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10 main films about nuclear accidents. Not for the faint of heart

I chose the most piercing, accurate films about the causes and consequences of nuclear incidents. Despite the friendly rating of tapes, I strongly do not recommend them to look impressionable, pregnant and small children.

Once you see it, you will remember again when the time comes.

PS: Surely at the end of the list the question will be asked: “Why is not there a single modern film?”

Unfortunately, Hollywood standards force directors to abandon realistic films for the sake of epic computer graphics and endless action.

In a nuclear catastrophe there is no place for Hollywood standards. There is no beauty. There is no near hope.”Mad Max” simply will not survive the first consequences of radiation.

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10. Will

Testament, 1983
Genre: Drama
Director: Lynn Litman
Actors: Jane Alexander, William Devane, Rossi Harris, Roxana Zal
Age rating: 18+
Rating Movie Search / IMDb: 5.8 / 7.1

A catastrophically depressing film about the consequences of a nuclear attack – terrorists, Russians, Chinese? Instead of placing a “friend-a-stranger”, the director concentrates on human tragedies.

An ordinary American town, ordinary people. Dimensional life is suddenly interrupted by a report on nuclear explosions in New York and on the East Coast of the United States. The only conductor to the big world is a local radio operator.

Well played the main character is lost on the background of minor characters. Here everyone has a role. Its horror. And his own death.

9. The next day

The Day After, 1983
Genre: fiction, drama
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Actors: Jason Robards, JoBet Williams, Steve Guttenberg
Age rating: n / a
Rating Movie Search / IMDb: 6.8 / 7.2

A realistic film about nuclear war: before, during and after. Filmed in the busy streets, it frighteningly resembles an operational survey.

The picture tells about everything, without singling out any particular sphere of human life. Politics, humanitarian disaster, personal tragedies turn into a tightly rolled ball of hell.

From shooting on the prepared script refused 3 rezhzhisera: they did not undertake to realize such a horrible (by the standards of the 80-ies) film.

8. The nuclear cafe

The Atomic Cafe, 1982
Genre: Documentary, Horror
Director: Jane Lower, Kevin Rafferty, Pierce Rafferty
Actors: Paul Tibbets, Harry S. Truman, U.H.P. Blandy
Age rating: 13+
Rating Movie Search / IMDb: 7.0 / 7.7

A documentary based on archival videotapes of the beginning of the nuclear arms race between the US and Russia. The basis was the story of the beginning of the Cold War and how strongly the emergence of weapons in society.

This is the only documentary on the list. Today it looks artistic, easy – and at the same time, no other dock or mocumentary film can compare to the shrillness of the “Atomic Cafe”.

7. Disintegration

Disintegration, 1990
Genre: drama
Director: Mikhail Belikov
Actors: Sergey Shakurov, Tatyana Kochemasova, Stanislav Stankevich, George Drozd
Age rating: 12+
Rating Movie Search / IMDb: 7.2 / 6.9

A feature film about the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, told on behalf of an eyewitness in the person of a professional journalist.

The film was the first attempt to comprehend the events that took place in Chernobyl and Pripyat from the moment of the explosion on April 26 to the complete evacuation of residents. The increasing entropy of the tape amidst deep silence and festive events hits the nerves more than any modern horror film.

James Cameron, who was delighted with the script and the work of the film crew, was on the set. Now you know what inspired him for the humanistic Avatar.

6. Museum visitor

The visitor of the museum, 1989
Genre: fiction, drama
Director: Konstantin Lopushansky
Actors: Victor Mikhailov, Vera Mayorova, Vadim Lobanov, Irina Rakshina
Age rating: 12+
Rating Movie Search / IMDb: 7.2 / 7.3

There was an ecological catastrophe. People have practically disappeared from the face of the Earth. Few survivors struggle to save life, human form and way of thinking.

The second post-apocalyptic film of Konstantin Lopushansky excites the imagination even today. Stylistics tape is a wild mixture of art house, industrial, social drama. And – incredibly realistic despite all artistic techniques.

You become a hero, wandering through the world-dump, shrinking to the point. And you see with his eyes what is happening right now outside the window.

5. Letters from a dead person

Letters of a Dead Man, 1986
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Director: Konstantin Lopushansky
Actors: Rolan Bykov, Iosif Ryklin, Vera Mayorova, Vatslav Dvorzhetsky, Vadim Lobanov
Rating age: 12+
Rating Movie Search / IMDb: 7.4 / 7.7

As a result of an unplanned nuclear explosion on the US military base, the city turned into ruins, and the sky was covered with radioactive ash.

In the heart of the nuclear winter, Rolan Bykov, a humanist scientist, written off from Academician Sakharov, is trying to understand the causes of what happened, to realize what is happening. And save everyone who is around. The superb game of the protagonist among incredibly realistic scenery makes you feel the situation with your skin.

Absolutely cheerless philosophical film in the spirit of Starker Tarkovsky, published in the year of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, impregnated with the spirit of the Cold War.

4. Security System

Fail-Safe, 1964
Genre: fantasy, thriller, drama
Director: Sebastian Cordero
Actors: Christian Camargo, Anamaria Marinka, Mikael Nyquist, Daniel Vu
Age rating: n / a
Rating Movie Search / IMDb: 7.5 / 8.0

One of a series of American films telling about the erroneous launch of missiles to Russia. This time the fault of the computer is to blame, because of which the bombers with the switched off connection fly to destroy Moscow.

On one side of the balance is military fortitude, a suicidal execution of orders contrary to common sense. On the other side, there is a panic of people trying to prevent a global catastrophe in every way possible.

A beautiful American film of the golden era of cinema: the perfect actors, impeccable dialogues and Henry Fonda in one of the leading roles.

3. Threads

Threads, 1984
Genre: horror, science fiction, drama
Director: Mick Jackson
Actors: Karen Miger, Rice Dinsdale, David Birley, Rita May
Age rating: 16+
Rating Movie Search / IMDb: 7.6 / 8.1

The life of a small British town, which stands apart from world politics and nuclear conflicts. An unexpected catastrophe changes the way of life and turns a heavenly quiet place into the seventh circle of hell.

The picture is not for the faint-hearted: it is realistic and disgusting in appearance. The horror adds to the understanding that this is what the world will look like after a nuclear attack. You can not be aloof – the threads connect everyone with every event that happens.

This film is a kind of “Go and See” the nuclear age. It causes almost animal horror, and many scenes are completely unbearable. And this is one of the best films in the history of mankind.

2. On the Last Shore / On the Shore

On the Beach, 2000/1959
Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Director: Russell Malkay / Stanley Kramer
Actors: Armand Assante, Rachel Ward, Brian Brown, Jacqueline McKenzie / Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins
Age rating: 16+
Ranking Movie Search / IMDb: 7.7 / 7.1

The nuclear war is over, but the radioactive fallout threatens to destroy the last hearth of civilization – Australia. The story of the last campaign and the last love against the background of the apocalypse.

A rare case, when the remake and the original film are inseparable. After 40 years, the views, feelings, generations change. And fears.

This pair will help to understand people’s attitude to a possible nuclear conflict then and now, will show the evolution of filmmaking and human relationships, society.

1. Dr. Strangelove, or How I stopped being afraid and fell in love with a bomb

Dr. Strangelove or: 1963
Genre: thriller, comedy, fantasy
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Actors: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden
Age rating: 12+
Rating Movie Search / IMDb: 8.0 / 8.5

Possessed by the fear of a possible enemy attack, the general sends a squadron of bombers for a nuclear attack. Meanwhile, the president gathers a commission to try and save the world from death.

In this film Kubrick mixed all the fears of his generation in front of atomic energy, bunkers, Russians and Americans. The scene “Riding a Bomb” will become a symbol of the Cold War – and one of the reasons for the warming.

Global hysteria, not real danger, will cause the death of civilization.

0. The day the earth caught fire

The Day the Earth Caught Fire, 1961
Genre: fiction, drama, melodrama
Director: Val Guest.
Actors: Janet Munroe, Leo McKern, Edward Judd.
Age rating: n / a
Rating Movie Search / IMDb: 5.5 / 7.2

The only film in which the actions of the US and Russia were not directed against each other. Nothing personal – just science and a series of nuclear tests conducted simultaneously.

As a result, the Earth began to spin in another direction and began to approach the Sun. The global end is imminent. There is only death ahead, abundantly powdered with the work of journalists, hysterics and human stupidity.

The film can not be compared with others in the list – it is too old for correct perception. But they began the era of catastrophe films. Films-warnings. And this is a good film.

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