Mel Gibson moved through the eighties as a major star, using that clout to step behind the camera in the nineties and prove his artistry. Fine, subtle work impressed critic in ‘The Man Without a Face’ (1993) but it was his thundering epic ‘Braveheart’ (1995) that won him Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture. He would continue acting, and very well, but his first love was directing.
In 2004, his masterpiece The Passion of the Christ was released to strong reviews, and to the Worlds surprise massive box office. Did anyone expect the film, about the terrifying death of Jesus told in excruciating detail, the actors speaking a dead language, the film historically accurate, to be a success? Yet it was, taking in more than seven hundred and fifty million dollars world-wide, earning the actor personally five hundred million dollars.
Here we rank the 5 Mel Gibson movies from best to average.
1. The Passion of the Christ (2004)
A masterpiece but in fairness one of the most demanding films ever made due to the extraordinarily realistic depiction of the violence. The film does not deal with the life of Christ, but his death, the last twelve hours of his life. What he went through in that time, the relentless beatings, the horrific scourging, the further beatings and finally the excruciating crucifixion is all portrayed with intense realism. Yet through all the horrors, Christ, portrayed with great humanity by Jim Cavaziel moves forward to his fate atop the hill. Gibson made the film with his own money, filmed it in a dead language, used subtitles only when pressured, and created not only an inspirational work, but one of the great Biblical films of all time. Did I mention it earned over seven hundred million dollars worldwide? For this he might have won the Academy Award for Best Director had the Academy the courage to honor him.