100 Must See Movies: The Essential Men’s Movie Library

by Brett & Kate McKay on July 13, 2009 · 698 comments

in Movies, Travel & Leisure


For whatever reason (most likely the fact that viewing is easier than reading), films don’t seem to get the same kind of cultural respect as books do. Which is a shame because excellent movies can be just as entertaining, mind-expanding, and life changing as good books. Scenes, characters, and quotes from the greatest movies stay with us long after we view them. Their ability to transport you to different times and exotic locations, to completely absorb you in the story, make movies one of the closest approximations of real magic we have in this world.

And for better and for worse, film has had a huge impact on masculinity in the 20th Century. Movies have produced archetypes of manliness that many men judge themselves against today. To view how male characters of cinema have been portrayed over the decades, is to see clearly the ways in which our perception of masculinity has changed and continues to change. Thus it seemed only proper that The Art of Manliness take a stab at creating a list of essential movies every man should see.

We didn’t want to make a list of movies that consisted solely of violence and gratuitous T and A that make up most guy movie lists. Nor did we want to create a list of just independent avant-garde movies that while culturally or cinematically significant, aren’t very entertaining. We wanted to create a well rounded list of films that have something to say about manliness. Some of the movies speak poignantly about what it means to be a man. Others give examples of true manliness in action. Some are lessons in how not to be a man. And others are simply entertaining movies that are just plain manly. But the common thread that runs through all of them is that they’re great movies that have stood the test of time.

Let us know in the comments which movies you loved, which ones you hated, and the movies you think every man should see before he dies. Without further ado, we present The Art of Manliness 100 Must See Movies for Men.

The Great Escape


This group of Allied POWS fought the enemy the best way they could – by bustin’ out of prison. Based on a true story, the film has been hailed as one the greatest escape movies of all time. Despite its length (172 minutes), the movie maintains interest through the engaging relationships of the prisoners. Each individual contributes their skills and personality to the effort, even the self-interested American (played by Steve McQueen). I guess his skill would be making killer motorcycle chase scenes.

Best line: “I’m going… out.”

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid


Based loosely on the real lives of Western outlaws Robert Leroy Parker (aka Butch Cassidy) and Harry Longabaugh (aka the Sundance Kid), Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid is a classic movie about two buddies trying to make it in a changing world. What’s funny about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is that you forget that these guys were hardened criminals who robbed banks and trains for a living. The easy going charm Robert Redford and Paul Newman bring to their roles makes you like the characters despite their choice of profession. Their clever hijinks and humor make the movie an enjoyable ride.

Best line: “Boy, I got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.”

Dirty Harry


Cops that won’t let anything – even the law – stand in their way of catching the bad guy may have become a Hollywood cliché, but when Dirty Harry first pulled out his .44 magnum it was a brand new story. Harry Callahan stops at nothing as he hunts down the Scorpio, a serial killer that picks people off with a sniper rifle. The plot isn’t bad, but it’s Clint Eastwood that drives the entire picture. His rebel good- guy cop set a high mark for others to try and follow.

Best line: “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

The Endless Summer


Working 60 hours a week sucks. I mean, it really sucks. The idea of travelling around the world to exotic spots with the simple objective of surfing every chance you get is about the most enticing thing on the planet. In step Mike Hynson and Robert August. Famed documentary director Bruce Brown follows the pair around the world as they chase the summer and whatever waves they can ride. If you can’t surf, or you can’t take the time off work to surf – live vicariously through this movie.

Bull Durham


This movie is great for many reasons – of which, I cite two: 1) Kevin Costner can actually play baseball, instead of looking like a moron as do many other actors trying to swing a bat. 2) Tim Robbins character wears lingerie when he pitches – which is completely classic. Besides these, there are many other elements that make the movie relevant: the mentor/mentee, the old vs. the young, fighting for the woman, baseball. But ultimately it’s about a bunch of guys trying to make their mark on life – which we can all certainly relate to.

Best line: “Charlie, here comes the deuce. And when you speak of me, speak well.”

The Apartment


Do nice guys always finish last? Not necessarily. The Apartment is a true gem of a movie that doesn’t seem get the attention it deserves. Both dramatic and funny, the film is a dark comedy about a corporate drone who finally gets tired of being constantly walked on, mans up, and becomes a mensch. Things don’t always work out when you do the right thing, but sometimes they do.

Best line: “Shut up and deal.”

The Shootist


Nobody wants to die alone. Especially gunslingers. In a haunting portrayal that foreshadowed his own fate, John Wayne plays J.B. Brooks, an aging gunfighter dying of cancer who resigns himself to live out his days in private. But skeletons from his past prevent him from fading away, so he decides to go down the only way he knows – with his six gun blazing.

Best line: “I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a-hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”



At its core, Hoosiers is about redemption – basketball is just the vehicle. The story revolves around a basketball coach that has fallen from grace and finds himself at a small rural town in Indiana. He ruffles feathers and fights to earn the respect of his players, the town, and a doubtful teacher. The team chases glory, while others in the town remember what it is like to win. Not only is it one of the most inspiring movies of all time, it has one of the most hardcore stoics in all of sport movie history. Jimmy = Clutch.

Best line: “You know, most people would kill… to be treated like a god, just for a few moments.”

Last of the Mohicans


This movie set the standard for war epics of the modern era. Few are its equal. A Mohican father and his son, along with their adopted son, attempt to maintain their neutrality amidst the French-Indian War in colonial America. The men are pulled into the fray after rescuing two daughters of a British Officer during a skirmish and escorting them to their father’s fort. As the impending battle builds around them, the men remain devoted to the daughters, going to great lengths to preserve them. From the opening sequence of Uncas and Hawkeye sprinting through the dense forest, to the final scene on the promontory, the movie is gripping and powerful. Additionally, they play lacrosse in this movie – that fact alone secured its place on this list.

Best line: “Someday I think you and I are going to have a serious disagreement.”

The Bicycle Thief


An Italian Neo-Realist classic, The Bicycle Thief tells the bleak story of a man in impoverished post-war Italy whose bicycle, which he needs to work, is stolen. Father and son hunt all over Rome to find the bike, with no one to help them and ultimately no success. And thus the father is faced with a classic philosophical problem: is it okay to steal to feed your family? Realistic and honest, this movie provides one of the best glimpses into the nature of the father/son relationship.

Best line: “Why should I kill myself worrying when I’ll end up just as dead?”

Field of Dreams

field_of_dreamsTo what lengths would a person go for a chance at reconciliation? If it is for your (dead) father, most of us would do anything. Field of Dreams is Ray Kinsellas’s journey of reparation with his father. Ray, an Iowa farmer, erects a baseball field in his cornfield after a voice tells him, “If you build it, he will come.” The voice continues, and after a series of mysterious and supernatural events, he is able to make amends. It is quite possible that a game of catch can heal most wounds between a father and son – even death, I suppose.

Best line: “If you build it, he will come.”

North by Northwest


Starring dapper dude, Cary Grant, North by Northwest is classic Alfred Hitchcock. Grant plays a hapless New York advertising executive mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. The problem is the government thinks he’s a spy, too, and they’re on the chase as well. Talk about a bad day.

Best line: “I don’t like the way Teddy Roosevelt is looking at me.”

The Outsiders


The film adaption of SE Hinton’s famous novel perfectly captures the tumultuous nature of teenage angst. The well-to-do Socs and blue collar Greasers hate each other’s guts, and when Johnny the Greaser kills a Soc, a series of dramatic and tragic events are set in motion, including an old fashioned rumble. The film is a star-studded affair, filled with the likes of Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane, many before they were household names. And best of all, it was shot on location in my home city of Tulsa.

Best line: “Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.”

First Blood (Rambo)


The more weighty issues in First Blood are usually overshadowed by the gratuitous action. Understandably so, but the movie is built on Rambo’s struggle to return to society after the Vietnam War. A Medal of Honor recipient, Rambo is kicked out of a small town and then arrested for vagrancy. The sheriff and his deputies go overboard with torture and Rambo reverts back to what he does best. Nothing good can come from pissing off a guy named Rambo.

Best line: “They drew first blood, not me.”

The Manchurian Candidate


A Cold War classic starring Frank Sinatra in probably his best movie performance. The film was so controversial that it was banned from further release after JFK’s assassination. The Manchurian Candidate focuses on the way in which propaganda and the manufacture of political views can influence one’s perception and behavior in the most provocative of ways. The story follows several former Korean War soldiers who have been brainwashed by the military. Follow them as they try to unravel the source of the reoccurring nightmares. A real thriller. Don’t bother with the Denzel Washington version. The original is still the best.

Best line: “There are two kinds of people in this world: Those that enter a room and turn the television set on, and those that enter a room and turn the television set off.”

In the Heat of the Night

mpaintheheatofthenightposter.jpg Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier), a respected detective from up North, is thrown into a murder investigation in the small town of Sparta, Mississippi. While he initially doesn’t want any part of the case, Tibbs exemplifies manly resolve as he sticks around, staring down bigot after bigot while searching for the murderer. The film is famous for a scene in which Tibbs, after being slapped by a white man, slaps him right back. The screenplay originally called for Poitier to simply take it, but the actor found this passive response degrading and insisted he be allowed to hit back. That my friends, is being a man. You slap me in the face, I’ll slap you right back, Sucka.

Best line: “They call me MISTER Tibbs!”



A quiet gunslinger who is trying to escape his past befriends a pioneer family that has settled out west. He attempts to settle down and become a hired hand to the family, but the ranchers who want to drive cattle through the homesteaders’ property are attempting to drive them out. Shane tries to stay out of the disputes, but keeps being drawn in and is finally compelled to put his six shooter back on to protect his adoptive family. Perhaps the most touching part of the movie is the relationship Shane develops with the farmer’s son.

Best line: “A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that.”

Double Indemnity


Perhaps the greatest American contribution to the film noir style, Double Indemnity is dark rumination on greed, manipulation, and betrayal. Barbara Stanwyck plays a classic femme fatale who uses her womanly wiles to lure insurance salesman Walter Neff into a plan to kill her husband for the “double indemnity” payout. But Neff is not a guileless victim after all. Palatable tension, suspense, and snappy dialogue make this film a true classic.

Best line: “How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like honeysuckle?”

Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside)


Politics of euthanasia aside, living is so much more than just breathing. Based on the life of Ramón Sampedro, the movie examines the fight to end his own life after 30 years of being paralyzed from the neck down. Despite his desire to end his life, through his courage and self awareness, he inspired others to embrace their own.

The Maltese Falcon


The Maltese Falcon is filled with ambiguities in morality. Sam Spade, played by Humphrey Bogart, is a hardened and cynical man. But underneath his rough exterior is a man with a sense of idealism. Spade lives by a code of honor that doesn’t let him take the corrupt and easy solution to life’s problems. The Maltese Falcon forces us to answer a simple question: when push comes to shove, will we stick to our own code of honor or will we sell out?

Best line: “[It's the] stuff that dreams are made of.”

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601 Sebastian October 21, 2013 at 3:24 pm

For me a must see movie is Fight Club. I just love the deep meaning of the film and the actors are great. Don’t we all have a hidden Tyler Durden inside of us? ;-)

602 Tom October 24, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I didn’t see Caddyshack on the list!

603 Jason October 25, 2013 at 9:53 am

We were soldiers is also a very good example of leadership and the fatherly role a military leader has to take on during battle

604 Dusty October 25, 2013 at 10:59 am

I agree with Jason, We Were Soldiers would be a great addition, as well as The Patriot, and Red Dawn.

605 Ronnie October 27, 2013 at 7:30 am

I have to disagree with the best line from The Maltese Falcon. In my opinion it was Humphrey Bogart to Peter Lorre: “When you’re slapped you’ll take it and like it!”

606 Kevin October 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm

How about “The Great Santini”?

607 Mark November 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm

The Quiet Man; Hatari; Donavon’s Reef; Gallipoli;

608 The Reverend November 2, 2013 at 7:09 am

The Ox-Bo Incident

609 Brandon November 3, 2013 at 12:37 am

I don’t know how, but I think Apocolypse Now would be a good one. Quote of the movie: “A spear?”

610 Joshua Jordan November 3, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Greetings Brother:

Please excuse the email change, I’m having trouble with joshua.jordan@gmx.com right now. I was going through your site because I wanted to print that statesman article for my son so he could know what to look for in other men. It’s part of a series of articles, mostly written by me and a handful by others, for my son on leadership.

I came across your top 100 films and I believe you may be in error, Brother. It is my duty, according to our charge, to correct you. Since this is a matter of opinion, I will not hold it against you if you disagree. =)

I will not attempt to tell you what place it should occupy or what film it should displace from the list but you seem to have left out two of the most important films of all time:

The first, I believe, is important to any young boy with a good heart, but especially to Masons and those who go deeper into the esoteric arts and sciences. This film is truly epic; it’s the most important film nobody has ever seen. It is the 1981 version of Excalibur; this trailer is only two minutes but if you don’t want to see it after seeing this then nothing will convince you to see it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOqlV4Le9Tk

The second film is also an epic tragedy, but it is epic only within the lives of the participants of the game. This film must be seen in the original Sweedish. The 1958 version of the Seventh Seal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtkFei4wRjE I realize that you have to be a bit “artistic” to “get this”, but — through your writing — I’m confident in your sophistication and I believe you’ll grasp the substance of this film.

Beyond this, I have a couple asides that are not questions about the list, but general banter about film that I believe you may find interesting or useful.

I’m a bit puzzled about Gone with the Wind. Clark Gable played a man the way I believe a man should be in that film. He was cool, calm, and collected even as the artillery came raining in and he knew how to handle men and women; he did not choose an unsuitable mate in the end. But, every man respects different men for different things and so I understand your decision to not place it on the list.

Also, as a Mason, a traveler, and a person somewhat trained in the craft of intelligence I have to say The Man Who Would be King is a great accomplishment as a film, but likely not worthy of the list, because it speaks to those aspects of myself in the film with great majesty. Still, I think you’d like it. =)

611 kevin November 10, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Warrior with Tom Hardy should definitely be on this

612 Donna November 12, 2013 at 11:28 pm

I guess these aren’t just for men since I’ve seen 92 out of 100.

613 Ray Hill November 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Love the list. I agree totally with all of these as worthy of top movies list. I’m always on the lookout for good movies and found one recently that falls right in line with the nature of this blog. I’m referring to the Russian-made “The Admiral” based in part on true story during the Bolshevik revolution. I’ve never heard of it but stumbled upon it one day and was quite impressed by the film. Though subtitled, it is sure not to disappoint.

614 JP November 16, 2013 at 12:19 am

Thanks for the list. Looks like I have some more to add to my watch list. I would agree with Dusty to add The Patriot. There’s a few others I would add to my list of essentials, Sergeant York, Saints and Soldiers, To End All Wars, The Sacketts, High Noon, The Book of Eli, Defiance, Spartan, Luther, Amazing Grace, The Fugitive, The Notebook, Radio, Life is Beautiful, Finding Forrester, The Hades Factor, The Mission, Invictus, Skyfall, Jesus of Nazareth, Up, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Pursuit of Happyness and Bella. I may add The Bucket List and Moneyball after viewing them, as they also come so highly recommended.

615 Florin November 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm

“Burnt by the Sun”, by Nikita Mikhalkov would fit nice in the list too. Just seen “The Great Escape”, a nice example of manliness :)

616 Tobey November 25, 2013 at 3:56 am

How about “Rain Man” starring Dustin Hoffmann?

617 Brandon R. November 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I am so glad you included Top Gun on this list! Everybody picks on me for loving that film because of its homoerotic imagery, but damn it, I learned so much about being a man from that movie.

Some recent entries I would tack on:
Pacific Rim (for obvious reasons)
The Dark Knight Trilogy (you don’t get much manlier than Batman, and the scene where he crawls out of the pit in The Dark Knight Rises get me every time)
The new 3:10 to Yuma (so many manly lessons, from both the outlaw and the rancher; best line: “Even bad men love their mamas.”)
The Rock (Ed Harris as the honorable villain makes the movie, but Sean Connery basically reprising his role of James Bond doesn’t hurt).

618 Florin November 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Brandon, thanks for “3:10 to Yuma” hint. Great film.

619 Les December 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm

I would argue that the best line in the Bourne Series is the following, spoken by the operative Jason kills in the first movie (played by Clive Owen) and then by Jason to the operative about to shoot him on the rooftop in “Ultimatum”:

“Look at us. Look at what they make you give.”

620 Jeff December 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I was glad to see that Patton made the list. I knew a gentleman who was a dentist in the 3rd Army. General Patton came to him and said he had a tooth that was bothering him. Doc examined him and found he had a cavity that needed filling. He prepared to give the general a shot to numb him and the general asked “Do you do that for all my boys?” To which the doctor said “No sir.” The general said “If you don’t do it for my boys, you won’t do it for me.” He said that Patton sat in the chair and didn’t so much as wince as he was drilled.

621 Robert Anderson December 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Patton’s dentist should said “Suck it up, slacker” and then ranted about all the suffering, dying boys out there, and here’s
the general whining about a toothache!

622 skinny December 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm

“Hustle and Flow”. From its very first line, “Man ain’t like a dog”, it’s an extended meditation on a male becoming a man.

623 Chris December 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

Legends of the Fall

624 Don December 12, 2013 at 9:51 am

Jack Nicholson in “The Last Detail” EPIC Guy movie!
I joined the Navy because of this movie!

625 Jordan Crowder December 13, 2013 at 6:11 am

I would have to add Barry Levinson’s “Diner” to this list.

626 Doug Mott December 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Do not forget the Outlaw Josey Whales.
And Mel Gidbson The Patriot.

627 Paul Capone December 16, 2013 at 2:17 am

Four movies to add:

1. Angels with Dirty Faces
Public Enemy or White Heat
-Three of the Original Ganster movies, starring Hollywood’s Original Ganster, James Cagney

2. The Dirty Dozen
-I am Shocked you missed this one

3. The Fighting Sullivans (1944)
-Brothers Stick together. Brotherly love

4. Mister Roberts (1955)
-James Cagney, Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, William Powell!
This is an every Man movie. how to act with a boss that is less than par and how to be a Leader. It shows the growing of men.

These are essential in every Man’s movie list!

628 gene December 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

how is THE WARRIORS not on here?!?!?!?

629 GrocerMan December 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Without a doubt, Glenngarry Glenn Ross needs to be on this list. Watching it will make you a better man.

630 Lee December 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Good list … you didn’t included Redford’s The Candidate … another I’d include is Good Will Hunting …

631 Austin December 20, 2013 at 1:46 am

I run my own movie review blog and I used this list to create my own list of 10 movies for every guy to see. Check it out here: http://austinsmoviereviews37.blogspot.com/2013/12/10-movies-every-guy-should-see.html

632 RW December 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

One of the greatest manly movies in my opinion is “Touch of Evil,” by Orson Wells. Charleston Heston’s role as the tough, honest detective is one of his best, in my opinion, while Wells’ corrupt lawman is his perfect foil.

633 Ozzy December 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Brandon(nov 3,’13)…how about “I love the smell of napalm in the morning” (Robert Duvall)

634 Homa December 27, 2013 at 12:32 am

“The Quiet Man” – Classic tale of manhood. Love, marriage, money, drinking, fighting, John Wayne. Would also throw in Charlton Heston in “The Ten Commandments” and original “Planet of the Apes”, unless I missed them on the list.

635 GrocerMan December 29, 2013 at 9:05 am

And the quote for Glenngarry Glenn Ross, at least in my book would be: “What are you going to do about it? What are you going to do about it, Asshole?”

@Ozzy: I’m the Brandon who posted that about Apocolypse Now. I just changed my name since there were a ton of Brandons on here. What you suggest is the obvious answer, it was just too obvious for me though so I went with something different. That scene was pretty fantastic, but it just kinda drives me crazy how people will (mis)quote it to death though.

636 HENRY MOSSBERG December 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Like the list BUT,

Where is:
John Wayne’s “The Cowboys”,
either “3:10 to Yuma”,
Bronson/Robards “Once Upon a Time in the West”??

637 Wayne December 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Any thought for the following:
1) The Godfather-Brando,Pacino,Caan
2) Barfly-Micky Rourke(Pre plastic surgery)
3) Vacation-Chevy Chase,D Angelo, Brinkly
4) The Good The Bad and the Ugly-Clint

638 Glenn January 1, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Movies that should have made the list
Once were warriors
Good will Hunting
Man on Fire
Falling Down
Lock stock and two smoking barrels
Pulp Fiction

639 george January 2, 2014 at 3:08 am

best line (3 lines) of ghostbusters:

“Everything was fine until dickless here cut off the power grid!”
mayor- “Is this true?”
Bill Murray – “Yes, your honor, this man has no dick.”

640 Buster Douglas January 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

Moneyball is a special film. The best line is “..I hate losing, i hate losing more than I like winning.”

641 A.T. Post January 4, 2014 at 6:28 am

No love for “The Wild Bunch”? A group of aging outlaws watch the West disappear all around them, try their hand at one last big score, watch it go to hell, wind up with their backs against the wall and decide to end it on their terms? Sounds pretty manly to me.

642 Chris January 6, 2014 at 10:56 pm


Not exactly a stellar start, but that’s counting the Star Wars, Bourne, Indiana Jones and entire Bond series as one each… and I’m only 17. Give me a couple more years…

643 Steven D January 6, 2014 at 11:54 pm

This is an excellent list of films, and I’m glad to see that the films on this list go beyond, for the most part, the ‘cars, women, war, guns’ thing; in other words, the films here have more substance and serve a purpose greater than merely entertaining men with all the cliché things guys supposedly like. I’m shocked, however, that Gone With The Wind did not make the list. It would have been my first choice. Clark Gable? Hell, every young man today should hang a poster of Clark Gable above his bed, especially in his role as Rhett Butler. (I just happen to believe that Clark Gable was a gentleman on and off the screen.) In GWTW, Gable played a man who was confident, decisive, a healthy bit of arrogant, but also empathetic, emotional, a gentleman, albeit at times a conflicted one. I think it’s something that every man should aspire to be more like, and something that every man can probably, in some way, relate to — especially in so much as having regrets, acting foolishly but only by following one’s heart, and so on… so dare I say that this is a great list indeed, but incomplete. Gone With the Wind is essential.

644 Donald January 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Agree with the mention of Snatch, one of my al-time faves.

Great list. I’d add:
The Thin Man
L.A. Confidential
Lost Horizon
The Prisoner of Zenda
Tarzan of the Apes
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Hard Times
Gran Torino
The Blue Dahlia
Judgment at Nuremberg
The Big Lebowski
O Brother Where Art Thou
Sullivan’s Travels
Requiem for a Heavyweight
The Departed

Glad to see American Beauty on the list. My favorite line: “You…don’t get to tell me what to do…ever…again.”

645 Adrian Raul January 15, 2014 at 2:35 am

This list is awesome and so is this site..

646 Fred January 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

The Holy Grail

647 James gayaldo January 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I have to recomend rollerball. Not the new one, the old one.

648 Denise Palmer January 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

Thrilled to see this list. I have seen many of the films but have to set to work to see many more. I am very excited to have found this website. Never heard of it before today.

649 Sander Ligtenberg January 20, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Just recently I saw “Lone Survivor” I had trouble sleepling that night but it made me think back of my time in the army. For a man who owns a dog i would like to mention ” A dog named duke” and ” red dog”

The first one is at times a bit cheesy but it made me choke. Red dog is just something else, I really enjoyed this. Hopefully you will go and see one of these movies.

The Netherlands

650 Sander Ligtenberg January 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm

I would also like to add the italian movie Caos Calmo (quiet chaos)

651 Joe January 20, 2014 at 3:45 pm

American Beauty? Nothing manlier than a bunch of middle class whiners.

Full Metal Jacket

652 Billyo January 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm

How about Gran Tarino, Clint Eastwood as a grumpy war veteran who sacrifices his life (once he knows he will die soon) for the sake of the family he disliked at the start. It shows compassion behind independent strength and the ability to act ethically without chattering.

653 skinnylegsandall January 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Three Days of the Condor
Slaughter House Five
Watch them twice you have to pay attention.

654 Nathan January 29, 2014 at 11:22 am

Secondhand Lions

655 Tory January 30, 2014 at 7:21 am

Love the list, but I can’t believe that “Road to Perdition” is not on it.

656 Kent January 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm

An exceptionally diverse list of menly movies. Thank you for playing more than one note. And thank you to many comments for expanding the list, a few titles at a time.

657 Bastiaan January 31, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Pity that The Last Samurai isn’t on the list, or V for Vendetta. Good to see Gladiator and Fight Club though! Also, I would recommendThe Pianist, Troy and The River Why.

Katsumoto: The Emperor could not hear my words. His army will come. For nine hundred years, my ancestors have protected our people. Now… I have failed them.
Algren: So you will take your own life? In shame? Shame for a life of service? Discipline? Compassion?
Katsumoto: The way of the Samurai is not necessary anymore.
Algren: Necessary? What could be more necessary?

[Katsumoto hands a samurai sword to Algren, it has a message written on it]
Algren: What does it say?
Katsumoto: “I belong to the warrior in whom the old ways have joined the new.”

658 Larisa February 4, 2014 at 4:40 am

Do not know much English, sorry. Stumbled on your site and are interested in becoming your opinions of men. As a woman, I would highly advise men see Russian TV series “The Penal Battalion”. Here is a true example of courage! I think that regardless of race, nationality or country of residence has oschie values ​​for all mankind, and they are indisputable.

659 Ironbob February 8, 2014 at 2:48 am


660 Ty February 11, 2014 at 1:03 am

No Christopher Nolan movies. I mean whats manlier than Batman. No Tarantino movies either. If you could I would’ve said put all the great Hitchcock movies on there. Great list. All great movies.

661 Garrison February 12, 2014 at 8:11 am

I can’t believe you have movies like The Karate Kid, Top Gun , Rudy (I’m a ND fan but c’mon) and Lord Of The Rings on this list as must see movies. Where are
Godfather II – Apocalypse Now – Deer Hunter – Caddy Shack – The Big Labowski – American Graffiti – The Last Detail – MASH – The Conversation – Little Big Man – Fargo – No Country For Old Men – Psycho – Raging Bull – Boogie Nights – Taxi Driver – Animal House – Pulp Fiction – Good Fellas – Seven – Dr. Strangelove – Full Metal Jacket – Blazing Saddles – She Wore A Yellow Ribbon etc etc etc…

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663 Gino February 16, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Scarface (1983), The Public Enemy, Once Upon A Time In America, Goodfellas, Casino, The Departed, Cinema Paradiso, La Vita E Bella, The Pianist, Forrest Gump

664 Michael February 20, 2014 at 9:55 am

Hunt for Red October…Sean Connery as the most manly boat captain ever.

665 Roger Wilson February 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Check out “The Lives of Others”. It’s kind of artsy, but I can’t think of a better example of two men doing the right thing in the face of adversity.

666 Dejan Davchevski February 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

The Movie Saga that made me become a MAN was Rocky. In the first parts Rocky 1, 2, 3, 4, I heard Stallone’s Coach and his famous speech but it didn’t had as much impact on me as in the last movie – Rocky Balboa – when Stallone tells the same speech to his son.

I guess because of his acting or maybe because it was an epic closure to the whole saga but that speech made me cry. Listening to that speech was like listening to my own father giving me the best advice about life anyone can ever give.

I wrote a whole article about that speech on my website – http://www.lifecoachcode.com/how-winning-is-done/ – It would be an honor if you check it out!

667 Ken February 25, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I looked for Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. It ought to be on the list.

668 A.T. Post February 26, 2014 at 2:22 am

I thought long and hard about this, because I thought the list that was posted was dang near impeccable, but there’s one vital addition I think deserves mention:

“The World’s Fastest Indian” (2005).

669 Jim Watkins March 4, 2014 at 6:54 am

I don’t know how any movie list extolling manly virtues could exclude Billy Budd. Watch it, you’ll see….

670 Jackie March 5, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Four Feathers is a personal favorite. Abou Fatma is an inspirational character

671 Dan March 12, 2014 at 8:09 am

I agree with the list, mostly! :) I think Red Dawn (old or new) is also a great flick that delves into the duties of men and boys becoming men. Just my opinion!

672 Old Hickory March 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Hmm, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day made it, but not Tombstone? Possibly the best modern made western.

673 Derrick Lehman March 20, 2014 at 1:11 am

After page four I was getting worried that It’s a Wonderful Life wasn’t going to make the list. That movie shaped my childhood and I’m only 20! I love those classic movies.

674 Samir Rahaman March 23, 2014 at 8:58 am

What about all of the James Bond movies? Dr. No isn’t enough. What about the movie Jaws.

675 Justin Wasson March 24, 2014 at 8:40 am

Love this list, I’ve watched so many great movies I probably wouldn’t have watched otherwise.

Two movies I’d add to the list;
All is Lost (2013) great movie about a man and survival
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) this movie might be considered by some a “chick flick” but if you really watch it, you learn how to dress like a man and be cool like Ryan Gosling

676 doug roach March 25, 2014 at 8:04 am

When my 2 boys were old enough, I had a list of movies for them to watch. All of them are here except 2. Aliens, which I suppose is not a manly movie, But Deliverance definitely belongs in this list. I have to say that I also had them watch Death Wish. Not sure if that was a good move or not.

677 Omar Omar March 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

300,troy,warrior,<——-Manliest Movies

678 Barnun March 29, 2014 at 9:55 am

add to your list (IQ} Meg Ryan
Left Hand of God- Bogart
Long Hot Summer – Paul Newman
Mr. Lincoln -Henry Fonda
Lonesome Dove

679 RJS II March 30, 2014 at 12:28 am

Dirty Dancing, and Road House Patrick Swayze’s the man

680 Mike Abrahams April 8, 2014 at 5:02 am

Man…you’ve got to include ‘The Soldier’ (Kurt Russell) with the totally awesome line: “I’m going to kill them all, Sir!” and in response to her offer of help…”No, soldiers deserve soldiers, Sir!”

681 Jimmy Brown April 9, 2014 at 11:10 pm

The Incredibles

I believe every man must see this movie before he marries and once a year afterwards. At it’s heart, it is the choice every married man must make.

682 Rob April 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm

The Quiet Man
Master & Commander
A Beautiful Mind
The 13th Warrior
Animal House
Kelly’s Heros

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