40 Best Dystopian Movies of All Time You Should Watch

Here’s out top pick for the top 40 dystopian movies of all time. The word “dystopia” actually means “an imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives.” These movies follow stories beyond the time when society has gone past the normal order we are used to.

1984 (1984)

Directed by: Michael Radford

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Akira (1988)

Directed by: Katsuhiro Otomo

Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez


Directed by: Hugo Lilja, Pella Kågerman

Blade Runner (1982) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Directed by: Luke Scott, Shinichirō Watanabe, Denis Villeneuve, Ridley Scott

Brazil (1985)

Cargo (2017)

Children of Men (2016)

Daybreakers (2009)

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

District 9 (2009)

Dredd (2012)

Elysium (2013)

Escape from New York (1981)

Director: John Carpenter


Hotel Artemis


Infinity Chamber

Land of the Dead


Minority Report


Never Let Me Go

Ready Player One

Repo Men

See also

Director: Miguel Sapochnik


Robot Jox


Starship Troopers


Director: Jonathan Mostow

The Island

The Lobster

The Platform (2019)

The Running Man

THX 1138

Time to Hunt

Total Recall

V for Vendetta

What Happened to Monday?

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