10 Movies That Would Get You Through the Zombie Apocalypse!

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Last night, while watching  “Into The Wild” (2007.), I got the idea for this article.

I wanted to present you not only zombie movies but movies in general that show us what is it like to live and survive in the most harshest of environments.

The very best movies that realistically depict what it is really like to survive in the apocalyptic world.


The Road (2009.)


One of my most anticipated movies left a strange feeling in my gut. Viggo Mortensen gives a strong performance as a man trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world with his son by any means possible. A movie that will show you what happens when society fails and to what extent can man go in order to survive.


Children of Men (2006.)

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child’s birth may help scientists save the future of humankind. One of the best Clive Owen’s movies, an intriguing thriller that show you precious our lives are.


Mad Max 2 (1981.)

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. Just one of those movies you saw over and over again as a kid, drooling at that beautiful car, imagining yourself as Max, cruising the wastelands. A true classic!


 I am Legend (2007.)

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure. A very good remake of the 1971 The Omega Man with Charlton Heston. Will Smith is very convincing as dr. Robert Neville, a sole resident  trying to survive and continue his research in the ruins of New York. This movie is a very good indicator towards what it may be like in the big cities after the apocalypse.


9 (2009.)

A rag doll that awakens in a post-apocalyptic future holds the key to humanity’s salvation. An interesting animated movie that battles the issue of the apocalyptic world. If nothing else, it’s ideal for introducing your children into the concept of the apocalypse.


Twelve Monkeys (1995.)

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. Set in a beautiful world created by Terry Gilliam, this is another classic that shows you both the post apocalyptic and the present world in all its chaos and absurdity.


Book of Eli (2010.)

A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. A movie that reminded me visually very much of the Fallout game series.


Stalker (1979.)

A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. A very complex and deep movie by Tarkovskiy shows a man, a stalker one of a handful who have the mental gifts (and who risk imprisonment) to lead people into the Zone to the Room, a place where one’s secret hopes come true.


The Day After (1983.)

A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas. A movie that shows what  nuclear warfare is really like and what disastrous effects it brings.


Zombieland (2009.)

In the early twenty-first century, zombies have taken over America. A shy and inexperienced college student in Texas has survived by following his rules. He decides to travel to Ohio to see if his parents are alive, meeting some quite interesting characters on the way. I know this movie is before everything a comedy, but it also depicts quite nicely a world without future, infested by zombies.


  1. MacWa77ace April 19, 2012 10:01 pm 

    I like your list. I’ve never seen ‘Stalker’ though and i’m looking forward to watching that one.

    But I would probably drop the 1983 ‘The Day After’ movie off the list to add George Romero’s 1978 ‘Dawn of the Dead’. Not because Day After isn’t good, but because DOTD1978 shows a lot of great survival ideas/techniques and ingenuity. The 2004 remake of DOTD was also good but gave McGiver like skills to a random group of people. (it’s not likely there is an acetylene torch stored in a mall, or an experenced welder in a random group of 10 people)I’d also drop ‘9’ and add Omega Man for similar reasons.

    Also, if you pay close attention to the sets in Omega Man, Legend, and Dawn of the Dead 1974 you’ll get even more survival ideas for those who want to stay put in an apocolypse. Look closely next time you watch ‘em.

    Children of Men, Book of Eli, Zombieland and MadMax2, are GREAT examples of post apocolyptic nomadic survival techniques. The Road is in the same catagory but I can’t call it great or even good because the kid’s attitude and non existant survival skills are unrealistic for someone born after the ‘event’, and it ruins the movie.(Cinematography, costume, makeup and sets are awesome)

  2. Renate August 3, 2012 3:32 pm 

    I would also add the third Resident Evil movie for the portrayal of a) awesome ladies kicking zombie ass and b) the struggle to scavenge enough fuel/food/resources to survive and keep going in a world that has ended.

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