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The Best Human Extinction Movies 

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Updated November 22, 2019 1.4k votes 351 voters 38.9k views 22 items

List Rules Movies about Human Extinction only.

A list of the best human extinction movies ever made, ranked by film fans' votes. This list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about human extinction are at the top of the list. If there are any great films you think we missed, please feel free to add them yourself. 

The films on this list are the most famous human extinction movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already if you're a fan of seeing the human race at risk for extinction.


This list answers the questions, "What are the best human extinction movies?" and contains items like Star Trek: First Contact and Mad Max 2.


Various bits of information are included with these popular human extinction movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. So whether you're watching these movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these are some good human extinction movies to enjoy.

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Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more

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Children of Men is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Human Extinction Movies
Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine

Released: 2006

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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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Bootsdad added Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Hillcoat

The Road is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic drama film directed by John Hillcoat from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall, which is in return based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of ...more

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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Human Extinction Movies
Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse

Released: 2013

Directed by: Marc Forster

This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by ...more

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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) 6 on the list The Best Human Extinction Movies
Toby Saunders added 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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Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Contagion is a 2011 medical thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, ...more

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Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton

Released: 2009

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

2012 is a 2009 American science fiction disaster adventure film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. It stars John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Thandie Newton, ...more

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The Book of Eli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Human Extinction Movies
BostonBruins added Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman

Released: 2010

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-Western and action film directed by the Hughes brothers. A lone man sets off to fight his way across America in order to protect a sacred ...more

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Bootsdad added Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

Released: 1981

Directed by: George Miller

Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The film is the second installment in the Mad Max film series, with Mel Gibson starring as Max Rockatansky. ...more

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Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy

Released: 1978

Directed by: Philip Kaufman

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction thriller directed by Philip Kaufman, and starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy. ...more

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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Human Extinction Movies
Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss

Released: 2019

Directed by: Casey Affleck

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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Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

Released: 1996

Directed by: Jonathan Frakes

Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the eighth feature film based on Star Trek, and the first film to feature no cast members ...more

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Dr. Strangelove or: How ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Human Extinction Movies
CWinn 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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3022 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Human Extinction Movies
Miranda Cosgrove, Kate Walsh, Omar Epps

Released: 2019

Directed by: John Suits

3022 is a 2019 American science fiction film directed by John Suits. A group of astronauts living in the haunting emptiness of deep space awake to find earth has suffered an extinction level
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Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Eric Laneuville

Released: 1971

Directed by: Boris Sagal

The Omega Man is a 1971 American science fiction film directed by Boris Sagal and starring Charlton Heston. It was written by John William Corrington and Joyce Corrington, based on the 1954 ...more

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The Colony is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Human Extinction Movies
ibra-al-hammadi added Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, Kevin Zegers

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jeff Renfroe

The Colony is a 2013 Canadian science fiction horror film directed by Jeff Renfroe. It had a limited release on 26 April 2013 in Canada, and was released on 20 September 2013 in the United
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Released: 1975

Directed by: L. Q. Jones

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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Bruno Lawrence, Pete Smith, Alison Routledge

Released: 1985

Directed by: Geoff Murphy

The Quiet Earth is a 1985 New Zealand science fiction post-apocalyptic film directed by Geoff Murphy and starring Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge and Pete Smith as three survivors of a ...more

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Kirstie Alley, Mark Hamill, Christopher Reeve

Released: 1995

Directed by: John Carpenter

John Carpenter's Village of the Damned is a 1995 science fiction-horror film directed by John Carpenter. It is a remake of the 1960 film of the same name which is based on the novel The Midwich ...more

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GilWhiteley added Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens, Mel Ferrer

Released: 1959

Directed by: Ranald MacDougall

Inger Stevens at her best, with Hary Belafonte and Mel Ferrer as the last three people on earth, or at least in New York City.
 
The World, the Flesh and the Devil is a 1959 American science fiction doomsday film written and directed by Ranald MacDougall. The film stars Harry Belafonte, who was then at the peak of his ...more

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Paul Newman, Bibi Andersson, Fernando Rey

Released: 1979

Directed by: Robert Altman

Quintet is a 1979 post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Robert Altman. It stars Paul Newman, Brigitte Fossey, Bibi Andersson, Fernando Rey, Vittorio Gassman and Nina Van Pallandt.

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