Dystopian Movies.org

Here at DystopianMovies.org we celebrate an enduring and much loved genre. Dystopian movies are filled with political intrigue, satire, social commentary, apocalyptic portents, scary futuristic technology, uber-villains and eclectic heroes. What’s not to love?!

These are films to make you think; films with agendas, subtexts, ideals, dangerous philosophies, propaganda; films that challenge the traditional views on how the world works, that question where society is going and how it will get there; films designed to provoke a reaction, to make you question your values, to make you question their values. If this is what you’re looking for, you may find something here that will be ideal for your next film night.

dys·to·pi·a (noun):

  1. An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.
  2. A work describing such a place or state.


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The Dark Knight Rises - 2012 - Christopher Nolan

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises completes Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It is set in the extremely messed-up city of Gotham, which is clearly modelled on the less fictional, but equally messed-up, New York.

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Gattaca - 1997 - Andrew Niccol


Gattaca is a future dystopia in which everyone is strictly controlled according to their genetic profile. Only those with superior genes can fulfill superior roles in society. Vincent Freeman, a genetic misfit, attempts to trick the system in order to acccess the life he is forbidden from having.

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Metropolis - 1927 - Fritz Lang


Metropolis is the classic silent-movie industrial dystopia from 1927. It portrays a futuristic city comprising a two-tier society of haves and have-nots who are kept unaware of each other’s existence.

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A Clockwork Orange - Stanley Kubrick - 1971

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