Favorite dystopian literature and films – update #3


Dystopian literature is my favorite genre of fiction and dystopian films are one of my top choices in cinema. Below, I have listed my favorite classic (25 years or older) and modern (less 25 years old) dystopian stories. They are followed by my favorite dystopian films. As time goes by, I will update and refresh these lists to represent my rankings at the time and add yet unseen or unread tales to the list.

These books, short stories, and films portray the darker aspects of humanity, whether it be misogyny, racism, fascism, nationalism, theocracy, oligarchy, ethnic cleansing, despair, totalitarianism, nuclear apocalypse, mind control, technological Armageddon, environmental degradation, ravages of war, alien invasion, and a myriad of other dreadful and desperate futures. Far too often one can read and see vivid examples from today represented in these works of art. A primary reason I am fascinated by the genre is the uncanny ability of these authors to highlight our human weaknesses and show us the frightful path our actions could lead us down if left unchecked.
Any suggested additions to my list are welcome, as I always enjoy a well written or produced dystopian story whether it is depicted in print, digitally, or on the big screen.

Favorite classic dystopian books read to date

  1. The Stone Raft (1986) by Jose Saramago
  2. On the Beach (1957) by Nevil Shute
  3. Fahrenheit 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood
  5. We (1921) by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  6. Frost and Fire (1946) a short story by Ray Bradbury
  7. Player Piano (1952) by Kurt Vonnegut – added on 11/2/17
  8. It Cant Happen Here (1935) by Sinclair Lewis
  9. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968) by Philp K. Dick – added on 10/27/17
  10. The Pedestrian (1951) a short story by Ray Bradbury
  11. The Minority Report (1956) – a short story by Philip K. Dick
  12. The City and the Stars (1956) by Sir Arthur Clarke – added on 12/22/17
  13. Harrison Bergeron (1961) – a short story by Kurt Vonnegut
  14. The Iron Heel (1908) by Jack London
  15. The New Utopia (1891) a short story by Jerome K. Jerome
  16. 1984 (1949) by George Orwell
  17. 2BR02B (1962) – a short story by Kurt Vonnegut
  18. Brave New World (1931) by Aldous Huxley
  19. City (1952) by Clifford Simak – added 1/17/19
  20. Examination Day (1958) a short story by Henry Sleaser – added 10/18/17
  21. Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman (1965) – a short story by Harlan Ellison
  22. Billennium (1962) a short story by J. G. Ballard
  23. The Lottery (1948) a short story by Shirley Jackson
  24. The Trial (1914) by Franz Kafka

Favorite modern dystopian literature

  1. Sea of Rust (2017) by C. Robert Cargill – added 11/5/17
  2. Artemis (2017) by Andy Weir – added 3/30/18
  3. The Power (2017) by Naomi Alderman – added 1/11/18
  4. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline – added 12/8/17
  5. The Perfect Match (2012) a short story by Ken Liu
  6. Blindness by Jose Saramago (1995) – added 10/19/18
  7. American Exodus (2018) by JK Franks – added on 3/25/18
  8. Just Do It (2006) a short story by Heather Lindsey
  9. Is This Your Day to Join the Revolution (2009) a short story by Genevieve Valentine
  10. Resistance (2008) a short story by Tobias S. Buckell
  11. Red Card (2013) a short story by S.L. Gilbow
  12. Exodus (2012) by Andreas Christensen – added on 4/12/18
  13. The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas (1997) a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  14. Civilization (2007) a short story by Vylar Kaftan

Favorite dystopian movies seen to date

  1. Oblivion
  2. Blade Runner 2049
  3. Wall-E
  4. Interstellar
  5. Arrival
  6. Isle of Dogs – added on 4/13/18
  7. Children of Menadded 11/24/18
  8. Terminator 2, Judgment Day
  9. Mad Max: Fury Road
  10. War of the World’s (1953)
  11. Pleasantville
  12. The Day The Earth Stood Still
  13. The Minority Report
  14. The Lorax
  15. 12 Monkeys
  16. The Terminal
  17. Soylent Green
  18. Upside Down
  19. The Postman
  20. Metropolis – added 10/16/17
  21. Mad Max
  22. The Matrix
  23. Her
  24. The Day After
  25. Planet of the Apes
  26. Hunger Games, Catching Fire – added 11/5/17
  27. Independence Day
  28. The Hunger Games – added 11/17/17
  29. Downsizing – added 1/5/18
  30. 9  added 1/13/18
  31. Blade Runner – added 12/30/17
  32. On the Beach (1959) – added 10/15/17
  33. V is for Vendetta
  34. The Running Man
  35. Batman
  36. 1984
  37. Terminator
  38. Logan’s Run added 10/26/17
  39. Lord of the Flies
  40. Rise of Planet of the Apes
  41. Back to the Future II
  42. Westworld
  43. Cloud Atlas
  44. Divergent
  45. i Robot
  46. The Lego Movie
  47. Escape from NY
  48. Total Recall
  49. War of the Worlds (2005)
  50. The Day after Tomorrow
  51. World War Z
  52. Waterworld
  53. Ender’s Game
  54. Looper
  55. The Lobster – added 12/8/18
  56. Americathon (the opening scene)
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3 Responses to Favorite dystopian literature and films – update #3

  1. pmenser@yahoo.com says:

    Hi Rick, while not a dystopian novel you should check out Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach if you haven’t already. Basically California, Washington, and Oregon break off from the US to form their own peaceful, environmentally conscious society. Very interesting.

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