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The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies

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List RulesFilms 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 Day
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Mad Max: Fury Road
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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    The Terminator
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    The Fifth Element
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    The Fifth Element

    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    28 Days Later
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    Zombieland
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    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Released2009

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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  • 7
    Mad Max 2
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    Mad Max 2

    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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    Edge of Tomorrow
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    Edge of Tomorrow

    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt

    Released2014

    Directed byDoug Liman

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    RoboCop
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    RoboCop

    Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller

    Released1987

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Total Recall
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    Total Recall

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone

    Released1990

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Alien
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    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    District 9
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    District 9

    Sharlto Copley, Jed Brophy

    Released2009

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

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    Starship Troopers
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    Starship Troopers

    Neil Patrick Harris, Denise Richards

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul Verhoeven

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    Idiocracy
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    Idiocracy

    Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews

    Released2006

    Directed byMike Judge

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    Serenity
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    Serenity

    Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

    Released2005

    Directed byJoss Whedon

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  • 16
    WALL-E
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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    Ex Machina
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    Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander

    Released2015

    Directed byAlex Garland

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    Gattaca
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    Gattaca

    Uma Thurman, Jude Law

    Released1997

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

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    Interstellar
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    Interstellar

    Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2014

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 20
    The Book of Eli
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    The Book of Eli

    Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    Escape from New York
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    Escape from New York

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Planet of the Apes
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    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison

    Released1968

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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    The Running Man
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    The Running Man

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Brown

    Released1987

    Directed byPaul Michael Glaser

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    12 Monkeys
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    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    The Matrix
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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