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Paste Magazine's 50 Best Dystopian Movies of All Time

"Not to be confused with post-apocalyptic films (though the two may overlap), dystopian films deal with a decidedly human threat from those in control. Dystopian societies are marked by mass suffering and great injustice, and we don't always have to look for fiction to see examples. For our purposes here, we've focused on earth, eliminating films where the threat is from another planet. We've also eliminated post-apocalyptic films where society hasn't been rebuilt to the point of a functioning government. That's left a still very wide swath of cinema to consider, from sci-fi looks into the distant future to cautionary tales of a much more recognizable world in our present or even past. This may not be escapism, but as the increasing number of dystopian movies, novels and TV series prove, we remain captivated by stories of societies gone wrong and the struggle of individuals to overcome."
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The Running Man (1987)
The Running Man (1987)
2
Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
3
Never Let Me Go (2010)
Never Let Me Go (2010)
4
Idiocracy (2006)
Idiocracy (2006)
5
Punishment Park (1971)
Punishment Park (1971)
6
Snowpiercer (2013)
Snowpiercer (2013)
7
Alphaville (1965)
Alphaville (1965)
8
Equilibrium (2002)
Equilibrium (2002)
9
Sleeper (1973)
Sleeper (1973)
10
Moon (2009)
Moon (2009)
11
Escape From New York (1981)
Escape From New York (1981)
12
Silent Running (1972)
Silent Running (1972)
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13
Strange Days (1995)
Strange Days (1995)
14
Dark City (1998)
Dark City (1998)
15
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
16
Isle of Dogs (2018)
Isle of Dogs (2018)
17
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
18
District 9 (2009)
District 9 (2009)
19
The Truman Show (1998)
The Truman Show (1998)
20
Dredd (2012)
Dredd (2012)
21
Okja (2017)
Okja (2017)
22
Gattaca (1997)
Gattaca (1997)
23
THX 1138 (1971)
THX 1138 (1971)
24
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
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25
Logan's Run (1976)
Logan's Run (1976)
26
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
27
Minority Report (2002)
Minority Report (2002)
28
Videodrome (1983)
Videodrome (1983)
29
Soylent Green (1973)
Soylent Green (1973)
30
The Lego Movie (2014)
The Lego Movie (2014)
31
The City of Lost Children (1995)
The City of Lost Children (1995)
32
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
33
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
34
World on a Wire (1973)
World on a Wire (1973)
35
Seconds (1966)
Seconds (1966)
36
Battle Royale (2000)
Battle Royale (2000)
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37
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
38
The Lobster (2015)
The Lobster (2015)
39
Total Recall (1990)
Total Recall (1990)
40
The Trial (1962)
The Trial (1962)
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