Total Nerd The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies  

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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.
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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

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1,036 415
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

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1,367 409
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

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927 458
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

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1,160 432
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

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978 379
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

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940 161
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

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879 315
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

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867 405
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

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Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
clash1977 added Mad Max 2 Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

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718 305
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

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

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556 317
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

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

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534 261
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

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

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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

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482 243
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

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679 267
Serenity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Serenity Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

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753 395
I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
PeteBoyle added I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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678 359
The Book of Eli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Jabapac added The Book of Eli Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

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663 254
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

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393 375
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

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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

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524 242
RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
evilgrin32 added RoboCop Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George

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352 227
Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Metropolis Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos

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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

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478 278
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
wiabux added I, Robot Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

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464 163
Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
richerb added Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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

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413 203
The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
ChangesDownClub added The Running Man Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura

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533 239
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

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330 298
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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
alexlips99 added Mad Max: Fury Road Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tom Hardy

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The Postman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
CurtisE.Droz added The Postman Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson

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

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Akira is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Akira Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda

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Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Equilibrium Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
reknar added Rise of the Planet of the Apes James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow