7. Get the Gringo (2012)
This time, Mel Gibson fills the shoes of a criminal character who is arrested and ends up in a Mexican prison. It is a rough place and Driver (Mel Gibson) needs an aide to survive in the prison. His aide, who helps him survive, is ironically a ten year old boy.
Playing the bad guy is not common for Mel Gibson and he does a decent job. The movie received positive feedback from critics. Apart from being the lead character, Mel Gibson is also one of the writers for this crime action venture.
6. The Bounty (1984)
Based on Richard Hough’s book, The Bounty is one of the adventures of the character Lieutenant Bligh (Anthony Hopkins), who often features in Houghs’ books. This time, Bligh is incriminated for being the cause of mutiny on board the ship named Bounty. Bligh recounts the tale in which Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson) was recruited to serve as Master’s mate.
Bligh’s sadistic and insensitive attitude means he is unpopular while Fletcher has a different desire, fueled by his love for a woman – he wants to return to Tahiti for her. Fletcher instigates a mutiny and provides lifeboats for Bligh and his followers to leave the ship.
From here on, the movie narrates two stories; Bligh’s struggle as he makes his way to Dutch port of Coupang and Fletcher’s journey to Pitcairn Island, accompanied by his love Mauatua.
5. Lethal Weapon (1987)
For all hardcore action fans out there, this movie is highly recommended! The storyline of the movie is simple enough, two unorthodox cops are paired together and they bust a drugs smuggling gang. One of these cops is Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson), who has suicidal streak, which suits his reckless action and goes with the storyline.
The rough haired, sloppy dressed Riggs and the veteran Martaugh soon develop a bond as the car chases, explosions and shoot outs continue rolling for 110 minutes. This crime thriller directed by Richard Donner has one Academy Award nomination in Best Sound category.
4. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Adaption of the novel written by an Australian author Christopher Koch, this movie is set in Indonesia around the time when political turmoil was on the cards. It shows an Australian journalist Guy Hamilton, played by a very young Mel Gibson, who sets foot in Indonesia as a foreign correspondent but is not yet familiar with the ropes.
A half dwarf named Billy Kwan, who knows everyone and has roots deep inside the country, helps Guy around, getting him connected with important people who feed him useful information. One of them is a British attaché named Jill, played by the beautiful Sigourney Weaver, with whom Guy has an affair.
Guy is faced with ethical dilemmas when political turmoil and problems in his relationship force him to make tough decisions. The Academy Award for the Best Actor is deservedly won by Billy Kwan. Plot twister Billy Kwan is played by a woman named Linda Hunt. Outstanding performance to say the least.
3. Gallipoli (1981)
Gallipoli is a war drama. And yet somehow, it speaks against war. It shows the brutality, the consequences of war and thus speaks volumes against war. Peter Weir’s writing and direction is a touching tale of two young Australians, Mark Lee and Mel Gibson as Archy and Frank respectively, who travel to Perth to join the military.
They’re sent to Turkey soon after their training to participate in one of the bloodiest battles of World War 1, Battle of Canakkale. The movie is highly rated by all critics and fans alike and received many awards from Australian film industry.
2. Braveheart (1995)
The lead actor and director for this movie, Mel Gibson has out done himself with this biopic. Set in thirteenth century, Mel Gibson dons the role of a Scottish war hero William Wallace, who led an amateur army against the English Monarch Edward I. The movie is driven by emotions of love and patriotism.
William Wallace had lost many family members to the cause of fight for Scotland’s independence but when his bride is murdered when she assaults a British soldier for trying to rape her, William picks up the flag and takes the battle to the English Army.
The movie makes it to IMDb’s list of top 100 movies of all time and has 5 Oscars in its bucket along with many nominations. Mel Gibson won an Academy Award along with a Golden Globe as Best Director.
1. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
The Road Warrior shows a post-apocalyptic world from director George Miller’s perspective. A survival of the fittest where anarchy and violence breed and might rules. This is a future world where human nature is seen to have gone back to its raw form, rough and bloody.
Mel Gibson stars as a former policeman turned warrior who ends up defending a peaceful community and their oil supplies against unrelenting attacks of merciless raiders. With all movie critics giving a thumbs up to this sci-fi adventure flick, Mad Max 2 tops our list of best movies that Mel Gibson has featured in.
We can’t resist mentioning these epic performances done by Mel Gibson as well:
- The Passion of the Christ (2004)
- Edge of Darkness (2010)
- Payback (1999)
Hope you like our list of the best Mel Gibson movies of all time. Feel free to share your views in the comments below!