25 Best Dystopian Movies You’ll Want To See

Since George Orwell’s penultimate novel 1984, the dystopian genre grew progressively until recently hitting its peak. Some of the key ingredients include oppressive regimes, near future technology, or wealthy bureaucracies, dark tones, and the unlikelihood of a happy ending. Various filmmakers have put their own spin on this, creating some of the most compelling narratives and worlds. It’s hard to put a finger on why dystopias are so fascinating. They’re dour, depressing, and not likely to put anyone in a good mood. However, the stark contrasts and underlying subtext and social commentary bring up plenty of topics to discuss and think about. It provides a new perspective and point of view, shining a light on our own societal shortcomings. With all that said, there are some great dystopian movies out there, but which top them all? Here are the 25 Best Dystopian Movies You’ll Want To See.

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Dredd

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In a futuristic world where police can act as judge, jury, and executioner, Dredd is about as dystopian as they come. It’s doubtful anyone would want to live in a society where police wield ultimate authority. The best dystopian stories have social commentary and in this case, the movie ironically criticizes the abuse of police authority while featuring a police officer as the hero.

24

The Hunger Games

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The hit young adult dystopian movie The Hunger Games is more than just teen angst. Featuring a world with twelve districts that produce certain materials for the country of Panem, every year they present two children as tributes to play in The Hunger Games. The winner of the game feeds their district, but winning involves killing all the other kids. It’s an interesting spin on the Lord of the Flies.


23

1984

1984Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087803/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

The novel 1984 by George Orwell arguably started the dystopian genre in the first place. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the film based on the novel. About a man who re-writes history for a living, 1984 is about a man who rebels against his domineering, totalitarian society by falling in love. The dark, demented reality he lives in questions our own governments and how much big brother might be watching us.

22

Equilibrium

EquilibriumSource: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0238380/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Starring Christian Bale, Equilibrium is about a fascist society that burns books and suppresses people’s emotions by forcing everyone to take a pill. John Preston (Bale) enforces the law, but once he realizes the evil of his society, turns against it. It’s a highly under-rated film with plenty to offer with some great commentary on the double-edged sword of feeling, love, beauty, and human emotion.


21

THX 1138

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Before he made Star Wars, George Lucas made the feature-length dystopian film THX 1138. Taking a lot of cues from 1984, the story revolves around a heavily controlled society and two people who rebel against it. The beauty of the film is its set and costume design and a compelling performance from Robert Duvall.



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