10 Great Historic Movies For Guys

Friday, February 25 by William Ramirez

The testosterone pumping through our veins makes the chick flicks and romantic comedies almost unbearable, so why not embrace your manly side and watch 10 of the great historic movies for guys. The films depict man in all his glories and failures, and, regardless if the film has a happy ending, all of these films will leave you feeling satisfied.

  1. "Schindler's List" Oskar Schindler, perhaps the most noble man in history's most ignoble time, single-handedly saved the lives of thousands of Jewish concentration camp workers. The black and white tone only makes Steven Spielberg's creation that much more eerie and engaging.
  2. "Braveheart" What would a list of great historical movies for guys be without "Braveheart?" Regardless if Sir William Wallace actually existed or not, this movie, directed by and starring Mel Gibson, shows the importance of standing up for what you believe in, even when the odds are overwhelming. Not to mention the fact that it does it in a pretty "rad" way. 
  3. "Wyatt Earp" Leading up to the events of the OK-Corral, Sheriff Wyatt Earp, played by Kevin Costner, stood as a beacon for justice when law was not enforced throughout the Wild West. It may not be as realistic as the mini-series "Lonesome Dove," but it's an incredibly entertaining historical movie for guys. 
  4. "Spartacus" "I'm Spartacus!" The quote probably doesn't mean much to you if you haven't seen the movie, so stop pretending like you know what it means and actually watch the movie. "Spartacus" is a great historical movie for any guy searching to do the right thing, especially for those like Kirk Douglas's character.
  5. "Gladiator" This is the movie that cemented Russell Crowe's place as the go-to actor for historical movies, especially ones that involve lots of killing. About one third of the way through the movie, Crowe shouts, "Are you not entertained?!" moments after killing a group of gladiators; I dare you to tell him "no".
  6. "300" Like "Braveheart" this movie showcases the historical importance of standing up for what you believe in when the odds are just overwhelming. Unlike "Braveheart", this Zack Snyder-directed film goes to great lengths to showcase the importance of digging large holes.
  7. "Saving Private Ryan" A band on brothers look for a soldier who has lost all of his. Tom Hank's chilling performance as an English teacher-turned-soldier showcases the brutality of war while also humanizing those who fight in.
  8. "Lawrence of Arabia" Peter O'Toole plays a British military figure who gets caught in the middle of a war with the nation in which he is stationed. The film places immense importance on both sides being in the "right" or "wrong" depending on how you look at it, and Lawrence's conflicted thoughts.
  9. "Ben-Hur" Oscar-winner, "Ben-Hur" follows Charlton Heston's quest for of revenge. Set against the historic backdrop of the emergence of Jesus Christ, the religious components of the film come full circle challenging every guys' values and convictions.
  10. "Full Metal Jacket" Every guy should see this film before enlisting in the military. Perhaps the most accurate representation of boot camp, the Stanley Kubrick-directed film showcases the experiences of many soldiers who enlisted during the Vietnam war.
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