Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Movies

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I'm trying to build a comprehensive list of both Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic (either one or both together) books and movies, because this is without question my favorite genre. Can you give me some recommendations?

Caenis (Caenis), Friday, 15 April 2005 20:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Post apocalyptic :
Mad Max Trilogy
A Boy And His Dog
La Dernier Combat
The Postman
Day Of the Jugger
On The Beach
The Quiet Earth
Omega Man
Time Of The Wolf

David N (David N.), Friday, 15 April 2005 23:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Day of the Dead and, to a lesser extent, Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later. Perhaps the miniseries of "The Stand".

Gear! (can Jung shill it, Mu?) (Gear!), Friday, 15 April 2005 23:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


joseph (joseph), Saturday, 16 April 2005 01:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Birds
Glen and Randa

herbert hebert (herbert hebert), Saturday, 16 April 2005 05:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

La Jetée

Ken L (Ken L), Saturday, 16 April 2005 10:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

12 Monkeys (La Jetee kind of points that out)
Is Solarbabies post apoc?
Larry Clark's Teenage Caveman
Sacafice is kind of a pre-apoc film.
so its close.

hope this is some help.

timothy, Saturday, 16 April 2005 12:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

A.I. is one of, if not the, best.

ryan (ryan), Saturday, 16 April 2005 14:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yay Teenage Caveman!

The Sensational Sulk (sexyDancer), Saturday, 16 April 2005 21:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Tsai Ming-Liang's "The Hole".

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Sunday, 17 April 2005 20:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Alien Series (Alien Resurrection especially dystopian IMO)
Escape From New York
Logan's Run
Planet of The Apes
Day of The Triffids

Bill A (Bill A), Monday, 18 April 2005 11:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Things to Come
Soylent Green
Miracle Mile

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 18 April 2005 17:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've always loved Miracle Mile. The scene in the film when Anthony Edwards is pushing a sleeping Mare Winningham in a shopping cart at top speed through the empty L.A. streets as night approaches dawn is short but memorable. But also memorable is the entire film's loopy energy and its pessimistic romantic urgency.

herber hebert (herbert hebert), Monday, 18 April 2005 22:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Night of the Comet

Zebra, Alpha Go! (cprek), Tuesday, 19 April 2005 12:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Café Flesh
Cherry 2000

Chris F. (servoret), Tuesday, 19 April 2005 16:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Handmaid's Tale

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 19 April 2005 16:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, and how did I forget... Robot Monster!

Chris F. (servoret), Tuesday, 19 April 2005 21:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Fist Of The North Star
Barb Wire

Philip Alderman (Phil A), Wednesday, 20 April 2005 09:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It looks like someone's already formed an online list of dystopias.

Death Race 2000
The Running Man
Deathrow Gameshow
Angel's Egg
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Chris F. (servoret), Wednesday, 20 April 2005 14:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Brazil, of course.
The Bed-Sitting Room, which I keep intending to see again after many years.

Max N. (maxn), Wednesday, 20 April 2005 14:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Some fantastic recommendations here. A few I have seen, and many I have never even heard of. I have a question about 28 Days Later, though. I am interested in watching this movie, because of the post-apoc nature, but I have heard that it is also really scary. I can't stomach really scary movies. I just get completely freaked out (usually after the fact). Is this really that scary?

Caenis (Caenis), Wednesday, 20 April 2005 19:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It has a number of "jump" moments here and there, but I wouldn't consider it to be particularly terrifying overall. And the handful of moments are fairly well-telegraphed.

Gear! (can Jung shill it, Mu?) (Gear!), Wednesday, 20 April 2005 22:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ahh, I've thought of another one: Eraserhead! It's not explicitely stated, but there's definitely a post-disaster vibe going on. Mary's dad's dialogue early on in the film supports this: "I've watched this neighborhood change from pastures to the hell-hole it is now!" Perhaps Henry's hideously deformed offspring is a result of radioactive fallout? I'm just sayin'.

Another vaguely interesting point to consider is that there are no vehicles in the entire film(with the exception of the train noises heard on the soundtrack, assuming they are supposed to be trains).

Philip Alderman (Phil A), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 18:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Panic in the Year Zero


Fahrenheit 451

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 27 April 2005 18:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Also posted on the library thread:


Tomes and Talismans! "Mississippi Public Broadcasting's post-apocalyptic library science educational show from the mid-eighties. Learn all about the Dewey decimal system, card catalogues, and microfiche! And the fate of the Earth, of course."

great & spacious building (Abbbottt), Thursday, 24 February 2011 01:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh man, I had to watch those in junior high. That shit was amazing.

muus lääv? :D muus dut :( (Telephone thing), Friday, 25 February 2011 22:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

Tomes and Talismans

zomg! Also, is there a chillwave band called this yet?

(that synth music is rad - too bad it's not credited)

dimension hatris (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 25 February 2011 23:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...


check out my malady (San Te), Saturday, 26 March 2011 07:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Road? I really liked the novel and I thought the film did about as good a job as could be done. Nobody talks about it or says anything other than "that was depressing" so I feel like I'm in the minority here.

circa1916, Saturday, 26 March 2011 08:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

no I saw that and Time of the Wolf last week, both good

kclu, Sunday, 3 April 2011 03:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

finally watched VIRUS last night and it is amazing. only realized this morning that both the 1 hour 43 min cut i saw last night and the 2 1/2 hour version are on youtube in full:



40oz of tears (Jordan), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 15:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I encoded this and have watched it over 130 times now (estimat).

Zette Sullivan. I cannot remember what happens during the movie, but the last scene looks like the last scene of the matrix 4. the rest of the movie is like a totally memorable blur. i am schizophrenic btw. there is aphoto of helen hunt on the fridge in the second scene, when jack death wakes up in his daughter's body as jo death. neat. helen hunt was in the earlier trancers series. she was also the star of grace under fire lol.

um, if anypone likes dystopian horror, in the context of the trancers series. maybe i can post more on this topic

color definition point of "beyond "color, eg a transient that, Sunday, 10 November 2013 02:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Silent Running may be pretty much a one-man show but the fact that they are trying to preserve the world's environments in that way would suggest something bad had happened on earth. Not seen it in a while so not sure if taht is in fact directly stated.

Stevolende, Sunday, 10 November 2013 12:01 (five years ago) Permalink

don't watch babylon a.d.

scott seward, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 13:53 (five years ago) Permalink

the quiet earth got mentioned upthread & the whole this is on youtube.

good not great 80's NZ post-apocalyptic dystopia


ᶓ͠סּᴥ͠סּᶔ ᶓͼ᷆ₓͼ᷇ᶔ (gr8080), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:43 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

anyone recommend Ray Milland's Panic in Year Zero?

Miracle Mile just out on Bluray.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:13 (three years ago) Permalink

I'd only recommend it if you want to appreciate it for schlocky absurdity and patriotic Americans solving things by punching a lot. I sort of enjoyed it but really didn't think it was in any way a good film.

emil.y, Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:15 (three years ago) Permalink

Frankie Avalon as Ray's son, ho boy

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:33 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"Songs from the Second Floor" and Don Hertzfeldt's "World of Tomorrow", both dystopian/pre-apocalyptic.

Wes Brodicus, Sunday, 19 March 2017 15:51 (two years ago) Permalink

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