Movies Far Ahead of Their Time

Posted on 9 Jul 17:18


No doubt, a lot of creativity and intuitiveness goes into creating movies that would generate millions or billions in the box office. Unfortunately, some of the classic movies that clearly deserve the world’s applause and every accolade that comes their way, usually get kicked to the curb. Just because they are too good or misunderstood for their time. In fact, most of these classic films were given their much-deserved respect decades after their release.

While it is almost impossible to go back in time to correct our mistakes and give these out of print movies their much-deserved respect, we can start now. We can start treating these hard to find movies like the true masterpieces that they are.

Irrespective of the fact that they were produced ahead of their time, these movies have stayed relevant as masterpieces of the Hollywood golden era. Like fine wine, being the classic films that they are -- they have continued to get better with age.  Clearly, that’s why we have come to appreciate the work that has gone into their production.

If you are looking for rare movies or hard to find DVD's that were way ahead of their time and are masterpieces of videography and that will remain relevant for a long time. Here are a few old movies to consider: 

Harrison Bergeron (1995)

This is a sci-fi film directed by Bruce Pittman. In the year 2081, the 211th, 212th, and 213th amendments to the Constitution dictate that all Americans are fully equal and not allowed to be smarter, better-looking, or more physically able than anyone else. The Handicapper General's agents enforce the equality laws, forcing citizens to wear "handicaps": masks for those who are too beautiful, loud radios that disrupt thoughts inside the ears of intelligent people, and heavy weights for the strong or athletic. One April, 14-year-old Harrison Bergeron, an intelligent, athletic, and good-looking teenager, is taken away from his parents, George and Hazel Bergeron, by the government. They are barely aware of the tragedy, as Hazel has "average" intelligence (a euphemism for stupidity), and George has a handicap radio installed by the government to regulate his above-average intelligence. The film is set in a future America where the wealthy minority group try to dumb-down Americans. The movie was a  partial adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut's short classic of the same title, published in 1961 which featured a lot of futuristic gadgets. This is a must-have movie for die-hard sci-fi movie buffs, don't miss it! 


1984 (1984)

John Hurt's classic movie, 1984, is another movie that is undeservedly overlooked and underrated. The film was adapted from George Orwell's futuristic book, '1984', written in 1948, and published in 1949.  The film and book are about a man whose daily job is to re-write history.  Winston lives in a totalitarian society where feelings and compassion are considered a violation of the already established laws. When Winston discovers that he has been working for a pretentious party, he decides to rebel by falling in love. The movie director – Michael Radford – used his inventiveness to create a true masterpiece based on George Orwell’s book. This movie has all the makings of a classic movie; suspense, love, dreams, and drama. This movie deserves a space in all serious movie buffs' collections.


Metroplis (1927)

Another underappreciated film that was produced way ahead of its time. Directed by the legendary Fritz Lang using mind-blowing visuals. As a matter of fact, this movie is said to have paved the way for the glory and reference that most of the renowned science fiction movies we now enjoy. In fact, Star Wars and every other science fiction movie out there owe a debt of gratitude to Metroplis (1927).


The Matrix (1999)

This classic movie only garnered world wide appeal years after it was produced. The movie portrays the life of a young man – Neo – who is predestined to challenge a malevolent cyber-intelligence. Even though The Matrix is now one of the many out of print DVD's, it is still one of the most sought-after classic movies of all time. Fun fact: The Matrix started out as a comic book.  You will have a great time watching this movie, it features many incredible action scenes!

Other films ahead of their time include:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

The Truman Show  (1998)

Slacker (1990)

Gattaca (1997)

Network (1979)

Working girl (1988)

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