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List of Mickey Rourke Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. The Wrestler (2008)
25
2
The Wrestler
R
25
2

Aging professional wrestler The Ram is at the end of his prolonged career and is struggling to reconcile with his new life. He reconnects with his abandoned daughter, proposes to a stripper, and becomes a full-timer at his supermarket job, but the possibility of a rematch with his arch-nemesis, The Ayatollah, lures him back to the ring.

As:
Cast
Role:
Randy 'The Ram' Robinson
Director:
Darren Aronofsky
Genres:
Drama, Sport
Star Cast:
Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Todd Barry
Awards:
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actor
2. Sin City (2005)
26
6
Sin City
R
26
6

Sin City tells four different but intertwined stories occurring in the fictional Basin City: an aging policeman saves a young girl from a pedophile and child-killer; a muscled brute avenges the death of his beloved; a man helps prostitutes from a corrupt cop, the abusive ex-boyfriend of his lover; and a poetic hitman who ties up loose ends.

As:
Cast
Genres:
Crime, Thriller
3. Body Heat (1981)
22
3
Body Heat
R
22
3

A cunning lawyer Ned Racine starts having an affair with Matty Walker, who is the wife of a wealthy businessman. Eventually he comes up with a plan to kill Matty’s husband, so that he and Matty can run away with all of his money. However, he soon finds himself in a treacherous situation.

As:
Cast
Director:
Lawrence Kasdan
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Kathleen Turner, Ted Danson, William Hurt, Richard Crenna, J.A. Preston
4. Man on Fire (2004)
23
3
Man on Fire
R
23
3

A burnt out ex CIA operative John Creasy finds a new objective in life when he is hired by an industrialist Samuel Ramos to protect his daughter, Pita. A reluctant and uninterested Creasy soon forms a bond with the little girl. So when she is kidnapped, he is enraged and seeks to kill everyone involved in the heinous act.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Thriller, Action
5. Diner (1982)
22
3
Diner
R
22
3

Diner is a comedy drama film which tells the story of Eddie, who invites Billy, his childhood friend, to be the best man in his upcoming marriage ceremony. Along with their other friends, Billy and Eddie soon meet at a local diner, and recollect their past days.

As:
Cast
Role:
Robert 'Boogie' Sheftell
Director:
Barry Levinson
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Kevin Bacon, Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Tim Daly
6. Angel Heart (1987)
28
2
Angel Heart
R
28
2

Private investigator, Harry Angel, is hired by Louis Cyphre to track down a crooner professionally known as Johnny Favorite. Eventually his enquiries lead him to New Orleans, where he learns that Favorite was involved in black magic. But surprisingly everybody he meets in the course of the investigation encounters a tragic death.

As:
Cast
Role:
Harry Angel
Director:
Alan Parker
Genres:
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Star Cast:
Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet, Charlotte Rampling, Stocker Fontelieu
8. The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)
25
5
The Pope of Greenwich Village
R
25
5

The Pope of Greenwich Village is a dark comedy crime film which tells the story of Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie, who steal a significant sum of money from the mob in order to back a racehorse. However, this leads them to serious trouble with the local mafia boss as well as the police.    

As:
Cast
Role:
Charlie
Director:
Stuart Rosenberg
Genres:
Drama, Crime, Action, Comedy
Star Cast:
9. Barfly (1987)
19
3
Barfly
R
19
3

Based on the life of Charles Bukowski, this film tells the story of Henry Chinaski, an alcoholic living in Los Angeles. To find solace, he expresses his feelings and perceptions of the world by writing poetry and short stories, which she submits to newspaper and magazines.

As:
Cast
Role:
Henry
Director:
Barbet Schroeder
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Faye Dunaway, Jack Nance, Alice Krige, J.C. Quinn
10. Buffalo '66 (1998)
12
2
Buffalo '66
R
12
2

After serving a 5-year prison sentence, Billy Brown has to meet his parents, to whom he has lied that he is a married man working out of town. Desperate, he kidnaps a young tap dancer, Layla, and forces her to pretend to be his wife. Though Billy is trying to use her for his plans, Layla truly falls in love with him. 

As:
Cast
Role:
The Bookie
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Comedy, Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
11. Year of the Dragon (1985)
24
3
Year of the Dragon
R
24
3

Year of the Dragon is a crime drama film which revolves around Captain White, who makes it his mission to bring down the Chinese organized crime in New York City. He is soon forced to confront Tai, a ruthless crime lord.

As:
Cast
Role:
Stanley White
Director:
Michael Cimino
Genres:
Thriller, Action, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, John Lone, Ariane
12. The Follow (2001)
10
2
The Follow
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Husband
Director:
Kar-Wai Wong
Genres:
Mystery, Action, Short, Romance
Star Cast:
15. Heaven's Gate (1980)
11
3
Heaven's Gate
R
11
3

Heaven’s Gate is an American Western drama film which revolves around Sheriff James Averill, of Jackson County, who gets involved in a a class war against Nathan Champion, a mercenary who has been supporting the rich cattle farmers in the area, while the poor immigrants are forced to live in terrible conditions.

As:
Cast
Director:
Michael Cimino
Genres:
Drama, Western, Adventure
17. Thursday (1998)
11
2
Thursday
R
11
2

A former drug dealer decides to get married and moves to another city to start a new life for himself as an architect. However, one day, his life turns upside down when one of his past companions reappear in his life.

As:
Cast
Director:
Skip Woods
Genres:
Crime, Thriller, Drama, Comedy, Mystery, Action
Star Cast:
Thomas Jane, Gary Dourdan, Aaron Eckhart, Paulina Porizkova, James Le Gros, Paula Marshall
20. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
18
2
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
R
18
2

In this follow-up collection of dark stories from Sin City, Marv is struggling to remember his encounter with four dead frat boys around him; cocky gambler Johnny is obsessed about winning against Senator Roark; Dwight McCarthy attempts to save his former girlfriend Ava from her abusive husband; and Nancy Callahan sets out to avenge John Hartigan's death.

As:
Cast
Role:
Marv
Director:
Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
Genres:
Thriller, Crime
21. The Pledge (2001)
13
4
The Pledge
R
13
4

Retiring detective, Jerry Black, promises a mother to find the murderer of her young daughter. Unconvinced that it’s an open-and-shut case, Jerry buys petrol-pump, moves in that area where he discovers more cases and clues. As he grows closer to bartender Lori, her young daughter reports befriending a person nearer to suspect’s description. So now Jerry has to quickly nab the killer. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
22. A Prayer for the Dying (1987)
20
3
A Prayer for the Dying
R
20
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Martin Fallon
Director:
Mike Hodges
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Bob Hoskins, Liam Neeson, Sammi Davis, Alan Bates
24. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
17
2
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
R
17
2

A corrupt CIA officer, Sands, brings in El Mariachi to eliminate General Marquez, a Mexican army officer who has been tasked by drug lord Barillo to kill the Mexican President. Sands also hires FBI agent Ramírez and AFN operative Ajedrez to track and kill Barillo. However, Sands, also has something else in his mind.

As:
Cast
Role:
Billy
Director:
Robert Rodriguez
Genres:
Action, Thriller
25. 9½ Weeks (1986)
28
3
9½ Weeks
R
28
3

John and Elizabeth meet only twice before they start dating. Soon their courtship turns into a sexual adventure with John pushing Elizabeth into more and more daring escapades. The film, based on an eponymous memoir by Ingeborg Day, depicts the effect of such eroticism on Elizabeth, who must now decide her future course of action. 

As:
Cast
Role:
John
Director:
Genres:
Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Kim Basinger, Christine Baranski, Margaret Whitton, David Margulies
26. Francesco (1989)
14
2
Francesco
PG-13
14
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Francesco
Director:
Liliana Cavani
Genres:
Biography, Drama, History
Star Cast:
Helena Bonham Carter, Andréa Ferréol, Peter Berling, Nikolaus Dutsch
27. Animal Factory (2000)
14
5
Animal Factory
R
14
5

Animal Factory is a crime drama film which tells the story of Ron, a 21-year-old man, who is convicted and sent to jail for drug trafficking. He is soon introduced to a veteran named Earl, who takes Decker under his wing and takes him into his own gang. He also saves Decker from three guys who attempt to rape Decker.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
Tom Arnold, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Mark Boone Junior
28. Ashby (2015)
14
3
Ashby
R
14
3

Ed Wallis is a high school student who becomes acquainted with Ashby, his neighbor, who is terminally ill, and has only few months to live. Although Ashby is a retired CIA agent, he lies to Ed, telling him that he is a retired napkin salesman. Ed starts having doubts after finding a cupboard full of weapons.

As:
Cast
Role:
Ashby Holt
Director:
Tony McNamara
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman, Kevin Dunn, Nat Wolff
29. Eureka (1983)
11
2
Eureka
R
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Aurelio D'Amato
Director:
Nicolas Roeg
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Corin Redgrave, Gene Hackman, Rutger Hauer, Theresa Russell, Jane Lapotaire
30. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)
19
2
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
R
19
2

Harley ,and his lifelong friend, Marlboro, decide to help an old friend save his bar from corrupt bankers. However, this only leads them to trouble.

As:
Cast
Role:
Harley Davidson
Director:
Simon Wincer
Genres:
Action, Western, Drama, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
31. 1941 (1979)
12
2
1941
PG
12
2

After the Pearl Harbor attack, California, which is feared to be the next target of the Japanese, is gripped in a panic wave. As hysteria spreads after spotting a Japanese sub off the California coast, varied groups of Californians set their own defense actions in motion. Major-General Joseph Stilwell, sent to compose the paranoid public, tries to make sense of the goings-on. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, War, Action
32. Immortals (2011)
17
2
Immortals
R
17
2

The evil King Hyperion is ravaging through Earth with his ruthless army to find the legendary Epirus Bow with the aim of defeating the Gods by releasing the Titans imprisoned beneath Mount Tartarus. While Zeus is against interfering in mortal affairs, he mentors the brave peasant Theseus who, assisted by Oracle priestess Phaedra, is mankind's last hope.

As:
Cast
Role:
King Hyperion
Director:
Tarsem Singh
Genres:
Drama, Action, Fantasy, Romance
33. Fade to Black (1980)
10
3
Fade to Black
R
10
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Vernon Zimmerman
Genres:
Comedy, Thriller, Horror
Star Cast:
Kathy Griffin, Norman Burton, Tim Thomerson, Linda Kerridge
34. 13 (2010)
11
2
13
R
11
2

Vince overhears a man talking about quick paying job before he dies of drug overdose. Vince, who is in dire need of money, takes on his identity and travels to New York without any idea about the job. Inadvertently, he walks into concealed world of wealthy gamblers who played a high-stakes Russian roulette game, placing bets on who’ll survive. Vince has #13. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Géla Babluani
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Emmanuelle Chriqui, Michael Shannon, Jason Statham, Ben Gazzara, Sam Riley, Alice Barrett, Gaby Hoffmann
35. Johnny Handsome (1989)
11
3
Johnny Handsome
R
11
3

Johnny Handsome is a crime drama thriller film which tells the story of John, a disfigured criminal who is given plastic surgery in prison, which makes him unrecognizable from his past self. After getting his parole, he decides to set out on a revenge mission against the people who had betrayed him.

As:
Cast
Role:
John 'Johnny Handsome' Sedley / Johnny Mitchell
Director:
Walter Hill
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Crime
36. White Sands (1992)
12
2
White Sands
R
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Gorman Lennox
Director:
Roger Donaldson
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Mimi Rogers, Willem Dafoe, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, M. Emmet Walsh
37. Domino (2005)
11
2
Domino
R
11
2

Loosely based the life of Domino Harvey, the daughter of actor Laurence Harvey, the film depicts how the former model becomes a bounty hunter and finds employment with a bail bondsman who also runs an armored car business,. Complications arise when her boss sets up a $10 million robbery to meet the medical expense of his mistress’s granddaughter.   

As:
Cast
Role:
Ed Moseby
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Biography, Drama, Action, Thriller
38. Killshot (2008)
10
2
Killshot
R
10
2

Wayne and his wife Carmen are put in the Federal Witness Protection Programme after they witness an incident involving a dreaded mafia leader who is known by the name ‘Blackbird’. However, they are soon targeted by Blackbird’s psychopathic partner.

As:
Cast
Role:
Armand 'Blackbird' Degas
Director:
John Madden
Genres:
Drama, Thriller, Crime
39. Homeboy (1988)
11
2
Homeboy
R
11
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Johnny Walker
Director:
Michael Seresin
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Sport, Crime
Star Cast:
Stephen Baldwin, Christopher Walken, Debra Feuer, Thomas Quinn, Kevin Conway
40. Wild Orchid (1989)
31
1
Wild Orchid
R
31
1

Wild Orchid is a romantic drama film which revolves around Emily Reed, a female lawyer, who travels to New York City, for her interview with a law firm. She is offered a job on the condition that she is ready to fly the next morning, to Rio de Janeiro. She soon meets James, the wealthy owner of a hotel, who makes advances towards her.

As:
Cast
Role:
James Wheeler
Director:
Zalman King
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Bruce Greenwood, Jacqueline Bisset, Assumpta Serna, Carré Otis
42. Fall Time (1995)
7
1
Fall Time
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Warner
Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Drama
Star Cast:
David Arquette, Stephen Baldwin, Jonah Blechman, Steve Alden
43. Nightmare Cinema (2018)
7
1
Nightmare Cinema
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
The Projectionist
Director:
Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Alejandro Brugués, David Slade
Genres:
Horror
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Reaser, Richard Chamberlain, Adam Godley, Eric Nelsen
44. Desperate Hours (1990)
10
4
Desperate Hours
R
10
4
As:
Cast
Role:
Michael Bosworth
Director:
Michael Cimino
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers, Lindsay Crouse, Kelly Lynch
45. Java Heat (2013)
7
1
Java Heat
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Malik
Director:
Conor Allyn
Genres:
Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Kellan Lutz, Ario Bayu, Verdi Solaiman, Frans Tumbuan
47. Stormbreaker (2006)
8
1
Stormbreaker
PG
8
1

After his uncle’s death, teenager Alex Rider, who was unaware of his uncle’s true identity as a secret agent, is recruited by M16 to complete his uncle’s mission. Alex is assigned to investigate stormbreaker, billionaire Darrius Sayle’s new computer system, which he plans to provide to each school. Realizing the risk to millions, Alex puts his life in danger to stop the plan.

As:
Cast
Director:
Geoffrey Sax
Genres:
Action, Family, Adventure, Thriller
49. Skin Traffik (2015)
9
1
Skin Traffik
R
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Vogel
Director:
Ara Paiaya
Genres:
Action, Crime
Star Cast:
Eric Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Dominique Swain
51. Blunt Force Trauma (2015)
9
1
Blunt Force Trauma
9
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Zorringer
Director:
Ken Sanzel
Genres:
Action
Star Cast:
Freida Pinto, Ryan Kwanten, Jason Gibson, Jon Mack
52. Double Team (1997)
7
2
Double Team
R
7
2

A retired CIA agent, Quinn, is trying to relax, when he is summoned by a government agent who tells him that his nemesis has returned. This forces Quinn to join the CIA again, to protect his family from a terrorist.

As:
Cast
Role:
Stavros
Director:
Hark Tsui
Genres:
Comedy, Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller
Star Cast:
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman, Paul Freeman, Natacha Lindinger
54. The Courier (2012)
7
1
The Courier
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Hany Abu-Assad
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
Star Cast:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Miguel Ferrer, Lili Taylor, Til Schweiger
55. WEAPONiZED (2016)
7
1
WEAPONiZED
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Professor Clarence Peterson
Director:
Timothy Woodward Jr.
Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Star Cast:
Tom Sizemore, Johnny Messner, Taylor Cole, Jon Foo
56. Point Blank (1998)
12
1
Point Blank
R
12
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Matt Earl Beesley
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Action
Star Cast:
Danny Trejo, Michael Wright, Paul Ben-Victor, Kevin Gage
57. War Pigs (2015)
6
1
War Pigs
R
6
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Colonel Redding
Director:
Ryan Little
Genres:
Action, War, Drama
Star Cast:
Dolph Lundgren, Noah Segan, Luke Goss, Chuck Liddell
58. Love in Paris (1997)
6
2
Love in Paris
R
6
2
As:
Cast
Role:
John Gray
Director:
Anne Goursaud
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Angie Everhart, Steven Berkoff, Dougray Scott, Agathe de La Fontaine
59. The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini (2013)
11
2
The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Himself
Director:
Jesse James Miller
Genres:
Documentary
Star Cast:
Ed O'Neill, Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini, Mark Kriegel, Jiwan Kim
61. Picture Claire (2001)
9
2
Picture Claire
R
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Eddie
Director:
Bruce McDonald
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Juliette Lewis, Gina Gershon, Callum Keith Rennie, Kelly Harms
63. Shades (1999)
8
1
Shades
8
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Paul S. Sullivan
Director:
Erik Van Looy
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Jan Decleir, Gene Bervoets, Andrew Howard, Mireille Leveque
64. Shergar (1999)
7
1
Shergar
TV-14
7
1
As:
Cast
Director:
Dennis C. Lewiston
Genres:
Sport, Drama, Crime, Romance
Star Cast:
Ian Holm, Gary Cady, Alan Barker, Billy Boyle
65. F.T.W. (1994)
7
1
F.T.W.
R
7
1
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Frank T. Wells
Director:
Michael Karbelnikoff
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Western, Crime
Star Cast:
Lori Singer, Peter Berg, Aaron Neville, Ron Peterson
66. Exit in Red (1996)
7
1
Exit in Red
R
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Ed Altman
Director:
Yurek Bogayevicz
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Anthony Michael Hall, Hank Garrett, Annabel Schofield, Carré Otis
67. Out in Fifty (1999)
5
1
Out in Fifty
R
5
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Jack Bracken
Director:
Bojesse Christopher, Scott Anthony Leet
Genres:
Action, Crime, Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Christina Applegate, Alexis Arquette, Peter Greene, Bojesse Christopher
68. They Crawl (2001)
5
2
They Crawl
R
5
2
As:
Cast
Director:
John Allardice
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller
Star Cast:
Ken Lerner, Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Cosgrove, Billy Keane

TV Movie(s)

1. City in Fear (1980)
10
2
City in Fear
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Tony Pate
Director:
Alan Smithee, Jud Taylor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
William Prince, David Janssen, Robert Vaughn, Perry King
2. Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (1980)
10
2
Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
John Rideout
Director:
Peter Levin
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Linda Hamilton, Rip Torn, Eugene Roche, Conchata Ferrell
4. Act of Love (1980)
10
3
Act of Love
10
3
As:
Cast
Role:
Joseph Cybulkowski
Director:
Jud Taylor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Ron Howard, Robert Foxworth, David Spielberg, Jacqueline Brookes
5. Hardcase (1981)
13
3
Hardcase
13
3
As:
Cast
Director:
Lee H. Katzin
Genres:
Crime, Mystery
Star Cast:
Stephen Elliott, Debra Feuer, Andra Akers, G.W. Bailey
6. Thicker Than Blood (1998)
7
1
Thicker Than Blood
7
1
As:
Cast
Role:
Father Frank Larkin
Director:
Richard Pearce
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Josh Mostel, Dan Futterman, Luna Lauren Velez, Carlo Alban

TV Shows and Videos

The Peter Austin Noto Show (2012)
The Peter Austin Noto Show
As:
Cast
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Marley Shelton, Bonnie Hunt, Lauren Graham, Peter Austin Noto
Love in the Hamptons (1976)
Love in the Hamptons
As:
Cast
Director:
Tom Folino
Genres:
Drama, Short
Star Cast:
Joel Crothers, Mary Armstrong, Ray Wise, Marilyn Chris
Driv3r (2004)
Driv3r
M
As:
Cast
Director:
Maurice Suckling
Genres:
Thriller, Crime, Action
Star Cast:
Ving Rhames, Michelle Rodriguez, Jake Canuso, Stephane Cornicard, Demetri Goritsas, Michael Madsen
Dead in Tombstone (2013)
Dead in Tombstone
R
As:
Cast
Role:
Blacksmith
Director:
Roel Reiné
Genres:
Fantasy, Horror, Western, Action
Star Cast:
Danny Trejo, Anthony Michael Hall, Dina Meyer, Richard Dillane
Rogue Warrior (2009)
Rogue Warrior
As:
Cast
Role:
Dick Marcinko (voice)
Director:
Ali Donovan
Genres:
Action
Star Cast:
Neal McDonough, Will Bowden, Dimitri Diatchenko, Chase Kim

Mickey Rourke Awards

Golden Globe Awards
The Wrestler Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2009
BAFTA Awards
The Wrestler Best Leading Actor 2009