Thinking about Top End Of The World Movies, there is no limit to the films talking about this idea. We put together 25 of our favorites.
Lilly Wachowski, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving
The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction action film written and directed by the Wachowski siblings. It stars Keanu Reeves as Neo, a computer programmer who discovers the world he knows is actually a simulated reality created by sentient machines to subdue the human population, while Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano play other important roles. Neo must join forces with other people in the real world to free humanity from the Matrix, a system of control created by machines. Throughout the film, Neo is aided by a group of rebels led by Morpheus, who believes Neo is The One, the prophesied savior of mankind. Ultimately, Neo must face Agent Smith, a program determined to destroy him and anyone associated with him. With the help of the rebels, Neo defeats Smith and overthrows the Matrix, saving humanity in the process.
From James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 science fiction action film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick. The story follows Sarah Connor and her ten-year-old son, John, as they are pursued by a newly-designed shape-shifting Terminator (the T-1000) sent back in time by Skynet to kill John before he can lead the resistance against the machines. The Connors enlist the help of the reprogrammed T-800 Terminator (the T-800) to protect John and fight against the T-1000. In a battle across time, the T-800 and John confront the T-1000 and ultimately prevent Skynet's creation, saving the future of mankind.
From Stanley Kubrick, starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a 1964 black comedy film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The film follows an unhinged United States Air Force general as he orders a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, while his aides struggle to keep the situation under control. Along the way, they must contend with the president, General Buck Turgidson, and the infamous Dr. Strangelove, a wheelchair-bound nuclear scientist. The film explores themes of cold war politics, the dangers of nuclear warfare, and the absurdity of human behavior. Its dark humor and satirical elements make it one of the most iconic films of the 1960s.
From Andrew Stanton, starring Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard
WALL·E is a 2008 computer-animated science fiction film directed by Andrew Stanton. Set in the distant future, the film follows a robot named WALL·E, who is designed to clean up the garbage-filled wasteland left by humans on Earth. After discovering a seedling that may have the potential to restore the planet, WALL·E embarks on an epic adventure where he meets a sleek, modern robot named EVE, who helps him fulfill his mission of restoring the planet. Along the way, the two robots learn to love and trust each other, and ultimately save Earth from destruction. Through its imaginative story and captivating visuals, WALL·E celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.
From Franklin J. Schaffner, starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans
Planet of the Apes is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. The film follows a group of astronauts from Earth, who crash-land on a mysterious planet ruled by apes. Led by Taylor (Charlton Heston), the astronauts discover a world in which apes are the dominant species and humans are treated as slaves. After being captured, Taylor and the other astronauts plan a daring escape and attempt to uncover the truth behind their new home. Along the way, they discover a shocking secret that could change the fate of both species. With its groundbreaking special effects, Oscar-winning makeup, and thought-provoking themes, Planet of the Apes is considered one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made.
From Terry Gilliam, starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Joseph Melito
12 Monkeys is a science fiction film directed by Terry Gilliam and released in 1995. The film stars Bruce Willis as James Cole, a convict from a dystopian future sent back in time to stop a deadly virus released in 1996 that wipes out most of the world's population. With the help of a brilliant scientist (Madeleine Stowe) and an institutionalized mental patient (Brad Pitt), Cole discovers the virus was released by a mysterious group known as the "Army of the 12 Monkeys". In order to save the future, Cole must travel back and forth between two time periods in order to uncover the truth behind the virus and the group responsible for its release. The film is a thrilling and thought-provoking exploration of themes of fate, determinism, and the consequences of time travel.
From Alfonso Cuarón, starring Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine
Children of Men is a 2006 dystopian science fiction film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Set in the year 2027, the world is a desolate place where humanity is on the brink of extinction. The human race is unable to reproduce and is living in a state of despair and chaos. In the midst of this chaos, a former activist named Theo Faron (Clive Owen) must protect a miraculously pregnant woman from a ruthless group of militant forces who are desperately trying to capture her and use her unborn child as a symbol of hope for humanity. Along the way, Theo and his friends must fight against a corrupt government and a powerful military in order to protect her and ensure the survival of the human race.
From George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman
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Night of the Living Dead is a classic horror film directed by George A. Romero. It follows a group of strangers who are trapped inside a rural farmhouse, trying to survive an onslaught of flesh-eating zombies. The survivors must work together to survive the night, but tensions within the group threaten to tear them apart. As the night progresses, the survivors must face up against the relentless hordes of undead, who won't stop until they've feasted on human flesh. With a shocking ending, Night of the Living Dead is a must-see for any horror fan.
From Rupert Wyatt, starring James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Karin Konoval
Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a 2011 science fiction film directed by Rupert Wyatt. The film stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, and Andy Serkis. The story follows a scientist, Will Rodman (Franco), who is working on a cure for Alzheimer's disease. His research results in a genetically modified chimpanzee, named Caesar, that shows human-like intelligence. When the company funding the research threatens to end the project, Will smuggles Caesar out of the lab and raises him at home. As Caesar matures, his intelligence and strength give him the power to lead the other apes in a revolt against humans. He rallies them to fight for their freedom, ultimately leading to a war between humans and apes. Caesar's quest for a new home for the apes and a place where they can live in peace eventually leads to the rise of the Planet of the Apes.
From Alfred Hitchcock, starring Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette
The Birds is a 1963 psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier. The film follows Melanie Daniels, a young, wealthy socialite who meets Mitch Brenner in a San Francisco pet store and decides to follow him to his home in a small coastal town. On her way there, she is attacked by a seagull. As Melanie and Mitch spend more time together, birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack the town. What follows is a terrifying and suspenseful battle for survival as the birds relentlessly attack the townspeople. The movie culminates in a gripping climax that is sure to leave viewers on the edge of their seats.
From Ruben Fleischer, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin
Zombieland is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic horror comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer. The film follows a nerdy college student named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) who has made a habit of running from what scares him. He joins up with a group of survivors led by Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and sets out on a journey across a zombie-filled America to find a sanctuary free from the undead. Along the way, he meets another survivor named Wichita (Emma Stone), who has been on the run with her little sister (Abigail Breslin). Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock make an unlikely yet formidable team as they take on the zombie hordes and search for a place to call home.
From Luc Besson, starring Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm
The Fifth Element is a1997 sci-fi action adventure film directed by Luc Besson. In the year 2257, a mysterious and powerful object known as the "Fifth Element" is discovered in Egypt. It is believed to be a weapon of great power that could be used to either save or destroy the universe. In order to protect it, the government hires Korben Dallas, a former special forces agent, to transport the artifact to a secure location. Along the way, Dallas meets a mysterious woman named Leeloo, who is revealed to be an immortal being created from the four classical elements, as well as the Fifth Element. With the help of Dallas and an eccentric priest named Vito Cornelius, Leeloo must retrieve four ancient stones that will activate the Fifth Element and save the universe from the evil forces of the Mangalores.
From Danny Boyle, starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer
28 Days Later... is a post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland. The film follows the experiences of Jim (Cillian Murphy), a bicycle courier from London who wakes up from a coma 28 days after a virus is released that turns the majority of its victims into mindless, rage-filled zombies. Jim joins forces with a small group of survivors and sets out to search for a safe haven from the infected. Along their journey, they encounter many obstacles, including a group of dangerous soldiers who are trying to contain the virus, and a group of survivors who have resorted to extreme measures to survive. Ultimately, Jim and the survivors must fight their way through the infected and find a way to survive in a world overrun by the virus.
From Philip Kaufman, starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright
From Kevin Smith, starring Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Bud Cort
From Zack Snyder, starring Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Mekhi Phifer, Jake Weber
From John Hillcoat, starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall
From Danny Boyle, starring Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cliff Curtis
From Frank Darabont, starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher
From John Carpenter, starring Sam Neill, Jürgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen, David Warner
From Lars von Trier, starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård
From Stanley Kramer, starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins
From Joe Johnston, starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde
From Drew Goddard, starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz
From Peter Weir, starring Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, David Gulpilil, Frederick Parslow