Nuclear war movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant nuclear war movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, suspense, suspenseful, exciting, tense and cult film films and TV shows about / with nuclear war, danger, catastrophe, apocalypse, survival, death, chaos, end of the world, betrayal and nuclear plots mostly in Drama, Sci-Fi and Action genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as nuclear war: The 100 (2014), Z for Zachariah (2015), The Divide (2011), The Sum of All Fears (2002), The Day After (1983), When the Wind Blows (1986), Testament (1983), Watchmen (2009), The Noah (1975), Terminator Salvation (2009).

List of nuclear war movies

The 100 (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the books by Kass Morgan, this show takes place 100 years in the future, when the Earth has been abandoned due to radioactivity. The last surviving humans live on an ark orbiting the planet — but the ark won't last forever. So the ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, post apocalypse, youth, leadership, space station, danger, rivalry, nuclear war, young heroes, fate of humanity, betrayal, survivor ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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Z for Zachariah (2015)
Genre: Drama, 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: nuclear war, radiation, post apocalypse, love triangle, apocalypse, farm, survivor, survival, jealousy, human nature, chaos, religion ...
Time: 21st century, 80s, future
Place: usa, california
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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, suspense, bleak, serious, psychotronic ...
Plot: survival, confined, losing-it hero, bunker, danger, torment, group of strangers, nuclear holocaust, isolation, violence, nuclear war, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, north korea
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The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 124 min.
Story: When the president of Russia suddenly dies, a man whose politics are virtually unknown succeeds him. The change in political leaders sparks paranoia among American CIA officials, so CIA director Bill Cabot recruits a young analyst to supply insight ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: cold war, terrorism, espionage, terrorist, cia, nuclear explosion, atomic bomb, nuclear, nuclear threat, heroes, nuclear war, white house ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, year 2002 ...
Place: washington d.c., baltimore, usa, russia, israel ...
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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, ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, thought provoking, suspenseful, emotional ...
Plot: cold war, radiation, apocalypse, catastrophe, nuclear war, nuclear holocaust, survival, small town, nuclear explosion, war, anti war, hiding place ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: kansas, usa, missouri, soviet union, new jersey
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When the Wind Blows (1986)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II
Style: touching, realistic, serious, bleak, adult animation ...
Plot: nuclear threat, cold war, countryside, bomb shelter, nuclear war, war, nuclear holocaust, chaos, english countryside, 2d animation, insurance, radiation sickness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe
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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: It's been 10 years since John Connor saved Earth from Judgment Day, and he's now living under the radar, steering clear of using anything Skynet can trace. That is, until he encounters T-X, a robotic assassin ordered to finish what T-1000 ...
Style: exciting, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, cyborgs, apocalypse, man versus machine, chaos, chase, technology gone awry, killer robot, artificial intelligence, nuclear holocaust, robot, time travel ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2003 ...
Place: usa, los angeles, california, beverly hills
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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, survival, catastrophe, radiation, nuclear holocaust, future dystopia, danger, life is a bitch, chaos, demolished city, parents and children, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
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Watchmen (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited ...
Style: comic, bleak, twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: alternate reality, anti heroes, conspiracy, neo noir, superhero, parallel world, anti hero, superhuman powers, good versus evil, heroes, human nature, moral dilemma ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1971, year 1959 ...
Place: usa, soviet union, russia, antarctica, new york ...
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The Noah (1975)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Noah, the sole remaining survivor on our planet after a nuclear holocaust, finds himself unable to to accept his unique predicament. To cope with his loneliness, he creates an imaginary companion, then a companion for his companion and finally an ...
Style: avant garde, cult film, allegory
Plot: nuclear war, distopia, isolation, insanity, teacher, end of the world, imaginary friend, politician, religion, absurdism, hallucination, post world war two ...
Time: future
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Terminator Salvation (2009)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: All grown up in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor must lead the resistance of humans against the increasingly dominating militaristic robots. But when Marcus Wright appears, his existence confuses the mission as Connor tries to determine whether ...
Style: futuristic, serious, rough, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyborgs, apocalypse, dystopic future, post apocalypse, man versus machine, androids and robots, save the world, army, cyberpunk, killer robot, technology gone awry, destiny ...
Time: future, year 2003, 2000s, near future, 2010s
Place: los angeles, san francisco
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Iron Sky (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Finland, Germany, Australia, France, Norway, Belgium, Denmark, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.
Style: futuristic, humorous, not serious, stylized, absurd ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: invasion, nazism, ufo, steampunk, moon, alternate reality, outer space, nuclear explosion, flying saucer, astronaut, space travel, swastika ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, washington d.c., germany
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Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, clever, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, space wars, androids and robots, outer space, space and aliens, apocalypse, heroes, battles, space battle, rescue, survival, imaginary ...
Time: future
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Black Garden (2019)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set on Christmas Eve, eight days after the war ends, survivor Kate discovers a mysterious radio signal and befriends the voice. As she embarks on a journey to find its origins, Kate encounters the isolation and horror of a nuclear war and the failed ...
Style: psychotronic, suspense, dark, art house, gloomy ...
Plot: neo noir, distopia, false identity, strong female lead, danger, lie, saving a life, psychopath, delusion, politics, murder, betrayal ...
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Invasion Planet Earth (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After the death of his young daughter, Thomas Dunn is a man who has lost his faith. His life has crumbled and his confidence is shattered. Yet, on this day he wakes to discover that Mandy, his loving wife is finally pregnant again. Maybe this is ...
Style: suspense, surprise ending, disturbing, intense, exciting ...
Plot: mental illness, schizophrenic, little boy, paranoia, haunted by the past, alien contact, alien invasion, fear, father son relationship, space station, ufo, british soldier ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: manhattan new york city, big ben london, britain, london, new york
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Steel Rain (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A former agent from the North Korean intelligence and a senior member of the South Korean security services conduct a secret mission to prevent the breakout of a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspense
Plot: spy, political thriller, nuclear war, sting operation, society, danger, rivalry, politics, crimes, u.s. army, coup d'etat, nuclear ...
Time: 21st century
Place: north korea, south korea, east asia, seoul, korea
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American Assassin (2017)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Following the murder of his fiancée, Mitch Rapp trains under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley. The pair then is enlisted to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets.
Style: psychotronic, suspense, exciting, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: terrorist, cia, mentor, counter terrorism, hand to hand combat, recruit, government agent, mole, revenge, mercenary, mission, danger ...
Time: 2010s
Place: istanbul turkey, virginia, romania, rome italy, warsaw poland ...
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War Book (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In a contemporary Commons briefing room, a government minister and several aids enact the ‘war book’ exercise: a protocol written in the 1950s which is periodically played out to test post-nuclear scenarios. Low-budget but high-concept, War Book ...
Style: serious, tense, bleak, suspenseful, thought provoking ...
Plot: apocalypse, politics, danger, chaos, state affairs, international crisis, control room, terrorism, international relations, end of the world, nuclear explosion, government official ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, india, london, pakistan, mumbai india
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Paycheck (2003)
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Michael Jennings is a genius who's hired – and paid handsomely – by high-tech firms to work on highly sensitive projects, after which his short-term memory is erased so he's incapable of breaching security. But at the end of a ...
Style: futuristic, serious, exciting, twists and turns, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: memory loss, frame up, time travel, time machine, cyberpunk, betrayal, mystery, on the run, lottery, chase, riddles and clues, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: seattle washington, seattle
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Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: 'Hell' is the name of the hero of the story. He's a prisoner of the women who now run the USA after a nuclear/biological war. Results of the war are that mutants have evolved, and the human race is in danger of extinction due to ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, suspenseful, cult film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mutant, apocalypse, rescue, future dystopia, post apocalypse, chaos, save the world, adventure, survival, heroic mission, danger, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, 80s
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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, race against time, danger, panic, nuclear holocaust, fall in love, love affair, survival, catastrophe, end of the world ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: los angeles, antarctica
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Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Ethan Hunt and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt to stop him ends in an explosion ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspenseful, twists and turns, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spy, secret agents, espionage, mission, teamwork, top secret, courage, frame up, save the day, outsmarting, cia, undercover ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: russia, dubai, hungary, mumbai india, seattle washington ...
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La Zona (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The disastrous meltdown of a nuclear power plant in Northern Spain created a contaminated no-go zone and left the nearby provincial city and inhabitants in a state of shock and mourning. Three years later, while the city prepares for the ...
Style: suspense, psychological, twists and turns, tense, captivating ...
Plot: murder investigation, quarantine, serial killer, murder, police, nuclear war, post apocalyptic, post apocalypse, society, revenge, family relations, city ...
Place: spain
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Spies Like Us (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two bumbling government employees think they are U.S. spies, only to discover that they are actually decoys for Nuclear War.
Style: humorous, realistic, exciting, not serious, buddy comedy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cold war, race against time, secret agents, undercover, chase, kgb, adventure, working undercover, danger, escapades, mistaken identity, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: afghanistan, middle east, asia, washington d.c., pentagon ...
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Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Chuck Murdock, a 12-year-old boy from Montana and son of a military jet pilot, becomes anxious after seeing a Minuteman missile on a school field trip. He protests the existence of nuclear weapons by refusing to play baseball, which results in the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, uplifting, touching, captivating ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: little league, friendship, athlete's life, politics, sport team, anti war, fighting the system, hopes, ambition, family relations, nuclear, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, boston, new jersey, san francisco, california
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The War Game (1966)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
Story: A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.
Style: disturbing, realistic, thought provoking, bleak, serious ...
Plot: apocalypse, radiation, cold war, catastrophe, world war three, nuclear war, anti war, worldwide chaos, danger, war, nuclear threat, international crisis ...
Time: future, 1960s, 60s
Place: europe, england, britain
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Countdown to Looking Glass (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A fictional confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the Strait of Hormuz, the gateway to the Persian Gulf. The narrative of the film details the events that lead up to the initial exchange of nuclear weapons from the ...
Style: tragic ending
Plot: nuclear holocaust, nuclear war, anti war protest, fake news report, censorship, world war three, propaganda, nato, u.s. navy, nuclear explosion, military draft, coup d'etat ...
Place: united states, soviet union, middle east, saudi arabia, usa
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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: tense, serious, suspense, exciting, gloomy ...
Plot: apocalypse, survival, heroic mission, atomic bomb, race against time, save the world, chaos, nuclear, navy, adventure, danger, radiation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, asia
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Black Rain (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.
Style: serious, realistic, contemplative, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: survival, world war two, radiation sickness, atomic bomb, nuclear war, radiation, couples, danger, life is a bitch, war, village life, family relations ...
Place: asia, japan, hiroshima japan
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Deterrence (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The President of the United States must deal with an international military crisis while confined to a Colorado diner during a freak snowstorm.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, talky ...
Plot: diner, politics, nuclear war, graphic violence, state affairs, leadership, danger, international crisis, chaos, nuclear threat, profanity, political unrest ...
Time: 21st century, future, contemporary, near future, year 2008 ...
Place: colorado, usa, iraq, korea, middle east
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