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I'm a big fan of doomsday movies and I just found some others that I didn't know existed or had heard about and couldn't find. To me, the movie that has no peers in this regard, taking all things into consideration, is

Dr. Strangelove

However, there are more "realistic" movies in this genre and some that are not. Here's a list of the movies I own:

Failsafe (1964)
Failsafe (2000 TV): (Just ordered this R2, never saw it. No expectations, but it was cheap. :) )
Miracle Mile
The Day After: (to me, the "scariest")
Defcon 4: (B movie)
When the Wind Blows: (heard about it a while back, just ordered R2 DVD)
Threads: (1984 UK TV series - just ordered R2 DVD set)
A Boy and his Dog: (not quite a doomsday movie, but still excellent)

By Dawns Early Light: (don't have this but saw it on TV once or twice).


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I loved "Failsafe" ('64) the 2000 TV version wasn't bad but I liked the '64 better.

It's not a nuclear war doomsday but try "The Stand" (TV miniseries)
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Thirteen Days - not a doomsday movie, but a great movie about the Cuban missile crisis. And the scarey part is that it is true!

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Thirteen Days - not a doomsday movie, but a great movie about the Cuban missile crisis. And the scarey part is that it is true!
Yeah, I own that movie very good flick!
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I just thought of another, "On the Beach" with Gregory Peck.

"The Stand" is one of my favorite books of all time. The miniseries was decent. And "Thirteen Days" could have easily turned into "Fourteen Days, The End". :) Around that time we were having a lot of "duck and cover" drills at school.

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Thirteen Days - not a doomsday movie, but a great movie about the Cuban missile crisis. And the scarey part is that it is true!

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My dad was a corpsman in the Navy at that time. He said that everyone was sure there was going to be a nuclear war and that they had prepared the ship (USS Enterprise) with a large burn unit, expecting numerous nuclear burn victims.

Here's an overlooked Doomsday Cuban Missle Crisis movie-- Matinee-- military brat kids in Miami escaping the Crisis with cheesy monster movies.

Dr. Strangelove is by far my favorite, followed by Miracle Mile. I recently watched The Day After-- man is that one depressing.
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A couple more that I forgot about as I was thinking mostly nuclear doomsday--

The Omega Man-- cheesy, and you can't help but laugh at Heston's crucifixion pose, but fun.
The Quiet Earth-- New Zealand film recently given a proper DVD release. One of my favorite films.
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So, by Doomsday movies, are we talking primarily about plots that revolve around an imminent threat of global catastrophe? Are post-apocalyptic stories included here? How about non-nuclear threats?
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A couple more that I forgot about as I was thinking mostly nuclear doomsday--

The Omega Man-- cheesy, and you can't help but laugh at Heston's crucifixion pose, but fun.
The Quiet Earth-- New Zealand film recently given a proper DVD release. One of my favorite films.
I almost ordered "The Quiet Earth" today. Didn't pull the trigger for some reason.

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So, by Doomsday movies, are we talking primarily about plots that revolve around an imminent threat of global catastrophe? Are post-apocalyptic stories included here? How about non-nuclear threats?
Let's see what happens keeping it to man-made or man-induced. This eliminates all the weather related or mother nature induced things. Post-apocalyptic will pull in some good movies (and some not so good :) ).

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Would the Mad Max films fit into this category?
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'When the Wind Blows' great movie, you'll enjoy it!!

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I have it, but haven't watched it: Testament.

I love Fail Safe and The Day After.

Does the Terminator series (at least 1 and 2) count?

A few from the 50s I liked a lot too: Crack in the World, and When Worlds Collide.
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Post-apocalyptic will pull in some good movies (and some not so good :) ).
Well then, a couple more favorites at opposite ends of a spectrum-- A Boy and His Dog-- hilariously misogynistic, and Tank Girl-- hilariously feminist.
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The Day After: (to me, the "scariest")

Threads: (1984 UK TV series - just ordered R2 DVD set)

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Funny, I watched 'Threads' for the first time ever on Sunday :)

It's not a series.

Nicholas Meyer vowed to never do TV again after ABC sanitized 'The Day After'. It's entirely too sugarcoated, though it's a tough one to stomach anyway.

'Threads' has no such concerns. It is, without a doubt, the most terrifying thing I've ever seen on nuclear war.

The attention to detail is very moving- a scene when somebody's grandmother soils herself and apoligizes for it brought a lump in my throat...the lack of governmental control, let alone response...the (further) dumbing down of the general public, to the point where most are feral, incoherently babbling in bastardized English...after a while, you'll get punch-drunk enough that you'll be numb to it. So watch it again after you've digested it.

Post your thoughts once you see it, I'd like to discuss this w/somebody else that just viewed it for the first time.

And while you're at it, see if you can get a listen to Crack the Sky's tune, "From the Greenhouse".
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Funny, I watched 'Threads' for the first time ever on Sunday :)

It's not a series.

Nicholas Meyer vowed to never do TV again after ABC sanitized 'The Day After'. It's entirely too sugarcoated, though it's a tough one to stomach anyway.

'Threads' has no such concerns. It is, without a doubt, the most terrifying thing I've ever seen on nuclear war.

The attention to detail is very moving- a scene when somebody's grandmother soils herself and apoligizes for it brought a lump in my throat...the lack of governmental control, let alone response...the (further) dumbing down of the general public, to the point where most are feral, incoherently babbling in bastardized English...after a while, you'll get punch-drunk enough that you'll be numb to it. So watch it again after you've digested it.

Post your thoughts once you see it, I'd like to discuss this w/somebody else that just viewed it for the first time.

And while you're at it, see if you can get a listen to Crack the Sky's tune, "From the Greenhouse".
Cool. The DVD box looked big on Amazon so I thought it was multiple discs. I have that Crack the Sky cd, been a while since I listened to it.

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The attention to detail is very moving- a scene when somebody's grandmother soils herself and apoligizes for it brought a lump in my throat...the lack of governmental control, let alone response..
Scarily prescient....sounds far too much like New Orleans immediately post Katrina. :(
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I just thought of another, "On the Beach" with Gregory Peck.



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"On the Beach" one of my top 20....Superb!
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053137/

Soylent Green is another doomsday film.

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I'll add a vote for 1983's Testament. This movie brought the decimation caused by nuclear war to a very personal level. Tough movie to watch, but outstanding.
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I'll add a vote for 1983's Testament. This movie brought the decimation caused by nuclear war to a very personal level. Tough movie to watch, but outstanding.
I don't think I've seen that. Cool, another to buy/rent.

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Red Dawn. Not exactly Doomsday-ish, but a classic WWIII movie...

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Red Dawn. Not exactly Doomsday-ish, but a classic WWIII movie...
Like the "eerie" scene seeing the missiles contrails emanating from the farmfields in "The Day After", the paratroopers landing the school field was along those lines.

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Like the "eerie" scene seeing the missiles contrails emanating from the farmfields in "The Day After"...
Just thinking about that scene makes my neck hairs stand up ....
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Like the "eerie" scene seeing the missiles contrails emanating from the farmfields in "The Day After", the paratroopers landing the school field was along those lines.

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Here are a few from Wikapedia
Amerika (ABC, 1987), a peaceful takeover of United States by the Soviet Union.
By Dawn's Early Light (HBO, 1990)
Miracle Mile (1988)
Testament (PBS, 1983)
When the Wind Blows (1986)
On the Beach (1958)
On the Beach (Showcase, 2000)
Countdown To Looking Glass (HBO, 1984)
Threads (BBC, 1984)
The War Game (BBC, 1965)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
The Sacrifice (Sweden, 1986)
Fail-Safe (1964)
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Just thinking about that scene makes my neck hairs stand up ....
I can remember being a kid in the early 60's and hearing about Nike missile sites that were supposedly near where I lived outside Philly. Sure enough, there's a web site that lists them and there was one about 5 or 6 miles from where I lived.

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One Night Stand (1984, Australian). But it's hard to find a copy in good shape (VHS only). From the poster/box cover you'd think it was a wacky '80's teen comedy, but it's more of a black comedy with scenes (news reports, etc) that just kind of slap you upside the head for a bit before it gets back to the funny.

(edit, just saw this was mentioned, but I thought it was really good)- Countdown to Looking Glass (1984, Canadian made for TV, docudrama). It used to run on HBO sometimes and from what I've read it will pop up occasionally on late night TV but I don't think it was ever released to home video.
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I also love doomsday movies, but mine fall in to a slightly different category I think.

Dawn of the Dead (Romero version)
Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa version)

A little different type of doomsday, not man-made, but not natural disaster either.
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Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa version)
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I actually didn't quite get all of it (saw it twice), but there is some great stuff in there.
I'm not sure what kind of category this (and maybe Suicide Club/Circle) would fall into, maybe
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doomsday by futility, since people just give up on the will to live (edit) even though in SC it's more of an "outside" push with the subliminal messages plus peer pressure
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