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

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

in Movies, Travel & Leisure

Seven Samurai


Seven Samurai is probably one of the most influential films ever made. Countless westerns were inspired by this 1954 Japanese classic. The Magnificent Seven being one of them. Set in feudal Japan, a peasant village hires seven medieval mercenaries to defend it from marauding bandits. The bravery the seven samurai show will inspire any man to stand up for injustice.

Line: “This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourselves.”

From Here to Eternity

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From Here To Eternity is probably best remembered for the famous beach love scene of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, but there’s a lot more to this legendary film. Based on the novel by James Jones, From Here to Eternity is about the life of an American soldier stationed in Hawaii before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The film considerably tones down the controversial topics in Jones’ book. However, it was still groundbreaking in its depiction of topics that were taboo in the 1950s: serial adultery, alcoholism, and a U.S. military teeming with corruption and incompetence. The film focuses on two professional soldiers: Prewitt (Montgomery Clift), a hard-headed ex-boxer given ‘the treatment’ by his commanding officer to force him to fight in the regimental boxing championships and the company’s Top Sergeant (Burt Lancaster), who is having an affair with the officer’s frigid wife (Deborah Kerr). From Here to Eternity reminds you that sometimes life’s a messy thing and doesn’t always have happy endings.

Best line: “A man don’t go his own way, he’s nothing.”

Old Yeller


No other movie better portrays the powerful bond between man and canine. No other movie better drives home the message that becoming a man sometimes means doing things that hurt.

Best line: “He was my dog. I’ll do it.”

To Kill a Mockingbird

mockGregory Peck plays Atticus Finch, a small-town Alabama lawyer and widower father of two, who passionately defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. The courtroom scenes have inspired many a legal career. In addition to being an inspiring lawyer, Atticus Finch is an inspiring father. If you’re a dad or a dad to be, watch To Kill a Mockingbird and take some notes.

Best line: “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Dr. No


The first James Bond film and quite possibly the best. 007 (Sean Connery) is sent on a mission to Jamaica to investigate the murder of a fellow MI-6 agent. Action, intrigue, and sexually suggestive named women are mixed in to make this a stellar guilty pleasure.

Best line: “Bond. James Bond.”

Jeremiah Johnson


An American soldier (Robert Redford) goes west to escape the Mexican War and becomes a mountain man. A grizzled old trapper takes Johnson in and teaches him how to survive harsh winters, bears, and Indians. After accidentally violating an Indian burial ground, he loses his new Indian wife and their adopted child to vengeance, and a vendetta between him and the Crows ruins his idyllic life as a fur trapper. For about half the movie we get to see Jeremiah Johnson take on surprise attacks by Crow Indians with nothing but his fists and a Bowie knife. The film is actually based on the real life of mountain man Jeremiah Johnson

Best line: “Where you headed?” “Same place you are, Jeremiah: hell, in the end”

A River Runs Through It


A River Runs Through It follows an older brother’s attempt to save his talented brother from self-destruction through the healing power of fly fishing. Set in Montana’s beautiful Blackfoot River country, the viewer is presented with stunning shots of nature. Director Robert Redford’s commentary and narration engages the viewer to ponder important life questions. From the story we learn that sometimes the people we love the most are the hardest to help.

Best line: “It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us.”

Bridge On the River Kwai

kwaiA group of British prisoners of war during WWII are ordered to build a bridge for the Japanese Burma-Siam railway. Instead of sabotaging the bridge, the men build the bridge under the command of Colonel Nicholson. The bridge becomes a metaphor for the futility and insanity of war, egotistical pride, a belief in saving “face,” and stubborn, inflexible obedience to class, military codes and rules.

Best line: “Do not speak to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket”

Gentleman’s Agreement


“I swear I’m not a racist but…” So many people have no idea what their true feelings toward people are until their foot is shoved in their mouth. In the film, Phil Green (Gregory Peck) poses as a Jewish man in the cultured society of New York and Connecticut to gain information for a magazine article. His eyes are opened to the world of bigotry that often goes unnoticed.

Best line: “I’ve come to see lots of nice people who hate it and deplore it and protest their own innocence, then help it along and wonder why it grows. People who would never beat up a Jew. People who think anti-Semitism is far away in some dark place with low-class morons. That’s the biggest discovery I’ve made. The good people. The nice people.”

Fight Club


At first blush, Fight Club just seems like another violent movie with guys beating each other to a bloody pulp. The fighting, however, is just a vehicle to explore and critique the sad state of modern American masculinity. Everything about Fight Club is amazing- the story, the cinematography, the acting, everything. Edward Norton plays a nameless narrator whose life has been hollowed out by his job and his desire to own all the contents in the IKEA catalog. His life changes when he meets soap salesman, Tyler Durden. I wish I could go on, but I can’t. The first rule of Fight Club is never talk about Fight Club. Guess you’ll have to see the movie yourself.

Best line: “You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your f****ing khakis.”

Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade)


The hat, the whip, the legend. There aren’t too many films that inspire adventure today. The problem with most current action movies is that there’s too much emphasis on the action and not enough time spent on developing a good story. Indiana Jones strikes a perfect balance of action and first rate storytelling. Watching an Indiana Jones movie will take you back to your boyhood dreams of fighting Nazis, getting the girl, and swinging from beams with your trusty bullwhip.

It’s a Wonderful Life


A perennial Christmastime favorite (mainly because the copyright wasn’t renewed in 1975 and TV stations could air it for free). We often think of It’s a Wonderful Life as a heart warming and inspiring film. But if you take a step back, you’ll see that there’s an underlying darkness to it. George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) had dreams of traveling, going on adventures, and being an architect in a big city. But his responsibilities to his family and his community kept him from leaving his small town. After the savings and loan he owns goes bust, Bailey considers suicide (pretty heavy for the 1940s), only to be shown what life would be like without him. In the end, he learns that happiness is found not in pursuing big dreams but through family, friends, and fulfilling responsibility to those around you.

Best line: “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

A Raisin in the Sun


Is A Raisin in the Sun about racism? Obviously. Is it about family and dreams and identity? Of course. But it’s also about being a man. About becoming a man. Walter Lee Younger makes mistakes, he’s stubborn, and he has his dreams dashed. But he’s not defeated. He finds the humility to unite with his family and the pride to stand up for his convictions. He mans up in the end.

Best line: “”He finally come into his manhood today, didn’t he? Kind of like a rainbow after the rain.”

The Natural


When we think of mythic heroes, we often think of characters from classical history like Achilles or Agamemnon. In The Natural, we see the archetype of the epic and mythological hero transposed from the battlefields of ancient Greece to the baseball diamonds of 1920′s America. Robert Redford plays Roy Hobbs, a baseball player whose promising career was cut short in his youth by a deadly dame. 16 years later, Roy is back to fulfill his dream to play major league ball. Just as Achilles had his mythological armor made by the gods, Roy wields his mythological bat, aptly named “Boy Wonder,” made from a tree struck by lightning. When you get down to it, The Natural is about re-birth and going after a dream no matter what it takes. Beautifully shot and masterfully scored, you’ll be bawling like a baby by the time the credits roll.

Best line: “You’ve got a gift Roy… but it’s not enough – you’ve got to develop yourself. If you rely too much on your own gift… then… you’ll fail.”



I hold a special place in my heart for Ghostbusters. When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the movie. I watched it over and over, played the video games, and had all the Ghostbusters toys. Moreover, from the ages of 4 until 6, I demanded that my family call me Peter Venkman and not Brett. Back then I loved the movie primarily for the cool special effects and proton packs. 20 years later, I still think the proton packs are cool. But I’m finally starting to appreciate how incredibly funny Ghostbusters is. There’s no deep meaning you can take away from Ghostbusters, it’s just a really entertaining and fun movie. When you’re looking for something to watch after a long day at work, you know who to call.

Best line: “Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say ‘YES!’”

Ben Hur


Two words: Chariot Race. Before CGI and all the other wires and fancy tricks, they had real guys doing crazy stuff that most filmmakers today won’t even dream about. And man, does it pay off for this picture. The chariot race is probably the most remembered event in the film, but it is certainly not the guts of the story. Family, the futility of revenge, inner peace, and a host of other themes lay the foundation for the character arc of Judah Ben Hur. One of Charleton Heston’s greatest roles.

Best line: “You can break a man’s skull, you can arrest him, you can throw him into a dungeon. But how do you control what’s up here? How do you fight an idea?”

Groundhog Day


On it’s surface, Groundhog Day is just another comedy. But if you delve deeper, you’ll find a story that drives home some profound messages. Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a cynical egotistical weatherman who, for some reason, must live the same day over and over. That day just happens to be Groundhog’s Day. We never learn how long Phil is stuck in this purgatory of repetition. It could have been a month or maybe even a thousand years. While the repetition provides some funny gags, it also sets up a backdrop for Phil (and the audience) to be hit with a heavy dose of anagnorisis. From Phil’s plight we learn the only real change in life can only come from within us.

Best line: “I’m a god.” “You’re God?” “I’m a god. I’m not *the* God… I don’t think.”

Top Gun


Another childhood favorite. Remember how I forced my family to call me Peter Venckman for two years after I saw Ghostbusters? Well, after I saw Top Gun in Kindergarten, they were calling me Maverick. In the role that made him a blockbuster star, Tom Cruise plays cocky navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell who is selected to train with the best of the best at the prestigious Navy flight school called “Top Gun.” Yeah, the story is sort of cheesy and yeah, some of the battle scenes weren’t all that realistic, but Top Gun entertains from beginning to end. Plus, it has a killer Kenny Loggins theme song. What more can you ask for in a 80′s flick?

Best line: ” I feel the need… the need for speed!”



We’ve all had moments in our life when our self confidence has been completely obliterated. Nothing goes right and it seems as though nothing will. But with time and some help from our buds, we get our swagger back. To me, that’s what Swingers is all about. John Favereu plays Mike, a crestfallen 20-something living in LA who was recently dumped by his girlfriend. His confidence hits an all time low, but with the help from his smooth talking buddy, Trent (Vince Vaughn), Mike slowly starts to come out of his shell. Swingers has some of the best dialogue I’ve ever seen in a film and is full of memorable quotes you can pull out when your buddy is feeling down on himself.

Best line: “You’re so money and you don’t even know it.”

The Longest Day


June 6, 1944 – the invasion of the Allied soldiers on the beaches of Normandy. One of the turning points in all of history. The film tells the story from both sides – Axis and Allies. For both it will be the longest day.

Best line: “You can’t give the enemy a break. Send him to hell.”

This post was written as a collaboration between AoM and my good friend Cameron Ming.

To see a list of just the movie titles, click here.

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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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