Well, the World has continuously been threatened with destruction and annihilation for quite some time in show screens. So, here we are with our pick for the movies with the deadliest threat to the world and where it ends in rubble.
1) ‘Dr. Strangelove’ (1964)
In fairness to the other films we will be mentioning in this list, it is very hard to beat down Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove. The 1964 political satire black comedy film has given a satirical shape to the Cold War worries of a nuclear clash between the two Superpowers - the USSR and the US. It was harder than it seems for the United States to cope with the imminent nuclear apocalypse following the nuclear strike order from a deranged US Air Force general on the Communist land of Soviet Union. Considering the aggrandized amount of fright and premonition of annihilation in the aftermath of a nuclear war, Dr. Strangelove deserves to be at the top of this list.
Interstellar, the 2014 epic science-fiction drama directed by
Christopher Nolan, renders an appalling visual and a horrifying image of a futuristic 21st century world where malignant crop Blight has made crop growth impossible leaving corn as the only viable crop that can be grown. The Earth that is shown in the movie is no longer a lush planet but a doomed one where food growth has become hard. A crew set of 12 astronauts including our protagonist Cooper (
Matthew McConaughey) is sent to travel through a wormhole in search of a new inhabitable planet for humanity. Every scene seems better than the other as the shadow of death looms large over them, as they desperately search for the new home. Apart from all the desperate quest and appalling threat to the subsistence of life, there is a constant ray of hope that pervades into every mind. With enthralling and mind-ravelling visual effects and the wonderful plot of time traveling and fifth dimension concept, Interstellar is a special edition that stands out towering over all the movies in this genre.
The Day After Tomorrow’ (2004)
Does not a sudden chill plummet down your spine when we contemplate of the unimaginable hardships and the coldness of the Ice-age? People freeze to death as temperatures leap down an unquestionable margin. This was portrayed fantastically in the 2004 movie by Roland Emmerich. When a drastic climate change has begun to take place in northern part of the globe with a promise to plunge our World into a new Ice-age a paleo-climatologist makes a trek through the icy base, almost halfway across America, to save his son.
The unravelling of the cataclysmic events in the 2009 top grossing film 2012, an American science fiction disaster film written and directed by Ronald Emmerich, is a miracle of visual effects and the entwining fright that pervaded into viewer’s mind is inexorable. The plot follows Jackson Curtis (
John Cusack) as he tries to bring his family to refuge seizing from the dreadful unflinching clutches of the devastating events of a geological and meteorological super-disaster. Reference has been made to Mayan culture and also to the 2012 Phenomenon in its prediction of catastrophic events unfolding in the year 2012.
San Andreas’ (2015)
The horrendous terror that infiltrated into viewer’s mind as they watch a devastating earthquake caused by the San Andreas Fault damaging the San Francisco Bay Area was the laudable art of the 2015 American film directed by
Brad Peyton. The characters - Ray, Blake, Ben and Ollie are trying hard to escape the inevitable 9.6 magnitude earthquake that hit the city, becoming the largest earthquake in the history of the world. They see Coit Tower engulfed in an inferno, Hoover Dam, and Golden Gate Bridge collapsing to rubble and eventually giving form to a mega tsunami.
This Is The End’ (2013)
The 2013 American disaster comedy film, directed by
Seth Rogen, encounters lots of acclamation and is even butchered in the hands of critics as it revolves the plot around a group of real life actors wonderfully playing fictionalized versions of themselves in the repercussion of a global biblical apocalypse.
This 2011 art drama, written and directed by
Lars Von Trier, is a visceral eye catcher synergized by archetypal screen personalities. The plot revolves around two sisters, one of whom is preparing to marry when the earth’s balance is threatened by the collision of a rogue planet. The film chiefly focuses on the behavioural instincts of depressed people to remain calm and peaceful during catastrophic events.
Man Of Steel’ (2013)
When it comes to The Superman there is no comparison for the rush the movie entails. The 2013 film featuring the comic character Superman is a reboot of the Superman film series which retells Superman’s origin story. Clark Kent, an unremarkable journalist, learns that he is among the last of an extinguished race from the destructed planet Krypton. He is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is threatened by a group of survivors from Krypton led by General Zod, to bring the planet to the brink of extermination of the human race. The critics highly praised the film’s visuals, scene transitions, action sequence and mostly
Hans Zimmer ’s extraordinary music. This film surely is worthy to occupy a number in this list.
9) ‘The Day After’ (1983)
Undoubtedly, this is a special edition still being the most-rated and one of the best television films of all time. Based on the Cold War between the two Superpower nations and the undesired result it can lead up to if a nuclear war breaks out between the same. This film introduces us to a familiar world and at the same time to a whole new unfamiliar and a war-torn world. With the splendid direction and the superb character portrayal, this film seems quite realistic, and the world that is construed seems possible.
10) ‘On The Beach’ (1959)
Just when we think that the war is over after the world has been decimated by World War 3 the doom of nuclear fallouts casts its malignant spell over mankind. The plot follows humanity and the impending radiation sickness that anticipates ultimate damage. We are living in a world where people are vacillating whether to succumb to the malady or to end their lives themselves. This frightening state of the world depicted in the movie surely adds this selection in our list.