7 Best Disaster Sci-Fi Movies You Can Stream on Netflix

7 Best Disaster Sci-Fi Movies You Can Stream on Netflix
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For those who think the reality is too boring.

There are many genres of cinema which can teleport you from reality into different kinds of fantasy worlds. But most often, these new unreal universes are far from being ideal, and frankly there’s a big chance you wouldn’t survive in any of them.

Especially if the movie has a science-fiction premise and is centered around a huge disaster of any kind, whether it’s something natural or some sort of zombie apocalypse.

Here we have the best sci-fi disaster movies you can check out now on Netflix.

1. Don’t Look Up (2021)

The perfect movie to start our list is Adam McKay’s underrated Don’t Look Up. The star-studded film features Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and many other A-listers, who gave the movie their best performances. Still, its Rotten Tomatoes score is only 55%...

Still, we are absolutely sure that the movie is a must watch for the fans of the genre who also appreciate satire and dark humor. At the center of the film is a story of two astronomers who have to warn the planet of an approaching comet. However, they’ll find many obstacles on their way to do it.

2. Armageddon (1998)

Michael Bay’s iconic movie featuring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Ben Affleck is probably the first one that comes to mind when thinking about the genre we are here to discuss.

For those who still never watched it, the film tells about a team of deep-core drillers who are hired by NASA to save the planet after the information came out that a Texas-sized asteroid is going to hit the Earth soon. But the world is not ready to embrace such news, and that creates a problem in society…

3. Deep Impact (1998)

With Deep Imact coming out the same year as Armageddon, it was only natural that these two movies with similar premises would be compared all the time. But while the former is considered a more "fun" and action-packed movie, this one hit the mark with the deep emotional story at the heart of the film.

A comet is discovered that will destroy the planet, and the human race prepares for the worst. And in the midst of all this chaos, one family tries to stay together…

“Showing the different stories of 4 groups of people during this crisis, from the discovery of the comet, to the multiple attempts to destroy it to finally when one of the comets finally strikes, it is an emotional roller coaster. You get to know the characters, and feel for them through this whole ordeal. Which not a lot of disaster flicks really do,” Redditor Styvan01 said.

4. The Perfect Storm (2000)

Now it's a classic disaster movie, but with a sci-fi twist, because there's no way the main character of this movie, the abnormal storm itself, is a natural thing that happened just in time.

At the center of the story is a boat named Andrea Gail, which along with the sailors is caught in the middle of a deadly storm that has covered the North Atlantic. The drama is full of intense emotions and moments that make you feel like you are losing faith in life.

5. How It Ends (2018)

The film focuses on the happy couple of Will and Sam, who are waiting for their first child and are ready to start a family. Will travels to Chicago to meet Sam's parents and ask for their blessing for the wedding, but they end up arguing and Will decides it's not the best time to mention it at all.

However, before his flight back, it seems that an abnormal disaster had hit the country, forcing Tom and Will to team up to leave Chicago together and drive back to Seattle to find Sam. But the journey puts them in mortal danger, because the apocalypse is something no one knows how to deal with, and it turns people into paranoid creatures...

6. Extinction (2018)

This underrated movie centers on a family man, who suffers from nightmares in which he loses his family. They drive him crazy every night, but it seems like the dreams are actually more prophetic than just paranoid.

One day the world is invaded by an unknown force ready to destroy the planet. In order to save the planet, he fights back. but in the middle of the deadly battle he realizes that there is a special force that is keeping him safe.

7. Mars Attacks! (1996)

Now, this brilliant movie is a must-see for literally everyone, and it's not just because of the star-studded cast that is simply amazing. Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker and many other stars join forces in this legendary sci-fi comedy.

The world is thrown into chaos when it is announced that Martians have invaded Earth and are now among the humans. The two sides agree to meet in order to set things right, but things still go wrong. Are the inhuman creatures really ready to kill everything in their path, or are they just confused?