Ten Trips to the Apocalypse

Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic fiction is by far my favorite sub-genre of film. Whether it be through nuclear war or a more far-fetched means, I've always found it to be a fascinating subject. Though this sub-genre is explored more-so in literature than in film, there are plenty of apocalyptic films that are well worth watching. Since I've watched a scattered one myself, I figured I'd post my first list on my 10 favorite apocalyptic films.
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1.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Dark humor and the looming threat of nuclear war go oh so well together in this Kubrick classic. Almost every aspect of this movie was great: the cast is fantastic, the characters are interesting and it has so much to offer. The film doesn't take itself too seriously, making it one of the more approachable films on the list (if you don't mind black and white movies). This is a definite must-see in my books and stands as my favorite of all the apocalyptic films I've seen. ” - Kyle Coady
 
2.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
“ Though the zombie apocalypse branched off into its own sub-genre, I'm still including it. It stands as my favorite horror film of all time - it's a near-perfect mix of action, comedy, drama, social commentary & Tom Savini's fantastic special effects. Though it may get kind of slow at times, it's still a great movie as long as you can look past the occasionally cheesy dialogue. ” - Kyle Coady
 
3.
The Road Warrior (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ The second movie in one of my favorite film series. It's a fast-paced stunt-filled action flick set in a hostile post-apocalyptic future. It's one of the few sequels I consider to surpass the original. Though the action is at the forefront, the writers still paid attention to the story and created an atmosphere that has been referenced in countless other pieces of post-apocalyptic fiction. It may not be the most intellectual film, but it is a fantastic move none the less. ” - Kyle Coady
 
4.
Children of Men (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (109 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ An emotional and frightening film about a society where humanity is dwindling towards extinction. I won't mention specifics but this is a fascinating, well-filmed, well-written and well-acted film that I wholeheartedly recommend as it manages to balance good action with a great story. ” - Kyle Coady
 
5.
Threads (1984 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (112 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
“ The first made-for-tv movie of the list. This is a graphic, hard-hitting and very serious film, perhaps even too much for some. The realistic portrayal of the lives of survivors is the film's greatest triumph (realistic as far as I know, since I can't say I've seen it first hand). ” - Kyle Coady
 
6.
Delicatessen (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. (99 mins.)
“ La seul film francais dans la liste.

Delicatessen was a pleasant surprise of a film. It is a strange comedy film taking place in a post-apocalyptic apartment building. Food is currency and the characters are almost all a bit odd . I can't really explain this without ruining the movie, but I can say that it is worth watching, assuming that you can appreciate surreality. Though I am able to understand french, those who can't will have to deal with reading subtitles. ” - Kyle Coady
 
7.
The Day After (1983 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. (127 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
“ The second made-for-tv movie, and in my eye the worst of the two (that isn't to say its bad). It follows the lives of several people both before and after a nuclear exchange. The movie is hectic, realistic and explores things that I haven't seen explored in other apocalyptic films (like the massive influx of survivors swarming to the nearest hospitals). Though it may be disturbing to some, it is an enjoyable film experience none the less. ” - Kyle Coady
 
8.
When the Wind Blows (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A naive elderly British rural couple survive the initial onslaught of a nuclear war. (80 mins.)
“ The only animated film on the list. Some may be turned off by the naive main characters, but it is still an effective film. The plot builds slowly as the character's personalities are explored, but the building dread as they leave the shelter redeems it. It may be hard to watch for some, especially if you watch films with family, but it is worth watching for a unique take on the apocalypse. ” - Kyle Coady
 
9.
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.)
“ Based on the novel "I Am Legend", it's an enjoyable take on the source material. Many will argue over which of the 3 movies based on the novel are the best, I'd choose this one (perhaps solely because of Vincent Price). This one might not be so appealing to others - it is a slow film & the primitive cinematography might deter many. ” - Kyle Coady
 
10.
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
“ This is probably the worst film on the list, & I admit that it's a guilty pleasure. The main characters are a boy & a dog which telepathically communicate with one another. The dog uses his keen senses to aid the boy... in finding women. This movie is by far the least serious on the list, yet it is still entertaining enough to be worth a watch. It is a sex-driven take on the apocalypse that is actually quite original. ” - Kyle Coady