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The best post-apocalyptic movies, in no specific order (and this is one where I am looking for good additions, I've been meaning to build this list for a while):

  • Mad Max
  • Escape from New York
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Road Warrior
  • Six String Samurai
  • Logan's Run
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Akira
  • City of Lost Children
  • Soylent Green
  • Red Dawn
  • Death Race 2000
  • A Boy and His Dog
  • Night of the Comet


  • The Matrix
  • Maximum Overdrive (WE MADE YOU!!)
  • Fist of the North Star (as noted in the comments, the anime)
  • Planet of the Apes (duh, can't believe that wasn't first out of my brain)

Listed, but not recommended:

  • The Postman
  • Waterworld
  • Tank Girl
  • 28 Days Later
  • Reign of Fire


The Matrix?


Now it looks like I question the inclusion of the Matrix, instead of recommending you add it. Thanks michelle!

Maximum Overdrive
Fist of the North Star (the anime, not the live action abomination)

You might even include Independence Day

This one is friggen awesome (rent it):


I mean, if it spawns a Simpsons' Halloween Episode parody, you know it's good!

I can't believe you didn't recommend 28 Days Later! Just because it isn't from the Romero canon? That's too bad, I thought it was a great film.

But hey, you're the expert, i guess.

Planet of the Apes? (the orginal obviously)


Geez, Dave. Take a chill pill. I just didn't like it. No need for the bitchy tone.

The Time Machine?

"The Omega Man". Not a movie I much care for, but thought I'd throw out there for discussion. Did inspire an excellent parody segment in a Simpsons Halloween special. That's gotta count for something.

Does Red Dawn really count as a "post-apocalyptic" movie? We won, after all!

"On The Beach" great characters, even better dialogue and very unhappy ending.

No zombies, mutants or killer computers.

wha, no Cyborg...? (Jean-Claude Van Damme... hahahahahaha)

IT'S PEEEEEEPPPUUUUULLLLL! Gotta love Heston in Soylent Green!

Changing the subject...
I'm looking for opinions about blog trolls on my post today at Mooalex. I'd like to know what you think if you have the time. Thanks!

Is it me, or is it rude to come into the comments on someone else's blog and say "changing the subject......"

Best I can come up with are two pre-post-apocalyptic movies:

Terminator 2

Oh man, and I love Tank Girl. What about The Quiet Earth?

Is it me, or is it rude to come into the comments on someone else's blog and say "changing the subject......"

Given the question, I'd call it irony.

Silent Running

The new Appleseed anime.

Please read this with absolutely no bitchy tone.

I believe that I have read on your site that you liked "Shawn of the Dead". Yet, you do not think much of "28 Days Later". Can you explain what you liked about one and not the other. I liked both by the way, "28 Days Later" a little more though.

There are a lot of cool things about "Escape From New York." An unexpected one is that the World Trade Center is an integral part of the movie. Its like - in the future when everything else has rotted to hell - those towers will still be standing.

Oh well.

Sorry, I typed my URL incorrectly. Here's the correct one, if anybody cares.


It's weirder than anything else you've got listed.

Omega Man! Yessss!

Hell Comes to Frog Town

Had the Apocolypse happened yet in Mad Max? I thought that was in "The Road Warrior" and "Beyond Thunderdome." Maybe you meant all the movies. Never mind

No BladeRunner?

I know that Terry Brooks 'Shannara' books actually took place in a post-apocalyptic time.

What about 'The Lord of The Rings?' Many of us would tend to think such films took place in the past, but I know that some people believe elves, dwarves and other humanoids were created as a result of nuclear radation and fallout.

Red Dawn? I thought that was a Soviet invasion of the US, not the end of the world. If you're considering this, then The Day After may be in the same class.

Escape from LA. Not nearly as good as the original though they do reset the world to pre-electricity in the closing moments.

Armageddon? End of the world people. Not exactly a good movie, or even a good bad movie, but it is on subject.

I love Tank Girl. A lot.

The Quiet Earth was pretty good.

Ooh! Ooh! And Johnny Mnemonic was pretty bad!

The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)
The Day of the Triffids (1962)--not as good as the book, but still entertaining.

No bitchy tone intended, Michele. Sorry it came off that way.

I'm just saying--being the zombie-movie fan that you are, I was suprised that you didn't care for 28DL, and wondered if there was a specific reason.

My last statement was sincere, anyway. Based on your deep love of zombie movies, you're more of an expert on the subject than me. Again, apologies for the misunderstanding.

Eh, someone pissed in my cheerios today, Dave. Not you. The world, perhaps.

I just didn't like 28 days at all. And there's a lot of heated discussion as to whether they were really zombies or not.

Ah. I get ya. Eh. Cool then.

I liked the style of it, at any rate. Actually scared me at points.

Here's to piss-free breakfast cereals.

Instead of Omega Man, go with The Last Man On Earth. They're both based on the same story ("I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson), but The Last Man On Earth tells it better.

I hate, hate, hate what Kostner and crew did to The Postman. But I just wanted to point out what a freaking great book it was.

Oh! Come on! You have Tank Girl but you missed 'Barb Wire'! Add it to the list. You didn't say 'good movies'... So how about Judge Dredd? That was post-apocalyptic too! so there are two more.

Timmer, you beat me by just a few minutes. I agree completely on the Postman. I have reread that book at least a dozen times. The movie didn't work at all for me.

I think Bob & Doug McKenzie's post-apocalyptic home video should be allowed in on a technicality.

"Fleshy-headed mutant, are you friendly?"
"No way, eh! Radiation has made me an enemy of civilization!"

Michele, I apologize if I offended you by using your comments to ask my question. It wasn't intended to be a subject change for your audience, just a way of including my question in my comment, that's all. I truly wanted your opinion.

And Shawn, it would be irony only if I were a troll myself, which I'm not. Trolls usually spew discord and hatred. I was merely asking a question.

Apologies to all who were offended.

What about Day After Tomorrow (2004)? I know Dennis Quaid can't alone save the earth from itself, but it's special effects are tremendous! And it makes me go "HA HA" at all of the people who are ignoring our environment.

A couple of goodies no one has mentioned. From both ends of the list and I'm giving no indication which ends.

Damnation Alley

Battlefield Earth

Reign of Fire

Oops on the Reign of Fire, didn't spot it.

I'll get me coat!

Gotta agree on Cyborg. Loved it. How about Soldier, with Kurt Russell?

I don't know if The Fifth Element qualfies but it's become one of those movies that I like more each time I watch it. The new release is great, by the way.

I agree with The Omega Man and On The Beach, especially the latter - the book is wonderful, if you're looking for a good summer read (the author is Nevil Shute).

I will always believe that "Waterworld" and "The Postman" are under-rated and will one day be classics.

Miracle Mile. Not technically apocalyptic, as it's right before the bombs that are about to fall, but, then again, when you know they're coming, aren't you kind of already there?


I liked "Reign of Fire" and "28 Days Later"....I thought both were pretty good.
Michelle...what do you think of Lucio Fulci's film "Zombie"? I personally think it's classic.
I second the nomination of the new Appleseed...awesome. Here's a couple picks that maybe none have thought of or heard of: "Equilibrium" & "Casshern".

Does The Stand qualify as post-apocalyptic? I thought the gargantuan miniseries was pretty good and very true to Stephen King's book. M-O-O-N, that spells post-apocalyptic...

Try this one: The Day After


I was going to recommend Last Man On Earth too. Great flick. How about Shark's Tale?
C'mon, fish with faces that can build houses and TV's have GOT to be irradiated mutants!

Hayao Miyazaki made an anime series a while ago called Future Boy Conan; the animation is painful to watch after Spirited Away/The Moving Castle, but the story is still pretty good.

The Running Man
The Omega Man
Total Recall
Demolition Man
Terminator (and sequels)

Hmmm, Arnold seems to like the post-apocolyptic time frame...

Brazil! and an odd ball film from France: Delicatessen .

Mad Max I & II (I think that the first one was called The Road Warrior over there if thats the one in the list that you are refering to) has so many great lines, I refer to them as comedies these days.

"Candalini wants his hand back" :)

I liked Wizards. Especialy when Avatar whipped his pistol out.


Omega Man.

Shaun of the Dead.


This was a UK film, made for British TV, I think. It was shown on American TV a couple of times (I have it on an old homemade video) and I know you can dig it up at rental stores.

It was about a young girl who finds out she's pregnant. She and her boyfriends decide to get married, but before they can, the Russians and the Americans start trading nukes, and their city (I think it was Manchester) is caught in the middle.

Great integration of stock nuke footage, old war film exploding buildings and and pretty nasty post-war attempts at survival. The "message" is anti-nuke and pretty leftist, but it's entertaining.