The end of the world has been a popular topic in fiction for decades and it’s easy to see why. What better way to examine the human condition than have it all come together in one, epic climax?

There’s just something about the idea of it all coming to an end that resonates with us. We’re all going to die eventually. It’s inevitable.

But there’s something different about a world-ending catastrophe that makes us pay attention, especially if we’ve been following these characters for years and get invested in their journeys.

What if one day, everything we know and love was gone? How would we respond?

Would we panic? Would we try to save ourselves? Would we give up hope?

These are the questions that many of these movies ask, from big-budget summer blockbusters to smaller independent films.

These are some of the best end-of-the-world movies ever made and explore what makes us human when faced with our own mortality and how far we’ll go to protect each other and those we love.
 

Best End Of The World Movies

What Are end of the world movies?

A film depicting the end of the world is a subgenre of science fiction, disaster, and sometimes horror films.

Such films usually revolve around events that could lead to the end of the world through the destruction of the planet, a Doomsday event, an apocalyptic war, or other worldwide catastrophic events.

Since such events have little probability of occurring, they provide escapist entertainment for those who fear their own annihilation.

The “end of the world” theme has become a staple in many types of science fiction work. It can be depicted in any way that can lead to something like this happening (e.g., Zombie Apocalypse, Alien Invasion, etc.).

 

 

Best End Of The World Movies

Here’s our list of the best End Of The World movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Have you seen them all?

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is a 2015 post-apocalyptic action film directed and produced by George Miller, and written by Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris.

It is the fourth film of Miller’s Mad Max franchise. The first film of the series to be released in over 30 years, “Fury Road” depicts a bleak future where gasoline and water are scarce commodities.

Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) is captured by the War Boys, led by the Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), and becomes a “blood bag” for Nux (Nicholas Hoult).

 

He manages to escape when his captors are killed in an explosion and stumbles upon Furiosa’s battle party on the desert sands.

However, he soon learns that they are fleeing from Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), the tyrannical leader of the Citadel who co-opted Furiosa’s plan to bring five women to his harem.

In order to help Furiosa and her comrades — who include the Imperator’s “wives”, Toast the Knowing (Zoe Kravitz), Capable (Riley Keough), The Dag (Abbey Lee) and The Splendid An team up.

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Mad Max: Fury Road [Blu-ray]
  • Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron (Actors)
  • George Miller (Director)
  • Spanish, French, Portuguese (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

The Day After (1983)

The Day After is a 1983 television film about the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust in the United States.

It was directed by Nicholas Meyer, who later directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and written by Edward Hume.

The film was produced by Lawrence Gordon and Walter F. Parkes and was financed by Parkes and Harve Bennett as a way to protest against Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).

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The Day After (2-Disc Special Edition)
  • Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg (Actors)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

12 Monkeys (1995)

12 Monkeys is a 1995 science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, and Christopher Plummer. 

The darkly comic film was written by David and Janet Peoples. It was released on February 8, 1995.

12 Monkeys is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which most of the world has been destroyed by a deadly virus.

The film centers on James Cole (Willis), a prisoner who reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to gather information on the virus that will help solve the problem.

Twelve Monkeys [Blu-ray][Region Free] [1995]
  • The disk has English audio.
  • English, French Canadian, Italian, Spanish, Latin Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction action film written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers (Larry & Andy) and starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and Hugo Weaving.

It depicts a dystopian future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality called “the Matrix”, created by sentient machines to subdue the human population, while their bodies’ heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source.

Matrix [Italian Edition]
  • keanu reeves, laurence fishburne (Actors)
  • andy wachowski (Director)
  • Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: G (General Audience)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018), or Avengers 3, is the most anticipated Marvel movie to date. It’s set to break box-office records, and there’s so much hype and fan excitement behind it that anything less than a perfect movie will be considered a disappointment.

The film brings together more than 20 Marvel superheroes in a single movie, including Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman, Black Panther and Hulk.

The overarching storyline sees our favorite superheroes join forces against Thanos (Josh Brolin), an intergalactic supervillain who wants to gather all of the Infinity Stones so he can have ultimate power.

Avengers Infinity War [Blu-ray] [2018] [Region Free]
  • Avengers Infinity War [Blu-ray] [2018] [Region Free] Brand New!
  • German, French, German (Subtitles)

Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie action thriller film directed by Yeon Sang-ho, starring Gong Yoo and Jung Yu-mi.

The film was released in South Korea on July 22, 2016.

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Train To Busan
  • Train To Busan
  • Gong Yoo (Actor)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

It Comes at Night (2017)

It Comes at Night is a 2017 American post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Trey Edward Shults and written by Shults and Krisha Fairchild.

It stars Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Riley Keough.

 

The plot revolves around a man protecting his family from an unnatural threat terrorizing humanity while they are on the run in “the woods”.

It Comes At Night
  • Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott (Actors)
  • Trey Shults (Director) - Andrea Roa (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Cargo (2017)

Cargo (2017) is an American post-apocalyptic thriller film directed and written by Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling. The film had its world premiere on May 19, 2017 at South by Southwest, and stars Martin Freeman, Anthony Hayes, Susie Porter and Caren Pistorius.

Cargo
  • Martin Freeman, David Gulpilil, Susie Porter, Anthony Hayes (Actor)
  • Yolanda Ramke, Ben Howling (Director)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Ravenous (2017)

Ravenous (2017) is a British-American horror thriller film directed by John Stockwell and co-written by Fred Dekker.

The film stars Robert Carlyle, Stephen Graham, Dan Stevens, Kim Coates, Jason Flemyng, Michael Kelly and Alexandra Maria Lara.

It was released in the United States on October 6, 2017 and in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2018.

Ravenous
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette (Actors)
  • Antonia Bird (Director) - Ted Griffin (Writer) - Adam Fields (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Girl With All the Gifts (2016)

The Girl with All the Gifts is a 2016 science fiction horror film directed by Colm McCarthy and loosely adapted from the novel of the same name by M. R. Carey.

The film stars Sennia Nanua as Melanie, a young girl with a mysterious past who is one of only a few remaining people who are immune to an outbreak that has decimated humanity, and Glenn Close as Helen Justineau, a scientist with a moral conscience trying to protect her in the midst of the chaos.

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The Girl With All The Gifts [Bluray]
  • Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close (Actors)
  • Colm McCarthy (Director)
  • English, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Outbreak (1995)

Outbreak (1995) is a movie about the Ebola virus, not an outbreak of Ebola. The film was released in 1995 and stars Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey.

Although the movie has some major flaws, it does show that outbreaks are not always what we think they are.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

In the end, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a film about loneliness and finding connection in an increasingly disconnected world.

It’s about the need for human connection and how we are all connected whether we know it or not.

We are all the same and yet very different from each other. In the end, it’s about how you can never run from yourself and how sometimes, when you’re lost in life, you have to be willing to go back in order to move forward.

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World [Blu-ray]
  • Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton (Actors)
  • Lorene Scafaria (Director) - Lorene Scafaria (Writer) - Steve Golin (Producer)
  • Spanish, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction horror film produced by Walter Wanger and directed by Philip Kaufman that stars Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum.

The film follows a group of people in San Francisco who discover the world is being taken over by aliens that imitate humans, as one of three survivors who may know how to stop them. 

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Newly Restored HD Master from a 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative
  • Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy (Actors)
  • Philip Kaufman (Director)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut (1986)

The 1986 version of Little Shop of Horrors is a great example of a film that was remastered to take advantage of the added technology.

The original version, which came out in 1960, was actually very low-budget and black and white.

Today, the film has added music and sound effects, as well as better lighting, color and animation. 

Little Shop of Horrors [Blu-ray] [1986] [Region Free]
  • The disk has English audio and subtitles.
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

The Mitchells—Cynthia, Eric and their two children—sat around their kitchen table in suburban Philadelphia as Cynthia ate her breakfast.

She and Eric had been married for 22 years. They had met at a party thrown by mutual friends when they were both students at the University of Pennsylvania.

It was the kind of party where everyone seemed to know everyone else and no one introduced themselves because that would make it harder to find their way to the bar.

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The Mitchells vs the Machines [Blu-ray] [DVD]
  • Mike Rianda (Director) - Phil Lord (Producer)
  • English, Portuguese, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Deep Impact (1998)

This movie is directed by Mimi Leder, featuring Robert Duvall, Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman, and Vanessa Redgrave. A seven-mile-wide comet is headed toward Earth. Scientist Leo 

Biederman (Duvall) invents a computer program that can deflect the comet away from Earth at the last minute.

But NASA doesn’t believe his program will work.

It’s a very entertaining and well-acted movie about the perils of excessive government bureaucracy and how to overcome it when you are in the right.

DEEP IMPACT - MOVIE [Blu-ray] [1998]
  • Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood (Actors)
  • Mimi Leder (Director) - Bruce Joel Rubin (Writer) - D. Scott Easton (Producer)
  • German, English, Danish, Finnish, French (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

Children of Men (2006)

Children of Men is a bleak, dystopian view of the future that is not a million miles away from our present day.

It’s 2027 and the human race has been infertile for 18 years, so no babies have been born in that time.

We are on the brink of extinction as death rates increase due to old age and illness, food supplies dwindle and population control laws are enforced.

Children of Men | Clive Owen | Directed by Alfonso Cuaron
  • Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Julianne Moore (Actor)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (Director)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Take Shelter (2011)

Take Shelter is a 2011 American psychological thriller drama film directed by Jeff Nichols, starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain that examines the financial stresses of a blue collar family.

Travis is a young husband and father living in rural Ohio, who suffers from terrifying visions that an apocalyptic storm is imminent.

With these visions becoming increasingly more intense and real, he struggles to decide whether to protect his family or leave his home in search of safety.

TAKE SHELTER - MOVIE [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region A & B & C]
  • Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham (Actors)
  • Jeff Nichols (Director) - Jeff Nichols (Writer) - Adam Wilkins (Producer)
  • German (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Melancholia (2011)

Melancholia is a 2011 romantic science fiction drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier.

It stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling and John Hurt.

The film’s story takes place in a Depression-era country house as an impending planet named Melancholia approaches Earth, causing anxiety and depression to its inhabitants.

MELANCHOLIA - KIRSTEN DUNST/ C [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region A & B & C]
  • Trier, Lars von (Author)
  • German (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves. It is a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

The plot is set in 2023, 10years after Simian Flu wiped out most of humankind and left intelligent apes ruling over the world.

Caesar, who a decade before was a normal ape, has become the leader of an ape colony in Muir Woods near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. His wife and son live in a house, not far from there.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
  • Jocko Sims, Carol Sutton, Keir O'Donnell (Actors)
  • Matt Reeves (Director) - Amanda Silver (Producer)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Wall-E (2008)

WALL•E  is a 2008 American computer-animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Andrew Stanton, produced by Jim Morris, co-produced by Lindsey Collins, and written by Stanton and Pete Docter.

It stars the voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy, and Sigourney Weaver.

WALL-E
  • Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin (Actors)
  • Andrew Stanton (Director) - Original Story By Andrew Stanton And Pete Docter (Writer)
  • Audience Rating: G (General Audience)

Noah (2014)

Noah is a 2014 American action-adventure epic film co-written and directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Anthony Hopkins, the film is an adaptation of the biblical story of Noah’s Ark.

The film was released on March 28, 2014. Noah received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed $362 million worldwide against a $125 million budget.

Noah (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD)
  • Blu-ray
  • Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3
  • English (Subtitled), French (Subtitled), Portuguese (Subtitled)
  • 2
  • 138

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

At the time of its release, Dawn of the Dead, directed by George A. Romero and starring David Emge and Ken Foree, was a commercial failure at the box office. It was banned in England due to its gory special effects and graphic violence.

Even now, it is considered one of the most influential horror films ever made, but it is rarely watched in its entirety due to its extreme violence (which for the time was unheard of). 

World’s End (2013)

The World’s End is a 2013 dystopian science fiction comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, and Rosamund Pike.

 

The third in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films, following Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007), it follows a group of friends attempting to complete an epic pub crawl in their hometown before the world is taken over by robots.

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The World's End [Blu-ray]
  • Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine (Actors)
  • Edgar Wright (Director) - Simon Pegg (Writer) - Nira Park (Producer)
  • Spanish (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Contagion (2011)

Contagion is a 2011 science fiction thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by author Robin Cook.

It stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, and Jude Law.

The plot follows several characters over the course of the story as they try to stop a virus that is spreading quickly throughout the world.

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Contagion (Rpkg/BD) [Blu-ray]
  • Blu-ray
  • Blu-ray, NTSC
  • English (Original Language)
  • 1
  • 186

Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation is a 2018 science-fiction horror film written and directed by Alex Garland. It stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac.

Set within the fictional Area X, a contaminated region in the southern United States that has been cordoned off by the government, the film follows a group of military scientists who enter it to investigate a mysterious phenomenon.

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Annihilation
  • Annihilation [Blu-ray]
  • Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez (Actors)
  • Alex Garland (Director)
  • English, Spanish, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a 2013 American dystopian science fiction adventure film based on the novel of the same name by the American novelist Suzanne Collins.

It is the second installment in The Hunger Games film series and sequel to The Hunger Games (2012).

Hunger Games: Catching Fire [Blu-ray + DVD] [2013]
  • Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and...
  • Danish (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy, starring a star-studded cast and some visuals and set pieces that will stay with you forever.

Dr. Strangelove was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Peter Sellers), Best Director and Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. 

Dr. Strangelove [Blu-ray] [1964] [Region Free] [2010]
  • The disk has English audio and subtitles.
  • Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden (Actors)
  • Stanley Kubrick (Director)
  • Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, English (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

28 Days Later (2002)

28 Days Later is a 2002 film by director Danny Boyle. It is the first of three films based on the 28 Days Later graphic novel series by artist Steve Bendelack.

The film follows a group of people in the immediate aftermath of a pandemic that has infected most of Great Britain, turning people into a variety of zombies.

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

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28 Days Later [Blu-ray]
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston (Actors)
  • Danny Boyle (Director) - Alex Garland (Writer) - Andrew Macdonald (Producer)
  • Cantonese, English, Korean, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

Snowpiercer (2013)

The movie Snowpiercer is a sci-fi thriller based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette.

It is set in an ice age caused by climate change and outlines a new type of social order in the aftermath of a failed attempt at global warming prevention.

In 2031, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine.

The elites inhabit the extravagant rear cars, while the poor are relegated to eating rotten fish from the tail section or going mad from solitude in their car bunks, living in filth, and eating rats.

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Snowpiercer: The Complete First Season (BD + Digital)
  • Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Alison Wright (Actors)
  • Marty Adelstein (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic horror film directed and co-written by John Krasinski, who also stars alongside Emily Blunt.

The film takes place in the near future, where creatures that hunt by sound have nearly caused the extinction of the human race.

The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 9, 2018, and was released in the United States on April 6, 2018.

The film received praise for its original premise, directing, acting and creature design. A sequel is scheduled to be released on May 15, 2020.

A Quiet Place (Blu-Ray) [2018] [Region Free]
  • A Quiet Place (Blu-Ray) [2018] [Region Free] Brand New!!

Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield is an American-found footage monster horror film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Drew Goddard. It was produced by J. J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot Productions, and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The film is presented as found footage from a personal camcorder recovered by the United States Department of Defense (DoD), depicting the events of one evening in New York City from a point of view of an individual fleeing from an unidentified gigantic monster and various other perspectives.

The movie is said to be “a snapshot of a larger story that we will explore in future films.”

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Cloverfield
  • Michael Stahl-David, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl David (Actors)
  • Matt Reeves (Director) - Bryan Burk (Producer)

This is the End (2013)

This is the End (2013) – The story centers on a group of friends in Hollywood, including Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, and James Franco.

After a series of misfortunes, including the Rapture and a demon invasion, the friends hole up in Franco’s home to ride out the apocalypse.

This is the End (Blu-ray + DVD)(Does not include UltraViolet Digital Copy)
  • Blu-ray
  • Blu-ray, AC-3, Closed-captioned
  • English (Audio Description), French (Subtitled), English (Subtitled)
  • 2
  • 107