The ($G'/G$)-expansion method and its simpliﬁed version are used to obtain generalized travelling wave solutions of ﬁve nonlinear evolution equations (NLEEs) of physical importance, viz. the ($2+1$)-dimensional Maccari system, the Pochhammer–Chree equation, the Newell–Whitehead equation, the Fitzhugh–Nagumo equation and the Burger–Fisher equation. A variety of special solutions like periodic, kink–antikink solitons, bell-type solitons etc. can easily be derived from the general results. Three-dimensional proﬁle plots of some of the solutions are also drawn.