The best sci-fi movies on Prime Video

First video hosts a surprisingly wide range of sci-fi stories, including the indie sci-fi The Vast of Night and Coherencewidely considered one of sci-fi’s best hidden gems.

Scroll down for our top picks for sci-fi movies on Prime Video, you can stream right now.

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It looks like movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger are on this list. A classic action movie, Predator follows an elite paramilitary rescue team hunted down by a technologically advanced alien.

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You could go on a classic ’80s binge with the amount of iconic films 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. David Cronenberg’s film has become a classic in its own right.

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It’s hard to leave The Tomorrow War off this list, as it’s about Prime Video’s sci-fi big starring Chris Pratt. It follows a teacher who is drafted into a war with aliens – in the future. An easy to digest movie that you can watch while looking at your phone.

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The vivarium is interesting. It might frustrate a lot of viewers with its surreal aspects, but it’s still a compelling film. A young couple find themselves trapped in a labyrinthine suburban neighborhood of identical houses. As they attempt to escape, they find themselves caring for a mysterious baby.

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Emile Hirsch stars in this sci-fi horror about a father who keeps his 7-year-old daughter locked in their house all her life. Chloe inevitably seeks out the great outdoors, which leads to unexplainable events and a run-in with a government department. Impressive work with a father-daughter relationship at its heart.

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Remember Dane DeHaan from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starred in that found sci-fi sequence? He plays a friendless teenager who develops telekinetic abilities. What starts out as a way to have fun and prank ends up in an act that goes too far. With a twist of superhero origin story, Chronicle is a smart, documentary-style sci-fi taker.

The sci-fi actor who put director Neill Blomkamp on the map. The hybrid found-footage film takes you straight into the intense action of an alternate 1982, when an alien spacecraft appears above Johannesburg, Africa. A unique, exciting and slightly political classic.

Yes, it’s a prequel movie. Yes, it’s the fifth in the Alien franchise. Yes, it’s awe-inspiring and its plot doesn’t do justice to its stunning visuals. But Prometheus introduced us to the brilliantly creepy and unnerving android David, played by Michael Fassbender. Its plot may ultimately make no sense, but nothing takes away from the entertainment value of this sci-fi horror.

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This low-budget indie film has surprisingly high production values, impressive performances and inventive camerawork to help tell the story of two teenagers in 1950s New Mexico. The resourceful duo track down potentially extraterrestrial origins of a mysterious audio frequency.

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City of Lost Children (1995)

Before Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet brought his flair and visual styling to fantastic science fiction (co-directed by Marc Caro). The City of Lost Children follows an evil scientist who kidnaps children, believing their dreams are the key to preventing aging.

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For those missing out on Black Mirror, this will go some way to filling that gap. Black Box follows a father who tries to put his life back together after a car accident. He agrees to an experimental procedure that takes him to the darkest recesses of his mind.

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Coherence doesn’t need an avatar-sized budget to create a compelling story. The low-budget indie film follows friends at a dinner party who begin to notice bizarre happenings after a comet passes by. Even more unsettling due to its grounded setting, Coherence nails the case for a true indie gem.

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Fans of Alex Garland will know Judge Dredd. One of the first films to come out of the sci-fi author’s pen (based on a comic book), the sci-fi actor follows the eponymous judge, who covers everything from jury to executioner. In a dystopian metropolis, Dredd and his apprentice attempt to bring down drug lord Ma-Ma, played by Lena Headey.

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Intriguing premise? To verify. Small budget? To verify. Twist at the end? To verify. This indie sci-fi mystery from Travis Milloy cements its place in Google’s search for “best indie sci-fi gems.” The complex story of Infinity Chamber centers on a man held in an automated detention center. He must fight superior technology to escape, an extremely tricky feat.

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For well-made, thoughtful sci-fi that makes sure it doesn’t let its meditations exceed entertainment value, Archive is a loud cry. Gavin Rothery’s UK film debut stars Theo James as a scientist working to make an AI as human as possible. His reasons are hidden, personal and sure to put a spanner in the works. Drawing comparisons to Ex Machina, Archive is assured storytelling with a clever focus on character.

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There’s not much to say about the first in the Terminator franchise. Seemingly born out of a fever dream, James Cameron’s story introduces us to a cyborg assassin sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to save humanity from the robotic 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 was brutally murdered, only to return as a cyborg during a rampage to stop crime.

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