Post-Apocalyptic Movies

by Tarquinnff3-315-455746 | created - 27 Mar 2012 | updated - 21 Jun 2013 | Public

I am creating a comprehensive and chronological list of all the Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic movies and TV Shows I can find. This list is for reference purposes. I have currently made it through March 2012. If any of your favorites are missing, let me know. ^_^

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1. 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.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott

Votes: 6,088

2. R.U.R. (1938 TV Short)

35 min | Drama, Short, Sci-Fi

Technological progress, in the shape of Rossum's Universal Robots, threatens to dominate and wipe out mankind.

Stars: Derek Bond, Harvey Braban, William Lyon Brown, Cherry Cottrell

Votes: 10

3. Peace on Earth (1939)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Two baby squirrels ask grandpa to explain what "men" are when he comes in singing "peace on earth, goodwill to men". Grandpa tells the story of man's last war.

Director: Hugh Harman | Stars: Mel Blanc, The Hollywood Choir Boys

Votes: 1,158

4. 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.

Director: Arch Oboler | Stars: William Phipps, Susan Douglas Rubes, James Anderson, Charles Lampkin

Votes: 1,006

5. 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.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen, John Hoyt

Votes: 6,123

6. Captive Women (1952)

64 min | Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic New York City, three tribes of mutants (the Norms, the Mutates and the Upriver people) battle each other to survive.

Director: Stuart Gilmore | Stars: Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, Gloria Saunders, Ron Randell

Votes: 65

7. Invasion, U.S.A. (1952)

Approved | 73 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

A group of people at a bar witness the unfolding events of a Soviet invasion of the USA.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Gerald Mohr, Peggie Castle, Dan O'Herlihy, Robert Bice

Votes: 1,028 | Gross: $1.20M

8. The War of the Worlds (1953)

G | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite

Votes: 28,830 | Gross: $4.36M

9. Them! (1954)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness

Votes: 17,470

10. Day the World Ended (1955)

Approved | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Richard Denning, Lori Nelson, Adele Jergens, Mike Connors

Votes: 1,564

11. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

Unrated | 83 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact a scientist as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.

Director: Fred F. Sears | Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 6,142

12. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

92 Metascore

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan

Votes: 39,657

13. World Without End (1956)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

Astronauts returning from a voyage to Mars are caught in a time warp and are propelled into a post-Apocalyptic Earth populated by mutants.

Director: Edward Bernds | Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates, Nelson Leigh, Rod Taylor

Votes: 1,552

14. The Monolith Monsters (1957)

Approved | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.

Director: John Sherwood | Stars: Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne, Trevor Bardette

Votes: 2,429

15. Doomsday for Dyson (1958 TV Movie)

45 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Dyson has a dream about a nuclear war and having to shoot his horrifically injured wife and daughter.

Director: Silvio Narizzano | Stars: Ian Hunter, Fanny Rowe, Ann Firbank, Anna Bryce

Votes: 5

16. Teenage Cave Man (1958)

Approved | 65 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young man defies tribal laws and searches for answers. The result of his quest yields knowledge of past generations.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Robert Vaughn, Darah Marshall, Leslie Bradley, Frank DeKova

Votes: 1,177

17. Terror from the Year 5000 (1958)

Approved | 66 min | Sci-Fi

Prof. Erling and his financial backer Victor build a prototype time machine to snatch objects from the past. Latest find, a statuette, radiometrically dates to 5200 AD! When this draws ... See full summary »

Director: Robert J. Gurney Jr. | Stars: Ward Costello, Joyce Holden, Frederic Downs, John Stratton

Votes: 1,127

19. The Offshore Island (1959 TV Movie)

90 min | Sci-Fi

A British family living in an isolated valley in the aftermath of a nuclear war finds that their idyll is shattered when a detachment of American troops arrive.

Stars: Ann Todd, Phil Brown, Robert Brown, George Pravda

20. On the Beach (1959)

Approved | 134 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins

Votes: 10,689 | Gross: $11.00M

21. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 57,294

22. The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

A miner trapped in a cave-in resurfaces, and upon discovering mankind has been wiped out in a nuclear holocaust, sets out to find other survivors.

Director: Ranald MacDougall | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens, Mel Ferrer

Votes: 2,191

23. Rat (1960)

84 min | Comedy, Drama

At a church in the country, eternally optimistic John marries Maria, his Atomic War Bride, as a war starts, planes buzz overhead and bombs start dropping. Though John is "mobilized" by the ... See full summary »

Director: Veljko Bulajic | Stars: Antun Vrdoljak, Zlatko Madunic, Ljubisa Jovanovic, Ita Rina

Votes: 186

24. Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

Not Rated | 75 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

In 1960, a military test pilot is caught in a time warp that propels him to year 2024 where he finds a plague has sterilized the world's population.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Robert Clarke, Darlene Tompkins, Arianne Ulmer, Vladimir Sokoloff

Votes: 955

25. Last Woman on Earth (1960)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Ev, along with her husband, Harold, and their lawyer friend Martin, are swimming while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Betsy Jones-Moreland, Antony Carbone, Robert Towne

Votes: 1,489

26. The Time Machine (1960)

G | 103 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

Director: George Pal | Stars: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, Sebastian Cabot

Votes: 32,033

27. World War III Breaks Out (1960)

77 min | Sci-Fi, Drama

USA and the communist countries start a war, later Japan becomes a tragic victim. A plot similar to "the Last War" by Toho.

Directors: Shigeaki Hidaka, William Ross | Stars: Tatsuo Umemiya, Yoshiko Mita, Yayoi Furusato, Noribumi Fujishima

Votes: 27

28. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance

When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Edward Judd, Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Michael Goodliffe

Votes: 3,986

29. Sekai daisensô (1961)

110 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

This Japanese film speculates on the events which lead the U.S. and the Soviet Union into a nuclear Armageddon.

Director: Shûe Matsubayashi | Stars: Furankî Sakai, Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Nobuko Otowa

Votes: 164

30. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, U.S. Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt, using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre

Votes: 4,966

31. The Creation of the Humanoids (1962)

Approved | 75 min | Sci-Fi

In a post holocaust society, robots take it on their own to help the dying human race by giving them android bodies.

Director: Wesley Barry | Stars: Don Megowan, Erica Elliott, Frances McCann, Don Doolittle

Votes: 749

32. The Day of the Triffids (1963)

Approved | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

Directors: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis | Stars: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore

Votes: 6,500

33. La Jetée (1962)

Not Rated | 28 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The story of a man forced to explore his memories in the wake of World War III's devastation, told through still images.

Director: Chris Marker | Stars: Étienne Becker, Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich

Votes: 25,585

34. Panic in the Year Zero (1962)

Approved | 93 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

A family of four leaves Los Angeles for a camping trip just before a nuclear bomb destroys the city. As lawlessness prevails, the father must fight to keep his family alive.

Director: Ray Milland | Stars: Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchel

Votes: 3,252

35. This Is Not a Test (1962)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A highway patrolman stops motorists on a highway after he hears news reports of a possible nuclear attack.

Director: Fredric Gadette | Stars: Seamon Glass, Thayer Roberts, Aubrey Martin, Mary Morlas

Votes: 605

36. The Birds (1963)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

87 Metascore

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette

Votes: 150,745 | Gross: $11.40M

37. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.

Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 31,811

38. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales.

Stars: Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas, Robert Culp

Votes: 5,981

39. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

96 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 403,678 | Gross: $0.28M

40. The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A crack test pilot lands to find the planet has been devastated by some unknown forces. There are a few survivors, so he organizes them in a plan to ward off control by a group of killer ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price, Thorley Walters

Votes: 1,172

41. Fail-Safe (1964)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted?

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 17,273

42. The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

Directors: Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow | Stars: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 15,123

43. The Time Travelers (1964)

Not Rated | 82 min | Sci-Fi

In 1964, a group of scientists create a portal that takes them to a barren, mutant inhabited, Earth in the year 2071.

Director: Ib Melchior | Stars: Preston Foster, Philip Carey, Merry Anders, John Hoyt

Votes: 1,810

44. Alphaville (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff, Valérie Boisgel

Votes: 19,744 | Gross: $0.05M

45. Crack in the World (1965)

Not Rated | 96 min | Sci-Fi

A dying scientist pushes forward his project to tap through to the Earth's magma layer, with results that threaten to destroy the Earth as we know it.

Director: Andrew Marton | Stars: Dana Andrews, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Alexander Knox

Votes: 1,799

46. The War Game (1965 TV Movie)

48 min | Drama, War

A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Michael Aspel, Peter Graham, Dave Baldwin, Kathy Staff

Votes: 5,569

47. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Ape and Essence (1966)

75 min | Drama

Eighty years after a nuclear war ravaged the British Isles, a team of scientists from New Zealand come to conduct a survey.

Director: David Benedictus | Stars: Alec McCowen, Robert Eddison, Derek Sydney, Petra Markham

Votes: 6