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10 Best Post Apocalyptic Movies You Must Watch

Post apocalyptic movies are such a massive entertainment that keeps us hooked to the screen with spellbinding narration & terrifying scenes. It’s the director how he wants to depict the scenes that make us feel excited while watching them. Sometimes, we even imagine ourselves in the leading role & assume as if we’re in that fictional world throughout the movie run time. The great aspect of post-apocalyptic films is they allow us to experience something doomy through a film that we may not encounter in real life. Especially with embroidered elements and fictional characters, it gets more engaging & enthralling as the film goes. It’s no different from having nightmares, and people really love watching those nightmares on screen, perhaps in a cozy bed at night time.

Here, we’ve lined up the 10 best post-apocalyptic movies that put you on the edge of your seat.


snowpiercer post apocalyptic movie

SnowPiercer may have received a mixed talk from the audience,  but I regard Snowpiercer as one of the best post apocalyptic movies which is directed by  Boon Joon hoo who is well known for memories of murder and parasite. The film sets in the post-apocalypse dystopian society where all humanity would have to reside in a social stratum train that runs perpetually all across the world. Right from the beginning, it holds your spellbound & put on edge till the ending. It’s a movie you can’t snub snowpiercer just because somebody talked bad about it. It’s still one of the best post-apocalyptic movies if you put the logics aside.

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, and more..

Plot: In the post-apocalyptic future, the survivors board the super-advanced train that can travel around the earth. The story unfolds from class discrimination.

Mad Max – Fury Road

 mad max fury road post apocalyptic movie.

Mad-Max Fury Road is a reboot to classic 90’s mad max series which is very well known for the post apocalypse depiction & rustic action sequences. Surprisingly, Fury road turned to be the best from mad max and become one of the best post-apocalyptic movies of all time. It’s rustic, rugged, and gory that makes you hooked to the screen with stimulating action sequences and top-notch visuals, alongside wonderful performances from tom hardy and charlize theron. You can still watch Mad-Max Fury Road without watching the previous films.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult,and more..

Plot: In the post-apocalyptic world, women fight against an oppressive ruler in quest of her homeland with a group of four pregnant women and wanderer max.


I Am legend

Iam legend post apocalyptic movie

I Am Legend is a fan favorite and most popular post apocalyptic movie. It’s about a lone survivor residing in a desolate place & getting along on supposed forsaken earth with zombies. The first thing you have to appreciate is will smith’s terrific performance in the film. This is what I was talking about, it’s a fan favorite & a lot of people imagine themselves in his role. Seeking a film that captivates you, I Am Legend has to be the one on your list.

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Cast: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, and more..

Plot: Aftermath of the zombie plague, a survivor lives in a desolate place tries to develop a cure for existing cruel humans who went violent and savage. In the process, he’ll confront a few surprises.

Wall E

Wall-E best post-apocalyptic movies

Wall-E is hell of a movie that I enjoyed so much & 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. There is one popular scientific prediction that our earth might stop producing resources & become neutral if not proper care taken. Here’s Wall-E to see what’s happens !

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Cast: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, and more.

Plot: In post-apocalyptic desolate earth, a small robot that collects waste and garbage on the planet embarks on a space journey by mistake.


Zombie Land

Zombie Land post apocalyptic movie

Zombie Land is a hilarious zombie film that deserves to be on this list. The movie sets in the post-zombie world where characters stumble upon zombies & slaughter viciously while dealing with their personal lives & relationships. TBH, Zombie Land is completely about how you live on earth with zombies lurking behind with tons of fun & entertainment. Big props to hilarious performances from Jesse, Emma, Abigail Breslin, and Woody.  Recently, It got a sequel & turned out to a decent one.  Besides,

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and more.

Plot: In post-apocalyptic desolate earth, a small robot that collects waste and garbage on the planet embarks on a space journey by mistake.

The Matrix

The Matrix post apocalyptic movie

The Matrix is regarded to be one of the greatest sci-fi/post-apocalyptic movies released in 1999. There are plenty of things to talk about the matrix. It’s a movie that depicts a dystopian society and humanity manipulator. You will be introduced to the other side of the coin about life that may frighten you in some ways. Keanu Reeves who is the main lead has done a fabulous performance along with Lana Wachowski and others. The matrix trilogy has a separate fan base & still people talk about it. It is also getting the 4th installment & is 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 learns mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and battle against many foes and hostiles.


Terminator post-apocalyptic movie

Terminator is one of the most popular movie franchises in the post-apocalypse motif. Terminator franchise had potentially gained massive success from the box office. Especially, Terminator: Judgment Day which is directed by James Cameron has received a lot of accolades & limelight from the audience. What if someone from the future sends a cybernetic robot to kill you. That’s the simplest explanation I could give.

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and more.

Plot: The battle between the nearly extinct human race and artificial intelligence.

12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys post-apocalyptic movie

12 Monkeys is such an intricate post-apocalyptic movie. It may not be popular as other films,  but it’s considered to be a classic movie on the theme of the apocalypse. The film sets in a post-apocalyptic world when a prisoner travels back in time to find out about a deadly virus that decimated most of the humans in the present world. It deserves a watch and will be on your list of best 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 find out about virus that destroyed most of the human race.

Children of Men

Children of Men best post-apocalyptic movies

Children of men is one of the best movies set in a dystopian society where all women on earth are sterile & lost the ability to get pregnant. The story unfolds, miraculously when a woman becomes pregnant, when her life is at stake, the main character is obliged to protect her & get by. Sounds interesting right? It’s one of the brilliant and though provoking post-apocalyptic movies that needs your watch. Big props to cinematography, visuals & direction.

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Cast: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and more.

Plot: In the future of 2027, women have lost fertility. A former activist helps a rare woman who miraculously gets pregnant.

The Road

The Road best post-apocalyptic movies

The Road is one of the desolated movies that is about how a father guards his son in the devastated post-apocalyptic world. It was originally a novel and later, it is adapted into the film ideally.

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and more.

Plot: In an ominous post-apocalyptic world, a father protects his son from threat and danger.


Honorable Mentions :

  • Oblivion
  • A Quiet Place
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Stalker


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Alexis Farmer
9 months ago

There’s a couple of these I haven’t seen but overall agree with all of these!