Best Cli-Fi or Climate Change Movie Climax

by urbanemovies | created - 20 Oct 2016 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

Cli-Fis, short for climate fiction, are an emerging sub-genre of science fiction focused on climate fiction in novels, movies and television. The genre's main manifestations are climate disaster movies and dystopian climate based movies. The genre even has it's own awards called "The Cliffies".

Which Cli-Fi genre or climate change themed dramatic movie is the most climactic? *excludes documentaries

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1. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

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.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emmy Rossum, Dash Mihok

Votes: 406,140 | Gross: $186.74M

2. Waterworld (1995)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper, Tina Majorino

Votes: 175,585 | Gross: $88.25M

3. 2012 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet

Votes: 345,251 | Gross: $166.11M

4. Interstellar (2014)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 1,429,227 | Gross: $188.02M

5. Snowpiercer (2013)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris

Votes: 298,957 | Gross: $4.56M

6. The Core (2003)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

The only way to save Earth from catastrophe is to drill down to the core and set it spinning again.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo, Bruce Greenwood

Votes: 90,987 | Gross: $31.19M

7. Twister (I) (1996)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

68 Metascore

Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz

Votes: 171,797 | Gross: $241.72M

8. The Colony (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

28 Metascore

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.

Director: Jeff Renfroe | Stars: Kevin Zegers, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton, Charlotte Sullivan

Votes: 42,333

9. Into the Storm (2014)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

44 Metascore

Storm trackers, thrill-seekers, and everyday townspeople document an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes touching down in the town of Silverton.

Director: Steven Quale | Stars: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Max Deacon

Votes: 63,349 | Gross: $47.60M

10. Hell (2011)

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

In the not too distant future, people struggle to survive their greatest enemy, the sun.

Director: Tim Fehlbaum | Stars: Lilo Baur, Marco Calamandrei, Lisa Vicari, Lars Eidinger

Votes: 11,478

11. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 967,233 | Gross: $223.81M

12. Young Ones (2014)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

Set in the future when water is hard to find, a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive.

Director: Jake Paltrow | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning

Votes: 9,055

13. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 847,278 | Gross: $154.06M

14. Sunshine (2007)

R | 107 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

64 Metascore

A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 228,670 | Gross: $3.68M

15. 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: 185,903 | Gross: $8.75M

16. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 79,568 | Gross: $12.80M

17. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

A spy organisation recruits a promising street kid into the agency's training program, while a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine

Votes: 575,541 | Gross: $128.26M

18. Soylent Green (1973)

PG | 97 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors

Votes: 55,531

19. The Thaw (2009)

R | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite.

Director: Mark A. Lewis | Stars: Val Kilmer, Martha MacIsaac, Kyle Schmid, William B. Davis

Votes: 11,200

20. Geostorm (2017)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

21 Metascore

When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate starts to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock for its creator to uncover the real threat before a worldwide Geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.

Director: Dean Devlin | Stars: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 89,770 | Gross: $33.70M

21. The Arrival (1996)

PG-13 | 115 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

56 Metascore

Zane, an astronomer, discovers intelligent alien life. But the aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will do anything to stop Zane from learning it.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Shane

Votes: 31,065 | Gross: $14.05M

added 15 August 2019

22. Split Second (1992)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Horror

In a flooded future London, Detective Harley Stone hunts a serial killer who murdered his partner, and has haunted him ever since. He soon discovers what he is hunting might not be human.

Director: Tony Maylam | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Kim Cattrall, Alastair Duncan, Michael J. Pollard

Votes: 11,673 | Gross: $5.43M

added 15 August 2019

23. The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

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

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: 4,416

added 15 August 2019

24. 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: 2,902

added 15 August 2019



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