Top 50 Dystopian Films of All Time

So I was talking to the guy who helps run this site about a paper I’m writing for Film History. My paper is going to be a comparison of two films you might not expect: Battleship Potemkin, Eisenstein’s most worshiped depiction of Soviet Montage, and V for Vendetta, a controversial comic book adaptation by the team that brought you one of those top Dystopian films, The Matrix.

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For simplicity’s sake, I’ll just skip to the good stuff and put in the top 10, but you can go to the website, .

Children of Men

    10. Delicatessen (1991)
    9. Minority Report (2002)
    8. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
    7. The Matrix (1999)
    6. Children of Men (2006)
    5. Blade Runner (1982)
    4. Wings of Desire (1987)
    3. Brazil (1985)
    2. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    1. Metropolis (1927)


A futuristic look at the schism created in mankind as industrialization and technological advancement serves to alienate the humans from one another. People are divided into two groups: the thinkers–who make plans, yet don’t know how to operate machinery, and the workers–who forward production without having any overview vision. Completely separate, neither group is complete; however, together they make a whole. When one man, a “thinker,” dares to journey to the underground, where the workers ’slave away,’ he’s surprised at what he sees. (Directed by Fritz Lang)

Here’s their take on their number 1 choice, the silent film classic, Metropolis