Mankind’s Last Hope: 20 Movies About Saving the World

Versions of the end of the world have always hypnotized and excited humanity. Filmmakers also know how to rattle the audience with various horror stories – from a nuclear explosion to global cataclysms and an alien invasion. But not everything is lost for earthlings: in films about saving the world, they will show how brave men are trying to resist the death of all life. And we can only watch the heroes and make our list of things to do at the end of the world, if suddenly their mission fails.

Future War (2021)

In the future, conflict with an alien race threatens to lead to the collapse of humanity. There are not enough volunteers to counter the aggressors from outer space. Scientists find a way out – to recruit soldiers from the past into the army. During the 2022 World Cup, fighters from the future land on the football field and announce that they need help. An ordinary teacher and family man with a military background, Dan is sent thirty years ahead to fight the aliens. However, due to an oversight during the landing, his squad ends up in one of the hottest spots.

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Original title:  
The Tomorrow War

Genre:  
Fantasy, action

Actors:  
Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J.K. Simmons …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:  
12+


Tenet (2020)

The next film about the salvation of mankind is a sensational fantasy thriller from the master of twisted plots, Christopher Nolan. A special agent will have to prevent another war, using the technologies of the future in his fight. Together with British intelligence , the hero will go on a dangerous journey connected with international espionage , will enter into a fight with a Russian weapons baron and will face things that go beyond reality and allow time to turn back.

Original title:  
Tenet

Genre:  
Fiction, Action

Actors:  
John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki…

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.4

Age Limits
16+


The Wandering Earth (2019)

Highest-grossing Chinese science fiction film inspired by Liu Cixin’s book. In the near future, the Sun will consume the entire star system revolving around it. The only way to save ourselves is to create tens of thousands of engines that can move our planet out of orbit and bring it to a new place in the universe. To give acceleration , scientists decide to use the gravity of Jupiter. But if the Earth falls into the trap of a giant planet, it runs the risk of falling onto its surface, and then a 17-year journey through space can turn into a tragedy.

Original title:  
Liu lang di qiu

Genre:  
Fantasy, Action

Actors:  
Jacky Wu, Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie…

Country:  
China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:  
16+


Mission: Impossible: Fallout (2018)

The list of films about saving the planet will continue – a rated action movie from the world-famous franchise. In the center of the plot is the inimitable CIA agent Ethan Hunt. This time the hero and his team have to stop the followers of Solomon Lane, the head of a large criminal corporation. The bandits swung at the security of not only the United States, but the whole world, trying to organize a nuclear catastrophe.

Original title:  
Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Genre:
Action, thriller, adventure

Actors:  
Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson …

Country:  
USA, China, France, Norway, UK

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.7

Age limit:  
16+


Pixels (2015)

Video streams with the broadcast of classic arcade games got into space. The aliens, without thinking twice, mistook this signal for a declaration of war and attacked, using games as models for attack. Now huge Pac-Mans are coming to our planet to destroy humanity. The country’s president turns to childhood friend Sam Brenner for help. Once upon a time, he could beat anyone on a slot machine. For the sake of saving the world, the hero of the film will have to lead a team of old-school arcade geniuses to repel the aliens.

Original title:  
Pixels

Genre:  
Fiction, Action, Comedy

Actors:  
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan…

Country:  
USA, China, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.5

Age Limits
12+


Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Aliens are invading Earth. Possessing high-tech weapons, intruders destroy megacities, claiming millions of lives. Everyone is thrown into battle with aliens – from professional military to civilians. One of these fighters is Bill Cage. He dies in the first battle, but falls into a time loop. The hero experiences the last day of his life again and again, which gives him the opportunity to better study the enemy. One of the best films about saving the world with cool special effects is worth a watch for fans of exciting stories about time loops and action fiction.

Original title:  
Edge of Tomorrow

Genre:  
Fiction, action, adventure

Actors:  
Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton …

Country:  
USA, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:  
12+


Interstellar (2014)

Cult science fiction film, the creators of which were consulted by theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. In the near future, the Earth is on the verge of a food crisis, the reserves of resources are almost completely depleted. NASA researchers find a wormhole in space that allows them to quickly travel to another galaxy. Perhaps this is humanity’s chance for salvation! Professor Ben will have to leave his family to go on a dangerous journey to uncharted planets and find out if at least one of them is suitable for life.

Original title:  
Interstellar

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama

Actors:  
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain …

Country:  
USA, UK, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:  
12+


World War Z (2013)

An epidemic of an unknown virus in a few days turned most of the population into bloodthirsty monsters – the walking dead, eager to kill. At the center of the disaster is former UN employee Jerry Lane. A man is trying to unravel the mystery – why is not everyone susceptible to the disease? Together with the team, he travels through the world engulfed in chaos, getting to the zero patient and getting closer and closer to the solution, which can give humanity a chance for salvation.

Original title:  
World War Z

Genre:  
Horror, fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:  
Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Sterling Jerins, Moritz Bleibtreu …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits
12+


Pacific Rim (2013)

The plot of the film about saving the earth from a global catastrophe takes the viewer to an alternative universe. A portal opened in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, from which huge monsters rushed into the world of people, bringing death and destruction. But the government found a way to fight: the project “Huntsman” was created – a huge robot controlled by the coordinated actions of two pilots inside the car. The mission once and for all to close the portal goes to two heroes – a former pilot whose brother died during the battles, and an inexperienced newcomer. They will become the last hope of humanity for salvation.

Original title:  
Pacific Rim

Genre:  
Fantasy, action, adventure

Actors:  
Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:  
12+


Man of Steel (2013)

The film adaptation of one of the DC comics , rich in special effects , introduces us to the history of Superman’s childhood and youth. The planet Krypton is on the brink of destruction. A married couple of scientists of an alien civilization, who foresaw the death of their world, manage to save their son from a bitter fate. So the capsule with the baby ends up in Kansas, where it is picked up by a childless family. The boy grows up and tries to lead a normal life, despite his extraordinary strength and superpowers . But when humanity is attacked from the outside, it has to become the salvation of earthlings.

Original title:  
Man of Steel

Genre:  
Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Actors:  
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner …

Country:  
USA, UK

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.0

Age Limits
12+


Ender’s Game (2013)

In the world of the future, humanity is fighting against “buggers” – aliens from outer space. The decisive battle is approaching and it should put an end to the war. The world needs a brilliant commander, and the best way to find one is to educate yourself. All over the world, children with brilliant abilities are selected and sent to a combat school, where the children are waiting for grueling training and complete isolation from the outside world. The hero of the film, the boy Ender, was lucky enough to become the very child – the chosen one, who will help win the desired victory.

Original title:  
Ender’s Game

Genre:  
Fiction, fantasy

Actors:  
Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age Limits
12+


Sea battle (2012)

Several alien ships are landing on our planet, stopping somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The aliens enclose the territory with an impenetrable dome and are ready to suppress any offensive of the military forces. The American ships try to make contact, but the uninvited guests destroy them. Then the international fleet, consisting of five ships, begins a sea battle with the aggressors.

Original title:  
Battleship

Genre:  
Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Adventure

Actors:  
Taylor Kitsch, Tadanobu Asano, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, Liam Neeson …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.8

Age Limits
12+


The Avengers (film series, 2012 – 2019)

The god of cunning, Loki, after being expelled from his world, plows outer space, where he finds a powerful ally. The villains make a deal – a huge army of warriors for Loki in exchange for a magic stone that is in the hands of people. Loki arrives on Earth and steals the artifact . To defend against an alien invasion, the head of the SHIELD organization assembles a team of superheroes consisting of the killer Natalia Romanova, the shooter nicknamed Hawkeye, the Hulk, Tony Stark in the Iron Man suit and Captain America.

Original title:  
Avengers: Infinity War

Genre:  
Fiction, action, fantasy, adventure

Actors:  
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zoe Saldana …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.0

Age limit:  
16+


Contagion (2011)

According to the plot of the film , an American business woman catches an unknown illness during a business trip to China. Doctors cannot make an accurate diagnosis, referring to the common cold, but soon the woman dies, having managed to infect a dozen people. The virus that claimed the life of the heroine receives the status of a very scary and dangerous one. The World Health Organization must at all costs control this contagion before the disease spreads throughout the world.

Original title:  
Contagion

Genre:  
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:  
Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow…

Country:  
UAE, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
12+


The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

An alien arrives on Earth with a special mission. A guest from outer space must warn people – if they do not stop destruction and war, then human civilization will be destroyed. But earthlings are not ready to hear the alien. And only Dr. Benson is one of the first to come into contact with the guest, wounded during the landing, and tries to convince him to give people another chance.

Original title:
The Day the Earth Stood Still

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Inferno (2007)

In the distant future, people are threatened with extinction. The sun is slowly fading, and when this happens, all life in our world will cease to exist. A spaceship is heading towards the fading star to ignite the star again with a nuclear explosion. On the way to the target, the crew receives a signal from a missing ship that was on the same mission a few years ago. The team decides to deviate from the course and come to the aid of the first expedition.

Original title:  
Sunshine

Genre:  
Fiction, thriller

Actors:  
Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis …

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Earth’s core (2003)

What happens if the Earth’s core stops spinning? On this topic, the creators of a colorful science fiction film decided to dream up. Strange and frightening events are taking place all over the world – the strongest thunderstorms, the madness of birds, sudden deaths. Scientists manage to find out that the cause of disasters lies in the slowdown in the rotation of the earth’s core. Together with colleagues, Josh Case decides to get to him and organize a nuclear explosion until the core stops completely.

Original title:  
The Core

Genre:  
Fiction, action, thriller, adventure

Actors:  
Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo …

Country:  
USA, Germany, Canada, UK

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:  
12+


Armageddon (1998)

Several meteorites fall to Earth, bringing death and destruction. However, this is nothing compared to the fact that an overly large alien boulder is rushing towards the planet. Experts offer a desperate solution – to launch a squad into space to blow up a dangerous object before it approaches a critical distance. It is necessary to find an experienced driller who is able to make a hole in a meteorite right in outer space. Harry, along with a team of specialists and his daughter’s fiancé, takes over the case.

Original title:  
Armageddon

Genre:  
Fantasy, adventure

Actors:  
Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Will Patton, Billy Bob Thornton …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits
16+


Deep Impact (1998)

Leo is an amateur astronomer. One day he notices that an unknown object is approaching our planet. It turns out that this is a comet that threatens with death to all living things, if the collision does occur. And while the rescue team goes into space to eliminate the threat, the government is building arks and bunkers . In these shelters, the population sees hope for salvation if the catastrophe cannot be prevented.

Original title:  
Deep Impact

Genre:  
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama, Romance

Actors:  
Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, Elijah Wood…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age Limits
12+


Men in Black (film series, 1997 – 2019)

According to the plot of the popular comedy film, aliens live among ordinary citizens, who skillfully disguise themselves. No one, except for employees of a secret unit that protects the planet from threats from space, knows about this. By coincidence, police officer James Darrell is interviewed in this very department. After passing all the exam tests, he becomes a new agent. Just at this time, one of the aliens is preparing an extraterrestrial invasion.

Original title:  
Men in Black

Genre:
Fantasy, action, comedy

Actors:  
Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:  
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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