Best Comeback Movies

  • The Wrestler

    The Wrestler (R, 2008)

    Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis, Gregg Bello
    His sense of identity fading into nothingness after the spotlights dim and he experiences a close br... read moreush with mortality, a retired wrestler begins to evaluate his life while considering the comeback that could very well kill him in director Darren Aronofsky's poignant portrait of an introspective former superstar in the twilight of his career. Back in his heyday, wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson (Mickey Rourke) was an icon in the ring. His image immortalized in action figures and video games, he would headline arenas across the globe. Twenty years later, those glory days have passed, and Randy is forced to earn his keep by brawling before handfuls of fans in high school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. In the wake of a heart attack, the former icon attempts to earn a little extra cash while working in a deli and making an effort to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter, Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood). Yet, despite Randy's continued attempts at convincing local stripper Cassidy (Marisa Tomei) to settle down with him in his humble trailer, the ring still calls to him. Later, when the prospect of a high-profile rematch with his longtime nemesis presents itself, Randy is forced to weigh his mortality against his desire to hear the crowd roar one last time. The Wrestler snagged two Oscar nominations, one for Best Actor (Rourke) and one for Best Supporting Actress (Tomei). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • gaiatheory
      gaiatheory: nd I do not say this lightly, both he and his character are similar in thier broken down and beaten comeback. I love this film, it was awesome and emotional. Please give it a try.
      Reviewed 12 months days ago
    • fb1103958069
      fb1103958069: A comeback story of sorts about a down-and-out professional wrestler years past his prime who is frien
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
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      fb667249896: . Great comeback for Rourke, good performances from the supporting cast.
      Reviewed 3 years days ago