Movie villains always seem to tick off the wrong guys, and the biker gang in Mad Max's dystopian Australia, led by an unsavory fellow named Toecutter (Hugh Keays-Byrne), couldn't have chosen a worse guy to pick on. Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) is already the top highway pursuit cop on the force, but once the gang burns one of his buddies alive, then not only attempts to rape his wife, but ultimately kills both her and Max's son, he basically abandons all rational thought and sets out to destroy every last thug. Max doesn't become "Mad Max" until fairly late in the film, but when he does, he unleashes a brutal rage so violent and methodical that it actually inspired the film Saw.