WTF? What The Future (were they thinking)?

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If you're a fan of dystopian movies, then this is for you:
This list is a compilation of all the movies (fiction or animated) that were made in the 20th century but are set in the 21st century and starting with a rule of 10 year gap after 1990, with the sole intent of analyzing the future (our current present) through those past movies. The list is now expanding to include early 21st century productions set in the future with the 90's rule applied.

Update:
The list is meant to be updated every year but since it's also a dynamic list and more unknown, obscure movies can get discovered, it can be updated at any time and you can always help sending a PM with a proof of date of the movie in question you think it's missing.

Eligibility:
The movie must be set mostly in a determinate future (10+ years after the date of the movie's release) and can't be just a short segment. In case of time traveling movies or movies that span several years, the main year(s) should be at least 33% of the movie's runtime and must be relevant to the plot and the setting. Must have had a theatrical release.

Not eligible:
Documentaries, TV/Mini-Series, TV/Straight-to-DVD Movies, Experimental, Shorts.
Retellings, paralell stories or continuations from TV/Mini-Series.
Mere possibility, unclear or confusing timelines.


2001: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Journey To The Seventh Planet, Riki Oh: The Story Of Ricky, Tango 2001;
2002:
2003:
2004: Timecop;
2005: The Transformers: The Movie;
2006: Any Day Now (Vandaag of Morgen);
2007: Adrenaline: Fear The Rush, Double Dragon;
2008: Split Second;
2009: Freejack;
2010: 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Sleepwalker (La Sonambula), Cybernator;
2011: Bombshell, The Last Chase, Radioactive Dreams, A Time Of Roses (Ruusujen Aika);
2012: Mutant Action (Accion Mutante), The Baron (The Ultimate Warrior);
2013: Escape From L.A., The Postman;
2014: A Long Return (Largo Retorno), Moon Child;
2015: Firebird 2015 AD, The 6th Day, Back To The Future Part II, Spaceflight IC-1: An Adventure In Space, Post Impact;
2016:
2017: Barb Wire, Cherry 2000, Fortress;
2018: Rollerball, Future Fear;
2019: 2019: After The Fall Of New York (2019 - Dopo La Caduta Di New York), Akira, Blade Runner, Daybreakers, The Island, Warriors Of The Wasteland (I Nuovi Barbari), The Running Man, Heatseeker, Goodbye 20th Century (Zbogum Na Dvaesetiot Vek);
2020: 2020 Texas Gladiators (Anno 2020 - I Gladiatori Del Futuro), Cabaret Sin, Droid, Mission To Mars, Reign Of Fire, Stranded, Yesterday (Yeseuteodei), Battle Queen 2020 (BattleQueen 2020); *
2021: It's All About Love, Johnny Mnemonic, Moon Zero Two, Resiklo, The Sisterhood;
2022: The Dark Side Of The Moon, 2022 Tsunami, Deham, No Escape, Soylent Green;
2023: Gemini Rising;
2024: Hack//The Movie (Dotto hakku: Sekai no mukou ni), Beyond the Time Barrier (The War of 1995), A Boy and His Dog, Highlander II: The Quickening


* Beware that Droid is just a softcore recut of Cabaret Sin for general, non-porn audiences.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Films_set_in_the_2020s
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_set_in_the_future
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stories_set_in_a_future_now_in_the_past

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 45 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 36 top lists Check
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    Akira

    1988, in 22 top lists Check
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    Back to the Future Part II

    1989, in 6 top lists Check
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    Lik wong

    1991 — a.k.a. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky, in 4 top lists Check
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    Rollerball

    1975, in 4 top lists Check
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    A Boy and His Dog

    1975, in 3 top lists Check
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    Soylent Green

    1973, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Transformers: The Movie

    1986, in 2 top lists Check
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    2019 - Dopo la caduta di New York

    1983 — a.k.a. 2019: After the Fall of New York, in 1 top list Check
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    Cherry 2000

    1987, in 1 top list Check
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    Daybreakers

    2009, in 1 top list Check
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    Fortress

    1992, in 1 top list Check
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    Freejack

    1992, in 1 top list Check
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    Journey to the Seventh Planet

    1962, in 1 top list Check
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    Mission to Mars

    2000, in 1 top list Check
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    No Escape

    1994, in 1 top list Check
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    Radioactive Dreams

    1984, in 1 top list Check
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    The Running Man

    1987, in 1 top list Check
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    Ruusujen aika

    1969 — a.k.a. A Time of Roses, in 1 top list Check
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    The Sisterhood

    1988, in 1 top list Check
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    Timecop

    1994, in 1 top list Check
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    2010: The Year We Make Contact

    1984 — a.k.a. 2010, in 0 top lists Check
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    2022 Tsunami

    2009, in 0 top lists Check
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    The 6th Day

    2000, in 0 top lists Check
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    Acción mutante

    1993 — a.k.a. Mutant Action, in 0 top lists Check
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    Adrenalin: Fear the Rush

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    Anno 2020 - I gladiatori del futuro

    1982 — a.k.a. 2020 Texas Gladiators, in 0 top lists Check
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    Barb Wire

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    BattleQueen 2020

    2001 — a.k.a. Battle Queen 2020, in 0 top lists Check
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    Beyond the Time Barrier

    1960 — a.k.a. The War of 1995, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bombshell

    1997, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cabaret Sin

    1987, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cybernator

    1991, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Dark Side of the Moon

    1990, in 0 top lists Check
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    Deham

    2001, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dotto hakku: Sekai no mukou ni

    2012 — a.k.a. .Hack//The Movie, in 0 top lists Check
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    Double Dragon

    1994, in 0 top lists Check
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    Droid

    1988, in 0 top lists Check
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    Escape from L.A.

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    Firebird 2015 AD

    1981, in 0 top lists Check
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    Future Fear

    1997, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gemini Rising

    2013, in 0 top lists Check
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    Heatseeker

    1995, in 0 top lists Check
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    Highlander II: The Quickening

    1991, in 0 top lists Check
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    I nuovi barbari

    1983 — a.k.a. Warriors of the Wasteland, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Island

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    It's All About Love

    2003, in 0 top lists Check
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    Johnny Mnemonic

    1995, in 0 top lists Check
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    Largo retorno

    1975 — a.k.a. A Long Return, in 0 top lists Check
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