One of the most jarring and strongest themes of movies are those that delve on end-of-days scenarios. There are a slew of both blockbusters and forgettable movies that have gone through this route of giving us a view of how the post-apocalyptic life would look like. Let us take a look at the list of Top 10 greatest apocalyptic movies of all time.
1. Mad Max Series
Majority of the present crop of post apocalyptic movies of today are largely inspired by the success of the Mad Max movie series. Its strong presentation of the destructive elements of mankind is one significant concept that has endured the changes in our times. Its theatrical formula and melodramatic character have made the Mad Max movies as one great opportunity of looking at how mankind has gone so wrong in bringing destruction to his world.
2. Children of Men
This judgment day movie is unarguably one of the greatest films of the past decade. This movie production conveys a message that despite the seemingly hopeless and dire situation that mankind is in, we can still have all the reasons to be hopeful. This movie is not awash with special effects and hits the bull’s eye with the powerful performance of the central character; Theo. Children of Men is a showcase of both the bright and dark sides of mankind.
3. 12 Monkeys
This is somewhat a bizarre glimpse at what the future will bring for mankind. It had gained reputation as a bit too cerebral for the ordinary moviegoers. Nonetheless, this movie easily makes the mark as one good scary, entertaining and, yes, intelligent movie. The movie plot revolves around the struggles of the main character, James Cole played by Bruce Willis in order to save humanity as he breaks the time barrier in finding answers about the puzzle involving the end of mankind.
4. Day of the Dead
This is one of the movies that successfully makes to our A list by virtue of the graphically destructive demise of the human race. It successfully delivers the cryptic image of a world that has gone bad with the gory and blood-curdling details.
5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
The movie paints a nightmarish scenario of alien taking possession of the human race. It has all the requisite heart pounding scenes of a movie that follows a story plot of alien possession and invasion. People are in agreement that this movie is eerily an unnerving film in the truest sense of the word.
6. 28 Days Later
The movie plays to the fullest all the primal fears known to men with a disturbing scene of waking up to world that is suddenly gone. It tackles this daunting task of bringing a fair amount of realism to the plot of the movie with all flourish and dogged determination. The storyline develops from a basic plot of an outbreak that finally sends the entire human race into its damnation and demise. This is literally and graphically Hell personified. Cillian Murphy’s character is able to evoke the deepest fears of men as it gives form in the prospect of finding oneself alone and lost in a flick of the finger.
7. Escape From New York
Snake Plissken is your quintessential anti-hero. Amidst the backdrop of a crime riddled futuristic Manhattan, Plissken takes on the daring job of saving the US president from the clutches of a maniacal terrorist group. The movie effectively illustrates where mankind is headed with all the unabated criminal acts that we are witnessing in the present time.
8. Reign of the Fire Dragon
The movie is a take off from mythology as it foretells a future where dragons were wreaking havoc and destruction. Mankind is caught up in this fiery scenario where they are relegated as mere staple of these fire-breathing mythical monsters.
9. Dawn of the Dead, 2004
This movie successfully goes beyond the usual tag of all film projects that are anchored on the story plot about zombies going after terrified men and women. The perfect and balanced mix of gory, suspense and humor make this production one of the most horrific movie ever.
10. The Stand
This movie completes our circle of top apocalyptic movies of the modern times. It is by far one of the best novels that were ever adapted for the silver screen. Though it is a monstrous project that was made as a multi-part TV movie, it is one futuristic movie that comes solid in terms of storyline and production. Stephen King creations don’t always come out great in movie adaptations but this one is one of those exceptions.