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The Best Mel Gibson Movies

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This list of the best Mel Gibson movies is ranked best to worst and includes movie trailers when available. Mel Gibson solidified his status as an action star early in his career after appearing in the 1979 film Mad Max. The order of these top Mel Gibson movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Mel Gibson movies will be at the top of the list. 

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Mel Gibson movies?" and "What are the greatest Mel Gibson roles of all time?" The greatest Mel Gibson performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand. Famous flicks like BraveheartLethal Weapon, and more films appear on this Mel Gibson filmography, but its up to you to decide whether his action, comedy, military, warrior films are the best of the best. If you think the most impressive Mel Gibson role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. Ans if you like Mel Gibson's epic films, you might also enjoy our list of the best Kevin Costner movies and best Russell Crowe movies.


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    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Character: William Wallace

    Awards: Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director of a Motion Picture

    Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel...  more

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  • 2

    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

    Character: Martin Riggs

    Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, starring...  more

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  • 3

    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

    Character: Benjamin Martin

    The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich....  more

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  • 4

    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Character: Lt. Col. Hal Moore

    We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965....  more

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  • 5

    Lethal Weapon 2

    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Character: Martin Riggs

    Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, and...  more

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    Mad Max 2

    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence

    Character: Max Rockatansky

    Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The...  more

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  • 7


    Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber

    Character: Tom Mullen

    Ransom is a 1996 American thriller film written by Richard Price & Alexander Ignon and...  more

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  • 8

    Mad Max

    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne

    Character: Max Rockatansky

    Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by...  more

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  • 9


    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster

    Character: Bret Maverick

    Maverick is a 1994 Western comedy film directed by Richard Donner and written by William...  more

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  • 10


    Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu

    Character: Porter

    Payback is a 1999 American action film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson,...  more

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  • 11


    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

    Character: Father Graham Hess

    Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night...  more

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    Conspiracy Theory

    Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson

    Character: Jerry Fletcher

    Conspiracy Theory is a 1997 American action thriller film directed by Richard Donner. The...  more

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  • 13

    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel
    The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson...  more

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  • 14

    What Women Want

    Mel Gibson, Marisa Tomei

    Character: Nick Marshall

    What Women Want is a 2000 American romantic comedy film, written by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy...  more

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  • 15

    Lethal Weapon 3

    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Character: Martin Riggs

    Lethal Weapon 3 is a 1992 American buddy cop action comedy film directed and produced by...  more
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    Lethal Weapon 4

    Mel Gibson, Chris Rock

    Character: Martin Riggs

    Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard...  more

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  • 17

    Edge of Darkness

    Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone

    Character: Thomas Craven

    Edge of Darkness is a 2010 crime thriller film directed by Martin Campbell and also produced...  more
  • 18


    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena
    Apocalypto is a 2006 American epic adventure film directed and produced by Mel Gibson. It was...  more

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  • 19

    Forever Young

    Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Character: Daniel McCormick

    Forever Young is a 1992 film with elements of romance, drama and science fiction, directed by...  more
  • 20


    Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter

    Character: Frank Dunne

    Gallipoli is a 1981 Australian film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark...  more

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  • 21

    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    Tina Turner, Mel Gibson

    Character: Max Rockatansky

    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, also known as Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome or simply Mad Max 3,...  more

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  • 22

    The Bounty

    Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson

    Character: Fletcher Christian

    The Bounty is a 1984 British adventure drama historical film directed by Roger Donaldson,...  more
  • 23

    Get the Gringo

    Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare

    Character: Driver

    Get the Gringo (aka How I Spent My Summer Vacation) is a 2012 action-drama film directed by...  more
  • 24

    The Man Without a Face

    Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl

    Character: Justin McLeod

    The Man Without a Face is a 1993 American drama film starring and directed by Mel Gibson, in...  more

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    Bird on a Wire

    Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn

    Character: Rick Jarmin

    Bird on a Wire is a 1990 action comedy film starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, directed by...  more