The 15 best sci-fi movies on Disney+ ranked

From Marvel hits to Star Wars blockbusters to animated gems, there's a lot of sci-fi content streaming on Disney+.

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Missed out on Avatar? Want to finally watch the original Star Wars trilogy? Or are you more keen on catching up with everything Marvel put out in the last decade? Not to worry, Disney+ has you covered.

The new streaming service comes with a generous library of content, including plenty of sci-fi movies that will keep fans coming back for more.

After cross-checking all Disney+ titles with IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, we've compiled a list of the best sci-fi movies currently available.

Read on to see what comes out on top.

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Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back


Year: 1980

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94% Fresh

IMDb score: 8.7

The second instalment in the Star Wars film series is largely considered to be the best, so there's no wonder it's first on our list. A space opera for the ages, the movie is set three years after the events of the first film.

The Galactic Empire, under the leadership of Darth Vader and the Emperor, pursues Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. Meanwhile, Luke studies the Force under Jedi Master Yoda. A richly imaginative visual wonder, The Empire Strikes Back is a classic not only of sci-fi, but cinema in general.

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Alien


Year: 1979

Cast: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98% Fresh

IMDb score: 8.4

When the crew of a spacecraft intercepts a distress signal, they set out to investigate. To their horror, they are soon attacked by a vicious alien who invades their ship, causing all sorts of chaos – and launching a successful movie franchise in the process.

Alien is a modern classic, one that perfectly blends sci-fi with horror to make viewers hide under the covers as the tension builds. In space, no one can hear you scream. However, your neighbours can, so tread carefully.

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Avengers: Infinity War


Year: 2018

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 85% Fresh

IMDb score: 8.4

The film that sets up Endgame is a wonder in itself, mostly because it shows us the large MCU ensemble cast working together seamlessly. The action follows Earth's mightiest heroes as they band together – some in space, others holding down the fort on our planet – in order to stop Thanos from accomplishing his goal of vanishing half of the universe's population.

Epic in scale and wonderfully acted, Infinity War is equal parts thrilling and heartbreaking. It will also leave you wildly curious about the sequel, so you might want to clear your schedule for a double feature.

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Avengers: Endgame


Year: 2019

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94% Fresh

IMDb score: 8.4

This mind-blowing sequel picks up after the events of Infinity War and chronicles the Avengers' efforts to grapple with the consequences. While they do their best to move forward, they're also working on a solution that will restore balance across the universe.

Endgame is a movie more than a decade in the making and we're happy to report that it lives up to the hype. Besides wrapping up some storylines for good, it sets up others that will make the audience excited for what comes next. Add in some spectacular action sequences and you've got yourself a satisfying finale to Marvel's well-crafted Infinity Saga.

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WALL-E


Year: 2008

Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Rotten Tomatoes score: 95% Fresh

IMDb score: 8.4

An awe-inspiring Pixar feature, WALL-E is set in the distant future and follows a small waste-collecting robot whose life changes for the better when he meets another robot, EVE. As a result, he embarks on a fascinating space journey – one that will ultimately alter the fate of mankind.

WALL-E is a treat for kids and adults alike thanks to its engaging story and memorable characters. Buckle up for a delightful sci-fi flick full of comedy and heart.

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Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi


Year: 1983

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82% Fresh

IMDb score: 8.3

Set one year after The Empire Strikes Back, the third instalment in the Star Wars series centres on Luke Skywalker's attempts to bring Darth Vader back to the light side of the Force. At the same time, the rebels hatch a daring plan to destroy the second Death Star.

Return of the Jedi is a highly entertaining sci-fi adventure that successfully closes the original trilogy. It boasts plenty of thrills and gives the audience a sense of what's to come, while also keeping fans on the edge of the seat the entire time.

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Logan


Year: 2017

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93% Fresh

IMDb score: 8.1

Set in the near future, Logan sees the titular character caring for an ailing Professor X in Mexico while working as a driver. His plans to lay low are derailed when he meets a young mutant with powers similar to his own and has to protect her for the dark forces who wish her harm.

The tenth film in the X-Men series is a triumph unafraid to defy superhero conventions. Given that this was Hugh Jackman's final performance as Wolverine, that's only fitting. Brutal and emotional, the movie will stay with you for a long time.

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The Avengers


Year: 2012

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92% Fresh

IMDb score: 8.0

It might have come out in 2012, but the first Avengers movie remains just as fun today as it was when it first hit theaters – even considering everything that followed. Seeing these heroes interact for the first time and take on an army of alien invaders will never lose its charm.

When Loki shows up on Earth with mischievous plans, Nick Fury is compelled to launch the Avengers Initiative, which entails bringing together a group of individuals with impressive abilities, who might be able to keep our planet safe. Unfortunately, working together as a team doesn't come natural to these super-powered folks. Oops!

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Guardians of the Galaxy


Year: 2014

Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92% Fresh

IMDb score: 8.0

Guardians of the Galaxy not only gives Marvel fans a new group of misfits to root for, it's also a superhero comedy that successfully stands on its own. The action revolves around a team of intergalactic criminals who reluctantly agree to work together in order to stop a villain from accomplishing his evil goals.

Colourful, action-packed and boasting an amazing soundtrack, the movie has plenty of heart, which balances out the silliness. By the end, you'll be dying to see what these self-titled guardians will be up to next.

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The Incredibles


Year: 2008

Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97% Fresh

IMDb score: 8.0

The Incredibles is an animated gem superhero fans will adore – the kind of movie that both celebrates and pokes fun at the genre with incredible wit. At the same time, it puts a big emphasis on family, which makes it a treat for viewers of all ages.

Back in the day, Bob Parr was fighting evil as Mr. Incredible. Now, he's living in the suburbs with his family after they all adopted civilian identities. Bored and missing his glory days, Bob gets a chance to get back into the action when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top-secret assignment. Eventually, he'll need the help of his super-powered family to save the world.

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Planet of the Apes


Year: 1968

Cast: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Rotten Tomatoes score: 86% Fresh

IMDb score: 8.0

When three astronauts crash-land on a mysterious planet, they soon discover that the planet is ruled by intelligent apes, while its primitive human inhabitants are enslaved. Trapped and imprisoned, they have to find a way to make it out alive.

With a dazzling performance from Charlton Heston, Planet of the Apes is a thought-provoking classic worth revisiting. The movie poses important questions about humanity and offers clever social commentary without sacrificing action. If you enjoy it, the other films in the franchise are streaming on Disney+ as well.

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The Martian


Year: 2015

Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels

Rotten Tomatoes score: 91% Fresh

IMDb score: 8.0

We'll never say no to a movie that involves people working together to save Matt Damon – and The Martian is no exception.

Based on the hit novel of the same name by Andy Weir, it revolves around astronaut Mark Watney, who finds himself stranded on Mars after a deadly storm. Completely alone on the hostile planet, he must figure out a way to not only communicate with NASA, but also stay alive until someone can reach him.

With solid special effects, great performances and an engrossing plot, The Martian is fun ride from start to finish. Prepare to laugh a lot along the way.

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Iron Man


Year: 2008

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94% Fresh

IMDb score: 7.9

Tony Stark is a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist who has inherited the defence contractor Stark Industries from his father. When he is captured by a terrorist group, he builds a high-tech armoured suit to escape. Later, he improves the suit and decides to use it to fight evil. A franchise is born.

Robert Downey Jr. is at the top of his game as Tony, a role he will go on to play for more than a decade. Even better, the film acts as both commentary on the war on terror and gripping superhero adventure, featuring seamless CGI effects and a healthy dose of humour. It stands the test of time.

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Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens


Year: 2015

Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson

Rotten Tomatoes score: 93% Fresh

IMDb score: 7.8

The Force Awakens is the first instalment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the seventh episode of the nine-part Skywalker saga. The movie is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi and it chronicles Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and Han Solo's search for Luke Skywalker, as well as their fight in the Resistance against the First Order, a successor to the Galactic Empire.

Populated by familiar faces and fresh blood alike, The Force Awakens manages to both breathe new life into the franchise and act as homage to the original trilogy. Clever and funny, it's a brilliant sci-fi adventure you don't want to miss.

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Avatar


Year: 2009

Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Rotten Tomatoes score: 82% Fresh

IMDb score: 7.8

Jake, a paraplegic, replaces his twin on the Na'vi inhabited Pandora for a corporate mission. But once the natives grow to accept him as one of their own, Jake must decide once and for all where his loyalties actually lie. By the end, he'll be required to take a stand and fight back in a dazzling battle.

Avatar is immersive and visually stunning. With a sequel currently in the works (and more movies to follow after that), there's never been a better time to finally give it a stream.

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