The Best Dystopian Teen Movies Like 'The Giver'

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Looking for the best movies like The Giver? From Hollywood classics to new films, this list of movies similar to The Giver feature dark dystopias where the kids tend to be the heroes. Equals and The Maze Runner are great examples of movies that fans of The Giver love because they both have heroic teen characters that are fighting for a better future. These teen science fiction films also showcase awesome special effects. But which of these recommendations is the best next-watch for fans of The Giver?

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  • Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), a teenager, arrives in a glade at the center of a giant labyrinth. Like the other youths dumped there before him, he has no memory of his previous life. Thomas quickly becomes part of the group and soon after demonstrates a unique perspective that scores him a promotion to Runner status -- those who patrol the always-changing maze to find an escape route. Together with Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), the only female, Thomas tries to convince his cohorts that he knows a way out.
    • Actors: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Lee Ki-hong
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Wes Ball

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  • When hostile aliens called the Formics attack Earth, only the legendary heroics of Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley) manage to attain a victory. To prepare for the next attack, Col. Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and his cohorts initiate a military program to find the next Mazer. Recruit Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) exhibits an unusual gift for the training, easily mastering all of the challenges thrown at him. Mazer Rackham, himself, takes Ender as a protege to prepare him for the oncoming war.
    • Actors: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Gavin Hood

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  • Equals
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    Equals is a 2015 American science-fiction romantic drama film directed by Drake Doremus. It stars Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart as two people diagnosed with a disease that restores their ability of compassion and emotion in a dystopian world where emotions do not exist.
    • Actors: Nicholas Hoult, Kristen Stewart, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Drake Doremus
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    1984 is a 1956 film, based freely on the novel of the same name by George Orwell, depicting a totalitarian future society. This is the first cinema rendition of the story, directed by Michael Anderson, and featuring Edmond O'Brien as protagonist Winston Smith. Also featured are Donald Pleasence, Jan Sterling, and Michael Redgrave. Pleasence also appeared in the 1954 television version of the novel, playing the character of Syme, which for the movie was amalgamated with that of Parsons. The character O'Brien, the antagonist, was renamed "O'Connor", since the name of the main actor was Edmond O'Brien. After the customary distributor agreement expired, the movie was withdrawn from theatrical ...more
    • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Michael Redgrave, Edmond O'Brien, Jan Sterling
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Michael Anderson