Top 5 Sci-Fi Movies on Amazon Prime Video

Top 5 Sci-Fi Movies on Amazon Prime Video

A compilation of Sci-fi movies, ranging from Alien to High Life.

As a cinephile, you want a site where you can readily access all of these genres, and with Amazon Prime Video increasing popularity, it is a platform that has carved out a niche in the streaming service industry alongside its main competitor, Netflix.

Science fiction has grown in popularity much beyond its used bookstore roots during the previous several decades. From video games to comic novels, a genre best distinguished by its idealistic ideas of what life may be like or how our pasts could be reinvented appears to have left no media corner untouched.

A large selection of movies is available with a single click on your displays in the comfort of your own home. If you’re a Prime Video member who enjoys science fiction, there are some worthwhile titles to watch on the site. There’s something here for everyone, whether you enjoy sci-fi horror, action, comedy, or post-apocalyptic/dystopian sci-fi.

So, what are you waiting for? Choose the best membership based on your preferences and begin exploring the incredible repertoire of the streaming service.

Here’s a guide for watching some of the best sci-fi movies that every sci-fi lover should see.

Alien (1979)

Top 5 Sci-Fi Movies on Amazon Prime Video
Credit: 20th Century Studios

Alien is one of those pictures that is so well-known to audiences and so universally and unconditionally adored that it is easy to forget how and why it is as powerful as it is.

Ridley Scott’s visionary and horrific 1979 film effectively launched a new subgenre by fusing the horror and science-fiction genres, and innumerable clones have since taken from its DNA.

  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett
  • Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, and John Hurt
  • Runtime: 1h 57m 
  • IMDb Rating: 8.5 / 10 

Synopsis: 

The crew of the commercial spacecraft Nostromo is woken from cryo-sleep capsules midway through their journey home in deep space to investigate a distress signal from an extraterrestrial vessel. When the crew comes across a nest of eggs within the alien ship, the fear begins. An entity from within an egg bursts forth and attaches itself to one of the crew members, causing him to go into a coma.

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The Terminator (1984) 

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Credit: Orion Pictures

One of the most-watched 80’s movies, which is still loved by millions worldwide. The Terminator is a hugely influential, intelligent, thrilling, and significant picture. Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers classic lines while also playing the Terminator to perfection. 

The aesthetic of the movie still has a lot of influence in modern movies. Outstanding performances, as well as superb camerawork, make the Terminator appear extremely ominous. One of the most ambitious movies ever made.

  • Director: James Cameron
  • Writers: James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd, and William Wisher
  • Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Michael Biehn
  • Runtime: 1h 47m
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1 / 10 

Synopsis: 

A Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) disguised as a civilian goes from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) is sent to protect Sarah and reveals the arrival of Skynet, an artificial intelligence system that will cause a nuclear holocaust. Sarah is being hunted because Skynet believes her unborn son will lead the fight against them. She and Kyle attempt to flee, despite the Terminator’s near-unstoppable pursuit.

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Inception (2010) 

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Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Everyone knows the hype around Christopher Nolan’s movies, and this flick is just another benchmark for cinema and its influence worldwide. This endlessly interesting swirl of a film could only have come from Nolan, who combines the intellectual entwined of Memento (another time-travel thriller) with the stunning action of The Dark Knight, his Batman megahit. A multifaceted, self-reflexive action thriller that fires on all cylinders, meticulously manipulating time to offer a hard-hitting cinematic experience.

  • Director: Christopher Nolan
  • Writer: Christopher Nolan
  • Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Elliot Page
  • Runtime: 2h 28m
  • IMDb Rating: 8.8 / 10 

Synopsis:

Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a robber who has the unusual ability to penetrate people’s dreams and take secrets from their subconscious. His abilities have made him a sought-after commodity in the world of corporate espionage, but they have also lost him everything he cherishes. 

Cobb is given a second chance at redemption when he is given the seemingly impossible task of planting an idea in someone’s head. If he succeeds, it will be the ideal crime, but a dangerous adversary is watching Cobb’s every move.

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High Life (2018) 

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Credit: A24

Incorporating elements of horror, sci-fi, and prison drama, the film is a difficult riddle that even the most ardent Denis fans may struggle to solve, but it doesn’t take away from the film’s thrilling, horrifying viewing experience.

Denis keeps just on the opaque end of decipherable with each thread you find yourself attempting to unravel…for sci-fi diehards who hear about a huge movie star in a new space movie, it’s certainly something different than what you’d expect.

  • Director: Claire Denis
  • Writers: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, and Geoff Cox
  • Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, and André 3000
  • Runtime: 1h 53m 
  • IMDb Rating: 5.8 / 10 

Synopsis: 

Monte and his infant daughter are the sole survivors of a cursed and perilous trip to the solar system’s outskirts. They must now rely on one another to survive as they speed toward the abyss of a black hole.

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A Quiet Place (2018)

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Credit: Paramount Pictures Studios

In this tense horror film, a clever gimmick redeems a basic premise. It’s one of the most imaginative, wonderfully produced, and well-acted horror films we’ve seen in a long time, and we believe the fundamental reason for its potency is the family issue at its heart.

A Quiet Place will appeal to horror lovers, but its family drama lends it a larger appeal. In any case, it’s a scary experience you won’t soon forget.

  • Director: John Krasinski
  • Writers: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski
  • Stars: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and Millicent Simmonds
  • Runtime: 1h 30m 
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5 / 10 

Synopsis: 

They will pursue you if they hear you. To evade unknown creatures who hunt by sound, a family must live in silence. Evelyn and Lee are committed to protecting their children while urgently searching for a method to fight back, knowing that even the smallest whisper or footstep can result in death.

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Check out the movies mentioned above and tell us which one you liked in the comment section. 

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