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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 Fish1
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    Rumble Fish

    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke

    Released1983

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Rumble Fish is an American 1983 drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It is based on...  more

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  • Angel Heart2
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    Angel Heart

    Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke

    Released1987

    Directed byAlan Parker

    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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  • The Wrestler3
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    The Wrestler

    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke

    Released2008

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    The Wrestler is a 2008 American sports drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by...  more

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  • Body Heat4
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    Body Heat

    Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner

    Released1981

    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan....  more

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  • Domino5
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    Domino

    Keira Knightley, Lucy Liu

    Released2005

    Directed byTony Scott

    Domino is a 2005 American action film directed by Tony Scott and written by Richard Kelly....  more
  • 9½ Weeks6
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    9½ Weeks

    Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger

    Released1986

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

    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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  • Diner7
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    Diner

    Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon

    Released1982

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Diner is a 1982 American comedy-drama written and directed by Barry Levinson. The film is...  more

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  • The Pope of Greenwich Village8
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    The Pope of Greenwich Village

    Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah

    Released1984

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    The Pope of Greenwich Village is a 1984 American black comedy film directed by Stuart...  more
  • Barfly9
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    Barfly

    Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway

    Released1987

    Directed byBarbet Schroeder

    Barfly is a 1987 American film which is a semi-autobiography of poet/author Charles Bukowski...  more

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  • Killshot10
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    Killshot

    Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Madden

    Killshot is a 2008 American thriller film directed by John Madden and starring Diane Lane,...  more
  • Homeboy11
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    Homeboy

    Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken

    Released1988

    Directed byMichael Seresin

    Homeboy is a 1988 drama film, directed by Michael Seresin. It was written by and stars Mickey...  more
  • Iron Man 212
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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...  more

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  • The Pledge13
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    The Pledge

    Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke

    Released2001

    Directed bySean Penn

    The Pledge is a 2001 American mystery film directed by Sean Penn. The film features an...  more

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  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico14
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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,...  more

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  • Sin City15
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    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis

    Released2005

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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

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  • Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man16
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    Released1991

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man is a 1991 action biker film starring Mickey Rourke and...  more
  • White Sands17
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    White Sands

    Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released1992

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    White Sands is a 1992 crime film directed by Roger Donaldson and written by Daniel Pyne for...  more
  • A Prayer for the Dying18
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    A Prayer for the Dying

    Mickey Rourke, Liam Neeson

    Released1987

    Directed byMike Hodges

    A Prayer for the Dying is a 1987 thriller film about a former IRA member trying to escape his...  more
  • Act of Love19
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    Act of Love

    Mickey Rourke, Ron Howard

    Released1980

    Directed byJud Taylor

    Act of Love is a 1980 made-for-TV film adaptation of the book Act of Love: The Killing of...  more
  • Year of the Dragon20
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    Year of the Dragon

    Mickey Rourke, John Lone

    Released1985

    Directed byMichael Cimino

    Year of the Dragon is a 1985 neo-noiraction film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Mickey...  more
  • Spun21
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    Spun

    Mickey Rourke, Debbie Harry

    Released2003

    Directed byJonas Åkerlund

    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

    Released1979

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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

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  • Bullet23
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    Bullet

    Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur

    Released1996

    Directed byJulien Temple

    Bullet is a 1996 American crime drama film directed by Julien Temple and starring Mickey...  more
  • Heaven's Gate24
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    Heaven's Gate

    Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Cimino

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

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    #195 of 399 The Best Western Movies Ever Made#462 of 549 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

  • Johnny Handsome25
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    Johnny Handsome

    Morgan Freeman, Mickey Rourke

    Released1989

    Directed byWalter Hill

    Johnny Handsome is an 1989 American crime-drama film directed by Walter Hill and starring...  more