Post Apocalytpic Movies List

List Of Post Apocalyptic Movies

I love watching post apocalyptic movies – when they are good movies!

Post Apocalytpic Movies List

I just prepared a good list of post apocalyptic movies at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB). To build the list, I adopted a few rules (and somewhat arbitrary decisions):

  • The movie should take place in the future (beyond the production date of the movie). It can take place before the apocalyptic event, if part of it takes place after the apocalyptic event. Pre-apocalyptic or apocalyptic only movies haven’t been included in this list, if there is nothing post-apocalyptic related.
  • The movie should make me think about the post apocalypse.  This is important: the movie should have a vision of the aftermath – and provide some thoughts on the apocalypse, on humankind survival or fight, on individual’s or community/group’s life, reactions, emotional dynamics in a post-apocalyptic scenario (I know, this is arbitrary. For example, The Hunger Games is borderline, as the apocalypse sounds just as an excuse, and its genre more action/fantasy than other)
  • Movies only. TV series, anime, shorts and animated movies will be included in different lists (with very few seminal exceptions such as Akira)
  • Quality: I haven’t watched all of them! But I used the IMDB rating to exclude the movies with less than 5 stars out of 10. Still, there are still a number of movies that just don’t deserve our time. But I’m also sure that the list contains lots of hidden gems too, and will help you finding expanding your interest for the post-apocalyptic movies
  • The apocalypse can happen at global or local (community) level (for example, The Mist is included even if it’s not clear whether the apocalypse takes place in the whole world or in Maine only)
  • All post-apocalyptic scenarios are allowed: nuclear warfare and fallout, zombies, extraterrestrial attack, virus and pandemic, environmental and climate change and disaster, impact event, cybernetic revolt, dysgenics, supernatural phenomena, divine judgement, resource depletion, economic/financial/ecological collapse etc.

Here below is the list, ordered by release year. If you want to sort the list by other criteria, check my complete Post Apocalyptic Movies list at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).

Enjoy the treasure hunt! And feel free to come up with more movies to add, in the comments. It’s still a work in progress and I’ll keep it updated.

# Title Directors IMDb Rating Year Num. Votes
1 After Earth M. Night Shyamalan 2013 0
2 After the World Ended Tony Sebastian Ukpo 2013 0
3 Battle of the Damned Christopher Hatton 2013 0
4 Curio Shop Eric S. Anderson 2013 0
5 Elysium Neill Blomkamp 2013 0
6 Ender’s Game Gavin Hood 2013 0
7 Los Ultimos dias David Pastor, Àlex Pastor 2013 0
8 Oblivion Joseph Kosinski 2013 0
9 Orion Asiel Norton 2013 0
10 Pacific Rim Guillermo del Toro 2013 0
11 Re-Entry: Grey Zone Ray Jay 2013 0
12 Scorched Earth Brad Turner 2013 0
13 Sleep, Wake, Forget Ariel Vida 2013 0
14 Snowpiercer Joon-ho Bong 2013 0
15 The Colony Jeff Renfroe 2013 0
16 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Francis Lawrence 2013 0
17 The Philosophers John Huddles 2013 0
18 The Wind is Watching Conrad Faraj 2013 0
19 The World’s End Edgar Wright 2013 0
20 The Zero Theorem Terry Gilliam 2013 0
21 This Is the End Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen 2013 0
22 Warm Bodies Jonathan Levine 7.4 2013 19961
23 World War Z Marc Forster 2013 0
24 5 Shells Paul S. Myers 2012 0
25 Aftershock Nicolas Lopez 5 2012 256
26 Another World Eitan Reuven 5.7 2012 34
27 Battleship Peter Berg 5.9 2012 114388
28 Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin 7.3 2012 32473
29 Cloud Atlas Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski 7.8 2012 98848
30 Cockneys vs Zombies Matthias Hoene 5.9 2012 4622
31 Dead Shadows David Cholewa 6.3 2012 40
32 Deranged Jeong-woo Park 5.9 2012 446
33 Dredd Pete Travis 7.1 2012 76670
34 Dust of War Andrew Kightlinger 2012 0
35 Existence Juliet Bergh 2012 0
36 Heart Land Fred Holmes 2012 0
37 New Order Marco Rosson 5.8 2012 68
38 Omega Rose George Dorobantu 2012 0
39 Red Dawn Dan Bradley 5.3 2012 15001
40 Re-Kill Valeri Milev 6.1 2012 148
41 Remnants Tim Szczesniak, André Freitas 6.2 2012 48
42 Resident Evil: Retribution Paul W.S. Anderson 5.2 2012 55847
43 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Lorene Scafaria 6.7 2012 37732
44 The Hunger Games Gary Ross 7.2 2012 316265
45 The Rising Sebastian Mattukat 8.4 2012 5
46 Trash and Progress Abraham Dieckman 2012 0
47 Battle Los Angeles Jonathan Liebesman 5.8 2011 105417
48 Exaella Andrew Oudot 5.7 2011 71
49 Hell Tim Fehlbaum 5.9 2011 4797
50 In Time Andrew Niccol 6.6 2011 146710
51 Melancholia Lars von Trier 7.1 2011 71672
52 Quarantine 2: Terminal John G. Pogue 5.2 2011 8372
53 The Divide Xavier Gens 5.8 2011 19198
54 Outliers Lucas Krost 6.8 2010 10
55 Stake Land Jim Mickle 6.6 2010 19388
56 The Book of Eli The Hughes Brothers 6.8 2010 135310
57 Tomorrow, When the War Began Stuart Beattie 6.2 2010 16661
58 Vektor Ivan Rogar 6 2010 20
59 9 Shane Acker 7 2009 68764
60 2012 Roland Emmerich 5.8 2009 170459
61 2084 George Blumetti, Maurice Kelly 5.7 2009 62
62 Cargo Ivan Engler, Ralph Etter 6.2 2009 8242
63 Carriers David Pastor, Àlex Pastor 6.1 2009 23321
64 District 9 Neill Blomkamp 8 2009 327889
65 Happy End Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu 6.3 2009 494
66 Terminator Salvation McG 6.7 2009 178223
67 The Horde Yannick Dahan, Benjamin Rocher 5.9 2009 8753
68 The Road John Hillcoat 7.3 2009 106739
69 The Sky Has Fallen Doug Roos 6 2009 72
70 Transmission Roland Vranik 5.7 2009 83
71 Zombieland Ruben Fleischer 7.7 2009 211226
72 Blindness Fernando Meirelles 6.6 2008 41580
73 City of Ember Gil Kenan 6.4 2008 31972
74 Connected Benny Chan 6.7 2008 1057
75 Doomsday Neil Marshall 6 2008 48181
76 From Inside John Bergin 6.3 2008 85
77 Quarantine John Erick Dowdle 6 2008 39113
78 The Happening M. Night Shyamalan 5.1 2008 115781
79 The Vanguard Matthew Hope 3.5 2008 1140
80 WALL-E Andrew Stanton 8.5 2008 370234
81 28 Weeks Later Juan Carlos Fresnadillo 7 2007 132235
82 Eden Log Franck Vestiel 5.2 2007 4281
83 I Am Legend Francis Lawrence 7.1 2007 293749
84 La antena Esteban Sapir 7.3 2007 2221
85 Sunshine Danny Boyle 7.3 2007 121812
86 The Mist Frank Darabont 7.3 2007 138830
87 The Signal David Bruckner, Dan Bush 6.1 2007 13398
88 Children of Men Alfonso Cuarón 7.9 2006 248911
89 Freedom State Cullen Hoback 5.3 2006 61
90 Idiocracy Mike Judge 6.4 2006 66766
91 Right at Your Door Chris Gorak 6.2 2006 8075
92 The Bothersome Man Jens Lien 7.3 2006 7411
93 The Dark Hour Elio Quiroga 6 2006 1032
94 The Zombie Diaries Michael Bartlett, Kevin Gates 4.1 2006 3449
95 Eri Eri rema sabakutani Shinji Aoyama 6.8 2005 369
96 Land of the Dead George A. Romero 6.3 2005 58981
97 War of the Worlds Steven Spielberg 6.5 2005 211736
98 Casshern Kazuaki Kiriya 6.2 2004 10114
99 Dawn of the Dead Zack Snyder 7.4 2004 126912
100 Shaun of the Dead Edgar Wright 8 2004 237047
101 The Day After Tomorrow Roland Emmerich 6.3 2004 193905
102 Le temps du loup Michael Haneke 6.4 2003 5028
103 The Matrix Reloaded The Wachowski Brothers 7.1 2003 269464
104 The Matrix Revolutions The Wachowski Brothers 6.6 2003 231256
105 28 Days Later… Danny Boyle 7.6 2002 186703
106 Reign of Fire Rob Bowman 6.1 2002 71385
107 Ritânâ Takashi Yamazaki 6.4 2002 8351
108 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Steven Spielberg 7 2001 158352
109 Planet of the Apes Tim Burton 5.6 2001 121817
110 Battle Royale Kinji Fukasaku 7.8 2000 92423
111 The Matrix The Wachowski Brothers 8.7 1999 670300
112 Armageddon Michael Bay 6.4 1998 206657
113 Dark City Alex Proyas 7.8 1998 105128
114 Deep Impact Mimi Leder 6 1998 92240
115 Last Night Don McKellar 7.2 1998 6462
116 Six-String Samurai Lance Mungia 6.5 1998 4388
117 Zbogum na dvaesetiot vek Darko Mitrevski, Aleksandar Popovski 7.1 1998 327
118 Bleak Future Brian S. O’Malley 5.3 1997 149
119 Starship Troopers Paul Verhoeven 7.1 1997 148839
120 The Fifth Element Luc Besson 7.6 1997 217151
121 The Postman Kevin Costner 5.7 1997 38140
122 Escape from L.A. John Carpenter 5.5 1996 34994
123 Independence Day Roland Emmerich 6.8 1996 264123
124 Screamers Christian Duguay 6.2 1995 13961
125 Strange Days Kathryn Bigelow 7.1 1995 38304
126 The City of Lost Children Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet 7.6 1995 40152
127 Twelve Monkeys Terry Gilliam 8.1 1995 278574
128 Waterworld Kevin Reynolds 5.9 1995 94608
129 Brain Slasher Steve Barnett 5.2 1992 970
130 Delicatessen Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet 7.7 1991 45267
131 Terminator 2: Judgment Day James Cameron 8.6 1991 420348
132 Hardware Richard Stanley 5.7 1990 6299
133 RoboCop 2 Irvin Kershner 5.5 1990 35589
134 The Handmaid’s Tale Volker Schlondorff 5.9 1990 3902
135 Total Recall Paul Verhoeven 7.5 1990 149081
136 Posetitel muzeya Konstantin Lopushansky 6.9 1989 236
137 Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds Alex Proyas 6.3 1989 170
138 The Blood of Heroes David Peoples 6.2 1989 3462
139 Akira Katsuhiro Otomo 8 1988 61498
140 Hell Comes to Frogtown Donald G. Jackson, R.J. Kizer 5.2 1988 1743
141 Na srebrnym globie Andrzej Zulawski 6.7 1988 471
142 Proini peripolos Nikos Nikolaidis 6.9 1987 221
143 RoboCop Paul Verhoeven 7.5 1987 101244
144 Dead End Drive-In Brian Trenchard-Smith 5.6 1986 830
145 Ga, Ga – Chwala bohaterom Piotr Szulkin 7 1986 146
146 Pisma myortvogo cheloveka Konstantin Lopushansky 7.2 1986 861
147 Angel’s Egg Mamoru Oshii 7.3 1985 1331
148 Brazil Terry Gilliam 8 1985 107289
149 Day of the Dead George A. Romero 7.1 1985 33898
150 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome George Miller, George Ogilvie 6.1 1985 52775
151 O-Bi, O-Ba – The End of Civilization Piotr Szulkin 7 1985 280
152 The Quiet Earth Geoffrey Murphy 6.9 1985 12783
153 Red Dawn John Milius 6.1 1984 28515
154 Sexmission Juliusz Machulski 7.7 1984 5334
155 The Terminator James Cameron 8.1 1984 329676
156 Threads Mick Jackson 8 1984 4537
157 Le cimetière des voitures Fernando Arrabal 5.8 1983 43
158 Le dernier combat Luc Besson 6.8 1983 3156
159 Testament Lynne Littman 7.1 1983 3293
160 The Day After Nicholas Meyer 6.9 1983 7313
161 Blade Runner Ridley Scott 8.3 1982 290747
162 Turkey Shoot Brian Trenchard-Smith 5.7 1982 1255
163 Escape from New York John Carpenter 7.2 1981 56071
164 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior George Miller 7.6 1981 69227
165 Memoirs of a Survivor David Gladwell 5.9 1981 126
166 Wojna swiatów – nastepne stulecie Piotr Szulkin 7 1981 178
167 Alien Ridley Scott 8.5 1979 315485
168 Mad Max George Miller 7 1979 75847
169 Quintet Robert Altman 5 1979 1518
170 Stalker Andrey Tarkovskiy 8.1 1979 37915
171 Zoo zéro Alain Fleischer 5.7 1979 50
172 Dawn of the Dead George A. Romero 8 1978 63152
173 Jubilee Derek Jarman 5.9 1978 1368
174 Damnation Alley Jack Smight 5 1977 2403
175 Eraserhead David Lynch 7.3 1977 41705
176 Wizards Ralph Bakshi 6.2 1977 4745
177 Logan’s Run Michael Anderson 6.8 1976 25112
178 A Boy and His Dog L.Q. Jones 6.5 1975 8197
179 Black Moon Louis Malle 6.3 1975 1918
180 Zardoz John Boorman 5.7 1974 10154
181 Soylent Green Richard Fleischer 7 1973 28252
182 The Omega Man Boris Sagal 6.6 1971 15646
183 THX 1138 George Lucas 6.8 1971 26445
184 No Blade of Grass Cornel Wilde 6 1970 518
185 Zabil jsem Einsteina, panove Oldrich Lipský 6.8 1970 192
186 Il seme dell’uomo Marco Ferreri 6.5 1969 193
187 The Bed Sitting Room Richard Lester 6.2 1969 1013
188 2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick 8.4 1968 243530
189 Fando y Lis Alexandro Jodorowsky 6.9 1968 2404
190 Night of the Living Dead George A. Romero 8 1968 59336
191 Planet of the Apes Franklin J. Schaffner 8 1968 92592
192 The Deserter and the Nomads Juraj Jakubisko 6.9 1968 84
193 Konec srpna v Hotelu Ozon Jan Schmidt 6.9 1967 273
194 The War Game Peter Watkins 8 1965 3062
195 The Last Man on Earth Ubaldo B. Ragona 6.9 1964 8564
196 La jetée Chris Marker 8.3 1962 12582
197 This Is Not a Test Fredric Gadette 5.7 1962 330
198 The Day the Earth Caught Fire Val Guest 7 1961 2134
199 On the Beach Stanley Kramer 7.3 1959 6532
200 The World, the Flesh and the Devil Ranald MacDougall 6.9 1959 1195
201 When Worlds Collide Rudolph Maté 6.7 1951 3492
202 Things to Come William Cameron Menzies 6.7 1936 3077
203 Metropolis Fritz Lang 8.4 1927 65965

Data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.

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7 thoughts on “List Of Post Apocalyptic Movies”

  1. You did not list the movie: Hell. Now perhaps it was a T.V. movie; I saw it on Netflix so I have no idea. Also how do I vote for Trash and Progress? (I am so happy that I’m not the only one who watched it.)

  2. There’s also Arch Oboler’s 1951 film “Five”, which was firmly in the post-nuclear Apocalypse genre, and included James Anderson (“Bob Ewell” in “To Kill a Mockingbird”) as the heavy. Not a well-known movie nowadays, so it’s easy to miss.

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