According to IMDb, Mel Gibson’s filmography is legendary, with these movies being the Australian actor’s most highly rated works of art
Actor and director Mel Gibson is one of the world’s most successful film actors and directors. One of the best-known actors from the last 40 years, Mel Gibson has been in some of the most acclaimed films of that time period.
Gibson has come a long way from his humble beginnings in the Australian film industry to starring in and directing epic Hollywood dramas. According to IMDb, the following are Gibson’s top ten film roles. Some of Gibson’s projects have received high marks, but this list only includes the films in which he appeared.
1. The Year Of Living Dangerously (7.1)
Mel Gibson began his acting career in Australia, where he appeared in a number of films. The Year of Living Dangerously, Gibson’s 1982 film, has an IMDb rating of 7.3/10. The film is based on a novel of the same name, which tells the story of an Indonesian love story during the overthrow of President Sukarno.
A British embassy staffer named Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver) falls in love with an Australian journalist named Guy Hamilton (Morgan Freeman). A nomination for an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award was made for Gibson’s performance in the film.
2. Payback (7.1)
At the peak of his career, Gibson starred in a number of action movies. Payback, a 1999 film about a man seeking vengeance on his estranged wife and former crime partner after they betray him, is one of the most highly regarded. Gibson portrays Porter, a former lover and ally who plots against them after they abandon him.
The IMDb rating for Payback was 7.1, making it one of Gibson’s highest-rated works ever.
3. Lethal Weapon 2 (7.2)
By IMDb standards, the second Lethal Weapon picture was not as successful as the first, but it is still one of Gibson’s finest. Gibson repeated his role as L.A.P.D. officer Officer Riggs, played by Danny Glover, in the 1989 action film.
There are four films in this series, and Lethal Weapon 2 is the second. The film’s narrative revolves around South African smugglers who are protected by diplomatic immunity from Riggs and Murtaugh.
4. We Were Soldiers (7.2)
The 2002 film We Were Soldiers also received 7.2 stars on IMDb. The story revolves around Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore, who leads a battalion of soldiers against Vietnamese forces in 1965, against the backdrop of the early Vietnam War.
On the other side of the camera are Greg Kinnear and Sam Elliott alongside Chris Klein and Jon Hamm in the supporting roles. We Were Soldiers Once…And Young serves as the inspiration for the film, which deviates significantly from the source material.
5. The Patriot (7.2)
It’s no secret that Mel Gibson excels as a leading man in period dramas. The Patriot, which was released in 2000, is one of his most well-known historical action flicks. When his wife died, Benjamin Martin was forced to raise their seven children alone, and the film tells his tragedy. To honor his son, he joins the military.
As a tribute to Francis Marion’s life, The Patriot was shot on location in South Carolina. Heath Ledger played Gibson’s on-screen son, Gabriel Martin, while Jason Isaacs played the villain, Colonel William Tavington.
6. The Professor And The Mad Man (7.3)
With its release in 2019, The Professor and the Mad Man is one of Gibson’s most recent works. It tells the story of Professor James Murray, who was responsible for compiling the Oxford English Dictionary’s first edition of terms. A 1998 novel by Simon Winchester, entitled The Surgeon of Crowthorne, serves as the basis for the film.
Professor Murray is played by Mel Gibson, who also performs with Sean Penn, who portrays a doctor at a criminal lunatic institute. Game of Thrones actors Natalie Dormer and Stephen Dillane also appear in the film.
7. Gallipoli (7.4)
Gallipoli, another Australian period piece that Gibson starred in early on in his career, is rated as one of his greatest by IMDb. Australian sprinters are sent to fight in the First World War in this movie.
Actor Mel Gibson portrays Frank Dunne, a jobless ex-railway worker who enlists in the military. It was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and garnered generally favorable reviews. Historical inaccuracies aside, the picture is generally accepted to be accurate.
8. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (7.6)
Mel Gibson became a household name around the world because to his work in the Mad Max series. The Road Warrior, the second film in the series, was given a rating of 7.6 stars on IMDb, making it one of Mel Gibson’s finest films.
It is the story of a lone wanderer who merely lives to survive and resists a group of people who have made him their symbol of hope in a remote oil refinery. A majority of critics praised the film, and it’s now regarded as one of the greatest films of the year.
9. Lethal Weapon (7.6)
The first film in the Lethal Weapon series was released in 1987 and has a Metacritic score of 7.6 out of 10, making it Mel Gibson’s highest-rated work to that point. First appearance as Officer Riggs, a former Navy SEAL who joins the Los Angeles Police Department.
Many fans think that the original Lethal Weapon is the best of the three films starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.
10. Braveheart (8.3)
Braveheart, Mel Gibson’s 1995 feature picture, is ranked as the finest of his career by IMDb. An epic tale of a 13th-century Scottish warrior who fought against King Edward I of England during the First War of Scottish Independence is told in the video.
Actor Mel Gibson also directed and co-produced the film, which garnered largely excellent reviews. Braveheart’s photography, writing, soundtrack, and performances are still being lauded more than 20 years after its debut.