End of the world: The movies

Creative, thoughtful and memorable films to watch, even if you know the final scene

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It’s the end of humankind: After centuries of failed prophecies, natural or manmade catastrophes, and even alien invasions, Hollywood knows how to tell a story in which humans can no longer survive, but with just enough time for a farewell note.

Everybody loves a happy ending but every now and then filmmakers also enjoy to create a film, where the complete and utter destruction of the planet and life as we know it.

Earthquakes! Meteors! Mayan Calendars or Solar Flares! Are all things that may trigger the imagination of Hollywood writers, including for Al Gore and Nostradamus to say that they were right.

Hollywood loves movies where they can show off their state of the art special effects.

Almost everybody I know has seen Deep Impact (1998), The day after tomorrow (2004), Armageddon (1998), and 2012 (2009). Really, do you need a list like this? They are the Usual Suspects (1995). So, why bother to talk about them.

Below are 7 apocalyptic scenarios of must see movies on how the world might end. Since everybody has their own opinion on the matter, the films are listed arbitrarily and based on my personal preference more than on any technical or artistic merits. So, after you review the ultimate list, feel free to make your own list of must see films about the end of the world.

Melancholia (2011) No other film is as beautiful or depressing as this movie about the end of the world, where Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a splendid party in the home of her sister Claire and brother-in-law John. Meanwhile, a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth.

VIDEO: Melancholia Trailer Official Trailer

The Rapture (1991) Sharon who is a telephone operator and spends her days off engaging in casual sex to escape her boredom, all of a sudden becomes aware of a small Christian sect whose members believe that they have found a child with the gift of prophecy who has seen the upcoming end times.

Seeking a friend before the end of the world (2012) Seeking a Friend has a similar premise as Melancholia, but it avoids Von Trier’s bleak world view for something much more lighthearted and humorous. Set in a too-near future, as an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic; he searches for a meaningful connection as humanity's last days are at hand.

VIDEO: Seeking a friend for the end of the world Trailer Official Trailer

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