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The Best Mel Gibson Movies

Updated March 22, 2021 13.2k votes 2.6k voters 153.0k views54 items

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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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    The Year of Living Dangerously

    Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1982

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Character: Guy Hamilton

    The Year of Living Dangerously is a 1982 drama film directed by Peter Weir and adapted from the novel The Year of Living Dangerously by Christopher Koch. The story is about a love affair set in...  more
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    Hamlet

    Mel Gibson, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1990

    Directed byFranco Zeffirelli

    Character: Prince Hamlet

    Hamlet is a 1990 drama film based on the Shakespearean tragedy of the same name directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Mel Gibson as the eponymous character. The film also features Glenn Close,...  more

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    Blood Father

    Mel Gibson, William H. Macy

    Released2016

    Directed byJean-François Richet

    Character: John Link

    Blood Father is a 2016 English-language French action crime thriller film directed by Jean-François Richet, based on the novel by Peter Craig. An ex-con (Mel Gibson) reunites with his estranged...  more
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    Air America

    Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released1990

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    Character: Gene Ryack

    Air America is a 1990 American action comedy film directed by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. as Air America pilots flying missions in Laos. When the protagonists...  more
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    Fathers' Day

    Mel Gibson, Robin Williams

    Released1997

    Directed byIvan Reitman

    Character: Scott the Body Piercer

    Fathers' Day is a 1997 comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Nastassja Kinski. It is a remake of the 1983 French film Les...  more
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    The River

    Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek

    Released1984

    Directed byMark Rydell

    Character: Tom Garvey

    The River is a 1984 film, directed by Mark Rydell, which tells the story of a struggling farm family in the Tennessee valley trying to keep its farm from going in the face of bank foreclosures,...  more
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    The Expendables 3

    Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham

    Released2014

    Directed byPatrick Hughes

    Character: Conrad Stonebanks

    The Expendables 3 is a 2014 American action film directed by Patrick Hughes, and the third installment in the franchise. The mercenary group come into conflict with ruthless arms dealer Conrad...  more
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    Tequila Sunrise

    Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1988

    Directed byRobert Towne

    Character: Dale McKussic

    Tequila Sunrise is a 1988 American crime thriller film written and directed by Robert Towne. It stars Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell, with Raúl Juliá, J. T. Walsh, Arliss Howard and...  more
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    Fatman

    Walton Goggins, Mel Gibson

    Released2020

    Directed byEshom Nelms, Ian Nelms

    Character: Chris Cringle

    Fatman is a 2020 American dark comedy action film directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms. Chris Cringle (Mel Gibson), also known as Santa Claus, is targeted by highly skilled assassin (Walton Goggins)...  more
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    The Beaver

    Jennifer Lawrence, Mel Gibson

    Released2011

    Directed byJodie Foster

    Character: Walter Black

    The Beaver is a 2011 dramedy film directed by and starring Jodie Foster, written by Kyle Killen, and starring Mel Gibson, Anton Yelchin, and Jennifer Lawrence. This is Gibson and Foster's first film...  more
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    Tim

    Mel Gibson, Piper Laurie

    Released1979

    Directed byMichael Pate

    Character: Tim

    Tim is a 1979 Australian romantic drama film. It was written and directed by Michael Pate, based on the 1974 novel by Colleen McCullough....  more
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    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

    Dennis Quaid, Bibi Andersson

    Released1977

    Directed byAnthony Page

    Character: Baseball Player

    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden is a 1977 film based on the Joanne Greenberg novel of the same name....  more
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    Pocahontas

    Mel Gibson, Christian Bale

    Released1995

    Directed byEric Goldberg, Mike Gabriel

    Character: John Smith

    Pocahontas is a 1995 American animated musical romantic-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 33rd film in the Walt Disney Animated...  more

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    Chicken Run

    Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall

    Released2000

    Directed byPeter Lord, Nick Park

    Character: Rocky

    Chicken Run is a 2000 British-French-American stop-motion animated comedy film made by the Aardman Animations studios and directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park. Chicken Run received positive reviews,...  more

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    The Chain Reaction

    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne

    Released1980

    Directed byIan Barry

    Character: Mechanic

    The Chain Reaction is a 1980 Australian independent action/disaster/thriller film directed and written by Ian Barry. The film stars Steve Bisley, also starring in the film Mad Max and Arna-Maria...  more
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    Attack Force Z

    Mel Gibson, Sam Neill

    Released1982

    Directed byTim Burstall

    Character: Paul Kelly

    Attack Force Z is a 1982 Australian World War II film, directed by Tim Burstall. It is loosely based on an actual event that took place during World War II, and was shot in Taiwan in 1980. It was...  more
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    Casper

    Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman

    Released1995

    Directed byBrad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

    Character: Himself

    Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and...  more

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    Mrs. Soffel

    Mel Gibson, Heather Graham

    Released1984

    Directed byGillian Armstrong

    Character: Ed Biddle

    Mrs. Soffel is a 1984 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong, starring Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson and based on the story of condemned brothers Jack and Ed Biddle, who escaped prison with...  more
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    Dragged Across Concrete

    Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn

    Released2019

    Directed byS. Craig Zahler

    Character: Brett Ridgeman

    Dragged Across Concrete is a 2019 American crime thriller film directed by S. Craig Zahler. After getting suspended for their strong-arm tactics, a veteran policeman (Mel Gibson) and his volatile...  more
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    Daddy's Home 2

    Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2017

    Directed bySean Anders

    Character: Kurt Mayron

    Daddy's Home 2 is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Sean Anders. Father Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and stepfather Brad (Will Ferrell) must deal with their respective fathers Kurt (Mel Gibson) and...  more
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    The Professor and the Madman

    Mel Gibson, Sean Penn

    Released2019

    Directed byP.B. Shemran

    Character: James Murray

    The Professor and the Madman is a 2019 biographical drama film direted by P.B. Sherman, based on the 1998 book The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester. In 1857, a professor begins compiling the...  more
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    The Singing Detective

    Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr.

    Released2003

    Directed byKeith Gordon

    Character: Dr. Gibbon

    The Singing Detective is a 2003 American musical comedy film directed by Keith Gordon and based on the BBC serial of the same name, a work by British writer Dennis Potter. It stars Robert Downey, Jr....  more
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    The Face: Jesus in Art

    Mel Gibson, Ricardo Montalbán

    Released2001

    Character: Himself

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    Machete Kills

    Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga

    Released2013

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Character: Luther Voz

    This film is a 2013 American action-comedy film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is a sequel to Machete and the third film based on Grindhouse fake trailers. Danny Trejo, Michelle...  more
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    Paparazzi

    Mel Gibson, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2004

    Directed byPaul Abascal

    Character: Anger Management Therapy Patient

    Paparazzi is a 2004 action film directed by Paul Abascal, produced by actor Mel Gibson, and starring Cole Hauser and Tom Sizemore. The film chronicles the life of a popular Hollywood movie star in...  more