20 cyberpunk movies

High Tech – Low Life. These four words describe the essence of cyberpunk writing: high technology, low living. Some futurologists believe that humanity cannot escape the bleak future described in the novels and stories of the father of the genre, William Gibson. It’s up to you to agree with them or not, and we offer you a list of the best cyberpunk movies and series, from classics to the present day.

Altered carbon (TV series, 2018 – 2020)

Billionaire Bancroft has been assassinated. In a world where rich people have multiple bodies and use mind copying technology, this makes no sense. But the plan of the criminals was perfect: simultaneously destroy the body of the victim and her memory storage. A lucky survivor, Bancroft hires former commando Takeshi Kovacs to look for the killers. An interesting detective story in the world of high technology will not let you get bored.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Altered Carbon

Actors:
Joel Kinnaman, Anthony Mackie, Chris Conner…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.1


Love, death and robots (TV series 2019)

The animated series consists of several independent science fiction novels, most of which follow cyberpunk rules. In the center of the plot of each series are people, robots and the relationship between them. Not surprisingly, the series received high ratings from both critics and ordinary viewers: in this variety, everyone will find a story to their taste.

Original title:
Love, Death & Robots

Actors:
Scott White, Nolan North, Matthew King…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.5

Age limit:
16+


Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

The novelty of 2019 is a film about cyberpunk, which is an extremely successful Hollywood adaptation of the famous manga. Doctor Ido finds the remains of a cyborg girl in a landfill, brings her back to life and names her Alita. The girl does not remember anything about the past and tries to take her place among the people. Soon she learns a terrible secret – the savior, who heals cybernetic people during the day, hunts criminal cyborgs at night. But the secret that sleeps in the depths of Alita’s memory is much more terrible …

Original title:
Alita: Battle Angel

Actors:
Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Black Mirror (2011 – 2019)

The seasons of this series consist of independent stories that are not plot-related to each other. Detective, thriller, adventure and even horror – each time a new genre awaits the viewer, but all the series have one thing in common: the authors’ thoughts on how high technology affects our lives today, and what it can lead to tomorrow. A bleak picture of the future is painted with frightening plausibility.

Original title:
Black Mirror

Actors:
Rory Kinnear, Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 8.8

Age Limits :
18+


Ready Player One (2018)

OASIS is not just a game, but a whole virtual universe in which everyone can be whoever they want. The creator of the game leaves a will, according to which he leaves OASIS to whoever finds Easter eggs with keys hidden in the virtual world. Millions of people go looking for it. Among them are an ordinary guy from the slums, Wade Watts, known by the nickname Parsifal, and the head of the sinister corporation, Nolan Sorrento. This new cyberpunk and sci-fi action movie is visually stunning.

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Original title:
Ready Player One

Actors:
Tai Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn…

Country:
USA, India

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
12+


Upgrade (2018)

After an attack by cybernated bandits, Gray becomes disabled, and his wife dies. The rescue is the experimental Stem chip, which has artificial intelligence and is able to put a paralyzed mechanic on his feet. While the police shrug, Gray and Stem begin their own investigation of the crime. This movie from our list will please the audience not only with inventive action scenes, but also with an interesting plot .

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Original title:
Upgrade

Actors:
Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Electric Dreams by Philip K. Dick (2017 – 2018)

Science fiction connoisseurs know Philip Kindred Dick as well as William Gibson. From the pen of the writer came out the book “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, Which formed the basis of the plot of “Blade Runner”, and many other landmark works. Our list continues with the British cyberpunk series, which is a film adaptation of several stories of the great science fiction writer.

Original title:
Electric Dreams

Actors:
Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Chaplin, Bryan Cranston …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Hollywood filmmakers often take on the adaptation of anime and manga, and this does not always work out well. This film has its strengths – cool modern effects and a great Scarlett Johansson in the title role, only little remains of the original plot. But if you’re looking for a sci-fi cyberpunk action movie that you can watch over popcorn, this is the movie for you.

Original title:
Ghost in the Shell

Actors:
Scarlett Johansson, Pilu Asbek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche…

Country:
USA, India, Hong Kong, China, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Anon (2017)

Behind the seemingly ideal society of the future lies a digital dictatorship, where every step is controlled, every action is recorded, and the concepts of privacy and anonymity have lost their meaning. Detective Saul Freeled is a respectable defender of citizens from a few criminals, who are not difficult to figure out in the world of total surveillance. But one day the detective meets a girl who is not listed in any database.

Original title:
Anon

Actors:
Clive Owen, Amanda Seifred, Colm Feore…

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age limits :
16+


Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Top cyberpunk movies include an unexpected sequel to a classic movie that doesn’t lose its face. While searching for fugitive replicants, police officer Kay stumbles upon a surprising find that suggests that interlopers can reproduce naturally. The authorities instruct Kay to hunt down and kill the child, and the search leads the detective to the aged Rick Deckard, who disappeared thirty years ago …

Original title:
Blade Runner 2049

Actors:
Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas…

Country:
USA, UK, Hungary, Canada, Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Theorem Zero (2013)

Koen Lat is a computer genius who puzzles over the “Zero Theorem”. Many scientists have gone mad trying to prove or disprove it, but Cohen is not one to give up. So that a valuable employee does not go crazy from intellectual stress, the authorities rent a digital prostitute Bainsley for a genius. After meeting, the girl drags Cohen into the virtual space…

Original title:
The Zero Theorem

Actors:
Christoph Waltz, Gwendoline Christie, Rupert Friend …

Country:
UK, Romania, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Avalon (2001)

This Polish-Japanese cyberpunk movie lacks cool special effects, but blows the roof with its intricate plot. Earth’s resources are depleted, civilization is in decline, and the only entertainment is the hardcore virtual reality game “Avalon”, in which professional players earn a living. The main character of the film, Ash, a member of the disbanded legendary team “Wizards”, gathers a new team to find the secret level of Special A…

Original title:
Avalon

Actors:
Malgorzata Foremniak, Wladyslaw Kowalski, Jerzy Gudeiko …

Country:
Japan, Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Matrix (1999)

Dystopia with elements of cyberpunk tells about the sinister world of the future. Humanity is enslaved by machines and locked in the Matrix, a virtual reality that simulates society at the end of the 20th century. Only a few free people live deep underground, and periodically make diversionary forays into the Matrix. During another similar operation, they free a hacker nicknamed Neo …

Original title:
The Matrix

Actors:
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.5, IMDb – 8.7

Age restrictions:
16+


New Rose Hotel (1998)

In the film adaptation of William Gibson’s stories, there are no cool graphics and special effects, and the plot is presented through dialogues, so the film will not suit every viewer. Cyberpunk cinema is characterized by a lone hero opposing powerful corporations, but this film changes the rules. The heroes of the picture are notorious scoundrels, ready to do dirty work in the interests of large companies that rule the world.

Original title:
New Rose Hotel

Actors:
Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Asia Argento …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Nirvana (1997)

Jimi is a genius programmer-developer who creates the interactive Nirvana game for the Okosama Starr Corporation. During testing, the protagonist of Nirvana, Solo, refuses to obey the rules laid down. Jimi realizes that the character he created has gained self-awareness and guessed that he is inside a fake universe. Solo asks the creator to erase the game with him, but doing so is not as easy as it seems.

Original title:
Nirvana

Actors:
Christopher Lambert, Diego Abatantuono, Sergio Rubini…

Country:
Italy, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

The list of the best films in the cyberpunk genre continues with another film adaptation by William Gibson, which received a high rating and good reviews from the audience. In the future, information becomes the most valuable commodity, and special couriers – mnemonics – deliver it using their own brain as a carrier. Johnny is the best of these couriers. He has no idea what kind of data he is transporting, but when the yakuza, special services and other influential forces begin to hunt for them , the guy’s life changes forever.

Original title:
Johnny Mnemonic

Actors:
Keanu Reeves, Dina Meyer, Ice-T…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Cyberpunk anime is not exactly cinema, but for a work that has had a huge impact on the entire genre, one cannot help but make an exception. Major of the ninth police department Motoko Kusanagi is a cyborg woman who can easily deal with ordinary bandits. She has to neutralize a dangerous cybercriminal named Puppeteer, a hacker capable of hacking not only machines, but also cybernetic people.

Original title:
Kokaku kidotai

Actors:
Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, Koichi Yamadera …

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:
16+


Strange Days (1995)

SQUID is a banned device that records the wearer’s memories and allows other people to immerse themselves in them. Former police officer Lenny Nero is involved in the illegal sale of other people’s memories until he gets a record of the brutal murder of a prostitute named Iris. The girl was Lenny’s girlfriend, and the retired cop can’t let that go unpunished. This fantastic detective failed at the box office, but later the movie was appreciated.

Original title:
Strange Days

Actors:
Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Hackers (1995)

An interesting film that combines the characteristics of cyberpunk and fantasy adventure, tells the story of a group of teenage hackers who confront a powerful oil corporation. An innocent prank turned into a disaster, and the hackers realize that someone from the company’s high-ranking employees set them up, wanting to hide their own dirty deeds. The only salvation for them is to bring the scoundrel to clean water with the help of high technology.

Original title:
Hackers

Actors:
Jonny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie, Jesse Bradford …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Blade Runner (1981)

Rick Deckard – Blade Runner. This is the name given to specialists in the search and destruction of fugitive replicants, androids created for slave labor and outwardly indistinguishable from ordinary people. Rick is tasked with stopping a particularly dangerous group of fugitives who have arrived on Earth from a distant space colony and want to meet their creator. The oldest film from our top has become a cult film, and the visual style embedded in it has become canonical for the cyberpunk genre.

Original title:
Blade Runner

Actors:
Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.1

Age limits :
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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