Some of the best indie sci-fi gems out there can be found on Prime Video, it just takes a little digging. And 2013’s Coherence isn’t the only worthwhile sci-fi viewing. There is a ton of great sci-fi films banking up on the streamer, from Prime Video Originals to the old reliable classics.
Scroll down for the best sci-fi movies to watch on Prime Video.
Coherence doesn’t need an Avatar-size budget to craft a compelling story. The low-budget indie film follows friends at a dinner party who start noticing bizarre occurrences after a comet passes. Even more unsettling because of its grounded setting, Coherence nails the brief of true indie gem.
The Terminator (1984)
Not much needs to be said about the first in The Terminator franchise. Apparently born of a fever dream, James Cameron crafted the story of a cyborg assassin sent from the future to kill Sarah Conor, whose unborn son is destined to save mankind from the robot apocalypse.
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Haven’t seen RoboCop yet? The ’80s classic has been referenced in everything from Ready Player One to Community to Sailor Moon. It centers on a police officer who’s brutally murdered, only to come back as a cyborg on a crime stopping rampage.
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It seems movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger are a feature on this list. A classic action flick, Predator follows an elite paramilitary rescue team stalked by a technologically advanced alien.
The Fly (1986)
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You could go on an ’80s classics binge with the amount of iconic movies on Prime Video. Perhaps surprisingly, The Fly is a remake of the 1958 film of the same name, just with added gore and Jeff Goldblum. The David Cronenberg film has become a classic of its own.
The Tomorrow War (2021)
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It’s hard to leave The Tomorrow War off this list, because it’s Prime Video’s big sci-fi actioner starring Chris Pratt. It follows a school teacher whose drafted into a war with aliens — in the future. An easily digestible flick that you can watch while looking at your phone.
Vivarium is an interesting one. It might frustrate a lot of viewers with its surreal aspects, but it’s still a compelling film. A young couple become trapped in a labyrinthine suburban neighborhood of identical houses. While trying to escape, they find themselves taking care of a mysterious baby.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
Before Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet brought his flair and visual stylings to a sci-fi fantasy (co-directed by Marc Caro). The City of Lost Children follows an evil scientist who kidnaps children, thinking their dreams are the key to prevent ageing.
Judge Dredd (2012)
Alex Garland fans will be familiar with Judge Dredd. One of the earlier films that came from the sci-fi auteur’s pen (based on a comic), the sci-fi actioner follows the eponymous judge, who covers everything from jury to executioner. In a dystopic metropolis, Dredd and his apprentice attempt to bring down drug lord Ma-Ma, played by Lena Headey.
The Vast of Night (2019)
Here’s another cool indie sci-fi to put on your radar. The Vast of Night ticks a lot of boxes for a film on a budget. Surprisingly high production values, impressive performances and inventive camerawork help tell the story of two teenagers in ’50s New Mexico who chase down the potentially extraterrestrial origins of a mysterious audio frequency.
Black Box (2020)
For those missing Black Mirror, this will go some way to filling that gap. Black Box follows a father who tries to piece his life back together after a car accident. He agrees to an experimental procedure that leads him to the darkest recesses of his mind.