50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

From cosmic head trips to adventures in galaxies far, far away

14. 'Mad Max' (1979)

Part down-under Western, part Seventies vigilante thriller and part action-packed postapocalyptic road movie, this landmark Ozploitation movie imagines a war-ravaged future in which cops like "Mad Max" Rockatansky are the only things that stand between lawless biker gangs and what's left of civilization. George Miller's vision of a dystopia-as-demolition-derby helped turn Mel Gibson into an international  star; thanks to a bad overdubbing job regarding the Aussie accents, it initially stiffed in America. By the time its superior sequel The Road Warrior showed up a few years later, the original had become a bona fide cult classic. CC

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