“The Last of Us” is hailed by many as a video game masterpiece, praised for pushing the boundaries of a post-apocalyptic story that rivaled some movies. Developed by Naughty Dog for Sony’s PlayStation 3, the game told the story of Joel and Ellie, a smuggler and a young girl traveling across the United States 30 years after a deadly airborne fungus ravaged humanity.
Instead of zombies, “The Last of Us” had clickers. They were severely infected people with grotesque mushrooms growing out of their bodies. Along with the flesh-craving monsters, Joel and Ellie had to deal with uninfected humans trying to stop their journey to create a vaccine for humanity. Along the way, the unlikely pair met allies and developed an unbreakable bond through their mutual survival.
Released in 2013 and remastered for the PlayStation 4 in 2014, “The Last of Us” has sold more than 20 million copies and has been praised as one of the best video games of all time. A long-awaited sequel, “The Last of Us Part II,” came out on June 19 and picked up the story four years after the first game ended. This time, instead of playing as Joel, players control Ellie in a tale of revenge.
In March, HBO announced that a TV show based on the game was in development with “Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin. Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann, the writer and creative director of the game, will also write and executive produce with Mazin.
Here are 16 post-apocalyptic movies that are perfect to watch if you can’t get enough of “The Last of Us.”