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.
- 1Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz
Directed by: Robert RodriguezAlita: Battle Angel is a 2019 American science fiction action film directed by Robert... more
- 2Vasily Livanov, Vladimir Druzhnikov
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.
- 3Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
Directed by: Robert ZemeckisBack to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Marty... more
- 4William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy
Directed by: Robert Wise
The original Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry, featured a near-utopian future, where science and reason triumphed.
- 5Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis
Directed by: Luc BessonThe Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction action film directed and... more
- 6Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf
Directed by: Alex ProyasI, Robot is a 2004 American dystopian science fiction action film directed by Alex Proyas. The... more
- 7Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken
Directed by: Frank CoraciClick is a 2006 American science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Frank Coraci, written... more
- 8Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise
Directed by: Steven SpielbergMinority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction mystery-thriller film directed by... more
- 9Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch
Directed by: J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness is a 2013 American science fiction action film. It is the twelfth... more
A Soviet science fiction film directed by Richard Viktorov and written by Kir Bulychov. The future Earth is shown as an utopian society.
- 11Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Directed by: James CameronAvatar is a 2009 American epic science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron, and... more
- 12Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah
Directed by: Ridley ScottBlade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley... more
- 13Tiffany, Mel Blanc
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Iwao Takamoto
A 1960s animated franchise with a comical yet positive portrayal of future.
- 14Uma Thurman, Jude Law
Directed by: Andrew NiccolGattaca is a 1997 American science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. It... more
Valerian and the City of a Thousand PlanetsDane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne
Directed by: Luc Besson
A film by Luc Besson based on French sci-fi comics by Mezieres and Christin shows quite a positive future.
- 16Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried
Directed by: Andrew NiccolIn Time is a 2011 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed,... more
- 17Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce
Directed by: Simon WellsThe Time Machine is a 2002 American science fiction film loosely adapted from the 1895 novel... more
- 18George Clooney, Hugh Laurie
Directed by: Brad BirdTomorrowland is a 2015 American science-fiction mystery adventure film directed by Brad Bird.... more
- 19Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis
Directed by: Fred M. WilcoxForbidden Planet is a 1956 American science fiction film from MGM, produced by Nicholas... more
- 20Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
Directed by: Christopher NolanInception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by... more
Despite its many flaws, Futurama's 3000 AD is a nice place to live in. It's basically XXI century plus more cool technology.
- 22Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges
Directed by: Joseph KosinskiTron: Legacy is a 2010 American science fiction film produced and released by Walt Disney... more
- 23Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman
Directed by: Andrew StantonWALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar... more
- 24Matt Damon, Jodie Foster
Directed by: Neill BlomkampElysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed,... more
- 25Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde
Directed by: Spike JonzeHer is a 2013 American romantic science fiction comedy-drama film written, directed, and... more