The best Post Apocalyptic movies typically follow a plot in which civilization experiences collapse, derived from economic collapse or virus outbreak. It is the Subgenre of science fiction, science fantasy, dystopian future, or horror.


The earliest Post Apocalyptic movie was, the End of the World (1916) directed by Danish filmmaker August Blom. Loosely based on La Fin Du Monde’s (1893) novel by Camille Flammarion.

10. Snowpiercer

Best Post Apocalyptic Movies
Snowpiercer (2013) is a Post Apocalyptic action movie based on the novel “Le Transperceneige” by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette. Directed by Bong Joon-ho. Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Ed Harris.

The story takes place in 2031 where the earth is experiencing the ice age derived from climate change. the survivors are living in the moving train called Snowpiercer, where working-class residents live in the poor boxcar, and the upper crest is living in the luxurious part of the train.

  • Initial release: July 29, 2013
  • Director: Bong Joon-ho
  • Based on: Le Transperceneige
  • by Jacques Lob
  • Starring: Chris Evans, Song
  • Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton,
  • Jamie Bell Octavia Spencer,
  • Ewen Bremner, John Hurt,
  • Ed Harris
  • Music by: Marco Beltrami
  • Budget: 40 million USD
  • Box office: 86.8 million USD

9. The Domestics

best Post-apocalyptic movies
If The Domestics (2018) isn’t the best Post Apocalyptic movie of all time, it is underrated for sure, directed by Mike P. Nelson. Starring Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin.


The story takes place in the near future, the surviving division of the called domestics those not affiliated with the Gangs, domestics are the division who live in peace in this post-apocalyptic world.

  • Initial release: June 28, 2018
  • Director: Mike P. Nelson
  • Starring: Tyler Hoechlin, Kate
  • Bosworth,
  • Lance Reddick, Sonoya Mizuno
  • Music by: Nathan Barr
  • Budget: 10.6 million $
  • Box office: 32,406 million $

8. The Book of Eli

best Post apocalyptic movies
The Book of Eli (2010) is a Post Apocalyptic action movie, directed by Hughes Brothers, starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, and Mila Kunis.


The story follows Eli, a traveler in a post-apocalyptic world, who believes that he has a mission to deliver his copy of the book to a safe place on the West Coast of America.

  • Initial release: January 11, 2010
  • Directors: Albert Hughes, 
  • Allen Hughes
  • Starring: Denzel Washington,
  • Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray
  • Stevenson J Jennifer Beals,
  • Frances de la Tour, Michael
  • Gambon
  • Music by: Atticus Ross, Leopold
  • Ross, Claudia Sarne
  • Budget: 80 million USD
  • Box office: 157.1 million USD

7. Z for Zachariah

Best Post Apocalyptic Movies
Z for Zachariah (2015) is the best Post Apocalyptic movie adaptation, directed by Craig Zobel, starring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine. It is loosely based on a 1974 book of the same name by Robert C. O’Brien.


The story follows John Loomis an engineer, who happens to be a Nuclear-apocalypse survivor. He travels from a military bunker to the Burden’s valley. He gets seak as soon as he bathes in contaminated water but is medicated by Ann a farm girl who welcomes him into her house

  • Initial release: April 16, 2015
  • (Denmark)
  • Director: Craig Zobel
  • Based on: Z for Zachariah
  • by Robert C. O’Brien
  • Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor,
  • Margot Robbie, Chris Pine
  • Music by: Heather McIntosh
  • Budget: 2.5 million USD
  • Box office: 187 million USD

6. Into The Forest

Best Post Apocalyptic Movies
Into the Forest (2015) is a Canadian horror drama underlying a Post Aocalyptic theme, directed by Patricia Rozema. The movie is based on the book by Jean Hegland (1996) by the same title. Starring Elliot Page and Evan Rachel Wood.


The story takes place in the near future where the world teeters on the brink of apocalypse. Sisters Nell and Eva live together in an isolated woodland house. They must stick together to survive.

  • Initial release: September 12,
  • 2015
  • Director: Patricia Rozema
  • Based on: The book Into the
  • Forest by Jean Hegland
  • Starring: Elliot Page,
  • Evan Rachel Wood,
  • Callum Keith Rennie
  • Music by: Max Richter
  • Box office: 132,306 million $

5. The Rover

best Post-apocalyptic movies
The Rover (2014) is an Australian drama film directed by David Michôd, based on a story by Michôd and Joel Edgerton. It Starring Guy Pearce and Robert.

After a global economic collapse, the world became a lawless Post Apocalyptic wasteland, full of crime and poverty. Small military divisions are trying to maintain law and order.
Drifter Eric (Guy Pearce) wanders across the wasteland When thieves steal his car they leave behind Rey (Robert Pattinson), a wounded gang member. Eric forces Rey to help him hunt down the gang and to take back the one thing that matters to him

  • Initial release: June 4, 2014
  • Director: David Michôd,
  • Story by: Joel Edgerton
  • Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert
  • Pattinson, Scoot McNairy,
  • David Field
  • Music by: Antony Partos
  • Budget: 12 million AUD
  • Box office: 3.2 million USD

4. Mad Max: Fury Road

best Post-apocalyptic movies
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Directed by George Miller. Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. It is one of the best Post Apocalyptic cinematography by John Seale’s cinematography.

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Max, a drifter has been forced to join Imperator Furiosa, a rebel, in a quest to overthrow a tyrant who controls the land’s water and gas supply.

  • Initial release: May 7, 2015
  • (Hollywood)
  • Director: George Miller
  • Film series: Mad Max
  • Starring: Tom Hardy,
  • Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult,
  • Hugh Keays-Byrne
  • Music by: Junkie XL
  • Budget: 154.6–185.1 million $
  • Box office: 375.4 million $

4. The Road

best Post-apocalyptic movies
The Road (2009) is a Post Apocalyptic survival film directed by John Hillcoat. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce. It is based on the novel of the same title by Cormac McCarthy.

The story follows a father and his son in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

  • Initial release: September 3, 2009
  • Director: John Hillcoat
  • Based on: The Road
  • by Cormac McCarthy
  • Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi
  • Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall,
  • Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce,
  • Molly Parker, Garret Dillahunt
  • Music by: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
  • Budget: 25 million USD
  • Box office: 27.6 million USD

2. Resident Evil

best Post-apocalyptic movies
Resident Evil (2002) is one of the best post Apocalyptic movies with a lot of action and horror elements in it. Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. Starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. It shares similarities of the characters as the video game series of the same title.

The story follows Alice, who awakens in the bathroom of a deserted house with temporary amnesia, while an elite military unit tries to take down infected zombies before it is too late.

best post apocalyptic movies
  • Initial release: March 12,
  • 2002
  • Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
  • Based on: Resident Evil Vide
  • Game by Capcom
  • Starring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle
  • Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy
  • Music by: Marco Beltrami, Marilyn Manson
  • Budget: 33 million USD
  • Box office: 103 million USD

1. Children of Men

best Post-apocalyptic movies
Children of Men (2006) is a Post Apocalyptic Sci-fi drama, directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore. It is based on P. D. James’ 1992 novel with the same name.

The story takes place in the year 2027 where all human infertility has left society on the edge of a massive collapse. Theo Faron is a civil servant, who must help refugee Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey) escape the chaos.

  • Initial release:  September 22,
  • 2006 (United Kingdom)
  • Director: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Based on: The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel
  • Ejiofor Charlie Hunnam
  • Music by: John Tavener
  • Budget: 37 million USD
  • Box office: 70 million USD

 

The best Post Apocalyptic movies typically follow a plot in which civilization experiences collapse, derived from economic collapse or virus outbreak. It is the Subgenre of science fiction, science fantasy, dystopian future, or horror.

 


The earliest Post-Apocalyptic film is the “End of the World “(1916) directed by Danish filmmaker August Blom. Loosely based on La Fin Du Monde’s (1893) novel by Camille Flammarion.

10. Snowpiercer

Best Post Apocalyptic Movies
Snowpiercer (2013) is a Post Apocalyptic action movie based on the novel “Le Transperceneige” by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette. Directed by Bong Joon-ho. Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and Ed Harris.

The story takes place in 2031 where the earth is experiencing the ice age derived from climate change. the survivors are living in the moving train called Snowpiercer, where working-class residents live in the poor boxcar, and the upper crest is living in the luxurious part of the train.

  • Initial release: July 29, 2013
  • Director: Bong Joon-ho
  • Based on: Le Transperceneige
  • by Jacques Lob
  • Starring: Chris Evans, Song
  • Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton,
  • Jamie Bell Octavia Spencer,
  • Ewen Bremner, John Hurt,
  • Ed Harris
  • Music by: Marco Beltrami
  • Budget: 40 million USD
  • Box office: 86.8 million USD

9. The Domestics

best Post-apocalyptic movies
If The Domestics (2018) isn’t the best Post Apocalyptic movie of all time, it is underrated for sure, directed by Mike P. Nelson. Starring Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin.


The story takes place in the near future, the surviving division of the called domestics those not affiliated with the Gangs, domestics are the division who live in peace in this post-apocalyptic world.

  • Initial release: June 28, 2018
  • Director: Mike P. Nelson
  • Starring: Tyler Hoechlin, Kate
  • Bosworth,
  • Lance Reddick, Sonoya Mizuno
  • Music by: Nathan Barr
  • Budget: 10.6 million $
  • Box office: 32,406 million $

8. The Book of Eli

best Post apocalyptic movies
The Book of Eli (2010) is a Post Apocalyptic action movie, directed by Hughes Brothers, starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, and Mila Kunis.


The story follows Eli, a traveler in a post-apocalyptic world, who believes that he has a mission to deliver his copy of the book to a safe place on the West Coast of America.

  • Initial release: January 11, 2010
  • Directors: Albert Hughes, 
  • Allen Hughes
  • Starring: Denzel Washington,
  • Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray
  • Stevenson J Jennifer Beals,
  • Frances de la Tour, Michael
  • Gambon
  • Music by: Atticus Ross, Leopold
  • Ross, Claudia Sarne
  • Budget: 80 million USD
  • Box office: 157.1 million USD

7. Z for Zachariah

Best Post Apocalyptic Movies
Z for Zachariah (2015) is the best Post Apocalyptic movie adaptation, directed by Craig Zobel, starring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine. It is loosely based on a 1974 book of the same name by Robert C. O’Brien.


The story follows John Loomis an engineer, who happens to be a Nuclear-apocalypse survivor. He travels from a military bunker to the Burden’s valley. He gets seak as soon as he bathes in contaminated water but is medicated by Ann a farm girl who welcomes him into her house

  • Initial release: April 16, 2015
  • (Denmark)
  • Director: Craig Zobel
  • Based on: Z for Zachariah
  • by Robert C. O’Brien
  • Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor,
  • Margot Robbie, Chris Pine
  • Music by: Heather McIntosh
  • Budget: 2.5 million USD
  • Box office: 187 million USD

6. Into The Forest

Best Post Apocalyptic Movies
Into the Forest (2015) is a Canadian horror drama underlying a Post-Apocalyptic theme, directed by Patricia Rozema. The movie is based on the book by Jean Hegland (1996) by the same title. Starring Elliot Page and Evan Rachel Wood.


The story takes place in the near future where the world teeters on the brink of apocalypse. Sisters Nell and Eva live together in an isolated woodland house. They must stick together to survive.

  • Initial release: September 12,
  • 2015
  • Director: Patricia Rozema
  • Based on: The book Into the
  • Forest by Jean Hegland
  • Starring: Elliot Page,
  • Evan Rachel Wood,
  • Callum Keith Rennie
  • Music by: Max Richter
  • Box office: 132,306 million $

5. The Rover

best Post-apocalyptic movies
The Rover (2014) is an Australian drama film directed by David Michôd, based on a story by Michôd and Joel Edgerton. It Starring Guy Pearce and Robert.
 

After a global economic collapse, the world became a lawless Post Apocalyptic wasteland, full of crime and poverty. Small military divisions are trying to maintain law and order.
Drifter Eric (Guy Pearce) wanders across the wasteland When thieves steal his car they leave behind Rey (Robert Pattinson), a wounded gang member. Eric forces Rey to help him hunt down the gang and to take back the one thing that matters to him

  • Initial release: June 4, 2014
  • Director: David Michôd,
  • Story by: Joel Edgerton
  • Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert
  • Pattinson, Scoot McNairy,
  • David Field
  • Music by: Antony Partos
  • Budget: 12 million AUD
  • Box office: 3.2 million USD

4. Mad Max: Fury Road

best Post-apocalyptic movies
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Directed by George Miller. Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. It is one of the best Post Apocalyptic cinematography by John Seale cinematography.

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Max, a drifter has been forced to join Imperator Furiosa, a rebel, in a quest to overthrow a tyrant who controls the land’s water and gas supply.

  • Initial release: May 7, 2015
  • (Hollywood)
  • Director: George Miller
  • Film series: Mad Max
  • Starring: Tom Hardy,
  • Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult,
  • Hugh Keays-Byrne
  • Music by: Junkie XL
  • Budget: 154.6–185.1 million $
  • Box office: 375.4 million $

4. The Road

best Post-apocalyptic movies
The Road (2009) is a Post Apocalyptic survival film directed by John Hillcoat. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce. It is based on the novel of the same title by Cormac McCarthy.

The story follows a father and his son in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

  • Initial release: September 3, 2009
  • Director: John Hillcoat
  • Based on: The Road
  • by Cormac McCarthy
  • Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi
  • Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall,
  • Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce,
  • Molly Parker, Garret Dillahunt
  • Music by: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
  • Budget: 25 million USD
  • Box office: 27.6 million USD

2. Resident Evil

best Post-apocalyptic movies
Resident Evil (2002) is one of the best post Apocalyptic movies with a lot of action and horror elements in it. Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. Starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez. It shares similarities of the characters as the video game series of the same title.

The story follows Alice, who awakens in the bathroom of a deserted house with temporary amnesia, while an elite military unit tries to take down infected zombies before it is too late.

best post apocalyptic movies
  • Initial release: March 12,
  • 2002
  • Director: Paul W. S. Anderson
  • Based on: Resident Evil Vide
  • Game by Capcom
  • Starring: Milla Jovovich, Michelle
  • Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy
  • Music by: Marco Beltrami, Marilyn Manson
  • Budget: 33 million USD
  • Box office: 103 million USD

1. Children of Men

best Post-apocalyptic movies
Children of Men (2006) is a Post Apocalyptic Sci-fi drama, directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore. It is based on P. D. James’ 1992 novel with the same name.

The story takes place in the year 2027 where all human infertility has left society on the edge of a massive collapse. Theo Faron is a civil servant, who must help refugee Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey) escape the chaos.

  • Initial release:  September 22,
  • 2006 (United Kingdom)
  • Director: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Based on: The Children of Men by P. D. James
  • Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel
  • Ejiofor Charlie Hunnam
  • Music by: John Tavener
  • Budget: 37 million USD
  • Box office: 70 million USD

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