Starting off our journey through the wasteland is Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985). Starring Mel Gibson and the iconic Tina Turner, this entry in the series takes us on a wild ride through Bartertown and beyond. While it may have its moments, let’s just say it’s the ‘black sheep’ of the Mad Max family. Director George Miller seemed to be grappling with some emotional baggage here, resulting in a somewhat disjointed experience.

Next up, we’re rewinding to where it all began with Mad Max (1979). This guilty pleasure flick introduced us to a young Mel Gibson and a world on the brink of collapse. If you can get past the cheesy acting, wardrobe and limited budget it makes for an entertaining adventure. Most notable for turning Mel Gibson into a star and an eclectic cast of sidekicks with the biker gang.

Now, fasten your seatbelts for the adrenaline-fueled frenzy that is Mad Max Fury Road (2015). Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, and a gang of War Boys take center stage in this modern masterpiece of madness. With jaw-dropping action sequences and a relentless pace, it’s a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish. George Miller proves once again why he’s the master of vehicular carnage, blending practical effects with CGI in a symphony of chaos.

Last but certainly not least, we have Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981). Considered by many to be the crown jewel of the series, this cinematic tour de force takes everything up a notch. From the unforgettable stunts to the compelling characters, it’s a rollercoaster of excitement that never lets up. Mel Gibson’s stoic portrayal of Max cements his status as an action icon, anchoring the film with his quiet intensity.