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In “The World’s End,” out Friday, a group of friends face the apocalypse, which would be much easier if they weren’t so drunk their faces are numb. If sober, they could have helped out in these other apocalyptic films.

‘4:44 Last Day on Earth’

Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh star in this 2011 indie where we know the exact time the planet will end. They have a lot of sex and eat Vietnamese food, which, frankly, sounds like a pretty good day. Except for everyone dying.

‘Melancholia’

Lars von Trier’s 2011 movie about a new planet that smashes into Earth was visually stunning and impeccably acted. It was so good at portraying the end of days that no one ever wants to see it again.

‘2012’

Turns out the Mayans were right in this 2009 film in which John Cusack has to save his family from Death by Various Means. What the Mayans couldn’t predict was how bad the movie would be.

‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’

Steve Carell and Keira Knightley drive across the country to reunite with family before an asteroid hits in this 2012 comedy. Because, really, who doesn’t want to spend their last few days looking for a gas station with a clean bathroom?

 ‘Planet of the Apes’

This sci-fi classic (from 1968, not the Tim Burton version) shows what happens when apes effectively end human life as we know it. It sucks, is what happens.

Kristen Page-Kirby covers film for The Washington Post Express.
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