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After The End: Film

Films — Animated

  • The Land Before Time is, in fact, After the End for the dinosaurs, although whether or not it's their final extinction is never made clear. The too-numerous-to-count direct-to-video sequels would suggest that it's not for the universe's lack of trying, considering everything it's thrown at them so far.
  • The Disney film Dinosaur is about the extinction of the dinosaurs, explicitly showing the meteors falling.
  • WALL•E: Humanity has left the ruined Earth to go live in a giant spaceship. They recover by the end credits.
  • Titan A.E. mostly takes place after Earth was blown up by aliens, and humans are a minority searching for a home in the vastness of space.
  • 9, following a Robot War.
  • Ralph Bakshi's Wizards was a fantasy film set after an apocalypse.
  • Battle for Terra takes place after Earth, Venus, and Mars have wiped each other out, and the survivors are traveling on a Generation Ship that's breaking down, looking for a new planet to settle. They find a habitable world and call it Terra. Of course, there are two problems: the air is poisonous to humans, and there are natives to consider. Another example is the Terrans themselves, who used to have advanced technology but nuked themselves back to the Stone Age.
  • In Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, humanity is forced to live in shelters that protect them from the Phantoms, creatures that kill living beings by stealing their souls by touching them.

Films — Live-Action

  • The Book of Eli has Denzel Washington in a world decimated for an unknown reason (heavily implied to be nuclear warfare) and literature, most notably the Bible was blamed.
  • Stalker takes place in a devastated area called The Zone.
  • Planet of the Apes, and the various sequels and TV series based off it.
  • Any sequel to a Zombie Apocalypse, including Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Resident Evil: Extinction and 28 Weeks Later.
  • Zombieland takes place a few months after a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • A Boy and His Dog
  • In Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, much of the Earth has been reduced to a desolate wasteland by a nuclear holocaust, inhabited by mutants. The surviving humans (or rather, their descendants) live in isolated, hi-tech cities. In the TV series that followed, however, the Earth was depicted as being much more hospitable.
  • Cyborg
  • Damnation Alley
  • The Dark Crystal opens 1,000 years after the urSkeks accidentally caused a near-apocalyptic event with a single poor choice.
  • The original Mad Max takes place Just Before the End, while its sequels, The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, take place After.
  • The Matrix is set in the aftermath of a Robot War that the humans lost. The free remnants of humanity are holed up in the last human city, Zion, while everyone else is grown and plugged into a machine-made world called the Matrix. The films are about the human resistance against the machines, and the effort to free the rest of humanity from the Matrix.
  • The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man, and I Am Legend, all based on the same novel.
  • The Quiet Earth, in which an attempt at building a global energy grid reduces the population of the world to three New Zealanders, who only survived because they were on the brink of death at the time. For a while, the survivors enjoy everything the abandoned world has to offer while trying to work out what happened: then the disaster happens again, and the movie ends with one protagonist, left staring up at an Alien Sky.
  • Sky Blue
  • Star Trek: First Contact uses the power of Time Travel to visit this time period.
  • Logan's Run is set on a post-apocalyptic Earth where the only survivors live in a hermetically-sealed domed city — except for one crazy old man who lives in the U.S. Capitol with his cats.
  • Taken to an extreme in The Time Machine where Alexander travels to the year 802701, where humanity has started over and split into the normal-looking Eloi and the savage Morloks, and then again to the year 635,427,810, where the latter has taken over the planet.
  • The future scenes in the Terminator series.
  • Waterworld takes place after the polar ice caps have completely melted due to a magnetic pole reversal, causing the all remaining human civilization to become seafaring.
  • The Postman is a post-apocalyptic world where civilization starts to rekindle after the hero delivers their old mail.
  • The Big Reveal at the end of MST3K classic Teenage Caveman.
  • Warrior of the Lost World, an Italian rip-off of Mad Max with none of that franchise's charm. Or much of an apocalypse for that matter, given how lush and green the 'lost world' is. To look at it, you'd think that all the likable people in the world simply went on vacation and told the cast of characters that we see that they'd all died.
  • Zardoz
  • Dead End Drive In
  • Exam has a minor example, as the story takes place in the aftermath of a global pandemic.
  • Total Recall (2012): After a series of wars over resources, the only parts of the world left that aren't biohazard wastelands are the United Federation of Britain (a chunk of Europe controlled by Britain) and the Colony (Australia).
  • Oblivion (2013): Held after an Alien Invasion and war which the humans won at the cost of most of Earth being destroyed.
  • The docu-drama The Age of Stupid portrays Earth in the year 2055 after runaway climate change ravages the planet. The film is shown from the viewpoint of an unnamed Archivist - the last surviving human on Earth - who laments "why didn't we save ourselves when we had the chance?", and plays back real documentary footage from 2008, when the film was made.
  • After Earth: Humans have left the earth for an as of yet unknown reason.
  • Reign of Fire: Human civilisation is destroyed when they inadvertently awaken the dragons who had been buried. It's implied that they had previously wiped out the dinosaurs too.
  • Stake Land: Unique to the genre, its after a Vampire epidemic wiped out most of the human race (which had a lot of help from a Naziesque Cult called the Brotherhood).
  • Cloud Atlas—The last portion of the film, at least chronologically, is entitled "Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After." This section takes place in Hawaii years after an unspecified apocalyptic event, and the remnants of human kind has been divided between peaceful valley men (including Tom Hanks' character Zachary) and murderous cannibals called Konas (including the chief, played by Hugh Grant).
  • The story of Snowpiercer picks up 17 years after mankind's attempt to fight global warming through geoengineering failed and the chemical compound they emitted into the atmosphere turned Earth into an ice globe.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in a future where Killer Robots have wiped out most of humanity.
    Wolverine: In the beginning, the Sentinels were just targeting mutants. Then they began targeting everyone.

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