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The Best Human Extinction Movies

Updated November 22, 2019 2.3k votes 355 voters 39.3k views22 items

List RulesMovies 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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  • 1
    28 Days Later
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Independence Day
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    Independence Day

    Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1996

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    2012
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    2012

    Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson

    Released2009

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • 4
    The Book of Eli
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 5
    Mad Max 2
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    Mad Max 2

    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Children of Men
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    Children of Men

    Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

    Released2006

    Directed byAlfonso Cuarón

    Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction thriller directed by Philip Kaufman,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Released1964

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 9
    The Omega Man
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    The Omega Man

    Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe

    Released1971

    Directed byBoris Sagal

    The Omega Man is a 1971 American science fiction film directed by Boris Sagal and starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Contagion
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    Contagion

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    Contagion is a 2011 medical thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film features an... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    The Road
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    The Road

    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

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  • 12
    Light of My Life
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    Light of My Life

    Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky

    Released2019

    Directed byCasey Affleck

    Light of My Life is a 2019 American drama film directed by Casey Affleck. A father (Casey... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    The Colony
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    The Colony

    Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton

    Released2013

    Directed byJeff Renfroe

    The Colony is a 2013 Canadian science fiction horror film directed by Jeff Renfroe. It had a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    3022
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    3022

    Miranda Cosgrove, Kate Walsh

    Released2019

    Directed byJohn Suits

    3022 is a 2019 American science fiction film directed by John Suits. A group of astronauts... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    A Boy and His Dog
    A Boy and His Dog is a cycle of narratives by author Harlan Ellison. The cycle tells the story... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    World War Z
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    World War Z

    Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox

    Released2013

    Directed byMarc Forster

    This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    I Am Legend
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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 on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Quiet Earth
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    The Quiet Earth

    Bruno Lawrence, Pete Smith

    Released1985

    Directed byGeoff Murphy

    The Quiet Earth is a 1985 New Zealand science fiction post-apocalyptic film directed by Geoff... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 19
    Quintet
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    Quintet

    Paul Newman, Bibi Andersson

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Quintet is a 1979 post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Robert Altman. It stars... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Village of the Damned
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    Village of the Damned

    Kirstie Alley, Mark Hamill

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • 21
    Star Trek: First Contact
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    Star Trek: First Contact

    Patrick Stewart, James Cromwell

    Released1996

    Directed byJonathan Frakes

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    The World, the Flesh and the Devil
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    The World, the Flesh and the Devil

    Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens

    Released1959

    Directed byRanald 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.
     
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