4. The Postman (1997)
Not content with playing the lead in the above disaster, Kevin Costner decided to continue with his apocalyptic adventures in this sort of futuristic western. A brutal war has devastated civilisation and now the world is a desert.
Costner impersonates a postman of the new, revived United States government. The film earned 5 Razzie awards, including worst movie, worst director and worst actor.
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
We now move to more recent films, with the second part of the new "Planet of the Apes" trilogy. Humanity has been overwhelmed by a virus and the survivors try to reach a dam so as to supply their homes with electricity. But to get there they have to cross the territory of a community of apes.
The dam, and ultimately electricity, is the trigger that sparks off the war between the two sides.
6. Mad Max (1979)
A cult film if ever there was one. This Australian production suggests a world where Mel Gibson is a policeman assigned to breathe a little peace into a society that is crumbling. Gangs of bikers have taken over the roads and petrol is a scarce commodity.
But between the dust and the suffocating harassment of the bandits, Mad Max appears. In this world, only the toughest survive. And none as tough as Gibson.
7. The Road (2009)
Viggo Mortensen leads this adaptation of the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Fiction Prize. An indeterminate cataclysm has destroyed civilisation and has annihilated all animal and plant life. A father and his son struggle through this hell of ashes, on a pilgrimage toward a safe place.
In this way, the last good man on Earth does everything he possibly can to protect the purity and goodness of his son. The film reflects a highly pessimistic view of the cruelty of the human being.
8. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
A touch of colour couldn't be missing in this ranking. And nobody better at it than the Ghibli Studios. Hayao Miyazaki, the creator of works such as "Princess Mononoke" or "Spirited Away", made Nausicaä in 1984. It was his first big production and into it he poured his feelings against war and pollution, as well as his passion for aeronautics.
The story offers a view of a divided world that survives at the edge of gigantic forests plagued with poisonous fungi and monstrous insects. The heroine attempts to understand the cycle followed by the Earth while she tries to save her little kingdom from the greed of its neighbours.
9. I Am Legend (2007)
This novel by Richard Matheson has been made into a film three times: "The Last Man on Earth" (1964), "The Omega Man" (1971) and "I Am Legend" (2007).
This last may be the best known because its main character is played by none other than Will Smith who, after spending his teenage years in Bel-Air, becomes the last human being in New York. And possibly in the whole world! A strange virus has mutated every living soul and converts them into a sort of vampire.
10. Lord of the flies (1963 and 1990)
Another classic novel taken to the big screen. Its title refers to human evil, represented by the Devil. Its author, Nobel Literature Prize-winner William Golding, sought to represent a society featuring children that would represent an allegory against barbarism and Man's basic instincts.
Its plot was made into a film in 1963 and again in 1990, showing how a group of castaway boys reach a desert island. In a world with no parents, rules or obligations, the boys treat the first few days as an adventure. But the passage of time gradually makes them try to get organised and create a small community.