Ciklus Fritza Langa Nemčija, 1927 Režija Fritz Lang Metropolis Fritza Langa je eden najpomembnejših nemih filmov, ki že skoraj 90 let velja za rojstno mesto žanra distopične znanstvene fantastike, na vseh seznamih najboljših ZF filmov pa se kajpak nahaja čisto pri vrhu. Prihodnost je mračna verzija sedanjosti: ljudje vse življenje posvetijo delu, pri tem pa se delijo na dve skupini. Ena živi nad zemljo, to so t.i. misleci, ki proizvajajo ideje, a nimajo nobenih praktičnih znanj. V drugi, ki živi pod zemljo, pa se nahajajo delavci, ki jih nadzemeljski svet kruto izkorišča. Nekega dne se eden od mislecev spusti v podzemlje, kjer živijo delavci.
Sometime in the future, the city of Metropolis is home to a Utopian society where its wealthy residents live a carefree life. One of those is Freder Fredersen. One day, he spots a beautiful woman with a group of children, she and the children quickly disappear. Trying to follow her, he is horrified to find an underground world of workers who apparently run the machinery that keeps the Utopian world above ground functioning. One of the few people above ground who knows about the world below is Freder's father, John Fredersen, who is the founder and master of Metropolis. Freder learns that the woman is called Maria, who espouses the need to join the "hands" - the workers - to the "head" - those in power above - by a mediator who will act as the "heart". Freder wants to help the plight of the workers in their struggle for a better life. But when John learns of what Maria is advocating and that Freder has joined their cause, with the assistance of an old colleague. an inventor called Rotwang, who turns out to be But their nemesis goes to works towards quashing a proposed uprising, with Maria at the centre of their plan. John, unaware that Rotwang has his own agenda., makes plans that include shutting down the machines, with the prospect of unleashing total anarchy both above and below ground.