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."
avg. score: 18 of 50 (37%)
required scores: 1, 9, 15, 20, 26