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The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked 

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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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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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

Released: 1996

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

Independence Day is a 1996 American science fiction disaster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The film stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, ...more

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
shawna-leigh-morgan added Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Taylor

Released: 1998

Directed by: Michael Bay

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss

Released: 1999

Directed by: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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Bird Box is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar

Released: 2018

Directed by: Susanne Bier

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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

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The Return of the Living... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley

Released: 1985

Directed by: Dan O'Bannon

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
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Released: 2011

Directed by: Yam Laranas

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Night of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart

Released: 1984

Directed by: Thom Eberhardt

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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Dennis Hopper

Released: 1995

Directed by: Kevin Costner, Kevin Reynolds

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Maximum Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez

Released: 1986

Directed by: Stephen King

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Land of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg, Simon Baker

Released: 2005

Directed by: George A. Romero

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End of Days is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney, Renee Olstead

Released: 1999

Directed by: Peter Hyams

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Day of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Mena Suvari, AnnaLynne McCord, Nick Cannon

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steve Miner

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Fail Safe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

Released: 1964

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

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Beneath the Planet of th... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison

Released: 1970

Directed by: Ted Post

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Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Joseph Campanella

Released: 1972

Directed by: Douglas Trumbull

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Dr. Strangelove or: How ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
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Released: 1964

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce, Sienna Guillory

Released: 2002

Directed by: Simon Wells

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A Boy and His Dog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Don Johnson, Jason Robards Jr., Michael Rupert

Released: 1975

Directed by: L. Q. Jones

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Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Connie Britton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

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The Invasion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Malin Åkerman

Released: 2007

Directed by: James McTeigue, Oliver Hirschbiegel

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked
Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho

Released: 1964

Directed by: Sidney Salkow, Ubaldo Ragona

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