Dystopia is widely imagined as a world or society, typically under the control of a totalitarian government, that is deemed nightmarish and frightening. The sci-fi genre is one that frequently incorporates dystopian elements in order to depict a nightmarish future mostly run by aliens or undesirable, power obsessed creatures or simply to strip down the ugliest facets of the human nature. Cinema has seen a wide variety of genres blending the dystopian elements to craft compelling stories that are thematically ambitious and philosophically powerful. Let’s take a look at top dystopian movies ever made. You can watch some these best dystopian movies on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
15. Time of the Wolf (2003)
‘Time of the Wolf’ is probably Michael Haneke’s weakest film and is nowhere near as powerful and effective as his other works. The film takes place in an unspecified time in France where some kind of a disaster has taken place and there is scarcity of food and water everywhere. A family returns home to find it occupied by strangers who kill the husband. The rest of the film follows the mother and the kids, accompanied by a boy, struggling for survival in a land that bares witness to the ugliest facets of human nature.
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14. Mad Max (1979)
The first installment in the epic dystopian action franchise from Down Under remains a stone cold classic. Directed by George Miller and starring Mel Gibson, the film focuses on a policeman who single-handedly takes on a violent motorcycle gang after killing one of their members. The film widely polarized critics at its release with the renowned Australian social commentator Philip Adams famously trashing the film, calling it a “special favorite of rapists, sadists and child murders.” But over the years, it began to attract a large cult following and has since been revisited and revalued by many critics which lead to the film’s growth in stature as one of the most influential films of the dystopian sci-fi/action genre.