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7 Movies That Predicted the Future

Updated on January 24, 2014

Movies that can see in the future!

New York has not yet been destroyed by a giant marshmallow man. There's never been an attempt to rob either Fort Knox or the money room at the Bellagio. Neither dogs nor babies can talk and there isn't much concern of a zombie apocalypse happening in the near future.

Movies in many cases are at their best when they offer an escape from reality, with far-fetched plots that defy rational expectations and also the rules of physics.

Every once in a while, however, what you see on the silver screen holds a mirror to modern life years later. Technology, politics and even mundane aspects of daily existence in the film world can turn out to be eerily predictive.

PS : No, this list will not contain a Buck Rogers movie...:)

Frankenstein (1931 Version)

Frankenstein (1931 Version)
Frankenstein (1931 Version)

Dark, cloudy nights. Thunder and lightning. Colin Clive's Frankenstein shouts: "It's Alive!", and Boris Karloff lurches forth in Jack Pierce's greatest monster makeup in recent history....What else can be said about this classic?

It's one of the first (and greatest) horror movies for all time and required viewing. Karloff's sympathetic monster can evoke fear as well as break our hearts. This film made him a massive star after years of working as an unknown in a great deal of features.

James Whale is really a masterful director, though there are less "light moments" in FRANKENSTEIN than his later horror films. Strangely enough, the lack of a music score in this movi

Tight, brisk, and oozing with the stuff nightmares are made of, this grandaddy of the monster films needs no further selling.

Modern science may not be able to reanimate the dead, but until they do there are plenty of ways to get spare parts.

Frankenstein on Youtube

Forbidden Planet (1956) - Star Wars? That was nothing....

Forbidden Planet (Blue Ray Remastered!)
Forbidden Planet (Blue Ray Remastered!)

Sure Star Wars (a film I know of at least fifty times) beats all the others in effects, but this film has almost everything else!

It has horror(non-graphical), romance, robots, witty repartee, intelligence, (surprisingly good) effects, and drama.

I saw this film a couple of years ago inside a revival having a newly struck print, so i was surprised about how well it held up today. I thought the old 40's style electronics would look hokey, however they somehow looked futuristic and moderne.

Ann Francis in here (mostly) short skirts and bare feet having a girlish innocence that's unequalled still gets a rise out of me.

The Krell monster appearing in the ray beams still scares the bejebees away from me.

Obviously everyone knows that this "Great Bird of the Galaxy" probably modeled a great deal of "Star Trek" out of this movie.

No-one has yet to conquer Robby, the Robot, when it comes to personality :)

(sorry, R2D2 and C3PO, there is no competition!)

This movie, overall, may be the standard that other Science Fiction films will need to measure up to!

Honorable mention for the haunting electronic score which kept all of us on pins and needles.

Forbidden Planet Trailer

Forbidden Planet on Amazon

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - This is my favorite.....

2001: A Space Odyssey (Blue Ray Remastered!)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Blue Ray Remastered!)

Kubrick's science fiction masterpiece can't be measured by the identical benchmarks as other movies. When you hear comments about a slender plot, or weak dialog, you can instantly discredit the review, because it misses the point. This is history's greatest director throughout his prime- no aspect of this film is away in any way.

2001's portrait associated with "the future", or the theoretical recent past as is the case today, is neither a bleak, grim, neither optimistic outlook. It is simply a bland, sterile, emotionless state of human existence. It could be wrong for weak dialog or poor performing, but it is all completely with purpose.

Contrast with Dr. Strangelove for an example of Kubrick's ability to paint human nature at its most hot-blooded. The dialog mirrors the visuals- white/gray, sterile and clean, clean, flawless, cold.

This film will be pure Kubrick from top to bottom. It will take full advantage of the liberty afforded by the sci-fi genre, and creates probably the most visually engrossing masterpiece the actual genre has seen. This is not a film that continually massages the viewer's short attention span.

If it gets you, it gets you... if it doesn't quite get you, it overlooks you. 2001 does not cheapen itself with any kind of Hollywood gimmick in the interest of mass-appeal.

This is one of the all-time greats. It it makes an impression on you, the impression will be lasting and incredibly potent.

2001: A Space Odyssey - Official Trailer

2001: A Space Odyssey on Amazon

Real Life (1979)

Real Life (1979)
Real Life (1979)

I think what most filmmakers say when they observe a great film is actually "I wish I made that movie". This is among those movies. Not only is this the comedy classic, I would say that this motion picture is ground breaking. As well as way ahead of it is time. Albert Brooks, proves that he is one of many funniest comedians ever, and in my opinion one of the better actors on the screen.

And also the ending is simply amazing, and at the same time "Hilarious". I would like to tell you more, "But I do not have the time, or perhaps the cord!"

Real Life (1979) Trailer

Real Life (1979) on Amazon

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Most science fiction movies emphasize action over thought. Of the handful of that offer intellectual along with visual or deep, stomach stimulation, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is obviously among the best, especially since legendary director Robert Wise has introduced a 'Director's Edition' which much more fully represents his original intentions

The particular plot is almost too much simple: a huge energy cloud regarding alien origin is actually headed toward Earth, and the starship Enterprise should have a way to communicate with this and to take no matter what action is necessary. Nevertheless the point of ST:TMP is not the plot as such; somewhat, it is an examination of the balance between rationality and feeling which is vital to keep up and succor a really human life (make no mistake; ST:TMP is, at it's deepest level, about humanity, not spaceships and alien clouds).

Star Trek: The actual Motion Picture, like 2001 and Tarkovsky's Solaris, is not a fast-paced motion picture, and those seeking action-packed adventure would do best to look elsewhere. However understood as what it truly is-- a relocating and powerful deep breathing on a fundamental dichotomy of human consciousness-- it appears as a major good results and an almost overpowering cinematic experience.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Teaser Trailer

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Back to the Future Part II (1989)
Back to the Future Part II (1989)

This second film within the trilogy sends our hero, Marty McFly, in to the year 2015, and what's particularly fun would be the little flourishes of everyday life.

Hoverboards might not yet have replaced skateboards, we don't have bank card chips implanted inside our thumbs and stylish teens aren't walking around with inside-out pockets.

Although the movie did predict that, someday, Miami might have its own baseball team -- along with a World series contender at that. A bold little bit of futurism at the time as was the prediction, seen in billboards, that Vietnam would become a tourist destination.

A lot more oracle-like, video game addict Marty is shocked to find out that this joystick has become relegated to antique shops. Arcade games, in the foreseeable future, use either a wireless controller (a gun just like the Wii system that would come decades later) or are manipulated by physical gestures (for example Microsoft's Kinect).

If young Marty had patented the concept upon his return to the 1980s, he would have been crowned King of the Geeks.

Back to the Future 2 Trailer (original)

Minority Report (2002) - The best Future view....

Minority Report (2002)
Minority Report (2002)

This film about near-future police using psychics to predict, and thereby intercept, criminals proved very pre-cog indeed regarding new technology.

The gesture-manipulated computer interface -- where holographic images and information is swooshed into place with a wave of the hand -- is not a far cry from the "spatial operating environment" that engineers for example Los Angeles-based Oblong Industries are in work to master.

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There was also the mysterious-sounding Project Natal by Microsoft, the code name for what would become the gesture-operated interface of the Kinect.

In the movie, cars can pilot themselves. In the real world, an added feature gaining popularity allows the automobile to park itself. More amazing is experimental technology spearheaded by Google that provides fully automated, self-driving cars. (Yes, it's true...)

We may not have "pre-crime" mutants having visions of break-ins to come, but IBM's Blue Crime Reduction Utilizing Statistical History software is already deployed in public safety officers across the nation as a predictive analysis tool for crime hot spots.

The "sick stick" used by police to immobilize suspects carries a actual life counterpart utilized by some police departments to create nausea via discombobulating light and sound. Newspapers printed on flexible, electronic screens? Check. Retina scans to verify ID? Check. Billboards and signs providing you with personalized shopping advice? Not yet, but they are working on it.

Minority Report (2002) Trailer

Minority Report on Amazon

Blade Runner

With all due respect to Mr. Ridley Scott, the very first time one sees an epic science fiction film of this proportion, it kind of sticks with you, indelibly!

What is your Favorite Future Movie?

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    • Alyssa DeBoer profile image

      Alyssa DeBoer 3 years ago

      really interesting!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      I watched all the movies of your great list. Thank you for publishing it.

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      floppypoppygift1 4 years ago

      I LOVE Albert Brooks! I like "Defending Your Life". It's about reincarnation so I guess that's about the future? Cheers~cb

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      priscillab 5 years ago

      Hmmm. Logan's Run was interesting...and scary at the same time. Kind of makes me think what it is like today finding a job and being all washed-up if you are over 30! Great lense.

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      SewingMama 5 years ago

      This is awesome, thanks for this lens! Still need to see a couple. :)

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      Frank Edens 5 years ago

      @Kamikazee LM: I've seen them all! :)

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      Kamikazee LM 5 years ago

      i've only seen a couple of them too. Great list

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      Lauren 5 years ago from Florida

      Great compilation...I'm sorry to say I've only seen a few, however!

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      Another great lens! Loved minority report best. Thanks again. Cathi x