The 20 Best Mark Wahlberg Films – Ranked! | Mark Wahlberg

You won’t remember this awful version, and for good reason. While the original was a classic piece of British cinema best known for its obscure (and literal) cliffhanger ending, it was a hunk of fermented ending—no joke—Seth Green bought a set of loudspeakers designed to be so loud that they could blast a woman’s clothes. In a career in which Wahlberg has occasionally appeared to actively look for bad movies, this would be the worst of his life forever.

Marky Mark and the Monkey Group ... Walberg and Helena Bonham Carter in Planet of the Apes.
Marky Mark and the Monkey Group … Walberg and Helena Bonham Carter in Planet of the Apes. Photo: 20th Century Fox / Sportsphoto / Allstar

Tim Burton’s book “Planet of the Apes” is destined to fall to disgrace. During her arduous development, both Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger were associated with playing the lead. In the end, though, it fell to Wahlberg, who accepted the role without reading the script. Appears. Even worse, he left Matt Damon’s role in Ocean’s 11 to make this nonsense.

On the plus side, it seems that the decision to turn the incomprehensible Transformers series into a Wahlberg car has finally doomed the franchise for good. However, this movie still had to be made to make it happen, and people still paid to see it – an unsuspecting mix of CGI sludge and Arthur’s raging legend. The nicest thing you can say about this movie is that Wahlberg’s character doesn’t seem to want to have sex with his daughter in this movie, as he did in the previous installment.

The big question about The Happening is whether or not Wahlberg knew it was going to be a terrible thing. Did he read this text – about plants that make people commit suicide by telepathy – and think, “Wow, that’s cool, I’m going to do my best to act here!” Or was he thinking, “This movie is smelly, you better find it to the end”? If this is the previous movie, this is the worst movie ever. If it’s the latter, it could be the best performance of his career. Nobody knows for sure, which is why it’s all the way here.

No need to laugh... Wahlberg with Linda Cardellini and Will Ferrell at Daddy's Home.
No need to laugh… Wahlberg with Linda Cardellini and Will Ferrell at Daddy’s Home. Photo: Allstar

There are generally two types of Wahlberg films: films in which he is known to be funny, and films in which he is not understood to be funny. Daddy’s Home (and worse than its sequel) is such a rare occurrence that Wahlberg spends the duration actively trying to be funny and missed by Acres. Not even Will Ferrell as chips could save him.

Where did Jonathan Demme’s honor go wrong (a remake of the charade starring Anna Karina, Charles Aznavour, and Anias Farda)? Was that the moment he decided to cast Wahlberg as Cary Grant? Well, yes, it is obvious. This is a terrible movie and Wahlberg is terrible at it, but as this list shows it’s not his worst movie by a mile.

If you stare and think carefully, you can only tell what he was trying to achieve here. Uncharted is a big-money action movie that lives and dies (regardless of the action) through the chemistry between Tom Holland and Walberg. Unfortunately for everyone, that chemistry died in the water.

Ridley Scott’s Damned Getty will forever be known as the movie in which Christopher Plummer replaced scandal medium Kevin Spacey at lightning speed after the movie was completed. Could a more traditional version have drawn more attention to Wahlberg’s able-bodied role as a security agent? no. I’ve watched this movie twice and still forgot it was in it. It is on the poster.

A video game starring Ludacris and Nelly Furtado, Max Payne deserves to be remembered for one scene and one scene only, where Wahlberg eats a handful of performance-enhancing drugs and then kind of roars in slow motion until the sky is on fire. . It’s a terrible movie that is only partially saved by this cute, entertaining Nick Cage cosplay.

The rarest of things, Michael Bay’s semi-fun project, Pain & Gain pits Wahlberg against The Rock in a movie designed to make either of them look good. As a movie, it has its own moments. As a performance, this appears to be one of the few times Wahlberg has decided to take the anger out of his character at the same time as being his manager.

Wahlberg doesn’t do much in this Tina Fey/Steve Carell comedy — he’s effectively appeared in some scenes at his highest level — but it’s a good distillation of what’s best for a man. He is passive, open and simple, exuding a confidence that can easily be confused with stupidity. This is a role with almost no depth, but Wahlberg knows it and is happily making use of it.

Hangin' Tough... Wahlberg (left) with Leonardo DiCaprio and James Madio in The Basketball Diary.
Hangin’ Tough… Wahlberg (left) with Leonardo DiCaprio and James Madio in The Basketball Diary. Photo: New Line / Sportsphoto / Allstar

Not counting Danny DeVito’s poorly judged military comedy, this was Wahlberg’s first film. While he was always blown to the ends by young Leonardo DiCaprio, in terms of materials and performance, he nonetheless helped create a role that is as impressive as the path Leo could take. There is a hint here for things to come.

Less than the sum of its parts, James Gray’s We Own the Night was a relatively little-watched two-person thriller about warring siblings, played by Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix. It is violent, but violence does not fit. It’s nominally sexy, but the sex is tiring. Fortunately, focused performances by Phoenix and Wahlberg prevented the film from veering toward outright disaster.

You have to feel some sorry for Wahlberg here. The movie was about his friend and his hometown setting, and he spent years in vain asking all kinds of directors to make it up for him. He eventually convinced David O’Russell, only to cut the film’s budget in half. Once the Sisyphian task of making the thing was done, Wahlberg ended up being the least interesting thing about it. Next to the reviews of Christian Bale, Melissa Leo (both won Academy Awards) and Amy Adams, it was at first difficult to notice Wahlberg’s calm, dedicated central performance. This is a shame because it is nothing short of convincing.

Had Wahlberg been born 20 years earlier, he could have made an entire career out of films like The Other Guys. The film uncomfortably walks the line between action and comedy — it’s aimed at Midnight Run and rarely hits the mark — but Wahlberg pulls the tone right from the start. Macho and silly in equal measure, the entire movie ends up hanging from his every move. Is it too late to make him do it more often?

Followed by a bear... Wahlberg in Ted, the Guardian's second best film of 2012.
Followed by a bear… Wahlberg in Ted, the Guardian’s second best film of 2012. Photo: Universal/Copal/Rex/Shutterstock

5. Ted (2012)

The Guardian’s The Guardian may not be the second best movie of 2012 to precisely age in the past decade, but it’s polishing the art of figuring out what to do with Mark Wahlberg into an exact science. As the adult friend of an inexplicably sane bear, Wahlberg is close to stunning here, his large open face conveying a range of emotions that go from joy to anguish to utter confusion.

I Heart Huckabees is the kind of movie you only watch twice for one of two reasons: Either you’re amazed at Wahlberg’s performance or you totally hate yourself. One of the most disturbing movies ever made, a half-written essay on the philosophy of the sixth form in the kind of relentlessly smug self-awareness that keeps you from sleeping at night, the only thing that comes close to saving I Heart Huckabees is the kind, stupid firefighter Wahlberg Tommy. Joy in his eyes as Jason Schwartzman repeatedly hits him in the face with a space hopper 20 times better than anything else that happens in this Godforsaken movie.

Stuck in the Middle East with you... Walberg and George Clooney in Three Kings.
Stuck in the Middle East with you… Walberg and George Clooney in Three Kings. Photo: Warner Bros./Allstar

The behind-the-scenes shenanigans may have overpowered the power of the Three Kings—George Clooney is more than willing to explain to anyone who will listen—which is a shame, because the movie holds up incredibly well. Not only does she keep her (adulterated and sarcastic) point of view in an iron fist at all times, but she also sets the canvas for Wakadu war experts. While it lacks the sophistication of Clooney or the innate authority of the Ice Cube, Wahlberg pulls it all together. As unlikely as it seems, it becomes the only thing you end up caring about in this wild mess.

Looking back, The Departed wasn’t the slam dunk that everyone claimed at the time. It’s very long, very on the nose, and I am very pleased to indulge in some of Jack Nicholson’s worst excesses. But, dear God, does the movie light up whenever Wahlberg appears. He doesn’t appear terribly often – and other than his final appearance, nothing he does is of great importance – but the texture he adds to the film as a whole is undeniable. Sergeant Dignam is a funny ball of unexplained rage all the time, his tone as thick as a tectonic plate. Wonderful.

Porn again... Boogie Nights pushed him to the A-list.
Porn again… Boogie Nights pushed him to the A-list. Photo: Photo 12 / El Alami

After three years of bits and wrong parts, this is where Wahlberg completely landed on the A-list. Boogie Nights is one of those films that transcended cinema to become a cultural touchstone, Wahlberg’s performance — stumbling and innocent at the same time — as porn star Dirk Diggler deserves the same As much appreciation as Paul Thomas Anderson’s screenplay, setting or soundtrack. In the past, Boogie Nights have been a blessing and a curse for Wahlberg; He’s proven that he can really act, but he’s also set a high mark that he can’t hope to live up to. Watch this, then Daddy’s Home 2 – and wonder what the hell happened.

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