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The Best Doomsday Movies Of All Time, Ranked

Updated January 5, 2021 29.8k votes 4.2k voters 259.6k views80 items

List RulesVote 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.

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  • Independence Day1
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day2
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written,...  more
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  • Armageddon3
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    Armageddon

    Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck

    Released1998

    Directed byMichael Bay

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  • 28 Days Later4
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

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  • I Am Legend5
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    I Am Legend

    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by...  more
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  • The Day After Tomorrow6
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    The Day After Tomorrow

    Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2004

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • WALL-E7
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    WALL-E

    Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman

    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

    WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar...  more
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  • The Day the Earth Stood Still8
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie

    Released1951

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • Children of Men9
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    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

    Released2006

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

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  • Shaun of the Dead10
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    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Released2004

    Directed byEdgar Wright

    Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright. In a small...  more
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  • Dawn of the Dead11
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Ving Rhames, Ty Burrell

    Released2004

    Directed byZack Snyder

    This film is a 2004 American horror film directed by Zack Snyder in his feature film...  more
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  • Dawn of the Dead12
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    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

    This film is a 1978 Italian-American horror drama film written and directed by George A....  more
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  • 28 Weeks Later13
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    28 Weeks Later

    Rose Byrne, Idris Elba

    Released2007

    Directed byJuan Carlos Fresnadillo

    28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British-Spanish post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film,...  more
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  • Bird Box14
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    Bird Box

    Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson

    Released2018

    Directed bySusanne Bier

    Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic film directed by Susanne Bier, based on the novel...  more
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  • 12 Monkeys15
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    12 Monkeys

    Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis

    Released1995

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    12 Monkeys, also known as Twelve Monkeys, is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by...  more
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  • Zombieland16
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    Zombieland

    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Released2009

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

    Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay...  more
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  • The Book of Eli17
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    The Book of Eli

    Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

    The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-Western and action film directed by...  more
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  • 201218
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    2012

    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson

    Released2009

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • The Road19
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    The Road

    Charlize Theron, Viggo Mortensen

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

    The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a...  more
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  • The Return of the Living Dead20
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    The Return of the Living Dead

    Clu Gulager, James Karen

    Released1985

    Directed byDan O'Bannon

    This film is a 1985 American black comedy/zombie horror film written and directed by Dan...  more
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  • Mad Max: Fury Road21
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic...  more
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  • Night of the Comet22
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    Night of the Comet

    Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov

    Released1984

    Directed byThom Eberhardt

    Night of the Comet is a 1984 disaster-comedy film written and directed by Thom Eberhardt and...  more
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  • The Day the Earth Stood Still23
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    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Jennifer Connelly, Keanu Reeves

    Released2008

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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  • War of the Worlds24
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    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • #Alive25
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    #Alive

    Yoo Ah-in, Park Shin-hye

    Released2020

    Directed byCho Il-hyung

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