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 science fiction movies to stream on Hulu.
Best Science Fiction Movies on Hulu
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Amy Adams faces a different kind of alien invasion in Denis Villeneuve’s cerebral sci-fi movie Arrival, based on a short story by acclaimed author Ted Chiang. Linguist Louise Banks (Adams) is part of a team trying to communicate with aliens who have landed on Earth, and her ability to understand them could mean the difference between peace and war.
By learning the language of the aliens, Louise herself changes and gains a better understanding of time and space, as well as her own emotional development and place in the universe.
An investigation into addiction, self-hatred, and toxic masculinity, plus giant monster attacks, Colossal is a unique take on the kaiju subgenre. Anne Hathaway plays an aimless woman who returns to her hometown after losing her job and her boyfriend.
She reconnects with an old friend (Jason Sudeikis) while working at a local bar, and she also discovers that she is somehow psychically connected to a huge Godzilla-like monster in Korea. It’s a strange premise that somehow works both as a gripping drama and as a crazy showcase for monster battles.
Before you win multiple Oscars for ParasiteKorean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho directed sci-fi genre bender The host. A monster movie with elements of crazy comedy, social commentary and family drama, The host follows a father as he tries to rescue his daughter from the clutches of a creature living in the Han River. Bong stages a large-scale disaster film on a relatively small budget, anchoring the story in a family’s tireless efforts to reunite.
The Iron Giant
Brad Bird’s Animated Fable The Iron Giant was a box office failure on initial release, but has since become a beloved family classic. Based on the Ted Hughes novel, it tells the story of a young boy named Hogarth who befriends a deceptively soft robot from outer space.
Set in 1957, it pays homage to Cold War science fiction films, while also telling a sensitive tale of a boy mourning the loss of his father. There’s tension and action as government agents get closer, but at the heart of the movie is the heartwarming central relationship between Hogarth and the robot.
The End of the World is just another depressing episode for Justine (Kirsten Dunst) in Lars von Trier’s moody sci-fi drama Melancholy. A lost planet may be on a path to collide with Earth and destroy all life, and Justine can barely muster the energy to worry.
Von Trier uses the approaching end of human civilization as a metaphor for the languor of depression when both terrible and joyful events (such as Justin’s own marriage) have no emotional weight. Dunst portrays Justine’s mental state in a frightening way, and Von Trier matches her with beautifully melancholic images.
A highlight of the heyday of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 80s action movie, Predator is an intense, violent jungle thriller with a dangerous alien antagonist. A team of mercenaries led by Schwarzenegger’s Dutch heads into the Central American wilderness to rescue a kidnapped diplomat, but is stalked by an alien who hunts humans for sports.
Featuring a supporting cast of macho all-stars (including Jesse Ventura and Carl Weathers), Predator is a muscular action film full of memorable lines. It also yields one of the iconic aliens of all time, who went on to threaten humans (and other aliens) in numerous sequels and spin-offs.
Robot and Frank
Frank Langella stars as the human title character in the low-key sci-fi drama Robot and Frank. Frank is a retired jewel thief whose son buys him a robot caretaker to help him, as he suffers from amnesia. Frank initially hates the robot, but then enlists it to help him plan a final robbery. Langella is great as the one-time criminal mastermind trying to hold on to its glory days, and the film uses its sci-fi concept to explore themes of aging, legacy and regret.
A pair of millennial hipsters almost miss the apocalypse in a sprawling sci-fi comedy Save yourself! Brooklyn couple Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani) decide to spend a week in a remote cabin to reconnect and disconnect from their ongoing online addiction.
Meanwhile, Earth is invaded by aliens, which Jack and Su don’t even notice until it’s too late to escape. The film balances its witty relationship humor with the absurdity of the cutest deadly alien invaders ever portrayed on screen.
The shape of water
Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar winner The shape of water is an unlikely science fiction novel between a dumb woman and an undersea creature. Janitor Elisa (Sally Hawkins) usually goes unnoticed in the secret government facility where she works, allowing her to get close to the fisherman who is being held there.
It’s an unexpected story that Del Toro tells with deliberate care, making the love between the two characters feel real. He pays tribute to classic characteristics of creatures while treating the material with grace and wonder.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
The last movie with the original Star Trek TV cast, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country she sends out with a high pitch. It is one of the most layered depictions of the warlike Star Trek alien race the Klingons as they negotiate peace with the United Federation of Planets.
Of course Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew are right in the middle of it and face off against a Klingon military commander (Christopher Plummer). Plummer brings gravitas to the villain role, and the movie is both smart and thrilling, in its best Star Trek tradition.