In recent years, there have been a number of post-apocalyptic movies and TV series that have captured the attention of moviegoers. With the world we live in today, it’s understandable to be curious about what would happen if society collapsed.

There are many questions people may ask themselves when thinking about life after an apocalypse:

  • Which animals will survive?
  • What food sources will still be available?
  • Will humans fight for scraps or can they work together to rebuild civilization?

In this guide, I’m going to give you my list of favorite post-apocalyptic films and TV shows as well as some thoughts about each one.Hopefully, it provides you with food for thought on how you might want to prepare yourself should the worst ever happen!

Every one of us has our own idea of the perfect apocalypse. Whether you’re a fan of zombie movies or enjoy watching civilization crumble, there is always something out there for everyone.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite post-apocalyptic movies to help you decide what your next obsession will be.
 

BEST POST-APOCALYPTIC MOVIES

What Are Post-Apocalyptic Movies?

Post-apocalyptic movies are films that depict the aftermath of a world destroyed by some sort of apocalypse.

A post-apocalyptic film is a film that takes place after an apocalyptic event has happened.

Some examples of these events are asteroid impacts, nuclear war, global warming, plagues, or any other natural disaster that could cause humans to die off or become extinct.

Post-apocalyptic movies often feature storylines where there is little hope left for humanity and all that remains are small groups living in harsh conditions trying desperately just to survive from day to day. These survivors often face difficult choices.

The genre is very popular in Hollywood, with such classics as Mad Max, War Games, and Twelve Monkeys all being post-apocalyptic films.

 

 

Best Post-Apocalyptic Movies

We’ll discuss the best movies that are set in a post-apocalyptic world. You’ll love these films and their plot twists, which will keep you guessing until the very end! In the event of a zombie apocalypse, which movies should you watch? Or, should I say, which movies should you have watched beforehand so that you have an idea about how to prepare!

This guide will give you the lowdown on some of the best post-apocalyptic movies. It’s important to be prepared and these movies are a great way to prepare for whatever may come your way.

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

John Goodman stars as Howard in 10 Cloverfield Lane. Howard is a survivalist who has been preparing for an impending apocalypse by building a bunker with his daughter, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

The two live in the bunker until one day they are awoken to find that there has been some sort of attack on the surface. They soon embark on a journey to find out what happened and if anyone else survived.

Howard’s paranoia borders on delusion and he starts imagining conspiracies about their situation. As Michelle tries to figure out how to escape from this underground prison, she realizes that her father is not just looking out for himself anymore, but for them both.

Cloverfield Lane is a 2016 American psychological thriller film directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The script was written by Josh Campbell, Matt Stuecken, and Damien Chazelle from a story by Drew Goddard.

10 Cloverfield Lane [Blu-ray] [2016] [Region Free]
  • English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

28 Days Later (2002)

In the wake of a global pandemic that wipes out most of the world’s population, one man emerges from a coma to find himself alone in London. His only hope is to stay alive and fight for survival against whatever is left. That’s what it means to be 28 Days Later.

28 days later was written by Danny Boyle, directed by Danny Boyle and Alex Garland, produced by Andrew Macdonald and Christian Colson (2001).

In the movie 28 Days Later, survivors of a pandemic are left to fend for themselves. The protagonist, Jim (played by Cillian Murphy) wakes up from a coma into this bleak future and sets out on his own in search of loved ones who might be alive.

The three issues people face during times of turmoil are shelter, food, and water; these needs must be met before anything else can proceed. With no electricity or running water, finding shelter becomes difficult but not impossible as there is still plenty that can be done with old-school construction methods like log cabins or sod homes.

The movie is set in Great Britain and has a tone of horror. A group of animal activists invades a lab that conducts experiments on animals for profit and releases the virus into the air, which then spreads quickly to humans.

The protagonist Jim is one of those infected with the disease who wakes up from his coma after two weeks only to find everyone else dead or dying. He must try to survive long enough until he can be rescued by retreating into buildings with other survivors and avoiding contact with any uninfected people that might carry this deadly virus.

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

 A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place is a 2018 American thriller film directed by John Krasinski. The screenplay was written by the director and Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and David S. Goyer. A Quiet Place tells the story of a family seeking refuge in silence to survive an unknown creature that hunts solely by sound, forcing them to live their lives in near-complete darkness with only occasional moments of noise when they must venture into the world outside their farmhouse for supplies on foot or via bicycle.

The plot revolves around a family living on their own farm who tries to remain undetected from creatures that hunt by sound within an unpopulated area near the U.S.-Mexico border where they are staying as refugees due to unexplained circumstances of apocalyptic nature which have caused most if not all of mankind’s extinction since 2015.

The movie “A Quiet Place” is a great demonstration of the power of silence. It tells the story of a family who tries their best to stay safe in an apocalyptic world where alien creatures can hear any sound and attack those who make noise.

A Quiet Place (Blu-Ray) [2018] [Region Free]
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Children of Men (2006)

The year is 2027. The human race has been infertile for 18 years, and the youngest person alive is 18 years old. What would our world be like if we no longer had children?

In the year 2027, a pandemic has killed all but one of the earth’s population with men being the first to be infected. The film follows Theo who is an apathetic father-to-be and his journey through life in this future world where he discovers hope as well as love.

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón and written by P.D. James, Children of Men explores what it means to have a child in a society that has lost so much hope for the future without going into too much detail on technicalities such as how exactly did this happen or why are they still alive?

It instead focuses on people’s emotions and their reactions to living in a time when death is just around every corner.

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

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a 2014 American science fiction film directed by Matt Reeves and written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

It is the sequel to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which began 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the original Planet of the Apes series.

It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Visual Effects at the 87th Academy Awards. Ten years after a deadly virus destroys most of humanity, the human survivors find themselves on the brink of war with a group of genetically enhanced apes led by Caesar, a chimpanzee who uses sign language.

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)

Delicatessen (1991)

Delicatessen (French: L’alliance, literally “The Alliance”, but translated as “The Delicatessen”) is a 1991 French black comedy-horror film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. The film features Dominique Pinon, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Ronit Elkabetz, Richard Bohringer, and Mathieu Kassovitz in the lead roles.

It tells the story of a landlord who finds himself in a battle with a group of tenants over an apartment in their building.

The film was originally released on 24 March 1991 in France, followed by the United States on 6 September 1992. Production took place in Paris. The film won the César Award for Best Debut Film and the Prix Méliès for best first film, and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay and Best Costume Design.

Delicatessen
  • Comedy from 1991 by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet with Pascal Benezech and Dominique Pinon.
  • Jeunet, Jean-Pierre (Author)
  • German, Danish, English, Finnish, Dutch (Subtitles)
  • German (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Dredd (2012)

Dredd is a 2012 American science fiction action film written and directed by Pete Travis. The movie was based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd, in which law enforcement officers called “Judges” are empowered to act as judge, jury, and executioner.

Starring Karl Urban as the eponymous character; it follows Dredd as he investigates an incident that leads him to uncover a conspiracy to bring down the city’s Judges.

   

Dredd is a 2012 science-fiction action film set in the near future about a law enforcement officer who has been framed for murder. The movie stars Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby, with Lena Headey, Wood Harris, and Domhnall Gleeson. It was written by Alex Garland and directed by Pete Travis.

In the near future, America is a dystopian wasteland. The entire east coast has become one giant maximum security prison called Mega City One. When the worst criminals are caught, they’re taken to ‘the block’ for judgment and sentencing.

Dredd [Blu-ray]
  • German (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Escape From New York (1981)

The most notable example of a dystopian society is the world portrayed in the 1981 film Escape From New York, directed by John Carpenter. Set in 1997, it depicts Manhattan as a maximum-security prison where the island’s entire population has been turned into inmates.

The crime rate on this island has become so great that police services are no longer able to control it and have thus abandoned it without any chance of return.

In 1981, the iconic film Escape From New York was released. The movie is set in a dystopian Manhattan where crime has grown to be out of control and prisoners are sent to live within the confines of an impenetrable prison on a former island called “Alcatraz.”

I Am Legend (2007)

I Am Legend (2007) is a Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction film that stars Will Smith and was directed by Francis Lawrence. The film follows a scientist who is the sole survivor of a disease that has wiped out most of humanity. He works to develop a cure. The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Richard Matheson.

The film was nominated for three awards, including an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and a Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film. It grossed over $256 million worldwide.

The story follows Robert Neville (Will Smith), a man who believes he is the last human in New York City following a plague that has turned most of humanity into vampires. He survives by carefully rationing his remaining food and weapons while searching for a cure to help him and restore mankind.

I Am Legend [Blu-ray]
  • Alice Braga, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Willow Smith (Actors)
  • Francis Lawrence (Director) - David Heyman (Producer)
  • Chinese, Korean, Danish, Finnish, French (Subtitles)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Oblivion (2013)

Oblivion is a 2013 American science fiction film written and directed by Joseph Kosinski. It stars Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Andrea Riseborough, and Olga Kurylenko with Bill Nighy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Zoe Bell.

The film takes place in 2077 after most of Earth’s population has been wiped out from an event known as the “Oblivion Crisis”.

The survivors live in an enclosed society that protects them from dangerous radiation levels outside due to high-frequency messages coming through what is left of their satellites. The events take place when Jack Harper (Tom Cruise), one of the few remaining drone repairmen stationed on Earth who services drones throughout the planet’s surface.

Oblivion [Blu-ray]
  • Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko (Actors)
  • Joseph Kosinski (Director) - Karl Gajdusek (Writer) - Joseph Kosinski (Producer)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Planet of the Apes is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston. The plot follows an astronaut crew who crash-land on a planet ruled by intelligent apes, who treat humans as slaves.

It explores social issues such as racial relationships, nuclear weapons, human identity, animal rights, and environmentalism. The Planet of the Apes franchise is a series of six American science fiction films starting with 1968’s “Planet of the Apes” and continuing through 1973’s “Escape from the Planet of the Apes.”

The original film tells how astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston) survives an emergency landing on a planet where intelligent apes have enslaved humans.

Snowpiercer (2014)

Snowpiercer is a 2014 English-language film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette. The sci-fi thriller stars Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, and Ed Harris.

It tells the story of a future Earth where mankind has been divided into social castes who live on different trains that travel around the world via perpetual motion; as one train becomes too polluted.

On June 28, 2013, Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer was released in the United States. It is a science fiction action movie about a post-apocalyptic world where people live aboard a train that never stops running on an endless track.

The film follows Curtis (played by Chris Evans) and his fellow passengers as they lead their revolt to overthrow the oppressive regime of Wilford with the help of their engineer Gilliam (played by Tilda Swinton).

With a cast including John Hurt, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, and Octavia Spencer this film has already won critical acclaim at festivals all over Europe.

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Snowpiercer
  • Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell (Actors)
  • Joon-ho Bong (Director) - Wonjo Jeong (Producer)
  • Spanish (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

Soylent Green (1973)

The film “Soylent Green” was released by director Richard Fleischer on November 1973 with Charlton Heston playing detective Thorn who starts investigating a murder case after his friend is killed.

The movie Soylent Green came out in 1973. The film was about a world where food is scarce and there are no more animals left to eat. In the story, people survive on processed human remains that they call “soylent green”.

When an investigator starts to uncover the truth, he becomes a wanted man.

In the course of his investigation, Thorn uncovers an attempt to keep human beings from being born with natural birth defects by making them consume soy products that are rich in protein and minerals.

Soylent Green Blu ray
  • Greenberg, Stanley R. (Author)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Stalker (1979)

The Stalker (1979) film was made by legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. The movie is based on the science fiction novel Roadside Picnic by the brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. The movie was filmed at Mosfilm studios in Moscow, and its production took five months. The movie was first released on July 7, 1979, and it was distributed by Mosfilm.

In many other countries, the movie was first released under different titles such as “The Zone”. The movie is considered to be one of the most influential movies in the world mainly because of its realistic themes and its use of symbolism throughout the entire film.

Some critics have even praised this movie for being one of the greatest movies in history due to its ability to capture different aspects of life that revolve around humans and society in general.

The directing of this film is very unique and artistic because it uses slow imagery that makes it difficult for people to understand what is happening at times. Other than using slow imagery, there are also many different camera angles used throughout this film making it more interesting for people to watch.

The director has also included many different symbols throughout this film that represent the theme throughout this movie. These symbols can include anything from trees to fire.

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Stalker (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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  • Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn (Actors)
  • Andrei Tarkovsky (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix is a 1999 sci-fi film that has become iconic for its deep philosophical and religious themes. It was directed by the Wachowskis, who also wrote it with producer Joel Silver.

The movie follows a computer hacker named Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) who discovers that our world is actually an artificial intelligence construct created to keep human minds occupied while their bodies are used as battery power in post-apocalyptic 20th century Earth.

The movie stars Keanu Reeves as Thomas Anderson/Neo, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity.

As Neo begins to see through this illusionary world and realizes how fake it truly is, he starts to realize things about himself and those around him that were previously unknown.

He also starts to learn more about the war between humans and machines which has been continuing for roughly one hundred years now.

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

The Road (2009)

The Road is a 2009 post-apocalyptic film based on the 2006 novel of the same title by Cormac McCarthy.

The film stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and his son in a world destroyed by an unspecified cataclysm that renders the Earth’s surface uninhabitable.

They travel south along the coast in hopes of reaching a more hospitable climate, constantly threatened by starving people, desperate bandits, and lawless scavengers. Mortensen was nominated for several awards for his role in the film, including a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

The film won the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, while Mortensen and Smit-McPhee received nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. The film also won the BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography (Stephen Windon) and was nominated in other categories.

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The Road [Blu-ray]
  • Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall (Actors)
  • John Hillcoat (Director) - Paula Mae Schwartz (Producer)
  • Spanish (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

This Is The End (2013)

This Is the End is a 2013 American apocalyptic comedy film directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, written by Goldberg, Rogen and Jonah Hill, and starring Rogen and James Franco. The film follows six friends who embark on a trip to Los Angeles for a party. After the party, the world is shown to be in ruins for an unspecified reason.

While attempting to escape from an unknown threat, the group seeks refuge in Franco’s house.

As the story progresses, however, they soon discover that the threat is close to home when it is revealed that an evil and powerful demon has taken over Franco’s personal assistant (and lover) Rihanna.

Told through a series of flashbacks, the film shows how each character had their lives ruined because of their friendship with Franco’s character. The group then tries to figure out how to survive after discovering that they are being hunted down by demonic creatures.

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This is the End (Blu-ray + DVD)(Does not include UltraViolet Digital Copy)
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Turbo Kid (2015)

Turbo Kid is a 2015 action-adventure comedy post-apocalyptic graphic novel film set in the year 1997. It is directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015, and was well received.

Two years after its release, it was followed up with a sequel titled Turbo Kid 2. Plot The Kid (Munro Chambers) lives alone in a barren wasteland left behind after a nuclear holocaust that took place in 1997.

He scavenges through abandoned buildings to find food, water, and old comic books while avoiding dangerous scavengers called “Scavengers”. The Scavengers are led by Zeus (Michael Ironside), who rules the wasteland with an iron fist.

The Kid meets an attractive girl named Apple (Laurence Leboeuf) who is accompanied by her companion Frederic (Aaron Jeffery). Frederic is killed by a booby trap set up by Zeus’s gang, forcing Apple and the Kid to escape together.

They stumble upon Téo (Edwin Wright), who agrees to fix the Kid’s weapon if he brings back oil for him. Turbo Kid has been called “The Best Post Apocalyptic Movie You’ve Never Seen” by The AV Club, but chances are you have seen it because it’s on Netflix!

Turbo Kid [Blu-ray]
  • Turbo Kid (2015)
  • Turbo Kid (2015)
  • Michael Ironside, Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf (Actors)
  • Anouk Whissell (Director) - Turbo Kid (2015) (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

In the movie Twelve Monkeys, Bruce Willis plays a man sent back in time to save humanity from a deadly virus.

Twelve Monkeys, starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, is set in a post-apocalyptic future where the world has been devastated by a plague known as “The Great Simian Flu.”

The story follows James Cole (Willis) who travels from 1996 to 1990s to find Dr. Leland Goines, the scientist responsible for unleashing the virus upon Earth.

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

Wall-E (2008)

In the 2008 Pixar movie “Wall-E,” humans live in a future where they are overweight and lazy, floating around in hover chairs. In this world, robots do all of the work while people sit inside their own homes. But these human beings have lost their sense of adventure and exploration due to being confined to one space for so long.

The protagonist Wall-E is a robot whose job it is to clean up trash on Earth as part of an initiative by Buy N Large (BNL) corporation.

He spends most of his time doing this tedious task but he finds some enjoyment when he watches old video clips from before BNL had taken over Earth’s resources. In Wall-E, mankind has abandoned Earth to live on outer space ships after years and years of pollution have rendered it uninhabitable.

The population is now so large that people can only leave their pods for two hours a day and they spend most of their time watching virtual reality games or shopping online. In contrast, the robotic character Wall-E spends his days cleaning up trash from the ground with no real purpose other than to exist.

This film explores many ideas such as environmentalism, consumerism, technology usage, and more!

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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)