Science fiction has become one of the most popular and enduring movie genres, especially since Star Wars first demolished box-office records back in 1977. Five years after the movie’s release, only one other film — another sci-fi film, as it turned out — had made anywhere close to Star Wars’ box office total.
And if you look at the largest domestic grosses today, the top 10 is dominated by sci-fi movies — everything from The Hunger Games to the No. 1 spot, the 3D spectacle Avatar. And sci-fi-focused superhero films are providing more candidates every year, like 2012’s The Avengers.
The point being: People like sci-fi movies.
And whether you want to supplement this summer’s crop of sci-fi flicks (like X-Men: Days of Future Past, or the upcoming Edge of Tomorrow), or just catch up on some old classics, Netflix has you covered.
Here are some of the best action sci-fi movies on Netflix: