The Greatest Dystopian Films

"War is Peace,
Freedom is Slavery,
Ignorance is Strength,
and Big Brother is watching."
-1984, George Orwell
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1.
Metropolis (1927)
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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
2.
Things to Come (1936)
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The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel. (100 mins.)
 
3.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
 
4.
On the Beach (1959)
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After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months. (134 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
5.
La Jetée (1962 Short Film)
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Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man... (28 mins.)
Director: Chris Marker
 
6.
The Trial (1962)
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An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
7.
Lord of the Flies (1963)
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Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
 
8.
The War Game (1965)
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The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city... (48 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
9.
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
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In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. (112 mins.)
 
10.
Weekend (1967)
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A supposedly idyllic week-end trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams... (105 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
11.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
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An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
 
12.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
13.
The Bed Sitting Room (1969)
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Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins... (90 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
 
14.
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
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Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators. (100 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
15.
THX 1138 (1971)
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Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society. (86 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
 
16.
Punishment Park (1971)
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"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies... (88 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
17.
The Omega Man (1971)
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Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race. (98 mins.)
Director: Boris Sagal
 
18.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
19.
Solaris (1972)
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A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (167 mins.)
 
20.
Fantastic Planet (1973)
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This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where blue giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders. (72 mins.)
Director: René Laloux
 
21.
Soylent Green (1973)
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With the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a CEO with ties to the world's main food supply. (97 mins.)
 
22.
Westworld (1973)
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A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. (88 mins.)
 
23.
Sleeper (1973)
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A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government. (89 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
24.
Rollerball (1975)
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In a corporate-controlled future, an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball represents the world, and one of its powerful athletes is out to defy those who want him out of the game. (125 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
 
25.
Eraserhead (1977)
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
26.
Watership Down (1978)
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A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home. (91 mins.)
Director: Martin Rosen
 
27.
Stalker (1979)
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A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. (163 mins.)
 
28.
Mad Max (1979)
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In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (88 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
29.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
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In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. (95 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
30.
Escape from New York (1981)
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In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
31.
Blade Runner (1982)
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A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
32.
Videodrome (1983)
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A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. (87 mins.)
 
33.
Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) (1983)
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In the post-apocalyptic future, only a few humans are left. No one is able to speak; the film contains no dialogue... (92 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
34.
1984 (1984)
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In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. (113 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
 
35.
The Terminator (1984)
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A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
36.
Repo Man (1984)
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Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result. (92 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
 
37.
Brazil (1985)
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A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
38.
Kin-dza-dza! (1986)
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Two Russians push the wrong button on a strange device and end up on the telepathic planet Pluke with its strange societal norms. (135 mins.)
 
39.
When the Wind Blows (1986)
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A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war, only to gradually succumb to its aftermath. (80 mins.)
 
40.
Aliens (1986)
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The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
41.
RoboCop (1987)
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In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
42.
They Live (1988)
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A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (93 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
43.
Akira (1988)
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A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
 
44.
Total Recall (1990)
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When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he? (113 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
 
45.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
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A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her young son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg, made out of liquid metal. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
46.
Strange Days (1995)
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A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999. (145 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
47.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. (112 mins.)
 
48.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
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A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. (83 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
49.
Gattaca (1997)
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A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
 
50.
The Fifth Element (1997)
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In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay. (126 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
51.
The Truman Show (1998)
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An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
52.
Dark City (1998)
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A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. (100 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
53.
The Matrix (1999)
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A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
 
54.
Battle Royale (2000)
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In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
55.
Minority Report (2002)
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In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
 
56.
I, Robot (2004)
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In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity. (115 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
57.
V for Vendetta (2005)
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In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
 
58.
Serenity (2005)
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The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their numbers who is telepathic. (119 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
 
59.
Children of Men (2006)
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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
 
60.
WALL·E (2008)
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In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
 
61.
District 9 (2009)
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An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
 
62.
Avatar (2009)
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A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
63.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
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The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
 
64.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
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Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (146 mins.)