Miller began his film career directing the 1998 documentary The Cruise. As described by Wheeler Winston Dixon, the film documented the "tough life of a tour guide on a New York City bus", and was made using handheld digital cameras. It was a "surprise hit, and opened up numerous doors for Miller." Miller turned down several offers of film projects, until he was able to get support to make the film Capote (2005) with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Truman Capote. In 2009, Miller was hired by Columbia Pictures to direct the film Moneyball after its previously-hired director, Steven Soderbergh, clashed with producers over the tone of the film. The resulting film, released in 2011, was a critical and commercial success. Miller's most recent film is Foxcatcher (2014), starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, a film he began developing in 2006. The film was a critical success  and was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, including nominations for Miller, Carell and Ruffalo.