The concept of apocalypse is a dreaded and highly debatable one. Over the years there have been several conspirators who have theorized the possibility of the end of the world and its cause. These random groups have their loyal followers who too share the belief of the apocalypse. Science fiction writers over the years have penned down their nightmarish imaginations and created moments of apocalypse and post-apocalyptic worlds. The general folk, however, refuse to engage in a discussion on this morbid topic as the sweet present is much too fulfilling. They shudder at the very notion of the world’s demise. The filmmakers however haven’t been too silent for this topic is as good as any to fry their creative minds on.
Today, we will be looking at 10 best movies about the end of the world. Films which are based on a post-apocalyptic world like ‘Wall E’ or ‘Mad Maxx: Fury Road’ have been excluded. This list features some hidden gems from countries like Australia and Canada. So if you have missed out on a couple of these, make sure you do, before you know, ‘The Apocalypse.’ With that said, here is the list of end of the world movies ever. You can some of the best end of the world movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. When Worlds Collide (1951)
The subject of our dear old earth colliding with an alien body has been debated and talked about by the apocalypse theorists since a very long time. Two of them, Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer, had co-authored a book ‘When Worlds Collide’ in 1933 which dwelt on this morbid fantasy. It provided the fodder for the 1951 sci-fi flick by Rudolph Mate. The film, produced by Paramount Pictures, is one of the very first of its kind.
Expertly disguising itself as a Biblical metaphor, ‘When Worlds Collide’ brings the raw human nature when put on the brink of an apocalypse. When a space ‘ark’ was sanctioned to be built to fly out mankind and animals to the seemingly habitable planet of Zyra post Earth’s collision with the rogue Sun Bellus, scientist Dr. Cole Hendron has the toughest job at hand when he has to select the ‘lucky passengers’ who would go on board the ship. It is a test of humanity and of Dr. Hendron’s mettle as he tries to save as many lives as possible. He is confronted with the inhumanity behind leaving so many people stranded on the unstable Earth or doing nothing for the annihilation. His resolve forces him to choose the lesser of the two evils but remains behind to salvage his conscience and to conserve fuel for those on board. It is amazing how this concept was brought about at such an early stage of cinema. It is one fascinating movie and merits a watch to say the least.