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Whether books or film, dystopia remains to be one of the most appreciated and sought-after genres. The film industry, as well as its fans, has found a renewed interest in the dystopian genre in the past decade. Films of this genre often exaggeratedly depict a horrifying yet possible future.

Dystopian Movies on Netflix To Watch
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Here are some dystopian films currently available for your binge-watching on Netflix.

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Best Dystopian Movies To See

Ready Player One

The movie works on the premise of a future world that revolves around a virtual reality software as a means of escapism for its citizens. An avid gamer must give all he’s got to win the game of his life while being hunted by a mega-corporation.

Ready Player One

With stunning visual effects and effective directing, this brilliant story tackles serious themes of identity, poverty, and independence.

This dystopian sci-fi masterpiece from Steven Spielberg is certainly one hell of a ride. On top of the 80s nostalgia, it brings, Ready Player One is a must-see for everyone, not just fans of the dystopian genre.

Genre – Dystopia, Science Fiction

Duration – 2h 19m

Rotten Tomatoes rating 72%

My rating 8/10

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Ready Player One

Divergent

Based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, the movie details a dystopian world wherein people are segregated into five factions based on their deemed personalities.

Divergent

The movie successfully blends hints of romance throughout its action-packed and gripping narrative. Shailene Woodley’s performance is notably praise-worthy. However, its derivative storyline may not be as appealing to avid fans of the genre.

Directed by Neil Burger, Divergent gives a good value for entertainment. It picks up on tested dystopian themes that never disappoint.

Genre – Dystopia, Science Fiction

Duration – 2h 19m

Rotten Tomatoes rating 42%

My rating 7/10

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Divergent

The Hunger Games

In a dystopian North America, Panem must choose two tributes in each of its districts to compete for the annual Hunger Games – a fear-mongering tactic employed by the government. Katniss Everdeen must use all skills at her disposal to win the fight of her life.

The Hunger Games

Being true to its source material, and pillared by laudable performances from its actors, The Hunger Games comes out victorious in the dystopian film genre.

Gary Ross solidifies the Hunger Games film franchise and sets a high standard for future films of the genre. Book fans or otherwise, the film successfully captivates the viewers until the very end, leaving them wanting for more.

Genre – Dystopia, Action

Duration – 2h 23m

Rotten Tomatoes rating 84%

My rating 9.5/10

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The Hunger Games

Bird Box

Bird Box

An unknown, intangible force mysteriously compels people around the world to kill themselves upon seeing it. Blindfolded and without many resources, Malorie has to escape and find a new home for her and her children.

Sandra Bullock’s performance alone is enough reason to go out and see this film. On top of its effective thrills and storytelling, Bird Box is impactful and entertaining.

Susanne Bier creates a solid film that delivers effective scares. This Netflix original is a must-see for Bullock fans and fans of the dystopian, science fiction genres.

Genre – Dystopia, Horror

Duration – 2h 4m

Rotten Tomatoes rating 72%

My rating 7.5/10

The Platform

The film details a vertical prison centre where a platform that distributes food descends down its many floors, with each floor getting lesser than the previous one.

The Platform

Marked by symbolisms and bold portrayal of greed, inequality, and injustice, the film creates a perfect world of dystopia that forces its viewers to interpret and respond to action to its deep message.

The Platform (El Hoyo) is equally effective as a movie as it is a social commentary. This film by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia is a brutal and smart take on capitalism and wealth.

Genre – Dystopia, Horror

Duration – 1h 34m

Rotten Tomatoes rating 83%

My rating 8.5/10

The Truman Show

Truman Burbank’s entire life is the subject of a reality TV show. But he doesn’t know it. Jim Carrey delivers an astounding performance as a salesman whose life is manipulated and televised without his awareness.

The Truman Show

The Truman Show stands out among other films in the dystopian genre. It’s a surprisingly effective blend of comedy and drama that leaves its viewers both entertained and puzzled.

With its well-written dialogues and paranoia-inducing plot, Peter Weir creates a truly inventive film that doesn’t disappoint. Building on a ludicrous idea, the film manages to transform it into an entertaining and remarkable film.

Genre – Dystopia, Comedy

Duration – 2h 19m

Rotten Tomatoes rating 95%

My rating 8.5/10

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The Truman Show

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place

In this thrilling debut from actor John Krasinski, benevolent creatures that hunt through sound shook how civilization survives. A family must survive and live without making any sound.

Dealing with family crisis and survival, the movie is inspired and beautifully crafted. It builds and sustains the suspense all throughout the film.

With over three hours of material to work with, Krasinski certainly utilizes it up to the last minute. A Quiet Place is a modern masterpiece that takes a simple premise into an effective horror-thriller.

Genre – Dystopia, Horror

Duration – 3h 36m

Rotten Tomatoes rating 95%

My rating 9.5/10

12 Monkeys

In post-apocalyptic 2035, prisoner James (played by Bruce Willis) must travel back in time to attempt to prevent a global pandemic that will wipe out most of the world’s population.

12 Monkeys

Both Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt deliver breathtaking performances in this 1995 sci-fi thriller film. With a mind-boggling and one-of-a-kind plot in such a saturated genre, 12 Monkeys is a movie that will transcend time.

Terry Gillam successfully incorporates time travel and apocalyptic elements into one gripping and entertaining film. This movie presents an unrealistic yet believable dystopian world that captivates viewers.

Genre – Dystopia, Science Fiction

Duration – 2h 11m

Rotten Tomatoes rating 90%

My rating 8/10

Final Say

Dystopia is typically an alternate or future world marked by injustice, chaos, violence, and squalor. It’s among viewers’ most favourite genre for its peculiarity, introspection, and non-conformity. Whether you’re on the hunt for a zombie apocalypse, global pandemic, or nuclear aftermath – dystopian movies are your go-to.

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