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Top 50 Dystopian Movies of All Time

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People who added this item 1848 Average listal rating (918 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 5884 Average listal rating (3757 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 2138 Average listal rating (1229 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 903 Average listal rating (477 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 4161 Average listal rating (2658 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 3379 Average listal rating (2198 ratings) 7.6 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 9630 Average listal rating (5651 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 1235 Average listal rating (838 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 4610 Average listal rating (3168 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 718 Average listal rating (428 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 376 Average listal rating (176 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
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People who added this item 608 Average listal rating (317 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 4058 Average listal rating (2656 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 1872 Average listal rating (1197 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 1835 Average listal rating (1178 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Pleasantville (1998)
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People who added this item 1524 Average listal rating (906 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
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People who added this item 2081 Average listal rating (1284 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Battle Royale (2000)
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People who added this item 2535 Average listal rating (1680 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.5
RoboCop (1987)
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People who added this item 1809 Average listal rating (1101 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Akira (1988)
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People who added this item 864 Average listal rating (451 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
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People who added this item 1632 Average listal rating (1063 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
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People who added this item 7053 Average listal rating (4545 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.2
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People who added this item 621 Average listal rating (284 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Metropolis (2001)
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People who added this item 2211 Average listal rating (1449 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Gattaca (1997)
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People who added this item 727 Average listal rating (405 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 130 Average listal rating (80 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
On the Beach (1959)
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People who added this item 1796 Average listal rating (1157 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Mad Max (1979)
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People who added this item 2265 Average listal rating (1525 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Total Recall (1990)
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People who added this item 1584 Average listal rating (996 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Dark City (1998)
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People who added this item 407 Average listal rating (252 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
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People who added this item 549 Average listal rating (371 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.2
District B13 (2004)
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People who added this item 915 Average listal rating (631 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
They Live (1988)
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People who added this item 648 Average listal rating (334 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.8
THX 1138 (1971)
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People who added this item 1669 Average listal rating (926 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
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People who added this item 271 Average listal rating (161 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.7
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People who added this item 777 Average listal rating (399 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
1984 (1984)
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People who added this item 241 Average listal rating (128 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
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People who added this item 571 Average listal rating (333 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Soylent Green (1973)
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People who added this item 4205 Average listal rating (2853 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
I, Robot (2004)
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People who added this item 441 Average listal rating (279 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
Logan's Run (1976)
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People who added this item 682 Average listal rating (410 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.2
Strange Days (1995)
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People who added this item 1105 Average listal rating (705 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.6
Idiocracy (2006)
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People who added this item 317 Average listal rating (209 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 2021 Average listal rating (1448 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
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People who added this item 109 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.2
Paranoia: 1.0 (2004)
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People who added this item 2076 Average listal rating (1395 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, 2 months ago at Jun 14 0:57
Terrific list!

What about The Handmaid's Tale?
Posted: 8 years, 1 month 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, 7 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, 1 month ago at Jun 24 17:03
u have chosen a nice genre for making list..

good choice great list
Posted: 7 years, 1 month 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: 6 years, 10 months 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, 8 months ago at Dec 18 12:45
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Posted: 6 years, 6 months ago at Feb 10 18:09
It is interesting how many of these I've seen. Great list!
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Jul 11 18:04
how districtB13 is dystopian???
Posted: 5 years, 8 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, 3 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, 1 month 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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