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The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Movies  

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A list of all the best apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction films also contains apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Vote for the best movies, in your opinion, by clicking the thumbs up button.

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These are the top films in the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction genre in it. Be it the motifs of the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

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You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction movies. List includes photos and apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

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Whether you're at home and want to watch these apocalyptic movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction movies, here is the full apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Kevin Costner and Lars von Trier are among the directors who have worked on Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction movies in the past.

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PeterBänziger added Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, also known as Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome or simply Mad Max 3, is a 1985 Australian post-apocalyptic action adventure film co-directed by George Miller and George ...more
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Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville
The Omega Man is a 1971 American science fiction film directed by Boris Sagal and starring Charlton Heston. It was written by John William Corrington and Joyce Corrington, based on the 1954 ...more
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Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid
The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 American climate fiction-disaster film co-written, directed, and produced by Roland Emmerich and starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ian Holm, Emmy Rossum, ...more
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PeterBänziger added James Franco, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary ...more
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Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler
Reign of Fire is a 2002 post-apocalyptic action fantasy film directed by Rob Bowman and starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey and Gerard Butler. It takes place in the year 2020 in ...more
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harrychessman added Farrah Fawcett, Peter Ustinov, Jenny Agutter
Logan's Run is a 1976 American science fiction film directed by Michael Anderson and starring Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett and Peter Ustinov. ...more
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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Movies
Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper
Waterworld is a 1995 American post-apocalyptic science fiction action film directed by Kevin Reynolds and co-written by Peter Rader and David Twohy. It was based on Rader's original 1986 ...more
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PeterBänziger added James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow
Rise of the Apes is in pre-production as of May 2010. This origin story for a new franchise takes place in modern day San Francisco and will star James Franco. It is currently scheduled for a ...more
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Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler
Armageddon is a 1998 American science fiction disaster thriller film, directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, and released by Touchstone Pictures. The film follows a group of ...more
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Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Isaacs
Resident Evil is a 2002 German-British-French science fiction horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. It is the first ...more
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Chris Brimmer added Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Dick Van Patten
Soylent Green is a 1973 American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, and, in his final film, Edward G. Robinson. The film ...more
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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Movies
Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden
The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously ...more
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Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier
The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Julian Blaustein, directed by Robert Wise, and starring Michael Rennie, ...more
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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Movies
Will Smith, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg
Men in Black is a 1997 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. ...more
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Chris Brimmer added Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving
V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski Brothers, based on the 1988 Vertigo graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore ...more
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Movies
MejaEhrenström added James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes fears of a nuclear ...more
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MejaEhrenström added Kevin Costner, Tom Petty, Mary Stuart Masterson
The Postman is a 1997 American epic post-apocalyptic adventure film. It is directed by, produced by, and stars Kevin Costner, with the screenplay written by Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland, based ...more
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Tom Devis added Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Scarface
Idiocracy is a 2006 American satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Mike Judge and starring Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, and Terry Crews. The film tells the story of two ...more
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Lynn Lowry, Harry Spillman, Richard Liberty
The Crazies is a 1973 American science fiction horror-action film about the effects of the accidental release of a military biological weapon upon the inhabitants of a small American town. The ...more
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Oblivion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Apocalyptic And Post-Apocalyptic Movies
Tom Devis added Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko
Oblivion is a 2012 action and science fiction film written by Joseph Kosinski and William Monahan and directed by Joseph Kosinski.
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The Time Machine is a 2002 American science fiction film loosely adapted from the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells and the 1960 film screenplay by David Duncan. It was ...more
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Matrix is a 1999 short film directed by Nicky Hamlyn.
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence); having twice survived the ...more
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Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill
The Andromeda Strain is a 1971 American science fiction film produced and directed by Robert Wise. Based on Michael Crichton's 1969 novel of the same name and adapted by Nelson Gidding, the film ...more
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Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette
The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier. It depicts Bodega Bay, California, which is, ...more