Shortly after being tasked to put together a list of the 10 best apocalypse movies, I realized that it wasn’t going to be as easy as I first thought. This being Guns & Ammo, firearms had to be if not an important part of the plot, at least appear in the movie. Upon review, it was interesting to me how many of the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic movies I tracked down hardly featured guns in them—I guess ammo doesn’t grow on trees.
The task soon became eliminating those great movies which didn’t qualify, either being pre-apocalyptic—the Terminator series, Soylent Green—those without any guns at all—On The Beach, The Hunger Games, The Blood of Heroes—simply dystopian movies—Minority Report, Blade Runner—or TV series—The Walking Dead, Jericho, Battlestar Galactica, and Falling Skies.
What’s left is a number of new and classic movies—some hugely successful, and some you might not have ever heard of.
- <h2>10. Night of the Comet (1984)</h2>I’m not alone in liking this fun, quirky movie from the '80s—Roger Ebert did too. When a comet passes by Earth, anybody not under a metal roof dies and collapses into a pile of orange dust. Two teenage girls—whose father is an absentee and presumed dead Green Beret—find themselves being hunted by a group of survivalists who were partly exposed to the comet, and hoping to develop a cure using the girls’ blood. Realistic? Heck no. Fun? Yep. How often do you see a teenage girl working a MAC-10? It also features one of my favorite lines ever spoken by a high school girl: “Daddy would’ve gotten us Uzis.”