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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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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George
Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more
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Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter
Logan's Run is a 1976 American science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett and Peter Ustinov. ...more
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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart
Starship Troopers is a 1997 American military science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier. The story follows a young soldier named Johnny Rico and his ...more
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Edge of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Lswood added Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Edge of Tomorrow is a 2014 American military science fiction thriller film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film. The film takes place in a future where Earth is ...more
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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
evilgrin32 added Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons
RoboCop is a 1987 American cyberpunk action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. Set in a crime-ridden Detroit, Michigan, in the near future, RoboCop ...more
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Demolition Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black
Demolition Man is a 1993 American science fiction action film directed by Marco Brambilla in his directorial debut. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. The film was released in ...more
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The Running Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
ChangesDownClub added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura
The Running Man is a 1987 American science fiction action film loosely based on the 1982 novel The Running Man, written by Stephen King and published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. ...more
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Idiocracy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
wiabux added Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Scarface
Idiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, and Terry Crews. The film tells the story of two ...more
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The Book of Eli is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Jabapac added Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman
The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-Western and action film directed by the Hughes brothers, written by Gary Whitta, and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, ...more
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence); having twice survived the ...more
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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris
28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more
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A.I. Artificial Intelligence is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law
A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film written, directed, and produced by Steven Spielberg, and based on Brian Aldiss's short story Super-Toys ...more
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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
bojanthebest added Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, also known as Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome or simply Mad Max 3, is a 1985 Australian post-apocalyptic action adventure film co-directed by George Miller and George ...more
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Akira is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda
Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more
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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville
The Omega Man is a 1971 American science fiction film directed by Boris Sagal and starring Charlton Heston. It was written by John William Corrington and Joyce Corrington, based on the 1954 ...more
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The Road is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
BenjiBrite added Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen
The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall, which is in return based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of ...more
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Elysium is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
PeteBoyle added Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga
Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and co-produced by Neill Blomkamp, and starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga and Sharlto ...more
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Alien is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm
Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set ...more
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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki
Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, the screenplay written by ...more
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Snowpiercer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
duman216 added Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell
Snowpiercer is a 2013 science fiction, drama, action film directed by Bong Joon-ho.
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Looper is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
PeteBoyle added Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Looper is a 2012 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt. In the film, time travel is ...more
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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
ChangesDownClub added Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko
Oblivion is a 2012 action and science fiction film written by Joseph Kosinski and William Monahan and directed by Joseph Kosinski.
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Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs
Equilibrium is a 2002 American dystopian science fiction film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer and starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson, and Taye Diggs. The film follows John Preston, an ...more
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Metropolis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Theodor Loos
Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist epic science fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. The film was written by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou, and starred Brigitte Helm, Gustav ...more
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2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dystopian and Near Future Movies
slaft added Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more