Mel Gibson stars in this near-future sci-fi adventure that is a classic of its kind.

Defying its low budget, it became one of the most successful Australian films of all time and set the standard for all others that followed in its vision of the sort of lawlessness, itinerant lifestyle and lack of resources that might follow the breakdown of society.

In the title role, Gibson got an iconic, star-making turn as a tough cop out to avenge the murder of his wife and child after they are mown down by a marauding biker gang. Zooming through the desolate but beautiful Australian Outback, he’s a man on a mission. The dialogue is pretty sparse but the atmosphere and stuntwork are truly magnificent.

Writer-director George Miller made two more movies with Gibson then rebooted the franchise to brilliant effect last year with Tom Hardy.