1939 is often called Hollywood's Golden Year, for seeing the release of such classics as "Gone With the Wind," "The Wizard of Oz," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and a sea of others. But for summertime releases, no year may compare with 1982, which saw a bevy of stylish action flicks and memorable comedies, as well as one of the best science fiction lineups ever.
Left: Mel Gibson had made a splash in the low-budget action flick "Mad Max," about a cop seeking revenge against the scum who destroyed his family. The stakes were higher in the sequel, "The Road Warrior" (a.k.a. "Mad Max 2"), set in a post-apocalyptic future in which marauding gangs fight to the death over dwindling supplies of gasoline. Gibson plays the loner who rides out of the wilderness to help a band of settlers. It was not just stylish sci-fi, but a revisionist western - "Shane" with motorcycles and hot rods.