Utopian movies: Positive future, NOT dystopian

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We need radical imagination. Future is unwritten!

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1. Tomorrowland (2015)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Family

60 Metascore

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

Director: Brad Bird | Stars: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy

Votes: 163,593 | Gross: $93.44M

2. Black Panther (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

T'Challa, heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and must confront a challenger from his country's past.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Votes: 545,862 | Gross: $700.06M

3. Things to Come (1936)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

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.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott

Votes: 6,501

4. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna

Votes: 145,897 | Gross: $41.19M

5. Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. (1970)

R | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

A gas is let loose upon the world that kills anyone over 25 years old.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Bob Corff, Elaine Giftos, Bud Cort, Talia Shire

Votes: 1,150

6. Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)

116 min | Drama

The European equivalent of "The Return of the Secaucus 7," this Swiss film looks at the lives of several men and women in their 30s as they confront the slim gains of the "revolutionary" ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Myriam Boyer, Jean-Luc Bideau, Miou-Miou, Jacques Denis

Votes: 949

7. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy.

Stars: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton, Alexander Siddig

Votes: 46,333

8. Voyage to the End of the Universe (1963)

81 min | Sci-Fi

The year is 2163. Starship Ikaria XB 1 embarks on a long journey across the universe to search for life on the planets of Alpha Centauri.

Director: Jindrich Polák | Stars: Zdenek Stepánek, Frantisek Smolík, Dana Medrická, Irena Kacírková

Votes: 1,713

9. Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Pulled to the far side of the galaxy, where the Federation is seventy-five years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home.

Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson, Robert Duncan McNeill

Votes: 52,817

10. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Set almost 100 years after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in the U.S.S. Enterprise-D on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton

Votes: 89,453

11. The Time Machine (1960)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 33,611

12. The Gilligan Manifesto (2018)

85 min | Documentary

At the height of the Cold War, Gilligan's Island depicted seven Americans living in an analogue of a post-apocalyptic world where the survivors have to rebuild civilization. Remarkably, the... See full summary »

Director: Cevin Soling | Stars: Dawn Wells, Russell Johnson, Sherwood Schwartz, Jim Backus

Votes: 87

13. Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines (2012)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary, Fantasy, History

The history of fictional female heroes in Western media from Wonder Woman's creation onward.

Director: Kristy Guevara-Flanagan | Stars: Lynda Carter, Jane Espenson, Kathleen Hanna, L.S. Kim

Votes: 165

14. Space Is the Place (1974)

R | 85 min | Sci-Fi, Music

Sun Ra--space-age prophet, pharoanic jester, shaman-philosopher and avant-jazz keyboardist/bandleader--lands his spaceship in Oakland, having been presumed lost in space for a few years. ... See full summary »

Director: John Coney | Stars: Barbara Deloney, Sun Ra, Raymond Johnson, Erika Leder

Votes: 805

15. Born in Flames (1983)

Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power, this films presents a dystopia in which the issues of ... See full summary »

Director: Lizzie Borden | Stars: Honey, Adele Bertei, Jean Satterfield, Florynce Kennedy

Votes: 751

16. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

PG | 119 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.

Director: Leonard Nimoy | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 73,631 | Gross: $109.71M

17. Star Trek: The Original Series (1966–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 67,569

18. Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990–1996)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Short, Action

A quintet of teenagers work together to encourage environmentally responsible behaviour and can summon a superhero to deal with ecological disasters.

Stars: David Coburn, Joey Dedio, Kath Soucie, LeVar Burton

Votes: 9,823

19. Arjuna (2001– )

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A fatally injured girl is saved in her near death experience to become the chosen defender of Earth.

Stars: Mami Higashiyama, Maggie Blue O'Hara, Alaina Burnett, Trevor Devall

Votes: 358

20. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 1,062,327 | Gross: $760.51M

21. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

78 Metascore

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Votes: 130,776

22. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 330,176 | Gross: $27.11M

23. Garden of Eden (1954)

67 min | Drama

War widow and pre-teen daughter leave home of tyrannical father-in-law in Florida, get lost on a detour, and find shelter at a nudist colony.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Mickey Knox, Jamie O'Hara, Karen Sue Trent, R.G. Armstrong

Votes: 61

24. Star Trek: Discovery (2017– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Ten years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Stars: Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman

Votes: 73,807

25. Afronauts (2014)

14 min | Short, Drama, History

16th July 1969: America prepares to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of kilometers away, a ragtag group of Zambian exiles is trying to beat America to the Moon.

Director: Nuotama Bodomo | Stars: Diandra Forrest, Yolonda Ross, Hoji Fortuna, Chester Algernal Gordon

Votes: 60

26. The Last Angel of History (1996 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

Framed by the fictional story of the "data thief", this hybrid documentary takes a look at the origins, impact and significance of Afrofuturism and techno music for the black diaspora.

Director: John Akomfrah | Stars: George Clinton, Kodwo Eshun, Edward George, Goldie

Votes: 53

27. Woman in Motion

Documentary | Completed

Nichelle Nichols' daunting task to launch a national blitz for NASA, recruiting 8,000 of the nation's best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space.

Director: Todd Thompson | Stars: Michael Dorn, Vivica A. Fox, George Takei, Neil deGrasse Tyson

28. Black Panther (2010)

TV-14 | Animation, Action, Adventure

Black Panther is the ruler and protector of the African nation of Wakanda. Using technology, wits, and extraordinary fighting ability he must protect his nation from an invasion led by Ulysses Klaw, the man who killed his father.

Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Jill Scott, Carl Lumbly, Stephen Stanton

Votes: 1,292

29. My Africa Is (2016– )

27 min | Documentary

My Africa Is: Alternative Nairobi takes a dive into the beautiful chaos of Kenya's capital city, and follows four innovators.

30. First Spaceship on Venus (1960)

Unrated | 79 min | Sci-Fi

When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins.

Director: Kurt Maetzig | Stars: Yôko Tani, Oldrich Lukes, Ignacy Machowski, Julius Ongewe

Votes: 2,371

31. The Mission (1986)

PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

55 Metascore

Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 52,295 | Gross: $17.22M

32. The Last Station (2009)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things.

Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 17,122 | Gross: $6.62M

34. A Place Called Chiapas (1998)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

When the Zapatista National Liberation Army took over five towns and 500 ranches in southern Mexico, the government deployed its troops and at least 145 people died in the ensuing battle. ... See full summary »

Director: Nettie Wild | Stars: Samuel Ruiz García, Rafael Sebastián Guillén Vicente

Votes: 308 | Gross: $0.23M

35. República Guarani (1981)

100 min | Documentary

The story of the so called Christian-Communist Republic of the Guaranis. Formed by jesuit missions in Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay, between 1610/1767, it congregated about ... See full summary »

Director: Sylvio Back | Star: Carlos Pussineri Scala

Votes: 22

36. Lunik (2007)

96 min | Drama

The Hotel Lunik is a refuge for a group of radical utopists. In the center of it all, are the Siblings Franz and Babette, who through their anti-capitalist guerrilla campaigns call into ... See full summary »

Director: Gilbert Beronneau | Stars: Anna Maria Mühe, David Fischer, Thorsten Merten, Wolfgang Mondon

Votes: 26

37. Libertarias (1996)

125 min | Drama, History, War

At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the nun Maria is forced to flee her convent. She takes refuge in a brothel, until it is liberated by a woman's anarchist group. Maria joins the ... See full summary »

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Ana Belén, Victoria Abril, Ariadna Gil, Blanca Apilánez

Votes: 1,713

38. Land and Freedom (1995)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, War

David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists. He makes friends between the soldiers.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Icíar Bollaín, Tom Gilroy

Votes: 9,551 | Gross: $0.23M

39. La belle verte (1996)

99 min | Comedy

The "Green Planet" belongs to another solar system. Through the simplicity of their lifestyle those who live there are a real step ahead of us: they spend their time concentrating their ... See full summary »

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Coline Serreau, Vincent Lindon, James Thierrée, Samuel Tasinaje

Votes: 3,757

40. Winstanley (1975)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, War

Winstanley explores the attempt by Gerrard Winstanley who formed 'The Diggers' and with a group of followers attempted to form a small farming community in one of the first proto-Communist attempts at collective agriculture.

Director: Kevin Brownlow | Stars: Miles Halliwell, Jerome Willis, Terry Higgins, Phil Oliver

Votes: 272

41. Living Utopia (1997 TV Movie)

Documentary

Anarchism in Spain; the Spanish social revolution during the civil war 1936-39.

Director: Juan A. Gamero | Stars: Federico Arcos, Juan Giménez Arenas, Marcelino Bailo, Maria Batet

Votes: 112

42. Anakiseuteu Anarchists (2000)

104 min | Action, Thriller

A groups of Korean anarchists in 1920s China are determined to overthrow the military and government.

Director: Yong-sik Yu | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Sang-Jung Kim, Jun-ho Jeong, Beom-su Lee

Votes: 247



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