Mark Wahlberg is one of Hollywood’s top actors and he has been cast as the lead character in so many highly rated movies. Following the popularity of most of Mark Wahlberg movies, the Boston, Massachusetts native has registered his name among the most celebrated personalities in the entertainment business.
Although he is most popular for being an actor, Wahlberg is also into different professions. He used to be a rapper and songwriter and was known back then by his stage name Marky Mark. At that time he was also the lead singer of the music group called Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Today, Wahlberg is no longer involved in music, he is now an actor, movie producer, model, and businessman. There is only one way to describe the man, he is multitalented.
Since Wahlberg transitioned into acting from rapping in 1993, he has featured in a host of mainstream movies and TV shows. Going into the business of the day, we will be taking a close look at some of Mark Wahlberg movies and his work in them as an actor and producer. We will be ranking these movies he starred in from the best to the worst, based on his performance in the film, the movie rating, as well as their budgets and box office earnings.
Mark Wahlberg Movies and TV Shows: Best To Worst – Filmography
The Departed (2006)
Mark Wahlberg starred in the 2006 crime drama thriller film as Sergeant SeanDignam. His role in the film earned him an Academy Awards nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The film was directed by Martin Scorsese and it starred other top-notch actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson. The film was shot with a budget of $90 million and was released in the United States on October 6, 2006. Upon its release, it earned $291.5 million at the box office and it was rated 8.5/10 by IMDb, Thus, it topped our list of Mark Wahlberg Movies.
Boogie Nights (1997)
Boogie Nights is a 1997 American drama film which starred Mark Wahlberg as its lead character Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler, a high school dropout who goes to work at a nightclub in Los Angeles, as the nightclub’s dishwasher and he later starts working as a porn actor. The film was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, it runs for 155 minutes and it was distributed by New Line Cinema. It was produced with a budget of $15 million and it received a $43.1 million return at the box office. Boogie Nights is rated 7.9/10 by IMDb.
The Fighter (2010)
This is one of Mark Wahlberg movies which he co-produced and starred in. Mark starred as the film’s lead character Micky Ward alongside Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo. The film serves as a biography of professional boxer Micky Ward. It was directed by David Russell. The film was shot in the United States and was released there on December 10, 2010. It got an IMDb rating of 7.8/10. With a budget of $25 million which returned $129.2 million at the box office, Mark will most certainly be proud of this work whenever he looks back at it.
Lone Survivor (2013)
Mark starred in Lone Survivor as its lead character and one of the marksmen of a four-man SEAL team, Marcus Luttrell. The biographical war drama film is based on the self-titled non-fiction book written by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson, about a four-man SEAL who was given the mission to track down Ahmad Shah, the Taliban leader.
Lone Survivor was directed by Peter Berg. Mark Wahlberg starred alongside Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, and Eric Baba. The film premiered at the AFI film festival on November 12, 2013, and it was released in the United States on December 25, 2013. The film was rated 7.5/10 by IMDb. It got $154.8 million as returns from the box office after it was initially shot with a budget of $40 million.
Action thrilled conspiracy film Shooter was shot based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter. Wahlberg starred in Shooter as its lead character Bob Lee Swagger, an ex-marine sniper, who is framed for the attempted assassination of the president and the assassination of the Ethiopian archbishop. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures and it premiered in the United States on March 23, 2007. It also featured great actors like Danny Glover, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Ned Beatty, and of course, the English Canadian actor, Jonathan Walker. The film earned a rating of 7.2/10 by IMDb. It was shot with a budget of $61 million and it got a return of $95.7 million at the box office.
Three Kings (1999)
Three Kings is a 1999 comedy war film based on a story of John Ridley. The movie was directed by David Russell and it starred Mark Wahlberg, George Clooney, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze and Nora Dunn. In the film, Wahlberg played the role of Sergeant First Class Troy Barlow. The film was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and it premiered in the United States on October 1, 1999. It was shot with a budget of $48 million and it earned $107.7 million at the box office. IMDb rated Three Kings 7.1/10 which qualified it to be listed here as one Mark Wahlberg movies you should see if you haven’t already.
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
Based on the article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours”, Mark Wahlberg’s Deepwater Horizon was made. Wahlberg produced the disaster film and he starred in it as Mike Williams, the film’s lead character. Summit Entertainment distributed the film while Peter Berg directed it. The film talks about the eleven men that were killed when the 2010 oil rig blowout became the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The film got a rating of 7.1/10 by IMDb. It was shot with a gross budget of $156 million and a net budget of $110-120 million. It recorded a $121.8 million return at the box office.
The sports drama film is based on the true-life story of Vince Papale who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978. Vince Papale was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg. The film was directed by Ericson Core and written by Brad Gann. It was produced by Gordon Gray and Mark Ciardi under the production of Walt Disney Pictures while it was distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. The film runs for 104 minutes and it was shot in the United States. It was shot with a budget of $30 million and released on August 25, 2006. It earned $58.5 million at the box office and got an IMDb rating of 7.1/10. The film is one of Mark Wahlberg movies which have not been one of the most successful.
The Italian Job (2003)
The action heist film is centered around a team of thieves who strategizes to steal back gold from their former member who double-crossed them by keeping the gold which they stole collectively to himself. The film was produced based on the self-titled book by Troy Kennedy Martin. Mark Wahlberg starred in the film as the lead character, Charlie Corker, a thief and the mastermind of the team of thieves. The film got a rating of 7/10 from IMDb. It was produced with a budget of $60 million and it only fell short of $3.9 million to earn triple its budget at the box office.
Ted, the comedy film was shot with a budget of $50 million and it got over ten times its budget at the box office. Mark Wahlberg played the role of John Bennett, whose best friend is a teddy bear named Ted. It was rated 6.9/10 by IMDb.
2 Guns (2013)
Mark Wahlberg starred alongside renowned Hollywood actor Denzel Washington in 2 Guns. The comedy action film starred our cynosure as Michael “Stig” Stigman. The film was produced based on a self-titled comic book series by Steven Grant and Mateus Santolouco. It was shot with a budget of $61 million and it earned an additional $70.9 million at the box office. It received an IMDb rating of 6.7/10.
The Gambler (2014)
The film was adapted from the 1974 film The Gambler, written by James Toback. Wahlberg co-produced the film and also starred in it as its lead character. The crime drama film tells the story of a Los Angeles Literature professor named Jim Bennett, who uses gambling as a way of self-destruction. The film which was directed by Rupert Wyatt was produced with a budget of $25-31 million and it managed a $39 million return at the box office. It received a rating of 6/10 by IMDb and is definitely not one of the best Mark Wahlberg movies.
Max Payne (2008)
The movies is a neo-noir action thriller and an adaptation of the self-titled video game series. Wahlberg was cast as the film’s lead character Max Payne. Despite its $85.8 million box office return following its production budget of $35 million, the movie was rated 5.4/10 by IMDb.
Wahlberg starred in Mojave as Norman and he starred alongside Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Louise Bourgoin, and Walton Goggins. The film was directed by William Monahan. According to ratings released by IMDb, the film only managed to go beyond the average rating point, as it was rated 5.2/10.
The Happening (2008)
The Happening is one of Mark Wahlberg movies that received a very low rating from IMDb. Its rating was on the average mark of 5.0/10, despite its box office success, gaining a massive return of $163.4 million after being produced with a budget and of $48 million. The post-apocalyptic psychological thriller film starred Wahlberg as Elliot Moore, the film’s lead character. The film was directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan. It also starred Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, and Betty Buckley.