6 Best Futuristic Movies on Netflix

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Do you also love futuristic, sci-fi, and cyberpunk movies? Here are 6 of the best futuristic movies on Netflix that you can check out!

Honestly, I probably judge a movie by its aesthetics and watch for features such as cyberpunk megacities, neon lights, and fog, cool high-tech robots, or technology built into a body. But I also of course want to be entertained as well.

PS. Some of these movies are only available in certain regions (countries) on Netflix. It’s possible to bypass this by changing your region on Netflix by using a VPN, just a thought – not telling anyone to do anything 😉

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1. Blade Runner 2049

Available on Netflix (but not in all countries). Available on HBO as well.

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Credit: Warner Bros

First on the list is my all-time favorite futuristic movie: Blade Runner! I love everything about it.

It’s dystopian and dark. It features all the visuals needed such as a cyberpunk megacity, fog, and neon lights, as well as beautiful hologram ads (see image to the left). Isn’t that hologram scene just gorgeous and imaginary?

The movie is also entertaining throughout and contains some emotional scenes as well as interesting relationships (romantic and platonic, friendly and unfriendly). You will also get Ryan Gosling dressed in a cool coat and driving a car with a door that slides open upwards (sidenote).

2. Ready Player One

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Credit: Warner Bros
Credit: Warner Bros

I love it, and you will too if you enjoy the thought of futuristic advanced AR and VR games. It jumps into the vision of an immersive game environment, that offers humans an entirely new open-world universe. It definitely checks off the box of cool futuristic technology and innovations.

The movie also features scenes such as future slum areas/cities built on containers and vans (see the image to the left). It was one of my favorite settings of the movie.

It’s not an uncommon idea that people in the future may live such a poor and hard life that they seek refuge in the world of immersive games. Great VR games could give people the possibility to leave a depressing reality and instead seek entertainment and a better life in a virtual world.

3. Space Sweepers

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Space Sweepers

One of the best space movies I’ve seen. It blends sci-fi interfaces, humans on Mars, futuristic occupations, humor, friendships, and action. You won’t regret watching this one!

4. Ghost in the Shell (2017)

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A cool Scarlet Johansson in a futuristic city
Best Futuristic Movies on Netflix

Available on Netflix (but not in all countries)

This movie doesn’t have the deepest story but it has absolutely awesome and satisfying visuals. For example, huuuuge hologram advertisements in broad daylight (picture to the left), which is a scene I’d love to see in real life.

And it’s also fun that Scarlett Johansson has a full-on robot body.

See the trailer below.

5. Tron: Legacy

Best Futuristic Movies on Netflix

Available on Netflix (but not in all countries)

It’s a cool movie, and really famous. I’m having a hard time pinpointing why I like it though, but it was 100% a worthwhile watch. My strongest memory from the movie though was one super funny scene > “Yeaah?” (SPOILER warning!!). You’ll probably laugh about it when you see it.

6. Outside the Wire

Best Futuristic Movies on Netflix

I would describe this movie as filled with army weapons, mindless high-tech robots, pang-pang, and boom, and easily digested. It’s not a deep movie, but it has some really cool futuristic visuals!

Movies that are good but not the best

Here are a few other futuristic movies that I’ve watched, but they weren’t (in my opinion) the best. But we all have different tastes so I may as well share them here and they may fit your taste better!

The Matrix

It’s a classic and one of the most famous futuristic movies (from the past). But it’s noticeable that it’s an old movie and I’m not impressed by the “futuristic” graphics.

The Matrix (1999) - IMDb

I am mother

Isolation in space, robots, and babies.

I Am Mother (2019) - IMDb
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The Midnight Sky

It’s a movie. It’s space, and it’s a bit dark like all space movies.

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Futuristic Series on Netflix

There are also a lot of great futuristic series on Netflix. Here are my favorite one’s:

  • Black Mirror
  • Altered Carbon

Unfortunately, two of my other favorite dystopian/futuristic series are not on Netflix, but on HBO. But if you happen to have access to that as well I’ll recommend them below.

  • Westworld
  • Handmaid’s tale

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you found at least some new awesome futuristic movie to watch on Netflix!

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Wendy Zhou

UX/UI designer from Sweden. I write about design, tech, side projects, personal finance and cyberpunk. Contact: wendyzhou.design@gmail.com

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