Mark Wahlberg’s full name is Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg, born on 5th June 1971 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor, artist, producer, restaurateur, and professional rapper from the United States. He is also known by his former stage name Marky Mark, which he used during his time with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, with whom he released the albums Music for the People (1991) and You Gotta Believe (1992).
With his movie debut in Renaissance Man (1994) and his first lead part in Fear (1995), Wahlberg made the switch from music to acting (1996). In Boogie Nights, he gained critical acclaim for his portrayal of porn performer Dirk Diggler.
Here is the list of 10 Best Mark Wahlberg Movies of all time…
1. The Fighter (2010)
David O. Russell’s “The Fighter,” one of Wahlberg’s best films, is pro boxer Micky Ward (Wahlberg). His career has primarily consisted of being a punching bag for boxers on their journey to the top. Micky, who is managed by his mother Alice (Melissa Leo) and taught by his older half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), is determined to break out of his unpromising career rut and establish himself as a fighter worthy of respect. But, in Micky’s opinion, the route to respectability is long and tough.
Wahlberg won his second Golden Globe nomination and his third Screen Actors Guild ensemble nomination for his role as Micky. In addition, he received a second Oscar nomination and a third Golden Globe nomination for producing Best Picture candidate “The Fighter.”
2. The Departed (2006)
Amid this Martin Scorsese masterpiece, Wahlberg got his only Oscar nomination (to date) in a cast full of scene-stealers. I mean, Damon, Nicholson, Sheen, Baldwin…all scene-stealers, but Wahlberg was the only supporting actor nominated for Best Picture. Wahlberg plays Staff Sgt. Sean Dignam, who assists in recruiting Leonardo DiCaprio’s Billy Costigan to go undercover for the Boston Police Department, and Wahlberg’s nuanced work as Sgt. Dignam demonstrates why his nomination was well deserved. In addition to his Oscar nomination, Wahlberg garnered his first Golden Globe nomination and his second Screen Actors Guild ensemble award.
3. Boogie Knights
One of Wahlberg’s most well-known parts was that of Eddie Adams, a high school dropout who rises to stardom as rising porn star Dirk Diggler, whose reputation stems from his excellent looks and enormous penis. Anderson’s panoramic look at the porn industry in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley in the 1970s and 1980s provided Wahlberg with a large playground in which to show his stuff (in more ways than one). The actor made the most of it, nailing both Dirk’s boldness on-screen and his anxieties off-camera in such a way that it became clear that Mark Wahlberg was about to become a genuine movie star. Wahlberg was shortlisted for his first SAG Award as a member of the film’s ensemble.
4. Three Kings
Three Kings” was Wahlberg’s first of three collaborations with writer/director David O. Russell. In Iraq in 1991, the story takes place during the Iraqi rebellion against Saddam Hussein. It focuses on four US soldiers who discover a map outlining the location of a treasure trove of gold bullion stolen by Kuwait. The GIs believe that if the bullion was stolen once, it could be stolen again…by them. Critics praised Russell’s skillful blend of caper comedy and political satire. Wahlberg’s performance as an office worker-turned-soldier who prefers gold bullion was particularly well received.
5. The Italian Job (2005)
The Italian Job, a pedal-to-the-metal thrill ride from start to finish, is one of the few early-2000s remakes that work incredibly well, owing to its talent for riveting action, fast automobiles, and hilarious performances from its all-star cast, which includes Mark Wahlberg. While the story can be a little choppy, the film smooths itself out with exciting action, smart direction, and captivating performances, particularly from Wahlberg. The Italian Job was one of the most exciting, approachable car-based action movies of the new millennium before the Fast & Furious franchise became what it is today.
6. Instant Family
You may mistake “Instant Family” for one of Wahlberg’s frothy family comedies, such as the “Daddy’s Home” movie, based on its advertisements. Instead, Wahlberg received some of his greatest reviews in this comic look at childless couple Pete (Wahlberg) and Ellie Wagner (Rose Byrne) as they navigate the sometimes dangerous waters of our adoption system. The film contains all of the expected family gags after the immediate family is assembled. Still, in the film’s subtext, Wahlberg and Byrne make you feel the sorrow of parents who want nothing more than to establish a family and the obstacles they must overcome to do so.
7. Patriots Day
Wahlberg features in his third film with director Peter Berg, and this one is set in his hometown of Boston. “Patriots Day,” like his previous two films with Berg, “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon,” is based on true events, in this case, the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013. Wahlberg plays Boston Police Sgt. Tommy Saunders is on the scene identifying the missing, reconnecting divided family members, and looking for evidence. Later, when the bombing suspects commit a carjacking at a gas station, Saunders returns to gather the evidence that will lead his colleague to the suspect’s apprehension.
8. Lone Survivor
“Lone Survivor,” the first of three collaborations with writer/director (and former actor) Peter Berg [the other two being “Deepwater Horizon” (2016) and “Patriots Day” (2016)], is the biographical story of Marcus Luttrell, a Navy SEAL. He was part of an unsuccessful mission to assassinate Taliban leader Ahmad Shah in the mid-2000s. Wahlberg is fully at ease in this role, flexing his action muscles while also adding color to his emotional portrayal of Luttrell. Overall, “Lone Survivor” is a good example of characterization aiding in developing true depth to action, which is a hallmark of Wahlberg’s work.
9. I ♥ HUCKABEES (2004)
Wahlberg plays anti-petroleum firefighter Tommy Corn in David O. Russell’s self-described “existential comedy,” assisting two “existential detectives” (Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin) in assisting their client (Jason Schwartzman) in finding the meaning of existence. “Huckabees” was Wahlberg’s second collaboration with David O. Russell. He previously collaborated on “Three Kings,” and is one of Wahlberg’s earliest ventures into blending into an all-star cast ensemble, standing out as a quirky addition to Wahlberg’s burgeoning CV.
10. Planet of Apes
In the first major relaunch of the “Apes” franchise, Wahlberg plays US Air Force Capt. Leo Davidson finds himself stuck in a world populated by apes who speak in human tones. Burton’s picture largely resembles the narrative of 1968 original starring Charlton Heston, albeit Wahlberg allegedly declined to wear a loincloth in his scenes with the apes as Heston did because he felt the loincloth would too closely remind memories of his days as an underwear model.