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1. Chernobyl (2019)

TV-MA | 330 min | Drama, History, Thriller

9.4
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In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.

Stars: Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 432,034

2. The Martian (2015)

PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.0
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80 Metascore

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara

Votes: 719,115 | Gross: $228.43M

3. Dr. No (1962)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.3
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78 Metascore

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 140,244 | Gross: $16.07M

4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.6
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40 Metascore

The early years of James Logan, featuring his rivalry with his brother Victor Creed, his service in the special forces team Weapon X, and his experimentation into the metal-lined mutant Wolverine.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Danny Huston

Votes: 451,933 | Gross: $179.88M

5. X-Men: First Class (2011)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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65 Metascore

In the 1960s, superpowered humans Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr work together to find others like them, but Erik's vengeful pursuit of an ambitious mutant who ruined his life causes a schism to divide them.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 627,601 | Gross: $146.41M

6. Godzilla (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.4
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62 Metascore

The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe

Votes: 364,419 | Gross: $200.68M

7. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 334,804 | Gross: $27.11M

8. Pacific Rim (2013)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
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65 Metascore

As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day

Votes: 454,091 | Gross: $101.80M

9. K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

PG-13 | 138 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.7
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58 Metascore

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sam Spruell, Peter Stebbings, Christian Camargo

Votes: 57,404 | Gross: $35.17M

10. Pandorum (2009)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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28 Metascore

Two crew members of a spaceship wake up from hypersleep to discover that all their colleagues are missing. Despite this, it appears that they are not alone.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue

Votes: 139,894 | Gross: $10.33M

11. Forbidden Planet (1956)

G | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.6
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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens

Votes: 43,329 | Gross: $3.00M

12. Silkwood (1983)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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64 Metascore

A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 17,414 | Gross: $35.62M

13. Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.0
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Six tourists hire an extreme tour guide who takes them to the abandoned city Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. During their exploration, they soon discover they are not alone.

Director: Bradley Parker | Stars: Jesse McCartney, Jonathan Sadowski, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips

Votes: 62,273 | Gross: $18.12M

14. The China Syndrome (1979)

PG | 122 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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81 Metascore

A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.

Director: James Bridges | Stars: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady

Votes: 25,600 | Gross: $51.72M

15. Ghosts of Mars (2001)

R | 98 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.9
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35 Metascore

In 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find that the post has become a charnel house.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Pam Grier, Jason Statham

Votes: 49,528 | Gross: $8.43M

16. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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72 Metascore

A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 33,407 | Gross: $1.72M

17. Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.2
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70 Metascore

Terrorists kidnap the Russian Prime Minister's 2 kids, take Chernobyl nuclear power plant and threaten to blow up a reactor. 4 Universal Soldiers go in but are no match to a Next Gen. UniSol. Luc/JCVD goes in but faces 2 NGUs.

Director: John Hyams | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Andrei Arlovski, Mike Pyle

Votes: 24,139

18. DeepStar Six (1989)

R | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.3
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34 Metascore

At the bottom of the ocean, the DeepStar Six has just discovered a new and deadly alien menace.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Greg Evigan, Nancy Everhard, Taurean Blacque, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 9,750 | Gross: $8.14M

19. Summer Wars (2009)

PG | 114 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.5
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63 Metascore

A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura, Takahiro Yokokawa

Votes: 24,409 | Gross: $0.08M

20. Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran (2018)

Not Rated | 129 min | Action, Drama, History

7.7
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Ashwat Raina and his teammates arrive in Pokhran to re-conduct a confidential nuclear test, where they face challenges from the American Lacrosse satellite and local spies.

Director: Abhishek Sharma | Stars: John Abraham, Boman Irani, Diana Penty, Anuja Sathe

Votes: 19,043

21. Zero Days (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Documentary

7.8
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77 Metascore

A documentary focused on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien, Liam O'Murchu

Votes: 8,336 | Gross: $0.10M

22. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.1
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When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, U.S. Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt, using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre

Votes: 5,250

23. 10.5: Apocalypse (2006)

169 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

4.5
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A massive earthquake creates a chain of events that threaten two of the largest nuclear reactors.

Stars: Kim Delaney, Dean Cain, David Cubitt, Oliver Hudson

Votes: 2,353

24. Atomic Twister (2002 TV Movie)

PG | 86 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

4.0
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The staff of a nuclear reactor must struggle to avert a disaster when tornadoes cause damage that threatens to start a meltdown.

Director: Bill Corcoran | Stars: Sharon Lawrence, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Carl Lewis, Jonathan Blick

Votes: 1,510

25. Gog (1954)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

5.5
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A security agent investigates sabotage and murder at a secret underground laboratory, home of two experimental robots.

Director: Herbert L. Strock | Stars: Richard Egan, Constance Dowling, Herbert Marshall, John Wengraf

Votes: 1,026

26. Grand Central (2013)

94 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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73 Metascore

Gary, an unskilled young man, lands a job as a decontamination sub-contractor at a nuclear power plant in the lower valley of the Rhone. Inducted into the workforce by supervisor Gilles and... See full summary »

Director: Rebecca Zlotowski | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Léa Seydoux, Olivier Gourmet, Denis Ménochet

Votes: 2,329

27. Genesis II (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Sci-Fi

5.9
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A scientist who has been preserved in suspended animation wakes up to find himself in a primitive society in the future.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Alex Cord, Mariette Hartley, Ted Cassidy, Percy Rodrigues

Votes: 774

28. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

Approved | 69 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.1
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The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form which stows away on the rescue ship.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Marshall Thompson, Shirley Patterson, Kim Spalding, Ann Doran

Votes: 4,259

29. 500 MPH Storm (2013)

TV-PG | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

2.2
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When an energy experiment goes haywire, a rash of massive hurricanes rips across North America. A scientist must get his family to safety before the hurricanes merge, creating a "hypercane" with the power to wipe America off the map.

Director: Daniel Lusko | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Michael Beach, Sarah Lieving, Bryan Head

Votes: 1,817

30. Deadly Weapon (1989)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

3.9
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A teenage boy who's bullied both at school by the seniors and at his home by his abusive father finds an experimental laser weapon in a river and ponders revenge. The army general who lost the gun sends his units after the kid.

Director: Michael Miner | Stars: Rodney Eastman, Kim Walker, Gary Frank, Michael Horse

Votes: 232

31. The Flying Ghost Ship (1969)

61 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.0
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Hayato's peaceful life with his parents and his dog is brought to a dramatic, terrible end when a giant robot, said to be sent from a flying ghost ship, devastates the city, killing ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Ikeda | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Akio Tanaka, Akira Nagoya, Gorô Naya

Votes: 481

32. The Atomic Man (1955)

76 min | Sci-Fi

5.5
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An atomic scientist is found floating in a river with a bullet in his back and a radioactive halo around his body. The radioactivity has put him seven-and-a-half seconds ahead of us in time... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Gene Nelson, Faith Domergue, Peter Arne, Joseph Tomelty

Votes: 223

33. Dragon Fighter (2003 Video)

R | 85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

3.4
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Workers in an underground lab fight for their lives against a cloned dragon they created.

Director: Phillip J. Roth | Stars: Dean Cain, Kristine Byers, Robert Zachar, Marcus Aurelius

Votes: 1,065

34. The Clones (1973)

PG | 95 min | Action, Sci-Fi

4.8
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A scientist discovers a plot to clone other scientists so the government can control the weather.

Directors: Lamar Card, Paul Hunt | Stars: Michael Greene, Gregory Sierra, Otis Young, Susan Hunt

Votes: 126

35. Return of the Jedi (1983 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.1
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With the rise of the empire, the rebels are driven deep into hiding. The rebels risk all with one last strike. Is it redemption for the freedom of the galaxy or manipulation by the emperor himself which may lead to their destruction.

Star: Peter Ross-Murray

Votes: 482

36. Freedom Strike (1998)

R | 93 min | Drama, Action

3.7
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When a peace treaty between America and Syria is thwarted, the renegade head of the Syrian army retaliates in a major way. He steals a nuclear weapon that only the Freedom Strike team can ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry P. Jacobs | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Tone Loc, Felicity Waterman, Jay Anthony

Votes: 367

37. Atomic Dog (1998 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

3.1
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When a pooch is irradiated by a nuclear plant and threatens the town, only a teenage boy can redeem him.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Daniel Hugh Kelly, Isabella Hofmann, Cindy Pickett, Micah Gardener

Votes: 346

38. Interceptor Force 2 (2002 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

3.9
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In the not too distant future a new team of specially trained government soldiers called an Interception Team contend with the latest hostile alien encounter. When an alien scout ship ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip J. Roth | Stars: Olivier Gruner, Roger Cross, Adrienne Wilkinson, Elizabeth Gracen

Votes: 473

39. Innocent Saturday (2011)

99 min | Drama

5.5
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A group of friends and bandmates look to escape from the Chernobyl disaster.

Director: Aleksandr Mindadze | Stars: Anton Shagin, Svetlana Smirnova-Martsinkevich, Stanislav Ryadinskiy, V. Gusov

Votes: 543

40. The Plutonium Incident (1980 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

6.0
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A worker at a nuclear power plant finds life in danger after she points out unsafe conditions.

Director: Richard Michaels | Stars: Janet Margolin, Bo Hopkins, Joseph Campanella, Powers Boothe

Votes: 44

41. The Nuclear Boy Scout (2003 TV Short)

20 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

7.9
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David Hahn in the mid-nineties was a teenage boy scout working towards his merit badges. One badge in particular, the Atomic Energy Merit Badge, caught his imagination when it required him ... See full summary »

Director: Bindu Mathur | Star: David Hahn

Votes: 41

42. The New Watchdogs (2011)

104 min | Documentary

7.7
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This documentary takes an in depth look at France's mass medias and shines a light on corporate and political interests that shape the news.

Directors: Gilles Balbastre, Yannick Kergoat | Star: Frédéric Lordon

Votes: 371

43. Arid Lands (2007)

102 min | Documentary, History

7.0
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Documentary about the land and people of the Columbia Basin and the Hanford Nuclear site in southeastern Washington state.

Directors: Grant Aaker, Josh Wallaert

Votes: 16

44. Maniac Mansion (1987 Video Game)

Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

8.3
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A meteor crashes into Dr. Fred Edison's front yard and takes control over him. When Fred kidnaps Sandy, a college teenager, her boyfriend Dave Miller and his friends plan to break into the mansion and save her.

Director: Ron Gilbert

Votes: 650

45. Sharp Teeth (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 80 min | Comedy, Horror

2.3
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A nuclear leak mutates the fish in the lake next to the local university. Journalism student, Lola Dent sees this story as an opportunity to make the honor list. She uses her wiles to ... See full summary »

Director: Christine Whitlock | Stars: Kerry Corrigan, Trevor Crane, Strath Crawford, Erin Dunnigan

Votes: 64

46. Tammuz (2007 Video)

92 min | Documentary

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On the morning of June 7th, 1981, eight Israeli pilots set out on a suicide mission targeting at the Iraqi nuclear reactor: 'Tammuz'

Director: Nir Toib | Star: Ilan Ramon

47. SL-1 (1983)

60 min | Documentary

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A documentary about the first disastrous nuclear reactor explosion in the United States in 1961.

Directors: Diane Orr, C. Larry Roberts

48. Knocking on the Devil's Door: Our Deadly Nuclear Legacy (2011)

96 min | Documentary, History, News

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The nuclear reactor catastrophes at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and now at Fukushima, Japan, remind us that a heinous specter hovers over the health and security of millions of people ... See full summary »

Directors: Gary Null, Valerie Van Cleve | Stars: Ryan Alexander, Christopher Busby, Helen Caldicott, Betty Chavey

49. Pripyat (2008)

16 min | Short

6.1
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The city of Pripyat was once considered the finest place to live in the whole of the Soviet Union. A thoroughly modern city, it was built in 1970 to house the workers of the new Chernobyl ... See full summary »

Director: Nicky Larkin

Votes: 13

50. Physics in Your Life (2004 Video)

1,080 min | Documentary

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Professor Richard Wolfson, with experience in teaching science to non-scientists, lectures about the physics of everyday life.

Director: Jon Leven | Stars: Richard Wolfson, Alisha Reay, Candice Ulbrich



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