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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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  • Testament1
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    Testament

    Kevin Costner, Rebecca De Mornay

    Released1983

    Directed byLynne Littman

    Testament is a drama film based on The Last Testament by Carol Amen, directed by Lynne Littman...  more
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  • Threads2
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    Threads

    Reece Dinsdale, Jane Hazlegrove

    Released1984

    Directed byMick Jackson

    Threads is a 1984 BAFTA award-winning British television drama, produced jointly by the BBC,...  more
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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb3

    Released1964

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as...  more
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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day4
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    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong

    Released1991

    Directed byJames Cameron

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written,...  more
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  • The Terminator5
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    The Terminator

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton

    Released1984

    Directed byJames Cameron

    The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James...  more
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  • Fail Safe6
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    Fail Safe

    Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau

    Released1964

    Directed bySidney Lumet

    Fail-Safe is a 1964 Cold thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of...  more
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  • The Day After7
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    The Day After

    John Lithgow, Steve Guttenberg

    Released1983

    Directed byNicholas Meyer

    The Day After is a 1983 American television film that aired on November 20, 1983, on the ABC...  more
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  • When the Wind Blows8
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    When the Wind Blows

    John Mills, Peggy Ashcroft

    Released1986

    Directed byJimmy T. Murakami

    When the Wind Blows is a 1986 British animated drama film directed by Jimmy Murakami based on...  more
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  • On the Beach9
    On the Beach is a 1957 post-apocalyptic novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute...  more
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  • Miracle Mile10
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    Miracle Mile

    Mare Winningham, Anthony Edwards

    Released1988

    Directed bySteve De Jarnatt

    Miracle Mile is a 1988 American apocalyptic thriller cult film written and directed by Steve...  more
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  • WarGames11
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    WarGames

    Matthew Broderick, William H. Macy

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Badham

    WarGames is a 1983 American science-fiction film written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F....  more
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  • The Sacrifice12
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    The Sacrifice

    Erland Josephson, Allan Edwall

    Released1986

    Directed byAndrei Tarkovsky

    The Sacrifice is a 1986 Swedish film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Starring Erland Josephson,...  more
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  • Chernobyl: The Final Warning13
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    Chernobyl: The Final Warning

    Jon Voight, Jason Robards Jr.

    Released1991

    Directed byAnthony Page

    Chernobyl: The Final Warning is a 1991 made for television movie. The film chronicles the...  more
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  • Chernobyl Diaries14
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    Chernobyl Diaries

    Jesse McCartney, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal

    Released2012

    Directed byBradley Parker

    Chernobyl Diaries is a 2012 American disaster horror film directed by Brad Parker and produced...  more
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  • Deterrence15
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    Deterrence

    Sean Astin, Kevin Pollak

    Released1999

    Directed byRod Lurie

    Deterrence is a 1999 French/American dramatic film written and directed by Rod Lurie,...  more
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  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines16
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    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes

    Released2003

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a 2003 American science fiction action film, directed by...  more
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  • The Time Machine17
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    The Time Machine

    Yvette Mimieux, Rod Taylor

    Released1960

    Directed byGeorge Pal

    The Time Machine – also known promotionally as H.G. Wells' The Time Machine – is a 1960...  more
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  • Akira18
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    Akira

    Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama

    Released1988

    Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo

    Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written...  more
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  • Invasion U.S.A.19
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    Invasion U.S.A.

    Peggie Castle, Noel Neill

    Released1952

    Directed byAlfred E. Green

    Invasion, U.S.A. is a 1952 motion picture set during the Cold War and portraying the invasion...  more
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  • A Boy and His Dog20
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    A Boy and His Dog

    Don Johnson, Jason Robards Jr.

    Released1975

    Directed byL. Q. Jones

    A young man and his telepathic dog roam a post-nuclear holocaust land searching for food and...  more
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  • Equilibrium21
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    Equilibrium

    Christian Bale, Sean Bean

    Released2002

    Directed byKurt Wimmer

    Equilibrium is a 2002 American dystopian science fiction film written and directed by Kurt...  more
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  • O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization22
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    O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization

    Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Stuhr

    Released1985

    Directed byPiotr Szulkin

    O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization is a 1985 Polish drama science fiction film written and...  more
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  • Terminator Salvation23
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    Terminator Salvation

    Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2009

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

    Terminator Salvation is a 2009 American science fiction action film directed by McG and...  more
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  • Def-Con 424
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    Def-Con 4

    Maury Chaykin, Lenore Zann

    Released1985

    Directed byPaul Donovan

    Def-Con 4 is a 1985 post-apocalyptic film, portraying three astronauts who survive World War...  more
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  • The Bed-Sitting Room25
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    The Bed-Sitting Room

    Dudley Moore, Marty Feldman

    Released1969

    Directed byRichard Lester

    The Bed-Sitting Room is a 1969 British comedy film directed by Richard Lester and based on the...  more
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