January 29, 2010

Ranking Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson is back, with his new flick Edge of Darkness, opening up this week. This is Mel's first acting gig since 2002's Signs, and his role in this new movie is one that's sure to redeem his career, reminding us why we loved Mad Mel in the first place. This week we take a look at Mel's career, with his 15 best-reviewed titles. Here's the top five. Head on over to MRQE to check out the full list.

#5. Braveheart (1995)

The film that made us all want to paint our faces, and moon our oppressors was Mel's second shot at directing. Braveheart went on to be nominated for 10 Oscars, with five wins including Best Picture. We'll forgive Mel for a few historical inaccuracies.

#4. Gallipoli (1981)

Probably the greatest Australian movie ever made. Peter Weir's coming-of-age epic starred a young Mel along with Mark Lee, as they enlist in the Australian Army and take part in the Gallipoli Campaign in Turkey during World War I.

#3. Mad Max 2 (1981)

Mel moved from the past to the future in 1981 with this sequel to the 1979 classic Mad Max. The perfect recipe for a sequel: Turn the setting into a wasteland and set your hero loose.

#2. Chicken Run (2000)

Before Mr. Fox was Fantastic, Mr. Gibson had a run at it with Chickens. From the Aardman Animations studios, the same studio that produced the Wallace & Gromit movies, Chicken Run starred Mel as a rooster from the U.S. who somehow flys in to the coop and helps save the rest of the hens from becoming pot pies. The stop-motion animation flick was a big hit for kids and critics alike.

#1. Mad Max (1979)

The film that broke Mel out, Mad Max is centered around a dystopian Australia, complete with plenty of fast cars and motorcycles.

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