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10. Mickey Rourke, "Sin City" (2005)
The bottom spot on the list was a revolving door, but I ultimately settled on Mickey Rourke's committed work in Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City." Darren Aronofsky may have gotten all the credit for resurrecting Rourke's career in 2008 with "The Wrestler," but it really started three years earlier with this novel turn. It's a performance invigorated by the actor's hard-boiled, at times soulful reading of the Frank Miller-penned inner monologue of block-faced bruiser Marv (which wasn't as effective in the film's other vignettes). And he turned quite a few heads that year, winning awards from the Austin, Chicago and Online film critics groups.