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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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    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
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    Shades

    Mickey Rourke, Andrew Howard

    Released1999

    Directed byErik Van Looy

    Shades is a 1999 Belgian film directed by Erik Van Looy and written by Looy, Paul Breuls and Guy Lee Thys. The story is loosely inspired on the Belgian murderer Freddy Horion and his escape from...  more
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    Exit in Red

    Mickey Rourke, Anthony Michael Hall

    Released1996

    Directed byYurek Bogayevicz

    Exit in Red is a 1996 American thriller drama film directed by Yurek Bogayevicz and starring Mickey Rourke, Annabel Schofield, Carré Otis and Anthony Michael Hall....  more
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    Mentoring Mickey Rourke

    Mickey Rourke, Robert Postrozny

    Released2009

    Directed byRobert Postrozny

    Mentoring Mickey Rourke is a 2009 short drama film written by Jessica Simons and directed by Robert Postrozny....
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    Picture Claire

    Mickey Rourke, Juliette Lewis

    Released2001

    Directed byBruce McDonald

    Picture Claire is a 2001 thriller film directed by Bruce McDonald of a screenplay by Semi Chellas. The film stars Juliette Lewis, Gina Gershon, Callum Keith Rennie, Kelly Harms, Camilla Rutherford,...  more
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    City in Fear

    Mickey Rourke, Robert Vaughn

    Released1980

    Directed byJud Taylor

    City in Fear is a 1980 Edgar Allan Poe Awarded television drama film. It was directed by Jud Taylor and written by Peter Masterson and Albert Ruben. The film stars David Janssen, Robert Vaughn,...  more
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    Out in Fifty

    Christina Applegate, Mickey Rourke

    Released1999

    Directed byBojesse Christopher, Scott Anthony Leet

    Out in Fifty is a 1999 independent film directed and written by Bojesse Christopher and Scott Leet, which also stars in this film together with actor Mickey Rourke. Film also stars Peter Greene, Ed...  more
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    Double Team

    Dennis Rodman, Mickey Rourke

    Released1997

    Directed byTsui Hark

    Double Team is a 1997 American action comedy film directed by Tsui Hark in his American directorial debut and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman and Mickey Rourke. Van Damme plays...  more

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    Fade to Black

    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Lee

    Released1980

    Directed byVernon Zimmerman

    Fade to Black is a 1980 American horror film written and directed by Vernon Zimmerman, and starring Dennis Christopher, Eve Brent Ashe, and Linda Kerridge. It also features Mickey Rourke and Peter...  more
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    The Hire: The Follow

    Adriana Lima, Mickey Rourke

    Released2001

    Directed byWong Kar-wai

    The Hire: The Follow is the fourth installment in The Hire series by BMW films, written by Andrew Kevin Walker and directed by Wong Kar-wai. It stars Clive Owen, Forest Whitaker, Adriana Lima and...  more
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    Love in the Hamptons

    Mickey Rourke, Ray Wise

    Released2009

    Directed byTom Folino

    Love in the Hamptons is a 2009 short drama film directed by Tom Folino and written by Elaine Mueller, Tom Folino, Paula Del Nunzio and Elaine Mueller....