Favorite dystopian literature and films – update #5

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. The Martian Chronicles (1950) by Ray Bradbury – added on 10/16/21
  6. We (1921) by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  7. Frost and Fire (1946) a short story by Ray Bradbury
  8. Player Piano (1952) by Kurt Vonnegut – added on 11/2/17
  9. It Cant Happen Here (1935) by Sinclair Lewis
  10. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968) by Philp K. Dick – added on 10/27/17
  11. The Pedestrian (1951) a short story by Ray Bradbury
  12. The Minority Report (1956) – a short story by Philip K. Dick
  13. The City and the Stars (1956) by Sir Arthur Clarke – added on 12/22/17
  14. Harrison Bergeron (1961) – a short story by Kurt Vonnegut
  15. The Iron Heel (1908) by Jack London
  16. The New Utopia (1891) a short story by Jerome K. Jerome
  17. 1984 (1949) by George Orwell
  18. 2BR02B (1962) – a short story by Kurt Vonnegut
  19. Brave New World (1931) by Aldous Huxley
  20. City (1952) by Clifford Simak – added 1/17/19
  21. Examination Day (1958) a short story by Henry Sleaser – added 10/18/17
  22. Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman (1965) – a short story by Harlan Ellison
  23. Billennium (1962) a short story by J. G. Ballard
  24. The Lottery (1948) a short story by Shirley Jackson
  25. The Trial (1914) by Franz Kafka

Favorite modern dystopian literature

  1. Project Hail Mary (2021) by Andy Weir – added 7/18/21
  2. Sea of Rust (2017) by C. Robert Cargill – added 11/5/17
  3. Artemis (2017) by Andy Weir – added 3/30/18
  4. The Power (2017) by Naomi Alderman – added 1/11/18
  5. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline – added 12/8/17
  6. The Perfect Match (2012) a short story by Ken Liu
  7. Three Degrees and Gone (2020) by J. Stewart Willis – added 5/17/21
  8. Blindness by Jose Saramago (1995) – added 10/19/18
  9. RESET by Sarina Dahlan (2021)added 9/14/21
  10. American Exodus (2018) by JK Franks – added on 3/25/18
  11. Just Do It (2006) a short story by Heather Lindsey
  12. Is This Your Day to Join the Revolution (2009) a short story by Genevieve Valentine
  13. Resistance (2008) a short story by Tobias S. Buckell
  14. Red Card (2013) a short story by S.L. Gilbow
  15. Exodus (2012) by Andreas Christensen – added on 4/12/18
  16. The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas (1997) a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
  17. 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. The Midnight Skyadded on 12/24/20
  7. Isle of Dogsadded on 4/13/18
  8. Children of Menadded 11/24/18
  9. Terminator 2, Judgment Day
  10. Don’t Look Up – added 12/25/21
  11. Free Guy – added on 11/24/21
  12. Mad Max: Fury Road
  13. War of the Worlds (1953)
  14. Pleasantville
  15. The Day The Earth Stood Still
  16. The Minority Report
  17. The Lorax
  18. 12 Monkeys
  19. The Terminal
  20. Soylent Green
  21. Upside Down
  22. The Postman
  23. What Happened to Monday?added 11/28/20
  24. The Mitchells vs. the Machinesadded 5/17/21
  25. Metropolis – added 10/16/17
  26. Mad Max
  27. The Matrix
  28. The Colonyadded 1/15/21
  29. Her
  30. The Day After
  31. Planet of the Apes
  32. Hunger Games, Catching Fire – added 11/5/17
  33. Independence Day
  34. The Hunger Games – added 11/17/17
  35. Downsizing – added 1/5/18
  36. 9 added 1/13/18
  37. Blade Runner – added 12/30/17
  38. On the Beach (1959) – added 10/15/17
  39. V is for Vendetta
  40. The Running Man
  41. Batman
  42. 1984
  43. Terminator
  44. Logan’s Run added 10/26/17
  45. Lord of the Flies
  46. Rise of Planet of the Apes
  47. Back to the Future II
  48. Westworld
  49. Cloud Atlas
  50. Divergent
  51. i Robot
  52. Snowpierceradded 4/2/21
  53. The Lego Movie
  54. Escape from NY
  55. Total Recall
  56. War of the Worlds (2005)
  57. The Day after Tomorrow
  58. World War Z
  59. Waterworld
  60. Ender’s Game
  61. Looper
  62. The Lobster – added 12/8/18
  63. Americathon (the opening scene)
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3 Responses to Favorite dystopian literature and films – update #5

  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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