Total Nerd The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies  

Originally by
59k votes 4.1k voters 237k views 150 items Follow Embed

List Rules 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.
list ordered by

1
+ - 1,353 383
Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Blade Runner Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

The Best Space Movies The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

2
+ - 1,027 411
Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

3
+ - 1,350 407
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

4
+ - 918 454
A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

5
+ - 1,155 423
V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
V for Vendetta Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

6
+ - 969 374
12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

7
+ - 926 160
The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

8
+ - 869 313
Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Total Recall Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

9
+ - 860 402
Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

10
+ - 829 266
Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

11
+ - 709 302
Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

12
+ - 731 382
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

13
+ - 989 262
The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
The Fifth Element Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

14
+ - 550 312
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

15
+ - 632 241
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

The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies of All Time Stars Who Passed on Iconic Hollywood Roles

16
+ - 678 301
Gattaca is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Gattaca Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke

17
+ - 524 259
Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Logan's Run Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter

18
+ - 534 98
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

19
+ - 801 354
District 9 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
District 9 Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

20
+ - 472 241
Soylent Green is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Soylent Green Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten

21
+ - 669 262
Serenity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

22
+ - 744 392
I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

23
+ - 671 351
The Book of Eli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
The Book of Eli Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

24
+ - 654 251
WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

25
+ - 387 371
A.I. Artificial Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
A.I. Artificial Intelligence Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law

26
+ - 640 439
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore

27
+ - 342 223
The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

28
+ - 519 238
RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

29
+ - 458 224
Dark City is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George

The Best Alien Invasion Movies How To Annoy Your Bartender

30
+ - 673 194
28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

31
+ - 351 226
Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Metropolis Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos

32
+ - 416 292
Demolition Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Demolition Man Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black

33
+ - 474 276
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
I, Robot Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

34
+ - 460 159
Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

35
+ - 400 252
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou

36
+ - 408 202
The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
The Running Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

37
+ - 527 237
Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Starship Troopers Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

38
+ - 326 296
The Island is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
The Island Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Steve Buscemi

39
+ - 475 212
Idiocracy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Idiocracy Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Scarface

40
+ - 392 287
Looper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Looper Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

41
+ - 287 283
Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Battle Royale Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki

42
+ - 218 265
Strange Days is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Strange Days Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis

43
+ - 395 333
Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Waterworld Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

10 Amazing Real-Life Superhero Gadgets & Powers The Best Movies of 2017, Ranked

44
+ - 329 181
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Nineteen Eighty-Four John Hurt, Annie Lennox, Richard Burton

45
+ - 361 79
Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Mad Max: Fury Road Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tom Hardy

46
+ - 313 282
The Postman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
The Postman Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson

47
+ - 222 257
Daybreakers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Daybreakers Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

48
+ - 460 220
Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Equilibrium Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs

49
+ - 204 130
Akira is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Akira Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda

50
+ - 200 114
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Fahrenheit 451 Julie Christie, Cyril Cusack, Oskar Werner