We hope you enjoy awesome Mad Max in theaters these days. To celebrate we decided to make best Post-Apocalyptic movies chart. Not all of them are great movies, some of them are terrible, but the Post-Apocalyptic setting ties them together. And a good setting can make even a bad movie pretty interesting. Or at least cool looking. Enjoy!genres
Action, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller
In post-apocalyptic England, an American volunteer and a British survivor team up to fight off a brood of fire-breathing dragons seeking to return to global dominance after centuries of rest underground. The Brit -- leading a clan of survivors to hunt down the King of the Dragons -- has much at stake: His mother was killed by a dragon, but his love is still alive.actors:
Action, Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
Mad Max becomes a pawn in a decadent oasis of a technological society, and when exiled, becomes the deliverer of a colony of children.actors:
Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop's family and make his fight with them personal.actors:
Comedy, Drama, War
Inspired by the same source material and released within a year of each other, Dr. Strangelove and Fail-Safe provide an incredible side-by-side comparison for how the same plot can result in two widely different, though equally successful films. That being said, Strangelove, with its demented, ahead-of-its-time dark humor, will always be first in most people’s hearts. While attempting to adapt Peter George’s novel Red Alert for the big screen, director Stanley Kubrick found that he kept needing to cut out certain real-life details about the emergency nuclear bomb procedures because they were simply too absurd to work in a serious drama. Deciding to rewrite the project as a dark comedy, he recruited renowned satirist Terry Southern to help pen the script. From there, it’s all history. To this day, Peter Sellers’ three very different (and very funny) performances remain a feat by which few actors have matched (with possibly the exception of Alec Guinness in Kind Hearts and Coronets. Moreover, the image of Slim Pickens riding the bomb to its destination as well as the final montage of destruction set to the wistful “We’ll Meet Again” are the stuff of movie legend. Worldwide Armageddon has never been so hilarious. Of course, at the same time, director Sidney Lumet was developing a more serious take on the “what if?” of nuclear war. Intimidated by the amount of talent involved in Fail-Safe, Kubrick filed a lawsuit asserting that the plotline had been plagiarized from George’s Red Alert, which Kubrick owned the rights to. The lawsuit was eventually settled but it had the desired effect. Kubrick’s movie came out eight months prior to Fail-Safe. It’s a shame because Fail-Safe is nearly as dramatically effective as Strangelove is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Henry Fonda and Walter Matthau are fantastic in their roles and Lumet’s camerawork and editing beautifully pounds home the escalating tension.
An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. A classic black and white war satire from director Stanley Kubrick starring Peter Sellers.actors:
Action, Comedy, Science Fiction
Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival.actors:
Cheerfully deranged horror-comedy Zombieland is proof that a global zombie apocalypse needn’t be a dreary, downbeat affair: Jesse Eisenberg gets to hang out with Woody Harrelson, canoodle with Emma Stone, and even meet Bill Murray (who pops up in a surprise, movie-stealing cameo as The Actual Bill Murray). Alas, the long-awaited sequel to this from-nowhere mega-hit now appears to be lost in development hell.
Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn't have fears. If he did, he'd kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they're about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.actors:
Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
In a futuristic world where the polar ice caps have melted and made Earth a liquid planet, a beautiful barmaid rescues a mutant seafarer from a floating island prison. They escape, along with her young charge, Enola, and sail off aboard his ship. But the trio soon becomes the target of a menacing pirate who covets the map to "Dryland" -- which is tattooed on Enola's back.actors:
A decade after the collapse of the western world, Australia has become a lawless wasteland. As desperate outsiders pillage the country's precious mineral resources, taciturn Eric travels from town to town searching for signs of life.actors:
The most fun of the three adaptations of Richard Lester’s vampire-plague novel I Am Legend, The Omega Man stars a wild-eyed Charlton Heston as the proverbial last man on Earth, pitted against an entire cultish society of undead. Heston also starred in two other apocalyptic classics of the era, Soylent Green and Planet Of The Apes – both of which feature “oh snap!” climactic twists that, unfortunately, have long since been irreversibly spoiler-ed for everyone, forever.
Robert Neville, a doctor, due to an experimental vaccine, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves "The Family". The plague has caused them to become sensitive to light, as well as homicidally psychotic.actors:
Action, Drama, Science Fiction, Western
In a future where water is scarce, a farmer (Michael Shannon) defends his land and hopes to rejuvenate his parched soil. However, his daughter's boyfriend schemes to steal the land for himself.actors:
Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
In this cult New Zealand sci-fi chin-stroker, a scientist awakes one morning to find himself alone in the world – utterly, maddeningly alone. An experimental global energy system has gone badly awry and wiped humanity from the face of the planet, leaving behind bleakly empty cities and a fiendish scientific riddle. Can our man figure out where the bejesus everyone’s got to?
After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world. Zac wakes one morning to discover he is alone in the world. The global top-secret energy project which he has been working on for a year, has changed the world. Humanity seems to have been wiped out.actors:
Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.actors:
WALL•E is the last robot left on an Earth that has been overrun with garbage and all humans have fled to outer space. For 700 years he has continued to try and clean up the mess, but has developed some rather interesting human-like qualities. When a ship arrives with a sleek new type of robot, WALL•E thinks he's finally found a friend and stows away on the ship when it leaves.actors:
Action, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and perhaps the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone.actors:
Action, Drama, Science Fiction
The English language debut feature for Korean director Joon-ho Bong and his first international co-production, Snowpiercer is a slick looking science fiction film set in the not too far a future. The film is based on a French graphic novel by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette called Le Transperceneige and as opposed to many films in this genre, the world here has became a frozen wasteland. After humanity and life on the planet have gone virtually extinct due to man’s meddling with the climate, the only survivors find themselves on a constantly moving hi-tech train, which circles the planet. As a result of an experiment to reduce global warming years earlier, outside there is nothing but ice, snow and freezing winds. Inside the train a class system has evolved, with the poor in terrible conditions stacked in the back of the train whilst being constantly oppressed by the rich, who live at the front of the train in luxury. Something has got to give and soon Curtis (Chris Evans) leads his people from the rear of the train in a revolt, trying to make it to the front where the all important engine is situated. A highly stylized and high concept film, Snowpiercer has a great international cast including Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris. Whilst sometimes pushing the boundaries of the suspension of disbelief, there is plenty to make up for this in terms of visuals, ideas and cast. Some of the wagons designs are simply fantastic and Joon-ho Bong manages to conjure up a few really nice set pieces. A must see for science fiction enthusiasts and a great recent addition to the genre, which manages to feel fresh
In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.actors:
Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
The feature film debut by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, Delicatessen is a post-apocalyptic comedy-fantasy with striking visuals and a clear homage to the films of Terry Gilliam. The only comedy on this list, Delicatessen deserves its place here as it gives a unique spin on the genre and is simply a great little film, which introduced us to the wonderful visual world of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Taking place in an apartment complex after some sort of apocalyptic event which has left the world in short supply of food, the film follows the various odd-ball tenants who live there, focusing primarily on the landlord/butcher and the newly arrived Louison (Dominique Pinon), a former circus clown. Louison manages to get a room in the building since the previous tenant has vanished into thin air. The reason for this is that the owner keeps placing ads for workers who he then proceeds to kill to provide his tenants with a steady supply of meat. Louison is meant to be the next victim but as he proves himself very handy, the butcher lets him live longer than anticipated. During this time, Louison falls in love with the butcher’s daughter, who realises that his time might be limited and hence contacts the Troglodistes, a vegetarian group of underground rebels, to help her save her new found love. A real visual treat, Delicatessen is stunningly shot by ace cinematographer Darius Khondji, who depicts the entire world in a golden haze. Bizarrely surreal and filled with pitch black humour as well as possessing a genuinely sweet love story at its centre, Delicatessen was a festival favourite as well as a substantial art-house success. The film was nominated for ten Cesar Awards in France, winning four for Best Debut, Original Screenplay, Production Design and Editing as well as a slate of other awards at various international festivals and award ceremonies. Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro would continue their partnership with The City of Lost Children and after that Jeunet would go on by himself to make Amelie, his most successful film to date.
This bizarre surrealistic black comedy takes place in a small fictitious post-apocalyptic town where food is scarce and butcher Clapet has the macabre business of using human flesh to feed his customers. Yet when his daughter falls in love with his next slaughter victim things turn into chaos.actors:
Action, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
The second instalment of the Planet of the Apes reboot, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes completely blows it predecessor out of the water and is probably the smartest and best summer blockbuster to come out this year. On top of that, it’s also a great post-apocalyptic tale in which mankind is struggling to survive after having been nearly wiped out completely by a virus. The story takes place ten years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and a simian flu has wiped out most or the world’s population and left human civilisation on the brink of extinction. Meanwhile Caesar and his fellow apes have build their own peaceful society in the woods outside of San Francisco. But when humans enter their territory in search for a renewed energy source, misunderstandings and resentment of each other on both sides start the rumblings of war between man and ape. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that rare summer blockbuster that is all about story and character development. The CGI has also improved greatly over the last three years and the motion capture work here is simply stunning, allowing the ape characters to really be fully developed players in this dark brooding saga. The movie is heavy on plot and not so heavy on action but when there’s action on display, it is a sight to behold. The best Planet of the Apes movie since the original with Charlton Heston back in 1968, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is simply fantastic. And whilst the original Heston film is an absolute classic, this is great new entry into the series and a better fit with the post-apocalyptic films listed here.
A group of scientists in San Francisco struggle to stay alive in the aftermath of a plague that is wiping out humanity, while Caesar tries to maintain dominance over his community of intelligent apes.actors:
Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
28 Weeks Later, however, negates this, depicting a world just as brutal as the first but with a far less optimistic ending.
In this chilling sequel to 28 Days Later, the inhabitants of the British Isles appear to have lost their battle against the onslaught of disease, as the deadly rage virus has killed every citizen there. Six months later, a group of Americans dare to set foot on the isles, convinced the danger has come and gone. But it soon becomes all too clear that the scourge continues to live, waiting to pounce on its next victims.actors:
Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
A bit off a cheat, but Danny Boyle’s 2002 alt-horror film and its 2007 follow-up work very much as a whole when it comes to maximum emotional impact. Introducing a world where a “rage” virus has turned the majority of the population into something approaching crazed, rabid dogs, 28 Days Later eventually settles on leaving its audience with a sense of hope for the future.
Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the virus turns those it infects into homicidal maniacs -- and it's absolutely impossible to contain.actors:
Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Inspired by the classic 1962 French short film La Jetée, 12 Monkeys went on to become the rare financial success in the notoriously disaster-prone career of former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam. Bruce Willis plays a mentally unstable convict from an apocalyptic future who is sent back in time to halt the release of a deadly virus that will kill billions. Featuring great performances from Willis and a decidedly un-glamorized Brad Pitt, 12 Monkeys bears that rare distinction of containing all the creative visuals and quirks that make Gilliam films great without the incoherent, scatter-brained plotting that often proves to be their downfall.
In the year 2035, convict James Cole (Bruce Willis) reluctantly volunteers to be sent back in time to discover the origin of a deadly virus that wiped out nearly all of the earth's population and forced the survivors into underground communities. But when Cole is mistakenly sent to 1990 instead of 1996, he's arrested and locked up in a mental hospital. There he meets psychiatrist Dr. Kathryn Railly (Madeleine Stowe), and patient Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt), the son of a famous virus expert, who may hold the key to the mysterious rogue group, the Army of the 12 Monkeys, thought to be responsible for unleashing the killer disease.actors:
Action, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
The slowest, saddest, cruellest apocalypse imaginable: the year is 2027, and two decades of global human infertility have pushed society to the point of collapse. Those not driven to suicide by the futility of a world without children trudge onwards toward obsolescence. But then, a miracle, as a jaded Clive Owen uncovers a fragile ray of hope… Besides being arguably the best sci-fi film of the noughties, Children Of Men also boasts some of the most dazzling long takes ever filmed.
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.actors:
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy, The Road is a grim post-apocalyptic tale, starring Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Set in the United States after an unspecified catastrophe has decimated the population and wiped out most life on the planet, a man (Mortensen) and his son (Smit-McPhee) roam the countryside, trying to stay alive and hoping to find some sort of remaining civilisation. In a freezing world with constant grey skies, the two travel South as they figure it might be warmer there and are constantly on their guard for other survivors, many of whom have turned to cannibalism due to the dwindling food supplies. The father has a pistol but only two bullets left and through flashbacks it is revealed that after the catastrophe first hit, his wife (Charlize Theron) was still alive and they were trying to survive in their old home after the birth of their son. But when an intruder had to be shot, the three bullets the father initially had saved to possibly commit suicide with were reduced to two and the mother left, claiming he had done so purposefully to avoid having to kill her. Now the father and son navigate their way South by themselves. But travelling through a landscape filled with peril in which the only thing that matters is survival makes simply remaining “human” the greatest challenge of all. One of the bleakest and grimmest post-apocalyptic film adaptations to ever hit the screen, The Road still manages to somehow convey as sense of hope, no matter how slight. Viggo Mortensen is fantastic as the man who will do anything to keep his son alive and Kodi Smit-McPhee strikes the perfect note as he portrays a kid who has never known a world other than the horrible one he finds himself in, yet always seems to be aware that things should be better than this. The cinematography, costumes and art direction all create a convincingly bleak post-apocalyptic landscape which is perfectly complimented by the minimalist score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Also look out for great small supporting parts by Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce. The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and received many other international nominations, primarily for Viggo Mortensen’s performance and Javier Aguirresarobe’s cinematography.
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there.actors:
Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
Was there any other movie that could have made the top spot on this list? If anything, it could have been the first Mad Max but ultimately I only wanted to select one film in the series and felt that the second Mad Max is quite possibly one of the most kick-ass science fiction films to have ever graced the screen. And whilst the first Mad Max was a considerable hit in its own right, this sequel upped the ante, virtually eclipsed the original and became so popular it has almost become synonymous with the post-apocalyptic genre as a whole. The story of course is set in a desert post-apocalyptic landscape in which gasoline has become one of the most prized commodities. The world is inhabited by a bunch of crazed barbarians whose only purpose seems to be cruising around in their modified vehicles in search of more fuel to be able to keep doing just that. Max (Mel Gibson) has been surviving as a loner ever since he lost his family in the first film but becomes the reluctant hero of the story when he agrees to take back a man to his compound, which houses a very rare oil refinery, after an attack by scavengers. Once in the compound, which is being besieged by a large gang of outlaws, Max makes a deal to get the inhabitants of the camp a semi-truck, which he came across earlier, in exchange for as much fuel as he can carry. This would enable those in the compound to escape, taking with them the tanker trailer in which they have stored all their gasoline. The plan works but when Max afterward gets ambushed on his way out, he returns to the camp and offers to drive the semi-truck himself, knowing that no one is as qualified as him to do so. Mad Max 2 is simply the stuff of legend. It’s a superior action film, a superior science-fiction film and the benchmark against which basically all post-apocalyptic films since have been judged against. It virtually created the genre (or at the very least made it highly popular) and has been copied and imitated countless times since it was released in 1981. It also set the benchmark for vehicle-related stunt work and its final climactic chase sequence has arguably never been topped. This is also the film that made Mel Gibson an international star, for better or for worse. The film received six nominations from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, winning the award for Best International Feature, whilst it received seven nominations from the Australian Film Institute, winning five for Best Direction, Sound, Production Design, Costume Design and Editing. A landmark movie, often imitated but never surpassed, Mad Max 2 remains the ultimate post-apocalyptic action extravaganza.
Max Rockatansky returns as the heroic loner who drives the dusty roads of a postapocalyptic Australian Outback in an unending search for gasoline. Arrayed against him and the other scraggly defendants of a fuel-depot encampment are the bizarre warriors commanded by the charismatic Lord Humungus, a violent leader whose scruples are as barren as the surrounding landscape.actors: