re-post: My Favorite Disaster & Apocalyptic Movies Part 1 and 2

This is a combination of Part 1 and Part 2 of this article series.

– Rourke

I love watching movies – whether it be at the theater or at home on the big screen. With my interests in survival and preparedness – there are several movies that I watch once or twice a year. Right or wrong – they help me stay motivated. If you haven’t watched these – check ’em out. I put an link for each movie as well.

1. Day After Tomorrow – Summary: When global warming triggers the onset of a new Ice Age, tornadoes flatten Los Angeles, a tidal wave engulfs New York City and the entire Northern Hemisphere begins to freeze solid. Now, climatologist Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a small band of survivors must ride out the growing superstorm and stay alive in the face of an enemy more powerful and relentless than any they’ve ever encountered: Mother Nature!
The Day After Tomorrow (Widescreen Edition)

2. I Am LegendAmazon Summary: Robert Neville is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable, and man-made. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and maybe the world. For three years, Neville has faithfully sent out daily radio messages, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But he is not alone. Mutant victims of the plague — The Infected — lurk in the shadows… watching Neville’s every move… waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Perhaps mankind’s last, best hope, Neville is driven by only one remaining mission: to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus using his own immune blood. But he knows he is outnumbered… and quickly running out of time. I Am Legend (Widescreen Single-Disc Edition)

3.  Jericho: TV SeriesAmazon Summary: JERICHO is a drama about what happens when a nuclear mushroom cloud suddenly appears on the horizon, plunging the residents of a small, peaceful Kansas town into chaos, leaving them completely isolated and wondering if they’re the only Americans left alive. But in this time of crisis, as sensible people become paranoid, personal agendas take over and well-kept secrets threaten to be revealed, some people will find an inner strength they never knew they had and the most unlikely heroes will emerge.
Jericho – The First Season

4. War of the Worlds – 2005 Summary:  The film centers on Ray Ferrier, a divorced father (Tom Cruise, oh so comfortable) who witnesses one giant craft destroy his New Jersey town and soon is on the road with his teen son (Justin Chatwin) and preteen daughter (Dakota Fanning) in tow, trying to keep ahead of the invasion. The film is, of course, impeccably designed and produced by Spielberg’s usual crew of A-class talent. The aliens are genuinely scary, even when the film–like the novel–spends a good chunk of time in a basement. Readers of the book (or viewers of the deft 1953 adaptation) will note the variation of whom and how the aliens come to Earth, which poses some logistical problems. The film opens and closes with narration from the novel read by Morgan Freeman, but Spielberg could have adapted Orson Welles’s words from the famous Halloween Eve 1938 radio broadcast: “We couldn’t soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night, so we did the best next thing: we annihilated the world.”
War of the Worlds (Widescreen Edition)

5.  Body Snatchers: The Invasion Continues (1994) Summary:  The pod people are back! Aliens take over human bodies and souls in this hard-hitting remake of the classic tale starring Meg Tilly, Gabrielle Anwar and Forest Whitaker. Year: 1993 Director: Abel Ferrara Starring: Gabrielle Anwar, Meg Tilly, Forest Whitaker
Body Snatchers: The Invasion Continues

Body Snatchers might not be on most preppers list off survival movies but aliens taking over the world – What more could you ask for?

Well – this is my Top 5 list. I have some others I will post on another time.

Go pop the pop corn!!



I love watching movies – and sometimes when I need some motivation with staying in-tune with my survival & preparedness goals – I pop in one of these DVD’s, pop some popcorn – and become absorbed into the movie.

Here we go:

6. The Postman (1997) – Amazon Summary: Falling from the Oscar-winning glory of Dances with Wolvesto the opposite end of the critical and box-office scale, Kevin Costner must have been deeply humbled when this three-hour postapocalyptic tale–his sophomore effort as a director–was greeted with a critical thrashing and tepid audience response. One of the most conspicuous flops of its decade, the 1997 release must have seemed like a sure thing on paper: a kind of futurist Western starring Costner as a charismatic drifter-turned-hero who leads the resistance against a military tyrant (Will Patton) by reviving the long-dormant postal system to reunite isolated communities in their fight for freedom. The movie bombed, but, like many audacious failures, it’s got qualities that make it at least partially endearing, and its earnestness (although bordering on corny) keeps it from being entirely silly. Faint praise, perhaps, but Costner’s ode to patriotism is occasionally stirring and visually impressive. The dual-layered, widescreen DVD includes a documentary segment about the creation of the film’s special effects sequences, featuring a running commentary by the special effects creators.

 The Postman

7. Independance Day (1996)  Amazon Summary: One of the biggest box office hits of all time delivers the ultimate encounter when mysterious and powerful aliens launch an all-out invasion against the human race. The spectacle begins when massive spaceships appear in Earth’s skies. But wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. Now the world’s only hope lies with a determined band of survivors, uniting for one last strike against the invaders – before it’s the end of all mankind.

Independence Day (Single Disc Widescreen Edition)

 8.  Terminator 2: Judgement Day  (1991) –Amazon Summary: Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as The Terminator in this explosive action-adventure spectacle. Now he’s one of the good guys, sent back in time to protect John Connor, the boy destined to lead the freedom fighters of the future. Linda Hamilton reprises her role as Sarah Connor, John’s mother, a quintessential survivor who has been institutionalized for her warning of the nuclear holocaust she knows is inevitable. Together, the threesome must find a way to stop the ultimate enemy – the T-1000, the most lethal Terminator ever created. Co- written, produced and directed by James Cameron (THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS, TITANIC), this visual tour de force is also a touching human story of survival.

Terminator 2 – Judgment Day

9. On the Beach (1959) – Amazon Summary:  The war is over. Nobody won. Only the inhabitants of Australia and the men of the US submarine Sawfish have escaped the nuclear destruction and radiation. Captain Dwight Towers (Gregory Peck) takes the Sawfish on a mission to see if an approaching radiation cloud has weakened, but returns with grim news: the cloud is lethal. With the days and hours dwindling, each person confronts the grim situation in his or her own way. One (Fred Astaire) realizes a lifetime Grand Prix ambition,another (Ava Gardner) reaches out for a chance at love. The final chapter of human history is coming to a close… From acclaimed director Stanley Kramer (The Defiant Ones, Inherit The Wind) and screenwriter John Paxton comes this spectacular movie landmark film masterpiece with a message that will resonate as long as the world has the power to self-destruct at its own fingertips.

On the Beach

10. Red Dawn (1984) – Amazon Summary:Red Dawn opens with one of the most shocking scenes ever filmed; on a peaceful morning, through the windows of a high school classroom, students see paratroopers land on the varsity football field: the invasion of the United States has begun! As their town is overrun by foreign nationals, eight teenagers escape to the mountains. Taking the name of their high school football team, the Wolverines, they wage unremitting guerrilla warfare in defense of their parents, their friends and their country. Powerful, chilling and absolutely gripping, this outstanding film features some of today’s most popular stars, including Patrick Swayze (Ghost), Charlie Sheen (Platoon), C. Thomas Howell (The Hitcher), Lea Thompson (“Caroline in the City”), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) and veteran actor Harry Dean Stanton (Alien). When it comes to thrilling entertainment, Red Dawn wins the war with a vengeance!

 Red Dawn

Well, that rounds out the Top 10.  There are so many more – know of any?

Time to go get the popcorn……


20 survival items ebook cover
Like what you read?

Then you're gonna love my free PDF, 20 common survival items, 20 uncommon survival uses for each. That's 400 total uses for these dirt-cheap little items!

Just enter your primary e-mail below to get your link:

We will not spam you.

9 thoughts on “re-post: My Favorite Disaster & Apocalyptic Movies Part 1 and 2”

  1. What about Anthony Hopkins’ “The Edge”?

    I enjoy watching “Alone in the Wilderness”. It is a great survival documentary.

  2. LOL – I just checked them all on Netflix. Only Jericho & Red Dawn are available on streaming. The Terminator is there, but not T2.

  3. Oh, how about “Book of Eli” and “The Road”. “The Road” book by Cormac McCarthy and later the movie got me into prepping… Oooh, and “Mad Max beyond Thunderdome”!!!!! Tina Turner in chainmail! Now that was cool…. back in the ’80’s… Hmmm 😀

  4. A Boy and His Dog – a little sleazy, but I really liked Tiger the Dog.
    The Hunger Games – prophetic?
    Silent Running – Huey, Dewey, and Louie were the real stars.
    Wall*E – cute and suitable for the grandkids.
    Mad Max and Road Warrior – bad acting, lots of car crashes, general mayhem, what’s not to like.
    Escape from New York – what better place for a prison than Manhattan.
    12 Monkeys – story line bounces around a lot, but good nevertheless.
    The Omega Man – I like the original.
    The Planet of the Apes – the original, not the remake.
    The Quiet Earth – nap times can be fun, if you survive the experience.

  5. I too enjoyed Independance Day, watched again with friends after 9-11 ~ feeling like the world was supporting us at that time of crisis; I havent seen “On The Beach”, will check it out; I like the movie “The Book Of Eli” starring Denzil Washington; ~ and the Resident Evil movies and the TV series The Walking Dead ~ yah they have zombies but it also portrays people coming together and surviving in an apoctolyptic world. A new TV show comes out in Sept ~ “Revoluton” this should be very interesting, showing a world 15 years later after the power grid went out….its said to be a Lord of the Rings type journey to find the answer to why the lights went out ~ I didnt like “Contagion – what would happen if an epidemic spread?” and “Right At Your Door~what would happen if a dirty bomb went off in your city” ~ they actually are good movies and a must see once ~ I didn’t like them because its almost too real to fathom~ I think I sat there tensed up thru the whole movie. What are some good reads? I’ve only read “One Second After” (about EMP strike and after) and I didnt put that book down til I was done reading. Please share more ~ Thanks

  6. I recall seeing “On the Beach at the Theatres!! (Yes Im old) Another I sat and watched rcently which stirred me was “Battle Los Angeles” a tenatious bunch of Marines taking on the worst enemy yet, and currently finishing the season ”
    falling Skys” . Like Jericho it has that down and out but aint quiting fighting spirit !

  7. No guns in “War of the Worlds.” How absurd – the most heavily armed country on the planet, and not one person brings a gun with them to shoot at the aliens. As believable as the hopey-changey BS that we were fed 4 years ago.

  8. A few of my favorites.
    Panic in the year Zero
    The Omega Man – with Heston, not the new one with Wil Smith
    No Blade of Grass
    Red Dawn


Leave a Comment