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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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Independence Day is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
wiabux added 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
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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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
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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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
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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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
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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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
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
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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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
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
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
Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic film directed by Susanne Bier, based on the novel by Josh Malerman. A woman (Sandra Bullock) and a pair of children are blindfolded as they make ...more
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Lear... 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
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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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
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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Night of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
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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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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Threads is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
DaleWilken added 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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Maximum Overdrive is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Carrie Fisher, Stephen King, Emilio Estevez
Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 American science fiction action horror film written and directed by Stephen King. The screenplay was inspired by and loosely based on King's short story Trucks, which ...more
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Day of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Mena Suvari, AnnaLynne McCord, Nick Cannon
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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End of Days is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney, Renee Olstead
End of Days is a 1999 American action fantasy horror thriller film directed by Peter Hyams starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak, Rod Steiger, CCH Pounder, ...more
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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss
Light of My Life is a 2019 American drama film directed by Casey Affleck. A father (Casey Affleck) and his young daughter (Anna Pniowsky) find themselves trapped in the woods.
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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
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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A Boy and His Dog is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
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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The Wandering Earth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
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
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Land of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg, Simon Baker
This film is a 2005 post-apocalyptic horror film written and directed by George A. Romero; the fourth of Romero's six movies. It was released in 2005 and became a success, grossing over $46 ...more
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How It Ends is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Theo James, Forest Whitaker, Kat Graham
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
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Fail Safe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Doomsday Movies of all Time, Ranked
Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman
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