The best sci-fi movies on Disney Plus, ranked

Disney Plus doesn’t have the best sci-fi library. It probably is First video or netflix.

But there are humdingers. With those caveats aside, here are our picks for the best sci-fi movies on Disney Plus.



Avatar occupies such a strange place in our collective imagination. Not so long ago, it was the highest-grossing film in the storybut somehow the cultural imprint he left seems surprisingly superficial.

That could change with the release of Avatar 2, if that ever happens. For now, it might be fun to revisit Avatar, a film that’s flawed and formulaic in some ways, but incredibly imaginative and daring in others.

9. Flight of the Navigator


If you’re between the ages of 38 and 42, chances are you’ve seen Flight of the Navigator about 37 times on average.

Flight of the Navigator is the very definition of a cult classic. It was one of the very first films to use CGI, and some elements are dated, but this 1986 film stings a nostalgia like few others.



WALL-E is far from my favorite Pixar movie, but it’s probably the most sci-fi of the bunch.

It is also enough Well. He has some awkward things to say about the environment and our overreliance on technology, but it’s still good.

7. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

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Honey, I shrunk the kids, that’s science fiction, right? This is fiction and science.

I saw it again recently with my children and everyone had a blast. The 1989-era special effects haven’t aged well, but for the most part, it’s hilarious and fun. Perfect for a low-key family movie night.

6. Tron: Legacy

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We speak now.

Tron: Legacy isn’t exactly a classic, but it’s fun. Much like a lot of the movies on this list, it’s objectively… not very good but enjoyable for reasons of nostalgia and the place Tron holds in our cultural imagination.



If you’re going to watch Tron Legacy, why not watch the original? It’s about as dated as you’d expect, but come on! It’s Tron! Look at this.

4. Thor: Ragnarok


I’m really pushing the boundaries of sci-fi with this entry, but Thor: Ragnarok is – for my money – the best Marvel movie.

It’s the sleekest, most compelling, and easily the funniest of the bunch. It’s pure happiness.

3. Upside down


Inside Out isn’t really science fiction, but I’m adding it here because…

1. It uses a beautiful, well-thought-out sci-fi aesthetic.

2. This is probably my favorite Pixar movie.

Everyone should watch Inside Out, regardless of genre.

3. Avengers: Endgame

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Avengers: Endgame features time and space travel, so it clearly belongs in the sci-fi bucket.

It’s also clearly the best Avengers movie and one of the best movies in the vast MCU. Great ending, great stakes, great characters. They nailed it.

2. The Empire Strikes Back


The Empire Strikes Back is your default choice for best Star Wars movie for a reason: it’s good! Very well, actually.

It gets bog praise for being “dark” or “gritty,” but The Empire Strikes Back is simply a tight, well-structured film that makes good use of its iconic character set. It is also beautifully shoot. Every frame of this movie is beautiful to watch.

Many of Star Wars’ most iconic moments take place in this film. He reigns.

1. The Last Jedi

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Yes, I put The Last Jedi above Empire Strikes Back. Support me here!

The Last Jedi is easily the best Star Wars movie in the most recent trilogy and, arguably, one of the best Star Wars movies ever made. Its legacy was tarnished somewhat by the truly abominable The Rise of Skywalker, but The Last Jedi is as good and as bold as the franchise films. I love it.

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