action The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote for your personal favorite end-of-the-world, doomsday or post-apocalyptic film.

The best way to celebrate the end of the world is by watching the best Doomsday movies of all time to get in the mood. To that end, fans have ranked this list of the top doomsday movies. These movies about the end of the world have been voted by fans of the genre. The best ones appear first, so vote for your favorites to get them to rise to the top of the list. You can click on the doomsday movie titles to get more information about the films. Find out who the directors were, year of release, top-billed cast, and more.

These are the top films in the doomsday film genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie about the end of the world or takes place in a post-apocalyptic world. Be it the motifs of the doomsday film genre or just some of the most common archetypes. The films on this list cover multiple genres and are voted on by people who really care about doomsday movie lists.

Show your appreciation for movies like Independence Day or The Matrix by voting for them. If we missed any doomsday movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). Don't forget, not all end of the world Doomsday movies are sad and action-packed. Some are sentimental and emotional roller coasters, such as Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.

This list has everything from sci-fi classics like The Day the Earth Stood Still and animated hits like Wall-E. Want to watch these apocalypse movies right now but don't own them? Don't worry, it's not the end of the world. Many of these end of times flicks are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. These top Doomsday movies will help you get prepared for the apocalypse.

Plenty of well-known directors have been associated with Doomsday film films, including George A. Romero and Edgar Wright.

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The Day After Tomorrow Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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The Book of Eli Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

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Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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Dawn of the Dead Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

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28 Weeks Later Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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Deep Impact Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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Shaun of the Dead Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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2012 Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

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The Day the Earth Stood Still Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

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Resident Evil Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs

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H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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The Stand Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Armageddon Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Taylor

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The Time Machine Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

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Escape from New York Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine

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Reign of Fire Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Waterworld Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

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The Omega Man Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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The Day the Earth Stood Still Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm

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Mad Max: Fury Road Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tom Hardy

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Resident Evil: Apocalypse Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Sienna Guillory

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Battle for the Planet of the Apes John Huston, John Landis, Roddy McDowall

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Terminator Salvation Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou

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Dante's Peak Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

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Knowing Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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Battle: Los Angeles Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Connie Britton

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The Time Machine Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce, Sienna Guillory

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The Happening Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

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Night of the Comet Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison

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Doomsday Rhona Mitra, Malcolm McDowell, Bob Hoskins

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Threads Reece Dinsdale, Jane Hazlegrove, David Brierly

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Day of the Dead Mena Suvari, AnnaLynne McCord, Nick Cannon

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The Core Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

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Silent Running Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Joseph Campanella