BEST END-OF-THE-WORLD MOVIES
“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)
Stanley Kubrick’s muchrevered comedy about a world brought to the brink of World War III by an insane general bagged four Oscar nominations, including best picture, best director and best actor (Peter Sellers).
“Last Night” (1998)
This underrated and under-the-radar Canadian production stars Sandra Oh, Don McKellar (who also directed), Sarah Polley and Roberta Maxwell as Torontonians who celebrate and settle old business in the final hours before the anticipated apocalypse, the cause of which is never explained.
“War of the Worlds” (2005)
Sixtyseven years after a radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ sci-fi tale of a Martian invasion of Earth caused a minor panic across the United States, Steven Spielberg gave it big-budget theatrical treatment, with Tom Cruise in the role of a New Jersey family man fighting for survival with his two young children as alien tripods vaporize everything in their path.
A string of numbers on a telepathic girl’s note found in a time capsule seems to presage a slew of disasters leading up to the end of the world, which a college professor (Nicolas Cage) catches onto and tries to prevent in this eerie drama that features one of the best plane crash scenes film has ever seen.
“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” (2012)
City dwellers sew long-harbored oats, try hallucinogenic drugs and check off other items on their bucket lists as an asteroid approaches Earth in this entertaining sci-fi comedy that boasts a strong cast including Steve and Nancy Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody, Connie Britton and Rob Corddry.
“This Is the End” (2013)
The apocalypse gets humorous treatment in this film that stars Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson as themselves as they hole up at pal James Franco’s house after a massive earthquake rocks Los Angeles.
“This Is the End”