Distopy and fictitional dictatorships (some great movies, others not good but at least watchable ones, all of them ranked, followed by nice TV series episodes)by guisreis | created - 30 Aug 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
See also my list about real world dictatorships.
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5. The Great Dictator (1940)
Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.
6. WALL·E (2008)
G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
Votes: 934,009 | Gross: $223.81M
7. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
8. Cloud Atlas (2012)
R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.
Votes: 331,570 | Gross: $27.11M
Dystopic future Korea (2144) and post-apocalypctic Hawaii (2321).
6 min | Short, Comedy, Sci-Fi
United States have elected a racist and xenophobic man as a president and he uses high technology to expel Latin immigrants to the other side of the wall built on the border. How may Latins resist?
10. Interstellar (2014)
PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.
Votes: 1,353,310 | Gross: $188.02M
11. Her (2013)
R | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.
Votes: 489,486 | Gross: $25.57M
In some way, it may be considered as a distopic society, as the operational systems are changing their position there.
12. Visioneers (2008)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
When people begin exploding from stress, George Washington Winsterhammerman tries to ignore the epidemic and live his usual life, but then he suffers his first symptom.
A distopy not far away from our present reality.
13. Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury (2013)
74 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
Revolves around the love between an immortal hero and Janaína, the woman he has been in love with for 600 years, through Brazil's colonization, slavery, military regime and the future, in 2096, in the midst of wars for water.
25% of the movie takes place in a distopic future in Rio de Janeiro, year 2096.
15. Metropolis (1927)
Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.
Votes: 148,866 | Gross: $1.24M
16. V for Vendetta (2005)
R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.
Votes: 973,078 | Gross: $70.51M
Black Mirror (2011– )
TV-MA | 63 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A woman desperate to boost her social media score hits the jackpot when she's invited to a swanky wedding, but the trip doesn't go as planned.
18. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 646,989 | Gross: $32.87M
19. The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
G | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
An unusually brave mouse helps to restore happiness to a forlorn kingdom after making friends with a gentleman rat.
Votes: 34,508 | Gross: $50.88M
Both Mouseland and Ratland (and perhaps also the kingdom) are distopies.
20. Elysium (I) (2013)
R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth. A man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
Votes: 402,795 | Gross: $93.05M
The future of capitalism.
21. 12 Monkeys (1995)
R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
Votes: 548,914 | Gross: $57.14M
Most of the story does not happen in the futuristic distopic society, but it exists: everybody live underground because of a virus which killed almost all the human beings. Though, science has been developed a lot!
22. Antz (1998)
PG | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves.
Votes: 141,092 | Gross: $90.76M
23. Minority Report (2002)
PG-13 | 145 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.
Votes: 479,643 | Gross: $132.07M
24. Silent Running (1972)
G | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.
25. Planet of the Apes (1968)
G | 112 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.
Votes: 158,363 | Gross: $33.40M
26. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
Votes: 278,970 | Gross: $78.62M
27. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
Votes: 585,361 | Gross: $424.67M
29. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.
Votes: 245,398 | Gross: $213.77M
30. Assassination Nation (2018)
R | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
After a malicious data hack exposes the secrets of the perpetually American town of Salem, chaos descents and four girls must fight to survive, while coping with the hack themselves.
Votes: 11,556 | Gross: $1.96M
Situations got so chaotic that I think we can consider it as a distopy, but as a very close one, for sure.
31. Bacurau (2019)
131 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
After the death of her grandmother, Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find a succession of sinister events that mobilizes all of its residents.
32. Children of Men (2006)
R | 109 min | Drama, Thriller
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Votes: 438,002 | Gross: $35.55M
33. District 9 (2009)
R | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Violence ensues after an extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth finds a kindred spirit in a government agent exposed to their biotechnology.
Votes: 614,291 | Gross: $115.65M
It is a distopy, off course, but very similar to real world.
34. D'ombres et d'ailes (2015)
13 min | Animation, Short, Drama
Amid a population of "birdmen", Moann is shamed when her wings disappear and a strange cracking sets in beneath her feet. In a society where all that matters is the size of one's wings and ... See full summary »
Amazing Swiss animated short film.
Black Mirror (2011– )
Men Against Fire
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Future soldiers Stripe and Raiman must protect frightened villagers from an infestation of vicious feral mutants.
37. The Hunger Games (2012)
PG-13 | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.
Votes: 807,503 | Gross: $408.01M
38. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Family
With their warning about Lord Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes') return scoffed at, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Dumbledore (Sir Michael Gambon) are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.
Votes: 467,793 | Gross: $292.00M
39. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
PG-13 | 146 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
As Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) race against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, they uncover the existence of the three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.
Votes: 438,837 | Gross: $295.98M
40. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.
Votes: 388,480 | Gross: $337.14M
41. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Katniss and a team of rebels from District 13 prepare for the final battle that will decide the fate of Panem.
Votes: 261,804 | Gross: $281.72M
42. Tanga (Deu no New York Times?) (1987)
90 min | Comedy
The dictator of a small Caribbean island receives the New York Times daily, sent by a nephew. Through the newspaper, he gets in touch with the world. Guerrilla groups try to neutralize this information system.
43. Tomorrowland (2015)
PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.
Votes: 164,379 | Gross: $93.44M
Black Mirror (2011– )
Fifteen Million Merits
TV-MA | 62 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a world where people's lives consist of riding exercise bikes to gain credits, Bing tries to help a woman get on to a singing competition show.
45. 3% (2016– )
TV-MA | 49 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi