List of Dystopian Movies - The Best Dystopian Films

Dystopian Movies

Twelve Monkeys

Deadly virus has killed five billion people in 1996. Only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035, and is forced to live in underground dystopian society. A prisoner of the state, James Cole, reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to 1990 to gather information about the origin of the epidemic. He investigates a mysterious "Army of the Twelve Monkeys" in order to locate the virus before it mutates so that scientists can study it.

28 Weeks Later

During the virus outbreak in the country nearby London, Dan escaped from farmhouse where he was hidden when infected broke in. In panic he did not help his wife to escape, leaving her inside the room with infected.

Twenty eight weeks after the devastating rage virus annihilated population of Great Britain, the infected have died and London is considered safe place. British survivors return under the coordination of the American Army that keeps the city under permanent watch. Tammy and her younger brother Andy travel back from Spain to live with their father Don in London.

A Clockwork Orange

Main protagonist is Alex, a violent hooligan in a futuristic Britain. He and his gang (droogs) go every night and have good time, beating and raping helpless victims. Alex gets jailed by the police and he chooses to take genuine but controversial "The Ludovico" treatment that will make it impossible for him to be violent again.

Akira

On July 16, 1988, Tokyo is destroyed by what seems to be a nuclear explosion. The story is set thirty-one years later in a newly-created dystopian city, Neo-Tokyo. 16-year-old delinquent Shotaro Kaneda is a leader of a gang of teenage bikers. His best friend Tetsuo gets involved in a government secret project after an accident with a strange young boy. On his way to save Tetsuo, Kaneda involves in something that can result in total destruction of Neo-Tokyo.

Æon Flux

The story is set 408 years into a post-apocalyptic future, after a deadly disease has wiped out majority of the Earth's 2011 population. The last city on Earth is Bregna, protected by wall from the outside world is ruled by descendant of the scientist who found a cure for the deadly virus, Trevor Goodchild. Æon Flux is the assassin that has been assigned by the underground rebels to kill a government leader. This task will lead her to deeper secrets and conspiracies.

Demolition Man

Frozen in 1996, Simon Phoenix, a convicted killer and terrorist is imprisoned in ice for parole. Story is set in the year 2032 in almost-utopian Los Angles where everybody is peaceful. Phoenix somehow escapes from "cryoprison" and resumes his terror, and no one is capable stop him except one person. John Spartan, the cop who previously captured Phoenix in 1996 has also been imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. In desperation, police let out Spartan to help recapture Phoenix.

Escape from NY

The year is 1998. Due to huge crime rates, New York City has been turned into a maximum security prison colony by United States Government. All most brutal criminals are put there for life. The U.S. Government finds itself in a major crisis when Air Force One crash-lands in Manhattan only days before a world-crucial peace summit. Police Commissioner offers a deal to new prisoner and famous Special Forces ex-soldier named "Snake" Plissken (Kurt Russell) to rescues the President in exchange for his freedom.

Escape from LA

"Escape From New York" sequel takes place in the year 2000. An earthquake reaching 9.6 magnitude hits the city of Los Angeles, which causes the whole city to be now situated on an island from Malibu to Anaheim. Like New York in movie prequel, Los Angeles has been turned into a prison island for the most notorious criminals, surrounded by a wall so no convict can escape. There was also a rule that once deported to L.A. you can never return to the American mainland, now a big moral society. Infamous outlaw who was again imprisoned, Snake Plissken, gets another raw deal when he is forced to retrieve black box and kill the president's daughter Utopia.

Gattaca

Story is set in 21st century. Advanced genetic engineering allowed the creation of biologically advanced human by filter out undesirable traits in their descendants. DNA played the primary role in determining social class. Main protagonist is Vincent was born in the old-fashioned way. He was seen as genetically inferior and is doomed to a life of servitude. He tried to change his destiny by buying identity of Jerome Eugene Morrow a potential swimming star whose career ended in a car accident.

Robocop

In dystopic Detroit a police officer Alex J. Murphy is killed by the gang led by Clarence J. Boddicker. His department decides to reconstruct Alex by putting his body within a steel shell. With the new name, Robocop, he is indestructible and future of law enforcement. His encounter with one of his killers wakes up human side in him.

A Scanner Darkly

In a dystopian society in a near future, the war on drugs has been lost. The undercover narcotics officer Bob Arctor is working with a small group of drug users trying to reach the big distributors of an addictive brain-damaging substance simply named "D". However, while posing as a drug user, Arctor also becomes addicted to Substance D.

Dark City

John Murdoch awakens in icy bathtub of strange hotel and he can't remember how he got there. He is wanted for a series of brutal murders he knows nothing about. He find himself in underworld controlled by encounters a group of ominous beings known as the Strangers who are experimenting with people memory. Now Murdoch must find a way to stop them and find out why nobody can tell him a way to leave the city.

District B13

In the near future, a Parisian ghrtto (Banlieue) called District 13, becomes overrun by gangsters, drugs and guns and surrounded by walls. Controlled by the lord Taha, a young man named Leïto is determined to bring him down. However, Taha abduct Leïto's sister Lola to use her against him.

Waterworld

Some time in the future the polar ice caps have melted and the Earth is almost entirely covered with water. The people who survived are living in small communities and travel the seas, in search of survival. The mysterious Mariner (Kevin Costner) aids a mother and daughter in searching for Dry-land, a mythical place that a group of savage bandits "Smokers" seek out as well.

Ultraviolet

UltraViolet takes place in the late 21st century, in the years following a global outbreak of a genetically-engineered virus known as Hemophagia. Infected are called "hemophages", and have enhanced, vampire-like abilities such as improved speed, intelligence, and strength. The main character, Violet Song jat Shariff (Milla Jovovich) is a young woman who was infected with Hemoglophagia. She has lost her husband by Vice-Cardinal Ferdinand Daxus force. Her task is to steal a government-designed time bomb that will eliminate all Hemophages.

Origin: Spirits of the Past

Story is set in a dystopian Japan set 300 years in the future. The plant-life on earth became conscious and aggressive and is at constant war with man. Agito is a village boy who unwittingly triggers the potential mass destruction by awakening Toola, a girl who has been asleep for the past 300 years from her slumber.

Aachi & Ssipak

In the futuristic city, all energy sources are depleted. However, humans learned how to harness human waste to become energy. Aachi and Ssipak are two delinquents earning for living by trading black market Juicybars in an energy depleted future dystopia.

Resident Evil

In the unknown but one of the most powerful companies in the world, Umbrella Corporation, a deadly T-virus has escaped and turned the employees into hungry man-eating zombies. The company supercomputer, Red Queen, has sealed all entrances and exits to contain the leak. Alice and Rain are two members of a commando team assigned to infiltrate corporation and isolate T-virus before the virus before virus infects the rest of world.

Planet of the Apes

This movie is first movie adaptation of the Planet of the Apes novel by Pierre Boulle. In the year 3978 A.D. Taylor and two other surviving astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their spaceship has crashed on an unknown planet ruled by talking apes. They use a race of humans for experimentation and entertainment.

Pleasantville

Pleasantville is a New Line Cinema utopian/dystopian movie from 1998 with Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, and Jeff Daniels. The main protagonist, two teenagers are transported into a black and white TV show called Pleasantville. As they are integrated with the people of Pleasantville community they slowly brought some new values resulting with red rose growing in this black and white world.

Screamers

Screamers is a 1995 dystopian horror movie adaptation of the short story Second Variety by Philip K. Dick. Story is set in the year 2078 on the planet Sirius 6B, distant mining wasteland devastated by a nuclear war. Survivors are in constant war with The New Economic Block's (N.E.B.) mechanical creatures, screamers, that slice and slash humans with razor sharp blades. The main character, Col. Hendricksson (Peter Weller) decides to seek N.E.B. forces for a peace agreement.

Neon City

Story of this dystopian movie is set in 2053. With the ozone layer almost destroyed by a science experiments, the earth is ruined and ruled by mutants. The group of eight strangers is united in order to survive attack by mutated creatures and find mythical peaceful place.

Avalon

Avalon is a Japanese/Polish dystopian SF movie directed by Mamoru Oshii from 2001. Story takes place in chaotic cyberpunk city. The only real enjoyment for young population exists in an illegal battle simulation game called Avalon. The game can be fatal, leaving players' brain-dead in the real life. Ash is a young woman and professional Avalon top-level player. She's current quest is to reach the legendary game level "class real".

Equilibrium

Equilibrium is a 2002 SF movie directed by Kurt Wimmer with Christian Bale in lead role. In a dystopian state Libria, a strict regime has eliminated massive nuclear war by forcing people to take drug "Prozium" that eliminate all emotions. John Preston (Christian Bale) is an elite law soldiers who tracks down and eliminate people who resist the rules, "Sense Offenders". One day, Preston accidentally breaks his dose of Prozium and begins to understand the beauty of feeling.

Tank Girl

Tank Girl is a 1995 movie adaptation based on the Tank Girl comic book created by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett. Tank Girl (Lori Petty) and her comrades are the citizens living in the dystopian wasteland, Earth, that doesn't receive a drop of water from the rain anymore. Her group is lead resistance against mighty “Water & Power”, a powerful force that controls the remaining water on planet led by Kesslee (Malcolm McDowell).

A Boy and His Dog

A Boy and His Dog is a 1975 dystopian SF movie adaptation based on the Harlan Ellison novella. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex, and they stumble into an underground society where the old society is preserved.

Battle Royale

A random class of 42 ninth-grade students in dystopian Japan is selected by a fascist government lottery. They were taken to a deserted island and forced to fight each other to the death, a game created by the Battle Royale Act. students must battle and kill each other until only one survive.

1984 - Movie

1984 is the first movie adaptation of the book Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It is atmospheric version concerning two citizens of the New World Order involved in illicit, illegal love in society controlled by "Big Brother" between. Movie follows novel quite closely.

Edmund O'Brien, who also played in 1954 TV adaptation, turned in a great performance as Winston Smith. Like in many old dystopian adaptations, fact that the movie is in black and white makes a very visual impression.

Mad Max

This dystopian story is set in apocalyptic Australia. The police unit called the Main Force Patrol (MFP) is battling violent bikers who have constantly terrorizing the innocent people and turned all highways into a battleground. Main protagonist is policeman Max Rockatansky who seeks bloody revenge after his family is killed by bikers.

Mad Max 2

Apocalyptic Australia is now in even worse state, destroyed in nuclear war. A former police officer Max is now a lone wanderer. Traveling through a dystopian wastelands he find himself in a position of rescuer as he lends his aid and protection to a small group of fortified survivors who are losing their struggle to protect an oil refinery under siege by a gang of marauders.

Mad Max 2

Lone nomad, Max, has all of his possession and supplies looted while traveling through the Australian wastelands. He manages to stumble upon desert town called Bartertown, a trading place for all smugglers and criminals and governed by Aunt Entity. He is hired by the leader of the city to fight in arena called Thunderdome, so he can kill her arch-rival Master Blaster.

Matrix

In the near future, a computer programmer Thomas A. Anderson who lives a secret life as a hacker nicknamed as "Neo". When he is contacted by the enigmatic man called Morpheus, he discovers truth about life on Earth. That real world is nothing but laid waste and controled by advanced artificial intelligence machines.

Minority Report

Minority Report is a movie about dystopian society in the year of 2054 in Washington D.C. in which the technology is not far advanced from todays. Story is about a "Pre-Crime" unit in the police force, which revolves around three psychics, "Pre-Cogs", with special power to see into the future and predict crimes. These visions are projected in a flat screen panel in a room called the temple. Visions are manipulated by detectives. They arrest criminals before the crimes are committed. Main protagonist, "Pre-Crime" Chief John Anderton (Tom Cruise) has the tables turned on him when he is accused of a murder in a future. He and must find out what brought it about has to prove his innocence. Minority Report, yet another masterpiece by Steven Spielberg was nominated for Oscar in category Best Sound Editing.

V for Vendetta

Based on the comic book series with the same name, V for Vendetta is a dystopian, futuristic tale set in a totalitarian Britain, which is ruled by a fascist dictator named Sutler. "V for Vendetta" tells the story of a charismatic freedom fighter known as V, who uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressive society. Another main protagonist is a young woman accidentally involved in a life-and-death situation. She was rescued by V from the secret police and became his ally in a fight against the government who promises security and not freedom. V role model was Guy Fawkes, a sort of terrorist of the XVII century, who tried to blow up the houses of Parliament in London. V for Vendetta, a swift and smugly entertaining and controversy portrait of revolution had a very positive critical reception.