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The Best Nuclear Holocaust Movies 

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Updated January 28, 2020 600 votes 151 voters 10.5k views 26 items

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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hpliebekraft added Threads Reece Dinsdale, Jane Hazlegrove, David Brierly

Released: 1984

Directed by: Mick Jackson

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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James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott

Released: 1964

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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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JohnBroussard added John Lithgow, Steve Guttenberg, JoBeth Williams

Released: 1983

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

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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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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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hpliebekraft added Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman

Released: 1964

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

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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Testament Kevin Costner, Rebecca De Mornay, Jane Alexander

Released: 1983

Directed by: Lynne Littman

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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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1984

Directed by: James Cameron

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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hpliebekraft added John Mills, Peggy Ashcroft, David Dundas

Released: 1986

Directed by: Jimmy T. Murakami

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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Released: 1959

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

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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Miracle Mile Mare Winningham, Anthony Edwards, Denise Crosby

Released: 1988

Directed by: Steve De Jarnatt

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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Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy, Ally Sheedy

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Badham

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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Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda

Released: 1988

Directed by: Katsuhiro Otomo

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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Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor, Alan Young

Released: 1960

Directed by: George Pal

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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Regina Ruehling added Chernobyl: The Final Warning Jon Voight, Jason Robards Jr., Sammi Davis

Released: 1991

Directed by: Anthony Page

Chernobyl: The Final Warning is a 1991 made for television movie. The film chronicles the Chernobyl disaster.
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Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kurt Wimmer

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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Erland Josephson, Allan Edwall, Sven Wollter

Released: 1986

Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky

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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Regina Ruehling added Jesse McCartney, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko

Released: 2012

Directed by: Bradley Parker

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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Don Johnson, Jason Robards Jr., Michael Rupert

Released: 1975

Directed by: L. Q. Jones

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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Sean Astin, Kevin Pollak, Timothy Hutton

Released: 1999

Directed by: Rod Lurie

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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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

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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Peggie Castle, Noel Neill, Dan O'Herlihy

Released: 1952

Directed by: Alfred E. Green

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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Mollevangsvagen added Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Stuhr, Leon Niemczyk

Released: 1985

Directed by: Piotr Szulkin

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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Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard

Released: 2009

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

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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Jeffrey Falcon, Justin Mcguire

Released: 1998

Directed by: Lance Mungia

Six-String Samurai is a 1998 post-apocalyptic action/comedy film directed by Lance Mungia, starring Jeffrey Falcon and Justin McGuire. Brian Tyler composed the score for this film along with the ...more
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Maury Chaykin, Lenore Zann, Tim Choate

Released: 1985

Directed by: Paul Donovan

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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