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The 8 best films of George Miller

The 8 best films of George Miller

Cult Australian director George Miller is known for creating and directing one of the most acclaimed and influential film series: “Mad Max”. However, Miller is an extremely versatile director. Over the course of his career he has directed films of very different genres and proposals.

How about learning more about the career of this extraordinary director? Below, we list the 8 best films directed by George Miller.

George Miller: the best films

Lorenzo’s Oil (1992) / Credit: Universal Pictures (advertising)

This drama is based on real events. The film tells the story of Augusto and Michaela Odone, a couple whose son, Lorenzo, is diagnosed with a rare and fatal disease called adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).

The film follows the parents’ battle to find a cure for their son. Doing extensive research into the disease, they develop “Lorenzo’s oil”, which has been shown to slow the progression of ALD in their son. Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon play the Odone couple.

Three Thousand Years of Desire (2022) / Credit: United Artists Releasing, Roadshow Entertainment (disclosure)

Based on the short story “The Genie in the Nightingale’s Eye” by AS Byatt, “Once Upon a Genie” is a romantic fantasy film. Featuring two strong lead actors, Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton, it received good reviews from critics.

The plot follows a British narratologist (Swinton) who frees a genie (Elba) from a bottle she purchased during her stay in Istanbul. The genie tells her the story of her existence, which spans several eras.

The Witches of Eastwick (1987) / Credit: Warner Bros. (disclosure)

A comedy with supernatural elements, “The Witches of Eastwick” is based on the novel of the same name by John Updike. The film stars Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon, who play three dissatisfied single friends who don’t know they’re witches.

Jack Nicholson plays the villain, a mysterious and eccentric man who arrives in the quiet town of the three friends and begins to court them. When they begin to suspect his intentions, a magical battle begins.

Babe: Pig in the City (1998) / Credit: Universal Pictures (advertising)

One of the films that demonstrate George Miller’s versatility is “Babe”. The film is the sequel to “Babe” (1995). An adventure comedy with talking animals, “Babe 2” surprises with its melancholic tone and its dark moments.

In the plot, after the piglet wins the herding competition in the previous film, the farmer Arthur (James Cromwell) is injured. Unable to work, the farm loan falls into arrears.

Threatened with eviction, his wife Esme (Magda Szubanski) leaves with Babe for the big city in hopes of winning a new competition and using the prize money. However, things go wrong and Babe must navigate a hostile metropolis.

Mad Max (1979) / Credit: Roadshow Film Distributors (advertising

The first “Mad Max” is one of the most profitable films in history. With a budget of A$400,000, the film grossed more than $100 million at the box office worldwide. This Australian film was mainly responsible for drawing the world’s attention to other productions of the so-called “Australian New Wave”.

The film is set in a post-apocalyptic and dystopian world, where violence and scarcity of resources prevail. Mel Gibson plays Max, a police officer seeking revenge after his family is killed by a motorcycle gang.

Its reception was mixed upon its release, but over time it has been widely positively reviewed.

Mad Max 2 (1981) / Credit: Warner Bros. (disclosure)

A box office and critical success, the second film in the “Mad Max” series is, according to critics, one of the best action films in history. Its dystopian and post-apocalyptic aesthetic was extremely influential and served as a reference for other media that came after.

Mel Gibson once again plays Mad Max, who drives his V-8 across the desert in search of gas and food. In the plot, Max helps a petrol-rich community defend itself from a gang of looters led by Lord Humungus (Kjell Nilsson).

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) / Credits: Roadshow Film Distributors, Warner Bros. Pictures (disclosure)

The fourth film in the “Mad Max” series, “Fury Road,” functions as a reboot of sorts. Released thirty years after the last film of the classic trilogy, George Miller returns to direct and actor Tom Hardy now brings Mad Max to life.

Additionally, we have Furiosa, a standout character played by Charlize Theron. In the storyline, Max joins Furiosa, who is rebelling and escaping with five prisoners from the tyrant leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne).

“Fury Road” was a box office success and received widespread praise from critics. The cast also includes Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024) / Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures (disclosure)

Prequel to “Fury Road” (2015), “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” focuses on the character Furiosa, telling her origins. Anya Taylor-Joy plays a young version of the character.

The plot follows Furiosa, from when she is kidnapped by the biker gang of warlord Dementus (Chris Hemsworth) to her struggle to survive and return home.

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