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The 50 Best Apocalyptic Movies Of All Time is a list of the top 50 apocalyptic movies. This list was created in 2021 and updated to be current as of 2021.
There’s something strangely attractive to so many people about seeing the best post-apocalyptic films, just as there’s something intriguing about visiting abandoned locations. Seeing expanses of nothingness and the dispersed people inside it, whether it’s the uneasiness or the sorrow, has an inherent fascination.
I’m one of those individuals who would prefer watch the aftermath of a movie than almost any other. I can’t exactly put my finger on why post-apocalyptic films appeal to me, but it all comes from my love of zombie movies. As terrifying as it is to write this, I frequently imagine what society might look like if it fell apart and how mankind would respond.
I’m also fully aware that, no matter how much training I’ve received from movies, I wouldn’t last long in a post-apocalyptic world. That may explain why I like seeing others toil and suffer. I’m fortunate that these films are still popular, but I can also rely on games like The Last of Us and Fallout 4. It’s never been a better time to go to the movies.
In light of this, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best post-apocalyptic films you should watch.
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I Am Legend follows Robert Neville, a lone survivor of a pandemic that has wiped out society and left him eking out a poor and lonely life in the heart of New York City. With the city overrun by terrifying vampires, Neville (and eventually his faithful canine companion) spends his days foraging for supplies and his nights locked up in his safehouse – until one day, he lets down his guard.
This adaptation of Richard Matheson’s renowned book drew a lot of flak for its non-canon conclusion, which took a highly “Hollywood” approach to the film’s climax, possibly changing the meaning of the whole film. Omega Man from 1971 is a more accurate adaptation if you’re searching for one.
Omega Man was released in 1971.
Omega Man takes the same source material as Will Smith’s glitzy, overly-polished adaptation of Matheson’s book and runs with it in a very other direction. The 1971 version’s underlying theme is significantly closer to the spirit of the novel, resulting in a narrative that is far more meaningful and thought-provoking than the 2007 adaptation, despite a few creative liberties (the end of days is caused by bioweapons rather than a mysterious bacterial epidemic).
3. 2009’s The Road
It takes a lot to earn the title for most depressing film on a list of post-apocalyptic films, but The Road manages to paint the most gloomy image of the end of the world I’ve ever seen.
The Road stars Vigo Mortensen as ‘the Man,’ a nameless traveler who leads his lone child through a terrifying and bizarre world, based on Cormac McCarthy’s famous book of the same name. The Road stands up to the grandeur of its source material by being both beautiful and lonely in equal measure.
4. Mad Max (film), 1979
I’m either watching a celebrity edition of World’s Wildest Police Chases or it’s time to talk about the original Mad Max. Studded leather, muscle cars, and Mel Gibson: either I’m watching a celebrity episode of World’s Wildest Police Chases or it’s time to talk about the classic Mad Max.
The film’s protagonist, Max Rockatansky, is a former police officer who has been driven to isolation by the loss of his family. As society collapses around him, he reluctantly takes on the role of vigilante and, ultimately, hero, helping in stopping the flood of roaming bandits threatening to destroy civilization’s last remnants.
Mad Max’s vibrant wasteland and larger-than-life characters have inspired the next wave of post-apocalyptic literature, including video games like RAGE and the Fallout series. Mad Max’s success spawned two sequels (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome) and a remake, Mad Max: Fury Road, most recently.
Mad Max 2 was released in 1981.
With a vibrant graphic aesthetic, violent combat scenes, and lonely, beautiful cinematography, Mad Max 2 picks off where the original film left off. The film depicts a long-running conflict between peaceful settlers and violent (bondage-wearing) marauders, resulting in a cult classic.
With a colorful design style, brutal combat scenes, and lonely, gorgeous vistas, Mad Max 2 continues off where the first film left off. The movie depicts a never-ending battle between peaceful settlers and barbaric (bondage gear-wearing) marauders, and it has become a cult classic.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) is the sixth installment of the Mad Max franchise.
In Mel Gibson’s next film, Beyond Thunderdome, Mad Max dons gladiatorial armor to enter the Thunderdome and battle a dwarf-giant alliance known as Master Blaster.
The third chapter in the Mad Max series is a strange, exciting journey across the post-apocalyptic world, from an endless nuclear summer to a colony of orphans living out of the wreckage of a crashed 747 (and even featuring Tina Turner).
7. 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road
Tom Hardy takes up the Mad Max series from Mel Gibson in Fury Road, thirty years after the last Mad Max film. Following Max’s capture by dictatorial bandits and the subsequent escape of one of the bandits’ soldiers (Charlize Theron), the two establish an uneasy alliance as they attempt to flee their pursuers in the armored vehicle known as the War Rig.
This newcomer to the famous Mad Max trilogy has established itself as a worthy contribution to Max Rockatansky’s history, with ten Academy Award nominations (and six wins).
Children of Men is the eighth film in the Children of Men series, which was released in 2006.
The apocalypse is approached in a unique way in Children of Men.
Instead of a swarm of asteroids, a mysterious illness, or a revolt of clever monkeys (I’m looking at you, Planet of the Apes), mankind faces a much more peaceful demise: an uncontrollable, permanent case of infertility. The Earth’s few surviving children are adored, even fought over, as humanity’s future is jeopardized, and the world’s aging population draws to a halt.
This film adaptation of PD James’ famous book The Children of Men is jam-packed with action and drama, making it a must-see for lovers of post-apocalyptic drama.
9. 1975’s A Boy and His Dog
If the previous films were too depressing and gloomy for you, it’s time to enter A Boy and His Dog’s post-apocalyptic universe. The story follows Vic, an 18-year-old boy, and his psychic dog, Blood, as they search for food across America’s ravaged wastelands.
Vic learns too late that he’s been taken to an underground society for a single, evil reason: sex, when the duo stumbles across one. Vic chooses to escape and reunite with his trusted psychic companion for reasons I don’t quite understand.
Snowpiercer is the tenth film in the Snowpiercer series, which was released
The world resolved to face the catastrophe head-on as the Earth’s temperature soared out of control; unfortunately, their efforts at climate engineering transformed the planet into an inhospitable, ice-covered wasteland.
The few survivors now live aboard Snowpiercer, a high-speed train that travels around the globe indefinitely. When a mysterious letter reaches the back of the carriage, it seems that an insurgency is on the horizon, the unbroken trip is split into lower-class and upper-class sections in a typical dystopian scenario.
Doomsday, November 11, 2008
Scotland has had its fair share of strife throughout the years, from the building of Hadrian’s Wall to the invention of the deep-fried Mars bar. Unfortunately, these events pale into insignificance in comparison to The Reaper Virus, which isolates Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom.
When the virus resurfaces in England 27 years after the quarantine, the government sends an investigation team across the border, only to find themselves imprisoned in a Medieval castle within minutes of their arrival.
You may download Doomsday’s famous face paint in high-resolution format if you’re a Fallout 4 fan.
12. 2004’s The Day After Tomorrow
From wolves roaming the snow-covered wastelands of New York to helicopter pilots freezing solid, The Day After Tomorrow is a feast of climate-induced post-apocalyptic terror.
The storyline follows paleoclimatologist Jack Hall (and general doomsayer) as he attempts to persuade governments all around the globe to prepare for a climate-changing weather event. A new Ice Age threatens to devour the world – and Jack’s kid with it — after a series of hurricanes, snowstorms, and tsunamis.
Damnation Alley was released in 1977.
During the height of the Cold War, the film Damnation Alley, based on Roger Zelazny’s novel of the same name, shows the world succumbing to the consequences of nuclear war as the US and Russia delivered world-ending strikes.
The end result is a planet that has moved off its axis, resulting in huge sandstorms, high radiation levels, and a few giant, mutated scorpions thrown in for good measure. We follow Lieutenant Jake Tanner and Major Sam Denton as they try to traverse the dangerous “Damnation Alley” in search of the source of a strange radio transmission against this post-apocalyptic backdrop.
Oblivion (2013, 14)
Earth in Oblivion has seen better days: after an interstellar war, it is a shattered, barren world populated only by a few renegade aliens and the drones tasked with eliminating them.
Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is sent down from the hovering platform that houses the world’s residents to repair these drones – until he has a chance encounter with a scavenger (Morgan Freeman) and realizes that not everything is as it seems.
Oblivion is set in the year 2077, which many fans of post-apocalyptic fiction would know as the year of the Great War in the Fallout series.
9th of September 2009
What will be left behind when the world as we know it comes to an end? The Tim Burton picture 9, which follows a small number of sentient rag dolls as they struggle to escape the robots that are constantly on the hunt for them, tries to solve this problem.
The film, based on the same-named short story, tackles enormous, existential issues while masquerading as an animated animation. 9 is one of the most profound and innovative post-apocalyptic films, combining beautiful visuals with some deep and scary narrative twists.
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The Last Man on Earth, a film adaptation of Richard Matheson’s renowned book I Am Legend, was the first cinematic adaptation (along with Omega Man and Will Smith’s eponymous adaption) — and the only one to have Matheson’s input.
This half-century-old adaptation of a classic post-apocalyptic story, starring renowned screenwriter Vincent Price and filmed almost completely in the Italian city of Rome, has just became public domain, enabling you to watch it for free!
Shaun of the Dead (2004, 17)
Who said it had to be all doom and gloom at the end of the world?
Shaun of the Dead is a frightening and hilarious mix of romance, comedy, and zombies (yes, it’s a romantic zom-com), and it’s the first chapter in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s famous “Cornetto Trilogy.” When a more serious, zombie-shaped issue looms on the horizon, the film’s protagonist, Shaun, tries to balance his love life, best friend, family, and job. In true British style, he seeks refuge in the only safe haven he knows: the pub.
My favorite moment is when the titular character uses a pool cue to beat the living crap out of a zombie as Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” plays in the background.
18. 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Dark and gloomy reboots seem to have been the defining cinematic trend of the 2000s, thus it seems only fitting that the now small campy, out-of-date Planet of the Apes franchise be resurrected.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is the origin story, and it follows a scientist’s efforts to cure Alzheimer’s disease. While the medicine is being tried on, you guessed it, chimpanzees, one of the victims flees on a violent rampage. The scientist (James Franco) is tasked with rearing the orphaned chimp’s child, a chimp with human-like intelligence.
The World’s End (2013, 19)
Similar to Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End concludes the ‘Cornetto Trilogy,’ with the majority of the action taking place in British pubs and clubs.
The film follows a group of grown-up childhood friends who want to relive their glory days by embarking on a pub crawl to end all pub crawls. Unfortunately, the narrative moves too quickly, with an alien invasion compelling the drunken anti-heroes to defend humanity as a whole. Things aren’t going as planned.
This Is It, 2013 (number 20)
It’s a typical scenario: you’re at your house with your wealthy celebrity friends when you discover you’ve ran out of cigarettes. The rapture happens as you’re driving to the convenience store, turning your whole neighborhood into a post-apocalyptic battleground between good and evil.
This is the End provides a satisfying answer to a question I had no clue I had: what would happen if the world stopped for a bunch of comedic performers (including Emma Watson)? Exorcism, cannibalism, murder, and a lot of laughing are all included in this film.
World War Z, a 2013 film, at number twenty-one.
The cinematic adaptation of Max Brook’s horrific pseudo-documentary book of the same name is titled World War Z.
The film follows Gerry Lane, a former UN investigator (played by Brad Pitt), as he attempts to track out the source of a zombie outbreak that is sweeping the world’s governments. World War Z succeeds as an exciting big-budget Hollywood take on the classic zombie apocalypse scenario, while being a major departure from Max Brooks’ original material.
WALL-E, WALL-E, WALL-E, WALL-E, WALL-
The year is 2805, and the Earth as we know it has been obliterated under billions of tons of garbage. The sole person on the world is an artificially intelligent robot tasked with reviving and restoring the planet to its former glory.
Doesn’t it seem to be terrifying? Well, maybe not: Wall-E is an animated family film created by the same team as Finding Nemo. While it isn’t a particularly bleak, depressing, or scary portrayal of the post-apocalypse, it does provide a prominent image of the damage people may do to the environment. Wall-E is a must-see for anybody who wants to watch anything other than edge-of-your-seat thrillers and hide-behind-the-sofa horror flicks.
Threads (1984), 23.
In terms of post-apocalyptic films, Hollywood does not have a monopoly. Threads, a BBC-produced film from 1984, attempts to portray life after nuclear Armageddon in one of the most brutally realistic ways possible while being created on a shoestring budget of just £250,000.
The film follows two families as the conflict between NATO and the Warsaw Pact escalates, and then follows them as they experience tragedies and horrors in the aftermath of a nuclear exchange. Threads is the image that gets the closest to portraying the utter horror of nuclear war and its aftermath, as well as the devastating impact on human civilization.
28 Days Later, 2002, 24.
Remember the whole “waking up in a hospital bed” scene from the first episode of The Walking Dead? The British film 28 Days Later is responsible for this cliché.
A deadly virus (named Rage for obvious reasons) is released on the population when a series of genetic experiments go awry. After waking up in a hospital in the middle of London a month later, the film’s protagonist is forced to battle his way through the zombie-infested city in search of a fabled safe zone: a military base hundreds of miles distant.
28 Days Later is my favorite post-apocalyptic film, with lots of suspense, action, and surprisingly important social commentary. It also has zombies in it.
2007 (25. 28 Weeks Later)
Later picks up six months after the breakout of Rage, as NATO troops attempt to carve out a safe zone in the midst of post-apocalyptic London. Refugees are being reintegrated into their home countries, but one of them is hiding a horrible secret. London’s “safe zone” may no longer seem to be so secure in the near future.
1997’s The Postman
The United States is plunged into a second dark age when almost all of the world’s technology is destroyed in ‘The Doomwar.’ From the ruins of civilization, little communities arise. Nonetheless, roaming survivalists prey on them on a regular basis, and the society’s embryonic development is hindered by a lack of contact with adjacent communities.
Enter the protagonist of the film: a guy who finds the rotting remains of a pre-war postman and assumes his identity, first for personal gain, then for the sake of society.
The Postman is based on David Brin’s renowned book, and it has the sort of weird narrative twist you’d expect from a science-fiction author. Despite the fact that the film could not measure up to the book’s high expectations, it is still a must-see for every post-apocalyptic cinema fan. And let’s say you believe Kevin Costner and the end-of-the-world are a great combo. In that case, Waterworld, another vast post-apocalyptic epic that went a bit too far, may be worth a look.
Waterworld, a 1995 film, is number 27.
Kevin Costner had a terrible run in the 1990s – nearly ruinously bad – yet for some reason, both of the films responsible are very excellent.
Costner’s career was brought to an end by two post-apocalyptic pictures, which seems ironic. We can certainly thank The Postman’s sluggish pace and Waterworld’s huge budget overrun for delaying the cause of post-apocalyptic fiction by a decade.
Waterworld, for example, was the (at the time) most expensive film ever made, and although the story of melting ice caps and roving pirate gangs never quite lived up to expectations, it remains a must-see for any fans of the genre.
1968’s Planet of the Apes
When an unaccompanied astronaut crashes lands on a distant planet, he expects to find survivors from a previous mission to the surface; instead, he is kidnapped by a terrifying race of sentient creatures. In one of the most famous post-apocalyptic situations ever shown in a film, the astronaut discovers that a civilization of intelligent apes has subjugated humanity – and that returning home may be more difficult than he had anticipated.
The Planet of the Apes’ phenomenal popularity inspired a slew of sequels and reboots, and the franchise is still going strong. The 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes looks into the origins of the film’s super-intelligent apes, with a 2014 sequel (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and 2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes.
Zombieland, a 2009 film, is number 29.
The zombie comedy Zombieland offers a new take on the genre. A lethal cast (including Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Emma Stone) battles their way through post-apocalyptic America.
When confronted with swarms of zombies (due to a horrible strain of mad cow disease), the heroes of the film use whatever weapons they have to get to their goal. Whether it’s finding love, visiting a scary amusement park, or, in one instance, hunting for the world’s final Twinkie, there’s something for everyone.
The presence of Bill Murray in the film is a semi-spoiler caution. He’s so funny that you’ll want to watch the movie simply for his parts.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was released in 2014.
Without giving away the conclusion of the last film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes follows a swarm of super-intelligent apes on their quest to reclaim their home planet after Simian Flu has wiped out over 99 percent of humanity.
Caesar, the show’s protagonist and now the leader of an ape community, tries to create a safe haven for himself and the other chimpanzees in this video.
2017’s War for the Planet of the Apes
The events of an all-out war between man and ape are chronicled in the sequel to the original film. Despite Caesar’s best efforts, the film shows the apes struggling with their darker impulses – their desire for revenge against the humans who enslaved them.
Logan’s Run (1976) is number 32.
In the year 2274, humanity has congregated in a sealed city, nestled under a vast complex of geodesic domes and completely overseen by a super-intelligent computer. From birth until death at the age of 30, the computer is in charge of every aspect of humanity’s life.
Logan’s Run is a film about a man nearing the end of his life. In the overgrown forests of post-apocalyptic Washington, he escapes the dystopian society and its military police force, the Sandmen.
Escape from New York, number 33, was released in 1981.
When compared to the New York of John Carpenter’s famous film, Manhattan’s crime problem does not seem to be as bad.
The whole island of Manhattan has been converted into a maximum-security prison as the country’s crime rate has spiraled out of hand. After Air Force One crashes into the prison island’s heart, ex-soldier Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is given 24 hours to find and rescue the president from the island’s criminals.
Terminator Salvation (2009, 34)
I love The Terminator movies, but despite my wish to include Terminator 2 in every film collection ever made, Salvation is the only one that makes the cut. Though the threat of complete global annihilation hangs over the whole series, the most recent film is the only one that allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the post-apocalyptic world.
Despite my desire to add Terminator 2 in every film collection ever created, Salvation is the only one that makes the cut. Despite the fact that the danger of global annihilation hovers over the whole series, we only get to completely immerse ourselves in the post-apocalyptic world in the most current film.
The Matrix (1999) is number 35.
Humanity achieved a watershed point in The Matrix universe’s distant past: the creation of true artificial intelligence. Unfortunately (as is frequently the case in the post-apocalyptic genre), things spiral out of control, forcing humans to use extreme measures to combat sentient robots and destroy their source of power: the sun. One of the film’s main characters, Morpheus, says:
“We don’t know who came first, ourselves or them.” We are convinced, however, that it was our acts that caused the sky to fire.
The Matrix is a great post-apocalyptic film with mind-blowing action and a number of fatal plot twists.
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The Matrix Reloaded seems like an affluent bourgeois contrast to its predecessor’s film noir world, with its fast cars and vast French chateaus.
The action in Reloaded is even more mind-blowing than in the previous film. It follows Neo, Morpheus, and Trinity on their journey through The Matrix’s distorted reality, as well as the crew of the hovercraft Logos as they fight to survive in the harsh, dangerous “real world” outside.
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The Wachowskis’ sentient puzzle continues in Revolutions, the third and final chapter. Almost completely set in the “real world” of the Matrix, a burned wasteland of dismal buildings and vicious machines.
Revolutions, the third and final installment of the Wachowskis’ sentient puzzle, is almost completely set in the Matrix’s “real world” — a burned-out wasteland of desolate structures and violent robots.
Equilibrium, 2002, p. 38
Equilibrium contains everything a great dystopian film should have:
- A heavily equipped and steadfastly loyal covert police force.
- World War III has devastated a post-apocalyptic civilization.
- The necessary anti-emotional drug treatment.
When one enforcement officer (Christian Bale) inadvertently skips a dose, he starts to question the morality of his actions, putting him in the hands of a small resistance organization.
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The fundamental concept of Stake Land is that the United States has been devastated by economic and political upheaval, and its people are struggling to survive. As things take an apocalyptic turn as a vampire epidemic sweeps the nation, the film’s protagonists stumble from the frying pan into a roaring inferno.
Martin, a kid, and his vampire-hunting instructor Mister are left to carve out a secure piece of farmland for themselves among the vampire-infested country they once called home.
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As far as post-apocalyptic flicks go, Reign of Fire is as close to a classic, Medieval-styled fantasy as they get.
In the year 2000, British workmen digging under the London Underground discovered a long-forgotten remnant of England’s past: dragons. With humanity’s arch-enemy reawakened, it’s up to a small band of survivors to track them down and kill them.
Delicatessen, No. 41, 1991
Even if you live in France, the once-heart of fine dining, good food is difficult to get by at the end of the earth.
Delicatessen tells the strange story of a French apartment building and its resident butcher’s ability to obtain delicious, fresh meat. The origin of the meat is brought into question when their new superintendent arrives at the facility, which is a former circus town, with sad, strangely funny consequences.
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One of my all-time favorite post-apocalyptic books, Roadside Picnic, combines Chernobyl-inspired radiation fear, alien lifeforms, and ruthless scavengers known as Stalkers. The famous novel inspired a 1979 film of the same name, with a screenplay written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, the book’s authors.
A writer seeking inspiration, a scientist hungry for discovery, and their guide, a Stalker, go on an adventure into the radioactive, allegedly sentient zone known as The Zone.
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Dawn of the Dead, directed by George A. Romero, was one of the first zombie films to gain notoriety. For good reason: it combines a terrifying zombie apocalypse with really interesting characters and subtle social commentary that perfectly captures the mood of America in the turbulent 1970s.
Despite the fact that it is a sequel to the equally excellent Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead enters the list because of the enormous amount of post-apocalyptic clichés it spawned. From the concept of apocalyptic refuge in a shopping mall to the massive quantities of gross-out gore shown in The Walking Dead, there’s a lot to like.
If the original 1978 picture doesn’t appeal to you (and it should), there’s a fantastic 2004 remake, as well as a slew of sequels, spin-offs, and homages to pick from.
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Day of the Dead is the third installment in George A Romero’s Dead series. It follows a group of scientists, soldiers, and survivors as they try to put an end to a zombie epidemic in the Everglades of Florida. Unfortunately, as is typical in these situations, zombie experimentation goes horribly wrong, and the survivors quickly turn on one another.
Day of the Dead was also revived in 2008, so even if you don’t like for the earlier production values, you can still enjoy some Romero-inspired horror from the past.
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While we’re on the topic of reboots, the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead is a great example of current post-apocalyptic zombie fiction.
Following the same plot as the original, the remake combines contemporary graphics, makeup, and cinematography into what is perhaps the most famous post-apocalyptic picture ever made, culminating in some of cinema’s most horrific, gory, and memorable moments.
On the Beach, 1959, number 46
Set during the golden era of post-apocalyptic fiction, On the Beach tells the tale of a tiny community of survivors waiting for the end in the wake of a global nuclear exchange. The inhabitants of a small coastal village and the crew of an offshore submarine band together to wait out the end of days – and an approaching rain of deadly radiation – with only Australia saved from the fight.
On the Beach stars Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, and Fred Astaire and is based on Nevil Shute’s classic book of the same name. It has the sort of strong, emotive narrative that really catches the apocalypse’s few surviving survivors.
The Book of Eli, published in 2010, is number 47.
In The Book of Eli, Denzel Washington portrays a lone nomad traversing the harsh wastelands of post-apocalyptic America.
As a skilled hunter, the protagonist of the film eventually draws the attention of a gang of ruthless mobsters who are hell-bent on obtaining his fighting skills – as well as the tiny book that never leaves his side.
The Book of Eli is a great post-apocalyptic film that blends the harsh violence of a destroyed planet with the underlying human goodness of a few people.
12 Monkeys, 1995, 48.
After a deadly virus wipes off 5 million people on Earth in the year 2035, humanity’s few surviving survivors are forced to live underground. Convicted criminals agree to be sent back in time to find, study, and kill the virus before it annihilates humanity in a desperate effort to preserve civilisation.
Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python, Brazil, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas renown) directed 12 Monkeys, which stars Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. It’s a weird and gorgeous take on the post-apocalypse, and it’s a must-see for fans of the genre, despite being mostly overlooked by history.
Blindness, number 49, was released in 2008.
Blindness follows the inhabitants of an unnamed city, which is obliterated by a complete and sudden onset of blindness. Society ground to a halt within hours of the catastrophe, with criminal gangs rushing in to seize power and prey on the weak.
Blindness is based on Jose Saramago’s book of the same name, which won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The tale is a beautifully written book that intertwines genuine human feeling with layers of cultural critique and insightful analysis, as one would expect.
Blindness is a wonderful glimpse of life amid a time of societal breakdown, even if the film adaptation falls short of the novel’s high heights.
Soylent Green, number 50, was released in 1973.
In 2022 (we only have one more year, people! ), the Earth is enormously overpopulated and smothered by horrible pollution as a consequence. Soylent Industries has been entrusted with the enormous job of feeding humanity, relying on plankton from the ocean.
Detective Thorn (played by none other than Charlton Heston) learns Soylent’s horrible secret during a murder inquiry, putting the world’s existence in jeopardy.
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