Every Alex Garland Movie and TV Show, In Order - And How to Stream Them

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Alex Garland has come a long way since The Beach made him a celebrated novelist at the end of the 1990s. Back then, his tale of drugs and excess on the Asian backpacking trail ensured he was cult literature’s next big thing, but Garland had bigger, grander plans for himself. As shown by Civil War, the latest movie dystopia written and directed by Garland, the British auteur has become one of sci-fi and fantasy cinema’s most important visionaries. Find out where to stream all his work in chronological order with our streaming guide, below.

The Beach became a film in 2000, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay wasn’t written by Garland, but he still struck up a relationship with Boyle, writing two of the British director’s subsequent films. The zombie/virus apocalypse horror 28 Days Later, with an original screenplay by Garland, was a huge hit; the thoughtful space drama Sunshine, which reunited Boyle and Garland with lead actor Cillian Murphy, was less successful but was still an imaginative, serious piece of work.

After providing uncredited rewrites for 28 Days Later sequel 28 Weeks Later, and dramatising the Kazuo Ishiguro novel Never Let Me Go for director Mark Romanek, Garland wrote Dredd, a comic-book adaptation now seen as a cult classic - according to star Karl Urban, Garland was so instrumental in completing the film after director Pete Travis left the project prematurely that he ought to be seen as its real director.

Then Garland did start officially directing his own scripts, and his career immediately stepped up a level. He started with Ex Machina, a tautly confined but visually stunning fable about an artificially intelligent robot that is dangerously close to human-like sentience. Next came what is perhaps Garland’s greatest achievement to date, the unforgettable Annihilation. Starring Natalie Portman as the leader of a group of female scientists sent to investigate an alien crash zone known for inexplicable happenings, it’s a very rare example of a high-concept horror that gets scarier and scarier as it goes on, without losing its philosophical thread.

Following that breakthrough, Garland took stock and pivoted briefly into television, helming a deep-thinking sci-fi series: Devs tells the story of an advanced quantum computing company whose bosses are willing to kill to protect their secrets.

Garland returned to cinema with a modern take on folk horror. Men sees Jessie Buckley play a traumatised widow whose holiday to a remote English village becomes a nightmare filled with visceral peril, but the twist - Rory Kinnear apparently playing multiple roles - places the film squarely in the Garland canon of movies with a big central idea, cannily executed.

That brings us to Civil War, which looks set to push Garland back towards the top of the box-office charts. Kirsten Dunst and regular Garland cast member Nick Offerman star in a sweeping tale about a near-future America descending into violence - Garland can be relied on to make that story as thrilling as it is thought-provoking.

Watch all of Alex Garland’s work in order using our streaming guide below.

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  1. The Beach

    The Beach

    2000

    IMDB 6.6 (254k)

    #1

    Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

  2. 28 Days Later

    28 Days Later

    2002

    IMDB 7.5 (447k)

    #2

    Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the virus turns those it infects into homicidal maniacs -- and it's absolutely impossible to contain.

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  3. Sunshine

    Sunshine

    2007

    IMDB 7.2 (268k)

    #3

    Fifty years into the future, the sun is dying, and Earth is threatened by arctic temperatures. A team of astronauts is sent to revive the Sun — but the mission fails. Seven years later, a new team is sent to finish the mission as mankind’s last hope.

  4. 28 Weeks Later

    28 Weeks Later

    2007

    IMDB 6.9 (294k)

    #4

    Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes according to plan.

  5. Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    2010

    IMDB 7.1 (153k)

    #5

    As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy spend their childhood at an idyllic and secluded English boarding school. As they grow into adults, they must come to terms with the complexity and strength of their love for one another while also preparing for the haunting reality awaiting them.

  6. Dredd

    Dredd

    2012

    IMDB 7.1 (295k)

    #6

    In the future, America is a dystopian wasteland. The latest scourge is Ma-Ma, a prostitute-turned-drug pusher with a dangerous new drug and aims to take over the city. The only possibility of stopping her is an elite group of urban police called Judges, who combine the duties of judge, jury and executioner to deliver a brutal brand of swift justice. But even the top-ranking Judge, Dredd, discovers that taking down Ma-Ma isn’t as easy as it seems in this explosive adaptation of the hugely popular comic series.

  7. Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    2015

    IMDB 7.7 (592k)

    #7

    Caleb, a coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.

  8. Annihilation

    Annihilation

    2018

    IMDB 6.8 (362k)

    #8

    A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

  9. Devs

    Devs

    2020

    IMDB 7.6 (48k)

    #9

    Young computer engineer Lily Chan investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, which she believes is behind the murder of her boyfriend.

  10. Men

    Men

    2022

    IMDB 6.1 (64k)

    #10

    In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Harper retreats alone to the beautiful English countryside, hoping to find a place to heal. But someone — or something — from the surrounding woods appears to be stalking her, and what begins as simmering dread becomes a fully-formed nightmare, inhabited by her darkest memories and fears.

  11. Civil War

    Civil War

    2024

    IMDB 7.5 (66k)

    #11

    A journey across a dystopian future America, following a team of military-embedded journalists as they race against time to reach DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

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