Some of the best films depict a bleak future. Lucky for movie-goers, this type of dystopian despair has led to some of the best action movies of all time. The top dystopian action movies feature characters not only fighting for themselves, but also fighting for the future of mankind. This is a list of dystopian action films featuring everything from The Hunger Games to The Running Man to Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
What movies will you find on this list of the best post-apocalyptic action films? Maybe you'll vote The Matrix has to the top. This modern classic by the Wachowskis makes audiences rethink their very existence while watching Neo learn the truth, fight the machines, and discover that he is “The One.” Mad Max: Fury Road is another exciting dystopian action movie. Hope is all but lost when a pregnant woman joins a group of rebel refugees to save her unborn child and the species at large in Children of Men. Other good post-apocalyptic action movies include District 9, Demolition Man, and Snowpiercer.
Which thriller dystopian movie is your favorite? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any good movies that are missing.
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Directed by: Andrew Niccol
2070, Dayton, Ohio. Humanity stop aging on at 25 years old, all people then develop a green glowing digital clock on their forearm with a year to spend, and everything cost time, litteraly. Food, bus etc... Gathered in areas with tolls more and more expensive, most of people live with less than day to spend. A billionnaire give the hero more than a hundreth of years before suicide after reveling that there's enough time for all to live. So he decides to play Robin Hood and to give back the time to people.
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