3. The Road Warrior (1981)
The most revered of the Mad Max series, this balls-to-the-wall action classic is set in a post-apocalyptic Australia, where a major energy crisis has led to the breakdown of society. Marauders roam the landscape, raping, pillaging, and looking for gas. Martin says this aspect of the story (well, except for maybe the leather S&M garb, but who knows) is spot–on. "Anytime society breaks down, you're going to have chaos and survival of the fittest and just anarchy. You're going to have these bands of gangs that come together and roll, and police, and create these mini-societies with security and food and water and everything. That's exactly what happened in Haiti and after Katrina. There was no sheriff's department, there wasn't any FEMA, there were no police, and it was just lawlessness."