Watch 9 Powerful And Eye-Opening Movies About Chernobyl

Game of Thrones may be over, but HBO’s top-reviewed show is still running. The five-part miniseries Chernobyl still has one episode left before its final on 7 June.

Feel that your life will never be the same after watching the sleeper hit about one of the worst man-made nuclear disasters and want to learn more?

No worries, BelarusFeed picked 9 powerful films about Chernobyl to give you a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the meltdown that changed the course of human history.

Innocent Saturday

Drama, directed by Aleksandr Mindadze, 2011

The date is Saturday, April 26, 1986, and official reports of the meltdown have been withheld. The residents in the neighboring towns are carrying on usual life and breathing in radioactive air.

A Russian film about the Chernobyl disaster experienced by a young party official and his friends living in the township across the river from the plant. The true story of the failed escape.

Innocent Saturday is a flawed, perhaps overwrought, but often mesmerizing tableau of a dance of death,” screendaily.com writes

The Bell of Chernobyl

Documentary, directed by Rollan Sergienko, 1987

This is the first documentary that was shown after the accident. The filming started a month after the tragedy and some parts were added in September 1986.

The film mainly focuses on the human side of Chernobyl and tells about the heroic work of the liquidators and the consequences of the accident.

The authors did not intend to show the causes of the accident but focused on the events after the explosion. Many of those featured in the film participated in the events first-hand.

It had a mixed reception at the West Berlin film festival in early March 1987 because of the relatively poor quality of the filming caused by radiation. The film is available in Russian with English subtitles.


Miniseries, directed by Vitaliy Vorobyov, 2013

On April 26, 1986, at 2 am, the fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant just exploded. But some were too busy being in love to notice what had just happened.

The disaster has faded into the background. Based on true events, a boy and a girl fall in love during the worst nuclear disaster in history.

This is an account of love and loss, bravery and supernatural stoicism in the face of unbeatable odds. The story about love and death in the epicenter of the explosion.

The Battle of Chernobyl

Discovery documentary, directed by Thomas Johnson, 2006

On April 26, 1986, the Battle of Chernobyl, as the disaster came to be called by Soviet historians, had begun. Even today, the work is not complete.

The film follows the Soviet Union’s attempt to cover up and downplay the disaster and the containment efforts preventing another explosion that threatened to destroy half of Europe.

It also examines the conditions that led to the reactor meltdown and the subsequent handling of the disaster by a government that kept its people in the dark.

Become a reference film, it combines testimonials and unseen footage and documents that became available in the 90s’, tells for the first time the Battle of Chernobyl.

Chernobyl Diaries

Mystery/Thriller, directed by Brad Parker, 2012

The film follows a group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an extreme tour guide, who takes them into the city of Pripyat.

After a brief exploration of the deserted city that was the home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, the group finds out that they are not alone…

The film received negative reviews, currently holding an 18% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 85 reviews.

Many described the film as a “plot-less mess of disaster porn”, citing UK-based charity Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, who thought it was “disgusting”.


Documentary, directed by Valeriy Starodumov, 2011

The 30-minute Ukrainian documentary film consists largely of on-site footage and tells the story of the months-long containment effort following the meltdown.

Told by Valeriy Starodumov, who was a part of the effort, the story reflects on the 3,828 people who risked and sacrificed their lives to clear dangerous and highly contaminated areas.

Land of Oblivion

Drama, directed by Michale Boganim, Ukraine/France, 2011

Young couple Anya and Pyotr are getting married just hours after the reactor explosion that changes a country forever.

Across ten years, the married lovers, an engineer at the plant where the reactor explodes, and a farmer, find their lives forever changed by Chernobyl.

La Terre Outragée will turn heads. This beautifully textured drama about the Chernobyl disaster and its long-term legacy was shot on location, giving the film a shocking sense of immediacy,” the Variety reviews.

Chernobyl Heart

Documentary, directed by Maryann DeLeo, 2003

An Academy Award-winning short film takes a hard look at the aftermath of Chernobyl and, more specifically, a heart condition affecting children.

The stories of children and families grappling with life-threatening and fatal health problems are a reminder that Chernobyl isn’t a thing of the past.

The film won the Best Documentary Short Subject award at The 76th Academy Awards. DeLeo explored the disaster again in 2008 with the film White Horse.


Drama, directed by Mykhailo Belikov, 1990

A Russian epic, a science-fiction docudrama that offers the 1986 Chernobyl disaster as a metaphor for moral decay in the then-Soviet Union.

An angry, tough film that has aspirations beyond its immediate storyline that tells the stories of a journalist and his unfaithful wife, a pair of newlyweds, a lost little boy and others.

Raspad is rough and angry. It’s about a world in which everything is fraudulent: happy marriages, filial loyalty, modern technology, governments that are empowered to serve the interests of the people,” the New York Times writes.