Rank ’em: Movies Starring Mel Gibson

 

Putting any personal political/social opinions you might have with Mel Gibson aside, you gotta admit the guy has presence and a flare of dramatic intensity few Hollywood A-listers can duplicate. Not to mention a pretty good sense of humor. Like any actor that’s been around for a while, he’s made a bunch of great movies and a few not so good ones. He’s also made more than an impression behind the camera as well – challenging himself with not only entirely non-English films, but all but dead languages (Apocalypto and Passion of the Christ come to mind). I anticipate his Viking movie with Leo and also in the ancient Norse language.

At any rate, it’s been a while since we’ve done a “Rank ’em” feature around here and with Edge of Darkness opening wide this weekend, I thought it apropos to look back at all of Gibson’s work (that I’ve seen) and rank them from best to worst. These are only pictures that he’s starred in, not the ones he’s directed. And this list is based on the quality of the film, not necessarily Gibson’s performance. So here we go…
 

1-
Braveheart (1995)
Mad Max 2 (1981)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Maverick (1994)

5-
Gallipoli (1981)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Mad Max (1979)
Chicken Run (2000)

10-
Payback (1999)
Signs (2002)
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Hamlet (1990)
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

15-
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
The Patriot (2000)
Ransom (1996)
Conspiracy Theory (1997)

20-
The Man Without a Face (1993)
Forever Young (1992)
Air America (1990)
The Singing Detective (2003)
Bird on a Wire (1990)
What Women Want (2000)

 

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Goon
Guest

wow i just realized i've seen very few Gibson movies,only

Braveheart (1995)

Chicken Run (2000)

Signs (2002)

The Man Without a Face (1993)

murph
Guest

i love the Mel Gibson South Park.

now, ranking them:

1. Braveheart

2. Lethal Weapon

3. Payback

4. Mad Max

5. Mad Max 2

6. The Man Without a Face

7. Signs

8. The Bounty

9. We Were Soldiers

10. Maverick

11. Hamlet

12. The Patriot

13. Air America

14. What Women Want

Cinema Obsessed
Guest

I really loved What Women Want, it was good for what it was, a chick flick. Cute and enjoyable 🙂

Mike Rot
Member

easy I only like 4.

1. Hamlet

2. Signs

3. Braveheart

4. Lethal Weapon

murph
Guest

Payback is awesome. the new DVD cut they came out with a couple of years ago (not sure if it was a director's cut or what) was so much better than the theatrical. i recommend it.

David Brook
Admin

Here's my list of those that I've seen recently or often enough to remember them (although it's been a while for most of these):

Mad Max 2 (1981)

Braveheart (1995)

Gallipoli (1981)

Chicken Run (2000)

Hamlet (1990)

Maverick (1994)

Signs (2002)

Ransom (1996)

Payback (1999)

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

What Women Want (2000)

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Conspiracy Theory (1997)

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Air America (1990)

The Patriot (2000)

lee
Guest

1. Road Warrior

2. Lethal Weapon

3. Payback

4. Maverick

Everything else leaves me cold but Braveheart is ugly, twisted and manipulative. I'm still to catch up with his version of Hamlet though.

Marc Saint-Cyr
Editor

I feel I should speak up for The Million Dollar Hotel, which i saw a few days ago. It's not quite the noirish suspense film it's (mis)sold as, nor is it a Mel Gibson movie – he plays a secondary part more than anything else. He's pretty over-the-top and nutty in it, though, and great fun to watch – to such an extent that I find it hard to believe that he was taking the role seriously (if he was).

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I recently picked up Robert Towne's late 80's neo-noir Tequila Sunrise, which is one of Gibson's better films, but I don't recall his performance standing out too much. I plan on seeing how the film holds up after 20 years.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

To those people digging on PAYBACK, do yourself a favour and watch the less watered down versions, either Point Blank (1967) or Get Carter (1972).

lee
Guest

Yes Kurt got to agree Point Blank and Get Carter are in a different league all together. Payback is a good Mel Gibson movie, not a classic or seminal by any means but a good attempt at that 70's style anti hero we dont see that much anymore,if watered down and not iconic. It's the supporting cast that really make it a fun ride for me.

Jonathan
Guest

I like Mel. I love Braveheart shamelessly. That's all I've got to say about that.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

So, I re-watched TEQUILA SUNRISE again last night. Now I did manage to see this one in the theatre (don't ask, my folks would bring us underagers to a lot of stuff, and they never enforced R ratings back in the day) and I was a big fan of it then, again on Video, but I hadn't seen the film since the early 1990s. I'm happy to say that it held up extraordinarily well. This is easily my favourite Mel Gibson performance (Close second is Road Warrior) if only because you simply can't get much of a read on Gibson's intentions in the film (kind of like the film itself). He plays a 'nice' drug dealer with a family who has somehow managed to retire from his trade and start his own business. Of course, things keep pulling him back in, but you never know if he is burying a violent past, or somehow he made good by behing half-way decent. His relationship and eventual meltdown with his ex-partner (Mexican druglord Carlos) is pretty awesome as well. But really the film rocks in the interplay between Kurt Russell, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gibson.

I only wish that Pffeifer was given a character, instead of a simply being tossed around between the two like a play-thing. Sure she has great lines and a flair for delivering Robert Towne's salty-noir dialogue The two best zingers, both to Kurt Russell's cop character: "You need some chap stick or lip gloss or something? Because your lips keep getting stuck on your teeth. Or is that your idea of a smile?" and to Gibson: "Mr. McKussic, it seems, has been engaged in his business for purely romantic reasons, whilst you have been engaged in romance for purely business reasons. " A very much written line to stumble over, but she carries it with real grace. But in the end Pfeiffer's character has little of her own motivations or personality beyond the ability to banter well.

Still, as a stylish fusion of cop-crook and classic noir (of course in glorious colour, all sunsets and beach-fronts) I'm happy to have revisited it. It is a solid and interesting movie, more style than substance, but it moves smoothly and compellingly along.

Jonathan
Admin

I just listened to Mel Gibson's 8 minute leaked scream-fest phone conversation with Oksana Grigorieva. Holy. Fucking. Shit.

That's all that I can say.

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2010/07/exc

Jonathan
Guest

Mel and Bale have a conversation:

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Classic.