15 Most Memorable Movies About the End of the World
See how Hollywood has dealt with zombies, cyborgs, epidemics and more
War of the Worlds (2005)
Steven Spielberg's version of the classic H.G. Wells story about an alien attack on Earth was released in theaters less than four years after 9/11. You can consider the timing a coincidence if you like. Either way it's hard to forget Spielberg's scenes of large scale destruction as seen through the eyes of a single family: a divorced dock worker (Tom Cruise) desperate to keep his kids (Justin Chatwin, Dakota Fanning) safe. It's a massive disaster movie with the intimacy of a character drama, infused with the emotional flourishes that have always been present in Spielberg's work and the sober maturity that marks his post-"Schindler's List" output.