List of dystopian films
This is a list of dystopian films. A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, cackotopia, or anti-utopia) is an imaginary community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is literally translated as "not-good place", an antonym of utopia. Such societies appear in many artistic works, particularly in stories set in a future. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society.
|The 10th Victim||1965||In the near future, wars are avoided by giving people a chance to kill in the Big Hunt, which is also the most popular form of entertainment. Based on Robert Sheckley's 1953 short story, Seventh Victim.|
|12 Monkeys||1995||A convict is sent back in time to gather information about a virus that wiped out most of the human population. Based on Chris Marker's 1962 short film La jetée.:34|
|1984||1956||Loosely based on George Orwell's novel about a bureaucrat who falls in love in a futuristic totalitarian surveillance state.|
|2001: A Space Odyssey||1968|||
|A Boy and His Dog||1974|||
|A Clockwork Orange||1971||Adapted from Anthony Burgess' novella of the same name.|
|A Scanner Darkly||2006||Adapted from Philip K. Dick's novel of the same name. A dangerous new drug causes the users to begin to lose their own identity.|
|Æon Flux||2005||Adapted from Peter Chungs's animated television series of the same name.Aeon Flux is a mysterious assassin working for the Monicans, a group of rebels trying to overthrow the government.|
|Alphaville||1965||A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.|
|Atlas Shrugged: Part I||2011||Based on a novel by Ayn Rand. An alliance forms fight the increasingly authoritarian government of the United States.|
|Batman||1989||based on the DC Comics character of the same name, directed by Tim Burton|
|Battle Royale||2000||Based on the novel and manga of the same name.|
|Battlefield Earth||2000||film adaptation of the novel, starring John Travolta.|
|Blade Runner||1982||Loosely based on Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.|
|Book of Eli||2010||A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.|
|Brave New World||1980||In a futuristic totalitarian society, people have no control of their lives and/or destiny.|
|Brazil||1985||A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.:39|
|Children of Men||2006||Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, based on P.D. James' novel. 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.|
|City of Ember||2008|||
|City of Lost Children||1995||French film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.|
|Code 46||2003||A futuristic 'Brief Encounter', a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.|
|Colossus: The Forbin Project||1970|||
|Dark City||1998||A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans.|
|Dawn of the Planet of the Apes||2014|||
|The Day the Earth Caught Fire||1961|||
|Dead End Drive-In||1986|||
|Death Race 2000||1975||The film takes place in a dystopian American society in the year 2000, where the murderous Transcontinental Road Race has become a form of national entertainment.|
|Demolition Man||1993||A cop is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent enemy who is loose in a nonviolent future society.|
|District 9||2009||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.|
|Divergent||2014||Based on the adaption of Veronica Roth's novels of the same names, In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in.|
|The Divergent Series: Insurgent||2015||After the series of events and death of her parents in Divergent, Tris Prior tries to figure out what the Abnegation were trying to protect and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.|
|Dredd||2012||Adapted from the comic book of the same name.|
|Elysium||2013||In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.|
|The End of Evangelion||1997|||
|Ender's Game||2013||Based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card.|
|Equilibrium||2002||In a fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system.|
|Escape from L.A.||1996||Sequel to the 1981 film, Escape from New York.|
|Escape from New York||1981||In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant max. security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.|
|eXistenZ||1999||directed by David Cronenberg|
|Fahrenheit 451||1966||Based on Ray Bradbury's novel of the same name.In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.|
|FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions||2004|||
|The Fifth Element||1997|||
|Fortress||1993||A futuristic prison movie. Protagonist and wife are nabbed at a future US emigration point with an illegal baby during population control.|
|Futureworld||1976||sequel to Westworld.|
|Gamer||2009||In a future mind-controlling game, death row convicts are forced to battle. A convict controlled by a skilled teenage gamer must survive 30 sessions in order to be set free.|
|Gattaca||1997||A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.|
|Ghost in the Shell||1995|||
|The Giver||2014||A dark, quiet, but powerful futuristic political tale in which a 12-year-old boy must search the truth in the world free of war, crime, disease, poverty, unfairness, and injustice.|
|The Handmaid's Tale||1990||In a dystopicly polluted rightwing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.|
|Harrison Bergeron||1995||A cable television movie adapted from the short story of the same name by Kurt Vonnegut.|
|The Hunger Games||2012||Directed by Gary Ross, Based on Suzanne Collins' novel of the same name. Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.|
|The Hunger Games: Catching Fire||2013||Directed by Francis Lawrence, Based on Suzanne Collin's Catching Fire.|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||2014||Directed by Francis Lawrence, Based on Suzanne Collin's Mockingjay.|
|I Am Legend||2007|||
|I, Robot||2004||Adapted from a series of short stories by Isaac Asimov.|
|Idiocracy||2006||An average man is selected for a top-secret hibernation program. When he wakes up 500 years later to discover he's the smartest person in a radically dumbed-down society.|
|In Time||2011||In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth.|
|Invasion of the Body Snatchers||1978|||
|The Island||2005||A man goes on the run after he discovers that he is actually a "harvestable being", and is being kept as a source of replacement parts, along with others, in a Utopian facility.|
|Kin-dza-dza!||1986||A 1986 Soviet sci-fi dystopian black comedy cult film.:184|
|Land of the Blind||2006|||
|The Last Battle||1983|||
|The Last Man on Earth||1964|||
|The Lego Movie||2014|||
|Logan's Run||1976||Depicts a dystopian future society in which population and the consumption of resources are managed by the simple notion of killing everyone who reaches the age of thirty.|
|Looper||2012||In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits - someone like Joe - who one day learns the mob wants to 'close the loop' by sending back Joe's future self for assassination.|
|Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior||1981|||
|Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome||1985|||
|The Man Who Fell to Earth||1976|||
|The Matrix||1999||A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.|
|The Matrix Reloaded||2003||The second installment of The Matrix trilogy.|
|The Matrix Revolutions||2003||The third installment of The Matrix trilogy.|
|Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future||1985|||
|The Maze Runner||2014||Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "Runners" for a shot at escape. Based on the first book of The Maze Runner Trilogy written by James Dashner.|
|Metropolis||1927||A German expressionist epic science-fiction film directed by Fritz Lang.|
|Metropolis||2001||animated film by Osamu Tezuka|
|Minority Report||2002||Based on Philip K. Dick's short story, "The Minority Report".|
|Never Let Me Go||2010||Based on Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel of the same name.|
|Nineteen Eighty-Four||1984||Based on George Orwell's novel of the same name.|
|Oblivion||2013||Based on Joseph Kosinski's unpublished graphic novel of the same name.|
|The Omega Man||1971|||
|On the Beach||1959|||
|Planet of the Apes||1968|||
|The Purge||2013||In a futuristic America plagued by crime, the government sanctions a 12-hour period once a year in which all criminal activity is legal.|
|The Purge: Anarchy||2014|||
|Repo Men||2010||Based on the novel The Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia.|
|Resident Evil series||German-British-French science fiction horror franchise written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, based on the video game of the same name.|
|RoboCop||1987||Centers on a police officer who is brutally murdered and subsequently revived as a superhuman cyborg law enforcer.|
|The Running Man||1987||Loosely adapted from Stephen King's novel of the same name.|
|Soylent Green||1973||Based on Harry Harrison's novel Make Room! Make Room!.|
|Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones||2002|||
|Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith||2005|||
|Terminator 2: Judgment Day||1991|||
|They Live||1988||adapted from Eight O'Clock in the Morning by Ray Nelson.|
|Things To Come||1936|||
|THX 1138||1971||Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society. Also the first film by director George Lucas.|
|Total Recall||1990||Loosely based on Philip K. Dick's short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale".|
|Total Recall||2012||Remake of the 1990 film of the same name.|
|V for Vendetta||2006||Based on Alan Moore's graphic novel.|
|Westworld||1973||written and directed by Michael Crichton.|
|When Worlds Collide||1951|||
|World on a Wire||1973||German television movie (original title Welt am Draht), directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.|
|The Zero Theorem||2014|||
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