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7 Movies Like "Divergent"

Updated on November 11, 2015
7 Movies Like Divergent
7 Movies Like Divergent

Divergent is the first book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy. In March 2014, a film adaptation of the book, directed by Neil Burger, was released, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet. Divergent is about the adventures of Tris Prior, a typical girl living in a futuristic society divided into five factions, where teens need to choose between staying in their faction or switching to another. Like her colleagues, Tris makes a choice and takes the faction that requires extreme psychological and physical training. Tris, however, has a secret: she is Divergent; she doesn't suit into any faction. As conflicts unravel, Tris realizes that her secret might save the ones she loves… but it could also mean her death.

Below are movies like “Divergent” that will bring you into space-age societies, where people have to surpass the odds and fight for their lives.


1. The Hunger Games

Release Date: March 23, 2012

Director: Gary Ross

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

A film adaptation of the widely-successful The Hunger Games Trilogy: Book 1 written by Suzanne Collins, the movie orbits around the adventure of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the dictatorial country of Panem. To remind the people of their defeat in a rebellion years ago, two young representatives from each of Panem’s 12 districts and the Capitol are selected to participate in the annual Hunger Games broadcasted all over Panem. The participants in the Games, called ‘tributes,’ eliminate contenders by killing one another, until there is only one standing in the end. After taking her younger sister’s place, Katniss becomes District 12's female representative, with Peeta Mellark as her male counterpart. Will the odds be ever in their favor?


2. Snowpiercer

Release Date: July 11, 2014

Director: Joon-ho Bong

Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton

In the year 2031, an unsuccessful climate change experiment makes the world frozen and destroys every life on earth. The only survivors left were the ones aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that dash around the frozen earth for 17 years. These only-living creatures create their own class system and economy. Until one day, Curtis led the lower-class group living in the filth at the back of the train into getting to the front, with a strong desire to fairly divide the wealth around. Before that happens, the group has to outdo every section of the train. And even before Curtis realizes it, a revolution has already been started.


3. The Host

Release Date: March 29, 2013

Director: Andrew Niccol

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel

A nation of host-seeking, parasitic aliens come to earth and threatens to run the entire human race by taking their bodies and erasing their memories. So Melanie, a fierce fighter is out to save mankind. She can communicate with Wanderer, the alien that took her body, and even manages to keep him from telling Seeker, the leader of the aliens, where the other humans dwell. There’s no other way to separate Melanie from the alien without killing them both. Things become more complicated when an awkward love triangle develops among Melanie, her boyfriend Jared, and her protector Ian.


4. Ender's Game

Release Date: November 1, 2013

Director: Gavin Hood

Cast: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld

Ender Wiggin, a silent yet brilliant boy, is pulled out from home, away from his brothers and sisters, to be brought in a battle school that orbits around the earth. There, he undergoes trials and groomed into a compassionate killer. Eventually, he begins to hate what he does. When the earth was destroyed by a genocidal alien race called Formics, Ender is hired by the International Military to lead the battle against these enemies. He then realizes that all he’s been through in the battle school has a purpose – that is to prepare him for a huge battle that will save his family and the entire humanity.


5. Tron

Release Date: July 9, 1982

Director: Steven Lisberger

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner

Arcade owner and hacker Kevin Flynn is captured digitally into the internal, graphical, 3D world of cyberspace by a wicked software freak named Master Control. There, he is forced to join gladiatorial matches. Luckily, he made friends with Tron, and together, they will do their best in order to outsmart and beat the Master Control Program. There’s only one way for Kevin to get away, and that is through the help of an epic security program. Will he ever get out of that extremely challenging computer game or will he remain stuck in there forever?


6. Sucker Punch

Release Date: March 25, 2011

Directors: Zack Snyder

Cast: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish

Baby Doll is a young girl held captive in a mental facility by her cruel stepfather. There, she has to undergo a lobotomy for five days. Without any idea what odds lie ahead, she and four other female prisoners at the facility flee to a magical world that Baby Doll always envisions. Accompanied by a mysterious escort, Baby Doll and her companions have to fight to recover the five items they need in order to break free and escape from their abductors before the time runs out.


7. Equilibrium

Release Date: December 6, 2002

Director: Kurt Wimmer

Cast: Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Emily Watson

A harsh government in a futuristic society led by Cleric John Preston has eradicated war by controlling human emotions. Art, music and literature are strictly prohibited. Feeling is illegal. Emotion is crime punishable by death. The top ranking regime official destroys those who disobey the strict rules. However, when he fails to take a dose of Prozium, a mind-shifting medicine that suppresses emotion, everything starts to change. Preston, who has been seasoned to implement the stern government system, suddenly rises to put down the laws.

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