Top 10 Most Depressing Science Fiction Films
#10 - SOYLENT GREEN [1973]
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"It's people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They're making our food out of people. Next thing they'll be breeding us like cattle for food. You've gotta tell them. You've gotta tell them!"

#09 - A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE [2001]
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"We are suffering for the mistakes they made because when the end comes, all that will be left is us. That's why they hate us . . ."

#08 - THX 1138 [1971]
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"You are a true believer. Blessings of the state. Blessings of the masses. Thou are a subject of the divine. Created in the image of man, by the masses, for the masses."

#07 - GATTACA [1997]
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"For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving . . . maybe I'm going home."

#06 - INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS [1978]
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"People are being duplicated. And once it happens to you, you're part of this thing . . . I keep seeing these people, all recognizing each other. Something is passing between them all, some secret. It's a conspiracy, I know it."

#05 - SILENT RUNNING [1972]
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"It calls back a time when there were flowers all over the Earth . . . and there were valleys. And there were plains of tall green grass that you could lie down in—you could go to sleep in. And there were blue skies and there was fresh air . . . and there were things growing all over the place, not just in some domed enclosures blasted some millions of miles out into space."

#04 - PLANET OF THE APES [1968]
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"You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"

#03 - BLADE RUNNER [1982]
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"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the darkness near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain . . . Time to die."

#02 - BRAZIL [1985]
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"Bad sportsmanship. A ruthless minority of people seem to have forgotten good old-fashioned virtues. They just can't stand seeing the other fellow win. If these people would just play the game . . ."

#01 - 1984 [1984]
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"If you're a man, Winston, you're the last man. Your kind is extinct. We are the inheritors. Do you realize that you are alone? You are outside history. You unexist."

User Comments - Add a Comment
Trismegistus - 2009-04-18 21:09:29

Ah, Brazil... That film shattered me when it was first released. Still my all time favourite. It becomes more prophetic with each passing year.

Lord Nikolaj - 2009-05-02 13:48:22

Brazil-The Criterion collection,well that`s a treasure.The greatest sci-fi movie ever!

Anonymous - 2009-05-06 00:29:21

What About Solyaris (The original 1972 Russian film, not the Clooney/Soderbergh remake)? The ending was not only depressing, but haunting.

Ken Creten - 2009-05-10 12:19:51

I agree with the Solaris question. I loved both the Russian and modern versions. Haunting. Definitely.

João - 2009-05-12 22:24:09

Yeah... the original Solaris!

Depressing yet inspiring - 2009-08-06 20:46:45

Each of these films is a master work in its own way, and depressing only if we see them as harbingers of an unalterable future. If we view them as signposts and warnings, contemplating their polar opposites gives hope for the heights to which humanity could rise if it had the determination to do so.

John Buck - 2009-12-06 17:46:39

THE ROAD will make any of these seem like a holiday film!

rach - 2010-01-29 20:37:56

we watched gattaca years ago in my bio class actually.....it was really heartwrenching i dont think i could stand to see it again.

AGNORANT - 2010-02-03 08:49:34

BAD REFERENCE TO CALL THESE FILMS "DEPRESSING" THEY SOME OF THE MOST INSIGHTFUL & PROFOUND MOVIES OF OUR LIVES PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE. THE WRITERS BEING MOST PROPHETIC PHILOSOPHICAL & INSPIRATIONAL. IF A MOVIE DOESNT MOVE ME OR MAKE ME THINK THEN THAT IS A DEPRESSING MOVIE. I LIKE TO CALL THEM INTELLIGENT SCIFI. ANYWAY OTHER "DEPRESSING" SCIFI THAT MUST BE ADDED. FAREINHEIT 451, MOON, NOW AVATAR ( I CAME OUT ANGRY),HARDWARE, SOLARCRISIS, EQUILIBRIUM ...CHEERS

Goldash007 - 2010-02-05 17:44:38

Going to go off topic a bit here, since this is not a film but depressing sci-fi nonetheless...the recently-released video game "Mass Effect 2" possesses one depressing universe. Nearly every government is corrupt, most alien races are on the brink of extinction or have been forced from their homes, and to top it all off, most of the "side missions" you complete for your crewmembers involve depressing tales of broken families, unjust punishments and devastating losses. Lots of crying in dialogue scenes as well. Definitely not the "feel-good game of the year".

DWH - 2010-09-20 20:10:35

I would include 'Logan's Run' in there...read the novels, they are even more depressing!

ronny - 2010-12-02 01:57:22

i find depression refreshin'

bilejo - 2010-12-04 21:51:32

1984, made in the 50's in England starring Edmond O'Brien, was the most impressive of all of these movies.

Tommie - 2011-02-25 19:10:32

Clockwork Orange was a bit of a downer, too...

schindlersfist - 2011-11-15 23:58:08
Sunshine was pretty depressing too.
tyn - 2011-11-20 16:03:51
code 46 definitely belongs in this list..
jstar - 2014-05-29 02:34:33

Woow,i though I was just Trippin depressing it was,thankz for the comments,,,reassuring