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The Best Mel Gibson Movies

Updated October 14, 2019 12.8k votes 2.4k voters 150.6k views47 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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  • 1
    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel... more on Wikipedia
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    Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Lethal Weapon

    Mel Gibson, Gary Busey

    Released1987

    Directed byRichard Donner

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

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    The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

    The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich.... more on Wikipedia
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    We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

    We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965.... more on Wikipedia
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    Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Lethal Weapon 2

    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Released1989

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Mad Max 2

    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Ransom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Ransom

    Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Howard

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

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  • 8
    Maverick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Maverick

    Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster

    Released1994

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 9
    Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Mad Max

    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne

    Released1979

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Payback is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Payback

    Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu

    Released1999

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

    Payback is a 1999 American action film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Signs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Signs

    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2002

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • 12
    The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    The Passion of the Christ

    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel

    Released2004

    Directed byMel Gibson

    The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    What Women Want is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    What Women Want

    Mel Gibson, Marisa Tomei

    Released2000

    Directed byNancy Meyers

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

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    Lethal Weapon 4 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Lethal Weapon 4

    Mel Gibson, Chris Rock

    Released1998

    Directed byRichard Donner

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

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  • 15
    Conspiracy Theory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Conspiracy Theory

    Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson

    Released1997

    Directed byRichard Donner

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    Lethal Weapon 3 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Lethal Weapon 3

    Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci

    Released1992

    Directed byRichard Donner

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

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    Forever Young is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Forever Young

    Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released1992

    Directed bySteve Miner

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    Apocalypto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Apocalypto

    Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena

    Released2006

    Directed byMel Gibson

    Apocalypto is a 2006 American epic adventure film directed and produced by Mel Gibson. It was... more on Wikipedia

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    Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Gallipoli

    Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter

    Released1981

    Directed byPeter Weir

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    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    Tina Turner, Mel Gibson

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge Ogilvie, George Miller

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

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    Edge of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Edge of Darkness

    Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Campbell

    Edge of Darkness is a 2010 crime thriller film directed by Martin Campbell and also produced... more on Wikipedia
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    Get the Gringo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Get the Gringo

    Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare

    Released2012

    Directed byAdrian Grunberg

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    Bird on a Wire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    Bird on a Wire

    Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn Badham

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

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    The Man Without a Face is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    The Man Without a Face

    Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl

    Released1993

    Directed byMel Gibson

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

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    The Bounty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
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    The Bounty

    Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson

    Released1984

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

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