Best new Science Fiction movies (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema

In literature as well as in cinema snobs have a tendency to discard science fiction as a silly genre, as a commercial genre or simply as a genre lacking the depth required to be taken seriously. This list proves them wrong!
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best science fiction movies of 2017 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Morten Tyldum, J.J. Abrams & Ridley Scott our new science fiction genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie cinema.

In literature as well as in cinema snobs have a tendency to discard science fiction as a silly genre, as a commercial genre or simply as a genre lacking the depth required to be taken seriously. I will admit that science fiction films, especially sci-fi cinema in 2017, is not my genre of preference (mainly because it has become Hollywood’s genre of preference, producing the one huge shallow sci-fi blockbuster trilogy after the other), but I will be the first to acknowledge the importance of such films. In literature Vonnegut’s Slaughter House 5 told us more about the horrors of the Second World War than most novels combined, and in cinema a number of sci-fi films have told us more about human nature and society than most dramas combined. By taking us out of a familiar context they expose our fear, hypocrisy and confront us with questions we are reluctant to face.

I won’t be arguing that in the 2010’s up to 2017 we have seen a new 2001: A Space Odyssey (although one reminds us of Kubrick), but there are some incredible films made that should be on the best science fiction films of all time list. Here you can at least find films that are worthy to be on the best Sci-fi films of the 2010’s list.

science fiction movies2017
Popular actorsEmma Watson, Tom Hanks & Kirsten Dunst
Trending moviesEx Machina, The Martian & Star Wars Episode VII

Anticipated 2017 science fiction movies to watch

    Ghost in the Shell (Thursday March 30, 2017)

    Ghost in the Shell film poster Director
    Rupert Sanders
    Scarlett Johansson
    Pilou Asbæk
    Takeshi Kitano

    It finally arrived, the life-action adaptation of the famous manga 'Ghost in the Shell'. The story of a human-turned-cyborg fighting scum in a dystopian world looks great first of all. Expect Blade Runner-style cityscapes and lush colors. Whether this movie actually adds something is open for debate, as the story falls somewhat flat after an hour or so. But visually, this is one of the most breathtaking films of the year easily. ...Read more

    Life (Friday March 24, 2017)

    Life film poster Director
    Daniel Espinosa
    Rebecca Ferguson
    Jake Gyllenhaal
    Ryan Reynolds

    Somewhat in the veins of the great sci-fi flick 'Alien' (1979), 'Life' is the classically themed space horror story of a bunch of scientists seeing themselves faced with hostile extraterrestrials. ...Read more

    Mute (Tuesday November 21, 2017)

    Mute film poster Director
    Duncan Jones
    Alexander Skarsgard
    Paul Rudd
    Justin Theroux

    The director of the successful small sci-fi indie Moon now comes with a similarly short title, Mute, set in near-future Berlin about a mute bartenders is searching for a mute woman. ...Read more

    Blade Runner 2049 (Friday October 6, 2017)

    Blade Runner 2049 film poster Director
    Denis Villeneuve
    Ryan Gosling
    Ana de Armas
    Jared Leto

    For us this sequel is bigger than Star Wars. The cult film with Harrison Ford set in a dystopian futuristic postmodern version of earth returns after thirty years, now starring Ryan Gosling in the lead as a young LAPD officer. The director in charge is Dennis Villeneuve, an excellent director with titles like Prisoners and Arrival (Check out our best of the decade sci-fi's) to his name. ...Read more

    Bokeh (Friday March 24, 2017)

    Bokeh film poster Director
    Geoffrey Orthwein & Andrew Sullivan
    Maika Monroe
    Matt O'Leary
    Arnar Jónsson

    A young American couple takes a romantic trip to Iceland. So far so good, until they wake up one morning and find out the entire population is gone and they appear to be the ones left on the island......Read more

Best science fiction movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

2010's best rated science fiction movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

    Under the Skin (Thursday August 29, 2013)

    Under the Skin film poster Director
    Jonathan Glazer
    Scarlett Johansson
    Jeremy McWilliams
    Lynsey Taylor Mackay

    Psychedelic, wild adaptation of Michel Faber's eponymous novel. Scarlett Johansson stars as 'The Female', a mysterious extraterrestrial creature. disguised as an attractive woman. She roams the streets of Scotland, seducing men and killing them. Along the way, she slowly starts to question her quest on earth. Don't expect a clear narrative here, but be prepared for some truly breathtaking imagery and hallucinatory vibes. This is the 21st-century 'A Space Odyssey'!...Read more

    Interstellar (Friday November 7, 2014)

    Interstellar film poster Director
    Christopher Nolan
    Matthew McConaughey
    Anne Hathaway
    Jessica Chastain

    Any Christopher Nolan project is obsessively monitored by film fans, and lately Nolan has proven himself increasingly interesting for sci-fi fans. He has always been keen on integrating sci-fi elements into his stories, but with Inception (2010, included on the list below) and now Interstellar he seems to be going all the way. In Interstellar the limitations of space travel are surpassed by making use of a newly discovered wormhole. A small group of explorers, among them Matthew McConaughey, will undertake this journey first....Read more

    Ex Machina (Friday April 24, 2015)

    Ex Machina film poster Director
    Alex Garland
    Alicia Vikander
    Domhnall Gleeson
    Oscar Isaac

    A philosophical and visually overwhelming sci-fi flick about Caleb, a young programmer who is asked to partake in an experiment with a scaringly human-looking robot. It is his task to question the 'humanity' of it. The project is overseen by the enigmatic scientist Nathan. As the experiments continue, Caleb finds himself more and more alarmed by Nathan's eccentric behavior. ...Read more

    I Origins (Wednesday May 7, 2014)

    I Origins film poster Director
    Mike Cahill
    Michael Pitt
    Steven Yeun
    Astrid Bergès-Frisbey

    Ambitious indie sci-fi drama about an arrogant scientist who thinks he can prove that God does not exist by investigating the evolution of the human eye. Writer/director Mike Cahill previously directed 'Another Earth' (2011). Like that film, 'I Origins' tries to connect big themes like love, science and religion. Sometimes, Cahill tends to pomposity, but nonetheless, 'I Origins' is entertaining and philosophical cinema that raises interesting questions. ...Read more

    Edge Of Tomorrow (Friday June 6, 2014)

    Edge Of Tomorrow film poster Director
    Doug Liman
    Tom Cruise
    Emily Blunt
    Bill Paxton

    Like Bill Murray in 'Groundhog Day', Tom Cruise gets to live the same day again and again. In 'The Edge of Tomorrow', there is slightly more at stake though. Earth is under attack by seemingly invincible aliens. Together with a strong-willed soldier (Emily Blunt), Cruise ends up in a time-loop; the day starts again every time he dies. They have to bond to find a way to beat the aliens and save the human race; time isn't a problem anymore. Easily one of the most entertaining blockbusters of the last couple of years....Read more

    Arrival (Friday November 11, 2016)

    Arrival film poster Director
    Denis Villeneuve
    Amy Adams
    Jeremy Renner
    Forest Whitaker

    French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario) first attempt at sci-fi, and what a great one! As could be expected, Villeneuve isn't aiming at grand gestures, but rather keeps it subtle and even somewhat dreamy. Which is a good thing, because in someone else's hands, this film about two scientists finding ways to communicate with alien visitors, could have ended up as a poor 'Independence Day' rip-off. ...Read more

    The Lobster (Friday October 16, 2015)

    The Lobster film poster Director
    Yorgos Lanthimos
    Colin Farrell
    Rachel Weisz
    Jessica Barden

    Greek arthouse director Yorgos Lanthimos returns with a very weird and intriguing dystopian film about a man (Colin Farell) who will be transformed into an animal unless he finds he a partner. Highly recommended!...Read more

    Midnight Special (Friday February 12, 2016)

    Midnight Special film poster Director
    Jeff Nichols
    Michael Shannon
    Joel Edgerton
    Kirsten Dunst

    Vaguely reminiscent of Steven Spielbergs best work, 'Midnight Special' tells the tale of a young boy with a supernatural gift being chased after by both the police and a religious cult. The film has it flaws, but in the hands of a gifted director like Nichols......Read more

    In Your Eyes (Sunday April 20, 2014)

    In Your Eyes film poster Director
    Brin Hill
    Michael Stahl-David,
    Zoe Kazan
    Mark Feuerstein

    The story depicts a strange telepathic connection between two individuals who live in two different parts of the country; the...Read more

    Comet (Monday December 15, 2014)

    Comet film poster Director
    Sam Esmail
    Justin Long
    Emmy Rossum
    Kayla Servi

    Set in a parallel universe, the story highlights the six year old relationship of an odd couple who seem so unlikely paired but...Read more

science fiction genre statistics

science fiction2017
Rank#4 (List of most popular genres)
ActorsEmma Watson, Tom Hanks & Kirsten Dunst
TrendingEx Machina, The Martian & Star Wars Episode VII
Amount of genre films per year from 2010 to 2017

523 science fiction movies scheduled for release this year.

Slowly, year by year, more big budget sci-fi's were being released by Hollywood. Futuristic and dystopian flicks were eagerly received by the movie-going population, and studios increased their production. In 2016 the biggest spike occurred with 131 movies more than in 2015.

List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

TitleBox officeBudget
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)$2B$200M
Jurassic World (2015)$1.7B$150M
The Avengers (2012)$1.5B$220M