8 Movies to Help You Prepare for the Apocalypse

Zombieland, Jesse EisenbergColumbia Pictures via Everett Collection

No one knows how the world will end. Will there be a zombie apocalypse? Or an alien invasion? Will the rapture cause gaping chasms to open in the ground and beasts to roam the land? Will robots become sentient and force humans into slavery? No matter what apocalyptic scenario happens, Hollywood’s got you covered as far as films to help you prepare for anything.

Shaun of the Dead

If Simon Pegg and Nick Frost can survive a zombie apocalypse, then there’s hope for everyone.

This Is the End

Two things: don’t start a gang of cannibals, and always have your bro’s back. Also, Backstreet Boys make it to heaven, so you should too.

The Hunger Games

Maybe the likelihood of a global war devastating everything except the United States isn’t great, but let’s get real: if you’re going to learn how to survive, Katniss Everdeen is a great teacher — though not when it comes to social skills.

War of the Worlds

The main takeaway from War of the Worlds is that sometimes the simplest solution is the best. So if aliens invade, sneeze on them.

Mad Max

There are a lot of motorcycle gangs in post-apocalyptic worlds, but you have to make sure you find the right one. It has to be the right fit for you and the gang — when you find the right one, you’ll just know.


Although it sounds like a family-friendly water park with a lazy river, Waterworld is a ‘90s post-apocalyptic sci-fi film starring Kevin Costner. Should the polar ice caps melt, covering most of the world’s landmass in water, take notes.


The movie is literally a guide on how to survive a zombie apocalypse, along with rules that are numbered by importance — although some are missing. What are rules 35-47? They could be important!

Terminator Salvation

When all is lost and the robots are pretty close to annihilating humans, just remember: you can always send someone back in time in order to create the future savior of mankind! Easy-peasy.