This is a list of films that incorporate satire or were described as such. Made-for-television and animated films are also included.

Title Year Credits Country Subgenre
La signora di tutti[1] (1934) Directed by Max Ophüls
Written by Salvator Gotta (novel), Curt Alexander, Hans Wilhelm, Max Ophüls
Italy Drama
A Face in the Crowd[2] (1957) Directed by Elia Kazan
Written by Budd Schulberg
United States Drama
The Manchurian Candidate[3] (1962) Directed by John Frankenheimer
Written by George Axelrod and based on The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
United States Thriller (Political, neo-noir, psychological)
Le Mépris[4] (1963) Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Based on Il disprezzo by Alberto Moravia
International (France, Italy) Drama
(French New Wave)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb[5] (1964) Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Based on Red Alert by Peter George
International (United Kingdom, United States) Comedy-science fiction
Night of the Living Dead[6] (1968) Directed by George A. Romero
Written by Romero, John Russo
United States Horror (Zombie)
Sleeper[5] (1973) Directed by Woody Allen
Written by Allen, Marshall Brickman
United States Comedy-science fiction
House of Whipcord[4] (1974) Directed by Pete Walker
Written by David McGillivray, Walker
United Kingdom Horror
Network[2] (1976) Directed by Sidney Lumet
Written by Paddy Chayefsky
United States Drama
Dawn of the Dead[7] (1978) Directed and written by Romero United States Horror (Zombie)
This Is Spınal Tap: A Rockumentary by Martin Di Bergi[8] (1984) Directed by Rob Reiner
Written by Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Reiner
United States Mockumentary
Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future[4] (TV-film) (1984) Directed by Rocky Morton, Annabel Jankel United Kingdom Science fiction (Cyberpunk)
Brazil[9] (1985) Directed by Terry Gilliam
Written by Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, Charles McKeown
United Kingdom Science fiction drama
Desert Bloom[10] (1986) Directed by Eugene Corr and written by Corr and Linda Remy United States Drama
RoboCop[5] (1987) Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Written by Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner
United States Science fiction-action
They Live[11] (1988) Directed by John Carpenter
Written by Frank Armitage and based on "Eight O'Clock in the Morning" by Ray Nelson
United States Science fiction-action
The Distinguished Gentleman[8] (1992) Directed by Jonathan Lynn
Written by Marty Kaplan, Jonathan Reynolds
United States Comedy
Bob Roberts[8] (1992) Written and directed by Tim Robbins United States Mockumentary
Demolition Man[12] (1993) Directed by Marco Brambilla
Written (disputed) by Daniel Waters, Robert Reneau, Peter M. Lenkov
United States Science fiction-action
Starship Troopers[2] (1997) Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Based on Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
United States Science fiction-action
The Truman Show[13] (1998) Directed by Peter Weir
Written by Andrew Niccol
United States Comedy-drama
Battle Royale [4] (2000) Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Based on Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Japan Thriller-action
Dumplings[4] (2004) Directed by Fruit Chan
Written by Lilian Lee
Hong Kong Horror
Land of the Dead [14] (2005) Written and directed by George A. Romero International (Canada, France, United States) Horror
(Zombie, Post-apocalyptic)
District 9[12] (2009) Directed by Neill Blomkamp
Written by Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
International (South Africa, United States, New Zealand) Science fiction-action
The Cabin in the Woods[15] (2011) Directed by Drew Goddard
Written by Goddard, Joss Whedon
United States Comedy-horror

See also



  1. ^ Ian Conrich and David Woods (eds), The Cinema of John Carpenter: The Technique of Terror (Wallflower Press, 2004), p. 17, ISBN 1 -904764-14-2.
  2. ^ a b c Cogan B, Kelso T (2009). Encyclopedia of Politics, the Media, and Popular Culture. ABC-CLIO, p. 119, ISBN 9780313343797
  3. ^ Davidson, Telly (2016). Culture War: How the '90s Made Us Who We Are Today (Whether We Like It or Not). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-1- 4766-6619-8 – via Google Books. (p. 162)
  4. ^ a b c d e Davies, Clive (2015). Spinegrinder: The Movies Most Critics Won’t Write About. SCB Distributors. ISBN 9781909394063.
  5. ^ a b c Westfahl, Gary (2005). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders, Volume 2, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 694, ISBN 9780313329524. Quote: "Science fiction films often turn to satire to comment on contemporary trends. Dr Strangelove satirizes the politicians and scientists who plot nuclear war; Woody Allen's Sleeper (1973) brings a slapstick sensibility to the story of a contemporary man who awakens to find himself in a strange future world; and Paul Verhoeven's Robocop (1987) satirically comments upon the casual violence and corruption of its future world even as it indulges in a violent spectacle of its own."
  6. ^ Webley SJ, Zackariasson P (2019). The Playful Undead and Video Games: Critical Analyses of Zombies and Gameplay. Routledge. ISBN 9781351716512. Quote: "Resident Evil 5 (Capcom, 2009) faced accusations of racism in its depiction of African zombies (Brock 2011; Pham 2009; Goldstein 2009), suggesting that the undead are not quite 'other' enough to alleviate moral and social concerns. This is an ironic turn in zombies' popular culture history, perhaps, given the satirical intentions of George A. Romero's original zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead (The Walter Reade Organization, 1968). The film was released just six months after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and Romero sought to cast non-white actors in significant roles and went so far as to depict the lynching and murder of a key black character at the film's conclusion."
  7. ^ Knöppler, Christian (2017). The Monster Always Returns: American Horror Films and Their Remakes, transcript Verlag, p. 91, ISBN 9783839437353.
  8. ^ a b c Nillson J (2013), American Film Satire in the 1990s: Hollywood Subversion, Springer, ISBN 9781137300997
  9. ^ Freudenburg, Kirk. Satires of Rome: Threatening Poses from Lucilius to Juvenal. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-521-00621-X.
  10. ^ Levy, Emanuel (1999). Cinema of Outsiders: The Rise of American Independent Film. New York University Press. ISBN 0-8147-5123-7., p. 285.
  11. ^ Lethem, Jonathan (2010). They Live: A Novel Approach to Cinema, Catapult, ISBN 9781593763930.
  12. ^ a b Hughes, Howard (2014). Outer Limits: The Filmgoers’ Guide to the Great Science-Fiction Films. Bloomsbury Publishing. pgs. 230, 253. ISBN 9780857723932.
  13. ^ Flanders, Judith (2014),The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes, Atlantic Books, p. 189, ISBN 9781782393788.
  14. ^ Fahy, Thomas, ed. (2012). The Philosophy of Horror. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0813136554., p. 121-3. Quote: "[E]xamining the film's satiric treatment of American capitalism and, by extension, a global economic order predicated upon class exploitation. Indeed, the economic system depicted in Land of the Dead has a remarkable parallel with Marx's representation of capitalist society. [...] THe besieged house is transformed into an entire city allegorically representing America and its relationship to the underdeveloped, exploited nations on the periphery of empire."
  15. ^ Cowdell S, Fleming C, Hodge J (2015). Mimesis, Movies, and Media: Violence, Desire, and the Sacred, Volume 3. Bloomsbury Publishing USA, p. 107, ISBN 9781628924657.