The 14 Best Dystopian Movies Now Streaming


Well, it's the year 2017. Sounds pretty futuristic, doesn't it? And despite the many problems facing the world today, things aren't that bad. I mean, if you look back at old movies, the planet definitely should have been plunged into a dystopian wasteland by now, so I guess it's pretty good that it hasn't. Despite the delayed arrival of the apocalypse though, or perhaps because of it, post-apocalyptic movies are more en vogue than ever, so what better time than the present to brush up on all the best dystopian movies on Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu? After all, if a bleak dystopia does lie in Earth's immediate future, it's probably a good idea to know what to expect when it arrives.

It's always quaint now to look back at a movie from the '80s that depicts the year 2006 or something as a time period when freedom is a distant notion of the past, and I'm sure the dystopian movies of today will end up being proven as equally false when the time comes. But despite its poor batting average, dystopian sci-fi remains a popular genre that shows no signs of slowing down. So take a look at the following list of the 14 best dystopian movies on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, and be thankful that life isn't that bad... yet.

'V For Vendetta'

When most people think of dystopian movies, this is what they think of.

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'Resident Evil: Extinction'

The third installment in the underrated series.

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'The Giver'

Many dystopian films are based on books, and this movie's inspiration is one of the most-beloved of the genre.

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'Judge Dredd'

If the world is put under military rule, I can only hope that Sylvester Stallone is in charge.

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'The Road'

One word sums up this movie: Bleak.

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This 1927 film still seems plausible.

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Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult in a dystopian society? Yes please.

Watch on: Amazon Prime.

'The Lobster'

One of the more inventive takes on dystopia, that's for sure.

Watch on: Amazon Prime and Hulu.

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part One'

By far the most successful franchise of the genre, this is part one of the conclusion.

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part Two'
'Z For Zachariah'

There's no oppressive government here, but having just three people alive on the planet definitely qualifies as dystopian.

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'Escape From L.A.'

The best part about this 1996 film? It takes place in 1998!

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'The Running Man'

This was The Hunger Games way before The Hunger Games was a thing. Also, it takes place this year... dun dun dun.

Watch on: Amazon Prime and Hulu.