Best Cyberpunk Movies

by Jules_Vincent13 | created - 08 Apr 2011 | updated - 12 Apr 2016 | Public

After 5 long years, major revisions are here. I'll be removing films that are not "cyberpunk" enough or simply awful films. Not to mention, there are many needed additions. However, I'll be keeping this light on the anime.

I'm editing the oldest films first and working my way up to present day. At the moment, I just finished **2010**.

I hope you enjoy. :)

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1. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

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.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 159,816 | Gross: $1.24M

2. THX 1138 (1971)

R | 86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

75 Metascore

In the twenty-fifth century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley, Maggie McOmie

Votes: 48,011 | Gross: $2.44M

3. World on a Wire (1973)

Not Rated | 212 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

Stars: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl Heinz Vosgerau

Votes: 5,375

4. Logan's Run (1976)

PG | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A police officer in the future uncovers the deadly secret behind a society that worships youth.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne

Votes: 51,685 | Gross: $25.00M

5. Blade Runner (1982)

R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

84 Metascore

A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos

Votes: 693,144 | Gross: $32.87M

6. Burst City (1982)

115 min | Action, Music, Sci-Fi

Punk rock gangs and music groups clash with one another and the brutal police force in a futuristic Tokyo setting.

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Michirô Endô, Kansai Eto, Shigeru Izumiya, Takanori Jinnai

Votes: 560

7. Kamikaze 89 (1982)

Not Rated | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the press, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.

Director: Wolf Gremm | Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Günther Kaufmann, Boy Gobert, Arnold Marquis

Votes: 643 | Gross: $0.02M

8. Liquid Sky (1982)

R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

66 Metascore

A small, heroin seeking UFO lands on a Manhattan roof, observes a bizarre, drug addicted fashion model and sucks endorphin from her sexual encounters' brains.

Director: Slava Tsukerman | Stars: Anne Carlisle, Paula E. Sheppard, Susan Doukas, Otto von Wernherr

Votes: 5,709

9. TRON (1982)

PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

Director: Steven Lisberger | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan

Votes: 113,241 | Gross: $33.00M

10. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

A human soldier is sent from 2029 to 1984 to stop an almost indestructible cyborg killing machine, sent from the same year, which has been programmed to execute a young woman whose unborn son is the key to humanity's future salvation.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 799,320 | Gross: $38.40M

11. Megazone 23 (1985 Video)

Not Rated | 81 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A young biker stumbles onto a prototype motorcycle with a hidden function that has a link to the true nature of his world.

Director: Noboru Ishiguro | Stars: Masato Kubota, Maria Kawamura, Mîna Tominaga, Mayumi Shô

Votes: 370

12. Hands of Steel (1986)

R | 94 min | Action, Sci-Fi

A cyborg is programmed to kill a scientist who holds the fate of mankind in his hands. He fails and hides in a diner in a desert run by a woman who likes him. The people who sent him are after him and so is the local arm wrestling champ.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Daniel Greene, Janet Agren, Claudio Cassinelli, George Eastman

Votes: 2,203

13. Cherry 2000 (1987)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

In 2017, a successful businessman travels to the ends of the earth to find that the perfect woman is always under his nose. He hires a sexy renegade tracker to find an exact duplicate of his android wife.

Director: Steve De Jarnatt | Stars: Melanie Griffith, David Andrews, Pamela Gidley, Jennifer Balgobin

Votes: 8,932

14. Neo Tokyo (1987)

50 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A trilogy of separate stories. In "Labyrinth labyrinthos", a girl and her cat enter a strange world. In "Running Man", a racer takes on the ultimate opponent. In "Construction Cancellation Order", a man must shut down worker robots.

Directors: Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Rintaro, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Hideko Yoshida, Masane Tsukayama, Yû Mizushima, Iemasa Kayumi

Votes: 3,064

15. RoboCop (1987)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox

Votes: 232,841 | Gross: $53.42M

16. The Running Man (1987)

R | 101 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

45 Metascore

In a dystopian America, a falsely convicted policeman gets his shot at freedom when he must forcibly participate in a TV game show where convicts, runners, must battle killers for their freedom.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown

Votes: 141,146 | Gross: $38.12M

17. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 164,688 | Gross: $0.55M

18. Class of 1999 (1990)

R | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

Three ex-military robots are reprogrammed as teachers and secretly placed in a school where most students are part of organized gangs. They begin to respond violently to unruly students, and their military training starts to take over.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Bradley Gregg, Traci Lind, Malcolm McDowell, Stacy Keach

Votes: 6,760 | Gross: $2.46M

19. Crime Zone (1988)

R | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Helen and Bone live in a repressive futuristic dystopian society they badly want to escape from. Mysterious Jason hires them to steal a disc for him. It's practically a suicide mission, but he claims he can smuggle them out, in return.

Director: Luis Llosa | Stars: David Carradine, Peter Nelson, Sherilyn Fenn, Michael Shaner

Votes: 460

20. Cyborg (1989)

R | 86 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

24 Metascore

A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Deborah Richter, Vincent Klyn, Alex Daniels

Votes: 29,056 | Gross: $10.17M

21. Gunhed (1989)

TV-14 | 100 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a cyberpunk future, Kyron-5 supercomputer attempts to exterminate the human race, but Gunhed mechs stop it. In 2038, five thieves break into a condemned island facility to steal Kyron's dead CPU. The place turns out to be a deathtrap.

Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Masahiro Takashima, Brenda Bakke, James Brewster Thompson, Aya Enjôji

Votes: 843

22. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Tomorô Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Votes: 19,612

23. A.D. Police Files (1990)

Not Rated | 121 min | Animation, Crime, Sci-Fi

Three different, unique stories about an elite police force called the AD Police.

Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Adam Henderson, Brad Moranz, Youko Matsuoka

Votes: 644

24. Circuitry Man (1990)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

In a future where most humans have moved underground to escape the pollution, one of the few pleasures left is a kind of narcotic in the form of chips which can be plugged directly into the... See full summary »

Director: Steven Lovy | Stars: Jim Metzler, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Lu Leonard, Vernon Wells

Votes: 797

25. Cyber City Oedo 808 (1990–1991)

Not Rated | 120 min | Animation, Action, Crime

In the city of Oedo 2808 A.D., three Cyber criminals are given two choices, to either rot in jail or to join a special force of the Cyber Police to get possibly one more chance at freedom ... See full summary »

Stars: Hiroya Ishimaru, Stuart Milligan, Tesshô Genda, Sean Barrett

Votes: 1,556

26. Cyberpunk (1990 Video)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Stylistic documentary about the cyberpunk movement. William Gibson, author of cyberpunk classic Neuromancer, and Timothy Leary, famous advocate of psychedelic drugs, share their thoughts on the future of society and technology.

Director: Marianne Trench | Stars: Scott S. Fisher, William Gibson, Jaron Lanier, Brenda Laurel

Votes: 73

27. Hardware (1990)

R | 94 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

The head of a cyborg reactivates, rebuilds itself, and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.

Director: Richard Stanley | Stars: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, Carl McCoy

Votes: 13,083 | Gross: $5.73M

28. Megaville (1990)

R | 95 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A sci-fi fantasy about a world where it is illegal to enjoy any kind of media except in a place called Megaville. After catching a brutal killer named Jenson, the media police send an agent... See full summary »

Director: Peter Lehner | Stars: J.C. Quinn, Billy Zane, John Lantz, Pamela Hastings

Votes: 219

29. RoboCop 2 (1990)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

Cyborg law enforcer RoboCop returns to protect the citizens of old Detroit but faces a deadly challenge when a rogue OCP member secretly creates a new, evil RoboCop 2.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Belinda Bauer, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 81,148 | Gross: $45.68M

30. Total Recall (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

57 Metascore

When a man goes in to have virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars implanted in his mind, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or is he?

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 302,227 | Gross: $119.39M

31. Screams of Blasphemy (1991)

97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Pinocchio 964, lobotomised cyborg sex slave, is thrown out onto the street by his owners because of his inability to maintain an erection. He is befriended by a criminally insane, ... See full summary »

Director: Shozin Fukui | Stars: Haji Suzuki, Onn-chan, Kôji Ôtsubo, Kyoko Hara

Votes: 1,564

32. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick

Votes: 994,570 | Gross: $204.84M

33. Until the End of the World (1991)

R | 158 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

In 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash. She rescues Sam and starts traveling around the world with him. Writer Eugene follows them and writes their story, as a way of recording dreams is being invented.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Pietro Falcone, Enzo Turrin

Votes: 9,143 | Gross: $0.75M

34. Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees (1991)

85 min | Documentary, Drama, Sci-Fi

A man recalls the story of how his bees implanted in him a bee television, causing him to lose all perception of space, time, and self in the deserts of the American West.

Director: David Blair | Stars: Father Bessarion, David Blair, William S. Burroughs, Florence Ormezzano

Votes: 317

35. Fortress (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

In a future, private underground prison/Fortress, the inmates are computer controlled with CCTV, dream readers and devices that can cause pain or death. John and his illegally pregnant wife are inside but want to escape before birth.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith, Clifton Collins Jr.

Votes: 27,390 | Gross: $6.74M

36. Freejack (1992)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

Bounty hunters from the future transport a doomed race car driver to New York City in 2009, where his mind will be replaced with that of a dead billionaire.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins

Votes: 14,957 | Gross: $17.13M

37. Nemesis (1992)

R | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Alex, a burned out LA cyborg cop, is forced by commissioner Farnsworth to find his former cyborg partner and lover Jared who's about to deliver sensitive data to cyborg terrorists who wish to wage war against humans. Is he being played?

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Olivier Gruner, Tim Thomerson, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Merle Kennedy

Votes: 5,114 | Gross: $2.00M

38. Prototype (1992)

R | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic future, a wheelchair-bound veteran volunteers for an experimental cybernetic program that will allow him to walk again, only to find that it turns him into a lethal ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip J. Roth | Stars: Lane Lenhart, Robert Tossberg, Brenda Swanson, Paul Coulj

Votes: 551

39. Shadowchaser (1992 Video)

R | 97 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Terrorists with an indestructible robot take over a high-rise hospital in order to kidnap the president's daughter.

Director: John Eyres | Stars: Martin Kove, Meg Foster, Frank Zagarino, Paul Koslo

Votes: 591

40. Split Second (1992)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Horror

In a flooded future London, Detective Harley Stone hunts a serial killer who murdered his partner, and has haunted him ever since. He soon discovers what he is hunting might not be human.

Director: Tony Maylam | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall, Alastair Duncan, Michael J. Pollard

Votes: 12,469 | Gross: $5.43M

41. Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)

R | 83 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

When metal-worshipping fanatics abduct his son, a father unleashes his dormant destructive power, as his naked rage transforms the once-feeble flesh into a grisly symbiosis of metal and tissue. Who dares to defy the ultimate body-hammer?

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Tomorô Taguchi, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Nobu Kanaoka, Sujin Kim

Votes: 4,054 | Gross: $0.00M

42. The Lawnmower Man (1992)

R | 108 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

A simple man is turned into a genius through the application of computer science.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Mark Bringelson

Votes: 33,923 | Gross: $32.10M

43. 8 Man After (1993– )

Unrated | 104 min | Animation, Action, Crime

A police officer that nearly meets a violent death is turned into a cyborg with superhuman strength, speed and reflexes.

Stars: Mari Devon, Steve Bulen, Mike Reynolds, Richard Allen

Votes: 270

44. American Cyborg: Steel Warrior (1993)

R | 94 min | Action, Sci-Fi

After the nuclear war people are sterile and ruled by the artifical intelligences they created in this violent world. The only woman who was able to give life to a child has to take the ... See full summary »

Director: Boaz Davidson | Stars: Joe Lara, Nicole Hansen, John Saint Ryan, Yosef Shiloach

Votes: 1,236 | Gross: $0.45M

45. Battle Angel (1993 Video)

Not Rated | 54 min | Animation, Action, Crime