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Top 10 movies that tried to predict the future - and succeeded!

Updated on March 31, 2014
Films, straight from Hollywood!
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Finding the topic

Lately I was thinking about how realistic are the movies nowadays and should we draw any lessons from any of these films, or not.

Thinking about this, one of my favourite films, The Day After Tomorrow (yep, favourite, although I know it is not very realistic, but still) came into my mind and the moral lesson that we could probably draw from it: the fact that global warming is a real thing and can very much affect our future. Anyway, I guess this is one my favourite films, because after I've seen this movie in a cinema alone with my sister, right after we left the place a huge storm caught us (the sky was very close to the deepest black colour) and we kinda felt that the 'day after tomorrow' is already there. We were still under the spur of those minutes the next day...

Soooo back to the beginnings, I have decided to make a list about films that tried to predict or at least depict the possible future - and they succeeded! Don't think that everything in these films became reality - this will not be the case -, but all of them were right in certain things that now have a great impact on our life.

Stay tuned for the whole Top 10 list, here's our first movie:

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No.1. - The Matrix-franchise

Although we are not yet even close to the date when this film takes place (in 2199), we can clearly seen that real, life-like simulations are not that far from us anymore.

Since the film was released in 1999, we are already able to use several of these simulations in our home; for example Xbox 360, its Kinectwith the wireless technology and playing with our gestures or the massively multiplayer games all over the internet are already signs that the future depicted by the film is very close to us.

No.2. - 2001: A Space Odyssey

Apparently, people are still not living on the Moon on a giant base and we are still not travelling in space like we travel on a simple bus in any city. Sad, isn’t it?

Additionally, Pan Am is non-existent since 1991.

On the other hand, we are on the good track to have super-computers which are able to think and are extremely intelligent and we are also able to communicate with our family via different videophones, like Skype.

No.3. - Total Recall

Although we are not yet in 2084, so I can’t really say whether the film was wrong all in all, or not; now I can already tell you, that the special body scanning which we can already see in the film from 1990 is real and can be seen at the airports.

No.4. - Gattaca

This film from 1997 already predicted that there will be special methods with which scientists can genetically manipulate oocytes in the near future.

This is real now and parents with enough money can already decide the sex and choose the best hereditary traits of their future children, meanwhile excluding the ones that can cause baldness, obesity, etc.

No.5. - Minority Report

Although we are not yet ready/able to use special psychics who are able to predict criminal deeds, this film born in 2002 was really able to predict a few things.

These things are: our multi-touch interfaces, 3D holograms (at least as long as we call CNN’s fake holograms real) and flexible displays. Additionally, although our cars are not yet able to drive themselves instead of us, but some models are already able to park themselves. And we are not even close to 2054 yet (that’s when the film takes place).

Unmanned robots are already here!
Unmanned robots are already here! | Source

No.6. - The Terminator-franchise

The second Terminator film, Judgement Day predicted that machines will bring the Apocalypse of the world on 08/29/1997 and will stalk and kill all human beings.

Apparently, this did not happen, therefore in Terminator the judgement day was kinda re-set to 07/24/2004. As you could already realize, we are still alive.

Although, the film was right in the sense that humanity is building more and more clever and self-conscious robots nowadays – not to mention the unmanned robotic planes that are able to perform different actions, like today’s UAVs for example.

No.7. - Back To The Future 2

This film is also one of my favourites – aww, why don’t we have those hover boards and the special sneakers Marty had? Ohh, my bad: will have, as the film is set in 2015.

Although I am in the group on Facebook which is waiting for Marty to come on 10/21/2015, I am afraid, we are going to miss him there too, just like now we miss the upper mentioned stuff.

On the other hand, the film was right that in the future there will be plenty of videogames that we can play by physical gestures and wireless controllers and the good old joystick is really outdated and is only available in antique shops nowadays.

No.8. - Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Although the film was born in 1979 and we are not yet in the 23rd century (that is when the film is set), I guess we can confidently agree that it was right with the rise of intelligent communication devices, like smartphones and tablets.

So far so good, who knows what will happen till 2387?

No.9. - Face/Off

Even if this movie is not a real future-predicting one: I guess we can all agree that we are happy because we don’t have to worry about convicts changing identities with cops.

But we also have to know that the technology to perform face implants is real and can be done since 2010.

No.10. - The Truman Show

This film was born in 1998, when reality shows were still considered young. After this film, reality TV shows really became very popular in the US and in fact, all over the world.

After the first Big Brother series several other, similar shows were born, some of them placing people in a similar house, but some others even tried how is that like to put random people together into a jungle somewhere in South-America.

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      mts1098 2 years ago

      Marty is back today...cheers

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      Sophie 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Reynold Jay, thank you very-very much, your comment just made my day :). All I can say is: I am very thankful and appreciate your words a lot!

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      This HUB was a lot work for you. I've viewed all of these and when I viewed Total Recall ( again) last year from my video collection it gave me the idea I needed to write Forty Days to Armageddon II. I did read your profile which was pretty much your life history and enjoyed that too. You are a terrific writer and have earned that 99 score sitting up there. Well done.

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      Bernard Sinai 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      The Matrix has so many similarities to the story of Christ. It's amazing that many people do not realize this.

      Anyway, The Truman show probably captured societies obsession with 'reality TV' better than anyone would have described.

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      Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I was just watching the Matrix about an hour ago. I'm sure that one day (probably not far from now) we will have most or all of the technology featured in these movies.

      Voted up/interesting.

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      Your Cousins 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I liked these movies too. I recently saw a movie version of "1984" on cable and it was a little creepy to realize that the Big Brother concept is a reality in many ways, due to technological advances and social media. Thanks for the Hub.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Enjoyed all the movies in your list. Of course many are still far off but it's just a matter of time for some to get real. Much of these movies have science concpets behind them. Whether we actually see them come true or not, I'm amazed at how far we have gone technologically in the past century.