1. 2012 (2009)
An epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writers: Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
A climatologist tries to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming. He must get to his young son in New York, which is being taken over by a new ice age.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writers: Roland Emmerich (story), Roland Emmerich(screenplay)
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal and Emmy Rossum
3. Armageddon (1998)
When an asteroid the size of Texas is headed for Earth the world’s best deep core drilling team is sent to nuke the rock from the inside.
Director: Michael Bay
Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay), J.J. Abrams(screenplay)
4. The Core (2003)
The only way to save Earth from catastrophe is to drill down to the core and set it spinning again.
Director: Jon Amiel
Writers: Cooper Layne, John Rogers
Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank and Delroy Lindo
5. Cloverfield (2008)
Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.
Director: Matt Reeves
Writer: Drew Goddard
Stars: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas and Lizzy Caplan
6. Independence Day (1996)
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, Man’s best weapon is the will to survive.
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writers: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Stars: Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum
7. Deep Impact (1998)
Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?
Director: Mimi Leder
Writers: Bruce Joel Rubin, Michael Tolkin
Stars: Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni and Elijah Wood
8. The Knowing (2009)
A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son’s elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions — some that have already occurred and others that are about to — that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold.
Director: Alex Proyas
Writers: Ryne Douglas Pearson (screenplay), Juliet Snowden (screenplay)
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury and Rose Byrne
9. The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
A remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.
Director: Scott Derrickson
Writers: David Scarpa (screenplay), Edmund H. North(1951 screenplay)
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly and Kathy Bates
10. The Avengers (1998)
Two British agents (John Steed and Emma Peel) team up to stop Sir August De Wynter from destroying the world with a weather changing machine.
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Writers: Sydney Newman (television series The Avengers), Don MacPherson
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery
11. 10.5 Apocalypse
A massive earthquake creates a chain of events that threaten two of the largest nuclear reactors.
Director: John Lafia
Writer: John Lafia
Stars: Kim Delaney, Dean Cain and David Cubitt
12. Supernova (2000)
Supernova chronicles the search and rescue patrol of a medical ship in deep space in the early 22nd century and its six-member crew which includes a Captain and Pilot, a co-pilot, a medical officer, a medical technician, a search and rescue paramedic, and a computer technician. When their vessel, the Nightingale 229, answers an emergency distress signal from a comet mining operation in a distant galaxy, the crew soon finds itself in danger from the mysterious young man they rescue, the alien artifact he’s smuggled aboard, and the gravitational pull of a giant star about go supernova the most massive explosion in the universe.
Director: Walter Hill
Writers: William Malone (story), Daniel Chuba (story)
Stars: James Spader, Peter Facinelli and Robin Tunney
13. Day Of Destruction (2004)
Three tornadoes converge to wreak havoc on Chicago, disrupting the power grid and creating the worst super-storm in history.
Director: Dick Lowry
Writer: Matt Dorff
Stars: Thomas Gibson, Nancy McKeon and Chandra West
14. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become “real” so that he can regain the love of his human mother.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Brian Aldiss (short story “Supertoys Last All Summer Long”), Ian Watson (screen story)
Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law and Frances O’Connor
15. Until The End of the World (1991)
Set in 1999, a woman (Dommartin) has a car accident with some bank robbers, who enlist her help to take the bank money to a drop in Paris. On the way she runs into another fugitive from the law (Hurt), an American who is being chased by the CIA. The charges are false, he claims. They want to confiscate a device his father invented which allows anyone to record their dreams and vision. On the run from both the bank robbers and the CIA, the couple span the globe, ending up in Australia at his father’s (von Sydow) research facility, where they hope to play back the recordings Hurt captured for his blind mother. Set in the futuristic year of 1999, a subplot about a damaged Indian nuclear satellite crashing and causing the end of civilization is a puzzling addition to the film.
Director: Wim Wenders
Writers: Wim Wenders (screenplay), Wim Wenders (story)
Stars: William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin and Pietro Falcone
16. Mars Attacks (1996)
The Earth is invaded by Martians with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor.
Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Len Brown (trading card series), Woody Gelman(trading card series)
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan and Sarah Jessica Parker
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