Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine McCormack, Angus Macfayden
Braveheart is an epic in every sense of the wordâ€”it's bloody, bawdy, long, and meticulously crafted. It's also one of the all-time great "guy movies," given its ability to make grown men weep after feeling inspired to hit the gym and/or grow a pair. As 13th century warrior William Wallace, star/director/co-producer Mel Gibson leads his bullied Scottish friends and followers against English tyrants in a symphony of sword fights, spilled blood, and noble sacrifices.
If one Braveheart action sequences deserves the spotlight here, it's the depiction of the Battle of Stirling Bridge, a hotbed of carnage that Gibson stages with dizzying panache.