We’ve all seen The Day After Tomorrow because it’s sort of a hilarious romp through a natural disaster. Dr. Strangelove is a classic comedy about a nuclear apocalypse on almost every “Best Film” list. The Matrix, Armageddon, 12 Monkeys, — all of these movies that we associate with the end of the world have a good deal of merit to them. But, in an entirely unscientific binge, we took a look at some of the lesser known movies about the end of the world; here, chronologically, are 8 we had a good time watching.
When Worlds Collide (1951)
It’s hard to find a movie where the world ends that doesn’t also involve human beings as the direct cause. In 1951, director Rudolph Mate gave us When Worlds Collide. And it’s actually a pretty good movie. The idea is that an errant star has been hurtling itself through space and is now on a collision course with Earth. The good people at the United Nations hatch a plan to build a giant Noah’s Ark spaceship that will launch some of the world’s best and brightest to safety. You can imagine how that goes when the world’s worst and dimmest get wind of the plan. There’s something great and inventive about this one, notably that the spaceship is headed for the one planet that’s orbiting this killer sun. Any guesses if they land safely?
On the Beach (1959)
Starring Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire (!!!) and Anthony Perkins, On the Beach is based on the 1958 Nevil Shute novel wherein Australia quietly waits out the coming nuclear winter apocalypse that’s rolling towards them. The northern hemisphere is gone, and the only inhabitable places are near the Southern Pole, and even then people are beginning to die of radiation poisoning. Like most movies of