100 Greatest Dystopias

(NEW March 2018) This is where it all began. Some of these classics are have created tears and laughter for an entire century.  You can see a list of sources used to compile the list here.

 
 
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#1) Blade Runner

(1982 - dir. Ridley Scott)

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#2) Metropolis

(1927 - dir. Fritz Lang)

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#3) Stalker

(1979 - dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

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#4) A Clockwork Orange

(1971 - dir. Stanley Kubrick)

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#5) The Matrix

(1999 - dir. The Wachowskis)

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#6) Children of Men

(2006 - dir. Alfonso Cuarón)

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#7) Minority Report

(2002 - dir. Steven Spielberg)

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#8) Brazil

(1985 - dir. Terry Gilliam)

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#9) Gattaca

(1997 - dir. Andrew Niccol)

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#10) Soylent Green

(1973 - dir. Richard Fleischer)

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#11) THX 1138

(1971 - dir. George Lucas)

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#12) Fahrenheit 451

(1966 - dir. François Truffaut)

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#13) Nineteen Eighty-Four

(1984 - dir. Michael Radford)

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#14) V for Vendetta

(2005 - dir. James McTeigue)

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#15) Akira

(1988 - dir. Katsuhiro Otomo)

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#16) Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

(1981 - dir. George Miller)

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#17) The Trial

(1962 - dir. Orson Welles)

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#18) WALL-E

(2008 - dir. Andrew Stanton)

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#19) La Jetée

(1962 - dir. Chris Marker)

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#20) Dark City

(1998 - dir. Alex Proyas)

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#21) Logan’s Run

(1976 - dir. Michael Anderson)

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#22) A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

(2001 - dir. Steven Spielberg)

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#23) 12 Monkeys

(1995 - dir. Terry Gilliam)

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#24) Idiocracy

(2006 - dir. Mike Judge)

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#25) Snowpiercer

(2013 - dir. Joon-ho Bong)

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#26) They Live

(1988 - dir. John Carpenter)

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#27) Battle Royale

(2000 - dir. Kinji Fukasaku)

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#28) The City of Lost Children

(1995 - dir. Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

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#29) RoboCop

(1987 - dir. Paul Verhoeven)

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#30) Alphaville

(1965 - dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

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#31) The Empire Strikes Back

(1980 - dir. Irwin Kershner)

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#32) Planet of the Apes

(1968 - dir. Franklin J. Schaffner)

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#33) Sleeper

(1973 - dir. Woody Allen)

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#34) Ghost in the Shell

(1995 - dir. Mamoru Oshii)

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#35) The Running Man

(1987 - dir. Paul Michael Glaser)

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#36) The Great Dictator

(1940 - dir. Charles Chaplin)

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#37) Death Race 2000

(1975 - dir. Paul Bartel)

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#38) Total Recall

(1990 - dir. Paul Verhoeven)

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#39) A Scanner Darkly

(2006 - dir. Richard Linklater)

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#40) The Omega Man

(1971 - dir. Boris Sagal

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#41) Demolition Man

(1993 - dir. Marco Brambilla)

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#42) Rollerball

(1975 - dir. Norman Jewison)

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#43) The Hunger Games

(2012 - dir. Gary Ross)

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#44) Metropolis

(2001 - dir. Rintaro)

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#45) District 9

(2009 - dir. Neil Blomkamp)

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#46) The Lobster

(2015 - dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)

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#47) The Truman Show

(1998 - dir. Peter Weir)

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#48) The Terminator

(1984 - dir. James Cameron)

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#49) The Stepford Wives

(1975 - dir. Bryan Forbes)

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#50) The Handmaid’s Tale

(1990 - dir. Volker Schlöndorff)

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#51) Lord of the Flies

(1963 - dir. Peter Brook)

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#52) Red Dawn

(1984 - dir. John Milius)

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#53) Animal Farm

(1954 - dir. Joy Batchelor and John Halas)

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#54) Heavy Weights

(1995 - dir. Steven Brill)

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#55) Mad Max: Fury Road

(2015 - dir. George Miller)

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#56) Interstellar

(2014 - dir. Christopher Nolan)

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#57) Blade Runner 2049

(2017 - dir. Denis Villeneuve)

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#58) 28 Days Later…

(2002 - dir. Danny Boyle)

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#59) Zootopia

(2016 - dir. Bryron Howard, Rich Moore)

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#60) Serenity

(2005 - dir. Joss Whedon)

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#61) Equilibrium

(2002 - dir. Kurt Wimmer)

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#62) Eraserhead

(1977 - dir. David Lynch)

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#63) Escape from New York

(1981 - dir. John Carpenter)

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#64) Watchmen

(2009 - dir. Zack Snyder)

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#65) Delicatessen

(1991 - dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro)

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#66) Mad Max

(1979 - dir. George Miller)

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#67) Dredd

(2012 - dir. Pete Travis)

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#68) X-Men: Days of Future Past

(2014 - dir. Bryan Singer)

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#69) Starship Troopers

(1997 - dir. Paul Verhoeven)

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#70) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

(2014 - dir. Matt Reeves)

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#71) Cloud Atlas

(2012 - dir. Tom Tykwer, The Wachowskis)

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#72) War for the Planet of the Apes

(2017 - dir. Matt Reeves)

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#73) Isle of Dogs

(2018 - dir. Wes Anderson)

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#74) The Time Machine

(1960 - dir. George Pal)

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#75) Never Let Me Go

(2010 - dir. Mark Romanek)

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#76) I Am Legend

(2007 - dir. Francis Lawrence)

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#77) Fantastic Planet

(1973 - dir. René Laloux)

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#78) Strange Days

(1995 - dir. Kathryn Bigelow)

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#79) Silent Running

(1972 - dir. Douglas Trumbull)

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#80) Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

(1985 - dir. George Miller, George Oglivie)

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#81) Things to Come

(1936 - dir. William Cameron Menzies)

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#82) On the Beach

(1959 - dir. Stanley Kramer)

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#83) The Matrix Reloaded

(2003 - dir. The Wachowskis)

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#84) I, Robot

(2004 - dir. Alex Proyas)

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#85) 28 Weeks Later

(2007 - dir. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo)

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#86) RoboCop 2

(1900 - dir. Irvin Kershner)

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#87) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

(2013 - dir. Francis Lawrence)

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#88) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

(2016 - dir. Gareth Edwards)

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#89) eXinstenZ

(1999 - dir. David Cronenberg)

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#90) Sorry to Bother You

(2018 - dir. Boots Riley)

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#91) Ready Player One

(2018 - dir. Steven Spielberg)

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#92) Gabriel Over the White House

(1933 - dir. Gregory La Cava)

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#93) 1984

(1956 - dir. Thomas Anderson)

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#94) The Prisoner

(1967 - various directors)

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#95) Colossus: The Forbin Project

(1970 - dir. Joseph Sargent)

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#96) Enemy of the State

(1998 - dir. Tony Scott)

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#97) Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

(2000 - dir. Yoshiaki Kawajiri)

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#98) Eyeborgs

(2009 - dir. Richard Clabaugh)

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#99) Oblivion

(2013 - dir. Joseph Kosinski)

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#100) Vampire Hunter D

(1985 - dir. Toyoo Ashida)


LIST NOTES:

Films from Each Decade:
1920s: 1
1930s: 2
1940s: 1
1950s: 3
1960s: 8
1970s: 15
1980s: 14
1990s: 17
2000s: 20
2010s: 19

Oldest Film: 1927, Metropolis
Newest Film: 2018, Sorry to Bother You

Year with the most represented films:
5, 1995 (12 Monkeys, The City of Lost Children, Ghost in the Shell, Heavy Weights, Strange Days)

Directors with Multiple Films Listed:
4, George Miller (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max: Fury Road, Mad Max, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome)
3, Steven Spielberg (Minority Report, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Ready Player One)
3, Paul Verhoeven (RoboCop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers)
3, The Wachowskis (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas, The Matrix Reloaded)
2, Michael Anderson (Logan’s Run, 1984)
2, John Carpenter (They Live, Escape from New York)
2, Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys)
2, Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back, RoboCop 2)
2, Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
2, Alex Proyas (Dark City, I, Robot)
2, Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes)