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Best Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Films

The best films ever made about alternate societies and the individuals who rebel against them.

The Matrix (1999)

Directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski. With Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving. A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

The Island (2005)

Directed by Michael Bay. With Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi. A man goes on the run after he discovers that he is actually a "harvestable being", and is being kept as a source of replacement parts, along with others, in a Utopian facility.

Gattaca (1997)

Directed by Andrew Niccol. With Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal. A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

I, Robot (2004)

Directed by Alex Proyas. With Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Greenwood, Alan Tudyk. In the year 2035 a techno-phobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.

Avatar (2009)

Directed by James Cameron. With Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez. A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

The Golden Compass (2007)

Directed by Chris Weitz. With Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards, Ben Walker. In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

Stardust (2007)

Directed by Matthew Vaughn. With Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Ian McKellen. In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm.

The Hunger Games (2012)

Directed by Gary Ross. With Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci. Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.