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The Best Mel Gibson Movies Of The 1980’s

80's Film And TV Jun 27, 2021 No Comments

Mel Gibson, 65, is an Oscar-winning actor with his fair share of achievements and failures due to his scandals. Scandals or not, it does not discount his talent or his pre-existing work. Let us look at his best works.

4. The Bounty (1984)

mel gibson the bounty

Rotten Tomato Critic Rating: 74%

Directed by Roger Donaldson, this movie stars Mel Gibson, Edward Fox, Anthony Hopkins, and Laurence Olivier. This film is the third Hollywood attempt at “Mutiny on the Bounty.”

It is based on the novel called “Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian,” a story about the mutiny on the 1789 vessel, H.M.S. Bounty. The crew turns against the Captain when they reach Tahiti, a land that is a tropical paradise and has unlimited sex.  

However, Captain Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) and his Lieutenant Fletcher Christian (Gibson) decided to take a detour and take his crew on a dangerous journey around Cape Horn. Gibson plays Christian, and they have been long-time friends.

With Bligh not being as villainous as the original story, it adds more layers to the plot. Despite the tumultuous journey, Gibson and Hopkins make it through like pros.

3. Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

mel gibson mad max

Rotten Tomato Critic Rating: 80%

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome is the second sequel to Mad Max (1979), which lays the foundation for a series spanning over 40 years. The American International Pictures removed the soundtrack and dubbed it with American voices as they felt it was too “Australian.” 

The direction of the movie remains, and Gibson’s performance makes it a memorable experience. The first movie’s success prompted the production of the second and third movies, which had Gibson in them too. This series made Gibson noticeable as an action star.

2. The Year Of Living Dangerously (1982)

mel gibson the year of living dangerously

Rotten Tomato Critic Rating: 88%

The Year Of Living Dangerously is an Australian movie that stars Linda Hunt, Sigourney Weaver, and Mel Gibson. Gibson plays the role of Guy Hamilton, an Australian journalist stuck in Indonesia during a Presidential coup.

Since he has no contacts, he befriends Billy Kwan and his best friend, Jill Bryant. This is a love story between Jill and Guy during a time of calamity. Directed by Peter Weir, this helped Gibson earn a critically-acclaimed performance and become more successful.

1. Gallipoli (1981)

mel gibson gallipoli

Rotten Tomato Critic Rating: 91%

Since Hollywood used Mel Gibson’s dubbed voice in Mad Max (1979), the public familiarized themselves with him. Peter Weir revealed his real voice in Gallipoli. It is a movie set during WW1 in the Ottoman Empire.

Rivals Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) and Frank Dunne (Gibson) decide to join the Australian Army and have each other’s back.  This tale of friendship during a crisis is touching, and the battle scenes are heart-wrenching. It is safe to say that this put Gibson on the map.

Summing Up

Born in 1956, this actor moved from New York to Australia, which helped him be exposed to talent like George Miller and Peter Weir. He has also gained success outside of mainstream action movies through works like What Women Want.

Mel Gibson is a Hollywood legend till this day, and we look forward to what he has left in his illustrious acting and directing career.

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