Best & Worst: Mel Gibson

Best: Mad Max (1979)

Mel’s first big role remains one of his most defining. A moody futuristic thriller that’s basically a grunt-level road movie spliced with a revenge flick, its impact hasn’t lessened any over 30 years later.

As the titular Max, Gibson’s on stellar form – young, driven and with a temper not to be scoffed at, he’s got fire in his eyes during the film’s iconic closing moments. It takes Max the entire film to turn into the mad avenger the title promises, but when he finally does that 180, it’s riveting stuff.