Characterized by eye-popping effects, powerful hero driven stories and some of the most beautiful actresses in film, these heroes movies for guys exemplify a genre in which tough, leather-clad women abound and good always triumphs over evil. Featuring everything from dark, noir style thrillers like “Dark City” and “Equilibrium” to stylized superhero epics like “X-Men” and “The Spirit,” these films offer sex, action and stunning visual effects-- perfect films for the hero in every man.

  1. “Batman Begins” Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster prequel to the Batman franchise tells the character’s origins and is one of the greatest heroes movies for guys ever made. Christian Bale is at his best and bulked up to a massive 220 lbs. to play the young Bruce Wayne, while Nolan’s gritty, neo-noir cinematography makes this one of the best Batman movies to date.

  2. “Equilibrium” One of the best heroes movies for guys in recent years, “Equilibrium” stars Christian Bale as John Preston, a warrior priest in a future society where feelings and art have been outlawed. When Preston begins to feel and thus, becomes a target, the film takes a thrilling turn with some of the most amazing fight sequences ever filmed.

  3. “Dark City” One of the best heroes movies for guys from the 1990’s, this 1998 film by “The Crow” director Alex Proyas tells the story of a nameless city telepathically controlled by an underground alien race and their experiment, an amnesiac man who possesses their powers. A stylish noir film, “Dark City” features impeccable performances by Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly and Kiefer Sutherland.

  4. “Batman Returns” Tim Burton’s second installment in the Batman franchise is definitely his best and features a sultry young Michelle Pfeiffer in a skin-tight leather suit as Catwoman, a demented Danny DeVito as the Penguin and a brooding Michael Keaton reprising his role at the Dark Knight. Notable for Burton’s dark, gothic cinematography “Batman Returns” also features a perfect performance by Christopher Walken as greedy, manipulative businessman Max Shreck.

  5. “Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut” The best of the Superman franchise, this 1980 classic introduced the character of General Zod, darkly portrayed by screen legend Terence Stamp. Originally directed by Richard Donner, the film was re-shot by Richard Lester as a campy nightmare. Donner’s original is darker and more powerful and does away with the ridiculously campy fight sequences and idiotic “Three Stooges” inspired gags of the theatrical version.

  6. “X-Men” The first of three films to feature the Marvel mutants is arguably one of the best heroes movies for guys ever made. Featuring an excellent story, superb special effects, a number of sexy, leather-clad actresses including Famke Janssen and Halle Berry, and a nearly-nude Rebecca Romijn, “X-Men” launched the marvel movie franchise and breathed new life into the struggling superhero genre.

  7. “The Spirit” This film follows an invincible noir-style hero clad in trench coat and fedora as he battles his insane nemesis, the Octopus. An underrated gem, “The Spirit” is one of the best overlooked heroes movies for guys, featuring director Frank Miller’s highly stylized cinematography, an excellent performance by Samuel L. Jackson as the Octopus, and a number of femme fatales clad in skin-tight leather including Scarlett Johansson and Eva Mendes.

  8. “Dr. No” The best in a long line of films to feature the character James Bond, “Dr. No” is the first and stars Sean Connery as the charming British spy. The film introduced the flourishing 1960’s “spy movie” genre and includes amazing gadgets, a thrilling story, and a bikini-clad Ursula Andress as Bond girl Honey Rider.

  9. Terminator 2: Judgment Day” The best in the Terminator franchise, this 1991 classic features Arnold Schwarzenegger as the cyborg hero, sent through time to protect mankind’s future savior. The screen debut of Edward Furlong, this film included cutting edge special effects for the time and features an incredible performance by Robert Patrick as the sadistic T-1000.

  10. “Hellboy” Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 action thriller about a sarcastic demonic creature who battles the forces of evil, “Hellboy” delivers career-defining performances by Ron Pearlman, John Hurt, and a radiant Selma Blair as firestarter Liz Sherman. The film showcased del Toro’s somewhat gothic style, as well as a funny, powerful story by del Toro and writer Peter Briggs.

-Joshua Duncan