Mad Max: Fury Road beats Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the ‘greatest film of the century’ title

Mad Max: Fury Road has been crowned as the ‘greatest film of the century’ beating the likes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring to the post. 

In a list published by this month’s Empire magazine called ‘100 Greatest Movies of the Century’, the Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron blockbuster came in top after being voted by critics and readers. 

Meanwhile Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in at 48 out of the list of 100, with The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring finishing in second place despite coming out top on the readers’ choice.   

'Greatest film of the century': Mad Max: Fury Road (pictured) has been crowned as the 'greatest film of the century' beating the likes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring to the post

'Greatest film of the century': Mad Max: Fury Road (pictured) has been crowned as the 'greatest film of the century' beating the likes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring to the post

‘Greatest film of the century’: Mad Max: Fury Road (pictured) has been crowned as the ‘greatest film of the century’ beating the likes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring to the post 

In fact, all three of the The Lord Of The Rings trilogy films made the list with The Return Of The King finishing at 43 and The Two Towers coming in at 53.   

Also making the top five list of films were The Dark Knight at number three and Inception at number four, both directed by Christopher Nolan, while Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight came in at number five. 

The fourth instalment of the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, became a worldwide box office hit five years ago, earning more than $500 million (£384 million) globally. 

The underdog smash film became one of the year’s biggest movies in 2015, racking up $21.7 million (£16.7 million) at the local box office and over $500 million (£384 million) globally, picking up six Oscars and ten AACTAs in the process. 

The project was filmed over 120 days and was almost 20 years in the making, Hardy stars as Max Rockatansky while Theron plays Imperator Furiosa.  

On Mad Max: Fury Road’s win, director George Miller, 74, said: ‘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?”  

Also making the list: In a list published by this month's Empire magazine called '100 Greatest Movies of the Century', Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in at 48 (pictured)

Also making the list: In a list published by this month's Empire magazine called '100 Greatest Movies of the Century', Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in at 48 (pictured)

Also making the list: In a list published by this month’s Empire magazine called ‘100 Greatest Movies of the Century’, Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in at 48 (pictured) 

‘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.’

Miller continued on his refusal to give up on it after almost 20 years in the making: ‘Whenever it fell down, it didn’t stop me thinking about it. You couldn’t kill it with a stick.’

The Oscar-winning director also sweetly added about Theron’s performance as Imperator Furiosa: ‘There were times when I remember sitting at the back of The War Rig, and Charlize would be driving back to set.

‘I’d think “Wow, if this was the apocalypse, I’m glad she’s driving The War Rig.” She was Furiosa.’ 

Meanwhile, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, starring Saoirse Ronan as titular character Christine McPherson, came in at 36.

The Oscar-nominated Little Women director, 36, spoke about the legacy of the movie with the magazine: ‘The thing that’s been most moving is really the girls. I live in New York, by NYU and by New School, and there’s a lot of young girls who want to be filmmakers around who come and talk to me. 

‘Honestly, it’s the sweetest thing. They’re very sincere and they’re never pushy; they just want to tell me about their mums and their dreams for their life. I’m very honoured that they’ve chosen me as their leader for this time being.’ 

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 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. Lady Bird

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

 

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