Netflix is filled with thousands of movies, guaranteeing something for everyone. We’ve put together a list of some of the best movies on Netflix that every techie will love. There are science fiction picks, documentaries, thrillers, family favorites, 90s classics and more. Each movie on this list includes its IMDb rating to help you decide which of these 33 movies you should be watching first.
Learn Something New with Tech Documentaries
- Tesla: Master of Lightning (2000) – 8.1/10
Nikola Tesla was a man of great scientific genius, but lacked the personality and business sense of his contemporaries.
- Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) – 7.7/10
The award-winning tale of the rise and fall of Enron in the early 2000s is packed with history and emotion.
- SlingShot (2014) – 7.7/10
Dean Kamen, the inventor behind the Segway, is working towards an innovation that aims to create drinkable water for communities in need.
- Particle Fever (2013) – 7.4/10
Mark Levinson’s telling of the journey of thousands of scientists as they work to recreate the Big Bang is a roller coaster of a tale.
- We Are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists (2012) – 7.3/10
The story of the hacking group Anonymous, including the groups that came before them, is explored, touching on civil disobedience and more.
- Print the Legend (2014) – 7.2/10
The relatively new innovation of 3D printing is the focus of this Netflix original documentary, which follows leaders in the industry.
- Something Ventured (2011) – 7.0/10
Meet the venture capitalists that balance risk and reward as they finance technology as we know it.
- Downloaded (2013) – 6.8/10
Music and technology collide in this story of Napster and other major influences on the “downloading revolution.”
Leave this World with Sci-Fi Films
- Equilibrium (2002) – 7.5/10
This futuristic nation lives in a drug-induced state of no emotion, until government agent John Preston (Christian Bale) overthrows the regime.
- Primer (2004) – 7.0/10
After creating a time machine in their garage, friends wrestle with how much they can play with time travel logically and morally in this thriller.
- Snowpiercer (2013) – 7.0/10
The future is a grim one in this sci-fi tale of a world after climate change. Survivors fight to create a society more equal than the one they left.
- World War Z (2013) – 7.0/10
What’s a list for techies without a zombie movie? Follow Gerry Lane’s (Brad Pitt) fight against the zombies threatening his family.
- Hellboy (2004) – 6.8/10
This World War II action pits good against evil with the help of the Nazi-created but Allied-raised Hellboy (Ron Perlman).
- Upstream Color (2013) – 6.8/10
The effects of a hypnotic insect are felt long after they are removed in this drama starring Amy Seimetz and Shane Carruth.
- Monsters (2010) – 6.4/10
Alien invasion is always a good storyline, proven once again in Monsters, which follows a pair who work to escape “the creatures.”
Techie Classics from the 80s and 90s
- The Fifth Element (1997) – 7.7/10
With an Academy Award nomination and a star-studded cast, this futuristic gem is perfect for a night of Netflix-ing.
- Total Recall (1990) – 7.5/10
Dreams of Mars become a reality for Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) when a memory is implanted in his brain.
- WarGames (1983) – 7.1/10
World War III always makes for a good sci-fi movie. This film confuses reality and computer games when David (Matthew Broderick) accidentally hacks government programs.
- Explorers (1985) – 6.6/10
Friends tinkering with a circuit board realize they have the beginnings of a starship, the perfect start to an alien-filled movie.
- Hackers (1995) – 6.2/10
The world of hacking is on display in this urban adventure of government evasion, computer viruses and love.
- The Net (1995) – 5.9/10
While not the highest rated movie on this list, Sandra Bullock stars as female hacker Angela Bennett.
Streaming Movies for your Geeky Family
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – 7.9/10
Family members both young and old will both delight in this story of Elliott and his other-worldly pal E.T. Rated PG.
- Galaxy Quest (1999) – 7.3/10
An oldie but a goodie, Galaxy Quest is a hilarious adventure into science fiction for the whole family. Rated PG.
- The War of the Worlds (1953) – 7.1/10
A techie classic, all generations should watch this adaptation of H.G. Well’s novel.
- Jobs (2013) – 5.9/10
Ashton Kitcher is Steve Jobs in this movie following the rise of the fascinating engineer. Rated PG-13.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) – 5.9/10
Star Wars fans don’t have a lot to celebrate when it comes to availability on Netflix, but you can watch The Clone Wars with your subscription. Rated PG.
Great Techie Movies New on Netflix
- Jurassic Park (1993) – 8.1/10
Netflix also just added The Lost World and Jurassic Park III for your viewing pleasure.
- Steve Jobs: One Last Thing (2011) – 6.8/10
Another inside look at the life and death of Steve Jobs, and the influence he had in the world of technology.
- iBoy (2017) – 6.0/10
This boy is no longer normal after having pieces of his smartphone embedded in his brain after a violent attack.
- The Invasion (2007) – 5.9/10
An alien virus must be stopped in this sci-fi thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.
- CODE (2015) – 5.8/10
A documentary exploring the struggles and successes of female coders in an industry dominated by men.
- The Perfect Weapon (2016) – 3.3/10
By no means a work of art, this futuristic movie is a good pick for a relaxing Netflix sesh.
- Future Baby (2016) – Not yet reviewed
Science and human nature collide in this documentary following researchers, surrogate mothers, future parents and more.