12 Movies You Must Watch if You Love ‘Mad Max’

In an Australian dystopian world, a police pursuit driver is targeted by a motorcycle gang for the death of their former leader. When his wife and child are horrifically killed by them, this patrolman sets out across the barren wastelands in search of revenge. “Mad Max” is a classic Australian movie with a dark and destructive atmosphere. Director George Miller did a brilliant job, especially considering that the movie had a very low budget. Despite that, the costumes and setting are excellent, and the cast is terrific. If you love to watch post-apocalyptic films, here is the list of twelve movies similar to Mad Max.


12. The Omega Man (1971)

In 1975, a biological war between Russia and China destroyed most of mankind. Dr. Robert Neville is one of the few survivors of this apocalyptic war because he immunized himself. The rest of the survivors are called “The Family”, and they are sensitive to light and homicidally psychotic. Dr. Neville must now survive the constant attacks by “The Family” while trying to create a cure for this plague.

Although it is a bit dated, “The Omega Man” is an engaging and thought-provoking piece of cinema. Because of the captivating world, this film is one of the best apocalyptic action movies of the 70s.


11. Turbo Kid (2015)

“The Kid” is a young solitary scavenger living in a post-apocalyptic world. Obsessed with comic books, he adopts the persona of his favorite hero to save his friend “Apple” and flight the self-proclaimed leader of the Wasteland. “Turbo Kid” is an incredible adventure against evil, an independent movie with beautiful cinematography. It is a colorful and bloody tribute to the sci-fi genre in the 80s.


10. The Book of Eli (2010)

This film is a post-apocalyptic tale of a lonesome man named Eli who tries to cross American to protect a powerful and sacred book that holds the secrets to save humankind.

Besides being a brilliant action film, “The Book of Eli” is also an exploration of spirituality, the good and the bad behind it. With a talented cast, The Hughes Brothers created a movie with strong visuals of action junkies. It stars Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson and Gary Oldman.


9. World War Z (2013)

When a lethal virus turns the whole human population into zombies, former United Nations investigator Gerry Lane must travel around the world to find the source of the infection and stop it from spreading.

“World War Z” is an original zombie blockbuster, starring Brad Pitt. One of the best aspects is absolutely Pitt’s acting. He elevates the script, becoming more than just another zombie flick. Moreover, it is a highly entertaining post-apocalyptic adventure with good visual effects.


8. The Postman (1997)

In a decaying America, there is no government and people struggle to survive against starvation and crime. When a nameless drifter discovers a postman’s uniform and a bag of mail, he decides to trick a nearby town by pretending he is a real postman. However, after delivering some old letters he starts to know what hope feels like.

Although “The Postman” is a gentler adventure, its costumes, style and deserted background will remind you of “Mad Max”. Despite having a different atmosphere, this movie is complex and entertaining, making interesting examinations of American culture and tradition.


7. The Road (2009)

In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, a man struggles to keep his son alive amongst murderers, cannibals, and despair.

“The Road” is an outstanding adaptation of the novel by Cormac McCarthy. It is not about how the apocalypse happened but instead the relationship between father and son during a difficult journey. Nevertheless, it perfectly captures the realism of a holocaust horror, combining the worst possible outcome of an apocalypse with beautiful human characteristics. The tone and art direction are spot on and the acting is excellent. Viggo Mortensen is amazing has a desperate, loving father.

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