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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.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Mickey Rourke movies?" and "What are the greatest Mickey Rourke roles of all time?"


  • 1
    The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    The Wrestler

    Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke


    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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

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  • 2
    Angel Heart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    Angel Heart

    Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke


    Directed byAlan Parker

    Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

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  • 3
    Sin City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    Sin City

    Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis


    Directed byQuentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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

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  • 4
    The Pope of Greenwich Village is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    The Pope of Greenwich Village

    Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah


    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    The Pope of Greenwich Village is a 1984 American black comedy film directed by Stuart... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Barfly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies


    Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway


    Directed byBarbet Schroeder

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

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  • 6
    Rumble Fish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    Rumble Fish

    Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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

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  • 7
    Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    Body Heat

    Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner


    Directed byLawrence Kasdan

    Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir thriller film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan.... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The Pledge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    The Pledge

    Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke


    Directed bySean Penn

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

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  • 9
    Diner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies


    Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon


    Directed byBarry Levinson

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

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  • 10
    Year of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    Year of the Dragon

    Mickey Rourke, John Lone


    Directed byMichael Cimino

    Year of the Dragon is a 1985 neo-noiraction film directed by Michael Cimino, starring Mickey... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    A Prayer for the Dying is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    A Prayer for the Dying

    Mickey Rourke, Liam Neeson


    Directed byMike Hodges

    A Prayer for the Dying is a 1987 thriller film about a former IRA member trying to escape his... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    Man on Fire

    Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington


    Directed byTony Scott

    Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Johnny Handsome is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    Johnny Handsome

    Morgan Freeman, Mickey Rourke


    Directed byWalter Hill

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

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  • 14
    9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    9½ Weeks

    Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger


    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.

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  • 15
    Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    Iron Man 2

    Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow


    Directed byJon Favreau filmography

    Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    The Expendables is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    The Expendables

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone


    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Harley Davidson and the Marlbo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies


    Directed bySimon Wincer

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

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  • 18
    Domino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies


    Keira Knightley, Lucy Liu


    Directed byTony Scott

    Domino is a 2005 American action film directed by Tony Scott and written by Richard Kelly.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Bullet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies


    Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur


    Directed byJulien Temple

    Bullet is a 1996 American crime drama film directed by Julien Temple and starring Mickey... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba


    Directed byRobert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

    This film is a 2014 American neo-noir action film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Thursday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies


    Mickey Rourke, Paulina Porizkova


    Directed bySkip Woods

    Thursday is a 1998 American crime/thriller/black comedy film written and directed by Skip... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The Informers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    The Informers

    Amber Heard, Mickey Rourke


    Directed byGregor Jordan

    The Informers is a 2008 American ensemble hollywood drama film written by Bret Easton Ellis... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Francesco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies


    Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter


    Directed byLiliana Cavani

    Francesco is a 1989 docu-drama relating in flashback St. Francis of Assisi's evolution from... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    13 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies


    Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent


    Directed byGéla Babluani

    13 is a 2010 American remake of the 2005 Georgian-French film 13 Tzameti. The film, directed... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Act of Love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies

    Act of Love

    Mickey Rourke, Ron Howard


    Directed byJud Taylor

    Act of Love is a 1980 made-for-TV film adaptation of the book Act of Love: The Killing of... more on Wikipedia
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