Apocalypse is a final and complete destruction of the world from the book of Revelation. World Wars are possibly a great example of apocalypse. The media and movies in the past have shown apocalypse in the form of natural destruction, alien attacks, and human made destruction. There have been many wonderful and scary movies that have depicted apocalypse in a realistic way using latest technologies, great story-line and visual effects. Some of our all-time favorite apocalyptic movies have been Terminator 2, Armageddon and Independence Day. This post is about the list of top 10 apocalyptic movies from the 90s that could be watched even today without any regrets.
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10. Last Night (1998)
Last Night is a comedy drama where a group of different individuals with different ideas about the end of the world meet. The world is going to end in another 6 hours during the turn of the century. The reason to such a calamity is not explained in the movie. These individuals do different things to pass their final 6 hours. Some of them choose to spend their evening alone whereas few choose to spend their time with their loved ones. Some individuals even plan to go into the path of festivities and enjoyment to satisfy all the fantasy they might wish and enjoy. A movie throws light on interesting sequences of events throughout the movie making drama more enjoyable.
9. Armageddon (1998)
A great movie nominated for four Oscars was released in the year 1998 and directed by Michael Bay. The science fiction action thriller depicts a story where N.A.S.A discovers that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to hit Earth in less than a month. To save the planet, N.A.S.A recruits a team of misfit deep core drillers. The plan is to detonate a nuclear bomb 800 ft deep inside the asteroid so that the asteroid is split into two and passes past the Earth. The brave team to counter the asteroid get into deadly problems during their mission to save the planet.
8. Independence Day (1996)
A sci-fi action adventure movie that shows the fight between aliens and humans what might possibly be the end of human beings on earth. The apocalyptic movie shows the might and intelligence of the United States Air Force and military in combating even the powerful ET and their UFOs. The disastrous alien movie was co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. The movie shows excellent performances from Will Smith, Bill Pullman and other stars. The massive attack from the aliens to invade earth and destroy the human population is counter-attacked by the United States team. An interesting and thrilling plane fighting sequences gives the movie a big boost.
7. By Dawn’s Early Light (1990)
By Dawn’s Early Light is based on a 1983 novel Trinity’s Child that was released in the year 1990 by HBO Pictures. The story is about what could happen if a World War III outbreaks. The film is the last to depict the fictional World War III before the collapse of Soviet Union and the end of Cold War. The movie shows events of nuclear missile exchanges between the Soviet Union and the United States. The nuclear thriller portrays what might possibly happen during a nuclear bombing that could possibly kill more than 9 million. Meanwhile, China launches a separate strike on the Soviet Union making the movie more serious and thrilling.
6. In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
An American horror film directed by John Carpenter and released in the year 1995. John Carpenter calls this movie as the third installment of his Apocalypse Trilogy preceded by The Thing and Prince of Darkness. This terrific horror movie can still scare the thing out of you. The story is about the insurance claim expert John Trent (Sam Neil) who goes in search of a horror author Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow). During Trent’s search, he is led to a fictional town in England called Hobb’s End where he discovers that something weirdly wrong happening and Trent is responsible to that. The movie comes as a surprise to many.
5. Dogma (1999)
Dogma is a comedy fantasy adventure movie directed and written by Kevin Smith that was released in the year 1999. The abnormal Catholic clinical treatments in the movie led to controversies and protects in many parts of the world even before the movie was released. The funny story is about the two fallen angels who plan to employ an alleged loophole in Catholic dogma to enter heaven. An abortion clinic worker is called upon to save the existence of humanity from these two angles.
4. Delicatessen (1991)
A post-apocalyptic comedy crime French movie that was released in the year 1991 from the directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. Delicatessen means “delicacies” or “fine food” The plot takes place in an apartment and is about how food shortage in the country leads to grains being used as currency. The landlord Calpet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) happens to sell meat in his butcher shop below the apartment. He publishes advertisements for job opportunity in his butcher shop in the Hard Times. He then lures the job applicants to his apartment, whom he murders and butchers to sell their meat in cheap rates to his tenants.
3. 12 Monkeys (1995)
Twelve Monkeys is a neo-noir science fiction mystery thriller adapted from the short film La jetée by Chris Marker. The movie released in the year 1995 is about a deadly virus that wipes out humanity on planet earth. The remaining survivors from the deadly virus are forced to live underground. James Cole (Willis) is a prisoner living underground in a subterranean shelter beneath Philadelphia. In 2027, Cole is trained for the mission to collect information on the deadly virus so that the scientist could find cure for the virus. The story also shows how Cole suffers from a recurring dream about a chase and an airport shooting during the mission.
2. The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix is an interesting sci-fi action movie for the people who love computer programs and hacking. The movie is best known for its visual effects and fighting sequences. Keanu Reeves has converted this movie into one of the greatest apocalypse movie produced. The story is about a stimulated reality produced by a program called “Matrix” that depicts a dystopian future. The humans who enter the stimulated reality program perceive that it is indeed the actual real world. The hero “Neo” learns this truth and is drawn into a rebellion against the machines. The movie is considered a top-notch in the technicalities and advanced usages of animations during the 90s.
1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day is a sci-fi action movie released in the year 1991 and gained huge popularity all over the world for its unique thrill levels and acting of Arnold. Rated above 8 on IMDB and is considered as the best sequel ever produced. The story is about the terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who is sent to protect John Connor (Edward Furlong), son of Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) from the hands of new terminator (Robert Patrick) sent to kill him. The new terminator is an advanced robot. The story then rushes through these three characters and the action sequences between the two robots to stop the Judgement Day.