In 1979, Mad Max hit cinema screens. The film, about a policeman living in a dystopian world, gained a cult following and led to a series of sequels, as well as a reboot.
But how many Mad Max movies are there and what is the viewing order? For all the details and more, read on!
Mad Max movies in order
To date, there are four Mad Max movies. The Mad Max films – which were produced between 1979 and 2015 – were released in the following order:
- Mad Max (1979)
- Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) (1981)
- Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
- Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
- Furiosa (2024)
Are all of the Mad Max movies part of the same series?
The Mad Max series is divided into two categories: The original series and the reboot series.
The original series
Mad Max, Mad Max 2, and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome are all part of the same series, with events told in chronological order. Characters and themes that are introduced in the first entry are continued across the series, and actor Mel Gibson plays the title role of Max.
The reboot series
Mad Max: Fury Road is a soft reboot of the series and includes a mostly all-new cast, with Tom Hardy playing the role of Max. The film is followed by Furiosa, which is a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road, and focuses on the character, Furiousa.
Who are the cast of the Mad Max films?
Notable actors in the Mad Max series include Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells, Tina Turner, Angry Anderson, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoë Kravitz, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Chris Hemsworth.
Is the Mad Max series the work of the same director?
All five entries in the Mad Max series are directed by George Miller.
What is the best Mad Max film?
Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) and Mad Max: Fury Road are generally considered to be the best entries in the Mad Max movie series.
According to IMDb the Mad Max movies are ranked as follows:
- Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – 8.1/10
- Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) (1981) – 7.6/10
- Mad Max (1979) – 6.9/10
- Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) – 6.3/10
- Furiosa (2024) – NOT YET RATED
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