Movies Like 'The Hunger Games' to Watch Next

'The Hunger Games' ushered in a new wave of YA adaptations in 2012. On its 10th anniversary, discover some similar dystopian dramas.
by Hedy Phillips — 

Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Hunger Games'

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The Hunger Games, based on the book series of the same name by Suzanne Collins, is a dystopian view of what the United States could look like in an alternate universe, many years from now. With the country broken into districts — many of which devastatingly poor — that have no real unity, the only thing that all of Panem comes together for is each year's titular tournament. In the Games, each district sends a man and woman as tributes to fight until only one is left standing. It's a game of bloodshed and tragedy. But the year that Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) ends up in the Hunger Games is one like no one has ever seen. 

The books and movies have been hugely popular, not just with the young adult crowd they're aimed at, but also those who can't get enough of action, adventure, romance, and yes, some pretty important social and political commentary. Watching Katniss try to decide between Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) is almost as enjoyable as watching her slay her way through the Games. 

At its core, The Hunger Games is a movie full of action in this dystopian universe — a pretty niche movie category. For fans of these types of movies, there are others in the same vein, though. If you're looking for more movies like The Hunger Games to watch right now, we've selected 10 of them based on their likeness to the movie, as well as based on their Metascore.


'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2'

Warner Bros.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans of Harry Potter, of course
Where to watch: 

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Runtime: 130 minutes

While any of the Harry Potter movies would suit for fans of The Hunger Games, the final movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is when the entire story comes to a clattering conclusion. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends finally come face to face with Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and try to defeat him once and for all. What follows is an epic battle at Hogwarts that results in a number of deaths in the izarding world.

"The epic and impassioned close that the saga deserves, a sweeping Wagnerian finish that's taut with suspense and wet with emotion." — Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle


'Battle Royale'

Anchor Bay

Battle Royale

Metascore: 81
Best for: Those who have a strong stomach and don't mind violent thrillers
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes, Pluto TV, Tubi,
Runtime: 114 minutes

Battle Royale is quite similar to The Hunger Games in that it's quite literally a fight to the death. In this Japanese film, a group of teenagers are trapped on a deserted island with limited supplies. They have to kill each other to try to make it to the end of the game. But they can't break any rules, either — they're all wearing collars that will kill them if they do. It's a bloody movie, for sure, but it's hard to stop watching because the cinematography is so good.

"Japan's maestro of mayhemKinji Fukasaku, has delivered a brutal punch to the collective solar plexus with one of his most outrageous and timely films." — Robert Koehler, Variety


Dylan O'Brien in 'The Maze Runner'

20th Century Fox

The Maze Runner

Metascore: 57
Best for: Sci-fi fans
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes,
Runtime: 113 minutes

The Maze Runner is based on the 2009 novel of the same title by James Dashner. In the story, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) finds himself dropped into a maze with no recollection of how he got there. He finds other teenagers there who are just like him — trapped with no ideas of where they came from or how to get out. Thomas, though, is determined to escape the maze, and he'll stop at nothing to make it happen.

"Beyond the visuals, what makes The Maze Runner so compelling is its attention-grabbing storyline." — Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun Times 


From left to right: Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford in 'Ender's Game'

Summit Ent.

Ender's Game

Metascore: 51
Best for: Fans of classic books made into movies
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, , iTunes,
Runtime: 114 minutes

Based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game is a story of the world under attack by aliens. They're out to wipe out everything and everyone, but a brave soul — Mazer Rackham (Sir Ben Kingsley) — saves it all. The victory won't last long, though, as the aliens are sure to return at any moment. That means the military must figure out a way to protect themselves from future attacks by selecting the next Mazer. That's where Ender (Asa Butterfield) comes in.

"Like its hero, Ender's Game relies on brains more than brute force. An absorbing portrait of Lord Of The Flies-style morality housed in imaginative sci-fi casing." — Matt Mueller, Total Film


Shailene Woodley and Theo James in 'Divergent'

Summit Ent.


Metascore: 48
Best for: Fans of dystopian dramas and teenage heroes
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes,
Runtime: 139 minutes

The first movie in this series, based on the book by Veronica Roth, takes you into a dystopian future where everyone must choose their path as they enter adulthood. Shailene Woodley stars as Tris, who chooses the brave Dauntless before discovering she's Divergent — she doesn't fit into just one category. As the world is falling to shambles around her, she discovers that her Divergent status is far more dangerous than she could have imagined.

"Divergent is less action-oriented than The Hunger Games but no less compelling." — James Bernardinelli, Reel Views


Logan Lerman in 'Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief'

Fox 2000

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Metascore: 47
Best for: Fans of adventurous young adult movies
Where to watch: 

, , Google Play, iTunes,
Runtime: 118 minutes

Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is having a hard enough time as a teenager without knowing his father is the Greek god Poseidon (Kevin McKidd). Everything changes when he starts to learn how to be in control of his powers and then use them for good. Not only does he have to keep the Olympians from waging a war in the world around him, but he also has to save his mom from Hades (Steve Coogan). All in a day's work for this talented teen.

"Director Chris Columbus has fun with this goofy premise, but as always I am distracted by the practical aspects of the story." — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times


'The Darkest Minds'

20th Century Fox

The Darkest Minds

Metascore: 39
Best for: Fans of movies about teens with hidden powers
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes,
Runtime: 104 minutes

Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) discovers that she has hidden powers. Unfortunately, the government also finds out around the same time she does and locks her up, along with other teens who recently discovered their powers. Ruby escapes, though, and finds a group of comrades to lean on. But laying low isn't good enough for them, and they soon realize that they need to fight back against those in power before too many other civilians end up hurt or dead.

"The Darkest Minds is smart. It has a lot to convey to its young audience, and the strong cast does everything in their power to illustrate those themes and to bring their characters to earnest, believable life." — William Bibbiani, The Wrap 


From left to right: Timothy Olyphant and Alex Pettyfer in 'I Am Number Four'

Walt Disney Pictures

I Am Number Four

Metascore: 36
Best for: Fans of alien movies
Where to watch: 

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Runtime: 110 minutes

Based on the sci-fi novel by Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four is the Michael Bay-produced film about a teenage alien John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) who came to Earth as a child along with eight other aliens just like him. John is under the care of his guardian Cêpan, a man named Henri (Timothy Olyphant), who is charged with keeping John alive. The aliens are being picked off one by one and can only be killed in order. The first three have already been killed, and John — No. 4 — is next.

"Like a good episode of Smallville: You may feel a bit silly watching it if you're past high-school age, but you just might have a good time." — Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic 


'The Host'

Open Road Films

The Host (2013)

Metascore: 35
Best for: Fans of sci-fi
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes,
Runtime: 125 minutes

This young adult sci-fi movie, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer, is a terrifying tale of what could happen if aliens started taking over humans' brains. They're doing just that, by turning humans into hosts, but Melanie (Saoirse Ronan) has so far dodged the aliens trying to get her. It's not easy, though, to keep herself and her family safe, but she has a Seeker — a good guy — on her side. At least that's what she thinks.

"A silly, if fun, futuristic sci-fi romance." — Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer


Chloë Grace Moretz in 'The 5th Wave'

Columbia Pictures

The 5th Wave

Metascore: 33
Best for: Fans of apocalyptic thrills
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes, Tubi,
Runtime: 112 minutes

Teenager Cassie Sullivan (Chloë Grace Moretz) has been separated from her family amid alien attacks and spends every waking moment trying to survive the disasters the attacks brought on. From tsunamis to earthquakes, the deadly events just keep coming. She teams up with a stranger named Evan Walker (Alex Roe) to try to find her family, and though she doesn't know him, she has to trust him because her time is running out and she has no one else to turn to.

"The 5th Wave finds a way to make the most of Moretz's talents, with the emotionality she showed in If I Stay and the utter physical chutzpah of her Kick-Ass films." — Brian Truitt, USA Today