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10. The 'Mad Max' Trilogy (tie)
Films: "Mad Max" (1979), "The Road Warrior" (1981), "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" (1985)
Director: George Miller
Best of the bunch: There's a narrative economy and visceral ingenuity that make either of the first two movies acceptable answers. I'll take "Road Warrior."
Weakest Link: "Beyond Thunderdome" seemed SO cool when it came out, but time hasn't been kind to what feels more like an '80s relic than it should.
Why it's a great trilogy: "Mad Max" and "The Road Warrior" are two great pieces of pure action filmmaking, like the post-Apocalyptic answer to the Leone "Dollars" trilogy. They're non-stop adrenaline rushes with some of the best car-based stunts ever put on film and one of the iconic leading performances of the past 50 years courtesy of Mel Gibson. After nearly three decades, George Miller is returning to the franchise with "Fury Road," but the Gibson trilogy will always stand alone.
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