Films about the upcoming cataclysms and the apocalypse have long and firmly entered our lives. This is a genre that implies wonderful special effects, entertainment and a tense plot. We made top movies about the end of the world. Only really worthy films with excellent cast and unexpected twists and turns of the plot were included in the list of best films.
Genre: adventure, action, fantasy
Rating: KinoPoisk - 6.9, IMDb - 5.8
The creators of the picture made a bet on entertainment, turning a blind eye to some scientific inaccuracies. Because of this, NASA representatives said that this is the most anti-scientific film of the released catastrophe projects in recent years.
As you know, the predictions of the Mayan Indians tend to come true. The Mayan calendar says that in 2012 a terrible thing will happen - the solar system will allow the planets to become in one line, which is why a series of global natural disasters will pass on Earth. The end of the world will come due to large-scale earthquakes, alternating with the strongest tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. What used to be continents will become ruins, and what used to be considered a myth will become a terrible reality.
Genre: drama, thriller, fiction, detective
Rating: KinoPoisk - 6.9, IMDb - 6.2
The events of the picture take place in Boston, but the filming process took place in Australia - at the Melbourne Museum, Geelong Ring Road, Mount Masidone, Camberwell High School and the town of Collins Street.
For many years, mankind has used "temporary capsules" in order to leave messages for posterity. In the middle of the 20th century, schoolchildren leave their children's drawings in one of these capsules with their ideas about the near future. Along with children's pictures, a mysterious leaflet, completely covered in numbers, appears in a strange way. The find interested professor John Kestler - he finds an amazing connection between a seemingly set of numbers and dates in which major world cataclysms occurred. This means that the person who wrote the mysterious list foresaw all the calamities that awaited the planet in the next half century. According to the data on the sheet, you can find out when to expect new tragedies, but is it possible to change the course of history and avoid troubles? And what will happen to the Earth when the numbers on the leaf run out?
The Road 2009
Genre: drama, adventure
Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.2, IMDb - 7.2
The film is based on the novel of the same name, written by Cormac McCarthy in 2006, and which brought the author a prestigious Pulitzer Prize. Director John Hillcoat managed to convey completely the atmosphere of horror and hopelessness. During post-production, he decided to carve out a scene in which cannibals roast a decapitated child at the stake.
After a huge number of terrible cataclysms, the tormented planet almost completely loses hope for survival. Human civilization is almost gone, as well as any life values. Now the survivors are divided into cannibals and their food. There is only one road left, along which the son and his father follow. And their only hope is that at the end of the road they will have life, not death.
Genre: action, fiction, adventure, thriller
Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.8, IMDb - 6.7
The disaster film with Benn Affleck and Bruce Willis has long been a classic of the genre. 21-year-old Liv Tyler so wanted to take part in the filming that she went to audition several times. The actress was taken on the role only from the third attempt. The soundtrack for the film was recorded by the Aerosmith group, in which Liv's father, Steve Tyler, performs as a soloist.
The end of the world begins from the moment when the shadow of a huge asteroid lies on the planet. A few days remain until the celestial body collides with the Earth. This is exactly what Armageddon will come to, and the fall of the asteroid will put an end to the history of mankind. Salvation of the population can be considered a miracle. But there is also a more mundane option - if scientists unite and collect all the technological power together, then there is a chance. But will a handful of the most daring and talented people succeed?
The Magic Mile (Miracle Mile) 1988
Genre: drama, thriller, action, melodrama
Rating: KinoPoisk - 6.5, IMDb - 7.0
This film can be considered one of the most unusual and extraordinary representatives of the genre in the list-top of the best films about the end of the world. The writer William Gibson mentions him in his science fiction book Virtual Light - he is retold by one of the heroes of the novel, who loves movies of the 20th century.
The main characters only managed to find each other and love how they have to go through terrible trials. It is not a fact that they will be able to avoid their fate, and it is these thoughts that the leitmotif pass through the plot of the film. It all starts with the fact that Harry, by coincidence, answers the call of an unknown, sounded in a telephone booth. The stranger tells him that in a quarter of an hour a nuclear war will begin, and in an hour, humanity will die. Such news can unsettle anyone!
Child of Men 2006
Genre: drama, thriller, fiction
Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.4, IMDb - 7.9
Emma Watson and Charlie Hunnam could take part in the picture, but they were forced to abandon the roles due to the busy schedule. The human child is a character completely recreated using computer graphics. At the time of filming, Clive Owen was holding an ordinary doll in his hands.
The plot of the film Alfonso Cualona transfers the audience in 2027. Anarchy and total barrenness reign in the world. Humanity will soon die out. At the time of the events, London was plunged into clan wars, which were launched by local warring factions. Only one person, devoid of any illusions, decides to protect the "last hope of people" - a pregnant woman who needs to be taken to a safe place where doctors will look after her.
On the Beach 1959
Genre: drama, fiction, romance
Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.1, IMDb - 7.2
The plot is based on the novel of the same name by Neville Schut. The motion picture is mentioned in several works of the Strugatsky brothers. In the mid-60s of the last century, the entire northern hemisphere of the Earth was wiped off the face of the planet due to nuclear war. Miraculously, the American submarine, which finds refuge off the Australian coast, manages to escape.
The commander of the surviving submarine, Dwight Towers, lost his entire family during the war. It seems to him that life is over, but on the coast of Australia he meets Moira Dowidson, who helps him to feel love again. However, Moira was so tormented by her worries that she prefers to spend all her free time with alcohol. Dwight and Moira met each other, but can they maintain their happiness in a world destroyed by nuclear war?
Genre: drama, military, fantasy
Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.6, IMDb - 8.1
Director Mick Jackson took his apocalyptic picture very seriously - he talked with people who survived the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And in order to give realism to characters with third-degree burns, he suggested using tomato sauce and cereal for makeup.
The small British town and its inhabitants are no different from most provincial suburbs - they live here, love and hate each other, get married and give birth to children. In this world, isolated from global events, there is no time for a deep study of the news happening on the planet. And at this time, the Cold War reaches its apotheosis, the troops of the Soviet Union enter Iran, and the United States prevents the USSR from moving its nuclear weapons there.
Hell (Sunshine) 2007
Genre: adventure, fiction, thriller
Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.3, IMDb - 7.3
The names of the spaceships were chosen for a reason - they bear the names of the famous characters of myths of Ancient Greece Daedalus and Icarus. Using this metaphor, the filmmakers tried to convey the only thought - any person has a limit that he is not able to cross.
The action takes place in the near future, in 2057. What will happen if the sun does not become? The answer is simple - humanity will disappear. The last hope of earthlings is the spacecraft "Icarus 2". His team, consisting of eight daredevils led by captain Kaneda, can save the world. The spacecraft must fulfill a dangerous mission of delivering a nuclear charge to the Sun and ignite its fading surface. Once in space, in places where global silence reigns, and radio contacts with the Earth are no longer being carried out, team members begin to hear the echo of weak callsigns from the predecessor ship - Icarus 1, which went missing when it carried out a similar mission for more than seven years back.
Clash with the abyss (Deep Impact) 1998
Genre: drama, thriller, action, fiction, romance
Rating: KinoPoisk - 7.1, IMDb - 6.2
The fantastic thriller was released the same year as another disaster film, Armageddon. In one of the episodes of the picture, a real astronaut is shot, who 12 times went into outer space on a spaceship, and later headed the Johnson Space Center in Houston - Jerry Griffin.
Earth and all living things will soon perish in a collision with a giant comet. According to the President of America, who addressed the population with a speech, there is only a year left before a clash with the abyss occurs. There is only one way out - the Messiah spacecraft, which will blow up the comet, should be directed to the comet. Instead of exploding, the object splits into two halves, and now death is inevitable. How will people behave in this situation?
The Quiet Earth 1985
Genre: drama, detective, science fiction
Rating: KinoPoisk - 6.6, IMDb - 6.8
The project of New Zealand cinematographers "Quiet Earth" was included in the top list of the best films about the end of the world. The director Jeff Murphy with a minimum number of actors managed to create an atmospheric movie that keeps the viewer in suspense until the final credits.
A truly creepy film about the end of the world was shot not about salvation, but about the only person who survived on planet Earth. The next morning, Zack Hobson did not portend any changes in his life, but while he was sleeping, humanity died out. Now the whole planet belongs only to him - he can live in any house and travel on any car he likes. But how not to get crazy when you know that you cannot even say a word to anyone?