Worried about the future? Here are our favorite movies about what might happen if the world ends

12:57 p.m Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 Austin360 Home
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Prepare for the end times (or just zone out) with some post-apocalyptic films. (Jasin Boland/Warner Bros. Pictures)

Is the world about to end in “fire and fury”? Well, I hope not (though that would give me an excuse to avoid the tuition bill for my soon-to-be college freshman).

But, tensions are high. Politicians and pundits are bloviating. Some folks are stressing out.

So, what better way to tune out the noise than with a movie? Relax, enjoy your air conditioning and see how Hollywood has dealt with the world’s impending demise or envisioned our post-apocalyptic future. Here are some of our favorites.

“PLANET OF THE APES”: The original is still the best.

“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD”: I’ve always been partial to “The Road Warrior,” but 2015’s “Fury Road” has it all -- nonstop action, vast dystopian landscapes, a kickass heroine in Charlize Theron and a guy with a flamethrowing guitar. 

“CHILDREN OF MEN”: This movie wasn’t a box office success when it debuted in 2006, but its look at how we deal with terrorism, refugees and uncertainty in the world feels very pertinent today. 

“ZOMBIELAND”: Man, I could go for a Twinkie right now. This life-after-zombies comedy has some surprisingly sweet moments and a truly amazing Bill Murray cameo.

“THE OMEGA MAN”: What is it with Charlton Heston and end-of-the-world flicks?

“WALL-E”: OK, let’s lighten the mood a bit here. This is one of Pixar’s best. It’s amazing how much is accomplished with so little dialogue.

“28 DAYS LATER”: Maybe the world won’t end in fiery nuclear meltdown -- maybe an outbreak will get us first! This movie is often credited with taking the zombie craze to new, scary, speedy heights, though some like to argue that they’re not really zombies.

“THE WORLD’S END”: Yes, “Shaun of the Dead” is THE best movie of the Cornetto trilogy, but I figured you might be sick of zombie films at this point, and the title alone is on point.

“DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB”: I mean, we had to end with this one.

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