Prepping/Survivalist/Apocalypse Movies

I am a prepper and survivalist.

If dreams are the mind mapping possible futures and how to handle them (credit Nova's: What are Dreams?) And if movies are how humans "dream" about the future... then it may be important to watch these movies to work out how we might respond to what some believe is the coming Apocalypse.

These titles may help us think about a world that is pivoting away from an ever higher standard of living for some at the expense of the most of the others and towards a return to more convention means of "getting by." Some call this apocalypse; a call it a return to balance.

Includes ...
Eroded standard of living
Lessons on how to get by
Visions of how we might be
Biblical Apocalypse
Influences causing
Political reasons for occurring

Excludes ...
Dystopia
Close Calls (like "Independence Day")
Future on a linear Projection (like "A Clockwork Orange")
Super-human (like X-Men or Hellboy)
Sub-human (like almost anything with "Living Dead" in Title)
Vampires (like Blade)

I recently limited this list to JUST MOVIES. I have separate lists on IMDB for Documentaries and TV Shows.

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1.
Ever Since the World Ended (2001)
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Twelve years ago, a plague swept through, wiping out most of the population; in San Francisco, only 186 people remain... (78 mins.)
 
2.
The Road (2009)
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In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea. (111 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
3.
The Book of Eli (2010)
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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. (118 mins.)
 
4.
Hell (2011)
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In the not too distant future, people struggle to survive their greatest enemy, the sun. (89 mins.)
Director: Tim Fehlbaum
 
5.
The Day After (1983 TV Movie)
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A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. (127 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
 
6.
The Grey (2011)
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After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Carnahan
 
7.
Mad Max (1979)
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In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (88 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
8.
The Road Warrior (1981)
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In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. (95 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
9.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
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After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen. (107 mins.)
 
10.
The Postman (1997)
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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. (177 mins.)
Director: Kevin Costner
 
11.
Waterworld (1995)
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In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land. (135 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
12.
Red Dawn (1984)
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It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces. (114 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
13.
The Happening (2008)
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A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide. (91 mins.)
 
14.
Monsters (2010)
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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. (94 mins.)
Director: Gareth Edwards
 
15.
The Day (2011)
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A group of five people working to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic future discover what they think is a safe, abandoned farmhouse, but they soon find themselves fighting to stay alive as a gang of bloodthirsty predators attack. (87 mins.)
 
16.
Escape from New York (1981)
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In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
17.
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
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A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
18.
Contagion (2011)
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Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure. (106 mins.)
 
19.
28 Days Later... (2002)
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Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
20.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
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Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City, to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. (124 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
21.
Deep Impact (1998)
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Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive? (120 mins.)
Director: Mimi Leder
 
22.
Apocalypto (2006)
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As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. (139 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
 
23.
Hanna (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A sixteen-year-old girl who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe, tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent and her operatives. (111 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
24.
The Hunger Games (2012)
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Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death. (142 mins.)
Director: Gary Ross
 
25.
The Condemned (2007)
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Jack Conrad is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor. (113 mins.)
Director: Scott Wiper
 
26.
A Boy and His Dog (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex... (91 mins.)
Director: L.Q. Jones
 
27.
Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
The population of Detroit has almost completely disappeared, but a few remain. As daylight disappears they realize that the Dark is coming for them. (92 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
28.
The Omega Man (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race. (98 mins.)
Director: Boris Sagal
 
29.
I Am Legend (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (101 mins.)
 
30.
Arctic Blast (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
When a solar eclipse sends a colossal blast of super chilled air towards the earth, it then sets off a catastrophic chain of events that threatens to engulf the world in ice and begin a new Ice Age. (92 mins.)
 
31.
Battle Los Angeles (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A squadron of U.S. Marines becomes the last line of defense against a global invasion. (116 mins.)
 
32.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
33.
The Crazies (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply. (101 mins.)
Director: Breck Eisner
 
34.
Zombieland (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. (88 mins.)
Director: Ruben Fleischer
 
35.
Warriors (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A man trains an elite group or martial arts experts to participate in a mission to rescue the Ming Dynasty from collapse. (88 mins.)
 
36.
The Towering Inferno (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it. (165 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
37.
The Island (1980)
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In New York, the journalist Blair Maynard convinces his editor to travel to Florida to investigate the... (109 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
 
38.
First Blood (1982)
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Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills. (93 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
39.
The Stand (1994 Mini-Series)
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After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil. (361 mins.)
 
40.
Thirst (2010 Video)
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Two couples roll their truck in the desert 80 miles away from anywhere. (91 mins.)
Director: Jeffery Lando
 
41.
Volcano (1997)
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A volcano erupts in downtown Los Angeles, threatening to destroy the city. (104 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
 
42.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
43.
Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
44.
They Live (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (94 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
45.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. (121 mins.)
Director: Terry George
 
46.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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. (129 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
47.
Earthquake (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles. (123 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
48.
War of the Worlds (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival. (116 mins.)
 
49.
Night of the Comet (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists. (95 mins.)
Director: Thom Eberhardt
 
50.
The Quiet Earth (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda. (91 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Murphy
 
51.
The Last Man on Earth (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter. (86 mins.)
 
52.
20 Years After (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
Everything that could go wrong did go wrong: War, Terrorism, Natural Disasters. Evacuees were ushered... (95 mins.)
Director: Jim Torres
 
53.
Death Race 2000 (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill's brutality. (80 mins.)
Director: Paul Bartel
 
54.
Death Race (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory. (105 mins.)
 
55.
Fear Island (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Five students on spring break meet at a secluded island cabin for a weekend getaway. After a night of music, drinking and getting re-acquainted the five friends are shocked to find the cabin's caretaker murdered and the only boat off the island gone. Stranded on the island they become the prey of a mysterious killer who seems bent on revenge for something the friends have done. They must defend themselves and find their tormentor or face death one by one. (95 mins.)
Director: Michael Storey
 
56.
Metropia (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A complex story of a misaligned man, though good intent, creating a nightmarish Dystopian existence. (86 mins.)
Director: Tarik Saleh
 
57.
World War Z (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Former United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself. (116 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
58.
The Purge (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A wealthy family are held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legal. (85 mins.)
Director: James DeMonaco
 
59.
Absolute Zero (2006 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
A shift in the Earth's polarity plunges the equatorial regions of the planet into an ice age of -459 degrees Fahrenheit; a temperature so cold that energy and light doesn't exist. (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Lee
 
60.
Zenith (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A retro-futuristic steam-punk thriller, about two men in two time periods, whose search for the same grand conspiracy leads them to question their own humanity. (93 mins.)
Director: Vladan Nikolic
 
61.
I Am Omega (2007 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
In post apocalyptic LA being rampaged by zombie like cannibals humans that have some kind of genetic infection local man renchard is forced to live a daily struggle as he trys to locate radio signals and find a cure. (91 mins.)
Director: Griff Furst
 
62.
The Moment After II: The Awakening (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
After a dramatic escape from death row, former FBI agent Adam Riley (David White) reunites with his... (93 mins.)
Director: Wes Llewellyn
 
63.
Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Amidst foreboding lighting and tremors, a traveling salesman with a dark past must fight demons, both his own and a murderous biker gang, in his quest to complete his last sale and go home. (88 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Sabloff
 
64.
The Diary of Anne Frank (1980 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of a 13-year-old Jewish girl and her family who are forced into hiding by the Nazis during World War II. (109 mins.)
Director: Boris Sagal
 
65.
The Colony (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors must fight to preserve humanity against a threat even more savage than nature. (95 mins.)
Director: Jeff Renfroe
 
66.
American Blackout (2013 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
What if the Doomsday Preppers were right all along? Hacking into urban infrastructures isn't science fiction anymore - it's in the news every day... (92 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Rudd
 
67.
Outbreak (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Extreme measures are necessary to contain an epidemic of a deadly airborne virus. But how extreme, exactly? (127 mins.)
 
68.
Containment (2016 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The series follows an epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, leaving the large city quarantined and those stuck on the inside fighting for their lives... (60 mins.)
 
69.
The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. (111 mins.)
Director: Colm McCarthy
 
70.
The Survivalist (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In a time of starvation, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest. When two women seeking food and shelter discover his farm, he finds his existence threatened. (104 mins.)