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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. 

If you are a fan of 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 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 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 The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction war film directed by Roland Emmerich. Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is driven to lead the Colonial Militia 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 We Were Soldiers is a 2002 war 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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Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley 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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Lethal Weapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Danny Glover 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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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Corey Feldman 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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Payback is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Lucy Liu, Maria Bello Payback is a 1999 American action crime 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. ...more

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Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells 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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Conspiracy Theory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Patrick Stewart 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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Signs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin 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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Lethal Weapon 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo 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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Lethal Weapon 4 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci 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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Ransom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Liev Schreiber, Rene Russo Ransom is a 1996 American crime 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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What Women Want is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Marisa Tomei, Helen Hunt 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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The Man Without a Face is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Gaby Hoffmann 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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Forever Young is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood 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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The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Benoit Mont added Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini 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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Get the Gringo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare, Dean Norris How I Spent My Summer Vacation is a 2011 action-drama film directed by Adrian Grunberg.

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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 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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Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Robert Grubb 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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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Tina Turner, Mel Gibson, Rebekah Elmaloglou 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 Expendables 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas 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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Bird on a Wire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine 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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Air America is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis Air America is a 1990 American action comedy film directed by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. as Air America pilots, during the Vietnam War, flying missions in ...more

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly 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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Tequila Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell 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, ...more

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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Helena Bonham Carter, Glenn Close 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 ...more

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The Bounty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Liam Neeson, Daniel Day-Lewis 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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Blood Father is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, William H. Macy, Diego Luna 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 ...more

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The Year of Living Dangerously is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt 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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Apocalypto is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
greitathanyuu added Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras Apocalypto is a 2006 American epic adventure film directed and produced by Mel Gibson. It was written by Gibson and Farhad Safinia. Set in pre-Columbian Petén, Guatemala, around the year ...more

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The River is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn 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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Casper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, Christina Ricci 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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Chicken Run is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton 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. It was the first feature-length ...more

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Tim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Piper Laurie, Pat Evison Tim is a 1979 Australian romantic drama film. It was written and directed by Michael Pate, based on the 1974 novel by Colleen McCullough.

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The Beaver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Jennifer Lawrence, Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster 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 ...more

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Attack Force Z is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Chris Haywood 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 ...more

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Mrs. Soffel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Heather Graham, Diane Keaton 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 ...more

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Machete Kills is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Sofía Vergara Machete Kills 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, ...more

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FairyTale: A True Story is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Peter O'Toole, Harvey Keitel FairyTale: A True Story is a 1997 film from Icon Productions, loosely based on the story of the Cottingley Fairies.

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Paparazzi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Rock 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 ...more

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The Singing Detective is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Katie Holmes The Singing Detective is a 2003 American musical crime 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 ...more

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Summer City is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, John Jarratt, Steve Bisley Summer City also known as Coast of Terror is a 1977 Australian surfer film, filmed in Newcastle, Australia. The film also features Mel Gibson in his debut role.

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The Million Dollar Hotel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Mel Gibson, Milla Jovovich, Bono The Million Dollar Hotel is a 2000 American drama film based on a concept story by Bono and Nicholas Klein; directed by Wim Wenders; and starring Jeremy Davies, Milla Jovovich, and Mel Gibson. ...more

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The Face: Jesus in Art is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
The Face: Jesus in Art Mel Gibson, Ricardo Montalbán, Stacy Keach

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Daddy's Home 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mel Gibson Movies
Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini 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) ...more