Post-Apocalyptic Films – A History

  • Metropolis

    a 1927 science fiction film based on a flood disaster in a cityscape. A silent dystopian film.
  • Fear of cold war and invasion from unknown hostile forces.

    Fear of cold war and invasion from unknown hostile forces.
    When Worlds Collide (1951)
  • When Worlds Collide

    A film about planetary impact between earth and a rogue planet.
  • On The Beach

    In the aftermath of an atomic war, much of humanity has been destroyed. Only Australia remains, but time is short as the winds will inevitably spread nuclear fallout and everyone knows they have only a few months to live.
  • Nuclear War Threat

    Fears of a nuclear war
    On The Beach (1959)
  • Fear of the Vietnam war and biological warfare

    The Omega Man (1971)
    Mad Max (1979)
  • The Omega Man

    Coming out as Vietnam raged, this Charlton Heston 1971 film told the story of a world where biological warfare had killed most humans or turned them into nocturnal vampires.
  • Mad Max

    A rugged hero battles across a wasteland searching for fuel and food
  • Fears Of Science Meddling With Nature

    Body Snatchers (1993)
  • Body Snatchers

    Alien clones replicating humans.
    This reflects the fears at this time of science meddling with nature.
  • Armageddon

    A 1998 film that was a huge box-office smash starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Ben Affleck as astronauts seeking to prevent an asteroid from striking the planet.
  • Fear of Environmental Disasters

    The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
  • The Day After Tomorrow

    This 2004 film capitalised on growing concern about climate change. It postulated that a warming Earth could disrupt oceanic currents and trigger a sudden ice age across North America.