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Traffic is a nightmare in the futuristic vision of "Mad Max: Fury Road." | Wikimedia Commons
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Mad Max: A Brief History of the Apocalypse

Director George Miller's sci-fi freakout is the latest entry a long tradition of apocalyptic storytelling.

Published On 05/15/2015
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A 19th century illustration of the Biblical flood. | Wikimedia Commons
This Mesoamerican carving served as compass, calendar and cosmological clock. | Wikimedia Commons
"The Last Man" by 18th century Romantic painter John Martin | Wikimedia Commons
The nuclear apocalypse story hits close to home in the 1983 made-for-TV movie "The Day After." | ABC Motion Pictures
Charlize Theron and friends see a rough road ahead. | Jasin Boland / Warner Bros. Pictures