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Film Versions of the Future You'd Most Want to Really Happen 

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Updated October 2, 2019 2.1k votes 251 voters 6.4k views 30 items

List Rules Vote up the future worlds you most want to live in, not your favorite film on the list.

We as a people tend to see the future extremely pessimistically. 'Dystopian' is practically synonymous with 'Future' as far as the cinema is concerned. It's so rare to have a positive outlook on the future, most of the movies on this list still tell a story of a world not going so well. But most have at least some redeeming values. Let's hope we make the world a better place than movies seem to think we may.

Below are the movies where the future looks the most ideal, be it advances in technology (hey, the future would be great if we ALL lived on Elysium), robotics (if being lazy wasn't so awful and harmful, bring on the Wall-E future!), or other technologies (who wouldn't want Scarlett Johansson to whisper them sweet nothings like in Her).

This list is ranked by the world you'd most want to live in, not by the quality of the movie itself. Vote up the most ideal universe of the future or vote down the worlds that would be your absolute worst nightmare.

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Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson

Released: 1985

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Alex Gaginsky added William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Wise

The original Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry, featured a near-utopian future, where science and reason triumphed.

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Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Film Versions of the Future You'd Most Want to Really Happen
underdoglover added Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Alita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert Rodriguez, based on the manga by Yukito Kishiro. After being revived by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), ...more

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Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman

Released: 1997

Directed by: Luc Besson

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Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alex Proyas

I, Robot is a 2004 American dystopian science fiction action film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman, and is inspired by Isaac Asimov's ...more

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Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Alex Gaginsky added Tiffany, Mel Blanc, Brad Garrett

Released: 1990

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Iwao Takamoto

A 1960s animated franchise with a comical yet positive portrayal of future.

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Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve

Released: 2013

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

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Alex Gaginsky added Vasily Livanov, Vladimir Druzhnikov, Rina Zelyonaya

Directed by: Roman Abelevich Kachanov

A Soviet Russian science fiction animated film based on Alisa Selezneova books by Kir Bulychov. The movie features a bright and colorful portrayal of the future.

The Mystery of the Third Planet, aka The Secret of the Third Planet is a 1981 Soviet traditionally animated feature film directed by Roman Kachanov and produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in ...more
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Valerian and the City of... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Film Versions of the Future You'd Most Want to Really Happen
Alex Gaginsky added Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen

Directed by: Luc Besson

A film by Luc Besson based on French sci-fi comics by Mezieres and Christin shows quite a positive future.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Valérian et la Cité des mille planètes in French) is a 2017 French science fiction action film produced, written and directed by ...more

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kotbayun added George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw

Released: 2015

Directed by: Brad Bird

Tomorrowland is a 2015 American science-fiction mystery adventure film directed by Brad Bird. A disillusioned genius inventor (George Clooney) and a teenage science enthusiast (Britt Robertson) ...more
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Alex Gaginsky added Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon

Released: 1956

Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox

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Alex Gaginsky added Alain Cuny, Yves Brainville, Sady Rebbot

Released: 1982

Directed by: René Laloux, Tibor Hernádi

Les Maîtres du temps is a 1982 Franco-Hungarian animated science fiction feature film directed by René Laloux and designed by Mœbius. It is based on the 1958 science fiction novel ...more
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Despite its many flaws, Futurama's 3000 AD is a nice place to live in. It's basically XXI century plus more cool technology.

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Alex Gaginsky added

Released: 1981

Directed by: Richard Viktorov

A Soviet science fiction film directed by Richard Viktorov and written by Kir Bulychov. The future Earth is shown as an utopian society.

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Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Released: 2009

Directed by: James Cameron

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Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce, Sienna Guillory

Released: 2002

Directed by: Simon Wells

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Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken, David Hasselhoff

Released: 2006

Directed by: Frank Coraci

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Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke

Released: 1997

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Cillian Murphy

Released: 2010

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

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Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde, Amy Adams

Released: 2013

Directed by: Spike Jonze

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Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake

Released: 2011

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

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