Good hero movies for guys involve beautiful women, a great superhero and nonstop action. Superhero movies have come in a steady stream since the 1970s, with the original "Superman" series igniting moviegoers' lust for heroes on film.

  1. "Iron Man" (2008): Rich playboy Anthony "Tony" Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) ends up on the wrong end of a war after a weapons demonstration his defense company, Stark Industries, was involved in goes south. Injured while being held hostage, Stark devises a suit to keep him alive and get him back home to the U.S. He returns a changed man, no longer wishing to make weapons that destroy innocent lives, and becomes the new hero known as "Iron Man." However, not everyone is happy with Stark's change of heart, particularly those making millions off of his weapons, and he must deal with new threats from all sides. "Iron Man" is a slick hero movie with witty dialogue and top-notch special effects.

  2. "The Dark Knight" (2008): Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is a billionaire and a ladies man with a secret: He is also the fictional Gotham City's resident superhero, Batman. Facing a villain whose insanity is barely eclipsed by his violent streak, the Joker played by Heath Ledger, Batman must figure out who the Joker is before all is lost. Fast pacing and dark action make this particular Batman film exciting and atmospheric.

  3. "Superman" (1978): Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve) moves from his small-town Midwest home to Metropolis, a busy city in need of a hero. Luckily for the city's residents, Kent is really a being from another planet with superhuman abilities. By day, Kent works at the city's newspaper, The Daily Planet, and tries to win the affection of tough reporter Lois Lane (Margot Kidder). But at night or whenever he's needed, he's Superman. When a brilliant new villain, Lex Luther (Gene Hackman), begins to start trouble in the city, Superman is faced with his first great adversary. For many, Christopher Reeve is the perfect picture of Superman in "Superman," and excellent performances from the supporting cast make this film a must-see.