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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    28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    28 Days Later 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


    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

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    Independence Day 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


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

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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day 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


    28 Weeks Later 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


    Dawn of the Dead 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


    Deep Impact Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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

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

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


    12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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


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


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

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    2012 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    2012 Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

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


    Resident Evil Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs

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


    The Stand Stephen King, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald

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    Shaun of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


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

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    The Day the Earth Stood Still is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


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

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


    The Time Machine 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


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

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    Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Waterworld Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

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    WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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    Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


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

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


    The Omega Man 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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    Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 29 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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    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


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

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


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

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    Reign of Fire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Reign of Fire Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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    Resident Evil: Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


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

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    Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


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

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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


    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 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


    The Time Machine 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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    Mad Max: Fury Road 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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    Battle: Los Angeles 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


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

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    Battle for the Planet of the A... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


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

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    Beneath the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


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

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


    Doomsday Rhona Mitra, Malcolm McDowell, Bob Hoskins

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    Maximum Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 43 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) 44 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked

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    Knowing Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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


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

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    Seeking a Friend for the End o... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked

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

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


    Mena Suvari, AnnaLynne McCord, Nick Cannon

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    The Return of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked


    Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley

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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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