Total Recall: Post-Apocalyptic Movies

Summary

In this weekend's Oblivion, only one man stands between the last remnants of the human race and utter extinction! Fortunately, that man is Tom Cruise, so everything is probably going to work out just fine in the end, but Joseph Kosinski's latest big-budget sci-fi outing got us thinking about other movies that imagine a dim future for humanity, and the next thing we knew, we had a list full of post-apocalyptic flicks. Given the size and scope of the genre, there was no way of covering them all, but after spinning a few dials on the Tomatometer, we feel like we came up with a pretty good cross-section of the cream of the crop, including entries tinged with horror, action, animation, and even some truly classic cinema. Climb down into your backyard bunker and dip into your emergency stores of food and water, because it's time to Total Recall like there's no tomorrow! Back to Article

Comments

Michael Adkins

Michael Adkins

The Road was a really good film. How did it miss this list?

Apr 17 - 04:45 PM

Robert Gillespie

Robert Gillespie

Agreed, one of my favorites.

Apr 17 - 07:24 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

It's T-Meter wasn't high enough. It's a bummer, because it's a really good movie.

Apr 17 - 07:50 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

Read the book, everyone. Read the book.

Apr 18 - 09:04 AM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

I did. One of the few instances where I read the book before seeing the movie.

Apr 18 - 12:06 PM

Hal

Hal Morris

Children of Men should not be on any list of good films.

Apr 17 - 04:48 PM

Niko Mokalis

Niko Mokalis

Why?

Apr 17 - 06:49 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

I loved Children of Men.

Apr 18 - 09:05 AM

Josh Evans

Josh Evans

Your definition of good is screwed. Children of Men is one of the best films of that decade.

Apr 18 - 07:58 PM

Landon O'Hara

Landon O'Hara

Road Warrior????????? its at 100%!

Apr 17 - 05:00 PM

Alex Kassian

Alex Kassian

Yea, I also felt road warrior was superior to Mad Max in many ways. To each his own I guess.

Apr 18 - 10:42 AM

Dillon Ross

Dillon Houshour

What about Water World? Or Post Man? Now hold on, I didn't say that these were "great" movies, but as far as Post-Apocalyptic movies go, they had "great" premiss. Water World more so than Post Man. Post Man failed as far as the book is concerned.

Apr 17 - 05:06 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I actually really like The Postman, the only thing wrong with it was it was too long for most people and it was something of a slow burn.

Apr 17 - 06:13 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

This list goes by highest T-Meter.

Apr 17 - 07:49 PM

John Tyler

John Tyler McClane

On Page 2, it's Mad Max, then Matrix, then Planet of the Apes, then 28 Days Later, and then Wall-E. I'm pretty sure putting them in random order doesn't mean each film is higher than the other.

Apr 18 - 04:08 AM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

They aren't in order, but they're the most highly rated post-apocalyptic movies.

Apr 18 - 07:49 AM

Evan Lewis

Evan Lewis

They don't deserve to be on the list, earning RT ratings of 43% (Waterworld) and 9% (Postman). All of the films on this list are fresh, and have earned the right to be here. You may have liked them. But, neither has earned a fresh rating from the audiences either.

Apr 19 - 02:23 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I actually really like The Postman, the only thing wrong with it was it was too long for most people and it was something of a slow burn.

Apr 17 - 06:13 PM

Niko Mokalis

Niko Mokalis

Why?

Apr 17 - 06:49 PM

Robert Gillespie

Robert Gillespie

Agreed, one of my favorites.

Apr 17 - 07:24 PM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

This list goes by highest T-Meter.

Apr 17 - 07:49 PM

John Tyler

John Tyler McClane

On Page 2, it's Mad Max, then Matrix, then Planet of the Apes, then 28 Days Later, and then Wall-E. I'm pretty sure putting them in random order doesn't mean each film is higher than the other.

Apr 18 - 04:08 AM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

They aren't in order, but they're the most highly rated post-apocalyptic movies.

Apr 18 - 07:49 AM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

It's T-Meter wasn't high enough. It's a bummer, because it's a really good movie.

Apr 17 - 07:50 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Children of Men is probably the best one on here.

Apr 17 - 07:54 PM

Wesley Uhl

Wesley Uhl

This list is horrible. Mad Max isn't even post apocalyptic. Try Road Warrior. Who are you people? If you have a job at RT you should probably watch movies.

Apr 17 - 08:18 PM

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