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10 More Diverging Dramas To Digest

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Divergent is a YA drama that centers on Tris, who discovers a plot to destroy Divergents. Tris and the mysterious Four are forced to find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

If you’ve finished streaming this one and are looking for alternatives – fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top picks for alternate viewing.

So without further ado, we present 10 movies to check out when you’ve finished watching Divergent.

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The Hunger Games

In a post-apocalyptic world, the nation of Panem is divided into 12 districts, each required to send a boy and girl (known as tributes) to participate in the Hunger Games annually. This is a televised event where the tributes fight to the death until only one remains.

Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister Prim’s place for the latest Hunger Games, and with her district partner, Peeta Mellark, are forced to face the dangers of this brutal competition. But their actions set into motion a chain of events that change the future of Panem forever.

Like Divergent, The Hunger Games takes place in dystopian future where society is divided into factions or districts. The protagonists, Tris from Divergent and Katniss from The Hunger Games, are both strong female leads who rebel against the established system.

The 5th Wave

After four waves of alien invasions have decimated most of Earth’s populace, a teenage girl called Cassie Sullivan finds herself on a mission to save her younger brother Sammy before the impending 5th wave. Along her journey, she teams up with a mysterious young man who may be her only hope for finding her brother and surviving the alien threats.

Both stories revolve around young female protagonists trying to survive and protect their loved ones in a dangerous world. Like Divergent, The 5th Wave involves elements of trust, betrayal, and the potential for romantic relationships.

The Matrix

Thomas Anderson, a software engineer living a double life as the hacker “Neo”, is introduced to the true nature of reality: humanity is trapped in a simulated reality known as the Matrix, created by intelligent machines to subdue the human population. After being freed, Neo joins a group of rebels in their fight against the machines to free humanity.

The Matrix and Divergent both explore themes of reality, control, and freedom, while also finding their lead characters coming to terms with discovering their world is not quite what it seems. Similarly, they both join rebellious groups to fight against their oppressors.


Genius inventor Frank Walker and optimistic teenager Casey Newton stumble upon a pin that transports them to a futuristic city known as Tomorrowland. The duo journey to uncover the secrets of this world, racing against time to discover what Tomorrowland’s existence means for their own world and future.

Both films feature protagonists who are “different” and considered special because of their traits. They both also revolve around the concept of a “hidden” or “separate” society, whether it’s the factions in Divergent or Tomorrowland itself.

The Maze Runner

Thomas wakes up in an elevator, remembering nothing but his own name. He emerges into a world of about 30 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed environment. A new boy arrives every 30 days, and the original group has been in “The Glade” for two years, trying to find a way to escape through the Maze. And this Maze completely surrounds them.

Both films involve young characters placed in dystopian worlds where their survival is tested. In each, the characters must confront and solve the mysteries of their societies to achieve freedom. They also share themes of memory loss and the rediscovery of the protagonists’ pasts.

Battle Royale

In a dystopian Japan, the government has established the Battle Royale Act: a law that requires a randomly chosen class of high-school students to be taken to a desert island where they must fight to the death until only one student remains. Shuya Nanahara is one such student who must use all his wits and skills to survive.

Battle Royale and Divergent share elements of young people forced into life-or-death situations by oppressive governments. They both explore themes of survival, rebellion, and moral choices.

Alita: Battle Angel

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, a compassionate doctor finds Alita, a deactivated cyborg with an intact human brain. Once he revives her, she has no memory of her past. Alita, however, discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love.

Both movies feature strong female protagonists who are distinct from others due to their abilities. They’re both seeking to discover their identity and navigate through a society divided by class and power.

Ready Player One

In a dystopian 2045, people seek regular refuge in a virtual reality world known as the OASIS. When the creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of challenges for users, with the reward being his vast fortune and control of the OASIS. The film follows teenager Wade Watts as he tries to complete the challenges and thwart the efforts of a villainous corporation.

Both movies are set in dystopian futures and center on young protagonists who must confront and overthrow oppressive systems. They also share themes of self-discovery, rebellion, and the importance of unity in the face of adversity.


After a failed climate change experiment, the last surviving humans live on a gigantic train called Snowpiercer, which perpetually travels around the globe. The train is strictly segregated by class, and the story follows Curtis Everett, a member of the impoverished class in the tail section, as he leads a revolution against the elite at the front of the train.

Divergent and Snowpiercer both take place in dystopian worlds with strict social divisions. The protagonists of both films are individuals who rebel against the system, inciting revolutions to create a fairer society.

The Host

In a future where Earth has been invaded by an alien species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, one of the remaining humans, Melanie Stryder, is captured and implanted with a “soul” named Wanderer. However, Melanie’s consciousness survives and begins to communicate with Wanderer.

As they struggle for control of Melanie’s body, they start to empathize with each other and together they set out to find Melanie’s loved ones.

Both stories are set in dystopian futures and center on strong young female protagonists who are seen as different or out of the ordinary. The themes of identity, rebellion, and challenging the established order are common to both. In both stories, the protagonists are torn between two worlds or states of existence and have romantic elements that complicate their missions.

So there we have it, our 10 movie alternatives to watch when you’re finished watching Divergent.

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