The 10 Best Movies Starring Pro Wrestlers

Drake Oz@drakeozbrSenior Writer IINovember 1, 2011

The 10 Best Movies Starring Pro Wrestlers

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    All professional wrestlers have to do some sort of acting, from selling injuries in the ring to cutting promos.

    But there is a vast difference between an actor and a wrestler. Actors act, and wrestlers wrestle.

    Sometimes, though, the two worlds cross paths, and you'll be watching a movie when you suddenly see a wrestler pop up on your screen.

    The result is often terrible, like Triple H's The Chaperone or Ted DiBiase's The Marine 2, but there are those occasions when wrestlers actually star in some good films.

    We're here to celebrate those today.

    Here are the 10 best movies featuring professional wrestlers.

Honorable Mentions

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    Here are some of the movies I considered that didn't quite make the cut. If you're looking for Ready to Rumble or Mr. Nanny on this slide or any of the next 10, then be prepared to be disappointed.

    The Longest Yard

    Man on the Moon


    The Rundown


    Walking Tall

    The Punisher

    Blade: Trinity

    Fast Five

    Ocean’s 11/12

    Ed Wood

10. The Waterboy

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    Starring: The Big Show, a.k.a. The Giant, as "Captain Insano"

    The premise of The Waterboy is absolutely ridiculous, as it revolves around a 31-year-old man from the swamps of Louisiana who discovers that his rage makes him a better tackler than John Cena.

    But Adam Sandler, starring as "Bobby Boucher," is pure comedic gold in a role that came during the peak of his acting career.

    How we could film an entire movie doing that voice is beyond me, but he does it to perfection, and other supporting characters--like Henry Winkler as "Coach Klein" and Kathy Bates as Boucher's mom--fit incredibly well in their roles as well.

    And so does "The Big Show," who plays professional wrestler "Captain Insano" in the film.

    He's only in the flick for about 30 seconds, but his scene is one of the more memorable ones in the entire movie.

9. Grandma's Boy

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    Starring: Kevin Nash as a mover

    Grandma's Boy is the perfect movie for a guy who's way too immature for his age.

    It revolves around video games, weed, inappropriate bathroom adventures, Antiques Roadshow and a middle-aged man living in a house with his grandma and her two friends. And it's absolutely hilarious.

    The film stars the Happy Madison crew that shows up in just about every Adam Sandler movie, and it also features Kevin Nash in a small role as a mover.

    He doesn't get much face time, but he's perhaps best known for smashing the main character Alex's bong and pissing off stoners everywhere in the process. 

8. Troy

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    Starring: Tyler Mane as "Ajax" and Nathan Jones as "Boagrius"

    Troy is a war epic that, for you people who don't know your history, tells the story of the Trojan War and is based on one of the most well-known works of literature of all-time, Homer's The Illiad.

    If you want to know how the story turns out, then watch the movie or read the damn book. But, if you choose to watch the film so you can gush over Orlando Bloom and Brad Pitt, then be on the lookout for pro wrestlers Tyler Mane and Nathan Jones.

    You may remember Mane if you watched WCW in the late 1980s, and you probably know Jones as one of the most physically imposing wrestlers the WWE have seen.

    Check out Jones in the scene above, but don't blink or you'll miss it because Jones' scene lasts roughly as long as his WWE career.

7. Spider-Man

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    Starring: "Macho Man" Randy Savage as "Bonesaw McGraw"

    I'm a big fan of the Spider-Man series and I obviously love professional wrestling as well, so naturally, you can imagine my excitement the first time I saw this film and witnessed Randy Savage performing as "Bonesaw McGraw."

    It was like someone combined two of the greatest things on Earth on one movie screen specifically for my viewing pleasure.

    Like most other wrestlers on this list, Savage doesn't appear in the film for very long, but his shoot match with Peter Parker actually winds up playing a huge role in the move because it essentially starts a domino effect that leads to everything else that happens.

    Now, if only Savage could have been the main villain in Spider-Man--now that would have been awesome.

6. Rocky III

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    Starring: Hulk Hogan as "Thunderlips"

    If you haven't seen any of the Rocky films, then I truly feel sorry for you.

    You're missing out on Mr. T as "Clubber Lang," Carl Weathers as "Apollo Creed," and most importantly for our purposes, Hulk Hogan as "Thunderlips."

    Rocky III was released n 1982, and it can be said that the "Thunderlips" role was the one that made Hogan a household name in pop culture. He only played a supporting character, but from that point forward, everyone knew who Hulk Hogan was.

    The Rocky film series might not be for everyone, but I really liked the third film because the story it conveyed after the death of Micky and during the ongoing relationship between Rocky and Apollo Creed.

    Yeah, I wasn't even born until six years after this film came out, but I've seen all the Rocky flicks...and I'm a sucker for 'em.

5. Blazing Saddles

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    Starring: Alex Karras as "Mongo"

    Being that he's currently 76 years old, Alex Karras might not be someone you're familiar with.

    But the former Heisman Trophy runner-up and professional football player also spent some time as a professional wrestler in the 1950s before his NFL and acting days.

    Though not a big one, arguably his most memorable role came as "Mongo" in the 1974 film Blazing Saddles, a western comedy that is often considered to be one of the funniest movies of all-time.

    The film satirizes the old American West in a way that people can still relate to almost 40 years later, and "Mongo" is one of the most hilarious characters in the entire film. 

4. They Live

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    Starring: Roddy Piper as "Nada"

    Director John Carpenter is known for his work in the science fiction and horror genres, having brought us classics like Halloween and The Fog. 

    But he also had a hit with the 1988 flick They Live, a futuristic sci-fi flick with undertones about the fears of commercialization and a struggling economy, that featured none other than "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in the lead role as "Nada."

    This was a pretty big step for a pro wrestler to work in the lead role of a major film, and Piper definitely more ways than one.

    His classic "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I am all out of bubblegum" line sums up just how awesome he was as "Nada."

3. The 40-Year-Old Virgin

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    Starring: Kimberly Page as "Carol" (The woman whose boobies fell out of her shirt)

    The 40-Year-Old Virgin is one of my favorite movies of all-time, a comedic classic that follows the journey of "Andy" (Steve Carrell) as he attempts to lose his virginity with the help of several buddies, including great sidekicks Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd.

    There's really nothing that's off limits in this film: Porn scenes galore, chicks using shower massagers for other purposes, weed smoking, transvestite prostitutes, etc.

    But one of the more unforgettable scenes is when Andy and the rest of his SmartTech pals go speed dating, and a woman known as "Carol"—played by former WCW valet Kimberly Page—inadvertently exposes herself while she's talking to Andy...but doesn't realize it.

    And yes, just in case you were wondering, there were two very large reasons why this scene was so unforgettable.

2. The Wrestler

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    Starring: Ernest "The Cat" Miller as "The Ayatollah," Ron "R-Truth" Killings, Necro Butcher, Jay Lethal, Claudio Castagnoli, Nigel McGuinness and many more 

    The Wrestler was met with critical acclaim for a reason—it was a phenomenal film.

    The 2008 release follows the story of professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson after the lights have dimmed from his days at the top of the business. He's working a minimum wage job, taking steroids and snorting cocaine in this all too familiar portrayal of the life of a pro wrestler.

    I'm sure Vince McMahon felt like The Wrestler portrayed the minor leagues, but it's important that we wrestling fans see films like this instead of just all the glitz and glamor we see on WWE TV.

    The Wrestler was really hard to watch, but it was a gripping and emotional ride on the pro wrestling roller coaster, and I'm glad I've had the privilege to watch it numerous times.

    If you haven't seen it yet, I highly suggest you do. Mickey Rourke does an excellent job as "The Ram," and you'll see plenty of familiar faces in supporting roles. 

1. The Godfather

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    Starring: Lenny Montana as "Luca Brasi"

    The Godfather is widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, and though not a lot of people may know this, it featured a professional wrestler in a major role.

    "Luca Brasi" was played by wrestler Lenny Montana, who began his wrestling career in 1953, worked for the NWA and continued wrestling until the early 1970s when he began to get more acting gigs.

    Though Montana did have a pretty successful acting career after The Godfather, that was the role of a lifetime in a film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1972.

    Any description I give of this film won't do it any justice, but like Lois Griffin from Family Guy says, "It's like the perfect movie."