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Movies about the End of the World

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s Paul Asay has put together a gallery list of movies about the apocalypse or the end of the world. Some are better as movies than others — I thought “The Day After Tomorrow” was pretty poor. Some deal with the end of our civilization and some skip all that and imagine what would follow. It leaves out some I would suggest like “Tank Girl,” “On the Beach,” “Idiocracy,” “The Fifth Element,” “Judge Dredd,” the Matrix trilogy, the Terminator trilogy, “The Rapture,” “Robocop,” “Southland Tales,” “Silent Running,” and “Sunshine.” For those who want more information, there’s a whole book on the subject:

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Many thanks to loyal friend of this blog jestrfyl for suggesting this entry. Any other suggestions for the list?

  • jestrfyl

    I would add the great classic, “Dr. Strangelove”. Who can beat Slim Pickens riding The Bomb to “The End”. Also, I like “Matinee”, an overlooked film with John Goodman. He plays a movie theater owner in Key West during the Bay of Pigs episode.

  • iorek

    12 Monkeys, of course, and many others. Paul Asay does not sound like a film critic.

  • WarpedRecord

    An excellent film about the end of time that was sadly overlooked is the Canadian film “Last Night” (1998), released when everyone was worried about Y2K. That seems like a much simpler era now, doesn’t it?

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