Apple TV+ is steadily expanding its catalogue of original movies and series.
The streamer proved it’s making top choices when it landed Best Picture-winning film CODA a couple of years ago, but what’s available on the service for fans of sci-fi and fantasy?
Best sci-fi and fantasy movies on Apple TV+
Mega movie star Tom Hanks stars in this post-apocalyptic sci-fi survival film that takes place on Earth after civilisation has been destroyed by a solar flare that cooked the Earth’s temperature. Hanks plays Finch, a solo survivor who builds robots and is attempting to build an even more advanced model to take care of his dog after he dies. Finch is a surprisingly charming sci-fi movie that has elements of I Am Legend and WALL-E.
The beautifully animated fantasy film Wolfwalkers picked up an Oscar Nomination in 2021, and it’s easy to see why. Wolfwalkers caps off the trilogy that began with The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, telling the story of Robyn Goodfellowe, a young apprentice hunter who arrives in Ireland with a mission to wipe out the last wolf pack. This all changes when she is drawn into the enchanted world of Wolfwalkers.
Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds
Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds is a documentary rather than a fiction film, but we decided to include it here anyway due to its scientific subject matter. The documentary sees a group of filmmakers embark on a journey to explore how meteorites, shooting stars and other craters have influenced humanity. Clive Oppenheimer and Werner Herzog serve as directors of the film, with Herzog also narrating.
The sci-fi romance drama Swan Song stars Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Awkwafina and Glenn Close. The movie presents some Black Mirror-esque dark questions as it follows a man’s choice to spare his family’s grief after he is diagnosed with a terminal illness, by replacing him with a clone version of himself.
The last movie on our list is more thriller than sci-fi, but the neo-noir NYC thriller vibes give it a spot. The synopsis for this one is: “Motivations are suspect, and expectations are turned chaos, as a con artist takes on Manhattan billionaires”. Manipulations and high-stakes power games, yes please.
There you go, 5 of the best sci-fi movies to binge on Apple TV this weekend.
Want more suggestions across the other streaming services? Check out our guide to the best sci-fi movies on Stan, the best sci-fi movies on Prime Video, the best sci-fi movies on Binge, the best sci-fi movies on Disney+, the best sci-fi movies on Paramount+, and the best sci-fi movies on Netflix. This article has been updated since it was first published.
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