12 great sci-fi movies you can watch at home

Styles and technologies change, but Katsuhiro Otomo's groundbreaking anime film Akira looks as shocking today as it did in 1988.

AKIRA

Alex Proyas’ neo-noir reality-bending movie Dark City came out just a year before The Matrix, and while they were both made in a vacuum, both sets of creators pick at similar themes

DARK CITY

As the world tilts off its axis and starts to spiral toward the sun, the poles change and the temperature rises, driving the inhabitants of postwar London into a delirious, sweaty fever.

THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE

Fantastic Planet is one of those films that’s nearly impossible to describe, in part because no explanation can quite convey just how bizarre it is.

FANTASTIC PLANET

Twenty-five years after its release, Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca remains as vibrant, thrilling, and thought-provoking as ever.

GATTACA

Bong’s nimble filmmaking — combining classic keep-away technique with the boldness of a rising talent — sets a new standard for not just monster films, but, more broadly, for sci-fi storytelling.

THE HOST

Fritz Lang’s 1927 silent masterpiece is one of the finest examples of German Expressionism and of science fiction storytelling on film.

METROPOLIS

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