This was George Lucas' first film, and it's more or less unheard of. It's brilliant! It has a real subdued and contemplative feel to it, and some fairly intense moments. Stylistically, it feels somewhat similar to Star Wars, so it's worth a watch if you're a SW fan. The ending is just amazing; I shan't say any more than that, but it's worth watching the entire film just for the final 5 minutes.
The World, The Flesh and the Devil - One of my favourite movies. I think I love everything about this, even the grating hairdressing scene. Some of the plot points that guide this film are contrived, yes, but it's a character piece first and foremost.
The War Game - A short what-if documentary based on scientific fact mixed in with some realistic assumptions based on other bombings.
Things to Come - It's not perfect, but some of the ideas and sets are well realised. My favourite part is the mid-section where Everytown is less a town, more a military outpost and the disease sweeping the world has created zombies wanting to infect the healthy. They really should have expanded that.
On The Beach - I haven't watched either version yet, but they do seem pretty good. 5ive - I haven't watched this either, but it also seems like something worthy of looking into.
The Day After and Threads - Both of these films follow a bunch of characters before and after a nuclear strike. Threads is much more grim and realistic and is a lot slower in pace.
A Boy and His Dog - A fun movie about a boy and his dog and mans animalistic tendencies.
The Last Man On Earth - A very good film with Vincent Price. He lives alone in a world of mutants and then he finds another survivor which challenges his perceptions.
And last but not least is an interesting Czech film called Konec srpna v hotelu Ozon (Late August at the Hotel August) and its about of female nomads led by an old woman who was born before the nuclear holocaust that destroyed the world. Animals were harmed during the making of this film.
I'd second the mention of 12 Monkeys, and throw in The Quiet Earth, a fairly rare film. And this is sort of borderline, really, and probably doesn't belong here, but Miracle Mile for sheer originality.
Well, the premise of Miracle Mile is far stronger than the reality, but it tries. I'll give it brownie points for that. Plus, I have a history with this movie. I narrowly avoided being struck by lightning during the grand finale.
In the sense that it took a while to appear on DVD and is never shown on cable, that I know of. So" I meant "rare" in the sense that it's something you'd really have to know about already to see; you won't stumble across it by accident...
You know what I like best about it? Try watching only the background characters, especially anyone who speaks. There's a whole other movie going on in the background, and it took me a couple of viewings to catch on...
Ugh, yes! I like the movie up until <spoiler for anybody who hasn't seen it> they find the soldiers. I felt that entire part could have been condensed. I understand why it was there, but the film just slows down there for me.
Yes, I understand the story element, but you know what....from the time they leave the tunnel with the rats and infected until they reach the check point should have been 5 to 8 minutes not a major element of the movie.
The military thing, I think was good because it finally dealt more with the horrific reality where women would become more valuable than gold but not treated like gold.
I also wanted to see more survival horror in there. When the three people shacked up in the store for the night, I was hoping to see a whole day of chasing and such after.
How the hell did I forget about Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and 28 Days/Weeks Later!? Though I disagree with Final Fantasy Spirits Within, I can see you do have good taste after you listed Casshern Sins.
I REALLY hate Cloud Strife, he is possibly the most overrated hack in video game history, besides Sephiorth. The only Final Fantasies I really liked were FF3-6 and FF9.
That said, Spirits Within had unappealing CGI, forgettable and poorly-written characters, and it didn't have the Final Fantasy feel at all. Plus, you'd think a piece of Final Fantasy media would have good music, but SW doesn't have any of the awesome music FF is known for.
Mad Max series, though the first is definitely not a movie for everyone, but Mad Max 2 is a classic and a true masterpiece and essentially kickstarted the trend of post-apocalyptic films. If you like it George Miller's directed Mad Max 4 is finished filming and will be out sometime soon. You should also check out A Boy and His Dog. Also the original Planet of the Apes films.
The original Planet of the Apes is a classic and pretty much flawless in every aspect in my view, the sequels are fun but nowhere near the level of the original. You definitely should watch Mad Max, just don't expect Hollywood levels of quality or big budget action sequences ESPECIALLY if you start with the first movie. Though the climax of Mad Max 2 has one of the greatest action scenes put to film if you ask me. Also I don't know if anyone suggested this, because it technically is not a post-apocalyptic film but it pretty much contains all the elements people look for in the genre, is Escape from New York.
The concept itself, if you just read the synopsis, sounds very interesting. I think it was the kind of movie that would have either bombed or been a huge success. It hood good people in it. I don't know what it was missing. But it was missing something.
Mad Max 2 is what I (And, well, pretty much everyone else) would call an even better sequel. Zombieland is great since it has everything from scary to hilarious to romantic to sad moments. The anime film Fist of the North Star is pretty badass. Seriosuly, Kenshiro MAKES PEOPLES HEADS EXPLODE. Oh yeah, and he knocks down buildings with a single punch. Oh yeah, and he has the epic line "You are already dead."