My Top Ten Apocalyptic Movies

In order starting with my favorite (and I’m cheating massively with this list by putting films together that are part of a series). 😉

1. Alien & Aliens

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3. George A Romero’s zombie films

(I love them all but especially love Dawn Of The Dead, which is one of my all-time favorite movies in general)

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4. The Terminator & Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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5. Hardware

(Yeah, I have a thing for this film for some strange reason. Especially the music in it. And the shower scene…)

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6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (the BBC series)

(That’s right. Not that horrible Hollywood film. Ugh. The BBC series was a much better adaptation of my favorite book.)

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7. Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

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8. 28 Days Later & 28 Weeks Later

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9. Planet Of The Apes

(Spoiler! Screw it. It’s old. Everyone has seen it.)

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10. Children Of Men

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Honorable Mentions:

Night Of The Comet

Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
The Matrix
Warm Bodies
Deep Impact
The Stand
Omega Man
I Am Legend

World War Z
This Is The End
The World’s End

An explanation of this list:

This was much more difficult than I thought it would be. I love apocalyptic (& post-apocalyptic) films. I don’t know why but I’ve always been drawn to them. I made the mistake of discussing this list with my hubby and we ended up arguing over ones that he insisted are NOT apocalyptic.

After spending way too long discussing it, I decided to just go by this list of what’s considered an apocalyptic film according to Wikipedia. And two we disagreed on (WALL-E & Alien/Aliens) are on the list. So, nyah! I win. I’ve included them.

There are some that are iffy, like The Omen. Not in the Wikipedia list so I’ve left it out although I’d consider that to fit their criteria of a “prelude to such an end”. And there are others I thought might be considered apocalyptic but are really dystopian (turns out I like a lot of those as well so I’ll do a list of that at some point too). And I’ve now spent way too long thinking about this… So, bye. 🙂

31 thoughts on “My Top Ten Apocalyptic Movies

  1. Nice list! Glad you included WALL•E & Children of Men! I also love 28 Days Later even though I’m usually not fond of horror flicks.

  2. Wow, I own Hardware but haven’t watched it in years. That is a gem, for sure. It’s also nice to see Deep Impact on the honorable mention list. I don’t think a lot of people give that one enough credit.

    Oh, and Planet of the Apes is damn awesome.

  3. I’ve always thought of the Fifth Element as something that should fall into this category, but this wiki list doesn’t agree with me. Which is silly, because according to the dictionary definition “involving or portending widespread devastation or ultimate doom” it should definitely be there. Aw well….

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  11. Have you seen Dead Man’s Letters? (also known as Letters from a Dead Man)
    It’s a Soviet post-apocalyptic movie and is one of the most impressive I’ve seen. It’s really, really heavy though.

    And thanks for not mentioning Mad Max. Really!

    Good list. The only thing I didn’t really like was ”World War Z” as it felt too commercial. It started well, but then….

    • Thanks! Oh man, I love apocalyptic films. Forgot about this list! Looks like quite an old post (and could probably do with an update! Have you seen Train To Busan?). Ha. Well, I did love Fury Road. I didn’t include the Mad Max films as it’s too long since I’ve watched them & I plan to re-watch them at some point. World War Z was okay but I LOVED the book, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the movie that got made (so odd). It doesn’t even come close to Romero’s classics, though. Thanks for the recommendation – I just looked up Dead Man’s Letters & it sounds interesting! I’ll have to look into that. I hate how hard it can be to find obscure films like that. : )

      • ”Train To Busan” – not yet! I guess it’s sound strange but I rarely watch zombie stuff… But I’ve heard only good things about that one.

        I didn’t read the book but have heard a lot of good words about it. I’ve heard that the film adaptation was incredibly painful and was re-done dozens of times. hence the result.

        It’s hard to find out these obscure films, but since that movie is Soviet and I from there it was easier for me. 🙂

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