Post Apocalyptic movies are some of our favorite kinds of movies to watch. Any work of fiction that involves people trying to survive in a destroyed world, just taps into our fear centers like few others. There are a few different ways that the world can end in these movies: nuclear holocaust, viral outbreak, alien invasion, nature revolting against us, or sometimes, the world even ends by supernatural means.
Many PA flicks are probably more based in the realm of Sci-Fi than they are pure Horror, but even the ones that stray too far from our Horror purview tend to be terrifying in their own right. Putting this list together meant including some of those types of movies, but in the end, they all fit quite neatly under the Post-Apocalyptic banner; even if a few of them are more accurately "End of the World" movies than they are Post-Apocalyptic.
For the first 6 movies in the list:
If you're in the mood for a truly quality Post-Apocalyptic flick, Horror or otherwise, any of the movies in our Top Six will do you right. For us, The Road Warrior is probably our all-time fave, although this year's Mad Max: Fury Road comes close. They all bring their own unique and terrifying vision to the Post-Apocalyptic Sub-Genre though.
For the remaining:
Below are the rest of our 30 Best Post-Apocalyptic flicks, and of course, a few Honorable Mentions thrown in for good measure. Keep in mind that no "Best of" list is ever perfect, but merely a solid starting point for anyone looking to watch some great flicks.
The last 6 being "Honorable Mentions".
“You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!”
― George Taylor, 'Planet of the Apes', (1968)
A grim collection of films depicting global threats, dystopian societies, post-apocalyptic worlds, and the planet Earth blowing up real good.
Apocalypse Wow! Why Do We Love the End of the World So Damn Much?, via WestWord:
People Have Always Been Obsessed with the End of the World, via The Smithsonian:
Our Never-Ending Obsession with the Apocalypse, via BBC Future:
Excluding Zombies.. see