20 “Must-See” Dystopian/Futuristic Films

What life could be in the future? In no particular order:

1. A Clockwork Orange (1975)

2. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

3. Ex-Machina (2015)

4. Never Let Me Go (2010)

5. The Fifth Element (1997)

6. Children of Men (2006) 

7. The Road (2009)

8. Elysium (2013)

9. Blade Runner (1982)

10. Brazil (1985)

11. The Matrix (1999)

12. The Lobster (2015)

13. Avatar (2009)

14. Gattaca (1997)

15. Her (2013)

16. Minority Report (2002)

17. The Martian (2015)

18. Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

19. Total Recall (1990)

20. V for Vendetta (2006)

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18 thoughts on “20 “Must-See” Dystopian/Futuristic Films

    1. Thanks for your suggestions. The movies you mention have powerful future visions. I was not too impressed by Fahrenheit 451 or Cloud Atlas and still have to see TNX 1138 and Soylent Green. I think that Metropolis is important here, though.

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    1. Thanks, good point but you have to draw a line someplace if you are to have your “20”, and I think “Battle Royal” belongs more to my other list titled “20 Films You Should Think Twice Before Watching” in terms of the content 🙂

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  1. That’s a pretty good list, I am happy that there’re no mindless blockbusters here like it often happens with similar lists. It’s good to see no Alien/2001 too as they always end up on this kind of lists.

    I definitely cannot agree about Elysium though. District 9 was so much better, original and sincere.

    How about some older movies like Metropolis and The Invasion of Body Snatchers? >:)

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    1. In retrospect, I agree that “Metropolis” should have been included (I guess, I was thinking in other kinds of films). I do not think I’ve seen “The Invasion of Body Snatchers”. It sounds very interesting, I will look into it asap, thank you!

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      1. There are 4 different versions of that movie. The 1956 and 1978 are considered to be a classic. I’ve watched only the 1956 version and it really hit me. It’s psychologically scary…

        Have you watched Tarkovsky’s movies?
        Which other movies did you consider for this list but finally didn’t include?

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        1. I think I will watch the older versions. It’s been awhile since I published this list, but because I decided to leave out any films with horror/disturbing/psychological elements, I had a relatively neat little list from the start. I also didn’t focus on space as such. I was considering including Logan’s Run, maybe. As for Tarkovsky. He is a genius. I just need a separate list for his films.

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          1. I think it’s a right choice to see the older versions (the newest were criticized ruthlessly). I noticed that you actually dud that and it’s a good choice, I think too often sci-fi and horror are mixed in various lists, but these genres are pretty different at their core.

            Great, then I’ll be looking forward to seeing your list about him! 🙂

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