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What are the best apocalypse movies?

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Qiana Burse

Cinema has been ever evolving and continuously brave. Throughout the years, we have seen more and more filmmakers dive into the depths of the scariest plots that can be touched upon in movies. Just when you thought that you have seen enough zombie movies from Hollywood and the rest of the world, what else could be scarier? Most of the time, we have our eyes set on the present, to the point that we fail to foresee what danger could come in the near future. It is with this idea that the thought of apocalypse films kick in to our brains. Think about the shock we get from watching disaster-themed films combined with the uneasiness we experience from horror movies. That's exactly what films that talk about the "end times" give us.

While some of the scenarios depicted in mainstream post-apocalyptic films may seem too far from reality, there will always be those "what if" thoughts that would haunt us. Think about nuclear warfare, unrest between nations, pandemics, and natural calamities, and you'll see that some of those are actual things that exist in our present day and age. By watching these "end of the world movies", we can see ourselves in the midst of the looming threats to mankind, as scary as it is. If you're tired of those films that offer not-so new ways to make you anxious, why not scroll down? In this list, we surely got you covered with the best apocalypse movies that will get you pumped up and worried at the same time, Qiana Burse. Remember, it will always be for you to decide if 'the end' is actually near.

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  1. 1Mad Max: Fury Road

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    Mad Max: Fury Road is the 4th film in the Mad Max of apocalyptic movies. 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.

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  1. 2Armageddon

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    Armageddon is a sci-fi film that was directed by Michael Bay and is considered as one of the best apocalyptic movies ever made. A team of misfits deep core drillers is sent to stop an asteroid in collision with Earth.

  2. 3Train to Busan

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    Train to Busan is a critically-acclaimed South Korean apocalyptic movie directed by Yeon Sang-Ho. A father and his daughter try to escape a zombie outbreak by riding a train to the only safe city left.

  1. 4The Day After Tomorrow

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    The Day After Tomorrow is a 2004 apocalypse movie directed by Roland Emmerich and stars Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal. A paleoclimatologist braves the coming of the best Ice Age to reunite with his son.

  2. 5I Am a Hero

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    I Am a Hero is a Japanese action horror apocalyptic film directed by Shinsuke Sato. A Manga artists witnesses someone revive from the dead and start to question what is real and events happening around him.

  3. 6Hellraiser

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    Hellraiser is a cult horror movie directed by Clive Barker and starred by Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, and Sean Chapman. It is about an unfaithful wife who encounters the zombie of her dead lover, who is on the run after escaping the underworld.

  4. 7Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a sci-fi horror film that stars Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter and was directed by Don Siegel. A doctor returns to his home town only to learn that people are being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

  5. 8The Mist

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    The Mist is a horror film adapted from the novella written by Stephen King. A small group of citizens take shelter in a supermarket and defend themselves from bloodthirsty creatures unleashed by a freak storm.

  6. 92012

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    2012 is an adventure sci-fi film starring John Cusack, Thandie Newton, and Chiwetel Ejiofor and was directed by Roland Emmerich. A writer tries to keep his family alive during global catastrophic events threaten to end humanity.

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Post-apocalyptic fiction started out with books? The earliest known one was a novel called The Last Man. It was by author, Mary Shelley and she had it published in 1826. It wasn't until more than a century later that the genre appeared in films by the 1950s. There were adaptations of novels throughout history as well as some original ones. The next 30 years would see the release of some memorable films in the genre. Planet of the Apes released in 1968, spawning sequels and reboots to this day. A boy and His Dog released in 1975 based on stories by sci-fi writer, Harlan Ellison. Then, Logan's Run released a year later, touching on topics relevant at the time outside of the genre.

In 1984, legendary filmmaker, James Cameron created a film that changed everything. That film was The Terminator and it would mark the beginning of "robot uprising" films. It would produce sequels and inspire films and TV series like it for many years to come. Then, The Matrix came out in 1999 and it changed the genre yet again. It utilized the same themes set by the apocalypse movies that came before. At the same time, it drew inspiration from various genre, manga, and comics. What it ended up being was a true masterpiece with a cyberpunk vibes and martial arts action. Today, sci-fi movies mix various sub-genres, including apocalypse. All in an attempt to try and come up with fresh ideas and unique takes on the genre. 

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    October 31, 2017
    "Hellraiser isn't just one of my favorite horror movies, it's one of my favorite movies period. Although the iconic character Pinhead doesn't get as much screen time as he does in the sequels, this is perhaps the truest adaptation in the series of Clive Barker's source material. Although the movie doesn't chronicle the apocalypse itself, it's chock full of apocalyptic themes and features some of the most ominous and nihilistic scenes in horror cinema. The visuals are a bit dated, but the strong writing and unique nature of the story sets it apart from the competition. At a bare minimum, I'd recommend the first two movies in the series wholeheartedly."
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    Anonymous
    November 16, 2017
    "I am a total fan of Netflix movies. Mad Max: Fury Road will keep you on the edge of your seat with action. It is about a post-apocalyptic world something most people are keeping up with these days because of the many shows that recently started airing about the topic. However, this is one of the best movies out there about the situation. Totally an amazing and believable movie. You will love the action, horror and suspense. One of my absolute favorites movies to watch on Netflix."
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    Anonymous
    November 2, 2017
    "I was in the mood for an apocalypse type movie and I found Train to Busan. I am also a fan of foreign films and this film from Korea is a winner. Train to Busan has a great story line with a setting on a high speed train. Throw in zombies and a lot of action with an interesting horror theme and you will be highly entertained. Check out a foreign film from time to time, you will be very surprised."
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    Anonymous
    October 30, 2017
    "This movie is not usually the genre I would watch, but I had a teenage son begging me to buy it. We sat down to watch it together and it was surprisingly entertaining and the special effects are well done. I don't want to give away the synopsis but I will say its a pretty good zombie film, and definitely worth watching!"
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    I Am a Hero
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    Anonymous
    October 20, 2017
    "You just know when you see stephen king name on any movie its not one you should pass up. I have watched this movie about 3 times already and everytime it becomes a little more better . I see things that i didnt see before when i watched it. Its a great movie to watch on a cold night with some coffee in hand."
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    The Mist
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    Anonymous
    November 10, 2017
    "I am a apocalypse movie junkie always on the lookout for a good one. While browsing online I came across Invasion of the Body Snatchers and watched it the next day. This move was great! It had all the elements I love in the genre and a great story. Give this movie a watch, you wont be let down."
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    Anonymous
    October 22, 2017
    "This is a classic apocalypse movie with an all star studded cast of not only Bruce Willis, but Ben Afflect and Billy Bob Thornton. This movie will keep you on the edge of seat and make you wonder if it will all come together. I really enjoyed the cinimetography as well."
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    Armageddon
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    Anonymous
    October 24, 2017
    "This past weekend me and a friend decided to watch The Day After Tomorrow as we were in a lazy Friday mood. This movie had to be one of the best survival flicks that I have seen in a long time."
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    The Day After Tomorrow
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    Anonymous
    November 17, 2017
    "This is an OK movie. It has great special effects and that is what we tend to like in recent years. However, I would have to recommend one of the older classic disaster movies over this."
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RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Mad Max: Fury RoadMovies 23 Paid
2ArmageddonMovies 15 Paid
3Train to BusanMovies 15 Free
4The Day After TomorrowMovies 11 Paid
5I Am a HeroMovies 11 Paid
6HellraiserMovies 7 Paid
7Invasion of the Body Snatchers Movies 5 Paid
8The MistMovies 4 Paid
92012Movies 2 Paid
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