16 breathtaking films about underground bunkers

Underground shelters are built to protect people from dangers, but sometimes they can become a source of danger themselves. The closed space puts pressure on the psyche, reliable mechanisms sometimes fail, and the dark depths turn out to be a haven for supernatural forces. In the selection of films about bunkers, you will find horror, action, science fiction, war dramas and thrillers that take you into the underground darkness.

Basement Girl (2021)

The dramatic thriller is based on real events from the life of a girl who spent more than twenty years in a dungeon. A young American woman is looking forward to her eighteenth birthday, so that, having reached adulthood, she will forever move out of her cruel tyrant father. However, the insane father, not wanting to stop domestic violence, locks his daughter in the basement.

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Original title:
Girl in the Basement

Genre:
Thriller, crime

Actors:
Jake Etheridge, Sydney Kowalske, Liam Pileggi…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Dark Legacy (2020)

An elderly millionaire dies, leaving his descendants a solid inheritance. The daughter, who works as a prosecutor, in addition to money and property, also receives a strange video message along with the key. Following the indicated route, the heroine finds a disguised bunker, where she discovers a man in chains. To understand the situation, the daughter will have to plunge into the troubled past of her father.

Original title:
Inheritance

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Lily Collins, Simon Pegg, Connie Nielsen…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Robot Child (2018)

A fantasy post-apocalyptic drama depicting a bleak future after a global catastrophe. A robot raises a baby from a human embryo in a shelter. The android-raised girl has never been to the surface. Once, someone knocked on the armored doors and asked for help. The heroine of the film decided to let the intruder in to learn about life outside the shelter.

Original title:
I Am Mother

Genre:
Fiction, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Clara Rugor, Rose Byrne, Hilary Swank …

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Trench 11 (2017)

Canadian war horror film about an underground bunker. Toward the end of the First World War, a group of fighters must tunnel through the tunnels to a secret underground German base where a new biological weapon is being developed. The experiments are out of control, so the soldiers will have to face not ordinary enemy fighters, but crazy killers.

Original title:
Trench 11

Genre:
Horror, thriller, military

Actors:
Rossif Sutherland, Robert Stadlober, Charlie Carrick…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Cloverfield 10 (2016)

A girl regains consciousness after a car accident and finds herself locked in the basement. Other inhabitants of the underground shelter report that it is impossible to go to the surface – after the chemical attack, the conditions on the planet became unsuitable for life. The heroine does not trust the words of suspicious subjects and tries, without attracting too much attention, to find out what is really happening and whether it is possible to escape.

Original title:
10 Cloverfield Lane

Genre:
Thriller, drama, fantasy

Actors:
John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Forbidden Zone 3D (2015)

The top films about people in secret bunkers continue the comedy German cinema , shot from the first person. Two friends from an old diary found out about the gold hidden by the Nazis in the dungeon and wanted to take possession of the treasure . At the place where the treasure is hidden, there is an American military base. Gold rushed friends are not afraid of either NATO soldiers or ancient evil lurking in the underground depths.

Original title:
Bunker of the Dead

Genre:
Horror, Action, Comedy

Actors:
Patrick Jans, Esther Maas, Atziel Martinez Paul …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.4, IMDb – 4.0

Age Limits :
18+


Lurking (2014)

An American family, after the end of the world – a terrible worldwide catastrophe – has been fighting for life in a school bomb shelter for more than three hundred days. The tightness gets on your nerves and increases the longing for a carefree past life. An accident puts the safety of the family at risk. To avoid the attack of monstrous creatures, you must leave the concrete dungeon and get out.

Original title:
Hidden

Genre:
Horror, Thriller

Actors:
Alexander Skarsgard, Andrea Riseborough, Emily Alyn Lind…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
18+


Bunker (2011)

Exciting film about survival in a bunker with elements of thriller and melodrama. The girl meets a handsome musician . The couple begins a romantic relationship. One day, a new acquaintance learns that the police suspect a man of kidnapping his ex. Examining the house, the girl realizes that the missing lady is imprisoned in a secret closed room.

Original title:
La cara oculta

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Clara Lago, Kim Gutierrez, Martina Garcia…

Country:
Colombia, Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Separator (2011)

A powerful nuclear explosion made a real apocalypse in New York. A group of people managed to escape to a shelter equipped by a local firefighter . Very soon, conflicts begin among the survivors. The creator of the bunker claims power and the right to allocate resources, and in the meantime, uninvited guests appear at the doors of the shelter and diligently try to get inside.

Original title:
The Divide

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn, Lauren German…

Country:
USA, Germany, Canada, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Hunger (2009)

According to the plot of the chilling horror film, five strangers woke up in a dark well. From the discovered note, the prisoners learned that they had become participants in a crazy experiment. The mysterious kidnapper wants to find out what hunger can bring a person to. Several nightmarish days in a dungeon without food drive the kidnapped people to complete madness.

Original title:
Hunger

Genre:
Horror, Action, Thriller, Crime

Actors:
Laurie Hering, Linden Ashby, Joe Egender …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.3

Age Limits :
18+


Hell Bunker (trilogy, 2007, 2012, 2013)

The list of the best films about the underground bunker continues with a trilogy of excellent horror films. The Nazis experimented in secret laboratories to create zombies. With the fall of the Nazi regime, research was curtailed, but the army of the living dead remained in the underground labyrinths to wait in the wings. When a scientific expedition discovers the hideout, a host of corpses rush to the battle to create the Fourth Reich.

Original title:
Outpost

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action

Actors:
Ray Stevenson, Julian Wedham, Richard Break…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Tunnel of Death (2005)

A terrible epidemic in the late twenties of the last century swept through the United States. The study of the disease and the development of a vaccine were carried out in a special isolated building with a deep tunnel for storing corpses. After defeating the virus, people left the building. The building was empty for many years until a group of bad girls decided to hang out in one of the creepiest places on the planet.

Original title:
Death Tunnel

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Stephanie Hakabay, Melanie Lewis, Yolanda Pecoraro …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.5, IMDb – 2.7

Age Limits :
18+


Bunker (2004)

The highest rated film about life in the bunkers belongs to a historical drama based on the last days of Adolf Hitler’s life. Soviet troops are rapidly advancing on Berlin, and the fall of the Reich is inevitable. The distraught Fuhrer and his henchmen hide from the bombing in a safe haven. Realizing the inevitability of defeat, Hitler loses his temper, panics and plans suicide.

Original title:
Der Untergang

Genre:
Drama, military, biography, history

Actors:
Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfuch …

Country:
Germany, Austria, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Panic Room (2002)

A solidly made American film starring Jodie Foster. After the divorce , the woman and her daughter moved from a luxurious house, previously owned by a millionaire. The rich man fortified the dwelling with the latest technology – the building even has a secret room where you can hide from thieves. When a gang of intruders enters the house, the woman and the girl hide in a secret room, but the robbers try to get into the mistresses of the house. The screenwriter came up with the idea for the thriller when he got stuck in an elevator .

Original title:
Panic Room

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Forest Whitaker …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Bunker (2001)

An interesting film about German soldiers who found shelter underground. Seven exhausted Wehrmacht fighters decide to hide from superior enemy forces in a deep forest bunker. You can hide in intricate passages indefinitely, but some sinister force that lives in the dungeons will make staying inside the shelter even more dangerous than being outside.

Original title:
The Bunker

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama, detective, military

Actors:
Jason Flemyng, Andrew Tiernan, Christopher Fairbank …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Pit (2001)

A powerful psychological thriller based on Guy Burt’s story The Pit. A group of friends in search of thrills decided to have a party in the catacombs. A few weeks later, only one girl managed to return. The police psychologist leading the investigation is trying to find out what happened in the underground darkness, but the only survivor is confused in the testimony and tells completely different stories.

Original title:
The Hole

Genre:
Thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Thora Birch, Desmond Harrington, Daniel Brocklebank, Keira Knightley …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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