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Top 50 Dystopian Movies of All Time

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People who added this item 1850 Average listal rating (925 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Metropolis (1927)
Synopsis: 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 saviour to mediate their differences.

Setting: 'Metropolis' - Sprawling cityscape.
Year: 2026
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People who added this item 5900 Average listal rating (3770 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Synopsis: In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and later volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem... but not all goes to plan.

Setting: 'London' - Anarchic cityscape
Year: Unspecified
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People who added this item 2147 Average listal rating (1239 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Brazil (1985)
Synopsis: A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.

Setting: Unnamed city
Year: Unspecified
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People who added this item 904 Average listal rating (479 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Synopsis: An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Setting: 'Berlin' - Modern day and wartime eras
Year: 1980s
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People who added this item 4180 Average listal rating (2681 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Blade Runner (1982)
Synopsis: Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker...

Setting: 'Los Angeles' - Sprawling cityscape
Year: 2019
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People who added this item 3385 Average listal rating (2209 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Synopsis: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.

Setting: 'England' - London, Kent, Coastal town ghetto
Year: 2027
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People who added this item 9653 Average listal rating (5670 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.7
The Matrix (1999)
Synopsis: A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against the controllers of it.

Setting: 'America' - Present Day, 'Subterranean Earth' - Apocalyptic future
Year: Present Day
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People who added this item 1237 Average listal rating (844 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
Synopsis: In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a band of bandits.

Setting: 'Australia' - Desert wastes.
Year: Unspecified
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People who added this item 4612 Average listal rating (3178 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.7
Synopsis: In the future, criminals are caught before the crimes they commit, but one of the officers in the special unit is accused of one such crime and sets out to prove his innocence.

Setting: 'Washington D.C' - Futuristic society.
Year: 2054
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People who added this item 1222 Average listal rating (673 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Delicatessen (1991)
Synopsis: Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who creates cannibalistic meals for his odd tenants.

Setting: 'France' - Rural apocalyptic town.
Year: 1950s
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People who added this item 720 Average listal rating (430 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Sleeper (1973)
Synopsis: A nerdish store owner is revived out of cryostasis into a future world to fight an oppressive government.

Setting: 'New York' - Sprawling cityscape.
Year: 2173
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People who added this item 374 Average listal rating (177 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
The Trial (1962)
Synopsis: An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

Setting: Unnamed City
Year: Unspecified
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People who added this item 609 Average listal rating (319 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
Alphaville (1965)
Synopsis: Suddenly the word is Alphaville... and a secret agent is in a breathless race against the Masters of the Future.

Setting: 'Alphaville' - Sprawling cityscape.
Year: Present day
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People who added this item 4061 Average listal rating (2659 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
12 Monkeys (1995)
Synopsis: In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Setting: 'Baltimore' - Sprawling cityscape, Underground civilisation
Year: Present day, 2035
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People who added this item 1877 Average listal rating (1200 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Serenity (2005)
Synopsis: The crew of the ship Serenity tries to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their number who is telepathic.

Setting: Otherworldly planets.
Year: 26th Century
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People who added this item 1837 Average listal rating (1179 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Pleasantville (1998)
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People who added this item 1536 Average listal rating (918 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
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People who added this item 2089 Average listal rating (1291 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Battle Royale (2000)
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People who added this item 2547 Average listal rating (1691 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
RoboCop (1987)
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People who added this item 1818 Average listal rating (1116 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Akira (1988)
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People who added this item 865 Average listal rating (453 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
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People who added this item 7067 Average listal rating (4548 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.2
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People who added this item 625 Average listal rating (289 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Metropolis (2001)
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People who added this item 2215 Average listal rating (1455 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Gattaca (1997)
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People who added this item 729 Average listal rating (408 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 131 Average listal rating (80 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
On the Beach (1959)
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People who added this item 1800 Average listal rating (1162 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Mad Max (1979)
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People who added this item 2268 Average listal rating (1530 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Total Recall (1990)
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People who added this item 1584 Average listal rating (998 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Dark City (1998)
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People who added this item 550 Average listal rating (371 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
District 13 (2004)
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People who added this item 921 Average listal rating (640 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
They Live (1988)
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People who added this item 653 Average listal rating (337 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
THX 1138 (1971)
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People who added this item 780 Average listal rating (401 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
1984 (1984)
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People who added this item 574 Average listal rating (335 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Soylent Green (1973)
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People who added this item 4211 Average listal rating (2861 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
I, Robot (2004)
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People who added this item 442 Average listal rating (280 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Logan's Run (1976)
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People who added this item 684 Average listal rating (415 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Strange Days (1995)
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People who added this item 1108 Average listal rating (709 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.6
Idiocracy (2006)
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People who added this item 316 Average listal rating (210 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.2
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People who added this item 285 Average listal rating (179 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
Rollerball (1975)
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People who added this item 2025 Average listal rating (1453 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
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People who added this item 108 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.2
Paranoia: 1.0 (2004)
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People who added this item 2078 Average listal rating (1400 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Equilibrium (2002)
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This list documents the greatest dystopian films humanity has to offer. It is taken from another website which can easily be found by searching the list name on Google. Each film synopsis is taken from Imdb.com.

dys·to·pi·a - An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.

Recurring dystopian themes:

Human Misery
Poverty
Oppression
Violence
Disease
Pollution
Societal Collapse
Massive Dehumanisation
Apocalyptic Event



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Posted: 8 years, 4 months ago at Jun 14 0:57
Terrific list!

What about The Handmaid's Tale?
Posted: 8 years, 3 months ago at Jul 8 8:49
I suppose you got distracted by Sean Connery's sexy orange loincloth, how else could you forget to add "Zardoz"? ;) Otherwise an excellent list!
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Posted: 7 years, 9 months ago at Jan 9 0:49
What a cool list! I've seen some of them and really like the genre, will use it to choose what to watch from now.
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jun 24 17:03
u have chosen a nice genre for making list..

good choice great list
Posted: 7 years, 3 months ago at Jun 24 18:37
I will be writing about Dystopia and Utopia in Films for coursework later in the year and this has just reminded me of some great films!
Posted: 7 years ago at Oct 18 10:41
Great, great list! I love these kinds of movies. Check out my most recent list for a somewhat similar different theme.
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Dec 18 12:45
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Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Feb 10 18:09
It is interesting how many of these I've seen. Great list!
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jul 11 18:04
how districtB13 is dystopian???
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Nov 28 11:19
One of those "how have I gone so long without seeing this list" lists. Great job!
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at May 7 16:55
Though I thought Metropolis was amazing, and I love older black and white movies, this is a good list. :)
I don't know if this counts, but The Devil's Arithmetic. She's having a bad dream about being in the Holocaust. Not an imaginary place, but she was dreaming, and horrible it was, but idk if it counts! :)
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Jun 22 12:59
Good list overall but RoboCop as a dystopian film? It looks like present day Detroit to me. Only takes place in one city too with your average drug criminals running around.

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