25 best apocalypse movies

With the world set to end in 2012 – if you believe the Mayans – here are the best films to get you in the mood for Armageddon

12 Monkeys (1995) 

If you leave a voicemail right now, will scientists in a post-apocalyptic future get it? Probably, according to 12 Monkeys. Terry Gilliam's future is underground – and not in an alternative, hip club kind of way. Survivor James Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to avert a viral apocalypse – but meddling in the past never turns out well.