The sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt begins with the earth suffering from a deliberately set virus released in 1996 that killed off five billion people across the globe.
28 Days Later
In this thriller starring Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris, activists free chimpanzees infected with the Rage virus, which spreads uncontrollably among the population, turning people into monsters and causing society to collapse in the U.K.
In this 2009 action film starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet set in the year 2012, a massive solar flare causes the earth's core temperature to increase rapidly, causing catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis worldwide and even sending Los Angeles into the ocean, coinciding with the prophecy of the Mayan calendar's prediction of the end of the world.
Michael Bay's 1998 action film has an asteroid the size of Texas about to impact Earth in less than a month, unless a team of deep core drillers led by Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck can send a nuclear warhead to blow the space rock to pieces.
Children of Men
This futuristic thriller set in 2027 and starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore, shows a world in chaos where humans can no longer procreate. A man discovers a miraculously pregnant woman and agrees to help transport her to a sanctuary at sea, where the future of mankind may depend on the birth of her child.
The Day After Tomorrow
Roland Emmerich's 2004 action thriller starring Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal and Emmy Rossum, pits a paleoclimatologist for NORAD (Quaid) against mother nature as he makes a trek across America to reach his son (Gyllenhaal), who's trapped in a freak international storm that sends Earth into a new Ice Age.
This was the second film from 1998 dealing with the potential impact of a space object destroying Earth (this one's a comet). Only this time we have Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Leelee Sobieski, and a pre-Lord of the RingsElijah Wood trying to save the planet.
Stanley Kubrick's classic 1964 film starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott and Sterling Hayden, is about an eccentric general (Hayden) who sets in motion a nuclear holocaust with the USSR that a war room of politicos and military higher-ups frantically try to stop.
I am Legend
Will Smith stars in Francis Lawrence's 2007 film that begins years after a plague kills most of humanity on Earth and transforms those who survived into monsters. Smith plays the sole survivor in New York City as he struggles to find a cure. The film is based on Richard Matheson's 1954 novel of the same name.
Roland Emmerich's seminal 1996 alien invasion film stars Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Randy Quaid and Bill Pullman, who gives one of Hollywood's most inspirational movie speeches as the president of the United States.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
In the third installment of the Mad Max series, Mel Gibson returns to the industrial wasteland of post-apocalyptic Australia to do battle against Tina Turner as Aunty Entity, the queen of Bartertown.
This 2011 drama, written and directed by Lars von Trier, has a new planet hurling towards earth during a wedding, and focuses on the personal relationships and reactions of two sisters (Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg) as they deal with the impending doom.
Planet of the Apes
The original 1968 sci-fi classic stars Charlton Heston as an astronaut whose crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where nature's tables are turned as apes are the dominant species, and humans are enslaved.
This 2009 film based on Cormac McCarthy's novel stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron in a post-apocalyptic America.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
As (yet another) asteroid nears Earth, a man (Steve Carell) goes on a road trip to reunite with his true love, accompanied by his rebellious young neighbor (Keira Knightly), who puts a kink into his plans.
This 2011 film by writer/director, Jeff Nichols, features Michael Shannon as man who keeps having bad dreams and hallucinations that motivate him to build a storm shelter. But is he building the shelter to save his family from the apocalypse or from himself?
James Cameron's seminal 1984 post-apocalyptic sci-fi action thriller is about a robot assassin (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who travels back in time to kill the mother (Linda Hamilton) of the boy who will grow up and lead humanity in a war against machines.
Pixar's 2008 film is set in the not-too-distant future where mankind has abandoned Earth because the whole planet has become like an episode of Hoarders: full of trash. It also features a cute, little garbage collecting robot who falls in love with a reconnaissance robot.
War of the Worlds
This 2005 Steven Spielberg film starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning is based on the classic H.G. Wells novel about an alien invasion of earth.
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