If you liked the Neil-Burger-directed Sci-Fi action film of 2014, the Divergent, you’re in for a treat. As in this article, we’ll take you on an engaging ride through the best similar movies like Divergent that are an absolute must-watch.
Based on the worldwide best-selling 2011 novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, the action movie features an international ensemble cast including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet along with the likes of Ansel Elgort, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, and Miles Teller among many others.
Set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, the attractive plot of the dystopian future and the entertaining action sequences along with the excellent performance from the star cast of Woodley, James, and Winslet keeps the story enthralling and quite engaging.
If movies like Divergent speaks to your very core, we recommend you to read along. As in the following subsections of the article, we’re about to go through the list of over a dozen captivating movies similar to Shailene-Woodley-starrer Divergent.
Top 7 Movies Like Divergent
#1 Divergent Sequels
Without any doubt, the next movies to watch right after the first installment of the Divergent series includes its two sequels – Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016) produced by the team of Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick, and Pouya Shabazian.
The Sci-Fi action-adventure saga that started out in 2014 with Divergent sees the protagonists Tris (played by Woodley) and Four (played by James) up against the Erudite leader Jeanine (played by Winslet). Follow through with Tris on her journey as she sets out on the mission to unravel the truth about her past and the future of her world.
Runtime: 240 minutes
IMDB: 6.2/10 (Insurgent) and 5.7/10 (Allegiant)
Director: Robert Schwentke
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts
#2 The Hunger Games Film Series
The Hunger Games finds its similarity to Divergent as both center around a female-led storyline set in the dystopian world. Just as Divergent features Beatrice, The Hunger Games has its own savior in the form of Katniss Everdeen.
*cues the Mockingjay whistle while performing the three-finger salute*
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Woody Harrelson among others, the 4-film series is adapted from Suzanne Collins’ novel trilogy of the same name. The plot of The Hunger Games series takes us into the events leading up to a resistance against the Capitol and President Snow who organizes the brutal and barbarous Hunger Games every year wherein the tributes must battle it out against one other in the ultimate survival.
Runtime: 548 minutes
Director: Gary Ross and Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Julianne Moore
#3 The Maze Runner Film Series
Continuing on our dystopian action-adventure ride, we’ve got one of the best film trilogies that you’ll easily be able to relate to the Divergent series. Based on novels of the same name by James Dashner, The Maze Runner movie series includes The Maze Runner (2014), the first installment along with the other two sequels namely The Scorch Trials (2015), and The Death Cure (2018).
The whole Maze Runner saga revolves around Thomas in his adventures as he sets out to discover clues about the World Catastrophe Killzone Department, better known as WCKD. Join Thomas along with fellow runners in their dangerous journey as they attempt to escape life-threatening labyrinths and mazes to uncover the secrets of the WCKD over a course of three amazing and adrenaline-rushing films.
Runtime: 386 minutes
Director: Wes Ball
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Ki Hong Lee, Dexter Darden, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patricia Clarkson
#4 Ender’s Game (2013)
Up next, we’ve got Gavin Hood written-and-directed military Sci-Fi adventure flick – Ender’s Game. Based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Scott Card, the science fiction action film features Sex Education’s Asa Butterfield in lead along with the supporting cast of Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, and Hailee Steinfeld among others.
Focussing on an intergalactic war between humanity and an insectoid alien race known as the Formics, Ender’s Game storyline follows the narrative of young Ender Wiggin who is enlisted by the International Military to lead the fight in the hopes of saving Earth.
Runtime: 1h 54min
Director: Gavin Hood
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin
#5 Mortal Engines (2018)
Coming in next in the list of movies like Divergent, we’ve got the 2018 steampunk film, Mortal Engines. Directed by Christian Rivers, the futuristic Sci-Fi action flick is somewhat based on Philip Reeve’s novel that shares the same title as the film.
Internationally co-produced by the US and New Zealand, the film takes the audience into a post-apocalyptic world set after the cataclysmic conflict known as the Sixty Minute War. The film follows the mysterious Hester Shaw and the outcast Tom Natsworthy in a joint mission to stop a conspiracy in the world of mobile and motorized cities mounted on wheels.
Runtime: 2h 8min
Director: Christian Rivers
Cast: Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Lang
#6 The 5th Wave (2016)
Based on Rick Yancey’s 2013 novel of the same name, The 5th Wave makes it into the list with its Sci-Fi dystopian theme just like Divergent’s. Apart from the similar theme and a female-led cast, the storyline of The 5th Wave completely differs from Divergent as it takes into the events of an apocalyptic alien invasion.
Released in the United States under Columbia Pictures, the science fiction action film turned out to be a box office success fetching in over 2x its budget of $50 million. The plot of the movie follows Cassie Sullivan who in the wake of four deadly waves of alien attacks is on the run for survival.
However, in a surprising turn of events, Cassie learns about the fifth and final wave that will destroy the entire human race. Join her journey as she teams up with a young man named Evan Walker in an attempt to try and avert the catastrophe while desperately trying to protect her younger brother.
Runtime: 1h 52min
Director: J Blakeson
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, Zackary Arthur, Liev Schreiber
#7 The Giver (2014)
Up next, we have the 2014 American dystopian drama film, The Giver that features an international all-star cast including Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Meryl Streep, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, and Taylor Swift among several others.
Based on Lois Lowry’s novel of the same name, The Giver’s plot centers around a reorganized society free from conflict, pain, war, and suffering following the aftermath of a devastating calamity. Much like the Divergent, follow through the courageous journey of Jonas and his best friends Asher and Fiona as the former sets out to free the community in an attempt to bring back the true pain and pleasure of the real imperfect world.
Runtime: 1h 37min
Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush, Emma Tremblay
Other Movies Like Divergent That Are Worth Watching
- Battle Royale (2000)
- Dune (1984)
- The Host (2013)
- The Circle (2017)
- V For Vendetta (2005)
- Lucy (2014)
- City of Ember (2008)
- Tomorrowland: A World Beyond (2015)
- Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
- The Spectacular Now (2013)
- Ready Player One (2018)
- Minority Report (2002)
- The Matrix (1999)
- In Time (2011)
- I Am Number Four (2011)
This brings us to the conclusion of our list of movies similar to Divergent. From the obvious sequels in the Divergent series to some of the best dystopian Sci-Fi flicks similar to Beatrice’s storylines, we’ve covered over 20 movies like Divergent that are a must-watch.
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