The Best Nuclear Holocaust Movies 

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A list of the best nuclear holocaust movies ever made, ranked by movie fans with film trailers when available. This nuclear holocaust movie list is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest movies about nuclear holocaust are at the top of the list. If there are any great movies about nuclear holocaust you believe we missed, please feel free to add them to the list yourself. The films on this list are the most famous nuclear holocaust movies of all time, so use it to find some movies that you haven't seen already.  

This list answers the questions, "What are the best nuclear holocaust movies?" and "What is the greatest nuclear holocaust movie of all time?"

Various bits of information are included with these popular nuclear holocaust movies, such as who directed them, when they were released and who starred in the films. Whether you're watching these nuclear holocaust movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, these good nuclear holocaust movies can be enjoyed no matter what.

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Reece Dinsdale, Jane Hazlegrove, David Brierly
Threads is a 1984 BAFTA award-winning British television drama, produced jointly by the BBC, Nine Network and Western-World Television Inc. Written by Barry Hines and directed by Mick Jackson, ...more
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John Lithgow, Steve Guttenberg, JoBeth Williams
The Day After is a 1983 American television film that aired on November 20, 1983, on the ABC television network. It was seen by more than 100 million people during its initial broadcast. It is ...more
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James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes fears of a nuclear ...more

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Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman
Fail-Safe is a 1964 Cold thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. The film features performances by veteran actors ...more

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Kevin Costner, Rebecca De Mornay, Jane Alexander
Testament is a drama film based on The Last Testament by Carol Amen, directed by Lynne Littman and written by John Sacret Young. The film tells the story of how one small suburban town near the ...more

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John Mills, Peggy Ashcroft, David Dundas
When the Wind Blows is a 1986 British animated drama film directed by Jimmy Murakami based on Raymond Briggs' graphic novel of the same name. The film stars the voices of John Mills and Peggy ...more

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#93 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #71 of 145 The Most Utterly Depressing Movies Ever Made

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton
Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert ...more

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On the Beach is a 1957 post-apocalyptic novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute after he emigrated to Australia. The novel details the experiences of a mixed group of people in ...more

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#950 of 1,302 The Best Novels Ever Written #242 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton
The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and the film's producer Gale Anne Hurd. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a ...more

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Miracle Mile
Mare Winningham, Anthony Edwards, Denise Crosby
Miracle Mile is a 1988 American apocalyptic thriller cult film written and directed by Steve De Jarnatt, and starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham that takes place mostly in real time. It ...more

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#227 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time #6 of 16 Movies That Took A Hard Turn And Left Audiences Completely Baffled

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Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy
WarGames is a 1983 American science-fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes and directed by John Badham. The film stars Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, and ...more

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Erland Josephson, Allan Edwall, Sven Wollter
The Sacrifice is a 1986 Swedish film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Starring Erland Josephson, it centers on a middle-aged intellectual who attempts to bargain with God to stop an impending ...more
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Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda
Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more

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#118 of 589 The Best Animated Films Ever #501 of 625 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Moviesfeaturing Some Artists Drew All Of 'Akira' With 'The Simpsons' Characters, And It's Amazing

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Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young
The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960 Metrocolor time travel science fiction film based on the 1895 novel of the same name by H. G. Wells in ...more

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#62 of 160 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies #3 of 47 The Greatest Classic Sci-Fi Movies

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Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs
Equilibrium is a 2002 American dystopian science fiction film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer and starring Christian Bale, Emily Watson, and Taye Diggs. The film follows John Preston, an ...more

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#64 of 153 The Best Science Fiction Action Movies #48 of 160 The Best Dystopian And Near Future Movies

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Jon Voight, Jason Robards Jr., Sammi Davis
Chernobyl: The Final Warning is a 1991 made for television movie. The film chronicles the Chernobyl disaster.
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Sean Astin, Kevin Pollak, Timothy Hutton
Deterrence is a 1999 French/American dramatic film written and directed by Rod Lurie, depicting fictional events about nuclear brinkmanship. It marks the feature directorial debut of Lurie, who ...more
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Don Johnson, Jason Robards Jr., Michael Rupert
A young man and his telepathic dog roam a post-nuclear holocaust land searching for food and sex. He encounters an underground community that has survived apparently unscathed from the ...more

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Jesse McCartney, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko
Chernobyl Diaries is a 2012 American disaster horror film directed by Brad Parker and produced by Oren Peli, who also wrote the story. It stars Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a 2003 American science fiction action film, directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. ...more

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Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Stuhr, Leon Niemczyk
O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization is a 1985 Polish drama science fiction film written and directed by Piotr Szulkin. Starring Jerzy Stuhr and Krystyna Janda, the film takes place in a ...more
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Peggie Castle, Noel Neill, Dan O'Herlihy
Invasion, U.S.A. is a 1952 motion picture set during the Cold War and portraying the invasion of the United States by an unnamed Communist enemy meant to be taken as the Soviet Union.
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Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard
Terminator Salvation is a 2009 American science fiction action film directed by McG and starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington. It is the fourth and final installment in the original ...more

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Maury Chaykin, Lenore Zann, Tim Choate
Def-Con 4 is a 1985 post-apocalyptic film, portraying three astronauts who survive World War III aboard a space station and return to earth to find greatly changed circumstances.

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Dudley Moore, Marty Feldman, Peter Cook
The Bed-Sitting Room is a 1969 British comedy film directed by Richard Lester and based on the play of the same name. It was entered into the 19th Berlin International Film Festival. The film is ...more