LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 19: Peter Weir attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 13th Governors Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on November 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/WireImage)
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Every Peter Weir Movie Ranked Worst To Best
13. Green Card
Peter Weir chased the dramatically challenging highs of "Dead Poets Society" with "Green Card," an original script about a mismatched couple who meet, marry, and then fall in love. The wit and human touches in Weir's script are strong, but the chemistry between the lead actors is underwhelming, and the film is watchable at best; thus, it ranks last on this list.
12. The Way Back
The story is memorable, as Weir loosely adapts Slavomir Rawicz's book "The Long Walk" about an epic walk to freedom from Siberia to India. The film benefits from strong performances by its ensemble cast; however, Weir's final film, at times, feels like a stab at familiarity that somehow loses the director's voice along the way.
11. Cars That Ate Paris
Like other filmmakers’, Weir's feature debut, "The Cars That Ate Paris," ranks near the bottom of his filmography; nonetheless, it's an engaging movie. It's a blend of genres with dark comedy and paranoia, trading paint with terror and vehicular action, and it's only the lack of a stronger narrative and thematic grip that keeps it from greatness.
10. Mosquito Coast
"The Mosquito Coast" feels somewhat uneven, but that unsettled feeling works to the film's advantage, much as casting "good guy" Harrison Ford as belligerent Allie Fox does. There are bumps along the way, particularly with underserved supporting characters like Allie's wife and son, but Ford is a powerhouse who's difficult to look away from.
9. Living Dangerously
The intimate and personal connection between Mel Gibson and Linda Hunt's characters amidst the violent landscape of 1960s Indonesia makes "The Year of Living Dangerously" compelling. That humanity comes straight from Weir, and it's buttressed beautifully by Russell Boyd's lush cinematography and Maurice Jarre's atmospheric score.