Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Moviesby terrorghoul | created - 26 Apr 2012 | updated - 17 Oct 2012 | Public
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1. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 505,904 | Gross: $57.14M
3. Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)
R | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
After a nuclear war, the survivors are divided between horribly mutated beings who live on desolate reservations and fertile women who are searching for scarce virile men in order to multiply and start a new human society.
5. The Road Warrior (1981)
R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.
Votes: 145,116 | Gross: $12.47M
6. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 548,898 | Gross: $27.00M
7. Death Race 2000 (1975)
R | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 21,387 | Gross: $8.00M
8. The Running Man (1987)
R | 101 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.
Votes: 121,577 | Gross: $38.12M
9. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?
Votes: 259,931 | Gross: $119.39M
10. Escape from L.A. (1996)
R | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Snake Plissken is once again called in by the United States government to recover a potential doomsday device from Los Angeles, now an autonomous island where undesirables are deported.
Votes: 59,260 | Gross: $25.48M
11. Escape from New York (1981)
R | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 101,856 | Gross: $25.24M
12. Repo Men (2010)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed.
Votes: 92,089 | Gross: $13.79M
14. Screamers (1995)
R | 108 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
(SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as... See full summary »
Votes: 21,786 | Gross: $5.78M
15. The Fifth Element (1997)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.
Votes: 374,653 | Gross: $63.54M
16. One Point O (2004)
R | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
After receiving mysterious empty packages inside his apartment, a young computer-programmer begins a personal investigation into their origins.
17. Tank Girl (1995)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
A girl is among the few survivors of a dystopian Earth. Riding a war tank, she fights against the tyranny of a mega-corporation that dominates the remaining potable water supply of the planet.
Votes: 26,481 | Gross: $4.06M
18. The Hunger Games (2012)
PG-13 | 142 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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.
Votes: 754,852 | Gross: $408.01M
19. Surrogates (2009)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.
Votes: 158,044 | Gross: $38.58M
21. Def-Con 4 (1985)
R | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Two men and a woman circle the globe in a satellite armed with a nuclear device. The third world war breaks out, and a few months later the satellite crashes. They survive the crash but one... See full summary »
Votes: 1,445 | Gross: $1.06M
22. Five (1951)
Approved | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
The world is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Only five Americans survive, including a pregnant woman, a neo-Nazi, a black man and a bank clerk.
23. The Postman (1997)
R | 177 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 60,331 | Gross: $17.63M
24. Waterworld (1995)
PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 155,292 | Gross: $88.25M
25. Robot Holocaust (1986)
79 min | Sci-Fi
A highly unlikely band of heroes traverses a post-apocalyptic wasteland to rescue a scientist from the tyrannical Dark One and his army of robots.
26. The Terror Within (1989)
R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
When a chemical warfare leaves the world barren and filled with mutated monsters, a band of survivors in a underground complex battles one of the creatures who was able to break in.
Votes: 971 | Gross: $0.86M
27. Cargo (2009)
112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In 2270, Earth is completely depleted and no one lives there anymore. Those that have money move to Rhea; but most of the population lives in orbit in space stations. Dr. Laura Portmann ... See full summary »
29. The Book of Eli (2010)
R | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
Votes: 249,280 | Gross: $94.84M
30. Neon City (1991)
R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
"Mad Max" clone set in the not-too-distant future about a group of people trying to escape to a safe haven called Neon City after a solar disaster that has decimated the Earth.
32. The Day After (1983 TV Movie)
Unrated | 127 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.
33. Threads (1984 TV Movie)
112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War
Documentary-style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England, and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.
34. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 110,382 | Gross: $36.20M
35. 28 Days Later... (2002)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Votes: 323,514 | Gross: $45.06M
37. The Quiet Earth (1985)
R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 21,711 | Gross: $2.12M
40. The Stand (1994)
Unrated | 361 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
41. In Time (2011)
PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage - a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.
Votes: 327,360 | Gross: $37.52M
42. Stargate (1994)
PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.
Votes: 157,452 | Gross: $71.57M
45. Things to Come (1936)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War
The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.
46. When Worlds Collide (1951)
Approved | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
As a new star and planet hurtle toward a doomed Earth, a small group of survivalists frantically work to complete the rocket which will take them to their new home.
47. I Am Legend (2007)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 586,896 | Gross: $256.39M
48. Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.
Votes: 59,282 | Gross: $19.08M
49. Equilibrium (2002)
R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.
Votes: 280,128 | Gross: $1.20M