21 films about the end of the world to you see while you’re waiting for the end of the world… But be quick because you have to see all of them until 21 December!
The World has ended by many different ways in the movies. And because 21 December is a special date, I selected 21 movies you must see about the end of the world. In these movies the world ends by:
01. WAR OF THE WORLDS, 2005
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival. Steven Spielberg for the first time shows us evil aliens in this remake of a sci-fi classic from the 50s based on H.G. Wells novel. 116 min.
Director: Steven Spielberg. Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins.
02. INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1996
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, Man’s best weapon is the will to survive. 145 min.
Director: Roland Emmerich. Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum.
03. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, 1951
An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. Klaatu Barada Niktu. 92 min.
Director: Robert Wise. Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe.
04. THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, 2004
Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist for NORAD, must make a daring trek across America to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. 124 min.
Director: Roland Emmerich. Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok.
05. 2012, 2009
An epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. 158 min.
Director: Roland Emmerich. Stars: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet.
06. WATERWORLD, 1995
In a future where the polar ice caps have melted and most of Earth is underwater, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw “smokers,” and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land. 135 min.
Director: Kevin Reynolds. Stars: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper.
07. DEEP IMPACT, 1998
Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive? 120 min.
Director: Mimi Leder. Stars: Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Morgan Freeman.
08. NIGHT OF THE COMET, 1984
A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls to fight the evil types who survive. 95 min.
Director: Thom Eberhardt. Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran, Sharon Farrell.
09. ARMAGEDDOM, 1998
After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save humanity. 151 min.
Director: Michael Bay. Stars: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck.
10. PLANET OF THE APES, 1968
An astronaut crew crash lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (OK, if you never saw this, I will tell that the astronaut is on Earth after a nuclear apocalypse – I’m sorry for the spoiler!). 112 min.
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner. Stars: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter.
11. THE DAY AFTER, 1983
A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. 127 min.
Director: Nicholas Meyer. Stars: Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Cullum.
12. THE ROAD, 2009
A post-apocalyptic tale of a man and his son trying to survive by any means possible. 111 min.
Director: John Hillcoat. Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee.
13. MAD MAX, 1979
In a apocalyptic future, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to avenge his partner, his wife and his son whom were murdered by a motorcycle gang in retaliation for the death of their leader. 88 min.
Director: George Miller. Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne.
14. THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, 1968
A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse. First of the zombies movies directed by George A. Romero, so watch too the following movies Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985) and Land of the Dead (2005). 96 min.
Director: George A. Romero. Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman.
15. I AM LEGEND, 2007
Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. If you dislike Will Smith, you can also watch the original 1971 “The Omega Man” with Charlton Heston. 101 min.
Director: Francis Lawrence. Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield.
16. 28 DAYS LATER, 2002
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK turning people into zombies, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. 113 min.
Director: Danny Boyle. Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston.
17. RESIDENT EVIL, 2002
A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. 100 min.
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson. Stars: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Colin Salmon.
18. CARRIERS, 2009
Four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus. 84 min.
Directors: David Pastor, Àlex Pastor. Stars: Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Lou Taylor Pucci.
19. BLINDNESS, 2008
A doctor’s wife becomes the only person with the ability to see in a town where everyone is struck with a mysterious case of sudden blindness. She feigns illness in order to take care of her husband as her surrounding community breaks down into chaos and disorder. 121 min.
Director: Fernando Meirelles. Stars: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Gael García Bernal.
20. CHILDREN OF MEN, 2006
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child’s birth may help scientists save the future of humankind. 109 min.
Director: Alfonso Cuarón. Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor.
21. REIGN OF FIRE, 2002
A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting fire to everything, establishing dominance over the planet. 101 min.
Director: Rob Bowman. Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco.