The BEST MEL GIBSON MOVIES

Despite his controversial status now (everybody knows what I mean), he is and will remain one of the greatest contributers to world's cinema history. No matter what others may say, he is still: one of the greatest actors, one of the greatest entertainers, fantastic screenwriter, but most of all, an AMAZING DIRECTOR. I wanted to choose 20 best titles from his long career, but it was impossible. So, I made it a few titles longer.
Here's my little tribute to him. I'm not interested in his personal life, the only thing that matters is his great cinematic legacy. Hats off to you, Mr. Gibson!
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1.
Braveheart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. (178 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ 5 Oscar winner, including for Best Picture and Best Director, which meant 2 Oscars for Mel (he was producing and directing it).
It might not be his greatest performance, but it is his best picture(although some may argue).
The music is so haunting (unlike anything I've experienced in movies, only Nolan movies come close to it), the cinematography just blows you away and the emotional chord of it, is ruthlessly heart-wrenching!Oh and the violence seems so real and raw, it really stands out from others.Not the typical warr movie either.
I saw it so many times I can't remember how much!But never get tired of and always gets to me.
Come on, who doesn't love the freedom speach from the battlefield? You have to be stone-cold not to feel a little bit emotional at that one.
A true classic that will never get old! ” - heath_kaos
 
2.
Mad Max (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (88 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ I think this is a very underrated gem. Marking his first role, this independent aussie film that was everything Hollywood movies usually lack, was also a great success. So great USA demanded it in theatres and against all odds, it did unbelievably good which was, and still is uncommon for an independent flick. In fact, it holds the record for the most profitable independent film in cinema history. And it deserves it too.
Although, most people say the second part is the best from this trilogy, to me this one wins by a nose.
The atmosphere is grittier, the villains are sicker and seem almost impossible to stop, that's what makes the ending so powerfull and memorable.
The bittersweet ending makes this one the best from the trilogy and also one of his best roles/movies. ” - heath_kaos
 
3.
Gallipoli (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ One of the best warr dramas ever made. ” - heath_kaos
 
4.
Apocalypto (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. (139 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ His last directing effort was extremly powerfull and nothing short of amazing! This might be his best movie in director's chair. Even if I favor Braveheart (the emotional rollercoaster is to blame), I think this one is his best directed movie. Shocking and just brilliant. ” - heath_kaos
 
5.
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. (127 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ This religious and controversial drama, stands out in his career but more importantly, stands out among other religious depictions in cinema history. The amount of realism and authenticity it portrays of what Jesus Christ might have went through in his last hours of plain torture, makes us really live his pain, unlike usual religious dramas about Christ. This will remain unforgettable. Also great cast featuring James Caviezel, Monica Belluci and Maia Morgenstern (as Jesus' mother Mary). ” - heath_kaos
 
6.
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ This impressive drama by Peter Weir, featuring Mel and Sigourney Weaver is an instant classic and one of his best indeed. ” - heath_kaos
 
7.
The Road Warrior (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. (95 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ This sequel to Mel's first role in 1979 is also considered to be the best from it's trilogy. Although, the first part is my favorite, I love this one too. It stands like a fantastic formula for a great sequel, just like The Godfather Part 2 or The Dark Knight. There are more action sequences, more max madness and just as dark as the first part. Max as the anti-hero was my favorite heroic figure, as weird as it might sound. ” - heath_kaos
 
8.
The Man Without a Face (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Chuck wants to leave home, but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby, is an ex-teacher. (115 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ His first directorial effort is seriously underrated. It is a very powerful drama about society's prejudice. Mel definitely deserved a nomination for his performance, if not for his unique directorial debut. ” - heath_kaos
 
9.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A veteran policeman, Murtaugh, is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer, Riggs. They both have one thing in common: hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers. (110 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ This buddy cop movie had a great charm and strong cast. It combined drama with action and comedy pretty well. It also made Mel a huge action star. And Lethal Weapon an instant classic in the action movies genre. ” - heath_kaos
 
10.
The Patriot (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son. (165 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Although not Braveheart, this impressive war drama did a fine job portraying war cruelty and numerous casualties it brings along with it.
The music and cinematography was beautiful also.
It also stars two of my favorite actors Heath Ledger(R.I.P) and Gibson. And it holds a special place in my heart, not only because they had great chemistry as father and son on screen (it was like a dream come true watching them together), but also because it was my first Heath Ledger movie I saw. Heath really had a lot of Mel Gibson reflecting in him, Gibson himself thought the same thing too. ” - heath_kaos
 
11.
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities. (114 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
12.
Maverick (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief. (127 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
13.
Ransom (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals. (121 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
14.
Hamlet (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge. (135 mins.)
 
15.
Conspiracy Theory (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
16.
Payback (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Porter is shot by his wife and best friend and is left to die. When he survives he plots revenge. (100 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
 
17.
The Bounty (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows... (132 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
18.
Signs (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come. (106 mins.)
 
19.
What Women Want (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking. (127 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
 
20.
Edge of Darkness (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
As homicide detective Thomas Craven investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence. (117 mins.)
Director: Martin Campbell
 
21.
Chicken Run (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a cockerel apparently flies into a chicken farm, the chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners. (84 mins.)
 
22.
Tim (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuse his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory. (109 mins.)
Director: Michael Pate
 
23.
Air America (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A young pilot finds himself recruited unwittingly into a covert and corrupt CIA airlift organization operating in Vietnam War Era Laos. (113 mins.)
 
24.
Forever Young (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
During a cryogenics test, a pilot frozen in 1939 awakes in 1992 but time is running out, as his body starts to age rapidly. (102 mins.)
Director: Steve Miner
 
25.
We Were Soldiers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it. (138 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace