While you’re playing Cyberpunk 2077, you may feel in the mood to watch (or rewatch) a movie or TV show that’s reminiscent of the game. Once you run through your list of favorites, you may find yourself curious if there are other movies or TV shows within that genre.
It doesn’t have to be specifically “cyberpunk” in nature to remind you of Cyberpunk 2077. Trust us, we’ve been seeing Cyberpunk 2077 everywhere and in everything since we started playing it. With this in mind, we thought it’d be fun to put together a list of recommended movies and TV shows to help you keep the Cyberpunk 2077 vibe going.
Note these are our personal picks, and some of them might be a little weird. Or a lot weird, it’s hard to say.
Cyberpunk 2077 | Recommended Movies and Shows To Keep The Vibe Going
Ok, let’s get this recommendation out of the way because you knew it was going to be in here. Blade Runner is iconic, how could it not be on this list? In the event you’ve never seen it, the original Blade Runner released in 1982 and is an adaptation of the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.
The movie stars Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, a blade runner who’s been asked to hunt down escaped replicants. As he does this, he gains insight into what it means to be human as he learns more about these replicants, including the memorably Roy Batty.
Overall, there’s a lot of depth to Blade Runner, but there’s also a lot of incredible visuals to it as well that make it as fun to look at as it is to experience story wise. Blade Runner 2049 is more of the same, and equally worth watching.
If we had to pick the closest movie or TV show to Cyberpunk 2077 on this list, Altered Carbon is high on the list. It has to compete with the likes of Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell, but it really has the spirit of Cyberpunk 2077 down to a dark science.
The first season of Altered Carbon is undoubtedly better than the second season, but both are equally worth watching. The world has granted people immortality by collecting consciousness in a device referred to as a Stack, so if your body dies but your Stack is intact, you can put that into a new body either real or synthetic.
In Altered Carbon, you’ll get nudity, tech, upgrades, enhancements, action, shooting, a gritty plot, and a world that always wants to sell something to you. It checks all the Cyberpunk 2077 boxes and then some. In fact, we’re probably going to go back and rewatch season one, Cyberpunk 2077 really put us in the mood for it.
Anime fans know it, love it, and won’t be surprised to see it listed here alongside cyberpunk recommendations. Ghost in the Shell is set in a futuristic Japan full of cybernetic parts (you’ll see them on a number of characters) along with cyberbrains.
The cyberbrain element reminds us both of Altered Carbon’s Stacks and the transfer of Alex Murphy’s brain into RoboCop where the memories are retained but there are certain drawbacks, of course.
In Ghost in the Shell, one of these drawbacks is the cyberbrain’s vulnerability to hackers. All of it together and paired with some expertly written characters and mature dialogue and subjects makes for a truly engrossing watch.
With there being a number of adaptations to check out, we recommend starting with the 1995 film and expanding out from there.
Akira is one of the greatest anime films of all time. It’s creative, it’s visually striking, and it tells an interesting story. The aesthetic of Neo-Tokyo and gang dynamics definitely remind us of Cyberpunk 2077, and vice versa obviously.
Akira has some added fun thrown in when it comes to psychic abilities and some out of this world imagery we can only describe as “body horror” so keep that in mind before watching the film. It can be brutal and emotional.
We genuinely don’t want to ruin too much if you haven’t seen it, so all we can do at this point is say that if you liked Cyberpunk 2077, or you like other suggestions on this list, we have no doubt you’ll be sucked into the world of Akira from start to finish.
The Fifth Element is one of those oddball movies that you think about every so often. Not really for its plot, which is kind of all over the place, but for the characters, setting, aesthetic, and atmosphere.
The movie follows Bruce Willis as Korben Dallas, a taxi cab driver in New York City who’s divorced and lives alone with his cat. There’s a big giant evil mass in space, and only the “perfect being” aka the Fifth Element can stop it.
That perfect being is Leeloo, an orange-haired badass played by Milla Jovovich who jumps off a building and falls into Korben’s taxi. As great as Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich are, it’s worth noting that the film has some other memorable performances from actors like Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod and Gary Oldman as Zorg.
We won’t give anything else away, it’s way too much fun to have you watch the movie and see how weird it is for yourself.
Speaking of weird… we have a very personal recommendation here for Repo: The Genetic Opera. A “so bad it’s good” movie with a cool plot and stunning imagery. You won’t find too much focus on cyberpunk tech in this film (aside from Blind Mag’s eyes), but it's still good with its focus on capitalism reaching its hands into the area of organ sales.
You can buy new organs if you need them, and hey, there are convenient payment plans if you’re a little short on cash. If you somehow become unable to make those payments, you’ll have to give those organs back.
This process is extra bloody and violent as Repo Men come and basically rip those organs out of you while you’re still alive. This entire plot is delivered to you in the form of a “rock opera” where characters sing throughout the entire film. If you can sit through that without losing your mind, it’s worth it.
Everything is done in such an over-the-top way with capitalism and organ sales and “surgery as a fashion statement” in order to sell more surgeries and so on. It’s got a very cyberpunk plot that we think Cyberpunk 2077 fans will appreciate.
And if you really can’t get past the singing, there’s a movie that’s basically the same called Repo Men where there’s no singing. It’s way less fun in comparison though.
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