Post Apocalyptic Wasteland - The 'complete' list

by Sureds | created - 06 Jul 2016 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

A chronological list of live action movies and series set in a postapocalyptic wasteland.

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1. Glen and Randa (1971)

X | 93 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

Teenagers Glen and Randa are members of a tribe that lives in a rural area, several decades after nuclear war has devastated the planet. They know nothing of the outside world, except that ... See full summary »

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: Steve Curry, Shelley Plimpton, Woody Chambliss, Garry Goodrow

Votes: 526

2. A Boy and His Dog (1975)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A young man and his telepathic dog wander a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Director: L.Q. Jones | Stars: Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Susanne Benton, Tim McIntire

Votes: 16,732 | Gross: $6.90M

3. The Ultimate Warrior (1975)

R | 94 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Virus holocaust is not the only plague that threatens our future. New York City, 2012 A.D. In a plague devastated world, one tired man finds a reason to fight.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Yul Brynner, Max von Sydow, Joanna Miles, William Smith

Votes: 1,953

4. Damnation Alley (1977)

PG | 91 min | Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world, a group of survivors travel and find other settlements in huge custom designed all terrain vehicles.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Dominique Sanda, Paul Winfield

Votes: 4,903 | Gross: $8.72M

5. Deathsport (1978)

R | 82 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

Futuristic Science Fiction about a sport to the death, using "destructocycles".

Directors: Allan Arkush, Nicholas Niciphor, Roger Corman | Stars: David Carradine, Claudia Jennings, Richard Lynch, William Smithers

Votes: 1,658

6. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 193,668 | Gross: $8.75M

7. Ravagers (1979)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world divided between two groups called the Flockers and the Ravagers, an adventurer and his "pleasure girl" try to find their way to a rumored safe haven called the Land of Genesis.

Director: Richard Compton | Stars: Richard Harris, Ernest Borgnine, Ann Turkel, Art Carney

Votes: 359

8. Quintet (1979)

R | 118 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called "Quintet." For one small group, this obsession is not enough; they play the game with living pieces ... and only the winner survives.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Paul Newman, Vittorio Gassman, Fernando Rey, Bibi Andersson

Votes: 3,001

9. Stalker (1979)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Nikolay Grinko

Votes: 119,566 | Gross: $0.23M

10. The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 168,225 | Gross: $12.47M

11. Malevil (1981)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A group of ordinary French survived a nuclear war and found themselves in the face of what was left of civilization.

Director: Christian de Chalonge | Stars: Michel Serrault, Jacques Dutronc, Jacques Villeret, Robert Dhéry

Votes: 722

12. The Last Chase (1981)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In a future United States, the only transport available to an individual is public transportation. Predicated on an assertion that "the oil has run out", an increasingly totalitarian ... See full summary »

Director: Martyn Burke | Stars: Lee Majors, Burgess Meredith, Chris Makepeace, Alexandra Stewart

Votes: 927

13. Battletruck (1982)

PG | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Post World War III futuristic tale of collapsed governments & bankrupt countries heralding a new lawless age.

Director: Harley Cokeliss | Stars: Michael Beck, Annie McEnroe, James Wainwright, Bruno Lawrence

Votes: 1,183

14. 2020 Texas Gladiators (1983)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a post-apocalyptic Texas, a band of warriors fight against a fascist regime that is trying to take control of all surviving population.

Directors: Joe D'Amato, George Eastman | Stars: Al Cliver, Harrison Muller, Daniel Stephen, Peter Hooten

Votes: 623

15. 1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a post-apocalyptic New York City, a policeman infiltrates the Bronx, which has become a battleground for several murderous street gangs.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Mark Gregory, Fred Williamson, Vic Morrow, Christopher Connelly

Votes: 3,031

16. The Aftermath (1982)

Not Rated | 95 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

An astronaut battles mutant cannibals after returning from space to find earth ravaged by nuclear and biological war. A B-movie cult classic.

Director: Steve Barkett | Stars: Steve Barkett, Lynne Margulies, Sid Haig, Christopher Barkett

Votes: 670

17. Megaforce (1982)

PG | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Story about a rapid deployment defense unit that is called into action whenever freedom is threatened.

Director: Hal Needham | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Michael Beck, Persis Khambatta, Edward Mulhare

Votes: 3,345 | Gross: $5.68M

18. Warriors of the Wasteland (1983)

R | 91 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Two mercenaries help wandering caravans fight off an evil and aimless band of white-clad bikers after the nuclear holocaust.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Giancarlo Prete, Fred Williamson, George Eastman, Anna Kanakis

Votes: 2,426

19. 2019: After the Fall of New York (1983)

R | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi

After a nuclear war, society breaks down into two groups, the evil Euraks and the rebel Federation. A mercenary named Parsifal is hired by the Federation to infiltrate New York City, which ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Michael Sopkiw, Valentine Monnier, George Eastman, Anna Kanakis

Votes: 2,815

20. Warrior of the Lost World (1984)

R | 92 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A nomad mercenary on a high-tech motorcycle helps bring about the downfall of the evil Orwellian government, the Omega.

Director: David Worth | Stars: Robert Ginty, Persis Khambatta, Donald Pleasence, Fred Williamson

Votes: 2,457

21. The Exterminators of the Year 3000 (1983)

R | 103 min | Action, Sci-Fi

In the year 3000, the Earth has been rendered a desert by nuclear war. A group of survivors goes in search of rare and valuable water, but standing in their way are the evil Exterminators, who live only to cause pain and misery.

Director: Giuliano Carnimeo | Stars: Robert Iannucci, Alicia Moro, Luciano Pigozzi, Eduardo Fajardo

Votes: 1,023

22. Escape from the Bronx (1983)

R | 89 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A rag-tag group of people must fight extermination squads amid their ruined city.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Mark Gregory, Henry Silva, Valeria D'Obici, Giancarlo Prete

Votes: 2,229 | Gross: $1.41M

23. Stryker (1983)

R | 86 min | Action, Sci-Fi

The world's water supply has dried up due to some sort of apocalypse. A beautiful woman holds the secret to where one of the last springs being guarded by a group of Amazons. A "Road ... See full summary »

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Steve Sandor, Andria Savio, William Ostrander, Mike Lane

Votes: 608 | Gross: $1.72M

24. Endgame (1983)

98 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A telepathic mutant recruits a post-World War III TV game-show warrior to lead her band of mutants to safety.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Al Cliver, Laura Gemser, George Eastman, Dino Conti

Votes: 875

25. Survival Zone (1983)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

In a post-nuclear holocaust world, roving bands of motorcycle gangs attack ranchers to try to take over their land.

Director: Percival Rubens | Stars: Gary Lockwood, Camilla Sparv, Morgan Stevens, Zoli Marki

Votes: 144

26. Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983)

PG | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

On a desert planet, warlord Jared-Syn is trying to convince a tribe of mutants that he's their messiah and gain unlimited power hidden in a crystal. Ranger Dogen and explorer Dhyana, who's father was murdered by Syn, must stop him.

Director: Charles Band | Stars: Jeffrey Byron, Michael Preston, Tim Thomerson, Kelly Preston

Votes: 1,577 | Gross: $5.30M

27. Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

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

On a distant planet inhabited by mutants, two bounty-hunters race to rescue three Earth female captives from the clutches of an evil mutant warlord.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Peter Strauss, Molly Ringwald, Ernie Hudson, Andrea Marcovicci

Votes: 5,399 | Gross: $16.48M

28. Atlantis Interceptors (1983)

Unrated | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi

A team of scientists working to raise a sunken Russian nuclear submarine on an ocean platform off the coast of Miami, Florida, unearth an ancient Atlantean relic from the sea floor and ... See full summary »

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Christopher Connelly, Gioia Scola, Tony King, Stefano Mingardo

Votes: 1,264

29. Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983)

PG | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A warrior seeks his true origins in a seemingly prehistoric wasteland.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Reb Brown, Corinne Cléry, John Steiner, Carole André

Votes: 2,811 | Gross: $2.81M

30. Rush (1983)

77 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

In a post-nuclear holocaust world, a survivor roams the desert, fighting bandits and the forces of an evil warlord.

Director: Tonino Ricci | Stars: Bruno Minniti, Gordon Mitchell, Laura Trotter, Rate Furlan

Votes: 136

31. Rome 2033 - The Fighter Centurions (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In 2072 Rome, Italy, the ruthless CEO of a TV network plots to stage a modern series of gladiator games for ratings while one 'contenstant' learns of a conspiracy behind the true nature of the results.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jared Martin, Fred Williamson, Howard Ross, Eleonora Brigliadori

Votes: 1,037

32. She (1984)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

In a post-apocalyptic world, She aids two brothers' quest to rescue their kidnapped sister. Along the way, they battle weird creatures before standing against the odds to defeat the evil Norks.

Director: Avi Nesher | Stars: Sandahl Bergman, David Goss, Quin Kessler, Harrison Muller

Votes: 1,418

33. Rats: Night of Terror (1984)

Unrated | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic earth, where most of humanity lives underground, a group of surface people stumble upon an abandoned lab that was trying to bring life back to the earth's surface, but the place is run over by vicious rats.

Directors: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Ottaviano Dell'Acqua, Geretta Geretta, Massimo Vanni, Gianni Franco

Votes: 2,359

34. A Man Called Rage (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic world, a soldier of fortune enters "The Forbidden Land" to find uranium that will help save mankind. However, a rival adventurer is also after the uranium, but for his own ends.

Director: Tonino Ricci | Stars: Bruno Minniti, Stelio Candelli, Werner Pochath, Taida Urruzola

Votes: 135

35. The Final Executioner (1984)

95 min | Action, Sci-Fi

After a nuclear holocaust, as the rest of society regresses to primitivism, a small, "elite" group that has managed to escape radioactive contamination takes it upon itself to exterminate ... See full summary »

Director: Romolo Guerrieri | Stars: William Mang, Marina Costa, Harrison Muller, Woody Strode

Votes: 190

36. Mad Warrior (1984)

75 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

World War III is over, the planet is mostly uninhabitable. On an island in the Pacific, the Islanders survive this cursed world in a fortified colony. Under the orders of the maniacal Zeus they are forced to fight each other to the death.

Director: Willy Milan | Stars: Anthony Alonzo, Jennifer Kirkham, Johnny Monteiro, Dan Alvaro

Votes: 100

37. City Limits (1984)

PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A pair of teenage motorcycle gangs maintain an uneasy truce between each other in the not-too-distant future. When an evil corporation tries to take over their ruined city, the gangs must decide whether to fight their common enemy.

Director: Aaron Lipstadt | Stars: John Stockwell, Darrell Larson, Rae Dawn Chong, James Earl Jones

Votes: 1,214

38. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

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.

Directors: George Miller, George Ogilvie | Stars: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence, Adam Cockburn

Votes: 128,180 | Gross: $36.20M

39. Wheels of Fire (1985)

R | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In a postapocalyptic future, a ruthless vehicular gang called the Highway Warriors is conquering the wasteland through murder and plunder. During a raid, they kidnap the sister of a road warrior named Trace. He brings hell down upon them.

Director: Cirio H. Santiago | Stars: Gary Watkins, Laura Banks, Lynda Wiesmeier, Linda Grovenor

Votes: 749

40. Warriors of the Apocalypse (1985)

R | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi

After civilization is wiped out by nuclear war, an adventurer leads a group of wanderers on a search for the fabled Mountain of Life. Along the way they encounter pygmy tribes, bands of ... See full summary »

Director: Bobby A. Suarez | Stars: Michael James, Deborah Moore, Ken Metcalfe, Mike Cohen

Votes: 169

41. Radioactive Dreams (1985)

R | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After a nuclear war, Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler have spent fifteen years on their own in a bunker, stuffed with junk from the 40s and old detective novels. Now, nineteen-years-old,... See full summary »

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: John Stockwell, Michael Dudikoff, Michele Little, Lisa Blount

Votes: 1,547 | Gross: $0.22M

42. DEFCON-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 »

Directors: Paul Donovan, Digby Cook, Tony Randel | Stars: Lenore Zann, Maury Chaykin, Kate Lynch, Kevin King

Votes: 1,822 | Gross: $1.06M

43. O-Bi, O-Ba - The End of Civilization (1985)

88 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set in an underground dungeon inhabited by bundled, ragged human beings, after the nuclear holocaust. The story follows the wanderings of a hero through the situations of survival. People ... See full summary »

Director: Piotr Szulkin | Stars: Jerzy Stuhr, Krystyna Janda, Kalina Jedrusik, Mariusz Dmochowski

Votes: 1,131

44. Land of Doom (1985)

Not Rated | 87 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Earth has been ravaged by a nuclear war, and a feminist warrior is forced to join up with a soldier of fortune in her journey to find a rumored "paradise" as they battle gangs of rampaging bandits.

Director: Peter Maris | Stars: Deborah Rennard, Garrick Dowhen, Daniel Radell, Frank Garret

Votes: 538

45. America 3000 (1986)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi