It’s no wonder why post-apocalyptic movies are such an immense form of entertainment. We’re spellbound by the narration & are frightened by the scenes. That’s only possible for a director who represents the scenes in the way he envisioned them, making us feel excited as we watched. Often, we imagine ourselves in the lead role & assume that we are in that fictional world throughout the entire film. By doing so, post-apocalyptic films offer us a unique opportunity to experience something doomy we may never have the opportunity to see in the real world. With embroidered elements and fictional characters, it becomes more captivating as the film progresses. It is no different from having nightmares, and people love watching nightmares on screen, perhaps in their cozy beds at night.
Here are the 10 best post-apocalyptic movies that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Note: The following films are not ranked in any particular order.
Snowpiercer may have received mixed reviews from the audience, but I consider it one of the best post-apocalyptic movies directed by Boon Joon hoo who is most known for his films Memories of Murder and Parasite. This movie takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian society where all humanity is forced to live in trains that traverse the globe perpetually. The story hooks you from the beginning and makes you hold your breath to the very end. It is a film you cannot dismiss just because someone made a bad comment. Putting logic aside, one of the best post-apocalyptic movies is still this one.
IMDb Rating: 7.1/10
Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, and more..
Plot: In a post-apocalyptic future, the survivors board a super-advanced train that can travel around the world. As the story unfolds, class discrimination comes into play.
Mad Max – Fury Road
Mad Max Fury Road film is a reboot of the classic 90’s Mad Max series, which is well-known for its post-apocalyptic depictions and rustic action scenes. Surprisingly, Fury Road turned out to be the best out of the mad max films and was regarded as one of the best post-apocalyptic movies ever made. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star in this grim, gory, and authentic thriller that delivers engaging action sequences, and outstanding visuals. Without seeing the previous films, you can still watch Mad-Max Fury Road.
IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult,and more..
Plot:Women fight against an oppressive ruler in the post-apocalyptic world with a group of four pregnant women and a wanderer in search of their homeland.
I Am legend
A fan favorite and most popular post-apocalyptic movie, I Am Legend. It depicts the plight of a lone survivor on a deserted planet surrounded by zombies. First, you have to acknowledge the remarkable performance of Will Smith. The biggest asset of this movie is Will Smith, that’s the reason I guess why it is fan favorite. A lot of people imagine themselves in his role. I Am Legend must be in the top of your list if you are looking for a film to captivate you.
IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
Cast: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, and more..
Plot: After the zombie plague, a survivor lives in a desolate place trying to find a cure for existing cruel humans. During the process, he’ll encounter a few surprises.
Wall-E is hell of a movie that I enjoyed so much & has become one of my personal favorites. The thing I loved about Wall-E is authenticity and realism in terms of the earth’s potential state & future humanity. It represents everything that is demanded for a post-apocalyptic movie. It’s a perfect mixture of artificial intelligence dominion, earth extinction, and advanced technology. If proper care is not taken, one popular scientific prediction suggests that our earth might cease to produce resources & become neutral. Here’s Wall-E to experience the fictional future.
Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, and more.
Plot: In a post-apocalyptic desolate world, a small robot that collects waste and garbage makes an error and ventures into space by mistake.
There is no doubt that Zombie Land is one of the best zombie films. This movie takes place in a world where characters stumble upon zombies and slaughter them viciously while juggling different aspects of their lives. In my opinion, Zombie Land is about surviving on earth with zombies lurking behind you with tons of fun & entertainment. We give a big thumbs up to Jesse, Emma, Abigail Breslin, and Woody for their hilarious performances. I recently viewed the sequel, and it was quite good.
IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and more.
Plot: Student Columbus joins forces with three eccentric strangers to travel through the southwest of the United States in search of safety from the zombie apocalypse.
The Matrix is regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi/post-apocalyptic movies of all time. The matrix is full of interesting topics. This movie depicts the manipulation of humanity and the dystopian society. As you learn more about life, you will notice the other sides of the life may scare you a little. As the main lead, Keanu Reeves has done a spectacular job along with Lana Wachowski and the rest of the cast. With its separate fan base, the matrix trilogy continues to attract attention today. The 4th installment is also on the way & currently in production.
IMDb Rating: 8.7/10
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and more..
Plot: “The matrix” is about a computer hacker who discovers the true nature of his reality and battles against many enemies.
The Terminator franchise is one of the most popular film franchises in the post-apocalyptic genre. The Terminator franchise was hugely successful at the box office. Terminator: Judgment Day, directed by James Cameron, has received a great deal of attention & praise from the audience. Imagine someone from the future sends a cybernetic robot to kill you. That’s the simplest explanation I can offer.
IMDb Rating: 8.0/10
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and more.
Plot: A battle between a human race that is nearly extinct, and artificial intelligence.
’12 Monkeys’ is very intricate from a post-apocalyptic point of view. It may not be as popular as other films, but it’s considered to be a classic movie on the theme of the apocalypse. This movie should make your list of top post-apocalyptic movies.
IMDb Rating: 8.0/10
Cast: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt,and more.
Plot: A prisoner goes back in time to discover the cause of a virus that destroyed most of the human race.
Children of Men
One of the best movies of the past decade is Children of Men which shows a dystopian society in which all women on earth are sterile and unable to conceive. The story unfolds when a woman becomes pregnant, and when the woman’s life is at stake, A former activist is entrusted to protect her. Isn’t that interesting? The impact of this post-apocalyptic film is enormous. Props to the cinematography, visuals, and direction.
IMDb Rating: 8.0/10
Cast: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and more.
Plot: By 2027, women will not be fertile. A former activist helps a woman who miraculously becomes pregnant.
Train to Busan
The film Train to Busan has been both critically acclaimed & highly lauded by audiences. It is said to be one of the best zombie films ever made, and indeed, it is true as it’s my personal favorite zombie film. With its gripping narration and intimidating scenes, I’m sure it keeps you on the edge of your seat & will be one of your favorite zombie films of all time.
IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
Cast: Gong Yoo, Yu-mi Jung, Ma Dong-seok, and more.
Plot: South Korea is ravaged by a zombie virus, and travelers on the Seoul-Busan train struggle to survive.
Honorable Mentions :
- World War Z
- 28 Days Later
- A Quiet Place
- Bird Box
- The Road
- Dawn of the Dead
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