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The Best Doomsday Event Movies  

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A list of the best doomsday event movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This doomsday event movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about doomsday event are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about doomsday event you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous doomsday event movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already. Click on these doomsday event movie titles for more information about the films.

This list is made up of many different items, including Deep Impact and The Quiet Earth.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best doomsday event movies?" and "What is the greatest doomsday event movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular doomsday event movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these doomsday event movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good doomsday event movies can be enjoyed no matter what.
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Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer
12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam, inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 short film La Jetée, and starring Bruce ...more
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Lee Kirby added Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico
This film is a 1978 Italian-American horror drama film written and directed by George A. Romero. It was the second film made in Romero's series, but contains no characters or settings from them, ...more
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Lee Kirby added Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner
28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British-Spanish post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film, structured as a sequel to the 2002 critical and commercial success, 28 Days Later. 28 Weeks Later was ...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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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doomsday Event Movies
Lee Kirby added Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson
I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more
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Mollevangsvagen added William Klein, Etienne Becker, Jean Négroni
La Jetée, is a 1962 French science fiction featurette by Chris Marker. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. ...more
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Lee Kirby added Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, John Hurt
Melancholia is a 2011 Danish art film written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgård, Cameron Spurr, and Kiefer Sutherland. The ...more
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Lee Kirby added 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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When Worlds Collide is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doomsday Event Movies
Paul Frees, Stuart Whitman, John Hoyt
When Worlds Collide is a 1951 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Rudolph Maté and starring Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, ...more
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Morgan Freeman, Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood
Deep Impact is a 1998 American science fiction disaster film directed by Mimi Leder, written by Bruce Joel Rubin and Michael Tolkin, and starring Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, ...more
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Bruno Lawrence, Pete Smith, Alison Routledge
The Quiet Earth is a 1985 New Zealand science fiction post-apocalyptic film directed by Geoff Murphy and starring Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge and Pete Smith as three survivors of a ...more
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The Day After Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doomsday Event Movies
Lee Kirby added 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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Lee Kirby added Rhona Mitra, Malcolm McDowell, Bob Hoskins
Doomsday is a 2008 science fiction action film written and directed by Neil Marshall. When the virus is found in London, political leaders send a team led by Major Eden Sinclair to Scotland to ...more
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O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civiliz... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doomsday Event Movies
Mollevangsvagen added Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Stuhr, Leon Niemczyk
O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization is a 1985 Polish drama science fiction film written and directed by Piotr Szulkin. Starring Jerzy Stuhr and Krystyna Janda, the film takes place in a ...more
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Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doomsday Event Movies
Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong
Sunshine is a 2007 British science fiction thriller film directed by Danny Boyle. The film was adapted from a screenplay written by Alex Garland about the crew of a spacecraft on a dangerous ...more
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Contagion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doomsday Event Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon
Contagion is a 2011 medical thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, ...more
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Lee Kirby added Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg, M. Night Shyamalan
The Happening is a 2008 American supernatural thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan that follows a man, his wife, his best friend, and his friend's daughter as ...more
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Lee Kirby added Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Connie Britton
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a 2012 comedy-drama film written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, in her directorial debut. The film stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. The ...more
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Lee Kirby added Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton
2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster adventure film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. It stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, ...more
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Mollevangsvagen added Jiří Lábus, Michal Pavlíček, Oldřich Kaiser
The Pied Piper is a 1986 Czechoslovak animated film directed by Jiří Barta. Its original Czech title is Krysař, which means "The rat catcher". The story is an adaptation of the ...more
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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doomsday Event Movies
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more
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The Core is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doomsday Event Movies
Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart
The Core is a 2003 American science fiction disaster film. It concerns a team that has to drill to the center of the Earth in order to restart the rotation of the Earth's core. The film was ...more
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Voyage to the Bottom of the Se... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doomsday Event Movies
Barbara Eden, Joan Fontaine, Peter Lorre
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an American science fiction film, produced and directed by Irwin Allen, released by 20th Century Fox in 1961. The story was written by Irwin Allen and Charles ...more
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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doomsday Event Movies
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman
Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.
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The Wandering Earth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doomsday Event Movies
Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat
The Wandering Earth is a 2019 Chinese science fiction film directed by Frant Gwo, based on the novella of the same name by Locus Award and Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin. As the sun is ...more