Well, The Hunger Games franchise had a good run. The wildly successful series, which will almost certainly clock in at around $3 billion worldwide between all four movies, has come and gone and for a lot of people who love post-apocalyptic stories, they aren’t exactly sure where to look. Yeah, some people are getting their dystopian fix by playing Fallout 4 but ultra-violent video games aren’t for everyone.
Luckily, there are a lot of great dystopian films available for you to track down if you’re still feeling the need to live vicariously through the fictional survivors of an apocalyptic event. Here are some of the best dystopian movies you may not have seen to sate your hunger now that the Games are over.
A Boy and His Dog
If you like your dystopian futures closer to Fallout than The Hunger Games, then A Boy and His Dog is definitely for you. A young Don Johnson plays a drifter whose only friend is a telepathic dog, as the duo wander around only to find a strange town seemingly frozen in the 1950’s. Like we said: this is definitely one for Fallout fans.
If you haven’t seen Snowpiercer you’re missing out on one of the most inventive, violent, stylish dystopian action movies in recent memory. Sure, it shares a few plot twists with other science fiction films, but Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton alone are worth checking this one out for.
Did you like the first Hunger Games but wished it was a lot more violent, and featured 100% more Japanese actors? Well, Battle Royale is the movie for you. You’ve probably heard of this film if you’re a fan of Hunger Games, since that series inevitably gets compared – or accused of ripping off – Battle Royale in every review.
Death Race 2000
One of the strangest, darkly hilarious post-apocalyptic films you’re likely to find is Roger Corman’s Death Race 2000. We can’t even really begin to explain the plot other than to note that it involves a car race where drivers get points by murdering innocent civilians with their cars, and it features a very young Sly Stallone.
Who said dystopian films can’t also be hilarious? One of the more underrated films set in the far distant future is Woody Allen’s Sleeper, in which Allen plays a man cryogenically frozen for 200 years only to awake to a much different world than the one he left. By the way, that’s also basically the premise for Fallout 4.
Does that odd combination of letters and numbers sound familiar? It should, considering director George Lucas slipped it into basically every film he ever did, all in reference to this, his first feature. Robert Duvall stars in this film about a young man becoming increasingly disillusioned in the sterile, dystopian society around him.
“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubblegum.” This ad-libbed line by “Rowdy” Roddy Piper is just one of the many reasons you should seek out John Carpenter’s dystopian satire on consumerism, which also features one of the most brutal fistfights in movie history.