tv & film

’80s Nuclear War Movies That Will Remind You Nuclear War Is Totally on the Geopolitical Table

The kind of fiction made during a time period can tell you a lot about what people at the time were afraid of.

As global tensions rise, it feels like we’re on the precipice of a new world of global conflict and these fears are not new.

These 1980s films gave us some of the most memorable nuclear war films of the past century.

1. Barefoot Gen (1983)

Nakazawa made the series as a slightly fictionalized autobiography that retold his experiences as a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing.

Originally aired by the BBC, Threads shows how nuclear fallout destroys society down to the very concept of family.

2. Threads (1984)

War Games follows David Lightman, a high school student with a gift for hacking. David accidentally discovers a video game that lets him play, well, nuclear war games.

3. War Games (1983)

Where Threads is a slow, melancholy kitchen sink drama, The Day After is a Hollywood-ified take on the aftermath of nuclear war.

4. The Day After (1983)

When the Wind Blows is an animated short about a couple living in the English countryside.

5. When the Wind Blows (1986)

The wife, initially dismissive of the possibility of a nuclear attack, continues her daily routine while her husband anxiously prepares for the attack.

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