280+ (Neo)Catastrophic / (Post)Apocalyptic movies & series

by Dusan_Indjic-Luigi | created - 02 Dec 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Generally - very popular subject/s. While collecting titles for another purpose, I categorized titles under global catastrophic scenario(s) on which they were built upon. I tried to keep this unique collection organized (through the notes below) like: pandemic, astro, AI, nuclear, etc. Also included are series. Also check a dedicated pic/graph album on FB: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155881921158430&type=1&l=0c2720afdd.

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1. Divergent (2014)

PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

48 Metascore

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney

Votes: 408,440 | Gross: $150.95M

[totalitarianism, dystopia, eugenics] Social and genetic engineering after global changes.

2. Gattaca (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

64 Metascore

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal

Votes: 267,927 | Gross: $12.34M

[eugenics] What genetic engineering eventually "has in store" for us? (And, yes, after a few decades a bit oldish)

3. Code 46 (2003)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A futuristic Brief Encounter (1945), this is a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Om Puri, Togo Igawa

Votes: 19,504 | Gross: $0.20M

[dystopia, eugenics]

4. The Lobster (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman

Votes: 195,310 | Gross: $8.70M

[genetic, dystopia]

5. Deep Evil (2004 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

After an incident occurs at a top-secret bio-research lab in remote Alaska, a team of skilled military operatives is sent to investigate whether this was an accident, an act of terror or something else.

Director: Pat Williams | Stars: Lorenzo Lamas, Ona Grauer, Adam J. Harrington, Jim Thorburn

Votes: 890

[genetic, pandemic]

6. Planet of the Apes (2001)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 204,557 | Gross: $180.01M

[eugenics, pandemic] Serial.

7. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A substance designed to help the brain repair itself gives advanced intelligence to a chimpanzee who leads an ape uprising.

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Karin Konoval

Votes: 481,569 | Gross: $176.76M

[genetics] 2nd part.

8. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

79 Metascore

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Votes: 398,308 | Gross: $208.55M

[eugenics, post-apocalyptic] 3rd part.

9. Ultraviolet (2006)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

18 Metascore

A beautiful hæmophage infected with a virus that gives her superhuman powers has to protect a boy in a futuristic world, who is thought to be carrying antigens that would destroy all hæmophages.

Director: Kurt Wimmer | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund, Sebastien Andrieu

Votes: 77,587 | Gross: $18.50M

[genetics, dystopia]

10. Vanguard (2009)

Unrated | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

Bizzare and mysterious events at an isolated resort portend either the salvation or annihilation of humanity.

Director: Sean Klisiewecz | Stars: Michelle Portch, Beau Beasley, Worth Beasley, Travis Klisiewecz

[dystopic, pandemic]

11. Outbreak (1995)

R | 127 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Army doctors struggle to find a cure for a deadly virus spreading throughout a California town that was brought to America by an African monkey.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey

Votes: 102,903 | Gross: $67.82M

[pandemic] Dangerous airborne virus runs away from CDC.

12. The Maze Runner (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

Director: Wes Ball | Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Votes: 397,332 | Gross: $102.43M

[dystopia, pandemic] After the civilisation collapse.

13. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

After having escaped the Maze, the Gladers now face a new set of challenges on the open roads of a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.

Director: Wes Ball | Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 208,224 | Gross: $81.70M

[dystopia, pandemc] 2nd part, planet is destroyed not only by war but by climatic change.

14. Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as "The Flare".

Director: Wes Ball | Stars: Dylan O'Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Votes: 99,265 | Gross: $58.03M

[pandemic, dystopian, post-apocalyptic] 3rd part of the saga

15. Children of Men (2006)

R | 109 min | Drama, Thriller

84 Metascore

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine

Votes: 440,140 | Gross: $35.55M

[pandemic] When virus hits hard the sexual urge.

16. Hidden (I) (2015)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

A family takes refuge in a bomb shelter to avoid a dangerous outbreak.

Directors: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Andrea Riseborough, Emily Alyn Lind, Steven Elliot

Votes: 18,229

[pandemic] Family seeks refuge from virus in cellar.

17. Another World (I) (2014)

99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic future, a biological warfare program gone wrong leaves only four survivors defending themselves from "the infected" - mindless killers. As they struggle to survive and make sense of what is happening, they find another survivor, intent on revealing the truth.

Director: Eitan Reuven | Stars: Larry Butchins, Zach Cohen, Susanne Gschwendtner, Davina Kevelson

Votes: 4,200

[pandemic] Bio-warfare program gone wrong leaves zombies.

18. Pandemic (2016)

TV-MA | 91 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

47 Metascore

Pandemic is set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet. There are more infected than uninfected, and humanity is losing its grip on survival. Its ... See full summary »

Director: John Suits | Stars: Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen, Missi Pyle, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 7,114

Global viral problem.

19. Darkest Day (2015)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Dan wakes up on a beach with no memory. He discovers an empty city ravaged by a deadly virus. After befriending a small group of survivors it soon becomes clear the army is hunting him down... See full summary »

Director: Dan Rickard | Stars: Dan Rickard, Chris Wandell, Samantha Bolter, Richard Wilkinson

Votes: 1,292

[pandemic]

20. The Zombie Diaries (2006)

R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In the early part of the 21st century, an unknown deadly virus is spreading among the population. The planet becomes infested with a new threat unlike any other The Undead. Three compelling... See full summary »

Directors: Michael G. Bartlett, Kevin Gates | Stars: Scott Ainslie, Toby Bowman, Victoria Summer, Juliet Forester

Votes: 4,512

[pandemic] ...apocalypse leaves mindless beings globally.

21. Zombie Diaries 2 (2011)

R | 88 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Three months have passed since a viral outbreak wiped out 99.9% of the world's population, turning its victims into flesh-eating living dead. In the UK, a surviving band of soldiers and ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael G. Bartlett, Kevin Gates | Stars: Philip Brodie, Alix Wilton Regan, Rob Oldfield, Vicky Araico

Votes: 2,298

2nd part of previous.

22. Doomsday Man (2000)

89 min | Drama

After his wife is killed researching a deadly virus, a doctor, out of anger and guilt, infects himself with the virus and threatens the world.

Director: William R. Greenblatt | Stars: Esai Morales, James Marshall, Yancy Butler, Renee Allman

Votes: 392

[pandemic] Doctor inflicts himself with terminal virus...

23. The Evil Gene (2015)

78 min | Horror, Thriller

FBI agent Griff Krenshaw is dispatched to solve a murder at a federal correctional facility for inmates with a rare genetic defect that leads to psychosis and violence. Once there, Griff ... See full summary »

Director: Kathryn F. Taylor | Stars: Richard Speight Jr., Cameron Richardson, Lindsey Ginter, Anthony L. Fernandez

Votes: 167

[pandemic] Nasty viral infection in prison.

24. The Sector (2016)

Not Rated | 86 min | Sci-Fi

In a dystopian world, a bounty hunter sets out to capture a ruthless band of outlaws who have kidnapped an important father and daughter through a world of multiverses. Unbeknownst to the Outlaws and the Bounty Hunter is that another, more powerful man known only as The Finisher has plans of his own.

Director: Josh Ridgway | Stars: Eric Roberts, John Wesley Shipp, Lance Henriksen, Richard Tyson

Votes: 215

[dystopia, post-apocalyptic]

25. The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

R | 111 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie.

Director: Colm McCarthy | Stars: Sennia Nanua, Fisayo Akinade, Dominique Tipper, Paddy Considine

Votes: 49,414

[dystopia, pandemic] Only hope against deadly virus is with special girl among leftovers of survivers.

26. Man Down (I) (2015)

R | 90 min | Drama, Thriller

27 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.

Director: Dito Montiel | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Jai Courtney, Gary Oldman, Kate Mara

Votes: 8,628

[dystopia] Soldier in post-apocalyptic America.

27. Here Alone (2016)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A young woman struggles to survive on her own in the wake of a mysterious epidemic that has killed much of society, and forced her deep into the unforgiving wilderness.

Director: Rod Blackhurst | Stars: Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson, Shane West

Votes: 5,821

[pandemic, post-apocalyptic] Lone female "hides" in wilderness.

28. Absolon (2003)

R | 96 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller

In a world ravaged by disease, he's the only cure... and the last hope for human-kind.

Director: David De Bartolome | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Kelly Brook, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ron Perlman

Votes: 2,960

[pandemic, totalitarian] Corporate control over the only cure.

29. It Comes At Night (2017)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery

78 Metascore

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.

Director: Trey Edward Shults | Stars: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough

Votes: 74,870 | Gross: $13.99M

[post-apocalyptic] Two familiies try to survive away from city and ongoing war.

30. Contagion (2011)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 205,319 | Gross: $75.66M

[pandemic] CDC is working on the cure as worldwide epidemic ravages population.

31. Zombieland (2009)

R | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

73 Metascore

A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 491,386 | Gross: $75.59M

[post-apocalyptic, pandemic] USA

32. Resident Evil (2002)

R | 100 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

33 Metascore

A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Ryan McCluskey, Oscar Pearce

Votes: 236,964 | Gross: $40.12M

[pandemic, eugenics] The virus brakes loose in an underground lab of Umbrella Corp.

33. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

Alice wakes up in Racoon city hospital after the city has been overrun by zombies. Alice must now make it out of the city before a mucilage bomb is dropped on the city.

Director: Alexander Witt | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Eric Mabius, Oded Fehr

Votes: 178,987 | Gross: $51.20M

[pandemic, eugenics] Virus breaks up the city defenses and spreads worldwide.

34. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

41 Metascore

Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Oded Fehr, Iain Glen

Votes: 176,784 | Gross: $50.65M

[post-apocalyptic, pandemic] Leftover survivors and fighters try to get away through the Nevada desert.

35. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

37 Metascore

While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected who also want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Kim Coates

Votes: 156,316 | Gross: $60.13M

[post-apocalyptic, pandemic] Protagonist tryies to fight the corporation by organising with guys in prison.

36. Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

R | 95 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

39 Metascore

Alice fights alongside a resistance movement to regain her freedom from an Umbrella Corporation testing facility.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Aryana Engineer

Votes: 127,783 | Gross: $42.35M

[post-apocalyptic, pandemic] She gets to the supposed sanctuary in remote Alaska.

37. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016)

R | 107 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

Alice returns to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts

Votes: 78,249 | Gross: $26.83M

[post-apocalyptic, pandemic] Final battle between protagonist and corporation abominations

38. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 354,900 | Gross: $45.06M

[pandemic] UK is zombie-franzy!

39. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes according to plan.

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 247,340 | Gross: $28.64M

[pandemic] After several months, people and army try to get back to The Island, but things go wrong...

40. 28 Days Later: The Aftermath (Chapter 3) - Decimation (2007 Video)

5 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A short story set in London during the time period of the film 28 Days Later... (2002), told in the form of an animated comic strip.

Director: Jamieson Fry | Stars: Resmine Atis, Mitchell Barnett, Kirstin Eggers, Mack Greenlaw

Votes: 245

[pandemic]

41. Battle of the Damned (2013)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Following a deadly viral outbreak, private military soldier Max Gatling leads a handful of survivors and a ragtag band of robots against an army of the infected.

Director: Christopher Hatton | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Melanie Zanetti, Matt Doran, David Field

Votes: 3,570

[pandemic] Soldiers and robots against army of infected.

42. Extinction (2015)

R | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

And suddenly, overnight, the world came to a halt. Two men, two survivors, one kid, and hatred that separates them. A place forgotten by everyone, including the creatures that inhabit the Earth... until now.

Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas | Stars: Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan, Quinn McColgan, Clara Lago

Votes: 15,110

[post-apocalyptic, pandemic] Sudden global stop.

43. Re-Kill (2015)

R | 88 min | Action, Horror

It's been 5 years since the Re-Animates outbreak that wiped out 85% of the world's population. Within a few cities, the Re-Animates have been segregated into "zones" and are policed by the R-Division of the QUASI S.W.A.T. Unit.

Director: Valeri Milev | Stars: Bruce Payne, Daniella Alonso, Roger Cross, Scott Adkins

Votes: 2,371

[post-apocalyptic, pandemic] 5 yrs. after Re-Animates kill 95% of global pop.

44. Daylight's End (2016)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror