Movies like The Day After

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The Day After (1983)
 7.0
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The Day After (1983)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The film portrays a fictional nuclear war between NATO forces and the Warsaw Pact that rapidly escalates into a full scale exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union, focusing on the residents of Lawrence, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as several family farms situated next to nearby nuclear missile silos.
Style: disturbing, bleak, thought provoking, serious, captivating, emotional, realistic, suspenseful, cult film, suspense ...
Plot: cold war, nuclear war, apocalypse, radiation, nuclear holocaust, survival, catastrophe, danger, chaos, nuclear threat, hysteria, demolished city, small town, nuclear explosion, war, anti war, heroes, life is a bitch, starvation, society, small town life, escapades, atrocity, hiding place, leadership ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, kansas, ussr, soviet union, missouri, nebraska, new jersey

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Most similar movies to The Day After

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, bleak and suspense films with plots about danger, catastrophe, apocalypse, chaos, survival, escapades and heroes mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Day After: Testament (1983), By Dawn's Early Light (1990), On the Beach (2000), Jericho (2006), Contagion (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: British reporters suspect an international cover-up of a global disaster in progress... and they're right. Hysterical panic has engulfed the world after the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously detonate nuclear devices and have ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, bleak, suspense, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: end of the world, global warming, apocalypse, race against time, chaos, danger, escapades, save the world, survival, worldwide chaos, chaos and mayhem, journalism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, future, 50s ...
Place: london, england, europe, russia, india ...
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Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, emotional, serious ...
Plot: small town, nuclear war, survival, radiation, nuclear holocaust, future dystopia, life is a bitch, danger, demolished city, chaos, parents and children, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
By Dawn's Early Light (1990)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When a nuclear missile is launched by presumably Soviet forces toward Turkey, the beginning of the ultimate war to end all wars WW 3 is started. Powers Boothe, his girlfriend and copilot Rebecca DeMornay and their flight crew take off in a B 52 on ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, surprise ending, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nuclear holocaust, apocalypse, politics, race against time, military, danger, terrorism, false accusation, nuclear missile, nato, bomber, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s, year 1991, 1990s, 90s
Place: soviet union, ussr, russia, nebraska, turkey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 4K
On the Beach (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The world has finally managed to blow itself up and only Australia has been spared from nuclear destruction and a gigantic wave of radiation is floating in on the breezes. One American sub located in the Pacific has survived and is met with disdain ...
Style: tense, serious, suspense, exciting, gloomy ...
Plot: apocalypse, save the world, survival, heroic mission, atomic bomb, race against time, navy, nuclear, chaos, danger, adventure, ocean or sea ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Jericho (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
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Story: Jericho is an American action/drama series that centers on the residents of the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of nuclear attacks on 23 major cities in the contiguous United States.
Style: captivating, twists and turns, tense, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, survival, small town, chaos, post apocalypse, danger, leadership, conspiracy, explosion, courage, distopia, mystery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kansas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.0
 713
Contagion (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the 21st Century, terrorists have developed a new way to strike: disease. Not only have they created a deadly Level Four Ebola virus, their first victim is the President of the United States. The virus is particularly contagious and is spreading. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: save the day, survival, terrorism, bio weapon, danger, plague, race against time, deadly, undercover, state affairs, chaos, antidote ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Fire in the Sky (1978)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Astronomers discover a comet that they believe will crash into Phoenix, Arizona. They attempt to warn officials, but no one believes them.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, disaster movie ...
Plot: astronomer, heroes, rivalry, chases and races, space and aliens, confined, save the world, evil alien, adventure, danger, catastrophe, abduction ...
Time: 70s
Place: arizona, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 53K
Red Dawn (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: invasion, survival, brutality, war, adventure, save the day, against the odds, heroic mission, danger, rivalry, heroes, youth ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, near future
Place: colorado, usa, latin america, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6K
The War Game (1966)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
Story: A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.
Style: bleak, realistic, thought provoking, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: apocalypse, radiation, cold war, world war three, nuclear war, political unrest, war, chaos, international crisis, anti war, wartime life, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 1960s, future, 60s
Place: europe, england, britain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Where Have All the People Gone (1974)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: A strange series of solar flares proves fatal for inhabitants of the Earth, except for the fortunate few who are somehow immune from the effects. Animals go insane and human beings turn to white powder, leaving behind only empty clothing. A handful ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, bleak, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, catastrophe, distopia, chaos, nuclear holocaust, demolished city, family life, forces of nature, chaos and mayhem, supernatural, escapades, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Damnation Alley (1977)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A small group of survivors at a military installation who survived World War 3 attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living. Hopefully their specially built vehicles will protect them against the ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, futuristic, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: motorcycle, nuclear holocaust, desert, on the road, survival, apocalypse, danger, cockroach, post apocalypse, post nuclear, scorpion, plague ...
Time: future, 70s, near future
Place: new york, usa, las vegas, detroit, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
No Blade of Grass (1970)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A strange new virus has appeared, which only attacks strains of grasses such as wheat and rice, and the world is descending into famine and chaos. Architect John, along with his family and friends, is making his way from London to his brother's ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, captivating, tense, serious ...
Plot: contamination, survival, apocalypse, family in danger, family relations, chaos, farm, virus, distopia, human nature, plague, future dystopia ...
Time: future
Place: england, northern england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.3
 157
Shelter (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: With a catastrophic event rapidly approaching, 18 people vie for 10 spots in the small town's only bomb shelter.
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, serious, epic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, chaos, apocalypse, small town, society, deadly, hopes, escapades, danger, family relations, clergy, bomb shelter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.8
 36K
The Divide (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.
Style: tense, bleak, suspense, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: survival, nuclear holocaust, confined, losing-it hero, isolation, torment, bunker, danger, group of strangers, human nature, chaos, social decay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.6
 746
Malevil (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In southern France, in a quite little town, the mayor, who also owns a castle with some cattle, is in the wine cellar with some other people: the pharmacist, the veterinary, and some of his employees. As they are drinking wine, they hear a terrible ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, post apocalypse, danger, mentally unstable, fascism, palaces castles and temples, chaos, cooking and food, leadership, society, confined, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
A Boy and His Dog (1975)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Set in the year 2024 in post-apocalyptic America, 18-year old Vic and his telepathic dog Blood are scavengers in the desolate wilderness ravaged by World War 4, where survivors must battle for food, shelter, and sexual companionship in the ...
Style: cult film, futuristic, humorous, semi serious, offbeat ...
Plot: desert, dog, distopia, survival, nuclear holocaust, satire, impregnation, telepathy, post apocalypse, apocalypse, chaos and mayhem, fish out of water ...
Time: future, 2020s
Place: phoenix arizona, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.2
 229K
The Road (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the ...
Style: bleak, harsh, rough, gloomy, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, post apocalypse, apocalypse, post apocalyptic, father son relationship, starvation, catastrophe, on the road, vestiges of humanity, cannibalism, future dystopia, journey ...
Time: future
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.5
 30K
The Omega Man (1971)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Robert Neville, a doctor, due to an experimental vaccine, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, scary, intense, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: plague, survival, zombie, isolation, danger, heroic mission, vestiges of humanity, life is a bitch, bio weapon, chaos and mayhem, apocalypse, transformation ...
Time: future, 70s, year 1975, year 1977, near future
Place: los angeles, usa, ussr, soviet union, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Miracle Mile (1988)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After 30 years of searching, Harry (Edwards) has finally met the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, before they even have a chance to go on their first date, Harry intercepts some chilling news: WWIII has begun and nuclear missiles will destroy Los ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, suspense, futuristic, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chaos, apocalypse, one night, nuclear war, race against time, danger, panic, nuclear holocaust, fall in love, love affair, survival, end of the world ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: los angeles, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Day of Resurrection (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Scientists in Antarctica desperately try to find a cure to a military virus that was released in a plane crash and has wiped out the rest of the world.
Style: bleak, futuristic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, experiment gone awry, survival, chaos, genetic engineering, nuclear holocaust, race against time, catastrophe, air disaster, escapades, heroes, save the world ...
Time: year 1981, year 1988, year 1983, year 1982, 80s
Place: antarctica, usa, london, new york, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Z for Zachariah (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Iceland, Switzerland, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he’s nearly ...
Style: tense, bleak, serious, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: post apocalypse, nuclear war, radiation, apocalypse, love triangle, survivor, farm, survival, jealousy, human nature, chaos, religion ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, future
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.0
 21K
Fail-Safe (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring. Director Sidney Lumet gives an atmospheric ...
Style: tense, realistic, bleak, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nuclear threat, cold war, atomic bomb, control room, politics, military, danger, race against time, u.s. air force, translator, military life, chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: russia, new york, usa, pentagon, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Parts Per Billion (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The interwoven stories of three couples which are forced to make life altering decisions in the face of a disastrous war. Inspired and sometimes blinded by their love, Len, Mia, Andy, Esther, Anna and Erik are as flawed and beautiful as any of the ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, suspense, gloomy
Plot: survival, chaos, virus, couple relations, apocalypse, couples, danger, deadly, love and romance, fiance fiancee relationship, father son relationship, husband wife relationship ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, near future
Place: usa, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Forbin is the designer of an incredibly sophisticated computer that will run all of America's nuclear defenses. Shortly after being turned on, it detects the existence of Guardian, the Soviet counterpart, previously unknown to US Planners. Both ...
Style: cult film, suspenseful, gloomy, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: scientist, man versus machine, artificial intelligence, cold war, computer, ultimatum, mathematics, nuclear threat, nuclear war, catastrophe, super computer, survival ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, future
Place: canada, washington d.c., ussr, moscow russia, colorado ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Ever Since the World Ended (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Twelve years ago, a plague swept through, wiping out most of the population; in San Francisco, only 186 people remain. Two of them use jury-rigged batteries to power a camera and make a documentary. We see a variety of approaches to survival, from ...
Style: bleak, tense, serious, sincere, thought provoking
Plot: survival, life is a bitch, society, danger, chaos, future dystopia, introspection, apocalypse, escapades, wilderness, commune, plague ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.5
 74K
Volcano (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An earthquake shatters a peaceful Los Angeles morning and opens a fissure deep into the earth, causing lava to start bubbling up. As a volcano begins forming in the La Brea Tar Pits, the director of the city's emergency management service, Mike ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, intense, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: natural disaster, volcano, forces of nature, race against time, disaster film, catastrophe, save the day, adventure, heroes, danger, geology, tunnel ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, beverly hills, iceland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 3.7
 2K
Supernova (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 172 min.
Story: A international science conference is held in Australia when Dr. Austin Shepard mysteriously disappears Dr. Shepard's colleague, Christopher Richardson and other people are soon faced with the reality of an impending crisis and an attempt to ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, suspense, exciting, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chaos, survival, apocalypse, danger, race against time, astronomer, adventure, save the planet, government agency, escapades, heroic mission, universe ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: australia, africa, pentagon, taj mahal, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Crack in the World (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Dr. Steven Sorenson plans to tap the geothermal energy of the Earth's interior by means of a thermonuclear device detonated deep within the Earth.This experiment causes a crack to form and grow within the earth's crust, which threatens to ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, suspense, psychotronic ...
Plot: love triangle, terminal illness, survival, apocalypse, chaos, danger, race against time, nuclear explosion, end of the world, earthquake, chases and races, escapades ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: london, africa, big ben london
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Lightning: Fire from the Sky (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Overwhelmed by a disastrous lightning storm that his son predicted, a man must learn to trust his son in order to save his family and the whole community.
Style: serious, captivating, suspense
Plot: apocalypse, survival, save the day, race against time, rescue, danger, adventure, family relations, forces of nature, heroes, small town, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.1
 3K
Quintet (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called Quintet. For one small group, this obsession is not enough. They play the game with living pieces, and only the winner survives.
Style: psychological, futuristic, suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: ice age, climate change, future dystopia, isolation, danger, rivalry, life is a bitch, society, chaos, apocalypse, survival, obsession ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%