The Finest Sci-Fi Films on HBO Max

HBO Max is completely full of sci-fi films, from the classics to latest blockbusters to smaller gems extra folks want to look at. Strive little Spanish gem Timecrimes, Moon (starring Sam Rockwell) and Monsters (directed by Gareth Edwards).

Due to the latest Warner Bros. and Discovery merger, HBO Max has seen a number of casualties, together with the removals of Moonshot, Superintelligence, 2020’s The Witches, An American Pickle, Locked Down and Attraction Metropolis Kings. Fortunately, none of these are worthwhile sci-fi flicks. Learn extra concerning the merger right here.

Scroll down for the intensive choices out there on HBO Max.

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If you have not seen The Matrix, and in some way do not know its main plot factors, properly finished for avoiding spoilers for 23 years. The sequels Reloaded, Revolutions and Resurrections are additionally on HBO Max.

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Watch two and a half hours of atmospheric, luxurious spectacle, however do not anticipate any conclusions to the query posed by the unique Blade Runner: Is Rick Deckard a replicant?

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Colossal would possibly appear like a romantic comedy on the floor, however it has surprisingly darkish layers beneath. This black comedy stars Anne Hathaway as an alcoholic out-of-work journalist who strikes again house to New Hampshire after her suave British boyfriend (Dan Stevens) dumps her. What occurs subsequent is each vastly sudden and a large metaphor: She discovers she has a reference to a colossal Kaiju monster destroying Seoul, in South Korea. Sure, Colossal has a ton of soul, a standout efficiency from Jason Sudeikis and an imaginative, at instances thrilling story.

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Find it irresistible or hate it — get it or discover its “science” baffling — Tenet is eye-popping leisure. Finest recommendation: Do not query Tenet, undergo the Tenet expertise.

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The superior Christopher Nolan film on this listing.

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A David Cronenberg sci-fi thriller based mostly on a Stephen King novel — what extra do it is advisable to entice you to look at The Lifeless Zone? A plot, possibly? Christopher Walken stars as a faculty trainer who awakens from a coma to find he has psychic powers. What he makes use of them for: Stopping a sure politician from turning into president. Sure, The Lifeless Zone is an ’80s horror referenced by Stranger Issues. It is also one of many higher Stephen King variations on the market.

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2001: A House Odyssey (1968)

“Alexa, play 2001: A House Odyssey.”

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This sci-fi thriller from one half of the duo that created Westworld (Lisa Pleasure) is pure thoughts boggle, however the attention-grabbing concepts are price a gander. Memory follows Hugh Jackman’s Nick Bannister, who makes use of a machine that may see into folks’s reminiscences.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

The most effective Terminator film? Make your judgment by watching The Terminator sequel.

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The Butterfly Impact (2004)

An satisfying B-movie, The Butterfly Impact sees faculty scholar Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) tinker with the previous and uncover how every change impacts the current.

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Make it by way of Stalker’s sluggish begin and you’ll say you’ve got watched an existential masterpiece of Russian cinema.

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Earlier than Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky made large leaps for sci-fi cinema, together with his complicated, character-driven piece about astronauts having wild hallucinations which will or is probably not actual. The 2002 American remake of Solaris can also be on HBO Max, with added George Clooney romance.

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Matt Reeves has gone on to massive issues since directing this slick found-footage monster morsel. See what he was as much as earlier than The Planet of the Apes films and 2022’s The Batman.

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This immense low-budget sci-fi starring Sam Rockwell has every little thing. It has Sam Rockwell. A Clint Mansell rating. A claustrophobic retro set and gorgeously moody moonscapes. Onerous sci-fi concepts. The fundamental premise: A person coming to the top of a three-year solitary stint on the far aspect of the moon suffers a private disaster. A must-watch.

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A routine blockbuster for dependable leisure.

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A warning for the physique horror-averse earlier than hitting play on this David Cronenberg sci-fi. Scanners follows folks with particular skills, together with telepathic and telekinetic powers. Not the primary on this listing to grow to be a cult traditional after a lukewarm preliminary response, Scanners left an enduring impression, not least due to a memorable scene involving a head explosion.

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Robert Rodriguez is not the preferred amongst Star Wars followers in the mean time, primarily for making a personality do a pointless ballerina twirl within the divisive The E-book of Boba Fett finale. The College, directed by Rodriguez, is not nice, however it is not unhealthy both, following teenagers who examine mysterious happenings at their highschool.

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Principally Stranger Issues set within the ’70s. Tremendous 8 follows a gaggle of teenagers who’re filming their very own film when a prepare derails and a harmful presence begins stalking their city.

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Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi blockbuster is again on HBO Max. The epic based mostly on Frank Herbert’s novel not too long ago scored a number of Oscars, together with greatest authentic rating and cinematography. Catch the sprawling story of the Atreides household, who discover themselves at warfare on the lethal planet Arrakis. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya and extra stack out a vastly spectacular ensemble forged.

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With the newest season of HBO’s Westworld at present airing on TV, chances are you’ll as properly return and watch its supply materials, if you have not already. The premise is just about the identical because the sequence: An grownup amusement park transports guests to themed worlds, together with a Western World. James Brolin performs one of many characters, among the many creepy humanoid androids. A superb sci-fi thriller that is a lot simpler to know than the sequence it spawned.

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A brand new Jurassic Park film is headed to theaters this yr, so atone for the (superior) authentic now. 1993’s Jurassic Park kicked off the franchise, based mostly on the novel of the identical title by Michael Crichton. Spoiler: Unique forged members Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum are set to make a return within the upcoming 2022 flick.

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Its sequel did not attain the identical lofty heights, so watch the primary monster epic within the Pacific Rim franchise. 2013’s Pacific Rim is helmed by Guillermo Del Toro, so anticipate a robust brush of visible artistry over the monster mayhem.

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This really mind-bending Spanish sci-fi is a wild card to take an opportunity on should you’re within the temper. That includes all of the trimmings of a low-budget thriller, Timecrimes follows a middle-aged man who finds himself caught in a time loop. A stream of twists will hold you in your toes.

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The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Roland Emmerich, “grasp of catastrophe,” presents The Day After Tomorrow. The director additionally made this yr’s Moonfall, wherein the moon falls out of its orbit on a collision course with Earth. You already know what sort of enjoyable this film goes to be.

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Oblivion got here out of the build-a-sci-fi-movie workshop. Starring Tom Cruise, it follows people at warfare with aliens, paying homage to ’70s sci-fi movies together with The Omega Man and Silent Operating. A love letter within the type of a half-decent sci-fi motion journey.

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This stable British sci-fi comes from Gareth Edwards, who went on to direct Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and 2014’s Godzilla. His mastery of ambiance, surprise and sweetness is on present right here, all on a shoestring price range. Monsters follows a pair making an attempt to cross an “Contaminated Zone” teeming with big tentacled monsters.