Mel Gibson fell off after that personal meltdown plus accusations of racism and anti-semitism. He then proceeded to quietly continue working on projects, getting foreign producers to distribute them. Hollywood turned it’s back completely on the guy for a period of time which caused some of his films to not do very well. This is despite the fact that he made a lot of great movies that deserve attention and praise. Here’s Our list of Top 5 Great But Underrated Mel Gibson Movies
This unique classic was released very quietly in some theaters and having Mel Gibson write the thing put off a lot of people instantly without even watching. As time went by though, more and more people start recognizing how good of a movie this really was. Still, this very underappreciated and unrecognized movie is by far one of the great injustices in movieland. We consider it to be one of the best of its genre, and it has that timeless look that screams to be in everybody’s Blu-Ray collection, that is if someone had one.
This was the first “quiet-release” movies of the couple that followed Mel Gibson’s scandalous, drunken tirades. We couldn’t ignore films of past Gibson like The Patriot, The Passion of the Christ, Braveheart – hell even Lethal Weapon got an emotional response from us. This was, and still is, why we kept looking out for any movie out that had Mel Gibson in it, and this was the first one. A dark tale of a man thrown into darkness with the death and murder of her beloved daughter. Actually, a great revenge-thriller many dismissed but we really enjoyed watching.
This delightful story of a Harvard Med school grad who happens to take a job at a remotely-located mental asylum was surprisingly written by Mr. Gibson. This movie it turns out is somewhat of a great home movie that is totally different from anything Mel Gibson starred in. It’s a testament to his writing skills considering the work he’s done with Apocalypto. Maybe all the downtime opened up more avenues for him to nurture some other creative pursuits. It’s a great movie everyone can enjoy.
Now this movie was more up Mel Gibson’s alley, and he actually stars in it too. He’s visibly aged from when he last appeared in a movie screen, and since Edge Of Darkness, he’s diverted into simply playing a badass or an angry father out for revenge. We’re not complaining though, he is perfect for these roles what with Lethal Weapon’s iconic status. A movie about cartels, imprisonment in a Mexican jail, and an unstoppable protagonist that just won’t die.
Similar to Edge of Darkness, this movie is another great Gibson flick which plays to his strengths as an actor. A father protecting her estranged, long-lost daughter against cartel gangs. I really like how the cards aren’t totally stacked against him this time, as he has his own nefarious past. He gets help from a lot of his past biker buddies and prison contacts, which kinda even the score. It’s a great action movie where you never feel the protagonists are really in danger.