The world has erupted into chaos, scavengers and corporate overlords have drained all resources, and the population has been reduced to one (well, two). Everything and everyone you held dear have been wiped out (or set on fire, according to several movies), and you and your favorite fictional recluse need to establish some semblance of a life in the new barren wasteland. Do you think you can connect? Would you try rebuilding society? Or would you end up in a territorial battle over an empty cave?
Countless "last person on Earth" movies exist, and they showcase some of the best film characters fighting to procure nourishment and retain their sanity. Whether stealing cars and killing infected humans, living it up in a stolen penthouse at night, or dealing with the existential ramifications of being the only mortal on a dead planet, each person is just trying to handle the apocalypse in their own way.
These films aren't solely about lone human survivors, but instead, show how people deal with a vastly reduced global population.
Max Rockatansky From 'Mad Max'Photo: Roadshow Entertainment
Where Everyone Went: They were either obliterated by nuclear war, murdered, died of thirst, or moved to the endless desert wasteland to try their luck.
What The World Is Like: Society has collapsed; marauding biker gangs rape and pillage, vigilantes take justice into their own hands, and basic services don't exist.
How Do They Spend Their Time: When Max isn't losing his mind with grief over the loss of his family, he's killing the aforementioned biker gangs and driving through the desert. Later, he fights a man in a giant dome.
Would You Want To Be Stuck With Them: Max doesn't seem like much fun to hang out with, despite being fun to watch. He doesn't talk a lot, and when he does, it tends to concern killing people.
Doomsday Chill Rating: You'll ride eternal, shiny, and chill.
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Where Everyone Went: Biological warfare between China and the Soviet Union wiped out a large portion of the world's population. Charlton Heston plays US Army Col. Robert Neville, MD, a man who injects himself with an experimental vaccine - making him immune to the contagion.
What The World Is Like: He essentially lives in an empty Los Angeles full of pseudo-vampires and people slowly turning into vampires.
How Do They Spend Their Time: Neville watches Woodstock in a theater a lot, steals clothing from a mall, lives in a penthouse, and drives whatever cars he wants.
Would You Want To Be Stuck With Them: If you're going to be stuck with someone in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a doctor who knows how to kill vampires and work a projector is a lucky break.
Doomsday Chill Rating: Incredibly chill.
The Mariner From 'Waterworld'Photo: Universal Pictures
Where Everyone Went: Everyone either drowned or lives on floating barges, where they watch and take part in extreme stunt shows overseen by maniacs.
What The World Is Like: After the polar ice caps melt, the world gets covered in ocean - so learning to swim is imperative.
How Do They Spend Their Time: The Mariner drifts along the ocean, trades dirt, and drinks his own (purified) pee.
Would You Want To Be Stuck With Them: Depends how much you like hanging out with a guy who drinks his pee. For doomsday preppers, this is a model situation.
Doomsday Chill Rating: Less chill, because no more ice caps.
Jim From '28 Days Later'Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Where Everyone Went: They were either ended by people infected with a rage virus, or infected by a rage virus and disposed of other people themselves.
What The World Is Like: England (and likely the rest of the world) is a horrible place where soldiers murder men that don't work with them and force women into sex servitude.
How Do They Spend Their Time: Driving through the countryside, gorging on sugary snacks, and avoiding raging monsters.
Would You Want To Be Stuck With Them: Jim seems nice enough, and he's adept at traversing the zombie-filled wasteland. But you'd have to deal with the rest of the world, and that's not great.
Doomsday Chill Rating: No chill, just rage.