I recently learned that there have been 242 dates predicting for the End Of The World in the A.D. time-line. The first one was recorded by Josephus ( a rather obscure historian) in 44 A,D. A man named Theudas, convinced that the world would end in 46 A.D., proclaimed himself the Messiah and took 400 people into the desert to survive this Apocalypse. Ironically he was correct (as far as his own demise). The world ended for him when he was beheaded by Roman Soldiers in the year 46 A.D.
I will only name 5 films in the list and add others as MUBI members bring them to my attention. (Please include Date, Director’s Name and Star – and by all means, B films in this vein.)
End of the World (1931) Abel Gance
Deluge (1933) Felix E. Feist
On The Beach (1959) Stanley Kramer
Panic in Year Zero (1962) Ray Milland
The Last Man On Earth (1964) Ubaldo Ragona & Sidney Salkow