2. 'Boogie Nights'
Behold, the final nail in Marky Mark's coffin, and ground zero for the Wahlberg we know today – it's still his single best lead performance. Paul Thomas Anderson's delirious epic of the porn industry in the Seventies and Eighties has the structure of A Star is Born, and as our generously-hung hero Eddie Adams becomes skin-flick stud Dirk Diggler, Wahlberg gets to put the full range of his talents to good use. His shyness and physicality eventually blossom into earnest grandiosity and peacocking aggression; don't even get us started on his close-up during the "Sister Christian" sequence, when he conveys the sense of giving up and giving in with one single, draining facial expression. A comedy, a drama, a coming-of-age movie (no pun intended), an epic, a spoof, a tragedy...this is a film of many moods and modes, and Mark Wahlberg nails every single one of them.