Documentary Films

See also Dramatic Films

One World or None, 1946

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One World or None (1946) is an instructional documentary short film produced by the National Committee on Atomic Information in conjunction with Philip Ragan Productions. Made just months after the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is considered the first postwar “atomic scare” film.

Target Nevada, 1951

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Target Nevada Special Film Project (S.F.P.) 281 (1951) is an instructional documentary short film produced by United States Air Force (USAF). The film documents the story of the USAF support to the United States Atomic Energy Commission for 1949–1951 continental atom bomb tests. In an era of postwar “atomic scare” films, Target Nevada is a straightforward documentary film on nuclear weapons testing.

Day After Trinity, 1981


The Day After Trinity (a.k.a. The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb) is a 1981 documentary film directed and produced by Jon H. Else in association with KTEH public television in San Jose, California.

The Atomic Café, 1982

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Disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government-issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety, Directed by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty and Pierce Rafferty.

Radio Bikini, 1988

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Radio Bikini is a 1988 American documentary film directed by Robert Stone. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1988 for Best Documentary Feature.

Trinity and Beyond, 1995


Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie is a 1995 American documentary film directed by Peter Kuran and narrated by William Shatner.

Using restored archive footage, the film traces the development of nuclear weapons and their testing, from America’s Trinity test of 1945 (hence the title) to the first Chinese atomic bomb test in 1964. Kuran’s commentary on the DVD version claims that the DVD replaces some of the original footage with better-quality versions. There are some short special effects sequences too

White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 2007

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Using extensive interviews with survivors and archival footage, an examination reveals the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Man Who Saved the World, 2013

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The Man Who Saved the World is a 2013 feature-length Danish documentary film by filmmaker Peter Anthony about Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces and his role in preventing the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident from leading to nuclear holocaust.

Command and Control, 2016

Command and Control is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Robert Kenner and based on the 2013 non-fiction book of the same name by Eric Schlosser.