Science fiction: 15 post-apocalyptic movies

by Hans Koppen | created - 15 Aug 2011 | updated - 20 Sep 2011 | Public

A list of 15 more or less recent post-apocalyptic movies definitely worth watching.

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1. Children of Men (2006)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.9
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84 Metascore

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

Votes: 398,206 | Gross: $35.55M

2. The Book of Eli (2010)

R | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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53 Metascore

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.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Gary Oldman

Votes: 250,847 | Gross: $94.84M

3. The Road (I) (2009)

R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama

7.3
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64 Metascore

In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall

Votes: 194,386 | Gross: $0.06M

4. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.7
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73 Metascore

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,369,068 | Gross: $171.48M

Including Matrix Reloaded & Matrix Revolutions.

5. Monsters (2010)

R | 94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.4
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63 Metascore

Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Mario Zuniga Benavides, Annalee Jefferies

Votes: 81,305 | Gross: $0.24M

6. I Am Legend (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.2
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 591,261 | Gross: $256.39M

7. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.6
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73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 325,261 | Gross: $45.06M

Including 28 Weeks Later.

8. Bekushiru: 2077 Nihon sakoku (2007)

PG-13 | 109 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

6.9
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Japan, 2077: A female agent named Vexille is dispatched to Tokyo to investigate whether Japanese are developing robotic technology, which has been banned by the U.N. due to its potential threat to humankind.

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Meisa Kuroki, Shôsuke Tanihara, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Akio Ôtsuka

Votes: 7,006

Also known as 'Vexille'.

9. Twelve Monkeys (1995)

R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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74 Metascore

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito

Votes: 509,222 | Gross: $57.14M

10. Reign of Fire (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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39 Metascore

A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting everything ablaze, establishing dominance over the planet.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler

Votes: 114,444 | Gross: $43.06M

11. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.3
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41 Metascore

Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Oded Fehr, Iain Glen

Votes: 164,819 | Gross: $50.65M

Including Resident Evil: Afterlife

12. The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.6
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76 Metascore

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Votes: 145,984 | Gross: $12.47M

13. The Postman (1997)

R | 177 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.0
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29 Metascore

A nameless drifter dons a postman's uniform and bag of mail as he begins a quest to inspire hope to the survivors living in post-apocalyptic America.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams

Votes: 60,695 | Gross: $17.63M

Also: Waterworld (1995).

14. Terminator Salvation (2009)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.6
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49 Metascore

In 2018, a mysterious new weapon in the war against the machines, half-human and half-machine, comes to John Connor on the eve of a resistance attack on Skynet. But whose side is he on, and can he be trusted?

Director: McG | Stars: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 305,421 | Gross: $125.32M

15. Babylon A.D. (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.6
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26 Metascore

Veteran-turned-mercenary Toorop takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to America. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Mélanie Thierry, Gérard Depardieu

Votes: 86,475 | Gross: $22.53M