Let Them Fight! George Miller vs. John Woo

Welcome to “Let Them Fight!”, where we pit two directors with similar backgrounds against one another and let YOU, the commenters decide on who reigns supreme! For an overview of past fights and what’s coming up, click here .

What to Consider

Obviously, which director do you think is better than the other? But what film of theirs proves your point. Remember, it isn’t so much about which film made the most money or was a critical darling, but in your mind which director is better than the other in terms of style, risk, scope, etc.

How I Tally the Votes

I look at the comments posted (only first comments, no replies) to see who they picked. I don’t count comments that don’t give a clear answer on who they chose. If you want your comment to count make sure it is not a reply to someone else’s comment and has a clear definite winner.

Now on to today’s fighters, with season 3 focusing on foreign directors (i.e., non-American born directors), let’s kick off the season right with a couple heavy hitters: George Miller and John Woo.


George Miller

Date of Birth: March 3, 1945 (age 73)

1970s/1980s Directorial Features: Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2 (1981), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

1990s/2000s Directorial Features: Lorenzo’s Oil (1992), 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997), Babe: Pig in the City (1998), Happy Feet (2006)

2010s Directorial Features: Happy Feet Two (2011), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)


John Woo

Date of Birth: May 1, 1946 (age 71)

1960s/1970s Directorial Features: Dead Knot (1968), Ouran (1968), The Young Dragons (1974), The Dragon Tamers (1975), Princess Chang Ping (1976), Hand of Death (1976), Money Crazy (1977), Hello, Late Homecomers (1978), Follow the Star (1978), Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)

1980s Directorial Features: From Riches to Rags (1980), To Hell with the Devil (1981), Laughing Times (1981), Plain Jane to the Rescue (1982), The Time You Need a Friend (1984), Run, Tiger, Run (1985), Heroes Shed No Tears (1986), A Better Tomorrow (1986), A Better Tomorrow II (1987), The Killer (1989), Just Heroes (1989)

1990s/2000s/2010s Directorial Features: Bullet in the Head (1990), Once a Thief (1991), Hard Boiled (1992), Hard Target (1993), Broken Arrow (1996), Face/Off (1997), Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), Windtalkers (2002), Paycheck (2003), Red Cliff: Part I (2008), Red Cliff: Part II (2009), Reign of Assassins (2010), The Crossing (2014), The Crossing: Part II (2015), Manhunt (2017)


Alright, FIGHT!