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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?"

Mickey Rourke is no stranger to working with popular directors, including Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Tony Scott. Mickey Rourke has been in some really popular films, and is right up there with stars like Hulk Hogan and Russell Crowe in terms of fame and success.

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The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei

Released: 2008

Directed by: Darren 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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Angel Heart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
ChristopherMcKay added Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet

Released: 1987

Directed by: Alan 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 ...more

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Barfly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Charles Bukowski

Released: 1987

Directed by: Barbet 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 ...more

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Sin City is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Quentin 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 ...more

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The Pope of Greenwich Vi... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Eric Roberts

Released: 1984

Directed by: Stuart 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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Rumble Fish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane

Released: 1983

Directed by: Francis 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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Diner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin

Released: 1982

Directed by: Barry 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 ...more

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Year of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Eddie Jones

Released: 1985

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more

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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning

Released: 2004

Directed by: Tony 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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Johnny Handsome is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Morgan Freeman, Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin

Released: 1989

Directed by: Walter 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 ...more
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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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A Prayer for the Dying ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Liam Neeson, Bob Hoskins

Released: 1987

Directed by: Mike 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 ...more
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Harley Davidson and the ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Kelly Hu, Tia Carrere

Released: 1991

Directed by: Simon 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 ...more

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The Expendables is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

Released: 2010

Directed by: Sylvester 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 ...more

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The Pledge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke, Helen Mirren

Released: 2001

Directed by: Sean 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, ...more

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The Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke

Released: 1997

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Barefootbama added Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski

Released: 1986

Directed by: Adrian 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 ...more

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Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner, William Hurt

Released: 1981

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

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Domino is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Keira Knightley, Lucy Liu, Mickey Rourke

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tony Scott

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Bullet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Bullet Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Peter Dinklage

Released: 1996

Directed by: Julien 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 ...more
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Desperate Hours is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Shawnee Smith

Released: 1990

Directed by: Michael Cimino

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Once Upon a Time in Mexi... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes

Released: 2003

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson

Released: 2014

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

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Get Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Michael Caine

Released: 2000

Directed by: Stephen T. Kay

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Homeboy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, Jon Polito

Released: 1988

Directed by: Michael 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