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Dystopian Movies Quiz

Based on the dystopian future, name the movie.
Last updated: December 16, 2017
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Year
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Movie
2199
Humans are just batteries living in a computer simulation
The Matrix
3978
Apes run the world and the Statue of Liberty has been torn down
Planet of the Apes
2022
The Earth is hot and overcrowded, and people subsist on mystery green rations
Soylent Green
1984
Double plus good government controls history, language, and all other facets of society
Nineteen Eighty-Four
2054
Future crimes are predicted and prevented
Minority Report
?
Teenager tributes fight to the death to entertain the capital
The Hunger Games
near future
Ultra-violent British street youths are rehabilitated using psychological conditioning
A Clockwork Orange
2805
The world fills up with trash, so people live on a spaceship where
all their needs are served by robots
WALL-E
near future
Clones are raised in isolation to provide backup organs for the wealthy
The Island
2032
Tough cop from the past is unfrozen into a society where swearing
is a crime and everyone is a total wimp
Demolition Man
2505
After 500 years of evolution, everyone on Earth is incredibly stupid
Idiocracy
near future
Believe it or not, Detroit is on the edge of collapse, and needs robotic law enforcement
Robocop
2019
Replicants escape to Earth, and are hunted down in a grim, rainy Los Angeles
Blade Runner
near future
Berserk motorcycle gangs terrorize the Australian outback
Mad Max
2000
Cross-country car racers get points for speed, and also for killing pedestrians
Death Race 2000
2027
Because of infertility, no children have been born for several years
Children of Men
2274
Everything is fun and games until you reach age 30. Then it's game over!
Logan's Run
2500
Water covers most of the world, and some people have evolved webbed feet and gills
Waterworld
?
At a choosing ceremony, teens are placed into one of five factions
(except for the rebellious ones)
Divergent
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level 59
Jul 8, 2012
The Island is actually a copy of an earlier low-budget movie called Parts: The Clonus Horror, which has the exact same plot, but also stars Dick Sergeant and Peter Graves. Fun fact!
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level 75
May 6, 2014
Parts is also an MST3K movie!
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level 73
Mar 22, 2015
First time I took this I only missed Divergent. Now I'm sure I'll never miss it again as I finally finished my

Highest Grossing Films by Genre quiz.

It appears there as the highest grossing Science Fiction/Dystopia film. One of the few on this list that is about a true Dystopia, in the traditional sense. And I've correctly filed Star Wars under fantasy where it belongs, too. Not science fiction. Pretty happy with how it turned out overall.
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level 34
Aug 29, 2016
Star Wars isn't Sci-fi or fantasy really. I think it falls under something called Space Opera if you're being picky. I could be wrong.
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level 73
Jun 18, 2017
Genre is the sort of thing that is not always clearly defined. Films may exist in multiple genres, or genres may overlap, or there could be sub-genres and meta-genres, etc, depending on how you choose to classify things.

If we're using "Space Opera" as a genre, then Star Wars is the most iconic film that would be included in that genre, along with the television shows that inspired it such as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. If we're using the genres of "science fiction" and "fastasy," though, with traditional definitions of each, then Star Wars is definitely fantasy. It's confusing, though, as "Space Opera" is usually described as a sub-genre of Science Fiction, though one that veers toward the fantastical. A simple definition of fantasy is a story that is not based in the real world... throw in some old desert wizards, taverns full of fantastical creatures, warriors with magic swords moving things with their minds without a plausible scientific explanation.. fantasy!
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level 66
Jun 11, 2018
There is totally such a thing as fantasy based in the real world, or at least a version of the real world. Urban fantasy covers a lot of that. Historical fantasy is a thing too - like historical fiction but with fantasy elements such as magic and/or fantastical creatures in it.
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level 73
Jun 11, 2018
Sure. But if you take out the magic and fantastical creatures then it's just historical fiction.
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level 51
Jun 11, 2018
But, for some reason and like no one would notice, Dick Sargent is replaced by Sergeant York about a 3/4ths of the way through the movie.
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level 66
Jul 8, 2012
How did more people not get 1984? THE ANSWER IS IN THE CLUE!
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level 72
Apr 10, 2018
I'm guessing most of them thought it was only a book, not a movie.
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level 66
Jun 11, 2018
I'd also guess that a lot of people are familiar with the title, but other than that only know it for the phrase "Big Brother is watching you." If that was the clue I bet the percentage would be higher. Even so, it's currently at 75% with only five titles scoring higher.
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level 26
Jul 8, 2012
Judge Dredd!
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level 48
Jul 9, 2012
Fun quiz, 15/17. Demolition Man another good one that could be added
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level 73
Dec 12, 2014
LOVED Demolition Man!
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level 62
Aug 14, 2016
YES!
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level ∞
Dec 16, 2017
Added!
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level 45
Jul 9, 2012
Doesn't Never Let Me Go also have a plot involving Clones raised in isolation etc
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level ∞
Jul 12, 2012
It does. That will work now, thanks!
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level 80
Jul 9, 2012
"In Time" is pretty similar to Logan's Run, I guess, minus 4 years or so.
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level 52
Jul 10, 2012
surprised not to see omega man on here I thought for sure with Charlton Heston for a third time or at least I legend.
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level 32
Jul 17, 2012
Interesting quiz.. I expected "A Scanner Darkly" and "THX 1138" to be there, too, but you've got the most important. Mhm, maybe also "The Time-Machine"...
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level 40
Dec 23, 2012
I'd have loved to have seen The Road in this quiz. It's such a brilliant film. You you aint getting more dystopian than that! Mad Max too maybe?!
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level 59
Jun 16, 2016
The Road's more apocalyptic/postapocalyptic, I think. I don't know if there's a difference.
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level 73
Jan 20, 2013
Many of these are not truly "Dystopian." A Dystopian future is one where things on the surface *seem* idyllic but there is something terribly wrong... Logan's Run is a good example. As is Minority Report. Or else it is the failed attempt to achieve utopia, as in 1984. But many of these are really just post-apocalyptic movies (Planet of the Apes, Matrix, etc.) or just straight-up sci-fi like Robocop.
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level ∞
Jan 21, 2013
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dystopia
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level 73
Feb 3, 2013
hm.. ok.. guess some of these kind of fit definition 2 on wikipedia, though I always heard definition 1 used, which matches what I was saying. I think def. 2 is probably just a corruption of the meaning of the word popularized by people who didn't understand definition 1. But... language is dynamic.
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level 59
Jul 5, 2015
There's an interesting article about the difference between an anti-utopia (which is what you're describing) and a dystopia. If I can find it, I'll post it, but the scholar dude basically says that an anti-utopia, like any anti-genre, is a parody of the genre it opposes. An anti-utopia parodies utopian ideals by considerably wonking them up. A dystopia, on the other hand, is what the Wikipedia article states--an undesirable or terrifying community. But it's with or without utopian ideals. Scholar dude also notes that a dystopia is the bad things in an author's community taken to their extreme logical end. Hence dys = bad while anti = against. An anti-utopia is always a dystopia because it includes bad, messed-up communities, but a dystopia is not always an anti-utopia. I hope that wasn't too pedantic. It was probably too pedantic.
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level 73
Jun 18, 2017
but that still goes against the first (and in my opinion better) definition given on the Wikipedia page. A utopian society that has been corrupted. Usually portrayed in fiction as a place where everything seems great (or just in some ways better) at first glance, until the protagonist uncovers what's really going on.
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level 73
Jun 18, 2017
So.. like... in Robocop, for example. The future society depicted in that film was *never* utopian. There was never any corruption of a utopian world. It was always just shitty.
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level 74
Jun 11, 2018
The original Stepford Wives is one that's difficult to place. The male characters thought they created a utopia, while the females who still had their wits about them thought they were living in horror. It always seemed like a dystopian film to me, but it's usually filed under horror. Some might even see it as fantasy-horror if there is such a thing, and then they turned the remake into a comedy. (But I still think the 1975 version would be a good addition here.)
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level 73
Jun 13, 2018
A dystopia can also be a society that is made to be utopian for some people or from a certain point of view but can be dysfunctional or horrifying from an alternate point of view or upon a closer look, so I think the Stepford Wives fits pretty well.
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level 45
Jan 20, 2013
i put "never let me go" in and the "island" popped up as a correct answer. first movie i took my girlfriend to. smart move!
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level 20
Apr 12, 2013
i put battle royale instead of hunger games.
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level 73
Jun 12, 2013
As everyone should.
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level 68
Feb 11, 2014
As there is no exact clue given by the year, it is a shame that only hunger games is accepted.
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level ∞
Feb 12, 2014
I don't believe the word "tributes" is ever said in the movie Battle Royale.
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level 68
Mar 3, 2014
No, they don't have a special name for them, as far as I remember. But they are also tributes, somehow, so the clue works for Battle Royale.
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level ∞
Dec 1, 2014
I added something about the capital too now.
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level 73
Mar 20, 2015
Should have just changed the answer to the superior film.
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level 52
Mar 23, 2015
To be fair, Battle Royale is not a dystopian story. That requires that all of society revolves around a key feature that lacks ethical restraint. I don't really think that the yearly competition seen in the Japanese story can encompass the requirements for "dystopia," given that the rest of society seems pretty normal.
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level 73
Mar 24, 2015
it's no less a dystopian movie than The Hunger Games.
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level 59
Jan 23, 2015
What about Brazil!!!!!!
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level 59
Jun 16, 2016
That's not a movie but I love the concept!
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level 69
Dec 21, 2017
How was it not a movie?
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level 51
Jan 26, 2015
This was a fun quiz. Max Headroom and The Omega Man (or I Am Legend) could have been added.
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level 60
Mar 20, 2015
Omega Man with Charlton Heston
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level 50
Mar 20, 2015
THE planet of the apes doesn't work?
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level ∞
Mar 20, 2015
Fixed
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level 70
Dec 16, 2017
What about just "planet of apes" please?
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level 26
Mar 20, 2015
Well, I guess you can't win them all. Great quiz, I just kept drawing blanks. It's especially frustrating when you've seen the movie but can't think of the name.
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level 74
Mar 20, 2015
I only scored 8, but those were all the movies on the list I'd seen so at least my memory is working.
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level 58
Mar 20, 2015
No AKIRA!??! It may be anime but DAMN - it's the tops!
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level 43
Mar 22, 2015
No Mad Max?
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level 35
Mar 23, 2015
I was shocked by Mad Max missing but understand the dystopian thing....So where is The Handmaid's Tale, based on the book by Margaret Atwood? THAT is a seemingly idyllic world where women are taken into homes to serve as babymakers....something our Congressional would endorse. I never even heard of a couple of these.... It's funny there are so few things that women write or that have female leads, compared to males---even when there are very famous ones among our half of the population, lists are just 10 or 20% female authors, or lead characters in stories.... (I think it's why Hunger Games, Twilight stuff is so huge--there is a high demand for books and movies with female leads or equal participants, but so little is published lor publicized, when people find some they gobble it up, even when it's really poorly written or shallow.)
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level 72
Apr 10, 2018
Has The Handmaid's Tale been made into a movie? I only know the TV series...
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level 57
Mar 23, 2015
I'd never heard of Soylent Green before, but I got the answer nonetheless due to constant Futurama references.
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level 73
Mar 23, 2015
I'd never seen the movie or heard of the plot, either, but saw it referenced all the time on The Daily Show, Simpsons, Futurama etc. I was able to piece together just from those that it was about a food product that someone didn't realize was made of people.

Anyway, after seeing it referenced so many times I decided to check it out, obvious cultural cornerstone that it was. Not a bad little picture. Not great, but interesting premise. Good high-concept classic sci-fi...
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level 52
Mar 23, 2015
I've never seen the movie myself. It's a shame that the plot twist is literally the only thing that most people know about it!
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level 60
May 22, 2015
Edward G Robinson's character's death scene was so tasteful and well filmed, and ironic because it was also his last movie. (I was going to put 'spoiler' in front of my comment but the main plot twist has already been 'spoiled' by previous posters.)
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level 74
Jun 11, 2018
I saw it in a theater when it was first released and I remember how we were all totally freaked out by the ending. (Not as much as we had been freaked out by Deliverance, though. There were some "memorable" movies made in the 1970s.)
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level 27
Aug 14, 2016
There's also Snowpiercer and the Maze Runner movies.
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level 28
Aug 14, 2016
I didn't do very well on the quiz but I love dystopian movies and have found many new movies! Thanks!
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level 63
Aug 29, 2016
God I love Idiocracy.
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level 73
Aug 29, 2016
Unfortunate that it seems to be happening sooner than the film predicted. After looking over the comments shocked that no one has thrown out V for Vendetta.
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level 73
Jun 18, 2017
Oh come on... you really think that we would elect a president who had no real qualifications or good ideas but appeared on a professional wrestling program? That's just a little far-fetched...
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level 58
Jun 7, 2017
I couldn't stop thinking about Repo Men once I read the word "organ".
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level 79
Dec 16, 2017
There's a typo still in "pyschological". The British street gangs one.
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level ∞
Dec 16, 2017
Fixed
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level 65
Jun 11, 2018
Snowpiercer is also a good one to add, just as Elysium
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level 39
Jun 12, 2018
Who doesnt know idiocracy????