1. 'Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior'
The second movie in a trilogy has the strong potential to be the strongest. The first movie, which often has a limited budget, has to establish the setting and backstory before it can dive into the main action. The third movie is often the work of an exhausted team quickly running out of steam, leaving number two as the best of the bunch.
This is arguably the case with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, George Miller's post-apocalyptic movies starring Mel Gibson as a former Main Force Patrol officer trying to survive in a dusty, hellish version of Australia. By this point, he's increasingly desperate, even losing his dog, but he agrees to help a besieged group of people defend their turf against a group of motorcyclists. The long-awaited fourth film is coming out this May, but with Tom Hardy taking over for Mel Gibson.