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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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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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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox

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I Am Legend Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

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

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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 Matrix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

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

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28 Weeks Later Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

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Deep Impact Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood

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

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12 Monkeys Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 15 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 Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum

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Resident Evil Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs

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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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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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The Time Machine Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Armageddon Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Taylor

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

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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Mad Max: Fury Road Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tom Hardy

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WALL-E Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

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Reign of Fire Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

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Knowing Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Liam Hemsworth

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

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

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

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Doomsday Rhona Mitra, Malcolm McDowell, Bob Hoskins

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

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Threads Reece Dinsdale, Jane Hazlegrove, David Brierly

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A Boy and His Dog Don Johnson, Jason Robards Jr., Michael Rupert