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

Updated October 2, 2019 2.6k votes 268 voters 6.9k views30 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture
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    Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Wise

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

  • 2
    Back to the Future
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    Back to the Future

    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • 3
    Alita: Battle Angel
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    67

    Alita: Battle Angel

    Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz

    Released2019

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

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  • 4
    The Mystery of the Third Planet
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    68

    The Mystery of the Third Planet

    Vasily Livanov, Vladimir Druzhnikov

    Directed byRoman 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.

  • 5
    The Fifth Element
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    58

    The Fifth Element

    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    Directed byLuc Besson

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  • 6
    I, Robot
    42
    52

    I, Robot

    Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2004

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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  • 7
    Minority Report
    38
    51

    Minority Report

    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • 8
    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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    46

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne

    Directed byLuc Besson

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

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  • 9
    Jetsons: The Movie
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    59

    Jetsons: The Movie

    Tiffany, Mel Blanc

    Released1990

    Directed byWilliam Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Iwao Takamoto

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

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  • 10
    Click
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    Click

    Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken

    Released2006

    Directed byFrank Coraci

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  • 11
    Star Trek Into Darkness
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    57

    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2013

    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

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  • 12
    Per Aspera Ad Astra

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

  • 13
    Tomorrowland
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    Tomorrowland

    George Clooney, Hugh Laurie

    Released2015

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • 14
    Forbidden Planet
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    Forbidden Planet

    Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis

    Released1956

    Directed byFred M. Wilcox

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  • 15
    Futurama

    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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  • 16
    Avatar
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    Avatar

    Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2009

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • 17
    Time Masters
    15
    36

    Time Masters

    Alain Cuny, Yves Brainville

    Released1982

    Directed byRené Laloux, Tibor Hernádi

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  • 18
    Blade Runner
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    65

    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 19
    Gattaca
    24
    55

    Gattaca

    Uma Thurman, Jude Law

    Released1997

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

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  • 20
    The Time Machine
    22
    53

    The Time Machine

    Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce

    Released2002

    Directed bySimon Wells

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  • 21
    In Time
    24
    57

    In Time

    Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2011

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

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  • 22
    Inception
    18
    61

    Inception

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 23
    Tron: Legacy
    14
    63

    Tron: Legacy

    Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges

    Released2010

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

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  • 24
    WALL-E
    16
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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  • 25
    Elysium
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    Elysium

    Matt Damon, Jodie Foster

    Released2013

    Directed byNeill Blomkamp

    Elysium is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed,... more on Wikipedia