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Which is better?

Dark City 14 35.90%
The Matrix 25 64.10%

The Matrix, no contest.  Critical consensus leans heavily in its favour on every noteworthy aggregate review site, it spawned a franchise across various entertainment media, carted away numerous high-profile awards, was once used as a sales pitch as the de-facto reason to buy a DVD player, is widely regarded as one of the greatest action movies of all time as well as one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time, and has found its home as a staple in movie collections everywhere.

Dark City, while great, never achieved the same critical or commercial success and has pretty much been forgotten shortly after release.  Its largest contribution to the medium is probably that it loaned some set pieces to The Matrix.

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I feel like Dark City also had the stronger cast; Keifer Sutherland, William Hurt, Richard O'Brien, Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly, Ian Richardson.

Not that The Matrix's was bad, far from it, just not quite on the same level.

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)

Think I started watching Dark City a while ago and couldn't get into it. Matrix is one of my GOAT movies, so that one.