Movies like The Day the Earth Caught Fire

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The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
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The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance
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 caused the orbit of the Earth to alter, sending it hurtling towards the sun.
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, suspense, ambiguous ending, cerebral, light, enigmatic, clever, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: end of the world, race against time, apocalypse, newspaper, global warming, newsroom, danger, chaos, survival, earth, sun, heat, chases and races, escapades, heroes, journalism, save the world, alcohol abuse, chaos and mayhem, experiment gone awry, science, nuclear holocaust, worldwide chaos, paranoia, cold war ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, future, 1950s
Place: england, london, europe, russia, india, australia, moscow russia ...

Most similar movies to The Day the Earth Caught Fire

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, bleak and suspense films with plots about danger, survival, apocalypse, chaos, catastrophe, end of the world and dialogue mostly in Sci-Fi, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Day the Earth Caught Fire: Miracle Mile (1988), Deep Impact (1998), Five Million Years to Earth (1967), The Day After (1983), Supernova (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, futuristic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chaos, apocalypse, race against time, gun, one night, elevator, explosion, gas station, riot, panic, helicopter, danger ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: los angeles, antarctica
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 6.2
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Deep Impact (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A seven-mile-wide space rock is hurtling toward Earth, threatening to obliterate the planet. Now, it's up to the president of the United States to save the world. He appoints a tough-as-nails veteran astronaut to lead a joint American-Russian ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, touching, suspense, futuristic ...
Plot: nasa, end of the world, astronomer, natural disaster, comet, race against time, astronaut, tsunami, self sacrifice, save the world, evacuation, extinction ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., tucson arizona, langley virginia, manhattan new york city, paris france
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88%
Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An ancient Martian spaceship is unearthed in London, and proves to have powerful psychic effects on the people around.
Style: talky, suspenseful, serious, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: spacecraft, martian, riot, danger, androids and robots, chaos, deadly creature, evil alien, supernatural, race against time, rescue, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: prehistory, 1960s, 1950s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 7.1
 13K
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, ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: cold war, radiation, apocalypse, survival, small town, nuclear war, nuclear holocaust, war, anti war, small town life, danger, escapades ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: kansas, usa, missouri, soviet union, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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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, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chaos, race against time, apocalypse, danger, survival, astronomer, adventure, save the planet, escapades, government agency, heroic mission, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: australia, africa, sydney australia, taj mahal, pentagon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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1984 (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.
Style: futuristic, bleak, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: future dystopia, brainwashing, fascism, society, totalitarianism, book, big brother, against humanity, politics, diary, oppression, dishonesty ...
Time: future, 20th century, 80s, year 1984, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense
Plot: survival, virus, farm, family in danger, chaos, apocalypse, chaos and mayhem, exploitation, future dystopia, plague, danger, family problems ...
Time: future
Place: england, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.1
 51K
Perfect Sense (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Susan is a scientist searching for answers to important questions. So important that she has given up on other things, like love - until she meets Micheal. Susan and Michael find themselves embarking on a sensual adventure while the world around ...
Style: melancholic, enigmatic, serious, romantic, artsy ...
Plot: chef, scientist, love affair, human nature, human existence, epidemic, memory, anarchy, insomnia, suffering, chaos, romance ...
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Children of Men (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, futuristic, captivating, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, heroic mission, chaos, survival, birth, redemption, faith, dying, mission, childlessness, chaos and mayhem, on the run ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: europe, london, england, seattle washington, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 4.8
 6K
Flood (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, South Africa, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Timely yet terrifying, The Flood predicts the unthinkable. When a raging storm coincides with high seas it unleashes a colossal tidal surge, which travels mercilessly down England's East Coast and into the Thames Estuary. Overwhelming the ...
Style: talky, serious, suspenseful, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: race against time, rescue, tornado, secret agents, save the day, survival, adventure, apocalypse, forces of nature, danger, disaster film, self sacrifice ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, england, europe, london, big ben london
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
It's All About Love (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Italy, France, Canada, Spain, USA, Japan, Sweden, UK, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of two lovers and their attempts to save their relationship in a near-future world on the brink of cosmic collapse. John, and world-famous ice skating star, Elena, are about to sign divorce papers when they realise that, in spite of ...
Style: psychological, stylized, epic, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: airport, apocalypse, cloning, romance, lovers on the run, wife husband relationship, new love, climate change, escape, future dystopia, chases and races, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.2
 207K
Knowing (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, bleak, scary, exciting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: apocalypse, end of the world, changing the past or future, prediction, code, air disaster, destiny, prophecy, professor, scientist, supernatural, mysterious character ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s, future
Place: massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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, serious, bleak, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, leadership, nuclear explosion, apocalypse, tunnel, train, isolation, confined, palaces castles and temples, danger, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Last Seven (2010)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Seven strangers wake up on the deserted streets of London with no knowledge of how they got there. Before long someone -or something - is picking them off, one by one....
Style: atmospheric, serious, twists and turns, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: memory loss, survival, apocalypse, future dystopia, urban, danger, escapades, chaos, chase, race against time, chases and races, life is a bitch ...
Time: future
Place: europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Left Behind: The Movie (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Rayford Steele is an airline pilot whose relationship with his wife has gone sour;he ponders having an affair with an attractive flight attendant, Hattie Durham. In the midst of a flight to London, a number of their passengers mysteriously ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, futuristic, based on the bible ...
Plot: christian, apocalypse, chaos, stewardess, anti heroes, save the world, redemption, chaos and mayhem, religions or cults, danger, heroes, supernatural ability ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: england, europe, london, israel, sudan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.5
 26K
How I Live Now (2013)
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An American girl on holiday in the English countryside with her family finds herself in hiding and fighting for her survival as war breaks out.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: survival, youth, nuclear holocaust, countryside, terrorist, danger, life is a bitch, teenage love, romance, teenage life, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary
Place: england, northern england, london, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: atmospheric, serious, bleak, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, chaos and mayhem, supernatural, danger, escapades, chaos, family life, forces of nature, chases and races, life is a bitch, nuclear holocaust, demolished city ...
Time: 70s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on an "actual event" that took place in 1943. About a US Navy Destroyer Escort that disappeared from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and sent two men 40 years into the future to 1984.
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, surprise ending, based on supposedly true story ...
Plot: time travel, chase, experiment, elevator, laboratory, adventure, kidnapping, gas station, experiment gone awry, heroic mission, intelligence, falling in love ...
Time: future, 20th century, 40s, year 1984, year 1943 ...
Place: california, nevada, battleship, philadelphia, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
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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: gloomy, serious, tense
Plot: apocalypse, race against time, adventure, survival, atomic bomb, submarine, ocean or sea, heroic mission, chases and races, danger, save the world, future dystopia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
28 Days Later... (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Twenty-eight days after a killer virus was accidentally unleashed from a British research facility, a small group of London survivors are caught in a desperate struggle to protect themselves from the infected. Carried by animals and humans, the ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, rough, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: plague, zombie, survival, infected, virus, scientist, rage, army, chaos and mayhem, fear, epidemic, research ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, london, europe, big ben london, manchester england
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
First Men in the Moon (1964)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Based on the HG Wells story. The world is delighted when a space craft containing a crew made up of the world's astronauts lands on the moon, they think for the first time. But the delight turns to shock when the astronauts discover an old ...
Style: stylized, serious, fairy tale, light, colourful ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: moon, space travel, alien, adventure, extinction, astronaut, passenger, adventurer, deadly creature, moon landing, rescue, survival ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 20th century, year 1964 ...
Place: england, europe, ussr, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Young Ones (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Western
Country: South Africa, Ireland, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In a future where water is scarce, a farmer defends his land and hopes to rejuvenate his parched soil. However, his daughter's boyfriend schemes to steal the land for himself.
Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, rough, tense ...
Plot: water, survival, violence, drought, farm, teenager, love, murder, rain, land, alcoholic, intrigue ...
Time: future, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Machine (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Already deep into a second Cold War, Britain’s Ministry of Defense seeks a game-changing weapon. Programmer Vincent McCarthy unwittingly provides an answer in The Machine, a super-strong human cyborg. When a programming bug causes the prototype to ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, exciting, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: a.i., artificial intelligence, man versus machine, laboratory, technology gone awry, androids and robots, military, inventions and discoveries, experiment, robot, experiment gone awry, technology ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 8.0
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Fail-Safe (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
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: bleak, suspense, tense, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, military, politics, bomber, atomic bomb, race against time, apocalypse, u.s. air force, danger, nuclear holocaust, nuclear threat, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: russia, new york, pentagon, usa, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.0
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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: suspenseful, serious, bleak, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret agents, chase, race against time, save the world, terrorism, chaos and mayhem, plague, chases and races, danger, deadly, heroes, chaos ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.0
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Meteor (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading towards Earth. If it will hit it will cause a incredible catastrophe which will probably extinguish mankind. To stop the meteor NASA wants to use ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nasa, meteor, race against time, satellite, translator, government agency, adventure, man versus machine, space travel, save the day, save the world, alien encounter ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, future
Place: russia, moscow russia, alps, washington d.c., hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.5
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The Giver (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: South Africa, Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, futuristic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: society, future dystopia, rebelliousness, destiny, teaching the ways of the world, utopia, life is a bitch, human nature, chases and races, memory, youth, danger ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: serious, emotional, gloomy, bleak, suspense
Plot: plague, survival, virus, chaos, couples, war, couple relations, apocalypse, danger, deadly, love and romance, evacuation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, near future, future
Place: usa, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.0
 240K
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In this chilling sequel to 28 Days Later, the inhabitants of the British Isles appear to have lost their battle against the onslaught of disease, as the deadly rage virus has killed every citizen there. Six months later, a group of Americans dare to ...
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: plague, survival, zombie, mutant, chaos, infected, siblings relations, on the run, survivor, virus, gory, rage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.0
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Starman (1984)
Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them.
Style: touching, serious, offbeat, stylized, road movie ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: alien, fish out of water, widow, police car, benign alien, on the run, rescue, romance, adventure, on the road, lovers, impossible love ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., wisconsin, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%