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The best sci-fi movies on Amazon Prime Video (September 2022)

Science fiction may not be everyone’s go-to genre of choice, but for the invested diehards of all things space, robots, and metaphysical-adjacent this and that, there’s simply nothing better. And even if you’re not a steady watcher of these dimensionally and cosmically mind-bending flicks, we bet Amazon Prime has one or two entries that you’ll love.

Home to a boatload of sci-fi titles, we’ve undertaken the big quest of sifting through Prime’s many pages of science fiction movies to bring you this roundup of the best sci-fi movies on Amazon Prime you can watch right now. For September, our additions include the 2014 Robocop remake, the Jason Blum-produced Black Box, and everyone’s favorite love-to-hate masterpiece, Sharknado.

We’ve also rounded up the best sci-fi movies on Netflix and the best sci-fi movies on Hulu if you’re in need of additional sci-fi recommendations.

New sci-fi movies on Amazon Prime Video
RoboCop (2014) new
52 %
r 118m
Genre Science Fiction, Action
Stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton
Directed by José Padilha
Director José Padilha’s 2014 Robocop remake may not have been the sci-fi reimagining the world asked for, but as a new take on the ‘80s cult sensation, it beats pretty strongly to its own drum while doing what it can to satisfy fans of the original. Joel Kinneman stars as Detroit police officer Alex Murphy. After Murphy is injured in the line of duty, the robotics engineering minds at OmniCorp grasp at the opportunity to rebuild and revive him by outfitting the cop with an all-powerful mech suit. Back on the streets, Officer Murphy is now a nearly invincible cyborg. But will his impervious tech outweigh the soul of the man behind the armor? Action-heavy and visually stunning, Robocop isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel, but as a fresh spin on a beloved story, it deserves a watch.
RoboCop TRAILER 1 (2014) - Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish Movie HD
Black Box (2020) new
Black Box
62 %
Genre Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Mamoudou Athie, Phylicia Rashād, Amanda Christine
Directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr.
The feature debut of co-writer/director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr., Black Box stars Mamoudou Athie as Nolan Wright, a widowed father who tragically gained amnesia from the same car accident that took his spouse’s life. Left to raise their 10-year-old daughter Ava (Amanda Christine), Nolan’s failing faculties convince him to take part in an experimental neurological procedure that could reconnect the ailing father with his memories and identity. Initial proceedings go pretty smoothly, but as the influence of neurologist Dr. Brooks’ (Phylicia Rashad) “black box” begins to introduce unimaginable horrors to Nolan’s psyche, he must choose between a life hindered by a loss of short-term memory and motor functions or one affected by medically-induced monsters. Housed under producer Jason Blum’s “Welcome to the Blumhouse” umbrella of Amazon original features, Black Box is a riveting medley of sci-fi and horror that provides plenty of twists, turns, and rock-solid performances.
Black Box | Official Trailer | Welcome To The Blumhouse | Prime Video
Sharknado (2013) new
r 86m
Genre Fantasy, Horror, Action, Comedy, TV Movie, Science Fiction
Stars Ian Ziering, John Heard, Tara Reid
Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante
How can any sci-fi roundup be complete without the inclusion of the camp classic Sharknado? A monstrous cyclone sucks up sharks from the ocean blue, dropping hordes of great whites onto a helpless Los Angeles. A group of citizens then must band together to save their loved ones and themselves from the mighty-finned onslaught. One of the greatest examples of a film built to be scoffed at and despised, Sharknado made its proud debut on SyFy back in 2013, and it has gone on to spawn five sequels and a legion of dedicated fans that love the films to death. If you haven’t seen it, you may or may not be missing out, but you simply need to watch.
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) new
Star Trek Into Darkness
72 %
pg-13 132m
Genre Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldaña
Directed by J.J. Abrams
Before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, director J.J. Abrams spent time honing his classic sci-fi reboot chops with his reworking of the Star Trek franchise, first with 2009’s Star Trek, followed three years later by 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. The story follows the classic crew yet again, with Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and associates facing the mission of a lifetime. When devastation brings a crippling blow to the Federation, all sources point to an ex-Starfleet elite named John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). But it turns out Harrison is actually Khan, a superhuman who is hellbent on wiping out what remains of Starfleet. Visually impressive and packed with incredible action sequences, Star Trek Into Darkness is a more than worthwhile sequel to the 2009 original.
Star Trek Into Darkness Official Trailer #3 (2013) - JJ Abrams Movie HD
World War Z (2013)
World War Z
63 %
pg-13 116m
Genre Action, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz
Directed by Marc Forster
Based on the 2006 Max Brooks novel of the same name, World War Z stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, an ex-U.N. investigator who finds himself on the receiving end of an apocalyptic onslaught of zombies. Stuck in a horrid Philadelphia traffic jam with his wife and two daughters when the undead descend on the city, an impromptu escape and a later rescue place Gerry in a position where he must harness all of his governmental expertise to get to the bottom of the vicious outbreak … that is, before the zombies completely overrun the world. A visual epic and a surprisingly successful blend of science fiction, action, and horror elements, World War Z manages to pay fine homage to its source material while also rising to the surface of the hard-to-nail zombie sub-genre.
World War Z Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Brad Pitt Movie HD
C.H.U.D. (1984)
57 %
r 97m
Genre Horror, Science Fiction
Stars John Heard, Daniel Stern, Christopher Curry
Directed by Douglas Cheek
In C.H.U.D., a dystopian sci-fi shocker, John Heard is George Cooper, a photojournalist tasked with documenting the lives of New York City’s underground homeless population. When the vagrants of the subway tunnels start disappearing, a conspiracy theory that sounds like the tallest of tales suddenly becomes a bit more realistic than anyone could imagine: There are cannibalistic humanoids picking off the homeless. As these “Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers” become a very real threat, it’s up to George and a few friends to put an end to their reign of terror. No one said sci-fi had to always be epic and highly-budgeted. Filled with plenty of campy thrills, C.H.U.D. simply soars through its cheesiness.
The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator
84 %
r 108m
Genre Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn
Directed by James Cameron
Director James Cameron first made cinematic waves with the impressive sci-fi-meets-chase-film hybrid, The Terminator. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular robotic assassin, the killer cyborg is sent back in time to eliminate the mother (played by Linda Hamilton) of the man who will grow up to lead the resistance against the tyrannical Skynet Corporation. But when a search-and-rescue mercenary (Michael Biehn) arrives in the past, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between androids and humans. Touting state-of-the-art visual effects and a tension-laden plot, The Terminator has grown to become one of the most iconic sci-fi films of all time.
Encounter (2021)
57 %
r 108m
Genre Adventure, Drama
Stars Riz Ahmed, Octavia Spencer, Lucian-River Mirage Chauhan
Directed by Michael Pearce
Riz Ahmed continues to proliferate the world of movies and television, popping up in everything from The Sound of Metal (an Amazon Studios release) to HBO’s The Night Of. Rejoining forces with Amazon for his first sci-fi outing, Encounter stars Ahmed as Malik Khan, an esteemed Marine that must save his two sons from an onslaught of extraterrestrial invaders. At times, the film comes off as a bit un-balanced, but director Michael Pearce does enough in his power to mesh big themes like paranoia, manhood, and current affairs into a visual feast of sci-fi splendor. Let’s say that it proudly works in more ways than it doesn’t. 
Encounter – Official Trailer | Prime Video
The Wave (2019)
The Wave
51 %
r 87m
Genre Science Fiction
Stars Justin Long, Tommy Flanagan, Katia Winter
Directed by Gille Klabin
The Wave stars Justin Long as Frank, an insurance lawyer who is celebrating a major work success. On a night on the town with coworkers, Frank is given a powerful psychotic agent that starts breaking down his grip on reality. Falling asleep and waking up in totally different surroundings, Frank must do everything in his power to reclaim sobriety — or does the drug he was given have more to do with time and space than anyone could ever imagine? An arresting film from start to finish, The Wave is an adrenaline ride done right.
The Tomorrow War (2021)
The Tomorrow War
45 %
pg-13 138m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
Stars Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons
Directed by Chris McKay
You may often hear pundits talk about “fighting for our future,” but what happens when that gets literal? That’s the task the heroes face in Amazon Studios’ The Tomorrow War, starring Chris Pratt as Dan Forester — a present-day soldier who agrees to a trip across time. When soldiers from 2051 arrive in the present to warn of a future in which unbeatable aliens lay waste to humanity, Forester and other brave souls sacrifice their todays to save all our tomorrows. With an exciting premise and a great cast featuring Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons, Sam Richardson, and more, The Tomorrow War is a fun, explosive adventure with just a dash of Edge of Tomorrow.
Light of My Life (2019)
Light of My Life
67 %
r 119m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss
Directed by Casey Affleck
In a post-apocalyptic landscape, a man only referred to as Dad (Casey Affleck) shepherds his pre-teen daughter named Rags (Anna Pniowsky) through a ravaged British Columbia, an unrelenting hellscape devoid of women. It turns out a plague vanquished nearly the entire world’s female population approximately 10 years before the events of the film. Disguising Rags as a boy, the two must constantly be on the move from bandits looking for female stragglers. A survivalist sci-fi thriller penned and directed by leading man Casey Affleck, Light of My Life explores familiar end-of-the-world terrain but through a matured and philosophical lens that Affleck’s layered script provides.
Vivarium (2019)
64 %
r 97m
Genre Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Stars Imogen Poots, Jesse Eisenberg, Eanna Hardwicke
Directed by Lorcan Finnegan
One of the joys of Amazon Prime is discovering movies that may have otherwise fallen through the cracks. Case in point: Vivarium, a sci-fi/horror film that only had a limited theatrical release. Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg star as Gemma and Tom, a young couple who are looking for a new home. However, their experience quickly becomes a nightmare when they are trapped in a seemingly infinite row of identical houses. Something otherworldly is in play, and neither Tom nor Gemma will be happy to learn what they have to do in order to break free.
Infinity Chamber (2016)
Infinity Chamber
pg-13 103m
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Christopher Soren Kelly, Cassandra Clark, Jesse D. Arrow
Directed by Travis Milloy
Frank Lerner (Christopher Soren Kelly) wakes up in a futuristic prison cell after being arrested for unknown reasons. His only company within this sealed chamber is a ceiling-mounted A.I., which calls itself simply Howard (Jesse D. Arrow). Herein lies the entire premise of Infinity Chamber, a story about one man’s confused isolation in his attempt to escape. It saddles itself among the best sci-fi movies currently on Amazon Prime Video by not being typical, straying away from the overused science fiction premises of yesteryear with a host of twists and turns that would leave even some of the best chess players scratching their heads. From the reasons for Frank’s incarceration to how exactly he will get out, and then even into questioning the real functionality of this accompanying artificial intelligence, theories abound leaving the viewer strapped in, not unlike Frank himself.
Coherence (2013)
65 %
Genre Thriller, Science Fiction
Stars Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon
Directed by James Ward Byrkit
At first blush, Coherence seems like an ordinary bottle movie about a dinner party. But when a comet passes overhead, it inexplicably creates infinite realities, causing the characters to undergo countless, near-identical experiences over and over. As time continues, the science fiction and psychological horror accelerate as eight individuals begin to question the nature of reality and whether or not the people they’re with are who they say they are. The film is low-budget sci-fi at its best, shot almost entirely in one house, using mostly improvised dialogue and a severe external threat that you feel but never really see. If you like to sit on the edge of your seat, Coherence is for you.

The History of Time Travel (2014)
The History of Time Travel
pg-13 72m
Genre Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Stephen Adami, Krista Ales, Valerie Black
Directed by Ricky Kennedy
Time travel movies are typically convoluted and filled with unnecessary plotlines that confuse more than they engage. Except, of course, 2014’s The History of Time Travel, which actually conveys a cohesive narrative in the form of a fictionalized documentary. It was written and directed by newcomer Richard Kennedy, who showcases the birth of the world’s first time-travel machine through various reports and experts. Of course, despite appearing like a godsend, time travel always comes with consequences, many of them now altering some of the most renowned events in human history.

The Vast of Night (2019)
The Vast of Night
84 %
pg-13 91m
Genre Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Stars Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Bruce Davis
Directed by Andrew Patterson
The Vast of Night, a low-budget film self-funded by first-time director Andrew Patterson, is the best sci-fi gem you’ve never heard of. Written by newcomers James Montague and Craig W. Sanger, this old-school period piece manages to build a gripping sense of looming panic without the aid of big-budget special effects, mouth-dripping aliens, or explosions — it’s all on the characters. Cleverly framed as an episode of a Twilight Zone-style show called “Paradox Theater,” we’re transported to Roswell-era Cayuga, New Mexico, where small-town radio DJ Everett Sloan (Jake Horowitz) and town switchboard operator Fay Crocker (Sierra McCormick) try to get to the bottom of a strange audio frequency that’s interrupting calls during Fay’s nightly shift. Turns out they may be emanating from a UFO hovering over the town. The Vast of Night opened to critical praise at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival and later that year was named first runner-up for the Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Split Second (1992)
Split Second
26 %
r 90m
Genre Horror, Science Fiction
Stars Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall, Michael J. Pollard
Directed by Tony Maylam
Blade Runner-alum Rutger Hauer returns to his roots in the 1992 horror sci-fi Split Second as a veteran detective named Harley Stone. Still suffering from the loss of his partner, Foster, coupled with the guilt of having an affair with Foster’s wife, Stone now must saddle up with junior officer psychologist Dick Durkin (Neil Duncan) on a case that could very well end his suffering. Together, Stone and Durkin must learn to come together in an investigation of mass serial killings perpetrated in the same vein as Foster’s own demise. Set in a far-future 2008 London now flooded due to extreme rainfall and global warming, made all the more downtrodden with a gruesome killer on the loose, Split Second is a sci-fi movie that takes heart in the noir mystery without being too cheesy with its horror tropes.

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