Mad Max: Fury Road tops Empire's 100 Greatest Movies of the Century poll

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 January 2020
Mad Max: Fury Road Empire cover

Mad Max: Fury Road Empire cover

'Mad Max: Fury Road' has been revealed as Empire Magazine's top movie in their '100 Greatest Movies of the Century' poll

'Mad Max: Fury Road' has topped Empire magazine's '100 Greatest Movies of the Century' poll.

The publication's critics and readers chose George Miller's 2015 instalment of the blockbuster post-apocalytic franchise – which starred Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron and won six Oscars – as their top pick of the best 100 movies released over the past 20 years, beating the likes of 'The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring', 'The Dark Knight', 'Inception' and 'Moonlight', which made the top five.

Miller admitted it was a nice "pat on the back" and revealed what he thinks makes a film standout above the rest.

The 74-year-old filmmaker – who has also helmed classics including 'Babe' and 'Dead Calm' – told the magazine: "It's a lovely pat on the back ... How do you measure the worth of a film?

"The best I can come up with is to ask, 'How long does it follow you out of the cinema?'

"Some films you've forgotten by the time you get to the car park. "Others seem to follow you around for the rest of your life."

On never giving up after spending several years getting the movie made, he said: "Whenever it fell down, it didn't stop me thinking about it. You couldn't kill it with a stick."

And heaping praise on Charlize for her turn as Imperator Furiosa, Miller added: "There were times when I remember sitting at the back of The War Rig, and Charlize would be driving back to set and I'd think 'Wow, if this was the apocalypse, I'm glad she's driving The War Rig.' She was Furiosa."

Whilst 'Mad Max: Fury Road' was the top choice of the publication's critics, the readers named 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring' their number one film, with the former coming in second place.

Peter Jackson's entire trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien's novel of the same name made the list, with 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' in at number 43 and 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' at 53.

Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight' – which saw the late Heath Ledger win an Oscar for his portrayal of The Joker – made it to number three, whilst 2019's 'Joker', which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the crazed clown and caused controversy, with some suggesting the antisocial violence in Todd Phillips' film might inspire violent acts in the real world, only made it to 39.

Two female directors also made the top 10, with Sofia Coppola's 'Lost In Translation', at number 10 and Greta Gerwig's 'Lady Bird', at 36.

Terri White, the Editor-In-Chief of Empire, commented: "It's been a phenomenal 20 years in cinema and drawing up this list was no easy task for either our critics or readers!

"The resulting 100, though, is a testament to the verve, vitality and pure power of film in the 20th century."

The 100 Greatest Movies of the Century (so far) are revealed in this month's issue of Empire, on sale on Thursday January 23rd, and online now at

Empire's '100 Greatest Movies of the Century'

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. The Dark Knight
  4. Inception
  5. Moonlight
  6. The Social Network
  7. Avengers: Infinity War
  8. Get Out
  9. Pan's Labyrinth
  10. Lost in Translation
  11. There Will Be Blood
  12. No Country for Old Men
  13. Whiplash
  14. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  15. Spirited Away
  16. Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse
  17. Mulholland Drive
  18. Inside Out
  19. The Wolf of Wall Street
  20. Interstellar
  21. Children of Men
  22. Gladiator
  23. City of God
  24. La La Land
  25. Call Me by Your Name
  26. Memento
  27. Kill Bill Volume 1
  28. The Irishman
  29. Boyhood
  30. God's Own Country
  31. Amelie
  32. Avengers Assemble
  33. Wonder Woman
  34. Zodiac
  35. Arrival
  36. Ady Bir
  37. Donnie Darko
  38. The Grand Budapest Hotel
  39. Joker
  40. Up
  41. Avengers: Endgame
  42. Casino Royale
  43. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  44. Roma
  45. Blade Runner 2049
  46. Inside Llewyn Davis
  47. Scott Pilgrim Vs the World
  48. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  49. In Bruges
  50. The Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  51. Paddington 2
  52. Inglourious Basterds
  53. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  54. Brokeback Mountain
  55. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  56. Before Sunset
  57. Drive
  58. Wall-e
  59. Django Unchained
  60. Carol
  61. Shaun of the Dead
  62. Sideways
  63. Under the Skin
  64. Almost Famous
  65. Toy Story 3
  66. The Prestige
  67. Hot Fuzz
  68. Apocalypto
  69. The Royal Tenenbaums
  70. Avatar
  71. The Raid
  72. Birdman
  73. Once upon a Time in Hollywood
  74. Oldboy
  75. Training Day
  76. Logan
  77. Dunkirk
  78. Michael Clayton
  79. Little Miss Sunshine
  80. Before Midnight
  81. District 9
  82. Skyfall
  83. Frances Ha
  84. Coco
  85. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  86. Iron Man
  87. Bridesmaids
  88. Sweeney Todd
  89. Her
  90. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
  91. In the Mood for Love
  92. Baby Driver
  93. Phantom Thread
  94. Batman Begins
  95. A Prophet
  96. Guardians of the Galaxy
  97. Ex Machina
  98. Captain America: Civil War
  99. Let the Right One In
  100. Dead Man's Shoes

Top Ten Critics Choice

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. The Social Network
  4. Moonlight
  5. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  6. There Will Be Blood
  7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  8. Get Out
  9. Inception
  10. Lost in Translation

Top Ten Readers Choice

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
  3. Inception
  4. Avengers: Infinity War
  5. The Dark Knight
  6. Moonlight
  7. Pan's Labyrinth
  8. Get Out
  9. Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse
  10. Lost in Translation

Mad Max: Fury Road

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US / Australia
  • 2h
  • 15
  • Directed by: George Miller
  • Written by: George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nico Lathouris
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
  • UK release: 15 May 2015

Reluctant hero Max (Hardy) is drawn into helping Imperator Furiosa (Theron, excellent), who's liberated a group of sexually enslaved women and is being pursued for her trouble by the grotesque Immortan Joe (Keays-Byrne). Precision-executed lunacy, a brilliantly feminist 'western on wheels' with a generous helping of heart.