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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    Journey to the Seventh Planet

    1962, in 1 top list Check
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    The Transformers: The Movie

    1986, in 2 top lists Check
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    Double Dragon

    1994, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Last Chase

    1981, in 0 top lists Check
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    Radioactive Dreams

    1984, in 1 top list Check
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    Escape from L.A.

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Postman

    1997, in 0 top lists Check
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    Back to the Future Part II

    1989, in 6 top lists Check
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    Post Impact

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cherry 2000

    1987, in 1 top list Check
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    The Island

    2005, in 0 top lists Check
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    Zbogum na dvaesetiot vek

    1998 — a.k.a. Goodbye, 20th Century, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mission to Mars

    2000, in 1 top list Check
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    Reign of Fire

    2002, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Sisterhood

    1988, in 1 top list Check
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    Highlander II: The Quickening

    1991, in 0 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jan 1, 2024 by dirty_score;