How would the world end? Doomsday movies have been nothing short of entertaining throughout the years. They’ve created a universe of possibilities in which our planet could be ending in some wild and believable ways.
Whether it’s zombie-related, a meteor invasion, nuclear warfare, or an unbelievable mother nature wreaking havoc on humans; there always seems to be a twist at the end. Here is the list of the top ten Doomsday Movies.
10 Best Doomsday Movies ever made
Imagine the world as you know it, is gone. What would be your top ten countdown of the best doomsday movies? I am sure we can all think of a few, if not a few hundred movies that have destroyed our planet and in some cases, the whole universe that we know of.
Here is the list of the 10 best doomsday movies ever made, and they are a preapocalyptic doomsday movies.
#10. Deep Impact (1998)
Although the chances of a huge asteroid or comet colliding with Earth are extremely remote, what if it does?
Deep Impact chronicles what happens when mankind realizes that a dangerous comet is heading straight for Earth.
Knowing that extinction may be imminent, governments throughout the world devised contingency plans A and B.
Their initial strategy is to use nuclear weapons to kill the comet. The alternative is to select a small group of civilians and prominent figures to protect from the comet’s destructive power.
Deep Impact grossed nearly $350,000,000 worldwide, yet received mixed critical reception.
Upon its release in 1998. There have been many comet strikes Earth type of movies, and scientists consider Deep Impact to be the most technically accurate one.
#9. Knowing (2009)
In this 2009 science-fiction thriller about preserving mankind from annihilation, Nicolas Cage meets the apocalypse. Knowing watches astronomer John Koestler as he gets a letter from a time capsule that has been sealed for 50 years.
The note lists every significant disaster that has occurred, as well as the number of people who have died as a result of it. John, certain that the last calamity will cause mankind’s destruction, sets out with his son Caleb to find a means to save humanity. A big solar flare, he says, will be the cause of the extinction.
Yes, John has the ability to predict future disasters. The finale of this film is hard to guess. Remember, this is a Nicolas Cage science fiction film, so everything goes.
#8. Signs (2002)
M. Night Shyamalan directed Signs after The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. An alien invasion on Earth is the subject of this science fiction horror film.
Signs, starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, swiftly established itself as another excellent film in M. Night Shyamalan’s increasing collection of story twists.
Graham Hess is played by Mel Gibson, a former Episcopal priest who now lives with his family on an isolated farm.
Graham’s faith is put to the test once more when crop circles appear on his farm and evidence of alien creatures appears all over the news. Now he must defend his family from an alien attack.
Even though we never see a worldwide alien invasion happening in science. The film skillfully showcases the struggles of a small family trapped in the middle of something bigger than them.
#7. Armageddon (1998)
Bruce Willis, a massive asteroid swiftly approaching Earth, and an excellent Aerosmith song appear in this 1998 Michael Bay masterpiece.
A squad of deep core drillers is trained to become astronauts in Armageddon, as this motley collection of laborers may be humanity’s only hope of survival.
They’re sent to the incoming asteroid to plant a bomb in its core, but they quickly discover that not all of them will return home.
This isn’t a scientifically accurate film by any means, but it’s a lot of fun to watch thanks to the talented cast.
Armageddon also received mildly positive ratings on the IMDb website. Despite that, Michael Bay considers Armageddon to be his worst film, blaming the short 16 weeks production for the movie’s shortcomings.
#6. Independence Day (1996)
Independence Day has the distinction of being the most patriotic alien invasion film ever made. Roland Emmerich, a director with a long history of depicting catastrophic catastrophes, directed this 1996 picture.
As they demolish several of America’s most renowned sites, an invading extraterrestrial Armada delivers Earth an ultimatum. The alien mothership signal is discovered and decoded by David Levinson, a satellite technician.
A squad of pilots brings the war to the aliens after successfully using a computer to remove the alien shield, making humanity’s final stand against their would-be masters.
Independence Day was by far the highest-grossing movie of 1996 and earned over $100 million in its opening week.
#5. Prometheus (2012)
Prometheus proves that not every apocalyptic movie needs to take place on Earth. This film, which was released in 2012, explains the genesis tale of the Alien franchise’s Xenomorph aliens.
Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott, would be the first alien film in history. When a group of scientists flies to a faraway moon, they expect to discover information about humanity’s beginnings.
Instead, they discover the ruins of an old civilisation as well as a mystery material that has the potential to wipe mankind out.
Realizing they are not alone, things are turning slowly but surely into a nightmare. Overall, Prometheus was considered a financial success. However, the film failed to meet the studio’s expectations.
#4. The War of the Worlds (1953)
Even today, the original War of the Worlds, which was released in 1953, is regarded as a classic of science fiction film, since it is a prime example of an enjoyable sci-fi tale portrayed in a captivating manner.
The War of the Worlds is a science fiction film about a Martian invasion of Earth. The Martians assault a little Californian town first, but their ships soon swallow the entire earth.
When it was first released, this film gained near-universal critical praise, even earning an Oscar for its excellent special effects. The influence of the War of the Worlds on culture cannot be emphasized.
In 2011, it was selected to be kept in the United States National Film Registry for being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.
#3. Sunshine (2007)
This 2007 science fiction film depicts a group of scientists who are dispatched to the sun in order to prevent it from annihilating all life on Earth.
The cataclysmic event that will end all life in Sunshine is the Sun running out of fuel due to the effects of a cue ball, rather than a solar flare. This would be the end of not only our planet, but the whole solar system.
Sunshine has several examples of complex theoretical physics, all owing to the film’s science consultants’ tireless efforts.
Before beginning work on the film, the actors who played the astronauts were forced to live together.
That way, the interactions between them feel more like those we’d see within a group of people that’s known each other for a long time.
#2. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Zack Snyder updated the original Dawn of the Dead in 2004, modifying the source material for a grittier, more violent version of the iconic zombie thriller.
A group of survivors join together within a mall, much like in the original 2004 Dawn of the Dead, while a horde of undead besieges them from all sides.
Even if the original film’s depiction of consumerism is lost in translation in this version, it retains some of the most shocking scenes from the original while also adding some new ones.
It’s also a great reminder that the end of the world can come in many forms, some of them more prolonged than others.
Seeing these zombies, it’s safe to say that an asteroid would be a better way to go..
#1. Cloverfield (2008)
Cloverfield, the 2008 film that spawned a bizarre film trilogy, is one of the most unique found footage films we’ve ever seen.
Cloverfield, directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by him, follows a desperate group of survivors as New York is besieged by a huge monster.
To make matters worse, the monster can create miniature versions of itself, ensuring that no part of the city is safe.
Cloverfield has had two sequels since then, however none are true continuations of the tale. That said, only this film depicts the possibility of humanity’s extinction in full shaky Cam detail.
The realism of the footage that made up this movie is just plain frightening. Cloverfield currently holds an approval rating of 77% on Rotten Tomatoes and was rated a seven on a scale of on the IMDb website.
This was our top 10 list of the best doomsday movies ever made that focus on life before and during the apocalypse, Not after.
So, Do you agree with our list? If you have any suggestions or comments please shoot them down in the comments below.