***UPDATED 7/27/2019. Due to MASSIVE changes in the Netflix catalog, the Top 10 has been updated to reflect some great new additions.***
I want to begin this year's edition with a shout out to Netflix, who has done a great job of producing their own post-apocalyptic content. Their catalog includes more than fifteen original Netflix-produced movies in this genre alone. Incredible.
One the other hand, Netflix has also decimated our previous 2017 list, removing half of our former top ten movies including last year's #1 selection The Road. Netflix also removed Children of Men as I was writing this list, which I had slated as an easy #1. This is a major loss for the platform, people, as Children of Men is one of the greatest movies of all time. So it's a mixed bag.
In fact, out of 58 titles that you could stream in 2017, only eight remain. That's incredible turnover because you can currently stream 60 different post apocalyptic movies on Netflix.
Overall, I detect that Netflix has a strong commitment to the post-apocalyptic community. At least in so far as original content. And TV series. But third-party movies are slim pickings, with just a couple good movies at a time. Come on Netflix. At least give us back Hunger Games. Or more than two measly Terminator films. You owe us that much.
We looked through every single post apocalyptic movie on Netflix to find you the best of the best. If it's about species survival or the end of the world, and it's good, we probably have it listed here. We cast a wide net so dystopia, end of the world, alien invasion, and robot uprising - it's all fair game.
Below you'll find:
(1) the Top 10 Post Apocalyptic Movies you can watch right now on Netflix followed by
(2) an indiscriminate list of all the movies in the post apocalyptic genre that Netflix has available.
Introduction to the 2019 Top Ten List
The sheer number of Netflix produced Post-Apocalyptic movies and TV shows has exploded in these last couple years. It has, frankly, been difficult to keep up. That is why you may see this list change as the year goes on. Was a great movie excluded from the top 10? Make a comment! I read them and it informs my decisions when choosing what to watch next.
DISCLAIMER: This list was made on February 11, 2019, and it may not be accurate the very next day. That's because Netflix is constantly changing their catalog. BUT I'll try to keep this list updated all year, so if you see something good on Netflix that I don't have; please let me know about it in the comments, via email, or in the web form on our Tips page.
Quite possibly the greatest zombie movie ever made, Zombieland hits on all cylinders. Mixing humor, absurdity, realism, and an all star cast, Zombieland follows Columbus, played by Jesse Eisenberg, whose simple rules of life are what keep him alive.
A sequel is coming October 18th, 2019, so get caught up now.
Denzel's character Eli is just a guy in the wasteland trying to survive. Or is he?
The mystery surrounding Eli really drives this movie forward. Like a good Fallout game, we tag along as he deals with raiders, trades with the local shopkeep, and engages in some side quests - all on the way to achieving his mysterious goals.
In Automata, the last remaining humans are struggling to rebuild society. Luckily, there are humanoid robots that do most of the heavy lifting. Robotic slave labor is great, but what happens when the slaves learn how to break their chains? That is what Automata is all about. Ignore Rotten Tomatoes on this one.
The trailer of Bird Box is strange. You can''t look at stuff? It really turned me off at first. That was a MISTAKE - because this movie is very good.
Sandra Bullock plays the role of mother trying desperately to survive an apocalypse. Whatever it is that is killing everyone is a major mystery throughout the plot, and the survivors are left playing a guessing game as to how they might survive. Bullock steals the show, playing a mother who puts the well being of her children above all else.
This movie is nothing like Bird Box. Unless you count being made by Netflix, released in 2019, and being about an apocalypse. But that's it. That is where the similarities end. Oh, and they're both excellent and you should watch them.
In The Silence, mankind is knocked down a peg on the food chain when a long dormant predatory species is released from a cave. They are blind and hunt by sound, so if you don't make a sound, you just might live.
What if all of the remaining population of the entire world were on a train? And what if some of the people on that train started acting like jerks? That is the question that Snowpiercer seeks to answer. Think of it as Speed meets Mad Max. Sound weird? It is. But the critics loved it the 95% Rotten Tomatoes rating is the best score on this list.
What do you get when you place Jason Mamaoa, Keanu Reeves, and Jim Carrey in the wasteland? A damn good movie.
The Bad Batch takes place in a lawless wasteland and boyyyyyy is it dark. Reminiscent of the more cynical PA movies of the 50s and 60s, the anarchy of the wasteland is a dangerous place to be - especially for women.
Don't let the shaky cam/discovered footage genre scare you away. If you ever liked a Godzilla movie, you should give Cloverfield a try. It documents a monster attack from the perspective of the average person.
Produced by JJ Abrams, Cloverfield is the first in a series of three loosely connected films with the word Cloverfield in them. The Cloverfield Paradox (which is also on Netflix) and 10 Cloverfield Lane.
I love the Halo story. I not only played the games, but I also read several of the Halo books. I played though most of the games, but most importantly I watched all the cutscenes from each game on Youtube. Remastered Halo II is a must-watch for all fans of the series.
The books were really good. They are full of high scifi concepts mixed with tales of heroism. You don’t have to play the games to enjoy these novels.
The Fall of Reach is a true-to-the-book story of the selection and training of the Spartan soldiers - children who were chosen by the government to undergo genetic mutations in order to save humanity. They are subjected to dangerous medical testing. They were truly humans made into weapons; their lives robbed from them for the greater good.
This was all necessary in order to use the Spartan armor. Spartan armor multiplies your strength and even interfaces with your mind. The downsize is that once you’ve installed the spartan armor on your body - there’s no taking it off. It’s a lifelong commitment. This is the story of Spartans before they put on the suit.
The Master List: All Other Post Apocalyptic Movies on Netflix
If you're still hurting for post apocalyptic movies, then have no fear. If it's a movie about the end of the world, and it's on Netflix, it will be in this list. We've looked through the entire catalogue to make sure we didn't leave anything out.
Except Armageddon. Because you'll get that damn song stuck in your head. And it's a terrible movie. But, yeah, Armageddon is on Netflix too. *Armageddon is no longer on Netflix. Praise Bezos. Or whoever the fuck owns Netflix.
Netflix Original Movies
Netflix has REMOVED these post apocalyptic movies.
I said it last year and it is still true: In my opinion, 10 of the top 10 movies on this page are in the list below. Remember, this is just from my own view research and view history, so there's probably way more than this.
Post Apocalyptic Movies Dropped From Netflix
I Am Legend
The Lazarus Effect
Asteroid vs. Earth
4:44: Last Day on Earth
The Starving Games
These Final Hours
How I Live Now
After the Dark
The Last Survivors
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead
A Christmas Horror Story
Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Tomorrow, When the War Began
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