20 Must-watch Mel Gibson Directed and Starrer Movies

Are you looking for the best movies directed by Mel Gibson? Here you go with the biggest hits of all the time. Mel Gibson has directed outstanding movies. He is not just counted among the finest actors but also among the great directors so far.

From Braveheart to Mad Max Trilogy and Lethal Weapon, he has done the most significant blockbusters during the 80s and 90s. His achievement as an actor and director is genuinely appreciable. Here is the list of Mel Gibson-directed movies which you love to watch. 

20 Best Mel Gibson Movies List

Excited to know about the biggest Mel Gibson directed movies? Here you go! Let’s dive in and know about the blockbuster movies of this finest actor and director. 

1. Braveheart (1995)

braveheart movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan 

Genre- Action, adventure 

This biographical movie is based on 13th-century freedom fighter William Wallace of Scottish. The movie has earned the Gibson Academy Award for best director and picture. Braveheart movie has earned $210 million worldwide. This movie changed the filmmaking career of Gibson and created a history. 

2. Apocalypto (2006)

 Apocalypto movie

Star Cast- Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer

Genre- Action, adventure 

The Apocalypto movie has shown that Gibson was never afraid of telling an action story and created the most compelling adventure movie in almost any form of setting. With the Apocalypto movie, Gibson proves his composing action and thrilling movie skills. The movie is based on the Mayan Kingdom, which faces a decline. Later a young man has taken to the precarious journey across the world ruled by oppression and fear. 

3. The Passion of Christ (2004)

The Passion of Christ movie

Star Cast- James Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern 

Genre- Drama 

The Passion of Christ is one of the best movies released in 2004. This movie is counted among the highest-grossing R-rated movies of all time. Due to its original spin on a well-known subject, this investigation of Jesus’ (Jim Caviezel) last moments before his crucifixion attracted both audiences with strong religious convictions and general audiences. Although various issues arose during the release of this movie, the movie still stands as the highest accomplishment to date. 

4. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Hacksaw Ridge movie

Star Cast- Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving.

Genre- War/ Drama 

Hacksaw Ridge is a movie about a young soldier who refused to kill other soldiers during World War II. The movie received a ten minutes standing ovation from the audience during the movie premier at Venice Film Festival. This film features the astounding vision of a battleground that hasn’t been visualized on big cinema screens. Furthermore, the movie was remarked on by the actors such as Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving, Luke Bracey, Rachel Griffiths, and Teresa Palmer. 

5. The Man without a Face (1993)

The Man without a Face movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Margaret Whitton

Genre- Drama

This movie is Gibson’s debut director movie in which he played the role of the disfigured artist. The drama movie is based on the Isabelle Holland novel. With this movie, Gibson proved that he could narrate the story. Although the movie doesn’t perform excellently at the box office, it still receives positive reviews from critics.

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6. Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson 

Genre- Action, Sci-Fi

The movie is about Max, whose kid, the bikers gang, killed his wife, and partner. He decides to take revenge and end the bandit’s reign. Gibson played the role of Max, who is professionally a highway patrol policeman. The movie was produced with a minimum budget but has earned $100+ million. Gibson gained huge popularity worldwide with this movie. 

7. Lethal Weapon (1987)

Lethal Weapon movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Gary Busey

Genre- Action crime, Thriller. 

This is a story of two cops in LA having opposite personalities but working together to solve the case of a murder mystery. Martin Rig has a crazy personality who doesn’t care about anything before jumping into the danger zones. In contrast, Roger Murtaugh is a very humble man who takes time to come into action. Both of them together reveal the dangerous hoop of drug smugglers. Lethal Weapon is a timeless movie that everybody has loved to watch till now. 

8. The Road Warrior (1981)

The Road Warrior movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson 

Genre- Action, Sci-Fi

This is a story of a police officer who becomes a road warrior. He travels from the Australian Wasteland searching for fuel and tries harder to survive. Later, he finds himself as the sole hope for the survivor’s group, who are having a remote oil refinery assaulted by a gang. The movie is also considered one of the best movies by Mel Gibson. 

9. Tequila Sunrise (1988)

Tequila Sunrise movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell

Genre- Crime, Romance, Drama 

Mel Gibson played the role of a drug dealer who dreams of going straight. However, his best friend is a cop Nick Frescia (Best Friend) got the case of Mac (Mel Gibson). The case was given to him to reveal the real person and put an entire top on drug dealers’ business. Nick wants to stop him, so he meets with Jo Ann, his best friend and loves to get information about his drug business and his relationship with a Mexican drug dealer. 

10. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Tina Turner 

Genre- Action, Sci-Fi

This is the final series of Mad Max. In this movie, Max is robbed by the father and son. After the robbery, he finds himself in the Trading post (a small town in dystopian Australia known as barter town). Aunt Entity rules this town, and she forces Max to give a tough fight to the fighter (Thunderdome) on her behalf. Later, Max has been thrown into an immense desert, where a children’s group has rescued him. 

11. Bird on a Wire (1990)

Bird on a Wire movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine

Genre- Action Comedy

Rick has been given a new identity after helping the FBI team condemn an FBI agent who is alleged to be a drug dealer to live his life peacefully. However, after fifteen years, his fiancé learned that her ex-boyfriend was an FBI undercover agent.  All this mess leads to a lot of drama and action, followed by the chasing series of Rick and his girlfriend. So, if you haven’t watched this hilarious movie, you need to watch it. 

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12. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

Lethal Weapon 2 movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci

Genre- Action, Thriller, and Crime

This is the second series of the movie Lethal Weapon. In this sequence, Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh chase a BMW, which crashes on the road, and millions of dollars are spilled on Krugerrands road. Well, this is a huge amount of money for the drug dealer. The police officer learned that both of them were in trouble. Together they reveal the drug business while chasing the drug dealer. The drug dealing business involves helicopters, heavy arms, and South African diplomats. 

13. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

 Lethal Weapon 3 movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci

Genre- Action, Crime, Thriller

This is the third and the biggest blockbuster of Mel Gibson directed movies, grossing more than $320 million worldwide. The story is about Martin Riggs, who meets Lorna Cole, a fellow police officer. They both work together to expose Jack Travis’s (police officer) dark arm business. This crooked police officer can kill anyone who ever comes in his pathway. 

14. Maverick (1994)

Maverick movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner

Genre- Comedy, Adventure 

The story is about Bret Maverick, who is excellent at using guns, just like a deck of cards on the poker table. But, he has a firm belief in deceiving instead of shooting.  That’s how he tries to settle the fight with a person. However, a big poker tournament is on the way, and Bret needs 3000$ to participate in that competition. It is truly fascinating to watch this hilarious story. 

15. Ransom (1996)

Ransom movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo

Genre- Crime, Thriller 

The movie is about Tom Mullen, a family man working hard to earn money and status. But things turn out to be unfair when his son gets kidnapped. He loves his son and wants him back. Moreover, he is prepared to pay the ransom but hires the FBI for surety. However, the kidnapper suddenly changed his plan when he was on the way to give a ransom and reschedule the date. Mullen got angry and decided to go live on the TV show to announce the ransom. 

16. Conspiracy Theory (1997)

 Conspiracy Theory movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Julia Robert

Genre- Action, Mystery, Thriller

The movie’s story is about Jerry Fletcher falling in love with a woman he saw from a distance. The woman works as a government employee, which is why she keeps him away from herself. At the same time, Fletcher is a columnist with many conspiracy theories about everything. But one day, he finds himself trapped in the middle of a dispute when one of his theories turns out to be right. 

17. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Lethal Weapon 4 movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Rene Russo, Joe Pesci 

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Genre- Action, Crime, Thriller. 

In this series, Murtaugh and Riggs have become old and feel uneasy about continuing their job as police officers. But once again, they have to team up and impede the Chinese chord from doing unlawful business within the country. Both joined Chris Rock (New Cop), who helped them stop Jet Li and his Chinese chord from printing forged notes in the United States. The movie has a lot of drama and action, which keeps you entertained. 

18. Payback (1999)

 Payback movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello

Genre- Crime and Action. 

This is the story of Porter, who was an ex-marine. He was betrayed by his ex-partner and hit in the back by this crazy wife. But somehow, he returned and decided to escape from the burglary of the Asian Crime Gang. But the Fortune has been obtained by the precarious gang. But Porter has to make his pathway passing through the world which is full of prostitution, crime, drugs, unlawfulness, and cops. 

19. The Patriot (2000)

The Patriot movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson

Genre- War, History, Drama

Benjamin Martin was a French-Indian War hero haunted by his past. He wants to live a calm life. Benjamin lives out of the city crowd on the plantation to get rid of all his troubles. But later, things became odd when Gabriel (eldest son) signed up/joined the continental army without permission. On the other hand, South Carolina also decided to join the insurgency against Great Britain. 

20. What Women Want (2000)

What Women Want movie

Star Cast- Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei 

Genre- Comedy, Romance. 

Nick (hotshot advertising executive) finds himself in the dark when a coincidence accident gives him the power to listen to what a woman thinks in their mind. At first glance, he thinks it’s just a nuisance, and he wants to get rid of this as soon as possible. However, a psychologist tells him how to leverage such power. So their first victim of Nick is his colleague (Darcy McGuire), who got her promotion. This comedy and romance movie was hugely successful and grossed more than $374 million. 

Bottom Line 

Mel Gibson has truly created history with his outstanding acting and directing skills. He has given a bunch of blockbusters all the time, and most of his directed movies have done a marvelous job on big screens. So, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Mel Gibson-directed movies and his biggest hits of the decades. If you haven’t watched any of these movies, you should watch them at least once. 

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