George Miller is an Australian filmmaker, a former physician turned director. Miller is best known for his Mad Max franchise. Its second installment is Mad Max 2, and fourth is Fury Road. These movies are often described to be amongst the greatest action films of all time.
George Miller’s work is pretty much diverse in genre and style. He has done everything from action to drama. The man also directed the biographical medical drama Lorenzo’s Oil, followed by the dark fantasy The Witches of Eastwick, and then the family-friendly fantasy adventure Babe. Finally, his animated movie Happy Feet won the Academy-Award in 2006.
It should be also noted that George Miller is the co-founder of the production houses Kennedy Miller Mitchell, which was formerly known as Kennedy Miller, and Dr. D Studios.
George has also been nominated for five other Academy Awards, those being Best Original Screenplay in 1992 for Lorenzo’s Oil, Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay in 1995 for Babe, and Best Picture and Best Director for Fury Road in 2015.
George’s TV roles include The Dismissal, The Last Bastion, Bodyline. The man is also a feminist icon, he has said on many occasions that the 1940 version of Pinocchio is one of his favorite films. Miller identifies to be a feminist, He stated in an interview that he can’t help but be a feminist.
Today we decided to honor the man by naming his ten best-rated movies on IMDb.
Mad Max: Fury Road (8.1)
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 Australian post-apocalyptic action film.
The movie is co-written, produced, and directed by George Miller. In this movie, Miller collaborated with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris in terms of the screenplay.
It is the fourth installment and an ode to the Mad Max films. The movie was produced by Kennedy Miller Mitchell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
The star cast includes Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky, Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as The Splendid Angharad and Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (7.6)
Mad Max 2, also known as The Road Warrior is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film.
This one’s known more as Mad Max 2. It is directed by George Miller. The Road Warrior is the second installment in the Mad Max film series. Mel Gibson stars again as Mad Max Rockatansky.
The story revolves around the tale of a community of settlers who shifted to defend themselves against a roving band of marauders. It follows an archetypical “Western” frontier movie motif. Max plays a hardened man who has rediscovered his humanity as he decides to help the settlers.
Lorenzo’s Oil (7.3)
Lorenzo’s Oil is a 1992 American drama film.
The film is co-written and directed by George Miller. Lorenzo’s Oil is based on the true story of Augusto and Michaela Odone. They play two parents who are in a relentless search for a cure for their son Lorenzo’s adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).
Lorenzo’s Oil had a limited release in North America but had a nationwide release two weeks later. The movie was very well received by the critics and received two nominations at the 65th Academy Awards but was a box office bomb.
The cast of the movie includes Nick Nolte as Augusto Odone, Susan Sarandon as Michaela Odone, Zack O’Malley Greenburg as Lorenzo Odone, Peter Ustinov as Professor Gus Nikolais, Kathleen Wilhoite as Deirdre Murphy, Gerry Bamman as Doctor Judalon and Margo Martindale as Wendy Gimble.
Mad Max (6.9)
Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action thriller film directed by George Miller.
It is produced by Byron Kennedy, and it stars Mel Gibson as “Mad” Max Rockatansky himself. The rest of the cast includes Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, and Roger Ward.
The screenplay for Mad Max was written by James McCausland and Miller himself. It was based on a story by Miller and Kennedy.
Mad Max is set in a future Australia, and it presents a saga of societal collapse, murder, and revenge. A policeman is embroiled in a violent feud with a savage motorcycle gang. Mad Max became the first Australian film production to be shot in anamorphic widescreen.
The detailed cast roles include Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, Joanne Samuel as Jessie Rockatansky, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Toecutter, Steve Bisley as Jim “Goose” Rains and Tim Burns as Johnny the Boy.
Twilight Zone: The Movie (6.5)
Twilight Zone: The Movie is a 1983 American science fiction horror anthology film.
The film is produced by Steven Spielberg and John Landis. It is a cinematic interpretation of the 1959–1964 TV series.
Twilight Zone: The Movie is created by Rod Serling. The stars cast of the film includes Vic Morrow, Scatman Crothers, Kathleen Quinlan, and John Lithgow, with Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks.
Twilight Zone: The Movie is a remake of three episodes of the original series and it introduces one original story. The film is directed by Landis in the prologue, the first segment, and the epilogue. Whereas, Spielberg directed the second segment, Joe Dante the third, and George Miller the final.
The Witches Of Eastwick (6.5)
The Witches of Eastwick is a 1987 American dark fantasy-comedy film.
The film is directed by George Miller and it stars Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne. The rest of the cast in the movie includes Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon, They star as the eponymous witches.
The Witches of Eastwick is based on John Updike’s 1984 novel The Witches of Eastwick.
In the movie, Alexandra Medford is played by Cher, Jane Spofford is played by Susan Sarandon, and Sukie Ridgemont by Michelle Pfeiffer. These are three dissatisfied women living in the beautiful town of Eastwick, Rhode Island.
The rest of the cast includes Veronica Cartwright as Felicia Alden, Richard Jenkins as Clyde Alden, Keith Jochim as Walter Neff, Becca Lish as Mrs. Neff, and finally, Carel Struycken as Fidel.
Happy Feet (6.4)
Happy Feet is a 2006 computer-animated musical comedy film.
The film is directed, produced, and co-written by George Miller. The voices actors in the movie include Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, and E.G. Daily.
Happy Feet received great reviews from critics. It was the recipient of the inaugural BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film. It was also the fourth non-Disney or Pixar to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Additionally, the movie was also nominated for the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film.
Should be no wonder that it got a sequel Happy Feet Two!
The production houses on Happy Feet were far too many. It was an international co-production between the United States and Australia. It was produced at Sydney-based visual effects and animation studio Animal Logic for Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, and Kingdom Feature Productions.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (6.3)
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a 1985 Australian post-apocalyptic action film.
The movie is directed by George Miller and George Ogilvie. The movie was written by Miller and Terry Hayes. Beyond Thunderdome, the sequel to Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. The story revolves around Max (Mel Gibson) who is exiled into the desert by the marauders of Bartertown.
Tina Turner stars as Aunty Entity, the ruthless, adamant ruler of Bartertown, Bruce Spence stars as Jedediah the Pilot, Adam Cockburn stars as Jedediah Jr., Jedediah’s son, Frank Thring as the Collector, Angelo Rossitto as Master, Paul Larsson as Blaster, Angry Anderson as Ironbar Bassey.
Happy Feet Two (5.9)
Happy Feet Two is a 2011 computer-animated family film.
The movie is directed, produced, and co-written by George Miller. It serves as the sequel to the 2006 film Happy Feet. The movie features a huge ensemble voice cast that includes Ava Acres, Elijah Wood, Hank Azaria, Robin Williams, Sofia Vergara, Alecia Moore, Meibh Campbell, Lil’ P-Nut, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Common, Hugo Weaving, Richard Carter, Magda Szubanski, and Anthony LaPaglia.
The story revolves around Erik, the son of Mumble and Gloria, who must stop the Apocalypse of Antarctica.
The detailed voice cast roles are Ava Acres as Erik, the only son of Gloria and Mumble, Elijah Wood as Mumble, Hank Azaria as The Mighty Sven, Robin Williams, Carlos Alazraqui, Johnny A. Sanchez, Lombardo Boyar, and Jeffrey Garcia as Ramón, Nestor, Raul, Lombardo, and Rinaldo respectively.
Additional voice credits include Sofia Vergara as Carmen, Ramón’s love interest, and Alecia Moore (P!nk) as Gloria, wife of Mumble and mother of Erik.
Babe: Pig In The City (5.7)
Babe: Pig in the City is a 1998 Australian-American comedy-drama film.
The film is directed by Miller. It is the sequel to the 1995 film Babe. George Miller was also associated with the original film. He co-wrote, produced, and directed Babe: Pig in the City.
The film features the actors from the first film in their respective roles. Starting from James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes, Hugo Weaving, Danny Mann, Roscoe Lee Browne, and Magda Szubanski.
The new cast featuring Glenne Headly, Steven Wright, James Cosmo, Myles Jeffrey, and Mickey Rooney. The story talks about the journey of Babe and Arthur Hoggett’s wife Esme. It is based in the fictional city of Metropolis. In this one, Elizabeth Daily replaces Christine Cavanaugh as Babe.