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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.

If you're a fan of Mel Gibson, then check out our lists of the best David Caruso and Hulk Hogan movies as well.

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mel Gibson

Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

Released: 1987

Directed by: Richard Donner

Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as a mismatched pair of L.A.P.D. detectives and stars Mitchell Ryan and ...more

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The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

Released: 2000

Directed by: Roland Emmerich

The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the his own group of men during the ...more

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We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

Released: 2002

Directed by: Randall Wallace

We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965. The film was directed by Randall Wallace and stars Mel Gibson. It is based on the book We Were ...more

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#10 of 374 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #166 of 624 The Greatest Guilty Pleasure Movies #719 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover

Released: 1989

Directed by: Richard Donner

Lethal Weapon 2 is a 1989 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Patsy Kensit, Derrick O'Connor and Joss Ackland. It is a ...more

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#941 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #78 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys #61 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked

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Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Released: 1979

Directed by: George Miller

Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by Byron Kennedy and starring Mel Gibson. James McCausland and Miller wrote the screenplay from a story by ...more

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Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

Released: 1981

Directed by: George Miller

Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The film is the second installment in the Mad Max film series, with Mel Gibson starring as Max Rockatansky. ...more

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#348 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #97 of 548 The Greatest Movies for Guys #63 of 568 The Greatest Disaster Movies of All Time

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Payback is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu, Maria Bello

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

Payback is a 1999 American action film directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello and David Paymer. It was based on the novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake ...more

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#12 of 24 Great Movies About Very Dark Heroes #34 of 527 The Greatest Crime Movies Ever Made #34 of 74 The Best Gangster Movies of the 1990s

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Richard Donner

Maverick is a 1994 Western comedy film directed by Richard Donner and written by William Goldman, based on the 1950s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film stars Mel ...more

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#59 of 395 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #381 of 1,027 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films #382 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies

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Ransom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ron Howard

Ransom is a 1996 American thriller film written by Richard Price & Alexander Ignon and directed by Ron Howard. The film stars Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Brawley Nolte, Gary Sinise, Delroy ...more

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Lethal Weapon 4 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci

Released: 1998

Directed by: Richard Donner

Lethal Weapon 4 is a 1998 American buddy cop action film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Jet Li. It is the ...more

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#567 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #26 of 74 The Best Action Movie Sequels #177 of 413 The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies

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Signs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin

Released: 2002

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam ...more

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What Women Want is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Marisa Tomei, Helen Hunt

Released: 2000

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

What Women Want is a 2000 American romantic comedy film, written by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa and Diane Drake, directed by Nancy Meyers, and starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The film was a ...more

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Lethal Weapon 3 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo

Released: 1992

Directed by: Richard Donner

Lethal Weapon 3 is a 1992 American buddy cop action comedy film directed and produced by Richard Donner, and starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo and Stuart Wilson. It is the ...more

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Conspiracy Theory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Patrick Stewart

Released: 1997

Directed by: Richard Donner

Conspiracy Theory is a 1997 American action thriller film directed by Richard Donner. The original screenplay by Brian Helgeland centers on an eccentric taxi driver who believes many world ...more

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Forever Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood

Released: 1992

Directed by: Steve Miner

Forever Young is a 1992 film with elements of romance, drama and science fiction, directed by Steve Miner, starring Mel Gibson, Elijah Wood and Jamie Lee Curtis. The screenplay was written by J. ...more

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdo... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou

Released: 1985

Directed by: George Ogilvie, George Miller

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, also known as Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome or simply Mad Max 3, is a 1985 Australian post-apocalyptic action adventure film co-directed by George Miller and George ...more

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The Passion of the Chris... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Benoit Mont added Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mel Gibson

The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 American epic biblical drama film directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ. It depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the ...more

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Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Robert Grubb

Released: 1981

Directed by: Peter Weir

Gallipoli is a 1981 Australian film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, about several young men from rural Western Australia who enlist in the Australian Army during the ...more

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Edge of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Denis O'Hare

Released: 2010

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Edge of Darkness is a 2010 crime thriller film directed by Martin Campbell and also produced by Michael Wearing, starring Mel Gibson. It was based on the 1985 BBC television series Edge of ...more
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Get the Gringo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare, Dean Norris

Released: 2012

Directed by: Adrian Grunberg

How I Spent My Summer Vacation is a 2011 action-drama film directed by Adrian Grunberg.
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The Man Without a Face ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Gaby Hoffmann

Released: 1993

Directed by: Mel Gibson

The Man Without a Face is a 1993 American drama film starring and directed by Mel Gibson, in his first film as a director and actor. The film is based on Isabelle Holland's 1972 novel of the ...more

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Bird on a Wire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine

Released: 1990

Directed by: John Badham

Bird on a Wire is a 1990 action comedy film starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, directed by John Badham, and shot mainly in British Columbia, Canada. The title refers to the Leonard Cohen song ...more

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The Bounty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis

Released: 1984

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

The Bounty is a 1984 British adventure drama historical film directed by Roger Donaldson, starring Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins, and produced by Bernard Williams with Dino De Laurentiis as ...more
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Air America is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis

Released: 1990

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

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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