Braveheart
1995
****½
Director: Mel Gibson
Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Catherine McCormack, Patrick McGoohan

Mel Gibson’s second film behind the camera is a gripping historical drama about William Wallace, a real-life 13th century rebel, who fought for Scottish independence against King Edward I of England. The story takes some liberties with the truth but it carries beautifully through its three hour length, and is only let down by its overlong and pompous finale. The five Academy Awards include Best Film and Best Director.