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The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Movies

Updated March 26, 2020 33.8k votes 2.2k voters 89.5k views91 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

We all love a good apocalypse -- as long as it's fictional, of course. Whether you prefer the rip-roaring action of the Max Max films, the survivalist intensity of The Omega Man, or the introspective drama of The Quiet Earth, there's almost certainly an apocalyptic movie out there for you. The genre has been fascinating filmmakers and audiences since the early days of the Cold War, and it shows no signs of letting up in the future. (As long as there isn't an actual apocalypse to shut down the movie industry, of course.)

Read on and vote up your favorite cinematic doomsdays. It's the end of the world as we know it -- do you feel fine?

See also: Underrated films where there is only one person left.

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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

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    Mad Max: Fury Road
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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    Mad Max
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    Mad Max

    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne

    Released1979

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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    The Fifth Element
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    The Fifth Element

    Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

    Released1997

    Directed byLuc Besson

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    The Road
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    The Road

    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

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    The Book of Eli
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    The Book of Eli

    Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    28 Days Later
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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    I Am Legend
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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    Mad Max 2
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    Mad Max 2

    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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    The Matrix
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    The Matrix

    Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving

    Released1999

    Directed byAndy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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    Dawn of the Dead
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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    Children of Men
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    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

    Released2006

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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    Zombieland
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    Zombieland

    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Released2009

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    World War Z
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    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

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    12 Monkeys
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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    Planet of the Apes
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    Planet of the Apes

    Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison

    Released1968

    Directed byFranklin J. Schaffner

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  • 17
    Independence Day
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Night of the Living Dead
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    Night of the Living Dead

    George A. Romero, Duane Jones

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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    Escape from New York
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    Escape from New York

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    WALL-E
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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    The Day After Tomorrow
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    The Day After Tomorrow

    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2004

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Blade Runner
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    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    28 Weeks Later
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    28 Weeks Later

    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Carlos Fresnadillo

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    The Mist
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    The Mist

    Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden

    Released2007

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
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    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    Tina Turner, Mel Gibson

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge Ogilvie, George Miller

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