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Planet of the Apes (1968)
Major spoiler alert:
The groundbreaking 1968 Sci-Fi adventure based on Pierre Boulle's novel wasn't sold as an end of the world scenario, but that's its biggest surprise. The now legendary story finds a crew of NASA astronauts crashing on what they believe to be a far off planet millions of light years from Earth. The world is filled with talking Apes who keep men as slaves and consider them inferior beings. Our hero (Charlton Heston) searches for a way to get back home, but at the end of the film he makes a startling discovery: this is home. The last scene is an iconic image of the Statue of Liberty washed up on shore and Heston character screaming, "They really did it! You maniacs! You blew it up! Goddamn you! Goddamn you all to hell!" It seems that while his crew was in cryogenic sleep, a nuclear war occurred substantially changing the course of history. Over 2,000 years later, the planet is now in the control of Apes and the reign of human beings is long over. It's one of the greatest and shocking endings in the history of cinema, even with the threat of nuclear war "seemingly" a fear of a bygone era.
- Gregory Ellwood