The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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List Criteria: Films about what happens when society & civilization crumble, or the possible future that awaits us...

The best dystopian and near future movies are the films that make us a little more thankful for the Starbucks line every morning. These futuristic movies include some of the best alien movies, the best doomsday movies, and the greatest disaster movies of all time as they would play out after the rebuilding (or complete destruction) of society.

These near-future and dystopian films are all images of what the world would look like after a nuclear war, alien invasion, natural disaster, or some other earth-shattering uprising. From science-fiction films like Twelve Monkeys and Blade Runner, to action films like Mad Max and Children of Men, to revenge movies like V for Vendetta and The Hunger Games, this list of the best dystopian and near-future films gives us a glance into the best movies of the worst to come for the future of humanity.

What is the best film about a dystopian future? What movie best tells the story of a disastrous reality set in the near future? What is the greatest movie about the end of the world as we know it? Don't see your favorite end of days film on the list of the greatest near-future and dystopian movies? Make sure to add it so other fans can see your idea of what the best end of the world film really is.
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    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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    12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

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    The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

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    Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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    Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

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    Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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    The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

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    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

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    Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Logan's Run Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter

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    Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Escape from New York Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine

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    Brazil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

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    Gattaca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Gattaca Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke

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    District 9 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

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    Soylent Green is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Soylent Green Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten

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    Serenity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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    The Book of Eli is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    The Book of Eli Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

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    Dark City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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    The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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    I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    I, Robot Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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    Demolition Man is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Demolition Man Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black

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    Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

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    The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    The Running Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

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    Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Metropolis Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos

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    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou

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    Looper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    Looper Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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    The Island is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    The Island Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Steve Buscemi

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    Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Battle Royale Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

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    Strange Days is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Strange Days Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis

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    Idiocracy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    Idiocracy Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Scarface

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    Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    Nineteen Eighty-Four John Hurt, Annie Lennox, Richard Burton

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    Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    Waterworld Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

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    Daybreakers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies


    Daybreakers Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

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    Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    Equilibrium Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs

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    The Postman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    The Postman Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson

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    Elysium is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    Elysium Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga

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    Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman

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    Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies

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    Fahrenheit 451 Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Oskar Werner

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