The sci-fi selections on Hulu range from action to drama to comedy, including recent releases and renowned classics. Here are 10 of the best sci-fi movies to stream on Hulu.
Update, 10/14/22: We’ve reviewed our guide and are still confident these are the best science fiction movies you’ll find on Hulu’s platform.
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Director Alfonso Cuarón mixes bravura filmmaking with a gritty post-apocalyptic story in Children of Men. Set in a future in which a plague of infertility has left humanity facing potential extinction, the movie stars Clive Owen as a government official hired to escort a young refugee entering the U.K.
He discovers that she’s the first woman to become pregnant in nearly two decades, and she’s hunted by multiple factions hoping to use her for their own agendas. Cuarón delivers a thrilling race against time, with stunning action set pieces, as the characters rush to get the expectant mother to safety.
A troubled young woman joins a sleep study that soon starts to blur the lines between dreams and reality in writer-director Anthony Scott Burns’ Come True. The lab where Sarah (Julia Sarah Stone) and her fellow participants are monitored and recorded is a retro-futuristic marvel, and Burns mixes technological eras as fluidly as he mixes the waking and dreaming worlds.
Rather than helping the subjects sleep better, the study links their dreams and fuels the presence of nightmarish figures. Sarah is trapped in an ethereal dream world, and the audience is right there with her.
It would probably be impossible to satisfy the dedicated fan base of Douglas Adams’ classic sci-fi novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but director Garth Jennings makes his movie version an entertaining experience of its own.
The amusingly absurdist comedy finds average guy Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) accidentally surviving an alien race’s destruction of Earth to make way for an interstellar flight path. The hapless Arthur travels the galaxy, stumbling into various adventures with aliens who are just as clueless and awkward as he is.
Adapted from Jordan Harrison’s acclaimed stage play, Marjorie Prime proves that fascinating science fiction doesn’t need much more than two people sitting in a room talking. The title character (Lois Smith) is an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, who spends time with a “prime,” a holographic recreation of her late husband (Jon Hamm).
Over the course of the movie, Marjorie’s children and grandchildren interact with other primes, exploring concepts of memory and family bonds. It’s a quiet, contemplative movie that uses its sci-fi structure to examine universal human emotions.
There’s an alien threat constantly lurking in the background of Gareth Edwards’ Monsters, but the danger remains mostly offscreen. Instead, the movie focuses on the dynamic between a journalist (Scoot McNairy) and the woman (Whitney Able) he’s been assigned to escort through a dangerous alien-infested zone.
It’s a no-man’s-land on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the movie uses the alien presence as a vehicle for social commentary. The central relationship is engaging, and the aliens, when they arrive, are suitably monstrous and awe-inspiring.
A highlight of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1980s action-movie heyday, Predator is an intense, violent jungle-set thriller with a dangerous alien antagonist. A team of mercenaries led by Schwarzenegger’s Dutch head into the Central American wilderness to rescue a kidnapped diplomat, only to find themselves stalked by an alien that hunts humans for sport.
With a supporting cast of macho all-stars (including Jesse Ventura and Carl Weathers), Predator is a muscular action movie filled with memorable lines. It also delivers one of cinema’s all-time iconic aliens, who went on to menace humans (and other aliens) in numerous sequels and spin-offs.
Writer-directors Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell create a fully realized sci-fi world with just a handful of resources in Prospect. The movie takes place in a kind of galactic backwater, where scrappy independent miners compete to extract a precious resource.
Sophie Thatcher plays a teenage girl whose father is killed in a dispute with another prospector, played by Pedro Pascal. The girl then must rely on this adversary to safely escape the planet, in a riveting adventure that brings elements of Westerns to the lived-in futuristic setting.
Frank Langella stars as the human title character in the low-key sci-fi dramedy Robot & Frank. Frank is a retired jewel thief whose son buys him a robot caretaker to help him as he’s suffering from memory loss. Frank at first resents the robot, but then enlists it to help him plan a final heist. Langella is great as the onetime criminal mastermind trying to hold onto his glory days, and the movie uses its sci-fi concept to examine themes of aging, legacy, and regret.
A pair of millennial hipsters nearly miss the apocalypse in deadpan sci-fi comedy Save Yourselves! Brooklyn couple Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani) decide to spend a week at a remote cabin reconnecting with each other and unplugged from their constant online addiction.
Meanwhile, Earth is invaded by aliens, which Jack and Su don’t even notice until it’s too late to escape. The movie balances its witty relationship humor with the absurdity of the cutest deadly alien invaders ever depicted onscreen.
An inventive take on the familiar time-loop formula, Source Code stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a military officer who enters a simulation of a time period leading up to a terrorist attack on a train. He replays the same eight minutes over and over as he tries to figure out who planted a bomb on the train, so that authorities can prevent a future attack.
Of course, there’s more going on than a simple simulation, and the movie builds suspense and emotional engagement as the protagonist keeps going back to the beginning armed with new knowledge.
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