The best cyberpunk movies tell stories about a dystopian future where societies are divided into two extreme classes, The working-class and upper-crust’s. Integration of humans to robots is the second niche of the cyberpunk genre. Here is the list of the best cyberpunk movies of all time.
10. Demolition Man
- Initial release: October 8, 1993 (USA)
- Director: Marco Brambilla
- Story by: Peter M. Lenkov & Robert Reneau
- Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock,
- Music by: Elliot Goldenthal
- Budget: 45–77 million USD
- Box office: 159.1 million USD
Demolition Man (1993) is a cyberpunk action movie, directed by Marco Brambilla. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, and Nigel Hawthorne.
The story takes place in 2032, it follows John Spartan, a police officer, who was cryogenically frozen in 1996. Authorities awaken Spartan to help capture deadly criminal Phoenix.
9. Johnny Mnemonic
- Initial release: April 15, 1995 (Japan)
- Director: Robert Longo
- Based on: Johnny Mnemonic Short story by William Gibson
- Starring: Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren, Takeshi Kitano, Ice-T, Dina Meyer
- Music by: Brad Fiedel, Mychael Danna (Japanese release)
- Budget: 26 million USD
- Box office: 52.4 million USD
Johnny Mnemonic (1995) is a Canadian-American cyberpunk thriller movie directed by Robert Longo. Starring Keanu Reeves and Dolph Lundgren.
The movie is based on the short story of the same title by William Gibson. The story follows Johnny Mnemonic a man with a cybernetic brain implant to store information with extra capabilities.
- Initial release: August 7, 2013 (Taiwan)
- Director: Neill Blomkamp
- Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna,
- Wagner Moura, William Fichtner
- Music by: Ryan Amon
- Budget: $115 million
- Box office: $286.1 million
Elysium (2013) is a cyberpunk action movie directed by Neill Blomkamp. Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, and Sharlto Copley.
The story takes place in the future where societies are separated into two classes: the working class who are living down on earth among the robots and the rich class who are living in a luxurious city in the orbit of the earth, called Elysium.
7. Total Recall
- Initial release: August 2, 2012 (Thailand)
- Director: Len Wiseman
- Based on: “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick
- Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston,
- John Cho, Bill Nighy
- Music by: Harry Gregson-Williams
- Budget: $125 million
- Box office: $198.5 million
Total Recall (2012) is a cyberpunk action movie directed by Len Wiseman. Starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bokeem Woodbine, John Cho, and Bill Nighy.
The story takes place at the end of the 21st century, Earth is ravaged by chemical warfare. Working-class are living in the United Federation of Britain’s Colony, they work in “The Fall,” a gravity elevator through the Earth’s core.
- Initial release: September 7, 2012 (Ireland)
- Director: Pete Travis
- Based on: Judge Dredd; by John Wagner; Carlos Ezquerra
- Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris
- Music by: Paul Leonard-Morgan
- Budget: $30–45 million
- Box office: $41.5 million
Dredd (2012) is a sci-fi cyberpunk-action movie directed by Pete Travis. It is based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd. Starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris.
The story takes place in a dystopic metropolis called Mega-City One that lies in a cyberpunk wasteland. Dredd and his amateur partner, Judge Anderson, are forced to deal with its resident drug lord, by nickname Ma–Ma.
5. Minority Report
- Initial release: June 17, 2002 (USA)
- Director: Steven Spielberg
- Based on: The story Philip K. Dick
- Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Max von Sydow
- Music by: John Williams
- Budget: $102 million
- Box office: $358.4 million
Minority Report (2002) is a sci-fi-action cyberpunk-thriller movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It is based on the 1956 short story “The Minority Report” by Philip K. Dick. Starring Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, and Max von Sydow.
The story takes place in the year 2054, where, a specialized police department PreCrime, predicts criminal activities based on visions by psychics, called “precogs”.
4. Repo Men
- Initial release: March 19, 2010 (Canada)
- Director: Miguel Sapochnik
- Based on: Novel Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia
- Starring: Jude Law, Liev Schreiber, Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga,
- Music by: Marco Beltrami
- Budget: $32 million
- Box office: $18 million
Repo Men (2010) is a sci-fi action movie directed by Miguel Sapochnik with a cyberpunk style cinematography by Enrique Chediak, starring Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber, Alice Braga, and Carice van Houten. The film is based on the novel The Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia.
The story follows Remy, a repo man who works as an executive at Union corporation which sells expensive artificial human organs on credit. After an accident, Remy finds himself a recipient of an artificial heart, suffering the same fate as his victims.
3. Ghost in the Shell
- Initial release: March 30, 2017 (Georgia)
- Director: Rupert Sanders
- Based on: Manga series Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow
- Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han,
- Juliette Binoche
- Music by: Clint Mansell, Lorne Balfe
- Budget: $110 million
- Box office: $169.8 million
Ghost in the Shell (2017) is the representation of one of the best cyberpunk movies of all time, directed by Rupert Sanders, it is based on the Japanese manga with the same title by Masamune Shirow. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han, and Juliette Binoche.
The story takes place in the future when the line between humans and robots is shading. Mira Killian the Major (Johansson), is a cyborg soldier who investigates her past.
2. Blade Runner 2049
- Initial release: October 3, 2017 (Los Angeles)
- Director: Denis Villeneuve
- Based on: Novel DoAndroids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
- Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks,
- Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Jared Leto
- Music by: Hans Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch
- Budget: $150–185 million
- Box office: $260.5 million
Blade Runner 2049 is a 2017 cyberpunk punk-drama film directed by Denis Villeneuve. Starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, with Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto in supporting roles. It is a sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner.
The story takes in the same universe set up by the first (1982) blade runner, where K (Gosling) Nexus-9 replicant “blade runner” who is investigating his past, during which uncovers a disturbing secret
- Initial release: December 6, 2002 (USA)
- Director: Kurt Wimmer
- Written by: Kurt Wimmer
- Starring: Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Angus Macfadyen
- Sean Bean, Matthew Harbour, William Fichtner
- Music by: Klaus Badelt
- Budget: $20 million
- Box office: $5.3 million
Equilibrium (2002) is a cyberpunk-action film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer, Starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson, and Taye Diggs.
The story takes place in the future in which the regime prohibits emotions and artistic eloquence. Citizens take daily injections of drugs to suppress their emotions.
John Preston, an enforcement cleric After accidentally misses his daily injection, he begins to experience emotions, which makes him question his morality, regime, and surrounding environment in general.