Wouldn’t it be fun to know what comes next? Sure, it would take some of the surprise out of life, but think of all the failures you could avoid: dating people you wish you never met at the end of the relationship, horrible investments that costed you a fortune, soups of the day you wish you’d never tried among other things. Many of us would have made different decisions if we knew the outcome ahead of time, and unfortunately in some cases a wrong decision will haunt us for the rest of our lives. Still, we ask the question: Can we predict the future with any real accuracy? According to science the answer is no, and in most cases predictions about what to expect decades from now will fail miserably, but of course that‘s not a reason to stop making them. This is where the following films come in. Though more than likely the following films didn’t intentionally seek out to predict the exact events of the future, they undoubtedly illustrated something that didn’t come into reality until years later. You can almost say that these movies where somewhat prophetic without even trying to be with prophecies that include the 9/11 tragedy, medical technology, and even military technology.
To be fair, you could argue that some of these “prophecies” were more like self-fulfilling prophecies, inspiring visionaries to actually bring the illustrated fantasy to reality. You can even argue that the depicted events would eventually happen due to the natural progression of technological advancements. You would probably be correct. Nevertheless, this doesn’t take away from the incredible futuristic insight these films possessed and it’s fun to look back and realize their surprising portrayals. But enough bantering, take a look at these 25 movies that predicted the future with creepy accuracy. And if prophecies are your thing, you might want to also check out these 25 incredible predictions that actually came true.
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The Man (1972)
When the president and Speaker of the House are killed in a building collapse, and the vice president declines the office due to age and ill health, Senate president pro tempore Douglas Dilman (James Earl Jones) suddenly becomes the first black man to occupy the Oval Office. To be perfectly accurate here, Barack Obama became the first black president through democratic elections but one way or another, the fact remains that The Man predicted the first black president in 1972.
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
When this film came out, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan attempted something that not many (if any) had attempted in the real world until that time: an online romance. Almost eighteen years later, the real question is: Is there anyone out there who won’t try online dating at least once?
The Net (1995)
In this nineties thriller a computer programmer (Sandra Bullock) stumbles on a conspiracy, putting her life and the lives of those around her in danger. Even though we’re pretty sure this wasn’t a major concern of the writers, they still predicted online pizza ordering.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
In Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior a global war has decimated the world’s resources supply. Gasoline is so limited that vicious biker gangs stalk people on the outskirts of civilization in order to hijack their precious cargo. A simple look at the state of Africa and the Middle East for the past twenty-five years unfortunately proves how sadly correct this film was about our future.
The Cable Guy (1996)
In this horrible film starring Jim Carrey as a disturbed cable guy who tries to make friends there is a scene that predicted future with creepy accuracy. Jim’s character screams in the rain how every American will have a mix of cable TV, computer, and phone all in one. He even says you will play Mortal Kombat with a friend in Vietnam, predicting online gaming and Google TV at the same time.