of one of the lead scientists investigating the fungus is a psychiatrist. She begins to see a pattern in her patients who describe their loved ones as being someone else. As the bigger picture becomes known to her, she discovers that the key to solving this problem is closer to her than she anticipated.

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18. Evolution (2001)

When a meteor strikes the Earth, a group of scientists is called upon to test the things that it has brought with itself from the outer space. The scientists discover that the meteor is home to an extra-terrestrial form of life which is rapidly evolving in the nitrogen-based environment. This new form of life gives rise to monstrous beings who wreak havoc in the world. To stop this life form from evolving further and taking control from the human race, the scientists have to race against time to find a solution. This film is as much a comedy as it is a sci-fi film. So, you can learn something while having a good laugh.

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17. Starship Troopers (1997)

This film is set in the 23rd century where citizenship is not a privilege. It has to be earned by completing a significant amount of service in the military. The story focuses around a group of characters who have just graduated from high school and are getting ready to serve their time in the army. While this happens, an alien species of Arachnids, also called Bugs, is discovered in a new planet where the humans were trying to set-up camp. These Arachnids launch attack on humans, hell-bent on destroying them so they can take over the planet for themselves. Now, the people of Earth have to set aside their differences and come together to fight these bugs.

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16. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Life has not been easy for Adam, Nick and Lou. Each one of them is depressed with the way things are and wants things to change. They all come together when Lou is hospitalized. To cheer him up, and themselves, they decide to revisit the ski resort where they used to go when they were young. They are joined by Adam’s nephew Jacob who doesn’t have any friends and has nothing better to do with his time. They spend the night drinking and partying and drink a Russian energy drink. When they wake up in the morning, they realise, through a series of encounters, that have travelled back in time to 1986. Also, if they change anything, it will have ripple effects and change everything as they know it. So, they have to go through those painful memories again.

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15. Lifeforce (1985)

When a spaceship comes across another one hidden in a comet, the crew decides to find out if there is anything in that hidden shuttle. They discover three bodies that appear to be human in a suspended state. The crew brings those bodies aboard their shuttle and begins its journey back home to Earth. However, in the middle of the way, it loses connection, due to which a rescue mission is sent. The shuttle is discovered damaged by a fire, while the three bodies remain unharmed. When brought back to Earth, the scientists begin to study them, but it soon turns out that bringing them here was not such a great idea, after all.

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14. The Time Machine (2002)

Love is a very powerful driving force. It is what drives Dr Alexander Hartdegen to build a time machine when his fiancée dies. When he succeeds and travels back in time, he discovers that no matter how hard he tries to save her, she will meet death in one way or another. Distraught by this discovery, he decides to travel further in time, believing that in the future this paradox must have been resolved. However, what he finds in future turns his whole perspective, and his life, around.

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13. Carriers (2009)

When an infectious virus takes over, the human casualties pile up. A group of people try to find a place where they can safely ride out the pandemic. All they have to do is not allow themselves to be infected. This proves to be a difficult task when more than most people are infected and you can be infected just through breath. ‘Carriers’ focuses on how different people act when they are faced with the choice of surviving alone or helping others.

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12. Zoe (2018)

Love is a complicated thing, yet if every emotion is a chemical reaction inside our brains, then there must be a way to explain love, too. There must be a way to understand and study love. This is what happens in ‘Zoe’. Starring Ewan McGregor, Lea Seydoux and Theo James, this film tells the story of a scientist who tries to find a perfect match for the synthetics, i.e., robots designed by himself. Lea Seydoux plays the role of Zoe, the lead synthetic who becomes central to the research. She goes through a line of questioning that helps in determining the perfect match for her. The film delves deep into the psychology of people regarding love and how the modern dating system has affected the way people perceive relationships.

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11. Equals (2015)

In the far future, humans have evolved out of their emotions. They live in a society where all sorts of emotions have been drained out and this had led to eradication of crime from the society. But, it has also led to the eradication of love. The people who begin to show emotions are termed as diseased and have to go through a series of treatment to cure themselves. While most people kill themselves, the ones that don’t are taken away by the authorities, never to return. Silas begins to show emotions and falls in love with a colleague. They have to keep their love and emotions hidden if they want to survive.

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10. Into the Forest (2015)

Electricity is one of the most important things in today’s world. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration if I said that the world can’t function a day without electricity. There’s just too much reliance on it. So, when a continent-wide power outage occurs, chaos ensues in the society. Eva and Nell live with their father in a remote location and travel to the town only when they are low on supplies. When their father dies, they promise to never let go of each other, facing the dangers together if they are to survive in the world that is becoming crueler by the day.

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9. The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

This film shows the story of a scientist who was obsessed with enhancing the range of the human eyesight. A typical case of “careful what you wish for”, this film shows its protagonist first experiencing the pros of his situation and then finding out why certain limitations should not be broken. Dr Xavier succeeds in coming up with an eyedrop that helps one see beyond the visible spectrum. Because he can’t find anyone for human experimentation, he decides to use it on himself. The effects turn out to be disastrous.

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8. Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

To a lot of people ‘Jumanji’ and its spiritual successor ‘Zathura’ will act as the reminiscent of their childhood days. Even though these films seemed more about adventure then, watching them now makes one realise that it had various layers with deep emotions. ‘Zathura’ tells the story of two brothers who never get along. When their father leaves them alone at home for a few hours, under the care of their negligent sister, they discover a board game in the attic. As they start playing the game, they realise that they have been transported to space and that they must finish it if they want to go back home.

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7. Frequency (2007)

When John was quite young, his father had died in a fire. Thirty years after that, he finds difficulty in maintaining a relationship, accused of being emotionally distant. As the anniversary of his father’s death nears, he finds an old radio that belonged to him and while listening to it, realises that somehow it connects to the time when his father was still alive. He starts talking to his father through this and warns him against his impending death. Back in the time, his father heeds his warning and doesn’t die. The next day, John finds out that while his father has been saved, a lot of other things have changed and that tinkering with fate might not be such a good idea.

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6. Children of Men (2006)

It has been eighteen years since the last human child was born in the world. This infertility pandemic has driven the human species to the point of extinction. Chaos and tyranny reign the world. Theo Faron has turned into a bureaucrat leaving behind his life as an activist. When he is kidnapped by a militant group, which is led by his wife, he discovers that a group of scientists had been working on curing infertility and they did succeed at it. A woman is pregnant and she needs to have immigrated to the United Kingdom, the only place left with a proper government. After his wife dies in an attack, Theo has to make sure that the woman holding the future of the world in her womb is transported to a safe haven.

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5. Star Trek (2009)

The reboot of the original ‘Star Trek franchise’, this film started the story of the people aboard the USS Enterprise in a new way. Chris Pine played the role of the charismatic Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto played the role of the intellectual Spock. The film gives an origin story to the characters, starting from their childhood, how they grew up and what shaped up their personalities. This added more complexity to the characters which were perfectly played out by the actors. ‘Star Trek’ is the mix of science fiction, drama, and has quite a few light-hearted moments.

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4. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

Based on George Orwell’s classic novel of the same name, this film follows the story of a low-ranking officer in a post-apocalyptic world. The film focuses heavily on themes like individuality, privacy and government interference. Winston Smith works for the government on one simple task. He has to rewrite history the way it suits the people in charge of the regime. In a world where private thought is not allowed, Smith maintains a diary in which he puts down all that he thinks about the world and how he wishes it was different. When he falls in love with Julia, he has to maintain their relationship as a secret from the Thought Police and the Big Brother who watches over everything.

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3. The Stepford Wives (1975)

The world that we live in is not perfect. But, it is becoming better because people are breaking off the shackles that the oppressive sections have put on them. For long, the society told people how to live and what to be. Women have lived, and continue to live in some parts of the world, in this manner. Be a perfect wife, don’t be ambitious, why do you need a job, why don’t you want children, and on and on and on. ‘The Stepford Wives’ is the film that brings out all these issues in a very clear and clever manner. When Joanna Eberhart moves to the suburbs of Stepford, she discovers that women there are obsessed with being the perfect wives. There is no hint of intellect and self-worth in them. Soon, Joanna finds out why.

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2. Donnie Darko (2001)

‘Donnie Darko’ is one of those films that you need to see very carefully to understand its meaning. You don’t want to end up with a headache thinking too much about what happened there when the movie is over. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the central character, Donald “Donnie” Darko. In the middle of the night, a voice calls him out of the house, introduces itself as Frank and tells Donnie that the world will end in 28 days, or so. The next morning, Donnie finds himself on a golf course and returns home to find his bedroom in a very messy state. As time passes, he starts having more frequent visions of Frank. The question arises: is it real or is his head messed up?

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1. Arrival (2016)

One of the best sci-fi films (according to me, at least), ‘Arrival’ deals with a lot of issues, at once. It tells the story of a linguistics expert named Louise Banks who is called upon by the government when mysterious spaceships enter the Earth’s surface. Along with a team of other scientists, Louise is tasked with understanding the language of the aliens to build a form of communication with them, in order to understand why they have come to Earth. The plot follows a complicated story-line which needs the acute attention of the viewer in order to fully understand the meaning of everything that is unfolding in front of them. If you have trouble understanding, you could read the book ‘Story of Your Life’ by Ted Chiang.

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