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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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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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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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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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

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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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alfonso CuarĂ³n

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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The Road is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
MohamedAbdelazizHamed added Rhian Ramos, Barbie Forteza, Alden Richards

Released: 2011

Directed by: Yam Laranas

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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Waterworld is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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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Bird Box is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Dr. Strangelove or: How ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Alex Bird added James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

Released: 1964

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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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Night of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart

Released: 1984

Directed by: Thom Eberhardt

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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Day of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Mena Suvari, AnnaLynne McCord, Nick Cannon

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steve Miner

This film is a 2008 American horror film about a virus outbreak that causes people to turn into creatures. It is a loose remake of George A. Romero's zombie film of the same name, the third in ...more

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Maximum Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Return of the Living... is listed (or ranked) 15 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 Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Jeremy Irons, Guy Pearce, Sienna Guillory

Released: 2002

Directed by: Simon Wells

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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Keira Knightley, Steve Carell, Connie Britton

Released: 2012

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

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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Threads is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
DaleWilken added Threads Reece Dinsdale, Jane Hazlegrove, David Brierly

Released: 1984

Directed by: Mick Jackson

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Land of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 20 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

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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End of Days is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Joseph Campanella

Released: 1972

Directed by: Douglas Trumbull

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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Fail Safe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

Released: 1964

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Fail-Safe is a 1964 Cold thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. The film features performances by veteran actors ...more

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A Boy and His Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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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How It Ends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Theo James, Forest Whitaker, Kat Graham

Released: 2018

Directed by: David M. Rosenthal

How It Ends is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by David M. Rosenthal. A desperate father (Theo James) tries to return home to his pregnant wife (Kat Graham) after a mysterious ...more