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The Best Dystopia Movies and TV Shows on Kanopy

Finding a good Dystopia movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Dystopia movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Kanopy.

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1. Night of the Living Dead

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7.9/10
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88/100
Released: 1968Rated: R
Drama, Cult

What it's about: A group of people try to survive an attack of bloodthirsty zombies while trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 2 others), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, HBO MAX, Starz & 6 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Starz, Epix & Syfy) & rent or buy from $2.00 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Stalker

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8.2/10
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88/100
Released: 1979
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep-seated desires are granted.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. Metropolis

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8.3/10
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87/100
Released: 1927
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Google Play).

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4. The Lobster

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7.2/10
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83/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. Threads

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8.0/10
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81/100
Released: 1984
Cult, Drama

What it's about: Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long run effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Shudder, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Prime Video, Microsoft & Vudu).

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6. Melancholia

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7.2/10
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81/100
Released: 2011Rated: R
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix), stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Kanopy, Dox & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Day of the Dead

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7.2/10
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80/100
Released: 1985
Horror, Drama

What it's about: Trapped in a missile silo, a small team of scientists, civilians and trigger-happy soldiers battle desperately to ensure the survival of the human race. However, the tension inside the base is reaching a breaking point, and the zombies are gathering outside.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO, Hoopla & 2 others) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. The Trial

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7.8/10
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76/100
Released: 1962
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy).

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9. Alphaville

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7.1/10
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76/100
Released: 1965Rated: G
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: An American private-eye, arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet which is ruled by an evil scientist named Von Braun, who has outlawed love and self-expression.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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10. Tetsuo: The Iron Man

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7.0/10
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75/100
Released: 1989
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: A "metal fetishist", driven mad by the maggots wriggling in the wound he's made to embed metal into his flesh, runs out into the night and is accidentally run down by a Japanese businessman and his girlfriend. The pair dispose of the corpse in hopes of quietly moving on with their lives. However, the businessman soon finds that he is now plagued by a vicious curse that transforms his flesh into iron.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Shudder & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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11. The Turin Horse

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7.8/10
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75/100
Released: 2011
Drama

What it's about: A monumental windstorm and an abused horse's refusal to work or eat signal the beginning of the end for a poor farmer and his daughter.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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12. Stake Land

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74/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Drama, Horror

What it's about: Martin was a normal teenage boy before the country collapsed in an empty pit of economic and political disaster. A vampire epidemic has swept across what is left of the nation's abandoned towns and cities, and it's up to Mister, a death dealing, rogue vampire hunter, to get Martin safely north to Canada, the continent's New Eden.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Shudder & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. The Last Man on Earth

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6.9/10
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73/100
Released: 1964
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Fandor, Hoopla, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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14. Lord of the Flies

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6.9/10
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71/100
Released: 1963Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Amidst a nuclear war, a plane carrying a group of schoolboys crash lands on a deserted island. With no adult survivors, the boys are forced to fend for themselves. At first they cooperate, but when the they split into two separate camps -- one led by the pragmatic Ralph and the other by militaristic Jack -- their society falls into disarray, leading to a disturbing examination of human nature and a chilling conclusion.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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15. Death Race 2000

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6.2/10
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70/100
Released: 1975Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Cult

What it's about: In a boorish future, the government sponsors a popular, but bloody, cross-country race in which points are scored by mowing down pedestrians. Five teams, each comprised of a male and female, compete using cars equipped with deadly weapons. Frankenstein, the mysterious returning champion, has become America's hero, but this time he has a passenger from the underground resistance.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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16. The Quiet Earth

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6.8/10
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70/100
Released: 1985Rated: R
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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17. A Boy and His Dog

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69/100
Released: 1975Rated: R
Comedy, Cult

What it's about: Set in the year 2024 in post-apocalyptic America, 18-year old Vic and his telepathic dog, Blood, are scavengers in the desolate wilderness ravaged by World War IV, where survivors must battle for food, shelter, and sexual companionship in the desert-like wasteland. Vic and Blood eke out a meager existence, foraging for food and fighting gangs of cutthroats.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, IMDb TV & 2 others), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla, Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Microsoft).

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18. Things to Come

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6.7/10
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69/100
Released: 1936
Science-Fiction, Drama

What it's about: The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, The Criterion Channel, Hoopla & 2 others) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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19. The Rover

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69/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: 10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his car through the lawless wasteland of the Australian outback, aided by the brother of one of the thieves.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Showtime, Hoopla & Kanopy), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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20. Into the Forest

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68/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: In the not too distant future, two young women who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse. Informed only by rumor, they fight intruders, disease, loneliness & starvation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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21. The Zero Theorem

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64/100
Released: 2013Rated: R
Drama, Fantasy

What it's about: A computer hacker's goal to discover the reason for human existence continually finds his work interrupted thanks to the Management; this time, they send a teenager and lusty love interest to distract him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Sundance Now).

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22. Jubilee

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6.1/10
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63/100
Released: 1978
Comedy, Cult

What it's about: Queen Elizabeth I visits late twentieth-century Britain to find a depressing landscape where life has changed since her time.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, The Criterion Channel & Kanopy).

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23. Automata

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6.1/10
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63/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & Crackle), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Google Play).

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24. Death Watch

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61/100
Released: 1980Rated: R
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: In a future world where the disease has been finally defeated and everything can be sold, even the crude spectacle of death, the rare case of a dying woman becomes the morbid theme of a revolutionary reality show, broadcast through the curious eyes of a peculiar camera.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Shout Factory TV), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy & Shout Factory TV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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25. Metropia

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60/100
Released: 2009
Animation, Independent

What it's about: In the near future, oil reserves are nearly depleted and Europe is connected by series of underground tunnels. While navigating these tunnels, Roger hears voices, one in particular. Seeking a way to rid himself of the voice only leads Roger deeper into a bizarre conspiracy of control - mind and body.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Peacock, Plex & 2 others), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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26. Equals

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6.1/10
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59/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG-13
Drama, Romance

What it's about: A futuristic love story set in a world where emotions have been eradicated.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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27. Born in Flames

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59/100
Released: 1983
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: In a future where a socialist government gains power, a group of women decides to organize and rebel.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (The Criterion Channel, Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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28. Atlas Shrugged: Part I

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5.6/10
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59/100
Released: 2011Rated: PG-13
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: A powerful railroad executive, Dagny Taggart, struggles to keep her business alive while society is crumbling around her. Based on the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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29. Kamikaze 1989

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5.8/10
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56/100
Released: 1982
Science-Fiction, Thriller

What it's about: In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the media, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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30. Natural City

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5.7/10
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55/100
Released: 2003Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Two cops, R and Noma, hunt down renegade cyborgs. Cyborgs are used as commandos by the military, as lust objects and for companionship. Normaly they have a limited lifespan of three years but black market technology is being developed to be able to transfer a cyborg's artificial intelligence into human host. This drives R to find a suitable host for his expiring cyborg Ria.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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31. Atlas Shrugged: Part II

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5.3/10
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52/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: The global economy is on the brink of collapse. Brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continue to mysteriously disappear. Unemployment has risen to 24%. Gas is now $42 per gallon. Dagny Taggart, Vice President in Charge of Operations for Taggart Transcontinental, has discovered what may very well be the answer to the mounting energy crisis - found abandoned amongst ruins, a miraculous motor that could seemingly power the World. But, the motor is dead... there is no one left to decipher its secret... and, someone is watching. It’s a race against the clock to find the inventor and stop the destroyer before the motor of the World is stopped for good. A motor that would power the World. A World whose motor would be stopped. Who is John Galt?

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & Vudu), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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32. Turkey Shoot

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5.9/10
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48/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Drama, Cult

What it's about: In the near future, after an unspecified holocaust, survivors are herded into prison camps. There, they are hunted for sport by the leaders of the camp. Paul, one of the newest prisoners, is determined not to go down as quietly as the others.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix) & stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Shudder & 2 others).

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33. Sleeping Dogs

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6.4/10
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47/100
Released: 1977
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Recluse Smith is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerrillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith tries to maintain an attitude of non-violence while caught between warring factions.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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34. Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB

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6.3/10
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46/100
Released: 1967
Science-Fiction

What it's about: In an underground city in a dystopian future, the protagonist, whose name is "THX 1138 4EB", is shown running through passageways and enclosed spaces. It is soon discovered that THX is escaping his community. The government uses computers and cameras to track down THX and attempt to stop him; however, they fail. He escapes by breaking through a door and runs off into the sunset. The government sends their condolences to YYO 7117, THX's mate, claiming that THX has destroyed himself. Electronic Labyrinth: THX-1138 4EB is a 1967 science fiction short film written and directed by George Lucas[1] while he attended the University of Southern California's film school.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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35. The Coming Days

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6.3/10
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44/100
Released: 2010Rated: PG-13
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Welcome to 2020: The European Union has collapsed following the fourth Gulf War and massive barricades keep illegal immigrants out of cities that are barely functioning. In the middle of this highly volatile environment is the family of Walter Kuper, an energy conglomerate executive. Walter’s daughter, Cecilia, has joined the Black Storm terrorist group. Her sister Laura must choose between motherhood and the man she loves; their brother Philip has been called into fight for Germany in a hopeless war to secure the last remaining oil fields. Starring leading actors Daniel Brühl, Johanna Wokalek and Jürgen Vogel, "The Days to Come" asks provocative questions about the current state of things as it depicts personal and political realities in a scarily believable near–future.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Kanopy).

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36. Parasite

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3.9/10
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40/100
Released: 1982Rated: R
Horror, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Paul Dean has created a deadly parasite that is now attached to his stomach. He and his female companion, Patricia Welles, must find a way to destroy it while also trying to avoid Ricus, his rednecks, and an evil government agent named Merchant.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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