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95. The Postman 94. After Earth 93. The Happening 92. The Cloverfield Paradox 91. Pandorum 90. Extinction 89. Terminator Salvation 88. Battle: Los Angeles 87. 2012 86. Equilibrium 85. Reign of Fire 84. Godzilla: King of the Monsters 83. The Day After Tomorrow 82. Deep Impact 81. Waterworld 80. The Book of Eli 79. Doomsday 78. Oblivion 77. Don't Look Up 76. Mars Attacks! 75. 9 74. What Happened to Monday 73. Alita: Battle Angel 72. Logan's Run 71. The Matrix: Resurrections 70. The Omega Man 69. Bird Box 68. Elysium 67. The Maze Runner 66. World War Z 65. Independence Day 64. I Am Legend 63. Zombieland: Double Tap 62. Soylent Green 61. The Crazies 60. The Quiet Earth 59. 28 Weeks Later 58. Pacific Rim 57. Interstellar 56. The Road 55. Monsters 54. Fido 53. Stake Land 52. Land of the Dead 51. Signs 50. War of the Worlds 49. A Boy and His Dog 48. Planet Terror 47. Dawn of the Dead (2004) 46. Cloverfield 45. Dredd 44. Z for Zachariah 43. Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome 42. The Last Man on Earth 41. This is the End 40. Day of the Dead 39. The Day After 38. The Hunger Games 37. Pontypool 36. Contagion 35. They Live 34. Planet of the Apes 33. 28 Days Later 32. It Comes at Night 31. Slither 30. 12 Monkeys 29. The Matrix 28. Cargo 27. Annihilation 26. Zombieland 25. Delicatessen 24. X-Men: Days of Future Past 23. 10 Cloverfield Lane 22. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 21. Mad Max 20. A Quiet Place Part II 19. Edge of Tomorrow 18. Turbo Kid 17. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) 16. Children of Men 15. Shaun of the Dead 14. Take Shelter 13. The Host (2006) 12. Snowpiercer 11. Avengers: Endgame 10. Love and Monsters 9. Dawn of the Dead (1978) 8. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior 7. War for the Planet of the Apes 6. WALL-E 5. The Birds 4. A Quiet Place 3. Night of the Living Dead 2. Mad Max: Fury Road 1. Stalker (1979) FAQs


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Desolation among a vacant world once rocked by a natural or man-made calamity often intrigues and engages cinema-goers like most other sci-fi adventures can't. There's something eerily prescient about the proliferation of these types of stories in the past several decades. It's as if humankind is seemingly awaiting the inevitable or constantly pondering the "what ifs" of a tragic future. Ultimately, most post-apocalyptic stories are rooted in hope — a feeling survivors often chase as they try to pick up the pieces of humanity to start anew.

Survival is coded into the DNA of every living being. Distilling any drama or narrative down to that single primal objective instantly speaks to the heart and soul of everyone engaged in the story. Whether an individual has ever had to fight for their life or not, it's a narrative catalyst everyone can understand. We all want to survive well into the future and it's that desire that connects us with the protagonists of any solid post-apocalyptic film. Whether it's evading the lethal aftershock of an extinction-level event, living off of the new perilous wilderness, or fending off fellow ravenous human beings ready to kill and pillage to survive, there's simply danger at every corner within these lawless worlds. Let's rank some of cinema's greatest post-apocalyptic treats to ever grace the silver screen from the least engaging to the most dramatically stirring adventures for survival.

95. The Postman

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Taking place in the not-too-distant... er, past, "The Postman" follows the exploits of a nomad in the year 2013, several years after the United States has been destabilized by unknown catastrophic events. After fleeing an authoritarian militia, the man takes shelter inside of a postal vehicle where he obtains a postman's uniform and mail bag. He then travels to other settlements, donning the uniform and eventually re-establishing the postal service by recruiting others. This Postman claims to be a part of a restored U.S. government which inevitably threatens the power of the nearby militia leader, andthe film follows the exploits of the Postman and his conflict with the militia during this perilous time.

The 1997 movie stars Kevin Costner in the lead role, and he also doubled as the film's director. "The Postman" is based on the book of the same title by author David Brin and was released during the holiday season of 1997 with little fanfare. It was ultimately considered a box office bomb, but it still offers a unique post-apocalyptic story approach.

94. After Earth

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This 2013 M. Night Shyamalan-directed film features the father-son duo of Will and Jaden Smith. "After Earth" takes place in the distant future almost an entire millennium after humankind has abandoned Earth due to it no longer being suitable for habitation. Furthermore, humans have now come into direct conflict with an alien race known as the S'krell, who use creatures that sense fear in order to hunt their prey. The father-son actor duo also portrays a fictional father-son partnership in the film: Cypher Raige (Will Smith) is the leader of the Ranger Corps, who combat the alien the race, whilehis son Kitai (Jaden Smith) is following his father's lead on a final mission before his retirement.

Unfortunately, during their mission, the pair encounter a barrage of asteroids which send them plummeting into Earth's atmosphere. After crash landing, Cypher is injured, and Kitai must find a beacon in order to request evacuation. To amp up the intensity, Earth is teeming with hostile wildlife. The story does a serviceable job setting the stage for a tense sci-fi adventure. However, it wasn't well-received by critics, who felt the film was far duller than its premise promised. Nevertheless, the post-apocalyptic Earth is its own mystery begging to be explored.

93. The Happening

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20th Century Fox

Another M. Night Shyamalan post-apocalyptic adventure can be found in the grim world of "The Happening." In this 2008 pic, Mark Wahlberg plays the role of a high school teacher named Elliot Moore, who finds himself and his family caught in the middle of a spiraling turn of events where humans are seemingly infected with a nerve agent that attacks the brain and forces them to die by suicide. The world quickly descends into chaos as survivors band together and try to stay ahead of this strange plague.

The film's central mystery will intrigue any avid film viewer, but the ultimate reveal has left some viewers wanting more, considering the fact that Shyamalan made a career based on shocking audiences through unpredictable narrative twists. However, "The Happening" still makes the case for a truly horrifying apocalypse where the potential for biological warfare in modern times is ever-present.

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92. The Cloverfield Paradox

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If the first two films in the "Cloverfield" franchise left you with many questions, this Netflix-distributed threequel will probably leave you scratching your head a bit. 2018's "The Cloverfield Paradox" follows a crew aboard a research station orbiting Earth that tests a particle accelerator in hopes ofsolving the world's energy crisis. Of course, once the device is activated, chaos ensues on Earth and in space. The particle beam tears through the fabric of reality and opens the world to several parallel universes, causing monsters to invade while displacing the crew of the space station. Several strange happenings occur aboard the station that tangle an already messy timeline of events.

The film has been criticized for shoe-horning the narrative into the Cloverfield universe, but audiences were far more forgiving. Indeed, "The Cloverfield Paradox" does at least attempt to explain how the events of the first two films came to be — albeit in a convoluted manner — by mixing both timelines and parallel universes in one heaping narrative.

91. Pandorum

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Icon Film Distribution

Earth is but a flickering memory in the 2009 sci-fi horror "Pandorum." After humanity overruns the planet and forces it into ruin, a ship designed to carry a colony of humans to a new planet called Tanis begins a lengthy journey into deep space that will take over a century to complete. Most of the passengers are kept in hypersleep. However, multiple crews are designated to awaken from hypersleep and rotate periodically with each other in order to maintain the massive spacefaring vessel. The film follows one such crew who awaken only to find the horrors of other passengers who have been awake for years living as cannibals on the ship.

"Pandorum" stars Dennis Quaid in the lead role of Lieutenant Payton, one of the crew members who emerge from hypersleep. While the film takes place after the destruction of Earth in an apocalyptic event, it's truly a horror designed to use the isolation of the space craft as a setting for misery and terrifying revelations for the remnants of humanity.

90. Extinction

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"Extinction," a 2018 Netflix original film, stars Michael Peña in the lead role of Peter, a family man and engineer. Throughout the beginning of the film, Peter is plagued with dreams or visions of an otherworldly invasion. His wife prods him to get help, and he visits a clinic only to find another patient who is having similar nightmares. Soon, much to Peter's horror, an invasion actually does occur, but the aggressors are not what he expects. In fact, he learns remarkable truths about himself and his own family.

Without giving the major twists of the film away, just know that there's a reason this film deserves to be on this list of post-apocalyptic films. "Extinction" endeavors to subvert audience expectations, and it certainly hits the mark in that regard. Humankind is not the civilization that we know, and we get to the witness the revelations of this world's human history unfold through the naïve eyes of Peña's character. While the film isn't ground-breaking in the realm of sci-fi cinema, it's absolutely worth at least a single viewing for any fan of the genre.

89. Terminator Salvation

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Warner Bros. Pictures

It may not be one of the top-tier films in the "Terminator" franchise, but "Terminator Salvation" does give us a clear view of the dark and dreary machine-ruled future that's been teased ever since 1984's "Terminator." Christian Bale fills the boots of humanity's rebel leader John Connor. Judgment Day has already occurred culminating in Skynet, a defense network AI, launching nuclear warheads at all the major populations within the world. Everything is a bit desolate now, and the last contingent of human survivors across the land band together to fend off the machine incursion.

"Terminator Salvation" was hit or miss with critics. However, its story is compelling and different enough from the re-hashed "time-traveling protector" scenario that fans will be entertained by this new, extended look at the war-torn future. All your favorite characters in the series return, including John Connor and Kyle Reese. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger's likeness makes a brief, fun appearance.

88. Battle: Los Angeles

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Sony Pictures Releasing

What do you get when you mix "Black Hawk Down" with "Independence Day"? Well, it might look something like "Battle Los Angeles." This film cuts right to the apocalypse as aliens with high-tech weaponry invade planet Earth. Pretty quickly, the streets of Los Angeles become an urban hellscape. The United States military is under-equipped and shell-shocked by the sudden extra-terrestrial visitors and must do all they can to survive and find the enemy's weakness.

Aaron Eckhart leads the cast as Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz, who leads a battalion to fend off the invaders. The alien opposition firmly has the upper hand, thanks to their highly capable command of the skies with drones that routinely patrol and destroy. So reclaiming the skies and finding a way to destroy the waves of drones is the ultimate goal of Nantz's platoon. Ultimately, critics disparaged the film for feeling overly serious and hampering the narrative with war film clichés. However, despite these tropes, "Battle: Los Angeles" still provides an ample dose of tension and atmosphere for movie fans looking for a sci-fi war time escape.

87. 2012

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There simply had to be a movie made about the fabled prediction of the world's end because of the abrupt ending of the Mayan calendar in 2012.And director Roland Emmerich was the very disaster filmmaker to bring that vision to life in 2009 with "2012." This film takes viewers on a roller coaster ride, beginning with the pre-apocalypse anxieties of researchers determining that their findings do indeed coincide with the prophetic predictions of ancient Mesoamerica. Of course, a disaster film wouldn't be a disaster film without witnessing the actual world-destroying calamities that befall civilization. But eventually, planet Earth's unrest is quelled and the narrative settles in the newly-formed post-apocalyptic world.

"2012" relishes in its unbiased destruction of literally everything. The Sistine Chapel and Buddhist monk temples aren't even held sacred in this film, as they are among the structures shown to be consumed by devastation. People die by the millions, and the CGI devastation is so immense as to become a bit tiresome after awhile. Regardless, "2012" is a notable film in the realm of apocalyptic destruction. If you're in the mood to literally see everything crumble before your very eyes, this is the movie for you.

86. Equilibrium

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Miramax Films

This post-apocalyptic world is born from the ashes of World War III in 2002's "Equilibrium." The film depicts a world ruled by an authoritarian state wherein emotions are suppressed by a psychoactive drug known as Prozium II. The rulers of this new state believe the world descended into war because of the fallibility of human emotion. However, this film wouldn't be any fun if someone didn't break the mold, now, would it?

SoChristian Bale plays the role of John Preston, a Grammaton Cleric who basically enforces the law. After John mistakenly misses a daily Prozium injection due to breaking his vial, though, he begins exhibiting emotions and becomes far more aware of his own sense of morality and a sense of regret and sadness for his actions of the past.

"Equilibrium" is a thrilling sci-fi world that examines the very fabric of what makes us human: our emotions, feelings, and the ability to express ourselves. Additionally, it offers some pretty sweet action sequences as the Clerics are trained in the art of gun kata — a visceral style of combat that involves both hand-to-hand action and close-range gun fighting. Don't sleep on "Equilibrium."

85. Reign of Fire

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What if dragons weren't a myth? What if they've always existed but were just sleeping in some sort of catatonic hibernation beneath the Earth's surface? Well, that's the very basis of the 2002 film "Reign of Fire," which stars Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, and Gerard Butler. After the emergence of dragons from underground, humanity's population begins to diminish — at which point dragons also begin dying off due to starvation. Humankind is nearly extinct, but groups of survivors still team up to combat the fire-breathing monsters that threaten their homes.

The film follows an alliance between a British community led by Quinn Abercromby (Bale) and an American convoy led by Denton Van Zan (McConaughey). Denton has his sights set on the big dragon that he believes is the sole male dragon who fertilizes the female dragon's eggs. If they can kill it, they can end the monsters' reign of terror across the Earth. Zombies have long been the monster of choice for a post-apocalyptic future. But dragons absolutely change the game and turn up the heat (pun intended) on human survivors fighting for their lives. "Reign of Fire" is a thrilling story that makes good use of its all-star cast.

84. Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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Buena Vista Pictures

Who knew that Godzilla would one day be the very thing that halted the extinction of humankind? In modern cinema, Godzilla has established himself as a protector of humanity. While seemingly being an imposing and threatening beast, humans have learned their lesson and now let the giant kaiju do what he does best: slay other angry monsters. In 2019's "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" he must go up against his greatest foes yet — namely Rodan and King Ghidorah. These monsters unleash hell on Earth and destroy countless cities, ushering in a new age for humanity amid supreme devastation. At one point, it seems that Godzilla even may have met his match.

However, in this post-apocalyptic world, humanity has simply run out of options. They only thing they can do is support Godzilla as best as they can in hopes that he can bring an end to the terror of other monstrosities. "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" depicts a world reeling from the advent of indestructible monsters after their emergence in the first film. Giant city-leveling beasts are the new normal, and humans must learn how to give them a wide berth to survive.

83. The Day After Tomorrow

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20th Century Fox

What if humankind experienced a climate change so dramatic that it rivaled the Ice Age? 2004's "The Day After Tomorrow" puts an accelerated focus on climate change so cataclysmic that it alters the state of the world in a matter of days. Dennis Quaid fills the role of Jack Hall, a scientist and climate expert who predicts the coming apocalypse. Of course, the warnings of science fall on deaf ears and are only acknowledged once massive storm systems begin overtaking the Northern hemisphere. Soon, the film shifts into a "2012"-style fight for survival as the human population seeks to escape these cataclysmic weather events. After the climate shift settles, humanity must live within the bounds of a new Ice Age that has engulfed much of the Earth.

Just as Emmerich's film "2012" seizes upon the fears of the seemingly prophesied end of the world, the director similarly taps into the apocalyptic fears of society by placing the devastation of global climate change front and center. Critically, the film received mixed reviews, but it ultimately made a splash at the summer box office.

82. Deep Impact

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Paramount Pictures

Unlike its contemporary "Armageddon," the 1998 film "Deep Impact" does depict an actual comet collision with Earth. Humanity doesn't exactly succeed in deflecting the danger from the heavens — at least not completely — and "Deep Impact" tells the story of world's population preparing for the inevitable even as they attempt to enact plans to shift their impending doom. It's a harrowing story that is rooted in a potential reality. Of course, we can only hope that we are more adequately prepared for such an event than the world's governments in this film.

The film stars Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, and Elijah Wood. Duvall plays the role of the astronaut Captain Tanner who leads a mission to deflect the comet. Leoni takes on the role of the journalist knee-deep in the story, while Wood portrays Leo Beiderman, the teenager who helps discover the comet in the first place. Funny enough, this film was released the same summer as "Armageddon," butdespite this very direct competition, "Deep Impact" still managed to turn a hefty profit at the box office. Apparently, world-ending asteroids were all the rage in 1998.

81. Waterworld

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Universal Pictures

Just as the title of "Waterworld"implies, this 1995 post-apocalyptic film features a planet that has become almost entirely ocean. This distant future comes long after a time when the polar ice caps melted and the sea levels rose so greatly that every continent was covered by water. Humans now live on the ocean and among floating structures called atolls where they form communities. Kevin Costner plays the role of the Mariner, a mutated human with gills and webbing on his feet. As a drifter, the Mariner encounters a girl by the name of Enola who has a map to dry land tattooed on her back. Of course, this makes her very valuable and pirates want a piece of that value.

The film ultimately leaves a mark with its surreal ideas, unique setting, and thrilling narrative. However, critics were still split over the film's character development and execution. Still, it's an original and rather prophetic post-apocalyptic treat you won't soon forget.

80. The Book of Eli

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Warner Bros. Pictures

2010's "The Book of Eli" takes place in a land that had been ravaged by nuclear war just three decades prior. Lawlessness now rules the day as humans band together to pillage and steal from other unsuspecting travelers. Eli (Denzel Washington) seemingly travels the land as a drifter. However, he proves to be highly capable in defending himself and surviving. Eventually, he encounters the ruthless leader of a town by the name of Carnegie (Gary Oldman), who seeks a book to add to his collection and discovers that Eli has it in his possession: the Bible. He stops at nothing to retrieve the now-rare literature from the drifter.

The film features many thrilling action sequences as Eli capably eliminates bandits and thugs. However, there's also a beautiful subtext to the story that shines far beyond the film's perilous wasteland exterior. Eli's journey is one of fulfillment, and the narrative highlights the importance of the fruits of humanity that we often take for granted — things like literature and art.

79. Doomsday

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Universal Pictures

A killer virus is roaming the land and swiftly setting the stage for the end of humanity in 2008's "Doomsday." Known as the "Reaper virus," the illness causes its hosts to go berserk and become violent. Since a cure doesn't exist, Great Britain decides to quarantine the infection zone, which happens to be all of Scotland. A massive wall now keeps the infected away from the civilized population. "Doomsday" takes place a few decades after this quarantine when the reaper virus is discovered within London civilians. A security officer by the name of Major Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) is ordered to infiltrate the quarantine zone in hopes of finding a scientist who was once thought to have been working on a cure, and the film follows her team's exploits beyond "the wall."

Some critics dismissed the film, but it still acts as a thriller designed to evoke a sense of tension and adventure. The gore and grisly brutality are often highlighted as either a positive or negative from viewers, depending on who you talk to. Regardless, "Doomsday" is a film that will undoubtedly scratch any post-apocalyptic itch viewers might have.

78. Oblivion

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Universal Pictures

"Oblivion" is a winding tale with twists and turns at every corner. The film stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, a man who has been assigned to Earth to help manage combat drones that hunt and destroy remaining alien threats. Most of humanity has already fled to Titan as a result of a war with the aliens, and despite an alleged victory over the aliens, the use of nuclear weapons has rendered most of Earth uninhabitable. However, Jack and his partner Vika (Andrea Riseborough) are the sole humans on Earth who help operate and manage the combat drones. Soon, though, Jack begins experiencing memories of his life before the war, despite having had his memory erased. Things become even more dicey when a capsule crash lands with a woman passenger who looks just like the one from his dreams. Of course, in a world where memories have been manipulated, nothing is as it seems.

The film features beautiful settings that are wild and visually striking sights to behold, much like the fractured Statue of Liberty at the end of the original "Planet of the Apes." Most audiences will simply enjoy the ride for its imagery. However, those who delve into the story of "Oblivion" will be equally entertained with an engaging sci-fi narrative.

77. Don't Look Up

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It's hard to believe that even in our advanced technological age, there are many who struggle to adhere to scientific facts. It's often so blatant that it's clear that we sometimes simply choose to live in denial. This is the basis of the 2021 film "Don't Look Up," which features a pair of scientists portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, who attempt to alert the world to an extinction-causing asteroid on a collision course with Earth. The president and the press are all dismissive of their warnings. Despite having a pair of researchers on the air, even the reporters don't seem concerned or shocked by the information being relayed to them. Inevitably, Earth's leaders only begin to get serious when the threat is truly imminent. It's black comedy at its finest and is a satirical look at modern society.

"Don't Look Up" is just as humorous as it is a wake-up call. Thankfully, there are currently no planet-killing comets heading for Earth, but the message of this movie is to take heed of the warnings of the world that do exist.

76. Mars Attacks!

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Warner Bros. Pictures

For decades, civilization has often wondered what it'd be like if aliens invaded our planet. Obviously, they'd have superior technology since they'd have the capability of traveling light years to be here. But would it be an all-out slaughter fest? Or would we be ingenious enough to find a weakness to exploit? Tim Burton's ultra-goofy 1996 film "Mars Attacks!" puts that scenario to the test. The brainy little green men of Mars obviously have total domination on their minds. Staging a fake gesture of friendship, the martians unleash chaos on a world that almost seems to deserve it. Tim Burton's film is filled to the brim with characters both colorful and despicable in their own way. Watching the martians vaporize arrogant humans with ray guns actually turns into a smashing delight.

Of course, the martians have brought about the apocalypse, but it's up to humanity to survive well into the future. Thankfully, the martians have a weak spot, and it's just a matter of discovering it in time. "Mars Attacks!" boasts a massive all-star cast including Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Michael J. Fox, Natalie Portman, and even a young fresh-faced Jack Black. If you're looking for a post-apocalyptic world you can cackle at, "Mars Attacks!" might be your bag.

75. 9

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Focus Features

The 2009 animated film "9" features a world ravaged by a life-destroying machine known as B.R.A.I.N. A scientist created the machine at the behest of a tyrant. However, it turned on all life, destroying plants, animals, and humans alike. Before he perished, the scientist used a bit of a supernatural magic to create nine rag doll infused with a portion of his soul. The film follows the doll designated as 9 (Elijah Wood) as he journeys to find the other dolls and uncover the cause of humanity's destruction. He also learns the true purpose of the dolls, which is to help bring life back into the world.

"9" is a film that will resonate strongly with adults and often contains dark themes. The animation style is visually appealing, and the world feels like a dark and derelict dreamscape. An imaginative and unique tale is woven into the fabric of the film's overarching theme, making "9" one film you should experience at least once.

74. What Happened to Monday

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Overpopulation is a genuine fear. In many areas of the world, it's already an issue. Netflix's 2017 film "What Happened to Monday" takes this potentially destabilizing threat to a new level where authoritarian rule dictates that all families can only have one child. Additional children are taken away and allegedly put into cryo sleep until a future day when they can resurface once the population is under better control. The film follows identical septuplets — all played by Noomi Rapace– who are raised by their grandfather.He names them each after a day of the week and keeps them hidden by letting them take turns being Karen Settman, and each girl is only able to go out into the world on the day she is named after. This process keeps them safe from being taken and put into cryo sleep. One fateful day, however, Monday doesn't return home and the other sisters follow clues to find out what happened to her.

The film is thought provoking and rests on themes of love and sacrifice. A post-apocalyptic world doesn't necessarily have to be one that has suffered destruction or disease. The rise of social and economic turmoil can result in catastrophic changes to society ultimately causing a dystopian setting like the one presented in this film. "What Happened to Monday" is a thrilling story that'll make you appreciate Rapace's talent for acting against herself using several different personalities.

73. Alita: Battle Angel

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20th Century Fox

2019's "Alita: Battle Angel" takes place a few hundred years after a world-altering war, when geopolitical boundaries have been rewritten and much of humankind seeks power through cybernetic augmentation. A scientist by the name of Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) is scavenging for parts and manages to find a female cyborg complete with a still-functioning human brain. He revives her and gives her a new capable body. While she has no memory of her past, she quickly becomes attached to the father-like figure she has with Dr. Ido. She also has some wickedly deadly combat capabilities that surface when she is threatened. The film follows her journey to find her purpose in this strange cyberpunk world.

"Alita" goes big on action sequences and doesn't shy away from magnificent displays of CGI-laden cyborg rumbles. The film's tough-as-nails heroine doesn't disappoint. Like most post-apocalyptic societies, this one can be scary. But if Alita is by your side, anything is possible.

72. Logan's Run

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United Artists

The 1976 classic "Logan's Run" presents a dystopia under the guise of a sleek modern way of living (a faux-utopia, if you will). In the year 2274, most of humanity lives in a city sealed away from the rest of the derelict planet. Here, technology serves them well with an AI computer fulfilling their every need for survival. The catch, however, is that the population is under tight control with regards to their numbers. They're each given a life-clock that basically forces them to undergo renewal at the age of 30.

However, "renewal" is just a fancy word for death. Some folks who come of age decide they don't buy into the renewal promise, and they run. Law enforcers known as Sandmen pursue them and kill them. The titular character, Logan, is one of the Sandmen. After eliminating a runner, he learns that there is, in fact, a sanctuary where runners can be protected and remain safe. However, the AI forces Logan into finding the sanctuary and destroying it. It does so by removing years of his life off of his life clock. "Logan's Run" is a time-honored sci-fi film that hinges on the natural unease of futuristic computers capable of thinking for themselves.

71. The Matrix: Resurrections

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Who would have thought back in 1999 that "The Matrix" would culminate in a quadrilogy? Well, here we are with 2021's "The Matrix: Resurrections" being the latest spectacle in the saga everyone thought concluded with "Revolutions." Neo and Trinity are back, having been resurrected by the machines who once sought their demise in a bid for more power. Of course, the machines are still in control of Earth, but now it's up to Neo to once again take command path and convince his soulmate Trinity of her own destiny.

While the cyberspace of the Matrix and the post-apocalyptic real world are once again the backdrops of this film, it's ultimately a story about love and connection. Two characters once thought dead have the opportunity to find each other again in a new afterlife of sorts. While the film may not be as groundbreaking as the original, fans of the series will likely still appreciate everything "The Matrix: Resurrections" has to offer.

70. The Omega Man

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Warner Bros. Pictures

The 1971 film "The Omega Man" tells the story of U.S. Army Col. Robert Neville (Charlton Heston), who is seemingly the last remaining survivor of humanity. This apocalyptic world comes after biological warfare erupts, killing most of the world's population while rendering a few as albino mutants who tend to only emerge at night. Robert's immunity is a result of his own research and an experimental vaccine that he created and injected himself with as the plague spread. While living life among a vacant Los Angeles, Robert is assaulted and captured by a cult group known as the Family. They are obviously mutated survivors of the plague. But Neville soon discovers he's not alone when it comes to unaffected human beings, and he must figure out a way to help what remains of humanity survive.

"The Omega Man" contributes to a long line of post-apocalyptic films that feature a lone vagrant amid an empty world. Based on the 1954 novel "I Am Legend," both the film and the book contributed inspiration to the modern zombie genre. The book would also be adapted for the big screen once again 2007 with the Will Smith-led "I Am Legend."

69. Bird Box

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The 2018 Netflix hit "Bird Box" is based on a novel of the same name written by Eric Heisserer. This post-apocalyptic landscape is horrifying, and the tension is heightened only when potential victims can see their surroundings. The fear of possibly seeing an entity so fear-inducing that it causes one to commit an unthinkable fatal act is a prospect that might keep you awake at night. That's what Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock) and her cohorts must face, however. The feared entity can be anywhere so the only true safety net is staying indoors or keeping your eyes closed.

"Bird Box" would've been considered a box office hit had its viewers paid tickets to see the film in theaters. However, it proved to be a massive success for Netflix with nearly 26 million viewers in just the first few days of the film's release. The film's popularity quickly passed through word of mouth and social media. So, if you haven't witnessed the thriller first-hand, do yourself a favor and see what all the fuss was about with "Bird Box."

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68. Elysium

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The Neill Blomkamp-directed film "Elysium" brings the classic post-apocalyptic trend of over-crowding and rampant pollution to new heights. The film follows a blue-collar worker by the name of Max Da Costa (Matt Damon), who is mistakenly infected with high levels of radiation. He's informed that the exposure is fatal and that he only has mere days to live. In Earth's orbit is a vessel that acts as a lavish artificial world called Elysium. The rich and affluent are the only ones who inhabit the grand vessel and live with the luxury of advanced health care through a med-bay system, while the rest of humanity lives on Earth amid the slums. Max is determined to stow aboard a ship that will take him to Elysium so he can use a med-bay to be cured of his terminal diagnosis.

It's no secret that "Elysium" offers substantial commentary on socioeconomic and class issues. Furthermore, the film highlights the fact that healthcare is a luxury only available to the powerful who can afford it. While the film is science-fiction, the issues the narrative tackles are all too real.

67. The Maze Runner

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20th Century Fox

The 2014 book-to-screen sensation "The Maze Runner" follows Thomas, a boy with no memory who awakens inside an underground facility. He finds several others who have been in the same position and discoversThey have been somehow placed into a perpetually changing maze. The characters ultimately form bonds before attempting to solve the puzzles the maze presents. Eventually, they uncover the truth about the world outside and what their purpose is inside of the underground maze.

"The Maze Runner" is based upon the series of the same name from James Dashner. The popularity of the science-fiction novels prompted a big screen adaptation, along with two sequels: "The Scorch Trials" and "The Death Cure." The film largely garnered mixed to positive reviews with critics citing competent acting, a compelling mystery, and beautifully dark approach to this twisted world.

66. World War Z

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Paramount Pictures

The 2013 post-apocalyptic thriller "World War Z" presents a terrifying look at the undead. In the past, zombies had been known to be the shambling undead. While never exactly quick on their feet, their real threat simply came when their numbers overwhelm a victim. "World War Z" presents a world where those who succumb to infection turn into blood-thirsty sprinting killing machines. The film stars Brad Pitt in the role of a U.N. investigator named Gerry Lane. The central plot follows Gerry and his family as they attempt to evade and combat the global pandemic that is turning the world's populations into rabid zombies.

The film is based on the novel written by Max Brooks, though the movie doesn't follow its source material very closely. The film also features heavy use of CGI, but "World War Z" was still praised for its sweeping narrative, and fans of zombie-themed films will likely find something to enjoy in this roller coaster ride.

65. Independence Day

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20th Century Fox

Perhaps Roland Emmerich's most well-known film, "Independence Day" maintains annual recognition from fans who've made a tradition of viewing it every Fourthof July. The film depicts one of the most horrifying scenarios for an alien invasion that involves total annihilation of the human race. Of course, humankind puts up a fight for survival. While the aliens may have superior technology, it's up to the people on the ground to outsmart their opponents.

"Independence Day" thrilled audiences in 1996 with explosive displays of alien ships decimating national landmarks and monuments like the White House. The film stars Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and more, and the cast and filmmakers create a memorable, action-packed journey with plenty of quotable one-liners. This film continues to endure in the public eye since its debut, so kick back, grab a bowl of popcorn, and watch as the heroes of this story give these hostile alien conquerors the "welcome to Earth" that they deserve.

64. I Am Legend

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Like "The Omega Man" before it, "I Am Legend" is another adaptation of the 1954 Richard Matheson novel with the same title. However, this film distills the original narrative told in "The Omega Man" down to its most basic elements of isolation, loneliness, and despair with a glimmer of hope. Will Smith takes on the role of a virologist by the name of Robert Neville who is seemingly unaffected by a globally devastating virus that kills most of the population but turns few into albino cannibal mutants. Robert dedicates his time to researching a cure while attempting to relieve his loneliness through conversations with his trusty German Shepherd Sam and well-placed mannequins. Amid the dilapidated ruins of New York City, Robert sets out to trap a mutant in order to test his cure. In doing so, he gets the attention of other mutants.

The film was largely seen in a positive light, with critics complimenting Smith's performance as the lonely tortured soul of Robert Neville. Some, however, criticized the film's departure from the source material in the final act. Even so, "I Am Legend" is a well-constructed narrative set in a beautifully fallen post-apocalyptic world.

63. Zombieland: Double Tap

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2019's "Double Tap" is the sequel to the smash black comedy hit "Zombieland" starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone as Tallahassee, Columbus, Little Rock, and Wichita, respectively. After surviving for several years together amid the zombie apocalypse by residing in the White House, the quartet begins having comically strained relationships that threaten to break up the group. After Little Rock strikes it out on her own, the remaining three decide to go after her.

Like the first film, "Double Tap" is littered with hilariously sarcastic banter, running gags, and comical sequences that keep an otherwise dark subject like a zombie apocalypse from ever fully touching down on serious ground. As always, the four main actors in this film have impeccable chemistry that consistently entertains and delights. Make no mistake, "Zombieland: Double Tap" is a worthy successor to the 2009 original film. It's a post-apocalyptic world that somehow manages to be a lot of fun amid dour circ*mstances.

62. Soylent Green

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The 1973 film "Soylent" envisioned a 2022 wherein worldwide pollution and overpopulation have led to massive shortages of resources, including food and housing. This dystopian future depicts a world that is divided into extreme wealth and poverty. Only those who have the means can truly afford lavish homes with unending resources while the poor are left to crowd the streets of New York City. In this bleak future, the film follows a detective by the name of Frank Thorn (Charlton Heston), who must investigate the murder of a wealthy aristocrat who happened to be a board member of the Soylent Corporation — a company that mass produces food cubes made from plankton called Soylent Green. Of course, a sinister purpose lies behind the board member's assassination, and Frank begins to uncover the horrifying truth.

"Soylent Green" combines a post-apocalyptic dystopian world with a police procedural narrative. The mystery ultimately beckons viewers to stay for the big reveal, as nothing is quite as it seems.

61. The Crazies

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Cambist Films

Like the name implies, 1973's "The Crazies" imagines a world in which the good neighbors you once knew have become violently deranged. That's the basis of this horrific post-apocalyptic film where the land descends into chaos due to the release of a biological weapon. "The Crazies" was directed by the zombie maestro, himself, George Romero ("Night of the Living Dead," "Dawn of the Dead"). The film depicts a rural town amid the ensuing chaos while those who have managed to stay sane fight for the lives as their neighbors become afflicted with a mind-altering chemical agent.

Like most of Romero's films, "The Crazies" isn't simply a horror film. It's a commentary on the social and political fabric of the country. Stories of secrecy and mistrust have plagued the federal government for decades, and "The Crazies" highlights the danger that governments with no oversight can inflict on the unsuspecting population. Regardless of your feeling on the matter, this film may make you think twice about your friends and neighbors. (The film was remade in 2010 and stars Timothy Olyphant and Radha Mitchell.)

60. The Quiet Earth

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Umbrella Entertainment

1985's "The Quiet Earth" film chronicles the apocalypse by way of government experimentation, though, the film is far more mysterious in its basis. The picture follows Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence), who attempts to harm himself at the same moment "Project Flashlight" is activated — an apparent attempt funded by the U.S. to establish a global energy grid. What happens, however, is simply that Zac awakens to find the world is now entirely vacant. It's as if all of humankind simply disappeared. He finds instances where activity once occurred, like meals that were partially eaten or the wreckage of an airliner without any bodies inside. Zac eventually finds two more people who managed to survive, and the trio attempt to find out what happened and why they still exist.

The film is haunting and contemplative, and much of the details are left to the interpretation of the audience. But make no mistake, the final scene is just as bizarre and mind-boggling as humanity's sudden disappearance.

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59. 28 Weeks Later

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20th Century Fox

The 2007 sequel to "28 Days Later," titled "28 Weeks Later," extends the enduring zombie-like plague of the Rage virus within London. While some may not consider it entirely correct to call the infected zombies, they are essentially people who have succumbed to a rabies-like virus on steroids. The infected find and kill survivors with extreme prejudice. So, you better have your running legs ready to be kicked into high-gear. This sequel follows the attempts of NATO to stave off the Rage virus breaking quarantine in London. At this stage in the outbreak, many of the infected from the original wave are dying off due to starvation. However, new infected are emerging.

While ignoring the semantics of what defines true zombies, the original film "28 Days Later" is hailed as one of the best in the zombie genre. The terror and intensity mount as the infected aggressively and quickly pursue prey. It's a terrifying world much like "The Crazies" or "World War Z" where a pathogen causes humanity to turn on itself in an instant. "28 Weeks Later" is a capable sequel that features a talented cast including Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, and Idris Elba among others.

58. Pacific Rim

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Imagine a world where every so often a massive kaiju monster would emerge from the ocean and attack a city off the coast somewhere in the world at random. That's the plot of 2013's "Pacific Rim." After an interdimensional tear appears at the bottom of the ocean, kaiju periodically come through the portal to wreak havoc in our world. Thankfully, humanity won't take the beating lying down. Massive machines are developed called Jaegers that humans use to combat kaiju each time one emerges. The Jaegers are piloted by a team of two who use a mental link that syncs with the massive machine. In particular, the film follows Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) during his career slaying 30-story tall beasts. The world still knows very little about kaiju despite their penchant for mass destruction, but Raleigh becomes determined to shut down the threat once and for all.

"Pacific Rim" garnered plenty of attention upon release thanks to its unique story and flashy battles. The film proved to be a massive success at the box office and won over many critics with its fun thrill-ride and wild visuals. It's definitely a creature feature sci-fi fans won't want to ignore.

57. Interstellar

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The 2014 Christopher Nolan-directed epic "Interstellar"rockets through space using a dying Earth as the catalyst for adventure. In the distant future, farmers are struggling to produce crops capable of sustaining the planet's population as dust storms and dry spells plague the land. It becomes apparent that humankind has worn out its welcome on Earth, and its time to find a new home. While the future is bleak and often depicted as a dystopian nightmare, the basis of the film's story focuses on a former NASA pilot by the name of Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), who leaves his family behind in the hope of finding a new home for humanity through a wormhole at the edge of the solar system. While the dreary apocalyptic landscape of a dying Earth isn't often the focus of the film, it's that very element that is the inspiration for the central character's journey to save his family and the rest of humanity.

The filmweaves an incredible tale where fact, theoretical science, and fiction collide in a grand adventure that is both visually stunning and thought-provoking. It's difficult to not feel contemplative after a single viewing of this film. There's also very few filmmakers who can create a nexus where theoretical physics and the powerful forces of love and human connection converge in such a satisfying way.

56. The Road

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Dimension Films

Most post-apocalyptic stories are depressing by nature, but "The Road"is even more likely to leave you queuing up an old comedy film afterwards than most.The film follows an nameless man and boy played by Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee, respectively, as they journey across a wasteland that has clearly been devastated by an unspecified extinction-level event. The goal is not just to survive, but hopefully reach safe harbor by making a difficult journey through this grim new world.

Despite the perpetual state of sadness and desolation on display throughout this film, there still remains a glimmer of hope for the boy's future, which is what keeps them moving on the titular road. The film garnered critical praise for the film's direction, solid performances, and its haunting vision.

55. Monsters

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Vertigo Films

In 2010, director Gareth Edwards' ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story") "Monsters" received a limited release in theaters. The film tells the story of a NASA space probe that crash lands in Mexico after returning from a mission seeking extra-terrestrial life. Of course, this very mission seals the fate of humanity throughout the Western hemisphere as alien life forms begin spreading and multiplying. The U.S. and Mexico's militaries attempt to combat the aliens while keeping their spread contained. The film follows Andrew Kaulder, a photographer, who must find his boss' daughter in Mexico and return her stateside. Nothing goes according to plan, however, and they soon find themselves traversing through land inhabited by the alien creatures.

The film largely received positive praises from critics, who were thrilled with the character exploration and the beauty depicted in a ravaged part of the world. The film's popularity ensured that a sequel was released in 2014 titled "Monsters: Dark Continent" (a film which did not receive as warm a receptionfrom reviewers), and "Monsters" is a more-than-capable sci-fi horror film.

54. Fido

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TVA Films

If you're looking for another cheeky comedy concerning the apocalypse, look no further than "Fido." This 2006 film takes place in a fictional 1950s-style world where radiation has caused the dead to return as zombies. Of course, humanity had to put up a fight to stop their own extinction and they did so through a military effort known as the Zombie Wars. While humans ultimately quelled the undead threat, the dead still return as zombies. So communities are fenced in and decapitate or cremate their own dead to prevent the rise of more zombies. Now, a corporate entity known as ZomCon provides collars that control zombies, and many households have now acquired zombies as servants. The central narrative focuses on a young boy Timmy who befriends his family zombie servant and gives him the name Fido.

"Fido" received critical praise for its silly premise and well-executed sense of humor. It's a satire on the age-old narrative of the bond between a boy and his dog. Horror fans who enjoy the gore effects of zombie films will also have plenty to sink their teeth into despite the film's satirical, light-hearted nature. This strange new world where humans and zombies co-exist is a bloody-good time.

53. Stake Land

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Let's switch gears from one undead flesh-eating monster to another. 2010's "Stake Land" is all about a post-apocalyptic world that has succumbed to a vampire plague. In a world where humans are constantly hunted as a food source, survival dictates that many must become skilled vampire hunters. That's exactly the focus of this story as a man — simply-named "Mister" (Nick Damici) — has taken a young boy under his wing in an effort to teach him how to hunt and survive. The pair are traveling north to a territory that is touted as a "New Eden." Along the way, they encounter several survivors and vampires.

"Stake Land" is a thrilling spin on vampire mythology that adequately presents a world overrun by the creatures of the night. The film's core premise isn't necessarily original, but the actors and cinematography employed coalesce into a superbly crafted adventure that's saturated in atmosphere and intensity.

52. Land of the Dead

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George A. Romero was known for his "Living Dead" series of films, and 2005's "Land of the Dead" is the fourth of the six films in that series. In this film, the zombie apocalypse has already occurred, and now humans simply co-exist and cope with the horrifying reality that the dead walk. Most communities are highly guarded and closed off to the outside world to keep zombies at bay, andthe film focuses on Pittsburgh, where a major power struggle embroils the city.

"Land" brings social commentary into the mix, depicting the wealthy living in luxury while everyone else fends for themselves on the streets. However, the film's central focus is on Riley Denbo (Simon Baker), the creator of an armored vehicle capable of traversing no man's land called Dead Reckoning. The vehicle is used to travel into zombie-infested territories in order to scavenge for supplies to bring back to the city. Of course, no good zombie film would be complete without a total zombie onslaught on the unsuspecting populace, and that's exactly what happens.

"Land of the Dead" continues what Romero started decades ago with "Night of the Living Dead." The horror master has been hailed for his ability to layer films with subtext. After all, it's only in the face of oblivion that people show their true colors.

51. Signs

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Buena Vista Pictures

Similar to other sci-fi films, M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs" depicts a world reeling from an alien invasion. However, unlike other blockbusters, this film's setting and progression toward a climax is far more subtle and eerie and is isolated to the perspective of a rural family. Mel Gibson plays the role of Graham Hess, a farmer and former priest who finds crop circles mysteriously appearing in his fields, and it's a preamble to the coming invasion. The aliens seem to be stalking humanity a bit before making their final push to take over.

The climax of the film rests in the aftermath of the alien incursion but focuses specifically on the story of Graham and his family. As expected from a Shyamalan film, "Signs" contains twists and narrative pivots that compliment the overarching themes of a man seeking faith. There's also plenty of creepy imagery to be had. Let's just hope that any future alien visitors are far more pleasant and friendly than these ones.

50. War of the Worlds

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Paramount Pictures

Based on the 1898 H.G. Wells novel, Steven Spielberg helmed this 2005 adaptation of "War of the Worlds" in which aliens invade an unsuspecting world. The film depicts an Earth with alien machines buried beneath the crust that were placed there long ago before the dawn of humanity. The actual extra-terrestrials then invade by rocketing down to Earth and piloting these tri-pedal machines. Like the novel, the machines are outfitted with lasers that instantly vaporize humans running in terror. The film follows Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise), who attempts to survive while protecting his children in this apocalyptic world.

"War of the Worlds" is filled with death and destruction as the aliens mercilessly kill and harvest humans in an effort to terraform Earth. This sci-fi film contains moments of action and intensity as well as scenes rooted in horror and anxiety. Nowhere is safe, and the aliens are unstoppable... or are they? You'll have to watch and find out.

49. A Boy and His Dog

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The 1975 film "A Boy and His Dog" is not nearly as innocent as the title might imply. It's ultimately a black comedy that takes place some time after nuclear holocaust. The film follows an 18-year-old boy named Vic, who has partnered with a telepathic dog named Blood in order to survive the wastelands. Vic agrees to help feed Blood in exchange for Blood finding him women to pair up with. There's definitely a misogynistic undertone that plagues this black comedy adventure; however, there's something to be said about the character of Vic and how he very might well be a true-blue psychopath. After all, the apocalypse could bring out the worst kind of people. Eventually, the pair find an underground biosphere where everything seems to change for this odd partnership.

"A Boy and His Dog" garnered positive reviews from critics, who noted the color and depth within the absurd relationship between Vic and Blood. The setting of the film would also go on to inspire future post-apocalyptic works like the video game series "Fallout."

48. Planet Terror

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Dimension Films

Want another unhinged and unique take on the zombie apocalypse? Just check out Robert Rodriguez's grindhouse film "Planet Terror," starring Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Michael Biehn, and Josh Brolin. This 2007 flick is set to the backdrop of a land ravaged by zombies created from an outbreak of DC2, a potent biochemical weapon. Survivors include McGowan's Cherry Darling, who eventually becomes equipped with a machine gun for a left leg, as they battle their way through the undead and fend off a rogue military crew.

Rodriguez intentionally filmed this slick bloody action romp with a grindhouse feel and over-the-top elements. It's obviously not a post-apocalyptic film that is meant to be taken seriously. Quentin Tarantino even gets in on the action having a minor role in the film (alongside being a producer). Fans of Rodriguez, Tarantino, zombies, action, and gore will feel right at home with "Planet Terror."

47. Dawn of the Dead (2004)

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Universal Pictures

Director Zack Snyder's first feature film was a 2004 remake of George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead." With a script written by James Gunn, there was no way to really go wrong with this film. Here again, the narrative focuses on survivors of a zombie outbreak taking shelter in a mall. Snyder's zombies differ from Romero's, however, as they are far quicker and more aggressive. The film really shines as the survivors in the mall form interesting relationships, for better or worse. The cast of survivors include Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, and Ty Burrell, to name a few.

As far as zombie films go, this "Dawn of the Dead" remake received high marks from critics, who noted that the pacing was fast and on point. The violence and horror sequences are also engaging and earned, andthe chemistry between the crew of misfit survivors is palpable and genuine. Snyder's version of "Dawn" set itself apart from the original by focusing more in-depth on both the horror and reality of the events rather than projecting weighty commentary like the film's predecessor.

46. Cloverfield

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Paramount Pictures

You know the world has descended into chaos when the Statue of Liberty's head lands in the street right outside of your apartment. "Cloverfield," a 2008 found footage film directed by Matt Reeves, provides an interesting and horrific take on the whole "kaiju attacking a city" trend because Godzilla is no where to be seen. Instead, we get mere glimpses of a monster that's otherworldly and terrifying. As several young adult friends attempt to flee the ensuing destruction, they also learn that smaller creatures have populated the ground level and subway systems, infecting humans and seemingly causing them to degrade and explode from the venom.

The tension inis real in this reel, anddespite the superb depiction of a group of students filming their escape from the city, the camera is often shaky and can be a bit dizzying to watch. Still, Reeves managed to make a genuinely scary creature and an apocalyptic setting no one would want to be a part of.

45. Dredd

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There's nothing that says post-apocalyptic world like the dystopian police state following a nuclear war that we find in "Dredd." The future in this film is chaotic and riddled with crime, so governments have established a force with operatives who are given the authority of judge, jury, and executioner. It's a pretty frightening prospect. The protagonist of this film, Judge Dredd (Karl Urban), is thankfully one who perpetually tries to do right by the people of the city that employs him. Brandishing destructive weaponry, Dredd takes on a drug lord who has terrorized an entire slum tower filled with denizens simply trying to make ends meet. In taking on this perilous task, Dredd must weigh and execute proper judgment on all who cross his path.

Often, storytellers visualize a future where the world simply escalates in crime and depravity. Unfortunately, the only way authority figures know how to tame rampant anarchy is through tight, militaristic control. The world of "Dredd" is definitely not ideal, but the hero of the film makes this thrill-ride worth going on. Stylistic effects and explosive fight scenes are peppered throughout this highly rated action flick.

44. Z for Zachariah

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Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate Films

"Z for Zachariah" is a post-apocalyptic drama that centers around the desperate need for human connection. The 2015 film chronicles the lives of three survivors who are trapped in a love triangle. Some time after nuclear holocaust, Ann Burden (Margot Robbie) lives a quiet life on her family farm mostly away from the reach of harmful radioactive contaminants. She meets a man by the name of John Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who states that he has journeyed from a government bunker. He eventually forms a partnership with Ann that teeters on romance until another survivor, Caleb (Chris Pine), joins the mix. Soon, differences over religious outlooks and opinions over the care of the farm take root within the group and cause a stir that will ultimately lead to a pivotal moment.

"Z for Zachariah" is a character-driven drama, with solid cast performances. Their interactions, emotions, and decisions ultimately envelop audiences in the reality of a world rife with desolation. While this film might be slower than most on this list, it's just as captivating all the same.

43. Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

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Warner Bros. Pictures

1985's "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" is the third film in the epic saga of Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) traversing the desolate land of Australia. This film finds Max an unlucky victim of a car-jacking, so to speak. In an effort to restore what he has lost, he makes a deal with the authority figure over Bartertown, known as Aunty Entity (Tina Turner). She shares power with a dwarf and musclebound guard duo known as Master and Blaster, respectively. Together, they simply go by Master-Blaster. However, a bit of dissension in their alliance with Aunty Entity has taken root, and she wants Max to provoke Master into entering Blaster in a duel to the death with Max in the Thunderdome. Once Max finds that Master-Blaster has possession of his vehicle, provocation comes much easier to the road warrior. Of course, nothing works out the way Max anticipates, and he finds himself in even more trouble.

The "Mad Max" series of films have often been praised by critics, and "Thunderdome" is no exception, with excellent character designs and performances as well as bold action sequences. You simply can't go wrong with Mad Max.

42. The Last Man on Earth

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American International Pictures

The 1964 film "The Last Man on Earth" also borrows from the 1954 novel "I Am Legend," making it the first film to actually be based on the written work which would later be succeeded by "The Omega Man" and "I Am Legend." This film, however, doesn't use the same character names and takes a few liberties with its narrative. The plague that killed many and turned others into vampiric monsters still exists here. Though, the parallels to vampire mythology are even stronger, with the film containing references to the creatures' aversion to garlic, issues with mirror reflections, and fatal vulnerability to wooden stakes. This emphasis on vampires is actually more accurate to the source material than the film adaptations that would later emerge. "The Last Man on Earth" follows Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) as he attempts to find a cure for the plague while combating his own loneliness and despair amid the apocalypse.

"The Last Man on Earth" is regarded as a classic and has the notoriety on review aggregate sites to prove it. Comparatively, many reviewers often refer to this film as the better production when considering "The Omega Man" as a similar feature based on the same work. This is mostly due to Vincent Price's haunting performance. Give it a watch and decide for yourself.

41. This is the End

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When the world is ending, sometimes all we can do is laugh. It's not like the outcome is going to change, right? The 2013 film "This is the End" makes the end of the world one big joke. What else can you expect from a production written by, directed by, and starring Seth Rogen? The comedy crew includes Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Michael Cera, and the film chronicles the bunch playing exaggerated versions of themselves while witnessing something akin to the rapture. Some people are seemingly taken to heaven while these Hollywood comics are left to witness the Earth crumble into a devastating hellscape. The film is filled to the brim with a mixed bag of hilarious torment for those that remain, including exorcisms, violent bickering, horrific monsters, and random death. Satan even joins the party.

"This is the End" is a film that begs audiences to turn off their brains and enjoy the ride. You'll also get a great ab workout if you're prone to boisterous laughter. Fans of Rogen and his comedic friends won't disappoint in this self-deprecating romp.

40. Day of the Dead

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Of course, we are going to see more of Romero's zombie apocalypse series on this list, including the third in the series of "Living Dead" films, 1985's "Day of the Dead." This brain-chomping adventure takes place in Florida where several survivors barricade themselves inside of an underground facility in the Everglades. Here, scientists poke and prod zombies studying them for a possible cure or for behavioral conditioning. Predictably, in this type of grisly scenario it's always possible that a scientist could get a little carried away and, perhaps, go mad. Meanwhile, the civilians simply concerned for humanity are clueless as to what's happening in the outside world.

"Day of the Dead" is a cautionary tale of prejudices and the lack of communication amongst the living. It's these ills harbored by the greater part of humanity that ultimately lead to chaos, violence, and confusion when the world faces calamity. You can't expect Romero to ever sleep on providing subtext to accompany his zombie dramas.

39. The Day After

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In 1983, the made-for-TV film "The Day After" caused quite a stir. At the height of the Cold War, nuclear annihilation was on the mind of the public. At times, conflict with the Soviet Union seemed inevitable. This film, which stars Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, John Cullum, and John Lithgow features the lives of several families impacted by a nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union. Most notably, the scenery of mass panic, chaos, and nuclear explosions were absolutely horrifying only because of their potential to be translated into reality. Watching families and livestock be vaporized by the fires of thermonuclear war was so harrowing that it effected actual policy: its influence helped push through the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which was meant to sideline quick reactionary nuclear weaponry in an effort to step back from the brink.

As far as entertainment quality, there isn't much to be had as this film is, perhaps, the bleakest among the pack of post-apocalyptic scenarios. After the a cease-fire is enacted in the film, the families all struggle to survive in a wasteland rife with squatters and the dangers of radiation poisoning. There's no fun and visually impressive race between mutants driving tricked out dune buggies or humanity taking the fight to machines. It's just pure desolation and death. While the film comes highly rated for its commentary, it isn't exactly an easy watch.

38. The Hunger Games

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The popularity of the young adult book series "The Hunger Games" was undoubtedly going to receive a film adaptation. Indeed, the first film in the series emerged in 2012, makingJennifer Lawrence a household name. The world of "The Hunger Games" takes place in a distant dystopian future wherein democracy has crumbled and a nation known as Panem has emerged as an authoritarian state in North America. The rulers of Panem reside in the Capitol and are considered the wealthiest and most powerful. The rest of the land is divided into districts that are all subservient to the Capitol. At one point, the districts staged a rebellion against the Capitol which failed. In light of that failure, the Capitol forces the districts to annually compete in an event called the Hunger Games. A boy and a girl are selected from each district to participate in a broadcasted gladiatorial event where they are forced to fight the other districts' kids to the death. This acts as a reminder to all the districts of their failed rebellion. Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, a tribute from one of the poorest districts who ultimately becomes the star player.

Despite the dark themes of the film, there is an element of hope and survival that often pervade the hostile forests of the arena. And despite her humility, Katniss proves to be a force to be reckoned with. The film has sequels that follow the remaining books in the series, continuing the plot of Katniss and her battle with the Capitol.

37. Pontypool

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With 2008's "Pontypool," viewers are going to get a new and interesting spin on the zombie genre. This Canadian film takes place in the town of Pontypool, Ontario, and follows a shock jock whose on-air musings become a recounting of the events following an apocalyptic virus where zombies begin plaguing the area. It's a narrative that was partlyinspired by the infamous Orson Welles broadcast of "The War of the Worlds." Interestingly enough, the virus is spread through the use of the English language. A person can succumb to the virus and transform into a ferocious zombie simply from using or hearing specific English words. Because the English language becomes nothing short of a spark in an oil field, people begin devising alternate means of communicating.

The film resonated with critics who praised it for its unique spin on a world-ending virus and the spectacular horror sequences created on a low budget. Despite its horror foundation, "Pontypool" also offers moments of levity and black comedy throughout. This is one take on the zombie apocalypse fans of the niche horror subgenre won't want to sleep on.

36. Contagion

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This may not be the apocalyptic film the general population might be looking for, given the pain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, 2011's "Contagion" does present a more accelerated and horrifying view of a lethal virus spreading throughout the global population. The film chronicles scientists and government officials doing everything they can to halt the spread of the virus while a vaccine is rapidly being produced. Does this sound familiar?

Even though the world has recently experienced a viral outbreak spread through respiratory droplets in real life, director Steven Soderbergh ("Oceans 11," "Magic Mike") does still present a compelling and dramatic escalation that plays out on the world stage in this film. It alsoexcels because of it's all-star cast, which includes Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bryan Cranston, and Kate Winslet.

35. They Live

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What if we already lived in the post-apocalyptic world but we didn't know it? In the 1988 classic"They Live,"aliens have already infiltrated every level of society, masquerading as ordinary humans and using subliminal messaging to control people and mine the planet for resources. They use signals to keep humanity in a dream-like state, where they see aliens as ordinary people and can't see the underlying messaging in the world's commercialism. In the film, Nada (Roddy Piper) is a drifter who ultimately discovers the alien threat after finding a pair of sunglasses that enables him to see the world as it truly is. He attempts to convince others of the facts and showing them the world through these mysterious sunglasses. A rebellion then heats up and builds to an explosive finale.

The film is obviously littered with social commentary on the oversaturation of commercialism and an unchecked capitalist world. "They Live"also highlights humankind's tendency to live in blissful ignorance regarding the world's biggest issues. Director John Carpenter, horror master extraordinaire, helms this strange and thought-provoking tale. So, it's definitely a movie deserving of any film buff's attention.

34. Planet of the Apes

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Perhaps Charlton Heston's most iconic role is that of George Taylor in the 1968 sci-fi classic "Planet of the Apes." The film paints a grim picture for humanity as the George and his comrades return to Earth after slumbering in hibernation in space for years. At first, they believe they're on an alien planet ruled intelligent apes. Feral humans are either enslaved, killed, or experimented on. They eventually learn the awful truth. This world is Earth long after the downfall of humanity and the rise of intelligent simian life. "Planet of the Apes" is so well-regarded in the world of sci-fi that it spawned four direct sequels, a television series, a Tim Burton-directed remake, and a rebooted film series chronicling the fall of humanity and the rise of the apes (with more slated to come). There've also been countless books, comics, games, and toys based on the property.

The original film offers an interesting and poignant commentary on a social divide between apes of different species as well as the abhorrent treatment of human beings — a critique of the issues that plague our modern world. The film is even critical of the tense Cold War, once again putting nuclear holocaust as morbid reality with George ultimately being disgusted by humanity's will to destroy itself. "Planet of the Apes" is a weird, but wonderful post-apocalyptic world where the message is clear: humans had their chance.

33. 28 Days Later

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As the name implies, the 2002 post-apocalyptic feature "28 Days Later,"starring Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris, largely occurs just days after an outbreak is unleashed on Great Britain causing people to become erratic and feral feasting on other non-infected humans. Essentially, it's a zombie-type film where the infected are still very much living beings — they're just rabid thanks to the Rage virus. The film chronicles societal collapse immediately following the apocalyptic scourge as survivors struggle to preserve their own lives amid the chaos. The only thing that will truly solve the issue of ravenous humans is time — outlasting the infected as they die of starvation.

The pic is typically favored over its successor "28 Weeks Later," which is bigger in scope. This film cultivates an isolated story focused on a few specific survivors and their plight for survival. The film was far more thrilling in a pre-"Walking Dead" era and the advent of zombie mania that AMC TV series brought about. Even still, it's a harrowing story that is just as engaging and much less of a time commitment than an entire TV series. You also don't want to miss the mesmerizing performances of Murphy and Harris.

32. It Comes at Night

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Here's another perpetually bleak film focused on an apocalyptic illness. In this film, society has crumbled under the weight of a deadly contagion. The film focuses on Paul (Joel Edgerton), his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo), and their son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). They live isolated out in the middle of the forest away from any possible civilization to stay healthy. After a traveler garners Paul's immediate mistrust, a decision is made by Paul and his wife to allow the man and his family to join them as long as they follow the rules of staying safe and health-conscious in their home. This arrangement works out for a time. Then problems arise that drag these good folks into the depths of darkness and despair and it never relents.

"It Comes at Night" is technically a horror film that masterfully captures the essence of the idea behind "less is more." The anxiety and tension cultivated by the actors on screen truly stoke a fear in audiences of the unseen, and while it's a gripping film, it certainly requires the right temperament.

31. Slither

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This apocalypse is a bit more isolated to the rural lands of South Carolina, for now, in 2006's "Slither." In this story, an alien parasite has taken control of a well known local by the name of Grant Grant (Michael Rooker) — yes, you read that name right. While this film is rooted in horror, it's also a black comedy. Like any good parasitic alien, the possessed Grant dreams of a takeover. He can transform into a gnarly looking monster and begins abducting civilians. One poor soul becomes his breeder so he can spawn more of his own kind. Pretty soon, much of the town becomes infested and the townsfolk have to take back their home from the monstrous Grant.

"Slither" stars the likes of Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks alongside Rooker. A post-credits scene in the film also teases a potentially larger scale sequel, though that's not likely to come to fruition. Directed by James Gunn ("Guardians of the Galaxy," "The Suicide Squad"), the film is littered with references to other notable horror films in the genre. It's also a total gore-fest for those who enjoy that sort of thing. "Slither" is a blast, and also, it's often just as gross as the name implies.

30. 12 Monkeys

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We're not off the deadly virus hook just yet. Terry Gilliam's 1995 sci-fi film "12 Monkeys" initially depicts a world ravaged by a devastating virus that nearly killed off most of humankind, withsurvivors living underground. The year is 2035, and James Cole (Bruce Willis) is selected by an institution to be sent back in time to help develop a cure. James arrives in Baltimore in 1990 and is quickly placed in a mental institution, where he meets Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), one who the future organization alleges is involved in the viral outbreak.

The film takes a few twists and turns as James begins uncovering more details about the apocalyptic epidemic. The film is highly regarded by critics for its exceptional cast performances and unpredictable plot twists.So if you enjoy a solid mystery, there's definitely one waiting to be uncovered at the heart of "12 Monkeys."

29. The Matrix

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"The Matrix" gives new meaning to the phrase "virtual reality." The Wachowskis' film invites audiences down the rabbit hole alongside one intrepid hacker by the name of Neo (Keanu Reeves). When approached by the mysterious Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), Neo is given a choice: continue living a life that is ultimately a lie or upend everything he thinks he knows about the world and live in the terrifying reality. We all know the story by now; machines rule the day, and humankind lives unknowingly inside a virtual network called the Matrix.

Upon release in 1999, "The Matrix" was a smash hit. The dystopian cyberpunk world and the mind-bending special effects created thrilling action sequences of grandeur. And even though some of the special effects may not have aged gracefully, the philosophical narrative at play is just as compelling as ever, as the existential question of what is truly real is still a fascinating one. After all, our dreams typically feel all too real until the moment we break free of them.

28. Cargo

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The world of 2017's "Cargo" is also ravaged by a virus that causes those it infects to turn rabid. A single bite is all that is needed to pass the virus on. The film follows Andy Rose (Martin Freeman) and his baby daughter Rosie as he journeys to find Rosie a safe home after becoming infected himself. His time is running short, but he does all that he can to secure his daughter's future. Along the way, Andy encounters allies and enemies that ratchet up the drama and tension of the film.

While the film isn't exactly ground-breaking, it's still a critical darling simply because of the raw emotion and depth Freeman and the other actors bring to their performances. While the film is set in a post-apocalyptic world terrorized by zombies, the focus is on the story's characters. Additionally, the film's setting in the outback of Australia adds a refreshing layer to a genre that's oversaturated with zombie apocalypse productions in the United States or Great Britain.

27. Annihilation

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Alex Garland's game-changing 2018 film "Annihilation" depictsa far more isolated apocalypse that is only expanding as time passes. The film follows biology expert Lena (Natalie Portman) as she joins an excursion into an alien-altered zone known as the Shimmer. The center of the Shimmer is the site of a meteorite collision from three years prior, and a mysterious barrier has been expanding in circumference around the crash site ever since. Lena is attempting to find out what happened to her husband, who is the only person to return from the Shimmer, but is clearly ill. Inside this otherworldly zone, the flora and fauna are wildly altered. Earthly animals are now monstrosities.

This strange alien world on Earth presents a horrifying new reality. The mystery and its resolution require some thought. Audiences will surely be pondering this film long after the credits appear. The ambiguous ending creates an impressive mythology that is intermingled with the strange details and formations of the world seen throughout the film. Of course, if you need further explanation regarding what you had just witnessed after watching the film, we've got you covered. "Annihilation" is an absolute must-see for genre fans.

26. Zombieland

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Twinkies are a precious commodity in the hit 2009 film "Zombieland," which playsup the zombie apocalypse for laughs instead of frights and does so brilliantly. Just like its aforementioned sequel, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in the same roles, albeit five years younger. Of course, "Zombieland" chronicles how the fated crew first came together and bonded. Like any group of misfits, however, there are a few growing pains the group has to endure as they experience life after the apocalypse as an odd family.

We've seen the zombie apocalypse before. We've also laughed at the zombie apocalypse with "Shaun of the Dead." So, while the idea isn't entirely novel, the foursome in this story boast incredible chemistry that's fertile ground for comedy. It's ultimately these endearing characters and some sensational action sequences that send "Zombieland" into the top echelon of post-apocalyptic films.

25. Delicatessen

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In a wasteland where food is scarce, cannibalism often becomes an icky source of sustenance in grittier post-apocalyptic films. In the 1991 film "Delicatessen,"set in a post-apocalyptic France, one butcher intends to capitalize on the sale of human meat. The world may be crumbling around him, but Clapet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) is going to make money any way he can. The first order of business is to lure victims with the prospect of career opportunities. Then, he plans to kill them and harvest their meat to sell to the tenants of his apartment building on top of the butcher shop. It seems like a reasonable business plan (insert sarcastic inflection here). Of course, this black comedy takes a few twists and turns, and let's just say that Clapet's business operations don't go as smoothly as he'd like.

Despite the grisly nature of the film's subject, "Delicatessen" leans on comedy as way to connect with audiences. Don't be swayed by the gross premise; there's far more to like about this film than the nauseating prospect of cannibalism.

24. X-Men: Days of Future Past

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In a world where mutants are being hunted down by relentless and indestructible robots called sentinels, somehow the fabric of humanity has also crumbled. In 2014's "X-Men:Days of Future Past," it seems that if the mutants fall, we all do. Nevertheless, this post-apocalyptic future is a dark one brimming with thunderous clouds, ruins, and murderous machines. Wolverine, Professor X, and the rest of mutant-kind are on the run simply trying to stay alive. Eventually, however, Professor X has the idea to project Wolverine's consciousness back into the past so that he can foil the production of the sentinels long before they're ever put into production. It's truly the first X-Men film where the old and young generations of the X-Men share the screen in one film.

Despite the cheeky jab at the film's questionable apocalypse, the film was still a success and received plenty of praise from criticsfor being a memorable standout of the franchise. Fans were also thrilled to see the new, younger generation of mutants that began with "X-Men: First Class" appear alongside the older generation that started it all in the 2000 film "X-Men." Whether you're in to superhero films or not, this one has enough sci-fi elements, twists, and drama to keep anyone entertained throughout its runtime.

23. 10 Cloverfield Lane

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2016's "10 CloverfieldLane" is a standout in the series and features an intensely raw performance from John Goodman as Howard Stambler, a man who has maybe lost his marbles amid the apparent mayhem. Howard nabs the primary character, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), after she is rendered unconscious in an automobile accident. She then awakens underground in a concrete room where Howard keeps her safe from the madness going on outside — though she doesn't know exactly what is happening out there.

Howard insists anapocalyptic attack has been initiated by some outside force, whether it be aliens or Russians, and the poisoned air has rendered everyone else dead. Michelle also finds out that he has another roommate by the name of Emmett DeWitt (John Gallagher Jr.). After Howard and Emmett both speak of and share evidence regarding the attack, Michelle eventually begins to calm and accept her imprisonment thanks to a sudden apocalypse. The three develop an interesting relationship, but it all goes awry when Michelle starts discovering horrifying secrets within the bunker.

"10 Cloverfield Lane" is a masterclass in cultivating tension and anxiety. While it has "Cloverfield" in the title and is, in fact, considered part of that franchise, the film's narrative is loosely tied to the other films at best. So, regardless if you've seen the other two films in the series or not, "10 Cloverfield Lane" works well on its own and is well worth the watch.

22. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Director Matt Reeves picked up where "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" left off in the stellar 2014 sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." The film dials back the timeline to the very beginning of humanity's downfall and the creation of intelligent apes. "Dawn" takes place nearly 10 years after the previous film, long after the simian flu has killed off a majority of humanity. A very small percentage of people are immune to the disease, but society has collapsed as intelligent apes have created a colony. The film depicts the uneasy co-existence of apes and humans. Apes tend to not trust humans due to the historical treatment of their kind.

From a special effects perspective, the film is hailed as a marvel depicting some of the most realistic CGI animals ever seen on screen. "Dawn" spectacularly visualizes the crumbling of relationship between the two species in dramatic fashion. Whether you're familiar with the franchise or new to the world of apes, this will most assuredly be a thrill ride for viewers.

21. Mad Max

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George Miller's 1979 franchise-starter "Mad Max" ushered in the first of many adventures of Max Rockatansky (portrayed byMel Gibson) among the desolate Australian wilderness. The film takes place in a dystopian future wherein the decline of society is already apparent. Bandits and motorcycle gangs terrorize the land and it's up to the Main Force Patrol (MFP) to quell the threat. Max is a patrol officer in this strange police force and gets entangled with the biker gang threat.

The film was seen as a visual feast, with many critics praising the car stunts and the rawness of Miller's world. Miller's talent only elevated with time in this arena, as the eventual sequel "Fury Road" clearly shows. However, the original film that started it all would not only lead to further sequels — it'd also serve as inspiration for many other Hollywood projects as well.

20. A Quiet Place Part II

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The 2020 sequel to the John Krasinski-directed "A Quiet Place" is just as adrenaline-inducing and tense as the original. The film continues the journey of the Abbott family, right where the first film left off, in this post-apocalyptic world devastated by alien creatures who hunt through sound. However, now Evelyn (Emily Blunt) takes the children and heads for a new hideout where an old family acquaintance is waiting for them. The alien creatures are just as threatening, and while the Abbotts have seemingly unlocked the key to their weakness using the jarring tuned-up sound of Regan's (Millicent Simmonds) hearing aid, it's not quite the end-all be-all to the alien invasion. They still must fight for their lives and be deathly quiet when possible.

This sequel takes audiences to new places and even separates the family amid the chaotic and deadly world to add an extra layer to the film's tension. Cillian Murphy plays the role of Emmett, a former acquaintance of the family who embarks on a journey with Regan, and the actor is certainly no stranger to a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by monsters. His performance is a solid and welcome addition to narrative, which deftly extends the heart-racing adventure of the central family.

19. Edge of Tomorrow

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If you're looking for a film framed like a video game, 2014's "Edge of Tomorrow" is your best bet. It's not actually based on a video game, but its narrative plays out exactly like one. The world is under siege by an alien force known as the "Mimics." U.S. Army Major William Cage has never seen combat. However, through a series of mishaps, he finds himself demoted and on the frontlines of the battlefield. He's quickly killed, but not before being covered in an alien's blood. He then awakens the previous morning and realizes he is caught in a time loop and has the opportunity to figure out a real strategy for defeating the aliens with all of the time he has on his hands.

The film's tagline is "Live. Die. Repeat." Sounds just like a video game right? This film puts the usually skilled action hero actor Tom Cruise in a refreshingly different role as an unskilled coward. The film's premise is also the foundation for his character's growth, and "Edge of Tomorrow" is a unique sci-fi film that will have you on the edge of your seat.

18. Turbo Kid

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The 2015 Canadian comedy film "Turbo Kid" is a parody of both the superhero and sci-fi genres. It basically plays out like a self-aware B movie to great effect. The film follows the misadventures of the Kid (Munro Chambers) and his partner in crime... er super heroics, Apple (Laurence Leboeuf). The film's setting is an alternate version of 1997 wherein the Earth is desolate and in the throes of a post-apocalyptic state. The Kid is an avid comic book reader and lands himself an issue of "Turbo Rider" in a trade with a junk dealer. Later, he stumbles upon the remnants of the real Turbo Rider and dons the hero's suit and armor. He sets off to save his friend and combat a warlord by the name of Zeus (Michael Ironside).

While the premise seems quirky and fantastical enough, it's definitely not for young eyes. There's plenty of gore to go around. In fact, the movie is targeting a generation of adults who grew up in the age of Saturday morning cartoons, '80s and '90s sci-fi apocalypse films, and shows like "Power Rangers." It's definitely a blast and a nostalgia trip rife with humor and adult themes.

17. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

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The worst kind of post-apocalyptic world might be the one wherein the danger is largely unseen and you're not entirely sure who you can trust. The 1978 remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" tells the story of a world under siege by an alien invasion that is far more subtle than explosive epics like "Independence Day." Humans are being duplicated by alien biology. After the duplication process, the human is killed and the alien duplicate takes over as a perfect copy. The film follows a health inspector by the name of Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) and his colleague Elizabeth Driscoll (Brooke Adams) as they begin to discover the horror of the alien schemes and avoid duplication themselves.

Despite the film being a remake, it was widely praised by critics and is often seen as creepier and better executed film than the original. "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" cultivates an atmosphere of paranoia and fear — a potent concoction that really wasn't effectively used again until John Carpenter's "The Thing." This is one apocalyptic scenario that is far more frightening than one humankind can see coming.

16. Children of Men

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Imagine a world where humanity suddenly becomes infertile due to some mysterious biological development and can no longer bear children. This is the world of 2006's seminal thriller "Children of Men." The bulk of the story takes place 18 years after the last child was born, meaning that the youngest person alive is now all grown up. The world economy is reeling from the drastic population decline, and society has reached a destitute state of collapse. The United Kingdom remains one of a few nations that still maintains an intact government following war and economic collapse. Theo Feron (Clive Owen), an everyman, obtains a job helping transport a refugee named Kee (Clare-Hope Ash*tey). He quickly discovers that she is pregnant and his mission to help her find safety becomes all the more important.

"Children of Men" takes place in a depressing world where there's little hope for better tomorrow and the prosperity and innovation of future generations. Optimism is a fleeting memory — at least, until Kee's pregnancy enters the picture. "Children of Men" plays with themes of despair, renewal, and faith to great effect. It's an engaging drama worthy of it's full runtime.

15. Shaun of the Dead

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Edgar Wright 2004 standout "Shaun of the Dead"features a comedic twist on the zombie apocalypse narrative. It's perhaps the most famous zombie comedy in cinema history. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star as Shaun and Ed, two slackers who are the last to realize that a zombie outbreak has overwhelmed their little corner of London. Once the hapless pair wake up to the real danger, they plot to save Shaun's girlfriend, their other friends, and family before taking shelter inside their favorite pub. Of course, nothing goes according to plan, and there are plenty of laughs, gore, and mishaps to go around.

Of course, the filmlargely pays homage to Romero's classic zombie films such as "Night of the Living Dead" and "Dawn of the Dead." There are also references to "28 Days Later." It's a film that balances true-blue horrific zombie action with satire and humorous banter between its star players. Ultimately the film, garnered high praise from critics for developing an authentic horror comedy with character and remarkable wit.

14. Take Shelter

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Like Nostradamus, Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) seems to be suffering from visions of a devastating apocalypse in 2011's "Take Shelter." He dreams of a storm that brings massive destruction, and, at first, he attempts to suppress these recurring nightmares and hide his visions from his wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain). However, he develops a fixation with preparing for the coming doomsday by building a storm shelter and gaining a "prepper" persona. He later attempts to cope with his stress by seeing a therapist, and it's revealed that his mother suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, which brings into question his own mental wellness. As work and life continue to take a toll on Curtis, his world begins falling apart — with or without the storm.

The film received notable acclaim as a character-driven drama saturated in dread and anxiety. Shannon delivers a stellar performance as the lost family man, and the pic also smartly echoes the modern-day concerns about the effects of climate change. "Take Shelter"is an impactful movie that will leave viewers pondering its ambiguous narrative long after the screen goes dark.

13. The Host (2006)

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The apocalyptic event in Boon Joon Ho's 2006 thriller "The Host" might take place in an isolated area of the world, but the film speaks to some much larger consequences. The pic follows the emergence of a gnarly creature from the Han River in South Korea that begins attacking and eating people. The military establishes a quarantine zone, as the monster is known to be carrying a deadly virus, and the film follows Park Gan-du (Song Kang-ho), a man who runs his own small outlet shop and is attempting to retrieve his daughter after she has been taken by the creature into the sewers.

The film highlights touchstone issues such as environmental contamination, as the creature is shown to be a product of formaldehyde dumping in the river. While we don't necessarily expect a giant fish monster to start attacking the population, it's a cautionary tale that poor treatment of our world can come back to bite us — quite literally speaking. The film also depicts both South Korean and American forces as somewhat inept in the face of real danger and calamity. It's a stark political commentary about these two governmental authorities and the power that they wield, and it makes for a grand audience adventure.

12. Snowpiercer

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Another Bong Joon Ho classic worth the watch is "Snowpiercer." The film takes place in the year 2031, as a new ice age covers the Earth thanks to a failed project to stop global warming several years prior. The few survivors of humanity ride aboard a self-sustaining train, known as the Snowpiercer, that travels around Earth nonstop. The occupants of the train are divided by classes: those in the tail section of the train are among the poorest who are used as slave labor, while those near the front of the train live in luxury. Given the extreme disparity, eventually a revolution breaks out, and the film follows this skirmish from one jaw-dropping car scene to the next.

"Snowpiercer"stars Chris Evans in the role of Curtis Everett, the leader of this band of revolutionaries. Throughout his journey to the front of the train, Curtis learns more about the chilling history of the train and its inventor, and many existential questions emerge through the story. In addition to being stylish and gritty, the pic is powered by the strong performances of its cast.

11. Avengers: Endgame

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Over a decade of Marvel films culminated in the 2019 epic "Avengers: Endgame." The juggernaut that is the MCU is pretty hard to escape –even if you haven't seen any of the films by choice, most folks undoubtedly are keenly aware of Marvel's major prominence in cinema — and this pic is a major payoff for those who've stuck with each of the stories leading up to it.

"Endgame" picks up right where "Infinity War" left off, with the evaporation of half all life in the universe byThanos and his Infinity Stone-wielding gauntlet. The world's population, as well as the Marvel heroes that remain, have had to live five years with half of the Earth's population blipped out of existence. This, of course, has lead to economic collapse that has left many parts of the world destitute. It seems like Thanos's self-subscribed "righteous" virtue of bettering life backfired. Of course, the Avengers find a way to reverse what was once lost and take the fight to the Mad Titan once again in an ultimate showdown.

"Avengers: Endgame" is a massive culmination of the MCU's narratives and characters and serves as a sweeping adventure about reversing the universe's misfortune and essentially undoing the apocalypse.

10. Love and Monsters

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2020's "Love and Monsters" takes place in a world ravaged by a monster-infested apocalypse. Humanity has accidentally traded one apocalypse for another: after discovering an asteroid destined for crash-landing on Earth, mankind destroyed the flying space rock with a bunch of missiles, but the resulting radiation spray has mutated all the cold-blooded creatures of the world into giant monstrosities. Most of the population has been either eaten or killed in battle against the creatures. What remain are survivors who mainly stick to living in underground bunkers. One such hapless survivor is Joel Dawson (Dylan O'Brien), who decides he can't handle isolation with a group who have already paired off in romantic couples. He misses his girlfriend who is at another distant bunker and sets off across the dangerous wilderness to be with her.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film only saw a limited theatrical release, but was released globally through video on demand in October 2020. In addition to being a successful streaming release, critics enjoyed the film's charming lead Dylan O'Brien and felt the film, despite some comedic elements, offered a resonating story with substantial depth.

9. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

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1978's "Dawn of the Dead" is George A. Romero's first sequel to "Night of the Living Dead," and it marks a triumphant debut for special effects and gore master Tom Savini. Instead of the rural setting seen in the original film, "Dawn" depicts an urban setting for the zombie hysteria that is unfolding across the world. Specifically, the survivors that this film follows take shelter inside of a shopping mall. In this post-apocalyptic world, society has fallen into ruin, as many have died due to the rise of the reanimated dead.

Despite the film's horror-centric premise, Romero wouldn't pass up an opportunity to inject the film with a layer of social commentary. "Dawn" focuses on the idea of commercialism and our materialistic society, as the film's survivors find a safe haven buried in the luxuries of commodities inside of a shopping mall, leading to one metaphor after the next.As such, "Dawn of the Dead" is much more than an apocalyptic zombie film — it's also a continuation of Romero's analysis of modern society.

8. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

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Warner Bros.

Max Rockatansky returns in the 1981 sequel to the original film, "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior." As Max is known to do, he gets mixed up here in a clash with the more unsavory folks in this apocalyptic world. Society has descended into total collapse at this stage following armed conflicts and exhausted resources. Max is no longer a law enforcer. He now roams the wasteland scavenging for food and materials. The film follows Max's do-gooder nature as he provides aid to a group of innocent settlers who are being terrorized by bandits and marauders.

As a man who's lost it all, Max is truly a force to be reckoned with. The death of his family haunts him daily. George Miller's fictional world continues to degrade beautifully with each succeeding film. "Mad Max 2" is a thrill ride that will leave you rooting for a man who solidifies his own legend both among the tribes of people in the Australian wasteland and with the fans of the film series.

7. War for the Planet of the Apes

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20th Century Fox

The apes and humans are at all-out war in 2017's "War for the Planet of the Apes,"the third entry in the rebooted "Planet of the Apes" series. In the film, Caesar and his followers must combat a bloodthirsty leader of a paramilitary group hellbent on wiping out apes. Humanity is an endangered species teetering on the edge of total disarray. The film establishes a hard-and-fast reason for the apes claiming dominion over the Earth. And this clash isn't without its hardships or casualties.

"War for the Planet of the Apes" is easily the most gripping film in the entire series, andreviewers revered the depth of the ape characters and their struggle for survival. "War" is undoubtedly the darkest film in the series, but it's also the most poetic and thematically-rich film with regards to war, dominion, and freedom.


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It's hard to think that a post-apocalyptic film for youngsters exists. After all, a post-apocalyptic setting is fairly grim all on its own. But Pixar's "WALL-E" manages to bring a sense of wonder and renewal into the picture that makes this a delightful little tale about a robot who works tirelessly on Earth cleaning up garbage. The planet's population is gone and now lives on massive ships in Earth's orbit. After the planet became littered with waste through rampant consumerism, it also became inhabitable. Robots like WALL-E now work to clean the Earth. Of course, this curious little robot manages to stowaway with another robot named EVE and a little plant that is being taken back to one of the human colonies in space. It's here where the hard reality of humanity sets in. People have become completely immobilized and catered to by machines and technology. It's a real travesty.

WALL-E is a story about bringing back hope to a world once destroyed by the carelessness of humans. While it may be inhabitable, it's not irretrievable in this iteration of end times. Pixar uses all of its talent to infuse a robot with character through simple animation and facial expressions. While WALL-E can speak to a degree, it's his mannerisms that manage to charm audiences. "WALL-E" is one post-apocalyptic film that is more light-hearted and shows there is power in the commitment of renewal.

5. The Birds

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Universal-International Pictures

Alfred Hitchco*ck's seminal 1963 horror film"The Birds" is one you might not ordinarily associate with the apocalypse. However, nothing quite signals the apocalypse like the entire avian population waging war on humans. It's almost biblical. It's a story set in San Francisco in the early 1960's where a lawyer by the name of Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) and associate Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) find themselves amid an increasingly terrifying attack from ravenous birds. Much of the city quickly becomes a hellscape where people are afraid to step foot out doors for fear of being pecked to death. It's a nerve-wracking post-apocalyptic world as birds are far more versatile than nightmare creatures like shambling zombies. The people of the city soon find themselves having to run from cover to cover and barricading themselves indoors whenever resting.

It's an odd turn from Hitchco*ck's other horror ventures like "Psycho." However, the jarring site of corpses who've had their eyes pecked out is just as horrifying as Norman Bates' skeleton mother. Should birds ever wreak havoc on human society, surely we're being ushered into the end of days.

4. A Quiet Place

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The 2018 film "A Quiet Place" ironically landed in theaters with a bang. Despite film's theme of being deathly quiet, it made a lot of noise at the box office. The Abbott family's journey for survival begins on a very tragic note, but many days after an apocalyptic event ushers in the invasion of alien creatures that hunt human prey through sound, the Abbotts have managed to eke out a life of quiet living. However, the matriarch Evelyn (Emily Blunt) is on the verge of giving birth, which threatens to upend their way of life.

"A Quiet Place" offers a new, creative look at the apocalypse by withholding spoken dialogue for much of the film. The family communicates through American Sign Language due to their deaf daughter. There is one moment in the film where John Krasinski's Lee is able talk normally with his son and it's almost surreal after watching nearly half the movie in total silence. It's a unique film that is pulse-pounding and dripping with dread.

3. Night of the Living Dead

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In 1968, the father of the modern zombie, George A. Romero, unleashed "Night of the Living Dead" on the world. For the time, the film was seen as rather explicit in its depiction of flesh-eating undead. Because of its rawness and penchant for gore, it was ground-breaking for the horror genre as a whole. The film follows survivors who attempt to flee as zombies begin rising from the dead and attacking ordinary humans. A few survivors collect inside of a home where they hear broadcasts that suggest that radiation from an exploding space probe is the cause of the reanimated dead.

Like many other apocalyptic horror films featuring cannibalistic humans, inspiration was actually derived from Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend" novel. Of course, the film ultimately had an effect on the idea of zombies as flesh-eating ghouls that'd be perpetuated throughout pop culture. "Night of the Living Dead" is a cinematic masterpiece that is considered a legendary horror film to this day.

2. Mad Max: Fury Road

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The most recent film in the "Mad Max" saga is George Miller's 2015 film "Mad Max: Fury Road." In this film, Mel Gibson is replaced with Tom Hardy in the legendary road warrior's role of Max Rockatansky. Max, once again, finds himself in trouble when he's captured by bandits loyal to Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne). One of Joe's lieutenants, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), escapes with Immortan Joe's wives in an effort to free them and starts an epic car chase that lasts the bulk of the film. Max is being used as a "blood bag" for the ailing bandits attempting to run her down but eventually is freed and joins forces with Furiosa to bring Immortan Joe's wives to safety.

The film achieved critical success for its expansive and visually striking action sequence, along with its compelling narrative and themes of survival and feminism. And despite its title, Theron's character Furiosa is the true anchor of the story, while Max is more of a supporting player. To date, "Mad Max: Fury Road" is one of the highest-rated post-apocalyptic films ever made, and for good reason.

1. Stalker (1979)

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"Stalker," a 1979 Soviet-era film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, digs deep into one's psyche and commands attention with its stylistic choices, which often include mesmerizing long shots. "Stalker" is set in a post-apocalyptic world wherein a catastrophic event has occurred in an area now designated as the "Zone." This area of land is restricted. However, most believe that within the Zone is the fabled "Room," a space that will grant any desire. Would-be zone travelers must trek using a guide known as a Stalker. Obviously, the film's narrative centers around one such journey.

"Stalker" has long been considered high art by fans who know Tarkovsky's work. The director was known for making unconventional stylistic choices that helped capture the world and the essence of time. The film also leaves a haunting legacy, as Tarkovsky, his wife, and actor Anatoly Solonitsyn all perished due to similar forms of lung cancer, a likely result of filming "Stalker" at a chemical plant. Still, Tarkovsky cultivates a film steeped in the yearnings of human desire. It's both a striking visual journey and a thought-provoking allegory of faith and humanity. "Stalker" truly must be experienced to fully appreciate even in the film's simple, yet profound premise.

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Is Apocalypse Now one of the greatest movies of all time? ›

Film critic Kyle Smith dubbed it "the greatest war movie ever made", while The Guardian called it "the best action and war film of all time."

What movie focuses on a post-apocalyptic world? ›

'The Road' (2009) There have been few bleaker post-apocalyptic tales than “The Road,” based on Cormac McCarthy's novel, which features an ailing dad trying to get his son to safety by the ocean before he dies. Dark in every way possible.

What is the best End of Days movie? ›

The 22 Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Movies Ever Made
  • The Hunger Games franchise (2012-2015) ...
  • The Day After Tomorrow (2004) ...
  • The Matrix franchise (1999-2021) ...
  • Interstellar (2014) ...
  • Blade Runner (1982) & Blade Runner 2049 (2017) ...
  • Akira (1988) ...
  • This Is the End (2013) ...
  • Terminator franchise (1984-2019)
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What was the first apocalypse movie? ›

This essay describes the antecedents and causative forces giving rise to the birth of apocalyptic cinema in the early 20th Century and the first apocalyptic feature, Verdens Undergang (1916).

What is the number 1 movie in the world all time? ›

Six films in total have grossed in excess of $2 billion worldwide, with Avatar ranked in the top position.

What is the #1 greatest movie of all time? ›

Citizen Kane (1941), starring and directed by Orson Welles, has topped several international polls, including five consecutive decades at number 1 in the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound decennial poll of critics.

What is the new movie about the apocalypse in 2024? ›

The End (2024 film)
The End
Directed byJoshua Oppenheimer
Screenplay byJoshua Oppenheimer Rasmus Heisterberg
Produced byJoshua Oppenheimer Signe Byrge Sørensen
StarringTilda Swinton George MacKay Moses Ingram Michael Shannon Bronagh Gallagher Tim McInnerny Lennie James
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What movie inspired Apocalypse Now? ›

Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film Apocalypse Now affirms the key message of its source material, Joseph Conrad's 1899 novella Heart of Darkness, to suggest that the imperialist mindset continues to significantly affect international interactions even in modern times.

What is the post-apocalyptic movie about a Bible? ›

The Book of Eli

What is the most realistic end of the world movie? ›

Every fan has their opinion, but these movies have stood the test of time to become certifiable icons.
  • 10 I Am Legend (2007)
  • 9 Train To Busan (2016)
  • 8 World War Z (2013)
  • 7 The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)
  • 6 Cargo (2017)
  • 5 28 Days Later (2002)
  • 4 Snowpiercer (2013)
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What is the best movie that ever came out? ›

Best movies of all time
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Film. Science fiction. ...
  • The Godfather (1972) Film. Thrillers. ...
  • Citizen Kane (1941) Film. ...
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Film. ...
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Film. ...
  • La Dolce Vita (1960) Film. ...
  • Seven Samurai (1954) Film. ...
  • In the Mood for Love (2000) Film.
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What is the best Doomsday movie? ›

  1. 2012. 20092h 38mPG-13. 5.8 (399K) Rate. ...
  2. The Day After Tomorrow. 20042h 4mPG-13. 6.5 (477K) Rate. ...
  3. 28 Days Later. 20021h 53mR. 7.5 (448K) Rate. ...
  4. The Road. 20091h 51mR. 7.2 (255K) Rate. ...
  5. Children of Men. 20061h 49mR. 7.9 (531K) Rate. ...
  6. Independence Day. 19962h 25mPG-13. ...
  7. War of the Worlds. 20051h 56mPG-13. ...
  8. World War Z. 20131h 56mPG-13.

What was the first zombie apocalypse movie? ›

A small, but not insignificant, number of films of the Teens and Twenties utilized plots which included voodoo themes, but none of them have survived. Instead, the distinction of being the first zombie movie is usually awarded to Victor Halperin's 1932 opus, White Zombie.

What was the 2002 post-apocalyptic movie? ›

Reign of Fire is a 2002 post-apocalyptic science fantasy film directed by Rob Bowman and starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco and Gerard Butler with the screenplay written by Matt Greenberg, Gregg Chabot, and Kevin Peterka.

What movie is the making of Apocalypse Now? ›

Francis Ford Coppola began to film 'Apocalypse Now' in February 1976. After 238 days in the jungle, filming was complete and millions of dollars had been spent (Marlon Brando was on set for three weeks at a million dollars a week). Actors had been replaced (Harvey Keitel by Martin Sheen).

What movie is considered the best of all time? ›

Best movies of all time
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Film. Science fiction. ...
  • The Godfather (1972) Film. Thrillers. ...
  • Citizen Kane (1941) Film. ...
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Film. ...
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Film. ...
  • La Dolce Vita (1960) Film. ...
  • Seven Samurai (1954) Film. ...
  • In the Mood for Love (2000) Film.
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Why is Apocalypse Now a masterpiece? ›

The screenplay of Apocalypse Now is also a masterful piece of writing. Written by John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola, it captures the brutality of war and its psychological effects on soldiers with great insight and depth.

What is statistically the best movie of all time? ›

Statistically Greatest Films of all Time (according to 15...
  1. The Godfather. 19722h 55mR. ...
  2. 12 Angry Men. 19571h 36mApproved. ...
  3. The Godfather Part II. 19743h 22mR. ...
  4. Seven Samurai. 19543h 27mNot Rated. ...
  5. Schindler's List. 19933h 15mR. ...
  6. The Shawshank Redemption. 19942h 22mR. ...
  7. City Lights. 19311h 27mG. ...
  8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Why is Apocalypse Now so iconic? ›

Loosely based on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood history — including Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, and Laurence Fishburne — the two-and-a-half-hour film birthed a number of war-movie tropes, such as the soldier who only feels at home in ...

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