Love him or hate him, Mark Wahlberg has been a fixture in American cinema for a few decades now. The former rapper and reformed bad boy has shown that he boasts the rare ability to pick winning scrips. Here are some of his most well-known films.
The Lovely Bones
In this moving piece, Wahlberg plays a father who is haunted when the worst possible fate befalls his daughter. Throwing away his tough guy image, his dramatic chops are on display in this touching film. Directed by Peter Jackson, it also boasts incredible visual effects.
With an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon, this movie seemed destined to dazzle audiences. Helmed by Martin Scorsese, this thriller cleaned up at award shows.
Wahlberg’s starring turn as a psychotically obsessed boyfriend convinced audiences to take him seriously as an actor. Alongside major movie star Reese Witherspoon, he showed that he could carry a movie.
Planet of The Apes
Although audiences tend to be critical of reboots, they couldn’t get enough of this marvelous movie. Wahlberg’s turn as Leo Davidson was both campy, believable and fun.
The Perfect Storm
Playing a fisherman from the wrong side of the tracks in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Wahlberg’s gritty performance perfected complemented George Clooney’s more eloquent captain.
Playing up his Calvin Klein model persona, Wahlberg’s performance as Tina Fey’s attractive ex was pitch perfect.
This was somewhat of a surprise hit. Co-starring Mila Kunis and one very outspoken teddy bear, the film reminded executives that Wahlberg was capable of carrying a comedy.
Fans of the Philadelphia Eagles loved this film, which starred Wahlberg as the indomitable Vince Papale, a walk-on who carried the spirit of Eagles fans long before they claimed victory in the Super Bowl. Because of his role in this movie, Wahlberg admitted feeling conflicted about his allegiances during the 2018 Super Bowl.
In this film, Wahlberg once again showed his affinity for starring in sports movies. Playing the brother of Christian Bale, he proved his mettle once again.
For some, Boogie Nights is the ultimate Mark Wahlberg film. In his starring role as rookie porn star Dirk Diggler, Wahlberg served up both laughs and drama. Director Paul Thomas Anderson, meanwhile, proved that he was a heavy hitter in Hollywood.
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