Top 50 Dystopian Movies of All Time

From Snarkerati:

We thought it would be interesting if we could coagulate the most commonly cited dystopian movies and rank them not to preference, but to an average score made up of both Rotten Tomatoes (RT) and IMDB ratings.

As you all will probably know, the Internet Movie Database allows movie fans and registered users to rate each movie from 1 to 10 and the final score is said to reflect the general audience’s view of the movie. In contrast, Rotten Tomatoes rates their movies by collecting and tabulating the reviews given by professional film critics.

We’ve taken both ratings, added them together and found an average score for each film. Each of the films are then ranked according to this average score. We’ve also included links to the IMDB and RT profile for each movie so you can learn more about the movie.


  1. The uncredited opening picture is from Bioshock. Great game.

    Also Gore Verbinski is doing a movie adaptation! I wonder how much it will suck.

  2. Bioshock really isn’t made to be a movie. It’s a perfect game world.

    ….and I may get slaughtered for this, but I thought Bioshock was tremendously overrated. The art design was stupendous, but the replay value is virtually nil.

  3. wow, great post… there’s about 8 movies i need to watch browsing through the list i haven’t seen… couple exceptions,, Starship Troopers? seriously? horrible movie and complete swerve from the novel. Serenity at #15 is a little bit of a stretch.

    (i would love to see someone adventurous make some of the other Heinlein novels into a movie at some point if they wouldn’t sell out, but i don’t know i can see it happening)

  4. Yes…I’d like to see an adaptation of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

    If it could be done today without a major watering-down of, like, everything about it. Which it couldn’t. But still…

  5. i was thinking a Terry Gilliam-esque view of I Fear No Evil would be a really interesting art house kind of film. Friday and Stranger seem like they would fit in a movie without complete butchery of the storyline… but some of his novels would never see the light of day in a theater sadly enough (well, not near future at least).

  6. Again, thanks for posting this!

    Now, if you could manage to post another list (top 50? top 100???) dystopian novels. You’d be my dystopian hero forever (for whatever that’s worth) 😉

    I don’t know why, but dystopias always have fascinated me so much more than utopias. Maybe they are closer to my perception of reality.

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