10 Best Movies For Guys

Thursday, February 3 by Megan Martin

The 10 best movies for guys aren't all T and A, but feature films with significant plots and character depth.  No chick flicks here; men want movies where people bleed or things explode. Something that makes the trip from the couch to the DVD player worthwhile.  Some movies are just made for the man in all of us. Here they are.

  1. "The Godfather" One of two excuses is acceptable for not having seen "The Godfather"; you have been living in a desolate third world country under a rock or you have a vagina.  If neither is the case, Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 crime drama is probably the epitome of a masculine cinematic masterpiece.  The juxtaposition of both violence and soap opera-like drama seamlessly summarizes what a "man's man" is and who he wants to be.  
  2. "Fight Club" If a guy could live out all of his manly, testosterone filled urges, he would revert to a sophisticated Neanderthal with a penchant for blowing things up and recreational sex.  Since this is generally frowned upon, he watches "Fight Club".  Based on a Chuck Palahniuk novel, the 1999 movie is an artful introspective look at the modern man.  Even if you disagree with the sentiments portrayed, a lot of things ring true. Unsettlingly so. 
  3. "Saving Private Ryan" Real men don't cry. But theoretically, if they did, it would be during this.  The combination of battle sequences, amazing cinematography, and dea brothers make it both heart-wrenching and exciting.
  4. "American History X" At the surface, it's "reformed bad guy tries to do good."  A closer look reveals some of the underbelly of society we avoid acknowledging in polite company.  It's a complexly real story about a guy just trying to right some of the wrong he's put into the world.  Sad and violent, yet profoundly beautiful, "American History X" is thought-provoking and well deserves a spot in the top ten guy's movies.
  5. The Man with No Name Trilogy- "A Fistful of Dollars," "For A Few Dollars More," "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"  The '60s spaghetti westerns, Clint Eastwood; You grow up on these.  Arguably the best westerns of all time, this trilogy turned Eastwood from a television actor into a legend.  They're exemplary of why western is a classic American genre for the classic American male.
  6. "Rocky"  An underdog tale through and through, Rocky speaks to the little guy in all of us.  Writer Sylvester Stallone had to sell the screenplay in order to be cast as the lead.  This low budget winner is not only iconic and critically acclaimed, it is inspiring as well.  Plus, it reestablishes the fact every guy deserves theme music.
  7. "Boondock Saints"  What would happen if you actually took crime-fighting into your own hands?  That's the gist of Boondock Saints.  Not sinc Robin Hood have the lines of hero and villain been so thoroughly blended.  Nevermind the superhero, Boston gets two foul-mouthed Irish Southies to clean up its streets.  What results is both hilarious and vindicating.
  8. "Stand By Me"  Once upon a time, you were young and naïve—you were going to live forever.  Then you stood on the cusp of adulthood and looked over.  "Stand By Me" captures that instance for four friends over one summer.  This nostalgic classic guys' best appeals to the little boy you used to be as well as the man you've become.   
  9. "Sin City" Derived from a graphic novel and directed by three great directors, "Sin City" combines visually assaulting cinematography, great casting, and  a faithful adaptation.  This guys' top ten is a visual feast of flesh, gore, and violence; glorified violence, gore, and flesh.  "Sin City" is not for the weak, squeamish, or moralistic.  It's cinematic junk food and so very good.
  10. "The Departed"  Two men are undercover on both sides of the law and everyone's a liar.  "The Departed" is truly crime, drama, and mystery brought into fruition by a phenomenal cast directed by the illustrious Martin Scorsese.  A must-see.
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