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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.

These films, like Buffalo '66 and Barfly include images when available.

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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 Robert D. Siegel, and starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. Production began in...  more

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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 Levinson's screen directing debut, and the first of Levinson's four "Baltimore Films" set in his hometown...  more

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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. Inspired by Domino Harvey, the English daughter of stage and screen actor Laurence Harvey, who became a Los...  more
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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 by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. It is based on Miller's eponymous graphic novel Sin City. Much of...  more

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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 and Mickey Rourke. It is based on the memoir of the same name by Elizabeth McNeill, about a New York...  more

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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 starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, and Lisa Bonet. The film, adapted from the novel Falling Angel by...  more

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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 the novel Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The film centers on the...  more

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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 Rosenberg and starring Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Geraldine Page, Kenneth McMillan and Burt...  more

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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 Rourke in the role of self-destructive cowboy/boxer Johnny Walker. Christopher Walken also stars as...  more
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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, Thomas Jane, Mickey Rourke and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It is based on Elmore Leonard's 1989 novel of the same...  more
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    The Last Outlaw

    Mickey Rourke, Steve Buscemi

    Released1993

    Directed byGeoff Murphy

    The Last Outlaw was a western released in 1994 starring Mickey Rourke, Dermot Mulroney, Ted Levine, Daniel Quinn, Gavan O'Herlihy, Keith David, John C. McGinley, and Steve Buscemi, along with a...  more
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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 during the time he spent drinking heavily in Los Angeles. The screenplay by Bukowski was commissioned by...  more

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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. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner and Richard Crenna, and features Ted Danson, J.A. Preston, and...  more

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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 Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Donnie Wahlberg, Adrien Brody, Ted Levine, and John Enos III. The screenplay was written...  more

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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 Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin and Morgan Freeman. The film was written by Ken Friedman, and adapted from the...  more
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    Buffalo '66

    Christina Ricci, Mickey Rourke

    Released1998

    Directed byVincent Gallo

    Buffalo '66 is a 1998 comedy-drama film that is writer-director Vincent Gallo's full-length motion picture debut. Gallo and Christina Ricci star in the lead roles and the supporting cast includes...  more

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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 George Zygmanik by Judith Paige Mitchell. It was directed by Jud Taylor and written for screen by Michael De...  more
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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 ensemble cast, starring Jack Nicholson, Aaron Eckhart, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright Penn, Vanessa Redgrave, Sam...  more

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    Released1991

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man is a 1991 action biker film starring Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson. The film was written by Don Michael Paul and directed by Simon Wincer. Loosely based on Tony...  more
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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 Warner Bros. Starring Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Samuel L. Jackson and Mickey Rourke, the...  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 Bob Gale, and featuring an ensemble cast including Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, John Candy,...  more

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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 past. The film was directed by Mike Hodges, and stars Mickey Rourke, Liam Neeson, Bob Hoskins, and Alan...  more
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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 screenplay by William De Los Santos and Creighton Vero, based on 3 days of De Los Santos' life in the Eugene,...  more

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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 portrays a fictional dispute between land barons and European immigrants in Wyoming in the 1890s. The...  more

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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 Rourke, Ariane Koizumi and John Lone. The screenplay was written by Cimino and Oliver Stone and adapted...  more