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Cyberpunk - Movies List

- an incomplete, informal filmography (updated 8/24/03 )


  • Metropolis dir. Fritz Lang.


  • Frankenstein dir James Whale. Based on the composition by John L. Balderston that is adapted from a play by Peggy Webling, which in turn is drawn from the novel by Mary W. Shelley.


  • La Jettee dir. Chris Marker. (The movie 12 Monkeys is based on).
  • The Manchurian Candidate dir. John Frankenheimer.
  • Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb dir. Stanley Kubrick. Script by Terry Southern.


  • Alphaville (Une etrange aventure de lemmy caution) dir. Jean-Luc Godard.


  • Fahrenheit 451 dir. Francois Truffaunt. Based on Ray Bradbury novel.
  • Seconds dir. John Frankenheimer.


  • 2001: A Space Odyssey dir. Stanley Kubrick. Stanley Kubrick recruited Arthur C. Clarke to collaborate on 2001 and is inspired by Clarke's short story “The Sentinel.”
  • Planet of the Apes dir. Franklin J. Schaffner.


  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes dir. Ted Post
  • Colossus: The Forbin Project dir. Joseph Sargent.


  • A Clockwork Orange dir. Stanley Kubrick. Based on a novel by Anthony Burgess written in 1962.
  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes dir. Don Taylor.


  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes dir. J. Lee Thompson.
  • The Man Who FellTo Earth dir. Nicholas Roeg. Stars David Bowie.
  • Silent Running dir. Douglas Trumbull.
  • Solaris dir. Andrei Tarkovsky. From Stanislaw Lem.
  • The Mind Snatchers dir. Bernard Girard. Based on Dennis Reardon’s play The Happiness Cage (on pleasure centers).
  • THX-1138 dir. George Lucas, with sound montages by Walter Murch.


  • Battle for the Planet of the Apes dir. J. Lee Thompson.
  • Soylent Green dir. Richard Fleischer. Based on Harry Harrison's book Make Room! Make Room!
  • Westworld dir. Michael Crichton.


  • The Conversation dir. Francis Ford Coppola (and Walter Murch).
  • Zardoz dir. John Boorman.
  • Dark Star dir. John Carpenter, script written with Dan O’Bannon.


  • The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum dirs. Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta, with score by Hans Werner Henze.


  • Futureworld dir. Richard T. Heffron. Sequel to the 1973 film Westworld.
  • Logan ’s Run dir. Michael Anderson.


  • Demon Seed dir. Donald Cammell. Based on a novel by Dean R. Koontz.
  • The Last Wave dir. Peter Weir.


  • Coma dir. Michael Crichton. Based on a novel by Robin Cook.
  • Knife in the Head (Messer im Kopf) dir. Reinhard Hauff.


  • Alien dir. Ridley Scott. Adapted from a story by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett.
  • Dawn of the Dead dir. George A. Romero.
  • Mad Max dir. George Miller.
  • Time After Time dir. Nicholas Meyer.
  • The Stalker dir. Andrei Tarkovsky.


  • Altered States dir. Ken Russell.
  • Deathwatch dir. Bertrand Tavernier.


  • Heavy Metal dir. Gerald Potteron. American animation, some episodes have cyberpunk content.
  • Looker dir. Michael Crichton.
  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior dir. George Miller.
  • Scanners dir. David Cronenberg.
  • Escape from New York dir. (co-script and co-score) John Carpenter.


  • Blade Runner dir. Ridley Scott. Based on the 1968 book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.
  • Tron dir. Steven Lisberger.
  • Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” dir. Alan Parker.


  • Brainstorm dir Douglas Trumbull. Natalie Wood’s last movie, she drowned during filming.
  • Kamikaze ’89 dir. Wolf Gremm (with Rainer Werner Fassbinder). Music by Tangerine Dream.
  • Liquid Sky dir. Slava Tsukerman.
  • Videodrome dir. David Cronenberg.
  • Wargames dir. John Badham.


  • 1984 dir. Michael Radford Based on the book 1984 by George Orwell written in 1948.
  • Brother From Another Planet dir. John Sayles.
  • The Terminator dir. James Cameron.
  • The Philadelphia Experiment dir.Stuart Raffill.
  • Birdy dir. Alan Parker.


  • Brazil dir. Terry Gilliam. Based on the book 1984 by George Orwell.
  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome dir. George Miller. 3 rd movie in the Mad Max series.
  • Weird Science dir. John Hughes.


  • Aliens dir. James Cameron. Sequel to Alien in 1979.
  • Max Headroom: The Original Story dir. Annabell Jankel and Rocky Morton.
  • Street of Crocodiles dir. The Brothers Quay.


  • Robocop dir. Paul Verhoeven.
  • Wings of Desire dir. Wim Wenders
  • The Way Things Go dirs. Peter Fischli and David Weiss.
  • Man Facing Southeast dir. Eliseo Subiela.


  • Akira dir Katsuhiro Otomo. Anime based on Otomo’s comic books.
  • Appleseed dir. Kazuyoshi Katayama. Anime. Based on a comic book series by Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell).
  • Alice dir. Jan Svankmajer


  • Millennium dir. Michael Anderson.
  • Slipstream dir. Steven Lisberger. Adapted from a story by Sam Clemens.
  • Tetsuo: The Ironman dir. Shinya Tsukamoto.


  • Circuitry Man dir. Steven Lovy.
  • Hardware dir. Richard Stanley.
  • Robocop 2 dir. Irvin Kershner. Sequel to Robocop from 1987.
  • Total Recall dir. Paul Verhoeven. Based on Philip K. Dick's story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.”
  • The Handmaid’s Tale dir. Volker Schlöndorff. From Margaret Atwood.


  • Cyberpunk Documentary. William Gibson talks about cyberpunk. There is a rumor about this documentary that Gibson is apparently embarrassed by it.
  • Mindwarp dir.?
  • Naked Lunch dir. David Cronenberg. Based on William S. Burroughs' 1959 novel with the same name. Burroughs also has a small part in the movie.
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day dir. James Cameron. Sequel to The Terminator made in 1984.


  • Alien3 dir. David Fincher. 3 rd in the Alien movie series. William Gibson wrote one of the many scripts for Alien 3. According to him, only one detail from his script made its way to the actual film: the bar codes visible on the backs of the prisoners' shaved heads.
  • Freejack dir.Geoff Murphy. Based on Sheckley's book Immortality Inc.
  • The Lawnmower Man dir. Brett Leonard. Loosely based on a Stephen King story. King successfully sued to have his name removed from the film since he did not approve of the adaptation. The film also takes inspiration from Daniel Keyes’s Flowers of Algernon and Arthur C. Clarke’s Dial F for Frankenstein.
  • Sneakers dir. Phil Alden Robinson.
  • Until the End of the World dir. Wim Wenders.


  • Demolition Man dir. Marco Brambilla.
  • Ghost in the Machine dir. Rachael Talalay.
  • Nemesis dir. Albert Pyun.
  • Robocop 3 dir Fred Dekker. 3 rd in the Robocop Series.
  • Wild Palms dir. Kathryn Bigelow et al. TV miniseries inspired by the writings of William Gibson (who actually makes a small cameo appearance in the film).


  • Brainscan dir. John Flynn.
  • Circuitry Man II dir. Robert Lovy, Steven Lovy. Sequel to Circuitry Man made in 1990
  • Far Away, So Close! dir. Wim Wenders.


  • 12 Monkeys dir. Terry Gilliam based on Chris Marker’s La Jettee.
  • City of Lost Children (La cite des enfants perdus) dir. Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. “Steampunk.”
  • Ghost in the Shell dir. Mamoru Oshii. Anime.
  • Hackers dir. Iain Softley.
  • Johnny Mnemonic dir. Robert Longo. Based on a short story by William Gibson. The film was not a critical or box-office success in the U.S. , which Gibson has partly blamed on the post-production editing; he claims the longer Japanese release is the better one.
  • Judge Dredd dir. Danny Cannon.
  • The Net dir. Irwin Winkler.
  • Sonic Outlaws dir. Craig Baldwin, on “culture jamming.”
  • Strange Days dir. Kathryn Bigelow. Original story by James Cameron.
  • Virtual Assassin dir. Robert Lee (III).
  • Virtuosity dir. Brett Leonard.
  • Faust dirs. Jan Svankmajer and Ernst Gossner.


  • Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace dir. Farhad Mann.
  • Omega Doom dir. Albert Pyun.
  • The Institute Benjamenta or This Dream People Call Life dirs. The Brothers Quay.


  • Alien Resurrection dir Jean-Pierre Jeunet. 4 th movie in the Alien series. Jeunet also directed City of lost children.
  • Armitage III: Poly-Matrix dir. Takuya Sato. Anime. Draws very close parallels to Bladerunner.
  • Conceiving Ada dir. Lynn Hershman-Leeson.
  • Crash dir. David Cronenberg. Adapted from the controversial novel by J.G. Ballard with the same name.
  • Event Horizon dir. Paul Anderson.
  • Gattaca dir. Andrew Niccol.
  • Tetsuo II: Bodyhammer dir. Shinya Tsukamoto. Sequel to Tetsuo: The Iron Man .
  • Conspirators of Pleasure dir. Jan Svankmajer.
  • Men in Black dir. Barry Sonnenfeld.


  • Cube dir. Vincenzo Natali.
  • Dark City dir. Alex Proyas. Draws parallels to both the movie The Crow from 1994 and Kafka’s The Trial.
  • New Rose Hotel dir. Abel Ferrera. Based on a story by William Gibson.
  • π (pi) dir. Darren Aronofsky.
  • Pleasantville dir. Gary Ross.
  • The Truman Show dir. Peter Weir.
  • The X-Files dir. Rob Bowman. Based on the TV series.
  • Velvet Goldmine dir. Todd Haynes. Fictionalized account of the rise of so-called “Glam Rock” (David Bowie, Lou Reed, Marc Bolan, Brian Eno et al).


  • eXistenZ dir. David Cronenberg.
  • The Matrix dirs. Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski.
  • The 13 th Floor dir. Josef Rusnak. Loosely based on Daniel Galouye’s ‘60s sci-fi novel Simulacron 3.
  • Run Lola Run dir. Tom Tykwer.


  • The Cell dir. Tarsem Singh.
  • The 6 th Day dir. Roger Spottiswoode.
  • The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick dir. Mark Steensland. Documentary.
  • Happy Accidents dir. Brad Anderson.
  • Possible Worlds dir. Robert Lepage.


  • A.I. dir. Steven Spielberg. From script by Stanley Kubrick.
  • Versus dir.Riyuhei Kitamura.
  • The Experiment dir. Moritz Bleibtrau.
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch dir. John Cameron Mitchell, from his musical.
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf (Les Pact des Loups) dir. Christophe Gans. (Pre-)”Steampunk.”
  • The Lathe of Heaven dir. Philip Haas. From Ursula K. LeGuin.
  • Impostor dir,Gary Fleder. Based on Philip K. Dick.
  • Better Living Through Circuitry dir. Jon Reiss. On rave culture and electronic dance music, with Genesis P. Orridge, DJ Spooky, Crystal Method, Scanner and many others.


  • Equilibrium dir. Kurt Wimmer.
  • Minority Report dir. Steven Spielberg (based on Philip K. Dick).
  • The Experiment dir. Moritz Bleibtrau.
  • Waking Life dir. Richard Linklater. Inspired by Philip K. Dick (and motion graphics).
  • Reign of Fire dir. Rob Bowman.
  • S1Mone dir.Andrew Niccol.


  • Animatrix various directors.
  • The Matrix: Reloaded dirs. Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski.
  • The Matrix: Revolutions dirs. Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski.
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines dir. Jonathan Mostow
  • Solaris dir. Steven Soderbergh. From Stanislaw Lem.
  • 28 Days Later… dir. Roddy Doyle


  • A Scanner Darkly dir. Richard Linklater, Based on Philip K. Dick novel.

Anime Series related to Cyberpunk:

  • Bubblegum Crisis dir. Hiroaki Gôda, Katsuhito Akiyama. Incredibly long anime series.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion dir. Hideaki Anno. Anime series.
  • Serial Experiments LAIN dir. Ryutaro Nakamura. Anime Series

Compiled by Jill Buxrud and Kirby Malone

(new additions, suggestions and corrections welcomed)


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