Mark Wahlberg is a singer and actor who has appeared in more than 30 films. His first role outside of playing himself came in 1999 as Private Tommy Lee Haywood in Renaissance Man. Wahlberg has been dazzling audiences ever since.
Wahlberg’s acting career began with music videos, which he called his stage name. “Marky Mark”He has since grown to be a highly successful and lucrative actor. Wahlberg continues to appear in movies and his newest, Uncharted, is set to be released on February 18. These movies are Wahlberg’s best, with five more in production.
10 Deepwater Horizon (2016) – 7.1
Kicking off the list is the 2016 dramatic action film, Deepwater Horizon. This movie is based in part on the true events of 2010’s oil spillage in the Gulf of Mexico. It stars Mark Wahlberg as Chief Electrical Technician Mike Williams.
Wahlberg’s character tries his best to protect and save as much of his crew as possible as things begin to go sideways. Williams, Kurt Russell’s action character, Jimmy Harrell, and Gina Rodriguez’s Andrea Fleytas consistently warn BP, but they choose to ignore the rig workers and the truth. Wahlberg’s performance is underappreciated here and it is arguably one of the best of his career.
9 Uncharted (2022) – 7.1
Just ahead of Deepwater Horizon is the upcoming February blockbuster, Uncharted. While it has yet to be released to the public, it has been seen by critics and others via early access. Uncharted is already considered one of Wahlberg’s best films and one of the best, in general, of this winter movie season.
The movie is based on the popular video game franchise and features a star-studded cast that includes Tom Holland, Bryan Cranston, Antonio Banderas, and of course, Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg is playing the role of the likable game series character, Victor Sullivan, who acts as a father figure to the protagonist, Nathan Drake. This film is sure to be a thrilling adventure and will likely be rated more after it’s released.
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8 Shooter (2007) – 7.2
Rated just above Uncharted with a 7.2 is Shooter. Based on the 1993 Stephen Hunter novel Point Of Impact, Shooter follows the story of a U.S. marksman returning to service to protect the president from an assassination plot. Wahlberg portrays Bob Lee Swagger.
Wahlberg does an outstanding job as Swagger, a former U.S Army soldier sniper. His character’s grit and the precision of detail that Wahlberg puts into Swagger shines through the entire movie. In the end, Swagger clears his name with the help of Sara Fenn (Kate Mara) and FBI agent Memphis, one of Michael Peña’s more memorable roles.
7 Instant Family (2018) – 7.3
Mark Wahlberg has starred in many family-friendly films, but Instant Family is considered the best of them. Rose Byrne (Mark Wahlberg) and Rose Byrne (Ellie) play three foster kids who adopt three children from their prospective parents.
The film is 1 hour and 58 minutes long, but most viewers feel there are no boring or uninteresting parts. This film does a remarkable job of making the adoption situation understandable and transparent. Wahlberg portrays a great dad trying to connect with his children, especially his son. Things happen, like when Pete unintentionally hits his son in a row. faceWith a baseball or a basketball.
6 The Basketball Diaries (1995) – 7.3
Coming in the middle of the pack is the 1995 crime drama The Basketball Diaries. This film was just Wahlberg’s second full-length film of his career at 23-years-old. The Basketball Diaries focuses on basketball player Jim Carroll, played by a young Leonardo Di Caprio. However, Wahlberg’s character Mickey steals the show in some scenes.
Mickey is one of Carroll’s good friends but not a great influence. He and Carroll often hang out and do drugs together, eventually leading to their deaths and their arrests. This film might have been rated higher if it was a little more upbeat and clearer at the end.
5 Patriots Day (2016) – 7.4
Like many of his other movies, Wahlberg acted in and help produce the action crime drama, Patriots Day. Based on real events at the Boston Marathon in 2013 and the manhunt that followed, the movie is set in the aftermath.
Wahlberg portrays Officer Tommy Saunders, the main protagonist. However, in the film and at the real attack there were countless other heroes, including Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, played by John Goodman in one of his best movies. The realism and on-screen visual portrayal of what occurred make it difficult to stomach at times, but this film honors the people that put their lives in harm’s way to save others.
4 Lone Survivor (2013) – 7.5
Similar to Patriots Day, Wahlberg stars as the lead in a film based on a true story in Lone Survivor. In the movie, Wahlberg plays Marcus Luttrell, the leader of a four-man SEAL team. Over the two-hour film, the team tries to complete their mission in the capturing or killing of Ahmad Shah, a treacherous Taliban leader responsible for the death of 20 U.S. Marines.
Luttrell and his men show many acts of heroism in Lone Survivor that help complete the mission. Wahlberg puts on an incredible performance packed with intensity and emotion, especially in a critical moment when he refuses to kill the inhabitants of an Afghan village. Despite the bravery and strength of the team, Luttrell is the lone survivor.
3 The Fighter (2010) – 7.8
Winning the bronze medal is Wahlberg’s portrayal as former 2000 World Boxing Union Champion Irish American lightweight fighter Micky Ward in The Fighter. The film’s story focuses on the beginning of Micky’s boxing career and his relationships.
This movie is filled with drama and fights. Micky is just trying to become a better boxer, but his family is full of problems, with Dicky going to prison and Micky’s mother and sisters blaming his girlfriend for losing a match in Atlantic City against a man 20 pounds heavier than him. Wahlberg uses a strong left hook of emotion, and a vicious right hook of Rocky-like determination in this remarkable sports film.
2 Boogie Nights (1997) – 7.9
Like The Basketball Diaries, Boogie Nights was one of Wahlberg’s early films. It was his fifth and most important movie. Boogie Nights is the story of a porn movie producer Jack Horner, an iconic Burt Reynolds role, and his quest to improve the industry through a young actor named Eddie Adams, played by Wahlberg.
Boogie Nights begins in the late ’70s with disco and peace, but it subsides when 1980 hits. Chaos, fights and drug abuse rip the industry and main cast to pieces. Wahlberg transforms from a humble and kind kid in Eddie to a lost and egocentric star in Dirk Diggler and his performance in Boogie Nights was his best for almost a decade until one movie took over.
1 The Departed (2006) – 8.5
The cherry atop the list is the 2006 Martin Scorsese crime thriller, The Departed, considered one of the greatest films of all time and taking home four Academy Awards in 2007. Walberg didn’t win an award, but was nominated to Best Performance by an Actor In a Supporting Role.
The Departed is about a war between the South Boston Police Department and Irish American crime organizations. Wahlberg plays the role Staff Sergeant Sean Dignam. He is a brazen and intense policeman. In the second half, Dignam is the main protagonist. He kills Billy Costigan, a young man that infiltrated the police department and killed Queenan and Colin Sullivan. This movie and Wahlberg’s character are no joke and why it’s undoubtedly his best film.
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