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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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    Desperate Hours

    Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1990

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    Desperate Hours is a 1990 remake of the 1955 William Wyler crime drama of the same title. Both films are based on the novel by Joseph Hayes, who also co-wrote the script for this movie with Lawrence...  more
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    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington

    Released2004

    Directed byTony Scott

    Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name; the first film based on the novel was released in 1987. The 2004 film...  more

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    Animal Factory

    Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed bySteve Buscemi

    Animal Factory is a 2000 drama film about life in prison, set in San Quentin. The film was directed by Steve Buscemi, and stars Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo, John Heard, Mickey Rourke,...  more
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    Immortals

    Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto

    Released2011

    Directed byTarsem Singh

    Immortals is a 2011 3D mythology fantasy film directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, and Mickey Rourke. The film also stars Luke Evans, Steve Byers, Kellan Lutz, Joseph...  more

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    The Rainmaker

    Matt Damon, Claire Danes

    Released1997

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    The Rainmaker is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Damon, based on the 1995 novel of the same name by John Grisham. Danny DeVito, Danny Glover,...  more

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    13

    Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent

    Released2010

    Directed byGéla Babluani

    13 is a 2010 American remake of the 2005 Georgian-French film 13 Tzameti. The film, directed by Géla Babluani, stars Sam Riley, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent, Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham....  more
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    The Informers

    Amber Heard, Mickey Rourke

    Released2008

    Directed byGregor Jordan

    The Informers is a 2008 American ensemble hollywood drama film written by Bret Easton Ellis and Nicholas Jarecki and directed by Gregor Jordan. The film is based on Ellis' 1994 collection of short...  more

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    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow

    Released2010

    Directed byJon Favreau

    Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) must...  more

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    Thursday

    Mickey Rourke, Paulina Porizkova

    Released1998

    Directed bySkip Woods

    Thursday is a 1998 American crime/thriller/black comedy film written and directed by Skip Woods and starring Thomas Jane, Aaron Eckhart, Paula Marshall, Michael Jeter and Mickey Rourke. It won the...  more
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    Point Blank

    Mickey Rourke, Danny Trejo

    Released1998

    Directed byMatt Earl Beesley

    Point Blank is a direct-to-video film directed by Matt Earl Beesley and starring Mickey Rourke. The film was shot on location in Fort Worth, Texas....  more
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    Francesco

    Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released1989

    Directed byLiliana Cavani

    Francesco is a 1989 docu-drama relating in flashback St. Francis of Assisi's evolution from rich man's son to religious humanitarian and finally to full-fledged saint. The film was based on Hermann...  more
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    Get Carter

    Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke

    Released2000

    Directed byStephen T. Kay

    Get Carter is a 2000 American thriller film, a remake of the Michael Caine 1971 film of the same name, and directed by Stephen Kay. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson, Rachael...  more
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    Berlin, I Love You

    Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley

    Released2019

    Directed byDianna Agron, Peter Chelsom, Fernando Eimbcke, Justin Franklin, Dennis Gansel

    Berlin, I Love You is a 2019 romantic drama film, and the fifth installment in the Cities of Love franchise created by Emmanuel Benbihy. Ten stories of romance set in capital city of Germany, Berlin....  more
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    Eureka

    Mickey Rourke, Gene Hackman

    Released1983

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

    Eureka is a 1983 film, directed by Nicolas Roeg. It is the story of a Klondike prospector, Jack McCann who strikes it rich, yet ends up fearing that his daughter Tracy and his son-in-law are scheming...  more
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    F.T.W.

    Mickey Rourke, Lori Singer

    Released1994

    Directed byMichael Karbelnikoff

    F.T.W. is a 1994 film about Frank T. Wells, an ex-con rodeo rider who becomes involved with a woman who's a bank robber on the run. The title of the film refers both to the main character's initials,...  more
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    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba

    Released2014

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

    This film is a 2014 American neo-noir action film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, based on the book by Miller. Some of Sin City's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of...  more
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    The Expendables

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone

    Released2010

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Jason Statham,...  more

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    Stormbreaker

    Mickey Rourke, Ewan McGregor

    Released2006

    Directed byGeoffrey Sax

    Stormbreaker is a 2006 British Action spy film based on Anthony Horowitz's novel of the same name, the first novel in the Alex Rider series and stars Alex Pettyfer in the title role. The film also...  more
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    Passion Play

    Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke

    Released2010

    Directed byMitch Glazer

    Passion Play is a 2010 American drama film written and directed by Mitch Glazer, executive produced by Rebecca Wang and starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Rhys Ifans and Bill Murray. Filming for the...  more
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    Released1999

    Directed byDennis Lewiston

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    Masked and Anonymous

    Penélope Cruz, Bob Dylan

    Released2003

    Directed byLarry Charles

    Masked and Anonymous is a 2003 comedy-drama film directed by Larry Charles. The film was written by Larry Charles and Bob Dylan, the latter under the pseudonym "Sergei Petrov". It stars Dylan...  more

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    The Courier

    Mickey Rourke, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

    Released2012

    Directed byHany Abu-Assad

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    They Crawl

    Mickey Rourke, Tim Thomerson

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Allardice

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    Once Upon a Time in Mexico

    Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek

    Released2003

    Directed byRobert Rodriguez

    Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a 2003 American action film written, produced, edited, cinematographied, scored, and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the third and final film in Rodriguez's Mexico...  more

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    Fall Time

    Mickey Rourke, David Arquette

    Released1995

    Directed byPaul Warner

    Fall Time is a 1995 film directed by Paul Warner and co-written by Paul Skemp and Steve Alden. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995....  more