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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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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
reknar added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
wiabux added Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

Released: 1997

Directed by: Luc Besson

The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Mostly set in the ...more

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1984

Directed by: James Cameron

The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and the film's producer Gale Anne Hurd. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a ...more

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

Released: 1999

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
clash1977 added Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

Released: 1981

Directed by: George Miller

Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The film is the second installment in the Mad Max film series, with Mel Gibson starring as Max Rockatansky. ...more

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V for Vendetta is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

Released: 2005

Directed by: James McTeigue

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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
alexlips99 added Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Released: 2015

Directed by: George Miller

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more

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Total Recall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

Released: 1990

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

Total Recall is a 1990 American science fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven. In 2084, a construction worker, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger), suddenly finds himself embroiled in ...more

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

Released: 1995

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce ...more

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District 9 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy, Vanessa Haywood

Released: 2009

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp

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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

Released: 1968

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
richerb added Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma ...more

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alfonso CuarĂ³n

Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James's 1992 novel of the same name, was credited to five ...more

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Gattaca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke

Released: 1997

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

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Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Released: 1979

Directed by: George Miller

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Serenity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion

Released: 2005

Directed by: Joss Whedon

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Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Carpenter

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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
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Released: 2007

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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Starship Troopers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards, Amy Smart

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story of the same name by Philip K. Dick. It is set ...more

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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
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Released: 1987

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies
Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

Released: 1971

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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