Movies About Nuclear War

Friday, March 25 by Houlihan Macaco

The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union brought us a lot of movies about nuclear war. Many of them featured post-apocalyptic scenarios and general mayhem. The following nuclear war movies seem to be the most fun to watch. 

  1. "On the Beach" Nuclear war wipes out every place on Earth except Australia in this nuclear tale from 1959. The crew of a U submarine and their new Australian neighbors worry that nuclear winds will kill them within a few months. 
  2. "Planet of the Apes" Pierre Boule wrote a science fiction novel with more than a hint of social criticism. It became a movie in 1968. Astronauts travel to a planet where the ruling apes are intelligent and humans are stupid. The viewer learns by the end of the film that the setting of this film depicts Earth after a future nuclear war. 
  3. "Threads" A couple decides to get married while news reports about impending nuclear war between NATO forces and Russia intensify. Then they get married sooner. You'll see horrific and graphic scenes of violence and nuclear fallout in this British movie about nuclear war. After the war, societie break down into utter chaos. 
  4. "Countdown to Looking Glass" Originally  an "HBO" channel special, this Canadian movie is a very real looking but phony news broadcast about a nuclear war event. Join the talking heads of the fictional "CVN News Service" as they cover the evacuation of American cities and the devastating effects of a nuclear war. Real life talking heads and even former USA House Speaker Newt Gingrich all appear as themselves in a chilling and somewhat satirical movie about nuclear war. 
  5. "Dr. Strangelove" A deranged US general believes that the Soviets are trying to poison America's water supply in this 1964 comedy. General Jack D. Ripper concocts a secret rogue plot to annihilate Russia with nuclear bombs. This is undoubtedly one of the funniest and best movies about nuclear war for those looking for more than a few laughs.  
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