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The Top Post Apocalyptic Shows and Movies on HBO Max

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HBO Max is the new streaming service from HBO, offering a much larger catalogue of content than prior streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. So how is their Post-Apocalyptic offerings?

Actually, not too shabby.

Their original content shines when it comes to TV series like The Leftovers and Chernobyl, and their stable of modern and classic movies like Godzilla King of Monsters (2019), Road Warrior II, and 12 Monkeys provides a good sampling of some of the most beloved movies in the genre.

Oddly, it includes two but not all of the Road Warrior movies. And one of them is “Beyond Thunderdome”? That is like having only two Indiana Jones movies, and one is Temple of Doom.

Below you’ll find a list of the top TV Shows and Movies from HBO Max, starting with our favorites.

Happy streaming!

The Top 6 TV Series on HBO Max

1. Chernobyl

Chernobyl  | TV Mini-Series (2019) 330min | Drama, History, Thriller | TV Mini-Series (2019) Summary: In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.
Countries: USA, UKLanguages: English, Russian, Ukrainian


2. The Leftovers

The Leftovers  | TV Series (2014–2017) 60min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | TV Series (2014–2017) Summary: Three years after the disappearance of two percent of the global population, a group of people in a small New York community try to continue their lives while coping with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.
Countries: USALanguages: English

3. Westworld

Westworld  | TV Series (2016– ) 62min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | TV Series (2016– ) Summary: Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.
Countries: USALanguages: English

4. Adventure Time

Adventure Time  | TV Series (2010–2018) 660min | Animation, Short, Action | TV Series (2010–2018) Summary: A 12-year-old boy and his best friend, wise 28-year-old dog with magical powers, go on a series of surreal adventures with each other in a remote future.
Countries: USA, South KoreaLanguages: English, Korean

5. Schwarzesmarken

Schwarzesmarken  | TV Series (2016– ) 1440min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Series (2016– ) Summary: In 1983 the East German Army 666th TSF Squadron "Swarzesmarken" are fighting on the front lines against the alien invaders known as the BETA.
Countries: JapanLanguages: Japanese, German

6. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones  | TV Series (2011–2019) 3420min | Action, Adventure, Drama | TV Series (2011–2019) Summary: Nine noble families fight for control over the lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for millennia.
Countries: USA, UKLanguages: English

The Top 10 Movies on HBO Max

1. 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys (1995) 129min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 5 January 1996 (USA) Summary: In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
Countries: USALanguages: English, French

2. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) 96min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 21 May 1982 (USA) Summary: In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline-rich community escape a horde of bandits.
Countries: Australia, USALanguages: English

3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) 132min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 31 May 2019 (USA) Summary: The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
Countries: USA, Japan, China, CanadaLanguages: English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish

4. War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds (2005) 116min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 29 June 2005 (USA) Summary: As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival in this sci-fi action film.
Countries: USALanguages: English

5. Planet of the Apes (2001)

Planet of the Apes (2001) 119min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 27 July 2001 (USA) Summary: In 2029, an Air Force astronaut crash-lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.
Countries: USALanguages: English

6. The Animatrix

The Animatrix (2003) 100min | Animation, Action, Adventure | Video 3 June 2003 Summary: A collection of nine short films featuring stories related to The Matrix (1999).
Countries: USA, JapanLanguages: English, Japanese

7. Signs

Signs (2002) 106min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 2 August 2002 (USA) Summary: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Countries: USALanguages: English, Portuguese

8. Mars Attacks

Mars Attacks! (1996) 106min | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 13 December 1996 (USA) Summary: Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.
Countries: USALanguages: English, French

9. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) 107min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 10 July 1985 (USA) Summary: After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.
Countries: Australia, USALanguages: English

10. White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007) 86min | Documentary, History | 6 August 2007 (USA) Summary: Using extensive interviews with survivors and archival footage, an examination reveals the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Countries: USALanguages: English, Japanese, Korean

The Full List of Post-Apocalyptic Movies and Shows on HBO Max

We’re being very generous in calling some of these post-apocalyptic, but here is the full list of apocalyptic, dystopian, and other end-of-the-world shows and movies on the platform.

TV Series
Doom Patrol
The Fades

Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla Raids Again
Godzilla King of the Monsters (1956)
Son of Godzilla
Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs Megalon
Godzilla vs Gigan
Mothra vs Godzilla
Godzilla vs Hedorah
The Seventh Seal

Ad Astra
Destroy All Monsters
Atomic Homefront
The Blob
Cowboys and Aliens
Farenheit 451
Judge Dredd
Lord of the Flies
Lost in Space
Monsters vs. Aliens
Our Violent Sun

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    Derek is a licensed (non-practicing) attorney with a keen interest in avoiding catastrophe. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

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