Total Recall: Mark Wahlberg's Best Movies

We count down the best-reviewed work of the Other Guys star.

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5. The Italian Job

Part of the wave of heist flick remakes that gave us new versions of The Thomas Crown Affair and Ocean's Eleven, F. Gary Gray's "homage" to the 1969 Michael Caine caper The Italian Job put Wahlberg in the middle of a double-crossing, gold-thieving band of criminals that included Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Mos Def, and Seth Green. Though critics were quick to point out that the new Job didn't really add much to the original -- and the movie was arguably better-known for its heavy use of trendy Mini Coopers than anything that actually transpired in the plot -- it offered 111 minutes of agreeably undemanding action thrills. As Jon Niccum of the Lawrence Journal-World wrote, "Filled with easy-to-like characters, innovative action sequences and a story rife with momentum, the movie is as endearingly zippy as the BMW MINIs the heroes use to pull off their scam."


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4. Traveller

Truly entertaining stories about con men are difficult to come by -- and even the best of the bunch tend to focus on the thrill of the grift, leaving the characters themselves in the background. 1997's Traveller reversed the formula, examining the knotty feuds and traditions of a tight-knit clan of small-time North Carolina con artists, in particular Bokky (Bill Paxton), a Traveller whose life is thrown out of balance when he crosses paths with the son of an exiled member (Mark Wahlberg) and develops an honest emotional attachment to one of his victims (Julianna Margulies). It isn't one of Wahlberg's better-known movies, but it was a hit with critics like ReelViews' James Berardinelli, who wrote, "The script is smart and sneaky -- by never telling the audience more than is necessary, it develops a keen sense of suspense that persists until the gritty final reel."


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3. Boogie Nights

A year after terrorizing Reese Witherspoon in Fear, Wahlberg made the leap to Serious Actor territory with the starring role in Paul Thomas Anderson's ensemble opus about life in the porn industry, Boogie Nights. As the genitally gifted Eddie Adams, a.k.a. Dirk Diggler, Wahlberg took a character that could have been a cheesy joke and imbued him with palpable emotion. One of that year's biggest critical winners, Boogie Nights started Anderson'a and Wahlberg's careers in earnest, earned co-star Burt Reynolds some of the best reviews of his career, and enjoyed a thumbs up from Roger Ebert, who wrote, "As a writer and director, Paul Thomas Anderson is a skilled reporter who fills his screen with understated, authentic details."


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2. The Departed

We love to hate remakes, but not all of them are created equal; for proof, look no further than The Departed, Martin Scorsese's expertly cast treatment of the 2002 Hong Kong hit Infernal Affairs. On the surface, it might look like just another crime thriller where no one is who or what he seems -- but this kind of story is all in the telling, and Scorsese had a tightly wound William Monahan screenplay to work from, as well as a bruising set of leads in Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, and Wahlberg. A four-time Oscar nominee, The Departed finally earned Scorsese his long-overdue Best Picture and Best Director honors, and triggered an avalanche of praise from critics like Terry Lawson of the Detroit Free Press, who applauded, "It's a thinking fan's thriller, a movie involving multiple fully dimensional characters, multiple story lines and edge-of-your-seat twists and swerves, stylized to just the edge of believability."


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1. Three Kings

Anyone who wonders why audiences refuse to see movies about the wars raging in the Middle East would do well to study the example set by David O. Russell, who waited eight years before making the Gulf War picture Three Kings -- and even then, the conflict served mainly as grist for a heist storyline involving a trio of U.S. Army Reservists (George Clooney, Ice Cube, and Wahlberg) making plans to steal plundered Kuwaiti gold. Widely recognized as a sharp, stylish satire today, Kings wasn't a huge commercial success during its initial theatrical run, but it earned instant admiration from critics like Sean Means of Film.com, who called it "Possibly the best wartime comedy since Robert Altman's M*A*S*H."


In case you were wondering, here are Wahlberg's top 10 movies according RT users' scores:

1. The Departed -- 92%
2. Boogie Nights -- 84%
3. Four Brothers -- 83%
4. Shooter -- 82%
5. The Italian Job -- 79%
6. The Basketball Diaries -- 78%
7. I Heart Huckabees -- 75%
8. Invincible -- 75%
9. Three Kings -- 70%
10. Fear -- 66%


Take a look through Wahlberg's complete filmography, as well as the rest of our Total Recall archives. And don't forget to check out the reviews for The Other Guys.

Finally, here's Mr. Wahlberg bringin' some good vibrations to the entire nation:

Comments

Alec D.

Alec Dmowski

Gotta love good ole Dirk Diggler

Aug 4 - 04:44 PM

rle4lunch

Chad W

He's kinda hit or miss... Anyone for another viewing of 'The Happening'?

Thought not.

Aug 4 - 04:45 PM

sunBAKED

J Margo

hahaha

Aug 4 - 08:07 PM

girly g.

girly girl

cool picture hahaha

Aug 11 - 04:03 PM

Captain Tripps

Captain Tripps

Pretty much murdered Max Payne as well, but both of those were plot related failures IMO, not so much acting.

Aug 5 - 07:05 AM

Frisby2007

Frisby 2007

"The Happening"? You're funny. I'd rather watch "The Last Airbender" again than that garbage excuse for a horror film.

Aug 5 - 12:45 PM

Mario J.

Mario Juarez

I rader have my eyes painfuly removed from my face before i watch does two movies a second time.

Aug 10 - 10:19 AM

Jarrryd M.

Jarrryd Matthews

I would stick my wang in an oven door and slam it shut then watch that abortion again

Aug 6 - 02:41 AM

Steven S.

Steven St-Pierre

wow... this made me realize how much I dislike Mark Walberg... they are all terrible movies...

Aug 7 - 11:17 PM

dodgerblue

Bruce Wayne

Are you talking about the list? You think Boogie Nights is a terrible movie?

Aug 8 - 02:36 PM

Fernando R.

Fernando Rodriguez

i would much rather watch the happening than the last airbender. At least the happening had funny moments....even though they werent meant to be funny, lol. but the last airbender just makes me gag with the god awful acting.

Aug 8 - 05:44 PM

Andrew W.

Andrew Whitefield

Lets not forget that Razzie award nominated performance for Max Payne LOL.

Aug 9 - 08:44 AM

girly g.

girly girl

really? it wasn't that bad; i've seen worse

Aug 11 - 04:07 PM

girly g.

girly girl

kinda liked it (i know i'm the only one)
it's bad, yes, but it's kinda fun and it really wasn't his fault

Aug 11 - 04:07 PM

KJ Cassidy

kurt cassidy

Mark's the man!

Aug 4 - 05:09 PM

J3vr0N

Jevon Williams

Mark is a good actor when he has a good director and crew over him.

Aug 4 - 05:26 PM

Nick R.

Nick Rapps

I agree, he is a very talented actor and besides movies like said above (Max Payne and The Happening) which were not his fault they bombed. The Other Guys looks pretty hilarious.

Aug 5 - 12:10 PM

Chris P.

Chris Parsons

He's really not that great of an actor, why don't we celebrate people like Michael Caine instead?

Aug 4 - 05:28 PM

Bolux

The Stav

Michael Caine's top 10 were already posted months ago. Now if RT had posted Rob Schneider's top 10 I could see your point. Give Mark E Mark a break!

Aug 4 - 06:41 PM

Captain Tripps

Captain Tripps

If Rob makes another movie they will (if they haven't). Hard to imagine anything above 50% making it, but they do this periodically whenever someone is releasing something new and hasn't had the treatment before.

Aug 5 - 07:06 AM

Alex H.

Alex Hall

Boogie Nights. Hell yeah!

Aug 4 - 05:40 PM

Armond White Sucks

Michael Baldelli

Three Kings is the bees.

Aug 4 - 05:52 PM

Earman

Christopher Beckham

He is definitely hit or miss. Really liked him in The Departed, but personally think his brother Donnie has more talent. Mark makes his money off charisma.

Aug 4 - 06:09 PM

Bolux

The Stav

Michael Caine's top 10 were already posted months ago. Now if RT had posted Rob Schneider's top 10 I could see your point. Give Mark E Mark a break!

Aug 4 - 06:41 PM

Captain Tripps

Captain Tripps

If Rob makes another movie they will (if they haven't). Hard to imagine anything above 50% making it, but they do this periodically whenever someone is releasing something new and hasn't had the treatment before.

Aug 5 - 07:06 AM

highdough

Richard Blascock

Three Kings only has a 70% RT user score?! You've got to be kidding. That was easily one of the best movies of that year and I'd definitely say Wahlberg's best movie.

Aug 4 - 06:45 PM

David R.

David Rocha

I was thinking the exact same thing! That's the most bizarre RT user rating I've seen on this site.

Aug 4 - 07:13 PM

scifimark

scifi mark

its says it has a 94 rating

Aug 4 - 09:49 PM

Chris W.

Chris W

They are referring to the User rating. Not the tomatometer rating.

Aug 5 - 07:05 AM

Captain Tripps

Captain Tripps

User score is 70%.

Aug 5 - 07:06 AM

The.Watcher

The Watcher

Three Kings is a phenomenal movie, my favorite War comedy, actually. I even like it more than In The Loop, but only slightly.

Aug 4 - 07:12 PM

R.J. MacReady

Greg Thomas

It is pretty high up there for War comedies for me. My favorite would have to be Dr. Strangelove, no question. Then second up would be Kelly's Heroes. Three Kings would be in my top 5 though- good times.

Aug 4 - 07:44 PM

David R.

David Rocha

I was thinking the exact same thing! That's the most bizarre RT user rating I've seen on this site.

Aug 4 - 07:13 PM

R.J. MacReady

Greg Thomas

Three Kings was great! The Departed is great! Under a solid director Mark Wahlberg can deliver.

Aug 4 - 07:42 PM

R.J. MacReady

Greg Thomas

It is pretty high up there for War comedies for me. My favorite would have to be Dr. Strangelove, no question. Then second up would be Kelly's Heroes. Three Kings would be in my top 5 though- good times.

Aug 4 - 07:44 PM

sunBAKED

J Margo

hahaha

Aug 4 - 08:07 PM

girly g.

girly girl

cool picture hahaha

Aug 11 - 04:03 PM

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