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This list of nuclear holocaust fiction lists the many works of speculative fiction that attempt to describe a world during or after a massive nuclear war, nuclear holocaust, or crash of civilization due to a nuclear electromagnetic pulse.



Title Year Author and notes
Five 1951
Unknown World 1951
Invasion U.S.A. 1952
Captive Women 1952
Day the World Ended 1955
Alas, Babylon 1960 Pat Frank (novel)
On the Beach 1959 Nevil Shute (novel); John Paxton (screenplay)
The World, the Flesh and the Devil 1959
The Time Machine 1960 H. G. Wells (novel); David Duncan (screenplay)
The Last War 1961
The Day the Earth Caught Fire 1961
The Creation of the Humanoids 1962
La jetée 1962
Panic in Year Zero! 1962
This is Not a Test 1962
Ladybug Ladybug 1963
Fail-Safe 1964 Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler (novel); Walter Bernstein (screenplay)
Dr. Strangelove 1964 Peter George (novel); Peter George, Stanley Kubrick, and Terry Southern (screenplay)
The War Game 1965
In the Year 2889 1967
Planet of the Apes 1968 Pierre Boulle (novel); Michael Wilson and Rod Serling (screenplay)
The Bed Sitting Room 1969
Glen and Randa 1971
Zardoz 1974
A Boy and His Dog 1975 Harlan Ellison (short story); L.Q. Jones, Alvy Moore and Wayne Cruseturner (screenplay)
Damnation Alley 1977 Roger Zelazny (novel)
Wizards 1977
Virus 1980
Mad Max 2 1981 Released as The Road Warrior in the United States. There is debate as to whether this movie takes place before or after a nuclear holocaust.
Malevil 1981
The New Barbarians 1982
Future War 198X 1982 Anime movie produced by Toei Animation about World War III breaking out in the 1980s that triggers a nuclear exchange between the US and the USSR.
2019, After the Fall of New York 1983
Testament 1983
The Day After 1983
Countdown to Looking Glass 1984
The Crysalids ??
The Terminator franchise 1984, 1991, 2003, 2007, 2009
Threads 1984
One Night Stand 1984
Def-Con 4 1985
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985
O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization 1985
Radioactive Dreams 1985
Dead Man's Letters 1986
The Sacrifice 1986
When the Wind Blows 1986 Based on the 1982 graphic novel
Whoops Apocalypse 1988 Based on the ITV series
Akira 1988
Miracle Mile 1988
By Dawn's Early Light 1990
Hardware 1990
Judge Dredd 1995
Star Trek: First Contact 1996 Most of the film takes place in the mid-21st century as civilization rebuilds after nuclear war. Continuation of Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series.
The Postman 1997
Der 3. Weltkrieg, aka World War III 1998
Six-String Samurai 1998
Blast from the Past 1999
Deterrence 1999
The Matrix (franchise) 1999, 2003
On the Beach 2000
Equilibrium 2002
The Dark Hour 2007
City of Ember 2009
The Book of Eli 2010
The Divide 2012
Chernobyl Diaries 2012
Cloud Atlas 2012
Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl 2014

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2300 A.D. 1986 Role-playing game
Aftermath! 1981 Role-playing game
Balance of Power 1985 A computer strategy game of geopolitics during the Cold War
Blast Corps 1997 Nintendo 64 video game
Burnedime 1993 A role-playing video game for DOS and Amiga
DEFCON 2007 A real-time strategy game for Windows, Mac and Linux
Fallout series 1997 (1st) A post-apocalyptic role-playing video game for several platforms
Gamma World 1978 A post-apocalyptic role-playing game
Metro 2033 2010 A survival horror first-person shooter set in post-apocalyptic Moscow
Metro Last Light 2013 A survival horror first person shooter which is a sequel to Metro 2033
Missile Command 1980 An action video game which was wildly popular in the 1980s, widely recognized in popular culture.
The Morrow Project 1980 Role-playing game
Neocron 2002 A post-apocalyptic cyberpunk MMORPG for Windows
Nuclear War 1989 A turn-based strategy game for Amiga and DOS
Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume 2006 Not truly a game, a post-apocalyptic visual novel
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl 2007 For Windows, depicts a fictional aftermath of the Chernobyl power plant meltdown
Star Ocean: The Last Hope 2009 An action role-playing video game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Superpower 2 2004 A real-time strategy wargame
Supremacy: The Game of the Superpowers 1984 A board wargame
Trinity 1986 An interactive fiction game examining the futile nature of nuclear war
Trojan 1986 Arcade game and platformer set shortly after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, which is now overrun by occultists who are bent on terrorizing the surviving population with psychological and biochemical warfare.
Twilight: 2000 1984 A role-playing game
WarGames 1984 A video game based on the game in the hit movie
Warzone 2100 1999 An open source real-time strategy and real-time tactics hybrid computer game
Wasteland 1988 A post-apocalyptic role-playing video game

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