Since Metropolis (1927) was set in a futuristic, urban dystopia, we’ve been enthralled with droids on the big screen. Here are a few of the top robot movies and shows streaming right now.
1. Westworld (2016 – 2019)
HBO’s gripping remake of the classic Yul Brynner film from 1976, Westworld, stars Jennifer Jason Leigh. Robots occupy an amusement park where people can live out their wild west fantasies, such as gunfights and cyborg romances. There is a problem with a technical fault that prevents visitors from totally erasing their robotic memories when they leave the park, 30 years after the attraction opened. Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, and Google Play
2. Better Than Us (2018)
Better Than Us, Netflix’s first Russian sci-fi series, is a sleek thriller set in the year 2029. As a result of China’s one-child policy, a robot named Arisa has been designed by an engineer to be a wife and the mother of adopted children. It is only after she is sold by her inventor to a Russian robotics corporation that she is able to kill a man and flee the country. (Netflix in the English language)
3. Person of Interest (2011 – 2016)
Surveillance A.I. helps an ex-CIA agent and a programmer save lives by sending them the names of citizens who are about to commit crimes. P.I. became a science-fiction thriller in Season 2, with questions about artificial intelligence and super-intelligence at its core. Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Google Play
4. Lost in Space (2018 – )
Reimagining the classic 1965 series, Lost in Space tells the story of a family of colonists whose spaceship gets lost. The Robinson family is dispatched to Alpha Centauri in 2046 to establish a colony. The Resolute’s hull is breached by an extraterrestrial robot, though, and they crash into a planet nearby. (Netflix)
5. The Mandalorian (2019 – )
The Mandalorian, a space western directed by Jon Favreau, tells the story of a bounty hunter who journeys to the extreme reaches of the galaxy (The Wolf of Wall Street). It’s the first live-action series in the Star Wars franchise, and both fans and critics are raving about it. The masked hero is played by Pedro Pascal (Narcos). (Disney+)
6. Humans, Seasons 1-3 (2015 – 2018)
A Synth, a humanoid robot, is the latest gizmo for busy families in a parallel future. Humans focuses on a suburban household with a robot servant that may or may not be happy to serve them. Apple TV, Disney+, Amazon Prime, and Netflix are just a few of the streaming services available today.
7. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)
On their way to the fabled 13th colony of humanity, the Galactica crew protects only a tiny civilian fleet, but the Cylons reemerge. ‘Battlestar Galactica’ is the name given to the series. The New York Times has included the show on its 2019 list of ’20 Best TV Dramas Since The Sopranos’.. iPlayer in the UK (Amazon Prime, Apple TV)
8. Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021 – )
In order to rid the galaxy of the Jedi, cloned humans have labeled them traitors who must be put to death under the diktat of the Order 66. After the Clone Wars, they face a group of elite clones that journey through a changed galaxy. Critics aren’t quite as enamored with the series, which has an 8.3/10 rating on IMDB and an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. (Disney+ animated series)
9. Interstellar (2014)
It is almost as though the A.I. in Mike Nolan’s Interstellar has taken control of the film. In the Interstellar universe, you’ll want to keep a watch on Tars, one of four ex-Marine tactical robots, along with Plex, Case, and Kipp. There are a number of (Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Pay)
10. The Matrix franchise (1999-2021)
Humanity and intelligent machines coexist in a gloomy future, but who is actually in charge? Using the hacker identity ‘Neo’ (Keanu Reeves), computer programmer Thomas Anderson is dragged into an epic saga of resistance. There are a slew of streaming services to choose from, including:
11. Ex Machina (2015)
Programmer Caleb works for a search engine business and takes part in an investigation into the human aspects of a humanoid artificial intelligence (AI). It turns out that Ava is far more intelligent than Caleb thinks, and he finds himself drawn to a robot that will soon lose all of its memories. Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Google Play
12. Blade Runner: 2049 (2017)
K (Ryan Gosling) is a Los Angeles police officer who uncovers a secret that could destabilize society. A former blade runner who has been gone for 30 years, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), is on his trail. Blade Runner 2, directed by Ridley Scott and released in 2017, is a worthy successor to the groundbreaking 1982 original. (Amazon Prime, Hulu, Google Play, Apple iTunes, HBO Streaming Plus, etc.)
13. Space Sweepers (2021)
On a ship dubbed The Victory, a crew of space junk collectors discovers Dorothy, a humanoid robot that they assume to be a weapon of mass devastation, in 2092. On a $22 million budget, a South Korean space Western that’s been lauded by critics. Netflix has subtitles in English for this movie.
14. I Am Mother (2019)
Following a nuclear holocaust, a robot woman and her young child live in a shelter together. It’s an intriguing, enjoyable, and accessible film on the love-hate relationship between humans and artificial intelligence. (Netflix)
15. The Terminator franchise (1984-2019)
A cyborg assassin dressed as a human who travels back in time for a hit mission was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator character in 1984. A nuclear holocaust could be triggered by Skynet, an artificial intelligence system. There have been five sequels to the action classic, including (above) The Terminator: Dark Fate, which was released in 2019.