Although born in New York, Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson aka Mel Gibson grew up in Sydney, Australia. This American actor got his acting chops by studying acting at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Mel Gibson started his acting journey in 1977 with the Australian TV series The Sullivans. In the same year, he made his debut on the big screen with a thriller film called Summer City, in which he acted as the lead actor. In the 1980s, he formed his own movie production company Icon Entertainment.
Gibson was often compared to legendary classic film stars such as Steve McQueen, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Sean Connery, and Robert Redford. He was even called for playing the role of James Bond. But he turned down the offer as he did not want to be known by any other fictional name other than his own.
In addition to being an actor, Gibson's biggest identity is that he is also a film director. He was accompanied by filmmakers such as George Miller, Peter Weir, and Richard Donner, which developed his mastery of filmmaking. Dedicated to fans of the 80s and 90s movies, today's article focuses on the 5 best movies of Mel Gibson.
Top 5 Movies of Mel Gibson
Historical Epic | IMDb: 8.4
It was Braveheart that the whole world remembers Mel Gibson for. He himself did all the work of directing, producing, and acting in the lead role in this American film.
Sir William Wallace, a Scottish warrior in the late 13th century, led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. In the context of this historical event, Blind Harry wrote the famous epic The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace in the 15th century. And inspired by this, Randall Wallace wrote the screenplay of Braveheart.
What stands out the most in the film is the battle scenes. In addition, Gibson's set design and acting took the audience back to the mood of 700 years ago. The Battle of Stirling Bridge sequence in particular is considered one of the best-directed battle scenes of all time.
This movie helped Gibson bag the most prestigious awards like 2 Oscars (Best Director and Best Picture) and 1 Golden Globe (Best Director). As a result, he became the sixth Oscar-winning actor-turn-director worldwide.
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Buddy Cop | IMDb: 7.6
This is one of Gibson's most influential movies. It is the parent film of the successful film franchise Lethal Weapon. Here he is seen as LAPD detective Martin Riggs, who teams up with a colleague of a completely different ideology to try to catch a group of drug smugglers. Her pairing with Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh in each of the films was highly acclaimed. Following the success of Lethal Weapon, director Richard Donner gave audiences three more sequels. In fact, the popularity of the film series even led to a television series.