This is a classic.
Netflix summary: In this 1959 doomsday classic, a U.S. submarine led by Capt. Dwight Towers (Gregory Peck) surfaces near Melbourne, where the passengers learn that nuclear war has wiped out most of humanity. And it won’t be long before radiation kills the Australians as well. The tense drama features standout performances by Peck, Ava Gardner as Towers’s lover, Fred Astaire as a guilt-wracked scientist and Anthony Perkins and Donna Anderson as newlyweds.
Excellent acting and a great story makes this a wonderful movie. Has has some sad moments and certainly not the end that I wanted to see – but worth watching.
On the Beach is available via DVD rental from Netflix – hopefully soon as an Instant Streaming movie.