In movies like The Hunger Games, a post-apocalyptic society puts young people – some teenagers and children – in grave peril. The story follows a teenager named Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to represent her home district in an event put on by the government as punishment for a previous uprising. Each District sends one boy and one girl to the Hunger Games, where they fight to the death. The solitary survivor becomes a celebrity, but as the novel and movie series demonstrated, they are not immune to being compelled to fight again in the future.
Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games books were turned into four films, with the final book in the series split into two. They became a hugely popular brand, attracting a similar following to the Harry Potter franchise as a young adult coming-of-age series, albeit one with many more deaths than even the world of Harry Potter. Several more young adult properties with comparable tales and concepts emerged as a result of these two brands. Furthermore, viewers can uncover a plethora of films from the past that definitely influenced films like The Hunger Games.
Snowpiercer is another post-apocalyptic film based on a book. In this case, it was the French comic novel by Jacques Lop and Jean-Marc Rochette. The film follows the same plot as the novel, with a climate disaster bringing a new ice age. passengers, however, saw it coming and built a self-sufficient train that could keep the passengers on board alive until the planet became habitable again. It has the same themes as movies like The Hunger Games, with class conflict and a violent revolution.
The Maze Runner Series (2014 – 2018)
Again, there is something about this series that is inextricably linked to The Hunger Games. The plethora of young romance and overly heroic action moments make this a natural follow-up viewing. The enigmatic maze is the only way out of the grassy area in which the group is stuck, and it’s tough to survive in there, much like the Games itself. The Maze Runner films frequently outperform the Hunger Games franchise in terms of quality, thanks to some interesting twists and turns throughout the series.
The Divergent Series (2014 – 2016)
The similarities between Divergent and movies like The Hunger Games are significant, with teenage characters leading this trilogy and a bleak future for them to roam around. To begin, in this futuristic planet, everyone is separated into factions based on qualities. Not precisely the same, however, there is some overlap with the concept of districts. Also, Tris’ costume in much of the film immediately makes one think of Katniss’ outfit in the later films. On top of that, love tales, teen turmoil, and over-the-top action make this a film to watch after The Hunger Games.
Battle Royale (2000)
Battle Royale existed long before the Hunger Games universe. The novel of the same name by Koushun Takami is what gave rise to the cultural phenomenon that inspired the name of the currently thriving battle royale video game genre. Putting a group of kids on an island and leaving them to battle to the death until only one victor remains feels eerily similar to movies like The Hunger Games. In truth, the only major difference between the two films is that this one isn’t broadcast on television and the children featured are labeled as “unruly” rather than being chosen at random.
Hanna has a particular element that elevates it above teen dramas like The Hunger Games. The film follows Hanna Heller, a 15-year-old (only a year younger than Katniss at the start of the first film in the series) with incredible martial skills. Viewers don’t get to see Katniss’ abilities until she captures the attention of sponsors during her training, but Hanna has been coached by an ex-CIA officer since she was two years old. As a result, she is an expert assassin. The plot that follows is not as bleak as The Hunger Games, but there are some similarities between the main characters.
The Truman Show (1998)
With Jim Carrey in the lead, Truman Show lacks the teen misery that movies like The Hunger Games are known for. What it does have, though, is an odd 1984-like atmosphere that produces a frightening sensation in a picture that seeks to give off a sunny, optimistic vibe. Watching Truman live his life in anguish, ignorant that everyone around him is acting and the world is watching his every move, is analogous to the reaping process, in which the hosts and sponsors happily promote a show they know will result in the death of several children.
Lord Of The Flies (1963)
There is no competitive, coercive element here, but Suzanne Collins must have drawn inspiration from the renowned William Golding novel Lord Of The Flies. A group of children must create a community after crashing on an island. The novel then depicts the interaction between youngsters that is so prominent in The Hunger Games, and we eventually see some dramatic, violent tensions among a group of people pushed to mature far too soon.
While Circle is far more adult-oriented and does not specifically focus on the struggle for survival among children, its horrific fundamental story mechanism creates a clear overlap with films like The Hunger Games.
Inspired by the one-room drama 12 Angry Men, the video depicts 50 people in a circle who are killed when they try to leave or one by one every minute. They create numerous alliances, similar to what happens in the Games, and they can selectively kill others, with the concept of a single survivor pervading their brains.