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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?"

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 Pope of Greenwich Village is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah, Eric Roberts
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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Angel Heart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
ChristopherMcKay added Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet
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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The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei
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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Body Heat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Kathleen Turner, William Hurt
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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Barfly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Charles Bukowski
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) 6 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke
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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Rumble Fish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Nicolas Cage, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane
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) 8 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin
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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A Prayer for the Dying is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Liam Neeson, Bob Hoskins
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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Year of the Dragon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Eddie Jones
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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Johnny Handsome is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Morgan Freeman, Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin
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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The Pledge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke, Helen Mirren
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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9½ Weeks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Barefootbama added Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski
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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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning
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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Iron Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle
Iron Man 2 is a 2010 American superhero film directed by Jon Favreau, based on the Marvel Comics character. With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ...more
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The Expendables is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis
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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Act of Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Act of Love Mickey Rourke, Ron Howard, Robert Foxworth
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 ...more
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Francesco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Helena Bonham Carter, Mario Adorf
Francesco is a 1989 docu-drama relating in flashback St. Francis of Assisi's evolution from rich man's son to religious humanitarian and finally to full-fledged saint. The film was based on ...more
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Harley Davidson and the Marlbo... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Kelly Hu, Tia Carrere
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 Rainmaker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Matt Damon, Claire Danes, Mickey Rourke
The Rainmaker is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Damon, based on the 1995 novel of the same name by John Grisham. Danny DeVito, Danny ...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
Desperate Hours is a 1990 remake of the 1955 William Wyler crime drama of the same title. Both films are based on the novel by Joseph Hayes, who also co-wrote the script for this movie with ...more
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Domino is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Keira Knightley, Lucy Liu, Mickey Rourke
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 ...more
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Bullet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Peter Dinklage
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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Wild Orchid is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
LanceHenson added Mickey Rourke, Jacqueline Bissett, Carré Otis
Wild Orchid is a 1990 American erotic film directed by Zalman King and starring Mickey Rourke, Carré Otis, Jacqueline Bisset, Bruce Greenwood, and Assumpta Serna. A sequel was released in ...more
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The Last Outlaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mickey Rourke Movies
Mickey Rourke, Steve Buscemi, Keith David
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