Best Apocalypse Movies About The End Of The World
If you want to see 50 different scenarios on how the world may end, you should just check 50 different Hollywood blockbusters. Hollywood has a thing for the apocalyptic world, and moreover, Hollywood knows how to give you goosebumps and make you think about your life.
Some ‘apocalyptic’ movies are better than others, as some are scarier than others. Moreover, some movies can leave a strong impression on you and your life, while some are just big fails, according to critics, at least. So which apocalypse movie will make your heart stop? Read on and check 30 best apocalyptic movies ever!
Waterworld is a post-apocalyptic movie from far 1995, which takes place in a world destroyed by climate change. The polar ice melted, leaving the world covered by water. As expected, people had to adapt to ocean life, that they even grow gills.
Mariner, played by Kevin Costner, is the main character who is a solo player until he meets Helen (played by Jeanne Tripplehorn) and Enola (played by Tina Majorino). Helen and Enola flee from an island, and in no time, they are pursued by terrible Smokers who have only one goal – to find the Dryland. The movie is dynamic, packed with action scenes, but not even that could reserve them more than 42% on Rotten Tomatoes.
29. The 5th Wave
This movie is for alien-lovers and those who believe that we are not alone in this word. Others came to Earth, and they came to conquer it. Their mission is to release five different waves, each one more horrific than the last. Cassie, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, faces with various disasters and decides to fight back.
Waves are massive, from universal sickness, devastating earthquakes, to aliens inhabitant humans, every wave is really worse than the previous one. The movie is action-packed and keeps your adrenaline up, but critics had no kind words about this movie creation. What Rotten Tomatoes had to say? Only 15%.
28. The Happening
Hollywood loves a movie where nature needs to teach humans a lesson. Moreover, movie director M. Night Shyamalan loves creepy twists, so if you are ready for something different and unusual, The Happening is a must-watch movie. The movie tells the story of a mysterious toxin in the air that causes people to lose their power of speech firstly, and ultimately to take their own lives.
Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel are racing the time to find a solution to this mess while the world falls apart in front of their eyes. The hype around the movie was huge, and people expected a lot. However, everyone was disappointed, and The Happening received only 18% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Disaster movies can really make you think twice about your life. The famous movie from 2012 is no exception. Officially, this is one of the most horrifying apocalyptic movies ever. The entire world is based on a real-world Mayan belief that the world will end on December 21st, 2012.
Luckily, the Mayans were wrong, but that didn’t stop people to rethink their life choices after watching this movie. Although visual effect are amazing, the overall plot was weak, and the movie received only 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
26. The Day After Tomorrow
Dennis Quaid did a fantastic job portraying Jack Hall, a paleo-climatologist who predicts the end of the world. Of course, no one believed him, and the world was caught off guard when a monumental climate shift occurred. In no time, the Earth was returned to Ice Age. His son Sam, portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, is stranded in a frozen New York City, and Jack heads to the Big Apple to help him.
The Day After Tomorrow brings some touching moments, but critics were cold as ice. They stated that the movie is full of clichés, predictable, and has nothing new or exciting to offer but some great visual effects.
25. The Core
The Core shows a slightly different approach to a possible end of the world. Here, the problems aren’t what’s happening on the planet, but what may explode inside. At one moment, the Earth’s core stops spinning and leaves the world without the electromagnetic field.
Needless to say that this puts the Planet in serious danger of total destruction. A team of different specialists (Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci) must unite and work together as they travel to the core of the Earth. Both the fan and the critics loved the movie for its original plot.
24. Bird Box
Netflix really made a real boom when it comes to streaming services. It was only a matter of time when they would release their apocalyptic movies. In 2018, Netflix introduced Bird Box, a movie where people must blindfold themselves to avoid seeing horrific creatures.
Viewers never get to see the creatures, but you can feel that they are there. It’s also revealed that every time the characters see a creature, they are compelled to take their own life on the spot. Sandra Bullock and her little ones, “Girl” and “Boy,” did a fantastic job of creating an extra stark vibe.
A deadly disease wiped out most of the population. A group of young and uninfected friends drive around and search for a place to hide and avoid a horrible contagion. As expected, they encounter some people along the way, some get infected, and in no time, they all must fight invisible enemies? Or are they invisible?
Carriers was very much praised by critics, and Rotten Tomatoes accumulated 66%. Variety critic Rob Nelson even said that movie evolved from general horror to a theatrical isolation.
22. I Am The Legend
You just know that if Will Smith is the leading role, memorable moments are guaranteed. Although we are used to seeing Will in more optimistic movies, this one is more depressing. In I Am Legend, we get to see how the world looks filled with zombies who are out for blood.
After a deadly disease-contaminated most of the population, it seems that Will and his canine are the only living beings alive on the Planet. However, one night that all changes. The movie received mixed reviews both from fans and critics, but it’s still one of the must-watch apocalyptic movies.
Critics and fans are not aligned when it comes to this famous movie. The audience loves this movie, even today, while critics gave it only 38% on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, this is one of the most famous disaster movies ever and most beloved ones. Why the audience loved this movie so much? No one knows for sure. Maybe it has something to do with a fantastic crew, great music, or its heartbreaking plot.
When an asteroid threatens to end all of humanity, the main characters team up to save the day – but not without some severe losses. The famous song “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith, from the soundtrack, is still one of the most popular songs ever.
20. Independence Day
Will Smith has a thing for saving the world. Another movie where this famous actor is ready to team up with brilliant people to save the Planet. In this famous 1996 sci-fi disaster movie, an alien race comes to destroy the Earth and entire humankind.
The scene where aliens attack the White House is one of the best aliens-related scenes in movie areas. Independence Day was very well received upon its release, and it also represents a turning point in the sci-fi disaster film genre.
Vampire movies are common nowadays, but they are usually more dramatic and teen drama than they are apocalyptic. With Daybreakersthings escalate pretty fast. The plot is simple: the world is run by vampires. Even 95% of the population are vampires, while 5% are humans, who are hunt by the bigger vampire party.
Some people are even sympathetic toward humans, but their desire for human blood always suppresses the need to protect them. Daybreakers received mixed reviews, although critics were pleased with a fresh look on the vampire genre.
18. World War Z
World War Z is based on the 2006 novel written by Max Brooks, who has a doomsday scenario for Earth. In his vision, the world is affected by a global zombie sweeping.
Pitt plays the role of a former UN worker named Gerry Lane, who decides to come to the bottom of how this tragedy even occurred in the first place. Normally, along the way, he must deal with many obstacles, that brought the movie 72% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
17.War Of The Worlds
Another disaster movie based on a famous novel. The original story was written by H.G. Wells and released in 1897. This story was one of the first ones that gave the world a possible scenario for humans meeting extraterrestrial beings.
In 2005, Tom Cruise was selected for the role of Ray Ferrier, a father who must protect his children from the moment’s aliens invade the Earth. Producers were sure that they have an instant classic, but the audience wasn’t impressed much with the movie, opposite to critics who gave the movie a 73% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
16. The Road
When there is nothing left to eat, would people eat each other? This is exactly what The Road explores. The movie is based on the novel of the same name, written by Cormac McCarthy. The movie tells a story of a weary man and his son who are heading south to reach the warmer places in a new, post-apocalyptic world.
Viggo Mortensen plays the father who is determined to protect his son from vicious cannibals. The film is not light or easy to watch, but it was well-received and respected among critics.
15. 12 Monkeys
Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis together on the big screen? Well, that’s the right success formula. This 90’s classic brought these actors together to create a masterpiece. This is one of the all-time classic apocalypse films. In the movie, a new disease was started by a mysterious “army of 12 monkeys” and wiped out billions, leaving only 1% of the population alive.
The story is set in 2035, where people must live underground to survive. While they are hiding, they are also trying to fix things. So, James Coles, played by Willis, volunteers to travel forty years back in time before the disease struck to help prevent it. This movie is so full of sudden twists that it was praised by both critics and fans, with a high score of 90% of Rotten Tomatoes.
Beth and her young son suddenly die, and the world is suddenly at the break of new health scenarios. In the meantime, doctors are doing their best to protect the people and isolate the problem. The reason why the movie was such a big hit and is relevant even today lies in the fact that a simple handshake could place you into a health disaster.
In a nutshell, the movie shows just why it’s important not to touch your face before you wash your hands and that we forget that in some countries water is luxury. The movie was well-received with an 85% Rotten Tomatoes rating, while critics loved the intelligent screenplay.
13. Children Of Men
The movie is set into the future, the year 2027, where no baby can be born, since humans have become infertile. For 18 years, no child was born, and humanity faces a mass extinction.
When the youngest person on the world dies, chaos continues, and hope is nowhere on the horizon. Suddenly a woman becomes pregnant, and she must be protected at all costs. Julianne Moore and Michael Caine did such a fantastic job in this thriller, that movie received an astonishing 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
12. The Quiet Place
John Krasinski, famous Jim from the show The Office, directs and stars in this intense movie that put another light on life after the apocalypse. In a small town, somewhere in the States, one family spends their days in silence. They are trying to stay safe from monstrous creatures that are drowned in the softest noise.
Krasinski stars next to his wife in real life, Emily Blunt, and the pair bring real chemistry while they are fighting every day to keep their children alive and safe. Since silence is golden, the movie received a 95% rating, and the second part is set to kick off sometime in 2020.
11. This Is The End
A really fantastic crew of actors gathered to work on this project. Seth Rogen is here, next to JonahHill, and James Franco, who heads to LA for some good time. However, things don’t go as planned, and a big house party turns to a house disaster in no time when an earthquake kicks in.
Eventually, demons appear who are ready to show more than we actually asked for. This is no children movie, and be prepared from some Backstreet Boys moments – hope that you are a fan.
10. The Matrix
You may forget this, but The Matrix is actually an apocalypse movie. Humans are stuck in one place – Zion. Moreover, they have to use machines and technology to access the beyond-earth world where they can be stronger, faster, and smarter.
This all happens after the war against machines was lost. During that huge battle, the sky was scorched, and the Earth was in a way destroyed. Luckily, the Oracle has a plan, and the rest is history.
9. 28 Days Later
A group of animal rights activists sneaks into a laboratory and seeing trapped chimpanzees, and they are heading to release them. They ignore the scientist who warns them that the animals are infected with a dangerous disease.
Still, they ignore his words and release the chimps anyway. Only 28 days later, Jim (played by Cillian Murphy) wakes up from a coma, only to discover that the world is not as it used to be. The city of London is completely empty, bodies are everywhere, and it seems that he is the only one walking the planet. This movie is not for the faint-hearted, but fans and critics much appreciate it for its rawness.
The zombie apocalypse can be done differently, and this movie proves it. There is a perfect balance between humor and gruesome imagery. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone team up to navigate an American wasteland that’s filled with the walking dead.
In a horrific setting, the movie still manages to hit a positive tone. This is especially highlighted during the scene where the gang visits Bill Murra’s house, and they find him pretending to be a zombie (as he says earnestly, “Zombies don’t attack other zombies”).
The popular Snowpiercer was such a refreshment in terms of creativity and execution that it received a rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. Movie critic Ryan Gilbey described it as “alive with ideas and imagination.” The movie is about the end of the world, but it’s far from being typical movies on that topic.
A new ice age has forced humanity to evolve, to find their new home in a rather unusual place, a never-stopping train. On this train, people are separated by class, both figuratively and literally, and nothing is as what it seems. Curtis, played by Chris Evans, is the main protagonist who tries to break through to the front, where he finds some unexpected answers.
6. Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 horror movie that mixes a zombie takeover and a rom-com. The movie follows the unusual and funny adventures of an under-achiever Shaun and his best friend Ed, as they deal with a zombie invasion that happens in London.
Critics and fans loved the movie, giving it 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie was so well received that even Quentin Tarantino and Jim Broadbent named the movie as one of their favorites. It’s a must-watch movie anyhow.
5. Resident Evil
Resident Evil is so loved movie franchise that so far fans have enjoyed five sequels. The plot is based on the Capcom video games and star Mill Jovovich as the main wonder lady. Together with Michelle Rodriguez, she leads a team of people to break into the hive – the genetics lab.
Inside the hive, powerful Umbrella Corporation created a devastating disease that eventually turns half of the population into zombies. The world must be saved in only three hours. Can they do it?
4. Planet of the Apes
The Planet of the Apes franchise is based on Pierre Boulle’s novel, La Planète des Singes, which dates back to 1963. The plot is simple: the world as we humans know it is overruled by apes. The first movie premiered ion 1968 and so far has in total of four sequels.
In February of 2020, Disney announces that they are planning another reboot, but the excitement wasn’t as expected. Many believe that movies between 2011 and 2017 summed up everything, while others believe that there shouldn’t be any new movie in the next ten years.
3. Deep Impact
If you loved Armageddon, you would adore Deep Impact. This is one of the early sci-fi action movies that made a big mark on the movie scene. Interestingly, this movie was released the same year as Armageddon.
In this movie, humankind is working hard to keep a comet from destroying the planet. Deep Impact is a movie with a serious tone, where Morgan Freeman does his best as the President of the United States to keep everything in order. All in, the movie received 45% on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Day the Earth Stood Still hit theaters in 2008, and it was an instant success. To this date, this is one of the most successful sci-fi movies. The movie was based on Harry Bates’ 1940 short story, “Farewell to the Master,” where a group of scientists investigates an alien who lands in Manhattan.
In a short period, the scientist realizes that they will be under an attack unless they help the alien in question top escape. Although a 21% rating on Rotten Tomatoes was given, this is still a classic movie.
1. Mad Max: Fury Road
An apocalyptic movie list without Mad Max on it? Not possible. Over the years, multiple Mad Max movies were made, and each one is specific and unique. The most recent adaptation brings a more modern look to this unusual road hero, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, who did such an amazing job that the movie received 97% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
Maybe success lies in the fact that there is no movie franchise quite like it. It shows a dystopian future where sand is every day and day long scenery. The movie shows a brutal world of oppression, savage, and futuristic guns and guitars hero in the battle. All fun, right?