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05.15.2015by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Mel Gibson Movies That Deserve Sequels or Remakes

Today sees the release of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD with Tom Hardy taking over the iconic role played by Mel Gibson. Gibson's career has been iconic in it's own right with countless characters unable to be envisioned as anyone but Mel. Still, there are several films that could be remade with someone filling in for Gibson or a sequel either recast or with his involvement. Here are our top ten picks for those films worthy of updates. If your favorite didn't make the cut or you disagree with our choices, feel free to let us know in the talk backs below.

#10 - Remake of BIRD ON A WIRE

One of Mel's lesser remembered buddy movies was actually a pretty effective romantic action comedy with Goldie Hawn. There have not been too many action romcoms in recent years that had the level of chemistry these two had, but a remake of this film could work, especially if you had Mel come back in some capacity.

#9 - Sequel to RANSOM

Ron Howard hit paydirt with this reunion of Mel and Rene Russo that works better than most studio thrillers. The twisty plot keeps the roller coaster alive until the very end. While it doesn't need a sequel, I could see someone trying to kidnap Tom Mullen's grandson and giving us another chance to revisit this plot.

#8 - Remake of WHAT WOMEN WANT

I kind of like this movie even though it is very generic in every way. A remake would only work if Gibson were somehow involved. Maybe he passes the gift to his child or mentors a young protege who has it? Either way, I love Gibson's performance in the clip above and would like to see him do it again.

#7 - Sequel to CONSPIRACY THEORY

Richard Donner reunited on this dark comedy thriller with his LETHAL WEAPON star alongside Julia Roberts. The results were one of the top grossing films of the year and a movie that could easily support a sequel all these years later. Whether it shows that Jerry is still paranoid or experiencing new issues, this could be the mental illness equivalent of the BOURNE films.

#6 - Remake of FOREVER YOUNG

Before he became a household name, J.J. Abrams was an up and coming screenwriter. One of his earliest projects was the romantic adventure movie FOREVER YOUNG. Two decades later, the movie still feels like something Steven Spielberg should have directed. Hey, why not have him direct the remake? I know it is somewhat similar to ALWAYS, but I love the time shift aspect of the movie.

#5 - Sequel to AIR AMERICA

Take Gene and Billy and have them run a new scheme during the Gulf War. Who wouldn't want to see the return of these characters even in a fictional tale that continues the chemistry between these two real life friends? I would pay top dollar to see Gibson and RDJ reunite on screen, especially in this.

#4 - Remake of MAVERICK

Remake the film with Mel Gibson in James Garner's film role as Marshal Zane Cooper. Pass the torch from another generation of Maverick to the next. How cool would that be. And, am I crazy, or was Jodie Foster smoking hot in this movie?

#3 - Sequel to PAYBACK

One of my favorite Mel Gibson movies is based on a series of over twenty novels. With that much core material, you have an easy franchise. Maybe getting Gibson to take on the Kris Kristofferson role as the leader of The Outfit would allow for his involvement and make it a continuation of the same story with a new leading man.

#2 - Remake of THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

A classic romantic drama with noir elements, this Oscar winning film from Peter Weir is a classic but is a strong enough story to warrant a modern remake. Not all remakes are necessary, but this film feels very dated and could use a nice look from a new filmmaker.

#1 - Sequel to LETHAL WEAPON

Even over-crammed and stuffed with unnecessary characters, the LETHAL WEAPON films are all equally watchable. It has been 17 years since the fourth film but I am convinced all of the cast and crew could reunite for a fifth film and it would still be amazing.

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6:58AM on 05/18/2015

So...top ten GREAT and SUCKY movies in one list?

I mean "needs a sequel" = "was great, let's see more" while "needs a remake" = "sucked and they need to go back and do it right".

So...?
I mean "needs a sequel" = "was great, let's see more" while "needs a remake" = "sucked and they need to go back and do it right".

So...?
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8:35AM on 05/17/2015
Yeah a remake for this one probably won't sit well with the current Indonesian government.
Yeah a remake for this one probably won't sit well with the current Indonesian government.
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8:31AM on 05/17/2015
I got an idea. A PAYBACK/JOHN WICK crossover!
I got an idea. A PAYBACK/JOHN WICK crossover!
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8:11AM on 05/17/2015
Conspiracy Theory could work as a sequel, with Jerry effectively becoming an agent that hunts down other rogue agencies.
Conspiracy Theory could work as a sequel, with Jerry effectively becoming an agent that hunts down other rogue agencies.
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8:06AM on 05/17/2015
What Women Wants has already been remade twice. First as a Hongkong comedy vehicle for Andy Lau, the other was a Bollywood movie.
What Women Wants has already been remade twice. First as a Hongkong comedy vehicle for Andy Lau, the other was a Bollywood movie.
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8:34PM on 05/16/2015

My pick wasn't even on othat list.

No more Lethal Weapon movies. How about a remake of Tequila Sunrise instead? That's an underrrated film noir.
No more Lethal Weapon movies. How about a remake of Tequila Sunrise instead? That's an underrrated film noir.
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5:44PM on 05/16/2015
Am I the only one not being able to see the gallery?
Am I the only one not being able to see the gallery?
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7:59PM on 05/15/2015
I heard they are remaking it with Chris Hemswoth, but for the love of God: DON'T!!!!!!
Movies like Lethal Weapon (Die Hard, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop) have great concept but what made them true classics are the casting, chemistry between the leads, perfect pacing, and the direction. These factors are almost impossible to achieve. And not just for remakes.
I heard they are remaking it with Chris Hemswoth, but for the love of God: DON'T!!!!!!
Movies like Lethal Weapon (Die Hard, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop) have great concept but what made them true classics are the casting, chemistry between the leads, perfect pacing, and the direction. These factors are almost impossible to achieve. And not just for remakes.
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7:49PM on 05/15/2015
What Women Want was almost a perfect movie (great concept, great leads)... untill the end. The ending was so horrible like they didn't even write the final pages.
It would be very hard to find a man's man who is also funny (like Gibson), but if anyone would remake this movie, make it to have a better finale.
What Women Want was almost a perfect movie (great concept, great leads)... untill the end. The ending was so horrible like they didn't even write the final pages.
It would be very hard to find a man's man who is also funny (like Gibson), but if anyone would remake this movie, make it to have a better finale.
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4:55PM on 05/15/2015
I love What Women Want. It's no joke in my top 10 favourite movies ever. I wouldn't consider a remake travesty, but I just don't see Hollywood redoing it while keeping all it's charm, the only reason that it worked so well. I can only see it being really tacky, which is why What Women Want was so great (in my opinion), it managed to elevate a cheesy premise.
I love What Women Want. It's no joke in my top 10 favourite movies ever. I wouldn't consider a remake travesty, but I just don't see Hollywood redoing it while keeping all it's charm, the only reason that it worked so well. I can only see it being really tacky, which is why What Women Want was so great (in my opinion), it managed to elevate a cheesy premise.
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3:54PM on 05/15/2015
If you think of Get the Gringo/How I Spent My Summer vacation as a spiritual sequel to Payback, then you've sorta got this one.
If you think of Get the Gringo/How I Spent My Summer vacation as a spiritual sequel to Payback, then you've sorta got this one.
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2:01PM on 05/15/2015
It's true that the charm are all the characters. By the time the 4th ended, it had become almost an ensemble film and the family feeling was palpable. However, that's also why there shouldn't be another one: The ending to the 4th one was perfect.
It's true that the charm are all the characters. By the time the 4th ended, it had become almost an ensemble film and the family feeling was palpable. However, that's also why there shouldn't be another one: The ending to the 4th one was perfect.
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1:59PM on 05/15/2015
"I'm too old for this s#it!"
"I'm too old for this s#it!"
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12:56PM on 05/15/2015
Agreed on Foster. Agreed on this movie. If someone wanted to remake, rework, or reboot this, I wouldn't be totally against it, because I haven't seen a truly light-hearted western in a long time.
Agreed on Foster. Agreed on this movie. If someone wanted to remake, rework, or reboot this, I wouldn't be totally against it, because I haven't seen a truly light-hearted western in a long time.
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12:50PM on 05/15/2015
HAte to be nitpicking on this. But Air America was a real thing. Hell, it's even cited in Lethal Weapon. At the same time, yes, him and Downey together again would be pretty damn cool.
HAte to be nitpicking on this. But Air America was a real thing. Hell, it's even cited in Lethal Weapon. At the same time, yes, him and Downey together again would be pretty damn cool.
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12:46PM on 05/15/2015
I like Ransom. But what you're proposing is, in essence, a Taken franchise, where the problem is that it's called "Taken," so someone naturally has to be...you know..."Ransomed."
I like Ransom. But what you're proposing is, in essence, a Taken franchise, where the problem is that it's called "Taken," so someone naturally has to be...you know..."Ransomed."
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12:20PM on 05/15/2015
You are not mistaken my friend. Jodie Foster is smoking hot in this. This also happens to be one of my favorite movies. Its fun, adventurous, hysterical, and wonderful. Love it.
You are not mistaken my friend. Jodie Foster is smoking hot in this. This also happens to be one of my favorite movies. Its fun, adventurous, hysterical, and wonderful. Love it.
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11:13AM on 05/15/2015
One of my all time favorites. You're not alone Sir. This was the best Foster ever looked and her twang was spot on.
One of my all time favorites. You're not alone Sir. This was the best Foster ever looked and her twang was spot on.
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