Mel Gibson stars as the legendary William Wallace in this Academy Award winning epic historical film which he also produced and directed. In late 13th Century Scotland, the King has died without an heir and the English have taken the opportunity to invade. The young William Wallace witnesses the death of his family and other atrocities during the conquest and remembers them even as he is sent out of the country by his uncle to be educated in the safety of Rome.
Returning home as an adult Wallace falls in love with a young woman, but their romance is cut short when she is attacked by an English soldier. Wallace saves her from his advances but she is publicly executed in retaliation, leading a devastated Wallace to enlist the help of several villages in attacking the English garrison and slaughtering its soldiers.
Branded a rebel and with nothing to lose anymore, Wallace continues fighting the occupying English army and soon more and more Scotsmen join his side. The uprising grows and the English King Edward first tries to negotiate with Wallace by offering riches and land to pacify him. When this fails the battle rages on for years, with Wallace desperately trying to unite the Scottish lords and using guerrilla tactics against the superior English forces.
As the war rages on the King sends his daughter-in-law Isabella of France to speak with Wallace but the two fall in love and Isabella is converted to his cause and the war rages on.