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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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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
wiabux added Independence Day Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox 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) 2 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
28 Days Later Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris 28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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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 Armageddon Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Taylor

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
The Matrix Keanu Reeves, Hugo Weaving, Carrie-Anne Moss The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowskis, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe ...more

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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma ...more

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Children of Men Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James's 1992 novel of the same name, was credited to five ...more

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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Waterworld 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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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Alex Bird added Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 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 the cold war fears of a ...more

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Night of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Night of the Comet Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart Night of the Comet is a 1984 disaster-comedy film written and directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran, and Kelli Maroney. The film was voted number 10 in ...more

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Beneath the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Beneath the Planet of the Apes Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Linda Harrison Beneath the Planet of the Apes is a 1970 American science fiction film directed by Ted Post and written by Paul Dehn. It is the second of five films in the original Planet of the Apes series ...more

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The Return of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
The Return of the Living Dead Clu Gulager, James Karen, Linnea Quigley The Return of the Living Dead is a 1985 American black comedy/zombie horror film written and directed by Dan O'Bannon and starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa and Linnea Quigley. The ...more

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
MohamedAbdelazizHamed added The Road Rhian Ramos, Barbie Forteza, Alden Richards The Road is a 2011 Filipino psychological horror film directed by Yam Laranas, and starring Carmina Villaroel, Marvin Agustin, Rhian Ramos, Barbie Forteza and TJ Trinidad. The film was released ...more

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Maximum Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Maximum Overdrive Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 American science fiction action horror film written and directed by Stephen King. The film stars Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington. The screenplay was ...more

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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
The Time Machine Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce, Sienna Guillory 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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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 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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Land of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Land of the Dead Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg, Simon Baker Land of the Dead is a 2005 post-apocalyptic horror film written and directed by George A. Romero; the fourth of Romero's six Living Dead movies, it is preceded by Night of the Living Dead, Dawn ...more

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Day of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Day of the Dead Mena Suvari, AnnaLynne McCord, Nick Cannon Day of the Dead is a 2008 American horror film about a virus outbreak that causes people to turn into violent zombie-like creatures. It is a loose remake of George A. Romero's zombie film of the ...more

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A Boy and His Dog is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
A Boy and His Dog Don Johnson, Jason Robards Jr., Michael Rupert A young man and his telepathic dog roam a post-nuclear holocaust land searching for food and sex. He encounters an underground community that has survived apparently unscathed from the ...more

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Fail Safe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Fail Safe Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman Fail-Safe is a 1964 Cold war thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. It portrays a fictional account of a Cold War ...more

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Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Silent Running Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Joseph Campanella Silent Running is a 1972 environmentally-themed American science fiction film starring Bruce Dern, featuring Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin and Jesse Vint. It was directed by Douglas Trumbull, who had ...more

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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
Alex Bird added A Boy and His Dog Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Susanne Benton A Boy and His Dog is a cycle of narratives by author Harlan Ellison. The cycle tells the story of a boy and his telepathic dog, who work together as a team to survive in the post-apocalyptic ...more

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
The Last Man on Earth Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and stars Vincent ...more

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Threads is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
DaleWilken added Threads Reece Dinsdale, Jane Hazlegrove, David Brierly Threads is a 1984 BAFTA award-winning British television drama, produced jointly by the BBC, Nine Network and Western-World Television Inc. Written by Barry Hines and directed by Mick Jackson, ...more

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When Worlds Collide is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
When Worlds Collide 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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Things to Come is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Things to Come George Sanders, Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson Things to Come is a British science fiction film produced by Alexander Korda and directed by William Cameron Menzies. The film stars Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Pearl ...more

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Six-String Samurai is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Six-String Samurai Jeffrey Falcon, Justin Mcguire Six-String Samurai is a 1998 post-apocalyptic action/comedy film directed by Lance Mungia, starring Jeffrey Falcon and Justin McGuire. Brian Tyler composed the score for this film along with the ...more

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Melancholia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Lora Lattimer added Melancholia 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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The Invasion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
The Invasion Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Malin Ã…kerman The Invasion is a 2007 science fiction thriller film starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, with additional scenes written by The Wachowskis and directed by ...more

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The End of Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
The End of Evangelion Megumi Hayashibara, Junko Iwao, Koyasu Taketo The End of Evangelion is a 1997 Japanese animated science fiction film written and directed by Hideaki Anno, animated by IG Port's subsidiary Production I.G, released as a finale for the ...more

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Miracle Mile is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Miracle Mile Mare Winningham, Anthony Edwards, Denise Crosby Miracle Mile is a 1988 American apocalyptic thriller cult film written and directed by Steve De Jarnatt, and starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham that takes place mostly in real time. It ...more

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Meteor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Meteor Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda Meteor is a 1979 science fiction Technicolor disaster film in which scientists detect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth and struggle with international, cold war politics in their ...more

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Young Ones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Alex Bird added Young Ones Elle Fanning, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult Young Ones is a 2014 action science fiction film directed and written by Jake Paltrow. The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Michael Shannon and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The film had its world ...more

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Z for Zachariah is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Alex Bird added Z for Zachariah Tobey Maguire, Chiwetel Ejiofor Z for Zachariah is a sci-fi film written by Nissar Modi and directed by Craig Zobel.