We’re all familiar with the concept of the “chick flick”. But what about Guy Movies? While chick flicks have a fairly standard set of rules, there are a lot of films that can fall under the heading of “guy movies”. Some are action movies, some not, but they’re all films that every guys watches, quotes from, and associates with at least one character from.
Here are 20 of my favorite guy movies.
This one was a given. Based on the book of the same name, this movie gave rise to underground fight clubs around the country, and pushed the idea of not talking about things outside of a group.
The Big Lebowski
The Dude abides. What else needs to be said about this cult movie? This movie showed what men have known for years – there’s nothing worse than Nihilists coming in and pissing all over a rug that really pulled the room together.
We all wanted college to be like this. We all wanted to hang out with Jim Belushi and party like this. Sadly, college is not really like Animal House, but we all held out hope as high school graduation came around.
The Usual Suspects
Kevin Spacey is amazing in this film, and we all wanted to hang out with Verbal, Keaton, and the rest of the band and commit crimes. In this film there were no real good guys and it was great to root for the villain.
Any Given Sunday
One of the better sports films out there thanks to amazing cinematography that gave a good hard look at the gridiron. Profanity, violence, sex, and an all-star cast didn’t hurt a movie that made every guy want to go and play a bit of football.
First of all, it’s Bruce Willis. That alone qualifies just about any movie for this list. But it’s Bruce Willis in the roll we love to see him in and every guy has, at least once, thought about taking on an army all by himself.
Sure, William Wallace was fighting for Scottish independence, and sure, the movie took some liberties with his personality (I’ve been to Scotland, and while they respect him, they also think he was kinda a dick), but the film did at least imply that he was also fighting for his dead wife. A love story wrapped in graphic violence? That’s called a win.
Want to know how guys screw up relationships and deal with break-ups? This is the film that explains it all as only John Cusack can. It’s one of the 3 films women should watch to better understand men.
“Greed…is good.” We all know the line, whether we’ve seen the movie or not, but Wall Street drives home the idea that trying to have everything usually means you end up with nothing.
The ultimate underdog story. Rocky versus Apollo Creed is the stuff of legends and the kind of fight that boxing wishes it had today.
It’s James Bond for a new generation. That’s not to say that James Bond movies aren’t guy movies as well, but in the new millennium, it’s easier to relate to Jason Bourne than James Bond.
If you’ve never wanted to be a bartender, watching this movie makes you want to be one.
There’s something about revenge that every guy can understand. Mel Gibson’s character in Payback shows what true revenge is all about and about understanding your worth in the world.
Perhaps the greatest military recruiting video ever made. Top Gun made us all want to sign up and fly planes for a living, and reminded everybody that we all had a need…a need for speed.
It certainly drives home the importance of family, and of course “making an offer he can’t refuse”.
There’s something about guys and mobster/gangster movies. Maybe it’s the nuance, the rooting for the bad guy, or in the case of Scarface, the little friend.
Enter the Dragon
It’s Bruce freaking Lee, in what may be the quintessential martial arts movie.
The movie that shows you how men want to be when we’re in our 30’s and 40’s – clinging to our 20’s. The camaraderie, the looking out for each other, and the adolescent actions are something that every guy of any age can relate to.
It’s the only movie men are allowed to cry during. Period.
The answer to the chick flick. This is another of the movies that women should watch to better understand men (along with High Fidelity and Casablanca), as it shows how we interact with each other. Watch this movie with your girl, together on the couch next to the fireplace mantel. This movie tackles relationships of every kind and does it all with style and class and while introducing a whole new vernacular to anybody that’s seen it.