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.
This oldie-but-goodie was shot in real locations across Paris at night, combining the topic at hand (dystopian futures) with film noir.
Blade Runner 2049
This cult classic won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. It’s also likely to give you trippy dreams.
A Clockwork Orange
If the best dystopian future movies came from novels—then this iconic Stanley Kubrick thriller is the reason why.
Children of Men
The only thing better than watching this brilliant adaptation of the 1992 novel for the first time? Watching it again.
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.”
Mad Max: Fury Road
Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron team up in this remake—set after the collapse of the civilization by economic crisis and wars.
Snowpiercer is a favorite from director Bong Joon Ho, although much more of a literal “thrill ride” than his Best Picture winner, Parasite.
This futuristic film characteristically features music from Moby, one of several electronic producers to score movies.
Total Recall won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. It also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sold yet?
V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta is the essence of a dystopian film—a vigilante leads the charge against an oppressive government.
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.