Skip to main content

5 sci-fi movies on Netflix you need to watch in September

One of the many benefits of Netflix is the endless streaming options for movies in genres, including action, horror, sports, comedy, and romance. One genre that continues to add to its expanding library is sci-fi. From thrillers, like Spiderhead and The Titan, to action-adventures, like 65 and Star Trek, the sci-fi section on Netflix hosts multiple subgenres to satisfy all types of moviegoers.

For September, we curated a list of five sci-fi movies available on Netflix that should be seen this month. Some of our selections include a riveting tale from Denis Villeneuve, a political allegory from Bong Joon-ho, and a moral dilemma set in space.

Arrival (2016)

Amy Adams holds up a whiteboard sign in Arrival.
Paramount Pictures

Before entering the worlds of replicants and Bene Gesserit, Villeneuve tackled extraterrestrials on Earth in 2016’s Arrival. Written by Eric Heisserer and directed by Villeneuve, Arrival depicts the appearance of twelve extraterrestrial spacecraft hovering over the Earth in multiple locations, including Montana.

The United States military hires linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and a team of specialists to communicate with the aliens. Louise establishes a shared language, but tension rises throughout the rest of the world as nations prepare for war. Louise must figure out the purpose of the extraterrestrials’ missions before it leads to consequences of cataclysmic proportions.

Stream Arrival on Netflix.

Snowpiercer (2013)

Chris Evans and Ko Asung in Snowpiercer.
CJ Entertainment

In a post-apocalyptic future, humanity collapsed after an attempt to stop climate change backfired, resulting in a second Ice Age. The surviving humans are forced to live on Snowpiercer, a self-sustaining train that circumnavigates the world. However, not every passenger receives equal treatment. The wealthy live in the front, while the poor live in the caboose. Monitored by armed guards, the caboose is the equivalent of the slums of a city.

Fed up with their poor living conditions, Curtis Everett (Chris Evans) rallies the passengers in the back to join in a revolution against the guards. The passengers gain control of the caboose but soon turn their attention toward the wealthy, with the intention of taking control of the engine room. Directed by Bong Joon-ho from a script he co-wrote with Kelly Masterson, Snowpiercer is an action-packed adventure, and a criminally underrated sci-fi movie, with a fresh examination of class and climate change.

Stream Snowpiercer on Netflix.

Dune (1984)

The cast of David Lynch's Dune walk down the stairs.
Universal Pictures

Villeneuve’s Dune was not the first film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel. That distinction belongs to David Lynch, who released his adaptation of Dune in 1984. Lynch’s film stars Kyle MacLachlan as Paul Atreides, the young nobleman of House Atreides. The Atreides are ordered to leave their home planet of Caladan for Arrakis, the sand planet home to the most powerful resource in the universe, spice.

House Atreides’ presence in Arrakis leads to a conflict with the planet’s previous overlords, House Harkonnen, the Atreides’ archenemies. Upon release, Dune was a box office flop and a critical failure, so much so that Lynch does not like talking about itDune has a lot of problems, but it’s a fascinating attempt to adapt a difficult source material. It’s worth your time as it laid the foundation for future Dune films.

Stream Dune on Netflix before it leaves the service on October 1.

Synchronic (2019)

Two paramedics stand next to each other in Synchronic.
Well Go USA Entertainment

2020 was a weird year for movies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many movies either pushed back their release dates or released in theaters at a time when people were staying at home. One of the most lost in the pandemic shuffles was Synchronic, a sci-fi mystery by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.

The thought-provoking horror follows two New Orleans paramedics –  Steve Denube (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis Dannelly (Jamie Dornan) – who investigate a string of deaths caused by a drug called Synchronic, which may have time-traveling powers. When Dennis’ young daughter goes missing, the duo race to track her down before she’s lost in the drug’s mind-altering reality.

Stream Synchronic on Netflix.

Stowaway (2021)

Anna Kendrick and Shamier Anderson in Stowaway
Netflix

A three-person mission is threatened by the presence of a fourth in Stowaway. Marina Barnett (Toni Collette), David Kim (Daniel Dae Kim), and medical researcher Zoe Levenson (Anna Kendrick) are on a mission to Mars when they discover Michael Adams (Shamier Anderson), an accidental stowaway on the ship.

This poses a problem and threat to their survival. There are enough resources on the ship for three people, not four. The crew is forced to make a difficult decision. Either they figure out how to produce more oxygen, an option with a low success rate, or sacrifice Michael and continue with the mission.

Stream Stowaway on Netflix.

Dan Girolamo
Dan is a passionate and multitalented content creator with experience in pop culture, entertainment, and sports. Throughout…
3 underrated movies on Hulu you need to watch in July 2024
A man holds a gun and points it while someone stands behind him.

What's on tap for Hulu's movie selection in July? With Alien: Romulus over a month away, Hulu added Aliens, Alien: Covenant, and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem to stand alongside Alien within its library. Comedy classics like Step Brothers and The Cable Guy are also now available to stream this month.

What else is on Hulu? Not every movie is visible on the homepage. Sometimes the more underrated films are hidden within a certain genre's page. Luckily, we picked out three of these movies to watch in July. Our picks include a charming romantic comedy, an exhilarating war drama, and a thriller with two A-list icons.
Plus One (2019)

Read more
5 underrated movies on Netflix you need to watch in July 2024
Kevin Costner sits behind the wheel while Woody Harrelson stares at him in front seat.

The halfway point of the year has passed. What better way to kick off the second half of the movie year than with Eddie Murphy? The icon reprises his beloved role as Detective Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F. And the fourth installment in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise is already a hit for Netflix.

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F is only one of the thousands of movies on Netflix, many of which are underseen and undervalued. Below, you'll find five underrated movies to stream this July. Our choices include a charming comedy featuring multiple Sandlers, a crime thriller with an Oscar winner, and the final film of a celebrated trilogy.
You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah (2023)

Read more
5 best Netflix war movies to watch this 4th of July weekend
Andrew Garfield in "Hacksaw Ridge."

Many people go all out to celebrate their independence on the Fourth of July with their family and friends. But they should also take the time to acknowledge the people who died fighting for their freedom from tyranny and oppression. Netflix can help with that.

The streaming giant now features many films about many different wars. But they can all give viewers an idea of the hardships that real soldiers faced and maybe make them cherish the peace in their lives even more. And so, with the Fourth of July weekend here, these are the five best war movies people should stream on Netflix this Independence Day.

Read more