10 Movies Like Alita Battle Angel to Watch if you Like Dystopian Sci-Fi

Looking for science-fiction movies like Alita Battle Angel? We have compiled a set of movies similar to Alita Battle Angel that might enjoy watching.

Source: Still from Alita Battle Angel

When Alita Battle Angel was released in 2019, it had decent reviews but a lukewarm reception at the box office. However, over the past couple of years, more and more people have come to appreciate this visually beautiful and action-packed movie with a heart. While there aren’t many examples of anime-based films done right, Alita Battle Angel is certainly one of them.

However, watching Alita Battle Angel left in me an itch to explore movies with similar themes, characters and worlds. If you are looking to watch movies similar to Alita Battle Angel, check out this list of films below

Movies like Altia Battle Angel

  1. Ready Player One
  2. Valerian
  3. Blade Runner 2049
  4. Ghost in the Shell
  5. Tron Legacy
  6. Mad Max Fury Road
  7. Maze Runner
  8. Upgrade
  9. District 9
  10. Mortal Engines

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Ready Player One

Similar to Alita Battle Angel, when Ready Player One was released on the big screen, it did not have a very good box office reception. However, the film received highly positive critical reviews for its gorgeous visuals and spectacular CGI work. Fans of the book loved how well the film managed to translate the story from the pages onto the screen without skipping any important beats.

Most importantly, the look and the feel of the film is surprisingly similar to Alita Battle Angel. The main characters of the film are relatable and it’s easy to immerse yourself into the beautiful high-tech virtual world of Ready Player One. There are a ton of pop-cultural references in the film, which was one of the main highlights of the book. All this is not to say there are no faults in the film, there are several. However, for fans of the book and sci-fi genre, Ready Player One is a highly enjoyable experience. If you are looking for movies similar to Alita Battle Angel, Ready Player One easily takes the top spot.

Tron Legacy

Tron Legacy left the fans of the franchise divided into two opinions. It was undeniable that the film had groundbreaking CGI and special effects work. At the same time, old fans of the franchise felt betrayed since the story of the film did not stand up to their expectations. Nevertheless, Tron Legacy is a visual spectacle that appears once in a generation. The incredibly iconic soundtrack by Daft Punk elevates the film to a much higher level.

The feel of the film is also very similar to Alita Battle Angel, where the protagonist finds themselves in a completely new world filled with threats and adventure. It’s a story about the main character finding themselves and establishing their own identity in a world where everything is virtual. The neon, blue and orange special effects of the film are worthy of being watched in IMAX. Michael Sheen and Olivia Wilde deliver great performances. If you are looking for movies like Alita Battle Angel, you should most definitely check out Tron: Legacy.

Blade Runner 2049

I may be biased with this entry in the list, but Dennis Villeneuve is one of my all-time favourite directors. Just like the above two films on the list, Blade Runner 2049 was not a box office success considering the film’s budget, but it’s one of the highest-rated films and a worthy successor to the first classic Blade Runner movie. Director Villeneuve manages to create a dystopian world that looks exquisitely beautiful and the cinematography is one of the best in modern times.

Just like in Alita Battle Angel, the main character K (played brilliantly by Ryan Gosling), is confused about his identity and goes on a journey of self-discovery that could change the whole world. Harrison Ford is back in his role as a blade runner and plays his part to perfection. While some viewers may not enjoy the long brooding scenes, they only add to the gloomy atmosphere that Villeneuve manages to capture. The film also has much deeper themes like existentialism and what it means to be truly human. The story writing is impeccable and the set designs are absolutely mind-blowing. If you are looking for movies similar to Alita Battle Angel, you cannot go wrong with Blade Runner 2049.

Mad Max Fury Road

At first glance, Mad Max may not appear to be an obvious choice for a movie similar to Alita Battle Angel. However, the futuristic dystopian world, the tight grip that the rulers have on their people and the fight for scarce resources are similar themes across both movies. Both movies are full of incredible action scenes that get your heart pumping, although when it comes to Mad Max: Fury Road, the action never lets up. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron give some of the best performances in cinema history in this film.

Fury Road is also one of the most successful films released in recent times, winning a total of 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Sound Design, Best Director, Best Cinematography and more. If you liked the futuristic feel and action of Alita, Fury Road just doubles down on it. If you haven’t seen Mad Max: Fury Road yet, you need to watch it ASAP. It’s one of the best films like Alita Battle Angel you can watch. Check out the trailer to get a glimpse of the incredible film that is Mad Max Fury Road.

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Maze Runner

If you are looking for movies like Alita Battle Angel that fit the ‘young adult fantasy’ genre, Maze Runner is the perfect film. The 2014 Maze Runner starts with an amazing action scene. Just like the movie Alita, the protagonist of the film is thrown into an entirely new dystopian world where he has to learn fighting and survival skills to live till the next day. Over the course of the film, the bigger story becomes clearer and we get a good look at who the real villain is.

As the title of the film suggests, it is set in a deadly maze that keeps changing constantly, where a group of young boys have to fight their way through many challenges to discover the truth. If you are a fan of film franchises, you will be delighted to know that there are two more films in the Maze Runner series that you can check out after watching the first film.

Upgrade

Upgrade could be considered a darker spiritual successor to Alita Battle Angel. In both films, the protagonists who have lost their original bodies are fitted with cybernetic upgrades that they use to get revenge and reach the truth about their past. Admittedly, Upgrade has a lot more bloody violence and action compared to Alita, but the central theme for both movies remains the same.

Even if you are not a big sci-fi fan, Upgrade stands on its own as a stellar action thriller film with a highly engaging story that will keep you glued to the screen from the start of the film to the end. I will not spoil too much about the movie here, but Upgrade is a film a movie enthusiast should definitely watch once. Most importantly, Upgrade is one of the best movies similar to Alita Battle Angel you can check out.

District 9

District 9 is a deeply weird and political film and I was initially reluctant to add it to this list. However, there are many political similarities between this film and Alita that I felt could be explored more by the audiences. District 9 by director Neill Blomkamp is a thought-provoking film that starts with a large ship full of malnourished aliens that land in South Africa. There are many references to racism and apartheid in the film that come from the humans’ treatment of the aliens as inferior creatures.

Similarly in Alita Battle Angel, the people who are living in the slums below the floating city are considered to be inferior citizens. However, unlike Alita Battle Angel, this film contains very little action but is much more focused on showing the political side of how humans are taking advantage of these helpless aliens. If you are looking for sci-fi movies like Alita Battle Angel, District 9 is a great choice.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

When it comes to movies that look and feel like Alita Battle Angel, Valerian is one of the top ones. The film has incredible cinematography and special effects that are somewhat brought down by its lacklustre story. Although the film received mixed reviews, it’s is worth a watch simply given its beautiful special effects. The leads played by Deen DeHaan and Cara Delavingne are satisfactory in their roles but one does wonder if the film would have benefitted from better actors.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has an interesting premise where thousands of cultures are living together and interacting with each other. There are many interesting action scenes in the film but the dialogues often fall flat. However, if you are bored at home and looking for something to watch, Valerian is a great film like Alita Battle Angel to check out.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell is the live-action adaptation of the classic anime film of the same name. The anime film of 1995 is considered to be one of the best cyberpunk works of all time. While the live-action does not match up to the expectations set by the original film, it’s still very much a great film on its own.

Scarlett Johansson stars as the lead role in the film, playing a robot embedded with a human mind. The film presents many interesting concepts for the viewers to think about and the action in the film is also quite memorable. Without going into too much detail, it’s safe to say that Ghost in the Shell will satisfy fans of sci-fi and is one of the best movies like Alita Battle Angel.

Mortal Engines

The world of Mortal Engines feels very much like Alita Battle Angel, cyberpunk, dystopian and futuristic. The premise of the film is wild, after a great big war, the survivors build huge robotic cities that serve as fortresses and these cities fight each other to take over their resources. The film is highly entertaining and fans of cyberpunk sci-fi will definitely enjoy watching this movie that is similar to Alita Battle Angel.

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