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11 Movies Set in the Dystopian Future
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The big screen has always provided a comfortable home for the chaotic future. From Arnold Schwarzenegger to Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, these movies aren't just set in a later day. They're set in the 'dystopian future'...and a world riddled with post-apocalyptic injustices and problematic societies.

Keep scrolling through our list of some of the best sci-fi movies set in the dystopian future. If you dare.

1

Alphaville

1965

This oldie-but-goodie was shot in real locations across Paris at night, combining the topic at hand (dystopian futures) with film noir.

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Alphaville
1965
98 Mins | PG
An agent (Eddie Constantine) wrecks the main computer on another planet.


2

Blade Runner 2049

2017

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This cult classic won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. It’s also likely to give you trippy dreams.

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Blade Runner 2049
2017
164 Mins | R
A new blade runner tries to find Rick Deckard after discovering a secret that threatens humanity.


3

A Clockwork Orange

1971

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If the best dystopian future movies came from novels—then this iconic Stanley Kubrick thriller is the reason why.

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A Clockwork Orange
1971
137 Mins | R
Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his droogs barbarize in a decaying near-future.


4

Children of Men

2006

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The only thing better than watching this brilliant adaptation of the 1992 novel for the first time? Watching it again.

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Children of Men
2006
109 Mins | R
A disillusioned bureaucrat becomes an unlikely champion in the fight for mankind's survival.


5

Gattaca

1997

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The overly dramatic ’90s trailer narrator summarized Gattaca best: “One man’s only chance is to hide his own identity ... by borrowing someone else’s.”

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Gattaca
1997
112 Mins | PG-13
An outsider (Ethan Hawke) poses as a genetically superior citizen (Jude Law).


6

Mad Max: Fury Road

2015

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Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron team up in this remake—set after the collapse of the civilization by economic crisis and wars.

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Mad Max: Fury Road
2015
120 Mins | R
Mad Max and a band of rebels try to outrun a warlord and his henchmen in a high-speed, desert chase.


7

Snowpiercer

2013

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Snowpiercer is a favorite from director Bong Joon Ho, although much more of a literal “thrill ride” than his Best Picture winner, Parasite.

Related: Bong Joon Ho's top-five favorite films

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Snowpiercer
2013
125 Mins | R
During Earth's second ice age, less-fortunate passengers aboard a supertrain plan a revolt.


8

Southland Tales

2006

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This futuristic film characteristically features music from Moby, one of several electronic producers to score movies.

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Southland Tales
2006
144 Mins | R
Chaos reigns in the years following a nuclear attack on Texas.


9

Total Recall

1990

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Total Recall won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. It also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sold yet?

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Total Recall
1990
109 Mins | R
An earthman (Arnold Schwarzenegger) of the future goes to Mars, driven by nightmares of his past.


10

V for Vendetta

2006

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V for Vendetta is the essence of a dystopian film—a vigilante leads the charge against an oppressive government.

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V for Vendetta
2006
132 Mins | R
A vigilante known as V uses terrorist tactics to fight the totalitarian state in which he lives.


11

WALL-E

2008

Despite being happy-go-lucky, do not let WALL-E fool you. The cute little robot is no doubt living in a harsh, dystopian world—and it might be up to him to save it.

Up next: Producer Mark Gill's essential thriller movies

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WALL-E
2008
98 Mins | G
Travel to a galaxy not so far away with WALL-E, a lonely robot who discovers love on a fantastical journey across the universe.


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