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The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

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Thought he may not look it anymore, Mickey Rourke was once a heartthrob that every studio wanted to star in their pictures. This is a list of the best Mickey Rourke movies, ranked from best to worst. In the 1980s, he put his name on the map as the star of Diner, Rumble Fish, and the erotic drama 9½ Weeks. After a career as a boxer, he returned to Hollywood with roles in Sin City and Iron Man 2 and as the The Wrestler, for which he was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe. Mickey Rourke's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Mickey Rourke movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Mickey Rourke movies will be at the top of the list. Mickey Rourke has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Mickey Rourke movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Mickey Rourke films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Mickey Rourke role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Mickey Rourke performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

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    Rumble Fish

    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke
    Rumble Fish is an American 1983 drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on...  more

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    The Wrestler

    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke
    The Wrestler is a 2008 American sports drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by...  more

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    Diner

    Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon
    Diner is a 1982 American comedy-drama written and directed by Barry Levinson. The film is...  more

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    Body Heat

    Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner
    Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan....  more

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    Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man is a 1991 action biker film starring Mickey Rourke and...  more
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    Domino

    Keira Knightley, Lucy Liu
    Domino is a 2005 American action film directed by Tony Scott and written by Richard Kelly....  more

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    9½ Weeks

    Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger
    Wow just thinking about this will turn you on . He is so good looking in this movie , you got to see it.
     
    9½ Weeks is an 1986 romantic drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Kim Basinger...  more

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    Angel Heart

    Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke
    Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet
    Angel Heart is a 1987 American horror mystery film written and directed by Alan Parker, and...  more

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    Bullet

    Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur
    Bullet is a 1996 American crime drama film directed by Julien Temple and starring Mickey...  more

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    The Pope of Greenwich Village

    Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah
    The Pope of Greenwich Village is a 1984 American black comedy film directed by Stuart...  more

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    Killshot

    Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane
    Killshot is a 2008 American thriller film directed by John Madden and starring Diane Lane,...  more
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    Barfly

    Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway
    Barfly is a 1987 American film which is a semi-autobiography of poet/author Charles Bukowski...  more

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    Homeboy

    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken
    Homeboy is a 1988 drama film, directed by Michael Seresin. It was written by and stars Mickey...  more
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    The Last Outlaw

    Mickey Rourke, Steve Buscemi
    The Last Outlaw was a western released in 1994 starring Mickey Rourke, Dermot Mulroney, Ted...  more
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    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis
    Sin City is a 2005 American neo-noir thriller anthology film written, produced, and directed...  more

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    Johnny Handsome

    Morgan Freeman, Mickey Rourke
    Johnny Handsome is an 1989 American crime-drama film directed by Walter Hill and starring...  more
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    The Pledge

    Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke
    The Pledge is a 2001 American mystery film directed by Sean Penn. The film features an...  more

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    Buffalo '66

    Christina Ricci, Mickey Rourke
    Buffalo '66 is a 1998 comedy-drama film that is writer-director Vincent Gallo's full-length...  more

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    White Sands

    Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson
    White Sands is a 1992 crime film directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Daniel Pyne for...  more
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    Act of Love

    Mickey Rourke, Ron Howard
    Act of Love is a 1980 made-for-TV film adaptation of the book Act of Love: The Killing of...  more
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    Year of the Dragon

    Mickey Rourke, John Lone
    Year of the Dragon is a 1985 neo-noiraction film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Mickey...  more
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    A Prayer for the Dying

    Mickey Rourke, Liam Neeson
    A Prayer for the Dying is a 1987 thriller film about a former IRA member trying to escape his...  more
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    Spun

    Mickey Rourke, Debbie Harry
    Spun is a 2002 American dark comedy-drama directed by Jonas Åkerlund from an original...  more

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    1941

    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee
    1941 is a 1979 period comedy film directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Robert Zemeckis and...  more

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    Heaven's Gate

    Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe
    Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. It...  more

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