There’s something unsettling about post-apocalyptic movies, but there’s also a reassuring side to them that keeps you hooked to the screen for hours and wanting for more. There’s that feeling of ‘this is never going to happen in the world we live in now’, plus the curiosity pushing you to look into possible ways of mankind of generating alternative ways of feeding the planet, sourcing energy or most commonly, fighting for survival.
Check out with us the best post-apocalyptic movies of all times and some of the most recent releases.
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton
Set in not so far 2031 when a failed experiment froze the entire world, Snowpiercer is amongst those apocalyptic movies that leaves you strongly disturbed: the Snowpiercer is in fact a train capable of cutting through ice – check out some out of the world picture – hosting the survivors who have created their own economy and way of providing food. Each compartment is inhabited by different social classes, going from grotesque luxury to squalor.
Maze Runner (2014)
Director: Wes Ball
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter
The first installment of the Maze Runner saga is an apocalyptic movie where the only survivors are teenagers: they are all trapped in an enclosed environment, without any memory of their past. No one has tried making it through the other side of the monstrous creatures and traps inhabited Maze for three years, but with new arrivals things are about to change.
Director: Neil Burger
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet
There’s no way on earth you won’t get into this futuristic version of brave heart: Divergent is one of the best end of the world movies where a love story develops amongst rival factions. Teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in the assigned faction, but what if you don’t fit in with any of the factions profiles? You are called a divergent, and apparently you are seen as a threat to the system.
The Hunger Games
Director: Gary Ross
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Our future looks rather gloomy if we took The Hunger Games as a visionary prediction of what’s to come: 12 districts under the Panem government. Each year a televised competition takes place and participants are selected through a lottery system: The Hunger Games. With 3 installments, this dystopian trilogy is one of the best post-apocalyptic movies of all times.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
Linguistics is a subject not many of you would exactly be able to explain, never mind understand its complexity: in this apocalyptic/alien movie, it is the key to understand what brought twelve mysterious spacecrafts around the world. Professor Louise Banks is the only one who can establish a communication point with the alien creatures, thanks to her knowledge she might be able to save humankind.
Director: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen
Jennifer Lawrence seems to have found her true vocation is starring in post-apocalyptic movies, but this time – opposed to The Hunger Games – she is on a spaceship transporting 5,258 to a colony on a distant planet. Something goes wrong and one person is awakened 90 years before arrival to destination.
What happened to Monday
Director: Tommy Wirkola
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe
The one child policy is taken to an extreme futuristic version in this 2017 post apocalyptic movie in which feeding the planet has become such of an issue that no one is allowed having siblings: under this regime 7 identical sisters live under one identity only. What happens to them when one goes missing is the trigger to a sensational performance by Noomi Rapace.
28 Weeks Later
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle
The population of the British Isles are the only unaffected after an epidemic virus broke out. The US. Army declares that the danger past and are help restore order while the refugees return to the British soil. However, one of them carries a deadly secret and the virus isn’t gone yet.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Cast: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.
After being in a car accident, Michelle wakes up only finding herself in an underground bunker with two men, who claim that the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack and that the only hope of survival is to remain inside. But will Michelle listen?
The 5th Wave
Director: J Blakeson
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez
Human race is on the brink of extinction when a series of alien attacks the planet, causing different phases from earthquakes, tsunamis and disease.
Resident Evil Saga
One of the most famous post-apocalypse movies created. The film series is actually based on the Japanese video game with the same name and follows Alice throughout the movies as she battle zombies.
I Am Legend
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan
Robert Neville is the only survivor for a plague that turns humans into bloodthirsty mutants. While he tries to survive every day, he is also trying to seek for survivors and a cure for the plague using his own immune blood.
The Bad Batch
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Cast: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jayda Fink
Arlen is not only abandoned in a Texas wasteland that is away from civilization but is then also kidnapped by cannibals led by a mysterious Miami man.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Director: George Miller
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz
If you are looking for some of the best post-apocalyptic movies, many critics have ranked this as the best film of 2015. Furiosa joins forces with Max Rockatansky to lead the despot’s five wives in a daring escape while being chased by the warlord and his followers through the desert wasteland. Mad Max: Fury Road is heavily laden with steam-punk action
Director: Terry Gilliam
Cast: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Christopher Plummer
This falls into the end of the world movies category and stars Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. A prisoner is sent from the 2030s to the 1990s to gather information on a virus that wiped out a considerable part of humanity. Twelve Monkeys was nominated for 2 Oscar Awards.
Director: Xavier Gens
Cast: Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia
Imagine being stuck in an underground basement with eight strangers after a nuclear attack. Like almost every end of the world movies, what happens when your food supply starts to diminish, and no one can leave because of the horrors that lie on the other side of the door?
The Divide is one of the best post-apocalyptic movies, featuring gory scenes of survival as in one of your favourite horror movies.
A Quiet Place
Director: John Krasinski
Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski
This is one of the best post-apocalyptic movies with a twist. It starts with you thinking there is a problem with the audio system of your TV, but worry not, it’s the movie.
A Family has to survive in a post-apocalyptic world full of blind monsters that have a super keen sense of hearing. Watch to see how and if they are able to survive.
Director: Ther Wachowski Brothers
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving
“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”
Follow Neo as he discovers the truth about life and humanity and his quest to freedom.
This is also one of the best post-apocalyptic movies or best end of the world movies. The Matrix made the ‘bullet time’ visual effect famous and won four Academy Awards.