It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I’m feeling fine. Unfortunately, the folks in these movies aren’t so lucky. From zombie apocalypses to the end times, these are the best end-of-the-world movies out there. At least according to fans online, anyway.
There are some great suggestions on this list, including a few you might not have seen or heard of if you’re younger. If you enjoy a good world-ending story, check them out!
The Omega Man
Both the Omega Man and I Am Legend are based on the book “I Am Legend”, but each are presented in a different way. Starring Charleston Heston, the Omega Man is more of an action movie than horror.
And that’s what makes it such a great (and fun) end of the world movie!
If you’re a fan of the source material’s horror elements you may not enjoy this as much, but for the avid movie-watcher it’s a solid flick.
The Last Days
Everyone on Earth ends up with a fatal form of agoraphobia so no one can go outside. The story follows a man who’s trapped in his office at work as he tries to escape and find his girlfriend.
Based off the Stephen King book of the same name, The Mist is the story of an end-of-the-world Earth that’s been shrouded in mist. While mist on its own is scary enough, this mist has monsters in it.
Not only is this film intense, but the ending is one of the most gut-wrenching I’ve ever seen.
Children of Men
Children of Men is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time, so I’m glad to see other folks recommending it too. While it’s not fully “end of the world”, it’s post-apocalyptic in the sense that humanity is slowly dying out.
Not only is it a great story, but it’s incredibly well shot and acted too.
Something a little different for you! 2012 isn’t exactly a cinematic masterpiece, but if you want a B-movie-style end-of-the-world movie with explosions this one is fun watch.
A Boy & His Dog
You might not have heard of the post-apocalyptic film A Boy & His Dog because it came out in 1975 but that doesn’t mean it’s not an iconic piece of media. Adapted from a novella of the same name, this black-comedy style end-of-the-world film is a must-watch for any movie lover.
If you missed this Korean film and enjoy post-apocalyptic movies you should definitely check out Snowpiercer. It’s set after an ice age has ended the world. The Snowpiercer, a train travelling around through the ice, contains the last of humanity living out their days.
The World’s End
Movie 3 of the Cornetto Trilogy (after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), The World’s End, is a comedy sci-fi movie about a group of friends who go on an epic pub crawl to the “World’s End Pub”. Then the world actually ends.
Mad Max: Fury Road
This is your sign to watch Max Max: Fury Road. Go. Right now! If you saw it when it came out then it’s definitely worth a re-watch, too. Iconic, fun, and intense, Max Max shows us one end of the world that seems as likely as any: pure anarchy.
Don’t Look Up
Satirical and poignant, the worst thing about Don’t Look Up is that it hits a little too close to home. While it’s not the greatest movie all time it’s still a solid film that is worth watching at least once.
What makes Melancholia unique when it comes to end of the world movies is the style of story it tells. Rather than having folks fight for survival after the world’s ended, it showcases two people coping with the realization that the world is about to end.
I absolutely love this movie, especially because it’s not just about the end of the world, but also preventing it. Starring Bruce Willis, it combines action and psychological drama with some unique sci-fi elements.
As someone who recently re-watched 12 Monkeys not long ago I can also confirm it still holds up.
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