Every George Miller Movie Ranked From Worst To Best

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george miller may be best known for directing madmax films, but the Australian filmmaker has also had success with family films, a biographical drama and several dark fantasies, all of which can be ranked from worst to best. More recently, Miller directed Three Thousand Years of Longing and the production of his next film, Furiosa​​​​​​, is currently underway for a May 2024 release. madmax spin off, Furiosa stars Anya Taylor-Joy in the lead role previously played by Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Miller’s first work as a director was the short film Violence in cinema: part 1which was met with mixed reactions from critics and audiences upon its release in 1971. The film examined elements of cinematic violence, which Miller later leveraged into his feature debut, madmax. Although he has since proven himself capable of directing successful films in a variety of genres, the dystopian action film released in the late 1970s established Miller as a filmmaker who could confidently orchestrate stories composed of an impressive spectacle. George Miller almost gave up directing madmax after an accident during production, which would have deprived the public of a career full of modern classics.


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Regardless of genre, George Miller’s films have always been well received by critics and audiences. In a career with no real flops or obvious failures, even his worst films have their merits. And the best of his filmography has reached incredible levels of success, earning awards and massive box office returns to accompany critical acclaim. Here’s a ranking of all the movies George Miller has made so far, from worst to best.

happy feet two

If a worst film is to be chosen from George Miller’s filmography, happy feet two is an obvious choice. happy feet twoThe failure almost stopped road of fury to be done. Although the colorful computer-animated sequel features upbeat music spanning popular pop and rock songs, the story doesn’t match the simple charms of the original. Even as the last animated film to feature Robin Williams’ voice work, happy feet two is forgettable.


Babe: Pig in the City

George Miller co-wrote the phenomenal hit baby starring Chris Noonan but was less successful when he stepped in as director for the sequel, Baby: Pig in the city. While some critics praised the follow-up, it failed to impress audiences and was nowhere near as commercially successful as baby. Most of the cast returned for the sequel, except for Christine Cavanaugh, who originally voiced the titular pig character but was replaced by her fellow cast member. Rugrats EG Daily voice actor in the sequel. Even with familiar faces and voices, Baby: Pig in the city unnecessarily complicates the premise of a pig raising sheep. The film’s most successful aspect is its original song “That’ll Do”, performed by Peter Gabriel. The tune, written and composed by Randy Newman, was nominated for an Academy Award.


Twilight Zone: The Movie

Long before Jordan Peele was resurrected The twilight zone in 2019 for Paramount+, four filmmakers came together to direct segments for an anthology film based on Rod Serling’s original 1959 sci-fi horror series. John Landis directed an original story while Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante and George Miller each remade popular episodes of the series for feature film. Miller was responsible for directing a version of “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, which was also loosely remade for the 2019 series. Twilight Zone: The Movie is a pleasant homage to the beloved TV series and was moderately successful at the box office.


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The Witches of Eastwick

Based on John Updike’s 1984 novel, The Witches of Eastwick is a comedic fantasy about a trio of suburban women who inadvertently form a coven without realizing they hold power as witches. Their discussion of the perfect man brings up an incarnation of the devil, memorably played by Jack Nicholson. Although the feminist themes of Updike’s novel are toned down in George Miller’s adaptation, the star power and chemistry of Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer as the lead trio make for a lighthearted adventure in the occult. Warner Bros. currently developing a remake of The Witches of Eastwickthough it’s hard to imagine Miller’s version being outdated.

Three thousand years of nostalgia

George Miller is one of the few filmmakers bold enough to make an R-rated fantasy film like Three thousand years of nostalgia, which is clearly aimed at an adult audience although it contains magical creatures and wishes to be fulfilled. The plot involves a lonely British literary scholar (played by Tilda Swinton) writing a book about her relationship with a djinn (Idris Elba), who grants her three wishes. Its ambiguity may be off-putting to some audience members, but it’s easy to get carried away with the storytelling and gorgeous filmmaking. While the true meaning of Three thousand years of nostalgia is debatable, the deep themes regarding love and life choices are as touching as the production design is fascinating.


Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Even though Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is the worst installment in its franchise to date, the film is still far better than what is generally expected of the second sequel to a popular action film, especially since it has been rated PG -13. The violence in the post-apocalyptic action sequel may be softer compared to previous films. However, George Miller and co-director George Ogilvie also brought in the Beyond Thunderdome with deeper themes of society and religion while still managing to find time for plenty of inventive combat and chase sequences. There are also a lot more ensemble cast in this second sequel, with a group of kids resembling the Lost Boys from Peter Pannot to mention a memorable villainess. Beyond Thunderdome foreshadowed the story of Furiosa in road of fury introducing the strong but ruthless character of Aunty Entity, played by musical icon Tina Turner.

Lorenzo’s Oil

In a career filled with genre films, Lorenzo’s Oil stands out as the only purely dramatic story directed by George Miller. Based on the true story of a couple’s search for a cure for their son, Lorenzo’s life-threatening ALD, Lorenzo’s oil is a sensitively made film with a strong visual style and dedicated performances from stars Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon. The latter earned an Oscar nomination, as did Miller for his screenplay. Rather than giving in to the trappings of melodrama, Miller poignantly approaches the material with understated reflection. Lorenzo’s oil emotionally affecting without ever feeling manipulative, something even the best drama directors sometimes struggle with.


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happy feet

The fourth non-Disney or Pixar film to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, happy feet is by far the happiest entry in George Miller’s filmography. The computer-animated jukebox musical follows an emperor penguin with a special gift for tap dancing and features a cast of voice actors including Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. Animated films often do well at the box office because they appeal to younger audiences and parents buy tickets to appease their children, but happy feet also engages adults with renditions of familiar pop songs and an award-winning original number from Prince.

madmax

George Miller’s first feature film, madmax, was independently funded by Kennedy Miller Productions and quickly became an international hit. As well as propelling the Australian filmmaker’s career, it was one of Mel Gibson’s first film roles and led to him becoming an international movie star. madmax takes place in a dystopian future where anarchy reigns due to a widespread shortage of oil. Gibson plays the main character forced to become a vigilante when he comes up against a violent biker gang responsible for the murder of his wife and son. Given the small budget and monumental success, madmax was the highest-grossing film ever made until the release of The Blair Witch Project in 1999.


Crazy Max 2

Crazy Max 2a.k.a The road warrior, increased the budget and scope of the first film, improving it in every way. The simple storyline pitting Max against a roving band of marauders to defend an innocent community of settlers plays like a post-apocalyptic western. With minimal dialogue and a straightforward plot, the focus is instead on intense action sequences. Everything that made the first film great is improved and perfected for the sequel, including the introduction of the memorable masked madmax wicked Lord Humungus. Not only is Crazy Max 2 one of George Miller’s best films, but it’s also one of the greatest action films ever made.

Mad Max: Fury Road

It seemed impossible that a madmax the reboot could never top the second film in the franchise, even with george miller returning as director once more. Released in 2015, when it was popular for studios to reboot or remake classics from decades past, Mad Max: Fury Road blew them all away and proved to be one of the great cinematic achievements of modern cinema. Tom Hardy replaced Mel Gibson as Max, who teams up with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to flee an evil dictator and cult leader and his army of marauders in a chase through the desert wastelands. In addition to an impressive combination of practical stunts and computer-generated effects, road of fury has the largest number of bodies in the madmax franchise. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, winning six of them to become the most awarded picture of its year.


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