9 – Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Sometimes disasters grow so strong that if you don’t laugh, you’ll just end up crying hopelessly for hours. Fortunately, master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick took the former option, in his disaster-comedy Dr. Strangelove, which, though witty and satirical, takes place across one pretty terrible day.
Starring Peter Sellers in three leading roles, a disturbed, paranoid general attempts to kickstart a nuclear holocaust, resulting in a board meeting amongst various important politicians who desperately try and a find a way to put a stop to this destructive, ill-advised and downright idiotic plan of action. As an apocalypse beckons, the film gradually builds up towards an intense finale – while Kubrick’s satirising of the nuclear scare provides laughter along the way, just about making this day bearable. Just.