The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked Films

The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked

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List Criteria: 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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    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

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    I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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    The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid

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    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

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    28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell, Kevin Zegers

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    Deep Impact is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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    12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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    The Book of Eli is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked

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    Mila Kunis, Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman

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    Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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    Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

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    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

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    H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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    Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs

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    2012 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

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    The Stand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

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    Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy

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    The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

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    Dawn of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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    Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

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    Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Ernest Borgnine

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

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    Dante's Peak is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm

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    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou

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    Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked

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    Armageddon Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Taylor

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    Terminator Salvation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    Resident Evil: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Sienna Guillory

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    Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman

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    Reign of Fire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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    Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

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    The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce, Sienna Guillory

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    Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked

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    Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tom Hardy

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    Battle: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked

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    Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

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    Night of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart

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    The Happening is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan

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    Battle for the Planet of the A... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    John Huston, John Landis, Roddy McDowall

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    Beneath the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison

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    Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Rhona Mitra, Malcolm McDowell, Bob Hoskins

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    Maximum Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

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    Knowing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked

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    Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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    Day of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Mena Suvari, AnnaLynne McCord, Nick Cannon

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    The Core is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart

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    The Return of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley

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    Seeking a Friend for the End o... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked

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    Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Connie Britton

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    Land of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg, Simon Baker

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