The Wrestler (2008)

Mickey Rourke shines in cinematic smackdown…

Film history is littered with comebacks. From Katharine Hepburn, who turned her flagging career around with a self-deprecating performance in The Philadelphia Story, to John Travolta, who morphed from laughable Look Who’s Talking clown to the King of Cool with Pulp Fiction, it seems audiences love giving fallen stars a second chance – as long as they pick the right role, of course. And Mickey Rourke has done just that, as his portrayal of ageing wrestler Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson has not only bagged him a Golden Globe award and BAFTA nomination (and, most likely, an Oscar nod), but also proves to be one of the greatest comebacks of modern cinema.

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