10 Movies similar to Lucy on Netflix

By Romey Norton
Published: February 6, 2023 (Last updated: February 8, 2024)

We discuss 10 movies similar to Lucy on Netflix. Keep this article handy and add these well-recommended films to your watch list.

The psychological thriller didn’t get the greatest praise when it was first released, regardless of it starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, two well-renowned actors. There were apparently obvious plot holes and an absurd storyline.

However, it still has a strong fanbase. The film surrounds Lucy, who gains extraordinary physical and mental capabilities after being injected with a performance-enhancing drug, including telekinesis and telepathy. In the film, she evolves into a warrior hell-bent on destroying those who held her captive. It’s a badass film that is playful yet sadistic. 

With themes of revenge, self-discovery, self-worth, and relationships, the film makes audiences think about how we are capable of so much more than we realize, as, in reality, we only use roughly 10% of our brains. 

Here is a list of 10 similar movies to Lucy on the streaming platform Netflix that do the futuristic thriller genre justice. Most are Netflix originals and have strong female protagonists, there is one that isn’t an original but has to be on the list for its similarities and is a must-watch for anyone who enjoyed Lucy. 

Before you delve into this list, you may also be interested in our broader article, 10 Movies like Lucy you must watch.

10 Movies similar to Lucy on Netflix

Limitless (2011) 

Similar to Lucy, Limitless is about someone whose skills are enhanced after taking a wonder drug, yet in this one, it’s about proving himself rather than taking revenge. In this hit film, audiences see Bradley Cooper play a disheveled and helpless writer who can’t get his life together. His life is then tipped upside down when his ex’s brother offers him a designer, off-the-market drug to help him cope. With a new clarity and brainpower to dominate the financial world, he sets out on this new venture. Then when his pills start to run out, he realizes that the pills might not be what they seem at all. Filled with action and great acting, this is not a Netflix original, but it is worth watching. 

iBoy (2014)

This sci-fi thriller film surrounds a teenager (Bill Milner) who wakes from a coma to discover that fragments from his broken smartphone have been embedded into his brain and turned him into an actualized app with superhuman powers. This film might seem like it’s for teenagers, but it includes serious themes, including violence, rape, drug abuse, and money laundering. 

Awake (2021) 

The world is awake, and there is global hysteria after all electronics are wiped out, and humanity can no longer sleep. As scientists are racing to find a cure, Jill, a former soldier, discovers her daughter might be the key to saving humanity and has the difficult choice to save her child or save the world from this unexplained insomnia. 

Oxygen (2021)

This is not one for claustrophobic audiences but is one for thriller fans. In this film, a woman wakes up in a cryogenic chamber with no recollection of how she got there. As time is racing and she’s running out of air, she must find a way out. While this isn’t a sci-fi revenge film, it does have a strong female lead who gives a great performance in fighting for her life. 

Bird Box (2018)

In this dystopian future, if you see evil, you die. Survivors must avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. They have to do this blindfolded.

This film is a great watch, with high intensity and fear-provoking. It’s more apocalyptic than futuristic, but it offers a strong female lead on a journey to save herself and her children and has life-altering epiphanies along the way. The film stars Sandra Bullock and is a must-watch.

Luckiest Girl Alive (2022)

A writer’s perfect New York City life starts to unravel when a true-crime documentary forces her to confront her harrowing high school history and question the choices she made as a teenager. Starring Mila Kunis, this film is explicit in its content, so viewers are warned her abuse goes into detail visually. This film is for serious, female-lead film lovers, filled with intrigue and drama, it’s an emotional rollercoaster. 

Kate (2021)

This film follows the trend of female assassin movies and is a great action film to watch. When she’s slipped a fatal poison on her final job, a ruthless Tokyo assassin has less than 24 hours to find out who ordered the hit and exact revenge. This film has themes of revenge and self-discovery and is filled with action and purpose. 

Tau (2018)

In this sci-fi thriller, a woman is trapped inside a sadistic genius’s smart house and must somehow get past the advanced artificial intelligence guarding her. Basically, Gary Oldman’s character is an evil Alexa, and our protagonist has to escape. A modern thriller with mixed reviews, but worth going down the rabbit hole for. 

Captain Nova (2021)

A fighter pilot goes back in time to prevent a global environmental catastrophe; however, because of time travel, she gets younger, and no one takes her seriously. Here we have a woman being altered but becoming weaker and has to fight for herself as well as the future of humanity. Filled with hope and intrigue, this sci-fi film from the Netherlands is suitable for all ages and is more directed toward teens. 

The Old Guard (2020) 

Discovering that someone is onto their secret, a group of mercenaries, who are all centuries-old immortals with the ability to heal themselves, must fight to protect their freedom. Starring the Atomic Blonde (also worth watching) star Charlize Theron, this film is one to add to your list. 

Do you have any other recommendations for movies similar to  Lucy on Netflix? Let us know! 

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