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 word—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.