Nuclear War Movies

List of the best movies about nuclear war and its consequences, selected by visitors to our site: Iron Sky: The Coming Race, Steel Rain, American Assassin, Stasis, Z for Zachariah, Terminus, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Sum of All Fears, Fail Safe
In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019)
Mark4.6 (imdb: 5)
Genrefantastic, action, comedy, adventure
CountryFinland, Germany, Belgium
CharactersDinosaurs, Tough guys, Hitler
PlotNuclear War
PlaceSpace, Moon, Germany
TimePost apocalypse, Future

Twenty years after the events of Iron Sky, the former Nazi Moonbase has become the last refuge of mankind. Earth was devastated by a nuclear war, but buried deep under the wasteland lies a power that could save the last of humanity - or destroy it once and for all. The truth behind the creation of mankind will be revealed when an old enemy leads our heroes on an adventure into the Hollow Earth. To save humanity they must fight the Vril, an ancient shapeshifting reptilian race and their army of dinosaurs.

Steel Rain (2017)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CountrySouth Korea
PlotNuclear War

Amid a coup, a North Korean agent escapes south with the country's injured leader in an attempt to keep him alive and prevent a Korean war.

American Assassin (2017)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.2)
Genreaction, thriller
CharactersCIA, Brides, Dogs, Spy, Hackers, Snipers, Terrorists, Special Forces
PlotRevenge, Fear, Nuclear War, Martial Arts, Motorcycles, Money
PlaceTurkey, USA, Sea, Aircraft
StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

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.

Stasis (2017)
Markimdb: 3
Genrefantastic, adventure
PlotTime travel, Nuclear War, Ghosts
TimePost apocalypse

After a night out of partying and left behind by her friends, Ava wakes up and sneaks back home only to find that she's already safe in bed. But that's not Ava - it's someone who looks just like her. A time-traveling fugitive has stolen Ava's body, her identity, and her life. What's more -- she's not alone. There are others, hiding in the past, secretly living among us, plotting to alter the future. Without her body, Ava is a virtual ghost, silent and invisible to the world. And, so far as she knows, she's the only one who can stop them and put the timeline back on course.

Z for Zachariah (2015)
Mark3 (imdb: 6)
Genrefantastic, thriller, drama
CountryIceland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, USA
CharactersScientists, Dogs, Teens
PlotReligious, Survival, Relationship, Love triangle, Apocalypse, Nuclear War, Jealousy
PlaceForest, Small cities
StyleAction, Depressive, Tense

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 been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. A fragile, imperative strand of trust connects them. But when a stranger enters the valley, their precarious bond begins to unravel.

Terminus (2015)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrefantastic, drama
PlotNuclear War

Following a near-fatal accident, David Chamberlain makes an unprecedented discovery that will not only determine the fate of his family, but of mankind.

Terminator Salvation (2009)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 6.5)
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Nuclear War, War, Death, Apocalypse, Fate
StyleCyberpunk, Exciting, Depressive, Disturbing, For men

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 Wright has come from the future or the past -- and whether he's friend or foe.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.3)
Genrefantastic, action
CountryUSA, Germany, United Kingdom
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Time travel, Apocalypse, Skirmishes, Nuclear War, Chase
StyleExciting, For men, Unexpected ending

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 started. Good thing Connor's former nemesis, the Terminator, is back to aid the now-adult Connor … just like he promised.

The Sum of All Fears (2002)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 6.4)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military
CountryUSA, Germany
CharactersHeroes, Spy, CIA, Terrorists
PlotNuclear War
TimeCold War
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Disturbing, By books

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 and advice on the situation. Then the unthinkable happens: a nuclear bomb explodes in a U.S. city, and America is quick to blame the Russians.

Fail Safe (2000)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrethriller, drama
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotPolitical, Nuclear War
TimeCold War
StyleAction, For men, Disturbing, Fascinating

Cold War tensions climb to a fever pitch when a U.S. bomber is accidentally ordered to drop a nuclear warhead on Moscow.

2 more movies
Threads (1984)
Mark10 (imdb: 8)
Genredrama, military
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia, USA
PlotApocalypse, War, Survival, Death, Nuclear War
TimeCold War, Post apocalypse
StyleDepressive, Disturbing

Documentary style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England; and the eventual long run effects of nuclear war on civilization.

The Day After (1983)
Mark7 (imdb: 7)
Genrefantastic, drama
PlotNuclear War, Apocalypse, Survival, War
PlaceUSA, USSR, Small cities
TimeCold War
StyleDepressive, Disturbing, Fascinating, Makes me think

In the mid-1980s, the U.S. is poised on the brink of nuclear war. This shadow looms over the residents of a small town in Kansas as they continue their daily lives. Dr. Russell Oakes maintains his busy schedule at the hospital, Denise Dahlberg prepares for her upcoming wedding, and Stephen Klein is deep in his graduate studies. When the unthinkable happens and the bombs come down, the town's residents are thrust into the horrors of nuclear winter.