Professional wrestlers don't get a lot of credit when they make the jump from performing for live crowds to performing for the stage. However, some of them have put up solid performances in some absolutely fantastic movies. Really, they've always been actors, the only thing that's changed is the medium.

This list is for great movies that contain former professional wrestlers in significant roles. As such, cameos like the "Macho Man" Randy Savage's turn in Spider-Man or similar roles are not included. Even the best movie about wrestling, The Wrestler, doesn't make the cut as the actual wrestlers in the movie have much smaller parts. However, for those who put in a bit more time on screen, here are the top 10.

They Live

10. They Live

There may be no cinematic partnership more perfect in the world than director John Carpenter and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. The film is an endlessly entertaining romp as Piper tries to prevent an alien invasion that nobody else even knows is taking place. Piper gets to go just as overboard as his classic wrestling character, though he trades the kilt for jeans. The movie is a bit nuts but that doesn't harm the quality, as it's truly a great movie. The line about chewing bubble gum and kicking ass is one of the most quotable in movie history. For that reason alone, They Live makes the list.

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