Mad Max Movies Ranked From Meh to Mind-Blowing!

  • Mixed Reception: All the Mad Max movies showcase different styles and tones, with some entries like “Beyond Thunderdome” receiving mixed reviews for being more PG-13 and melodramatic compared to others.
  • Furiosa’s Promise: The latest movie, “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” has been praised for its fresh take and impressive execution despite being different from “Fury Road.”
  • Top Picks: “The Road Warrior” and “Fury Road” are highlighted as the pinnacle of the series, showcasing George Miller’s mastery in action filmmaking and unforgettable performances from the cast.

Mad Max Movies Ranked: From Meh to Mind-Blowing!

Alright folks, buckle up because we’re diving headfirst into the wild, dusty, and downright bonkers world of Mad Max! We’re ranking all the Mad Max movies, including the latest chapter, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. George Miller’s epic franchise has taken us on quite the ride, transforming Mel Gibson into a superstar, turning Charlize Theron into an action icon, and gearing up to do the same for Anya Taylor-Joy. So, whether you’re a die-hard fan or new to the desert apocalypse club, get ready as I sort these movies from the worst to the absolute best. And hey, remember to share this list with your fellow road warriors!

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Mad Max and Furiosa fighting for a beer in the sand

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Okay, let’s start with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Picture this: It’s the only PG-13 entry in the series, which means it’s surprisingly cheesy in some scenes. While the previous movies pushed R-ratings to their limits, this one played nice. Blame it on the ’80s and MTV’s influence, with Tina Turner belting out hits like “We Don’t Need Another Hero.” Warner Bros probably figured teens should sneak a peek too.

And oh, did I mention the emotional rollercoaster? Miller’s close pal, Byron Kennedy, passed away before this movie, leading to a tonal mishmash. Some action scenes are stellar, like the Thunderdome battle, but then there’s melodrama. The showdown where Max refuses to kill the villain Blaster, who turns out to be a mentally disabled boy, coupled with a corny Maurice Jarre soundtrack, is just… something else.

Despite the uneven tone, it’s a decent flick. The action sequences rock, and you can see the ideas Miller would nail in future movies. Aunty Entity, played by Tina Turner, steals the show as the series’ most sympathetic villain. And let’s not forget, Gibson is in top form even if the old-age makeup isn’t fooling anyone. By the end, Max is back to wandering the wasteland, alone. Classic.

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Mad Max and Furiosa talking about her blond hair to find out if it fits with the sand…

Mad Max (1979)

Next up, the OG: Mad Max. I can already hear some of you gasping, “How dare you rank the original so low?!” But hear me out. It’s still a groundbreaking Ozploitation film and a crucial piece of the Mad Max puzzle. George Miller himself called it a rough draft of the formula he perfected in later films.

Introducing Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, the film sets up the post-nuclear world just as society begins to unravel. Max, the best driver of the Main Force Patrol, tries to hold things together, but it’s clear chaos is winning. Our villain, the Toe-Cutter, played by Hugh Keays-Byrne (who’d return as Immortan Joe in Fury Road), sets the stage for Max’s transformation into the anti-hero we adore.

The Night Rider chase sequence at the start? Iconic. And while the rest of the movie might not keep up that level of intensity, it’s packed with memorable moments and superb acting from Gibson, Keays-Byrne, and Steve Bisley as Goose. Just promise me you’ll watch the Australian cut—it’s miles better than the dubbed US version.

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Furiosa telling Mad Max it’s about time to consider a serious shower!

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024)

Now for the latest: Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. You know how early reviews usually hype up a movie? This one’s different. Initial reactions were shell-shocked because it diverges from the Fury Road format. But once the dust settled, everyone realized how brilliant it is. My full review dives deeper, but spoiler alert: It’s pretty dang awesome.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Okay, I’ve raved about this before, and I’ll rave about it again: Mad Max: Fury Road is an action masterstroke. If you’re wondering why it’s not top of the list, it’s not for lack of love. It’s hands-down one of the best movies of the past decade, brimming with iconic moments that’ll be studied in film schools for years to come.

The dynamic between Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in the lead roles is electric, even if they weren’t exactly BFFs on set. Hardy’s take on Max is refreshingly different from Gibson’s, while Theron’s Furiosa is an absolute force of nature. Plus, Junkie XL’s score? It’s the first soundtrack of the series that genuinely rivals the on-screen action.

The Road Warrior (1981)

Finally, top of the heap is The Road Warrior. This badass sequel took the low-budget brilliance of the original and cranked it up to eleven. Despite its limited resources, the movie pulls off jaw-dropping action scenes that feel like miracles. How Miller managed this with a minuscule budget remains a cinematic wonder.

Gibson’s Max evolves into one of the greatest anti-heroes of all time, carried by haunting stoicism and raw survival instinct. The tanker chase sequence? It’s not just one of the best action scenes ever; it’s one of the best sequences in cinematic history, period.

So, there you have it: my rundown of the Mad Max saga. Agree? Disagree? Let’s hear your rankings in the comments below! And if you loved this list (or even if you’re just mildly amused), don’t forget to share it around. Let’s keep our engines revving until the next desert dust-up!

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