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“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.

“Know­ing” (2009)

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”

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