View Full Version : Compiling a list of great movies every man (women, too) should see

James Boba Fettfield
01-27-2006, 09:31 AM
Yesterday on the myspace thing, for those of us who use it, there was a list of 100some movies passed around and you were asked to check the films that you had seen. I don't know where that list originated from, but I do know that it inspired me and KH to want to get together a list of movies that every man should see.

I can't provide an adequate definition of what sort of movies will be on this list, but here are some examples that KH recommended:

Evil Dead
G.I. Joe
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

More examples would be:
The Terminator
Death Wish
The Warriors

Stuff we're not looking for:
White Oleander
She's All That
Driving Miss Daisy

Now I'm not suggesting any of the not looking for films are bad (I really like Miss Daisy), but that's not what we're looking for. So if you could just humor us and provide some films you think might belong on this list, that would be great. We'll take everything from any genre of film, just as long as it fits that hard to define man quality we're looking for. Women may participate as well, just please don't anyone take any offense as to what KH and I are trying to do here. We want a list, not a thread of defense on what a "man movie" is.

El Chuxter
01-27-2006, 09:43 AM
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Princess Mononoke
Batman Begins
The Magnificent Seven

01-27-2006, 11:31 AM
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Dirty Dozen
Once Upon a Time in the West
Raiders of the Lost Ark

01-27-2006, 11:32 AM
These are the ones that come to mind right away without giving too much thought. I will ponder this one some more and see what others leave out and get back to ya's.

Die Hard Trilogy
Pulp Fiction
Terminator 2
Kill Bill Vol. 1
Kill Bill Vol. 2
The Last of the Mohicans
Night(original/remake), Dawn(original), Day of the Living Dead
Austin Powers: Int'l Man of Mystery

Not sure if it is a "man" movie, but every man should see it:

The Shawshank Redemption

El Chuxter
01-27-2006, 11:52 AM
When I posted earlier, I forgot:

Mystery Men
Billy Madison
Cabin Boy
O Brother, Where Art Thou (maybe not a "man" movie, but it rocks)

James Boba Fettfield
01-27-2006, 12:09 PM
haha, Cabin Boy...That's one I never expected to see, but I do welcome it to the list.

Good list so far and I would put them under men films.

I've never seen The Last of the Mohicans or Princess Mononoke before, though I trust their backers.

And I'll defend Shawshank and Brother on this list.

El Chuxter
01-27-2006, 12:13 PM
Princess Mononoke is the best action film Mizazaki's done. Not his best film, though. That would be Spirited Away, which is more a coming-of-age story.

James Boba Fettfield
01-27-2006, 12:19 PM
Cool Hand Luke
The Cowboys (the John Wayne film)
The Deer Hunter
First Blood
The Great Escape
Mad Max
The Road Warrior
Escape From Alcatraz
Léon The Professional

01-27-2006, 12:24 PM
Tommy Boy
The Mummy
Ave Ventura - both of them
Event Horizon
Ed and His Dead Mother
Shawn of the Dead

01-27-2006, 12:33 PM
Saving Private Ryan
Rudy (the only movie where a man can legally cry while watching it)
The Holy Trilogy
Back to the Future(s)

There are so many and most everyone listed above is on my favs list.

James Boba Fettfield
01-27-2006, 12:38 PM
Rudy (the only movie where a man can legally cry while watching it)

Terminator 2 begs to differ.

El Chuxter
01-27-2006, 12:53 PM
Though it doesn't really belong on this list, it's actually illegal in 46 states to not cry at the end of Big Fish.

01-27-2006, 01:01 PM
OK! Man movies (but not "that" kind)...

Patton (I love that friggin' film!)
Sharky's Machine (Burt Reynolds lovin' and killin'.)
Sparticus (Insert gladiator movie joke here.)
Bullitt (Any Steve McQueen movie will do though.)
Outland (I know that just about any Connery Bond movie is an obvious choice, but I really like this one.)
Braveheart (...speaking of Scotland. As much as I'm a little gun-shy when it comes to Gibson anymore, you're probably not a man if you don't like this movie. It's OK to cry watching this one also... 'cause it's for Scotland.)
Papillon (I know I mentioned McQueen already, but since JBF mentioned "Cool Hand Luke," I figured that I'd add another manly prison movie to the list.)
The Graduate ("I want to say one word to you. Just one word." -- "Yes, sir." -- "Are you listening?" -- "Yes, I am." -- "Plastics.")
Apocalypse Now (Before he became the greatest president we ever had.)
Hang 'Em High (Playing off the Dennis Hopper connection, we get to Eastwood.)
Sin City (I can't believe no one put this up yet.)
The Fifth Element (Just saw this movie. I'll admit it, my secret shame... I'm a pretty big Bruce Willis fan. Then there's "Twelve Monkeys" also, which leads me around to...)
Fight Club ('Nuff said.)

01-27-2006, 01:11 PM
I LOVE man movies :thumbsup:

Encino Man
Real Genius (for the science man geek in you)
Manhattan Project (again for the science man geek)
Hellraiser 2
Terminator 3 (Hello, Kristanna is HOT and so is the Crane scene!)
Weird Science
Swamp Thing

01-27-2006, 01:15 PM
Old School
Black Hawk Down
Bad Santa
Happy Gilmore
Hot Shots!
Major League
Super Troopers

01-27-2006, 01:15 PM
*Major League
*Pulp Fiction
*Enemy at the Gates
*Full Metal Jacket

Rogue II
01-27-2006, 01:18 PM
Ice Pirates
Flash Gordon (Queen did the soundtrack, and the movie is so cheesy, it is funny)
Blazing Saddles
Office Space
Supertroopers meow
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Heat (De Niro and Pacino. I haven't seen it in a long time, but there was a great shoot out in it)
Hudson Hawk

James Boba Fettfield
01-27-2006, 01:20 PM
This list gets more and more :beard: with every post.

And a faux :beard: for Ox, too. A great man once said it's the beard in your heart that counts. :yes:

But great list and I am glad to see no one took offense to creating the man list of films.

01-27-2006, 01:29 PM
What about Sly?

Rambo Trilogy

and Seagal?

Under Siege

01-27-2006, 01:39 PM
And a faux :beard: for Ox, too. A great man once said it's the beard in your heart that counts. :yes:

Check! :thumbsup:

I thought of another...I guess it could go both ways but it's got the ultimate Man character. No other man is equal in " man-ness" than this man...

Clark W. Grizwald so I say...

Nat'l Lampoon's Vacation AND Christmas Vacation!

James Boba Fettfield
01-27-2006, 01:45 PM
Clark W. Grizwald so I say...

Nat'l Lampoon's Vacation AND Christmas Vacation!

Yes! Definitely. I was having a difficult time to come up with comedies, but those are perfect choices. And it led me to thinking about that other Lampoon classic...Animal House. That's a man's movie right there, I tell you what.

01-27-2006, 01:47 PM
Also you've got Van Wilder with one of the most disturbing scenes I've ever seen.

"they're still warm"


The 'Xir
01-27-2006, 02:11 PM
Well, without repeating any that have already been said, I'd have to suggest:

'Air Force One'
'All the Presidents Men'
'American Beauty'
'American Graffiti'
'Apocalypse Now'
'Apollo 13'
'Ben Hur'
'Beverly Hills Cop'
'The Big Red One'
'Blade Runner'
'Blazzing Saddles'
'The Blues Brothers'
'Bonnie and Clyde'
'The Breakfast Club'
'Bridge on the River Kwai'
'Bull Durham'
'Butch Casidy and the Sundance Kid'
'The Champ'
'A Clockwork Orange'
'Close Encounter of the 3rd Kind'
'Comming to America'
'Crocodile Dundee'
'Citizen Kane'
'Crimes and Misdemeanors'
'Dances with Wolves'
'The Day the Earth Stood Still'
'Dead Man Walking'
'Deer Hunter'
'Do the Right Thing'
'Dr. Strangelove'
'Easy Rider'
'Empire of the Sun'
'Enter the Dragon'
'The Exorcist'
'The Fast and the Furious'
'Ferris Buhlers Day Off'
'Field of Dreams'
'The Fifth Element'
'Fish Called Wanda'
'Flash Gordon'
'Forrest Gump'
'The Fugitive'
'Full Metal Jacket'
'The French Connection'
'The Gladiator'
'The Godfather' I II & III'
'The Graduate'
'The Grapes of Wrath'
'Hard Day's Night'
'Heavy Metal'
'Hell Raiser'
'High Noon'
'The Hustler'
'The Insider'
'In the Heat of the Night'
'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'
'Jail House Rock'
'Jurassic Park'
'The Kid'
'King Kong'(original)
'LA Confidential'
'The Last Emperor'
'Lawerence of Arabia'
'The Lord of the Rings' I II & III
'The Magnificent 7'
'The Maltese Falcon'
'The Manchurian Canidate'(original)
'The Manhattan Project'
'The Matrix' I II & III
'Men in Black'
'Midnight Cowboy'
'Midnight Express'
'Mission Impossible'
'Moby Dick'
'Monty Python & the Holy Grail'
'Monty Python & the Meaning of Life'
'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'
'Mutiny on the Bounty'
'National Lampoons Animal House'
'National Lampoons: Vacation'
'Nightmare Before Christmas'
'Nightmare on Elm Street'
'Oceans Eleven'(original)
'The Omen'
'On the Waterfront'
'Once Upon a Time in America'
'One Who Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest'
'The Outsiders'
'Paths of Glory'
'Passion of the Christ'
'The Pink Panther'
'Planet of the Apes'
'The Postman Always Rings Twice'
'Raiders of the Last Ark'
'Raging Bull'
'Rain Man'
'Rebel Without a Cause'
'Red Dawn'
'The Road Warrior, aka Mad Max'
'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'
'Rosemary's Baby'
'Rush Hour'
'Saturday Night Fever'
'Schindlers' List'
'The Shining'
'The Silence of the Lambs'
'The Sixth Sense'
'Smokey and the Bandit'
'Star Wars' I IV V & VI
'The Sting'
'Streetcar Named Dersire'
'Taxi Driver'
'There's Something About Mary'
'This is Spinal Tap'
'Training Day'
'To Kill a Mocking Bird'
'Touch of Evil'
'Top Gun'
'12 Angry Men'
'2001:Space Odyssey'
'The Usual Suspects'
'War of the Worlds'(original)
'Weird Science'
'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'
'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'
'Walk the Line'
'Wall Street'
'Wedding Crashers'
'The Wild Bunch'
'Young Frankenstein'

:cross-eye: wheeeeww, just to name a few! :crazed: This took me awhile, so sorry if any of these have been posted before I could submit this! :D

The real scary part is I think I've seen all these films except for about 5 or 6 of them! :stupid: :cool:

01-27-2006, 02:19 PM
Wait... E.T? :confused:

The 'Xir
01-27-2006, 02:23 PM
Ok after looking it over for about the 10th time, theres some I listed that I'd probably take out of there like, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", but after attempting to compile a list like that your mind just starts to go numb, and I started putting anything I could think of on there after awhile! Sorry!

Wait... E.T? :confused:

What you mean Men weren't boys at one time?! ;)

01-27-2006, 02:45 PM
" The Longest Day" one of the best war movies ever made.
"The Three Stooges" anything with them in it
"Abbott and Costello" anything with them
"Animal House"

01-27-2006, 04:33 PM
Ok, here is mine, probably short and sweet with more to be added and such...

Ford Fairlane
Major League
Airplane and the Sequel.
Batman Begins
Love Actually
Princess Bride
LOTR: TRilogy
Back to the Future Trilogy
Passion of the Christ
The Island
Time to Kill
Blade Runner
28 Days Later
Sixth Sense
Shaun of the Dead
Dawn of the DEad
Amityville HOrror(original)
Superman 2
Silver Streak
Willy Wonka
Charlie/Choc Facotry
Sleepy Hollow
Pirates Caribean
Edward Scissorhands

Brain hurts.....

Lord Malakite
01-27-2006, 07:30 PM
Batoru rowaiaru (Battle Royale)
Dark Night of the Scarecrow
El Espinazo del diablo (The Devil's Backbone)
Gin gwai (The Eye)
Kelly's Heroes
Logan's Run
Siu lam juk kau (Shaolin Soccer)
Ying xiong (Hero)

James Boba Fettfield
01-27-2006, 07:43 PM
Movies that'll make you man: Chiefs can do that well.

Can't recall if that was a miniseries, but I think it was.

01-27-2006, 08:19 PM
Shawshank Redemption
Clockwork Orange

Lord Malakite
01-27-2006, 08:42 PM
Porky's II: The Next Day

There, I said it.:shocked:

01-27-2006, 09:30 PM
That needed to be said Mala, good thing you left 3 of off there.

King Kong(original)
Godzilla vs ----(what man doesnt love those movies)
Delta Force(Chuck Norris Baby)
Dirty Harry series
Big Fish(yes Chux, if you at least dont get choked up, you have no heart)
Kill Bill(both)
Pulp Fiction
Johnny Dangerously
Big Lebowski

I know I have been listing ones already there, but I didnt read all of them until I posted this post. Sorry for the dupes.

01-27-2006, 10:45 PM
'Enter the Dragon'

Good call!

Chinese Connection
Fists of Fury
Return of the Dragon

Just to name a few more. Anything with Bruce Lee is "man man".

Darth Jax
01-27-2006, 11:21 PM
i'm trying not to repeat ones that have already been said, so i've only got 2 additions:

The Blues Brothers
Basic Instinct (what man can watch that without making use of rewind)

El Chuxter
01-27-2006, 11:40 PM
The Kentucky Fried Movie

01-29-2006, 03:04 AM
I don't think anyone listed Dazed and Confused.

On the topic of High School Girls "I keep getting older, but they stay the same age"

01-29-2006, 08:27 PM
Red Dawn
History of the World
Weekend @ Bernies
Young Guns
Running MAn
Men at Work
Office Space
Bram Stokers Dracula
Nightmare on Elm Street 1-3
Mars Attacks

James Boba Fettfield
01-29-2006, 09:57 PM

That one may be a dumb film, but it's fun as hell to watch again and again!

01-29-2006, 10:13 PM
I would say the James Bond series would be considered as man movies...
I know its been mentioned but you can't go wrong with Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, Predator, etc.....
Also one of my personal faves is Starship Troopers. Gotta love killing some big ***** bugs!!

And lets add Underworld to the list...a good sci-fi/action flick with Kate Beckinsale wearing skin tight leather!! :razz:

01-30-2006, 09:11 AM
I forgot to add Bubba-Ho-Tep and the Jimmy Nuetron movie - I know, it's a kid movie, but it's a fun movie to watch too.

01-30-2006, 07:09 PM
Die Hard!!! Hans Gruber Hans Gruber

Lethal Weapon (all of 'em) Those movies ROCK!

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
01-30-2006, 07:16 PM
I'll add to the list:

Slap Shot
Big Trouble in Little China
Bull Durham

01-30-2006, 09:46 PM
Coming ot America
I'm Gonna get you Sucka
Hollywood Shuffle
Godfather 1 and 2
Die HArd (1)
Naked Gun
Natural Born Killers
Stand by Me

01-30-2006, 10:00 PM
Remember the Titans
The Program
The Replacements
Any Given Sunday
Varsity Blues
Friday Night Lights

anyone notice a pattern?

Monty Python and The Holy Grail
Life of Brian
Wild Things

01-30-2006, 11:04 PM
Boondock Saints!!!!!!!!

01-31-2006, 06:55 AM
Equillibrium (I think 'Ox mentioned this)
Enemy at the Gates

And a couple of good movies that most probably haven't see but I'd highly recommend:

Green Street Hooligans
Bomb the System

01-31-2006, 10:24 AM
Star Wars trilogy (of course)
No Escape
Blazing Saddles
Last of the Mohicans
Kelly's Heroes
Saving Private Ryan
Magnificent Seven
Two Mules for Sister Sara
American Pie trilogy
Missing in Action
Starship Troopers
Naked Gun trilogy
Indiana Jones trilogy
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Coming to America
Beverly Hills Cop
Dirty Harry
Team America
South Park movie
Battle of the Bulge
Terminator trilogy
Spiderman 1 and 2
Xmen 1 and 2
Underworld 1 and 2
Blade trilogy
Young Frankenstein
Rambo trilogy
Rocky 1-4
Batman Begins
40 year old Virgin

02-01-2006, 12:23 AM
Remember the Titans
The Program
The Replacements
Any Given Sunday
Varsity Blues
Friday Night Lights

anyone notice a pattern?

Like football flicks do we??? lol

02-01-2006, 12:40 AM
I just thought of a couple of really good ones that I don't think anyone has mentioned.

The Rock

Sith Lord 0498
02-01-2006, 02:24 PM
Aliens (Director's Cut)
"Badder" Santa
Batman Begins
Blade 2
Dawn of the Dead
Die Hard
Die Hard 2
Fight Club
First Blood
Garden State
I, Robot
Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Matrix Trilogy
Office Space
The Perfect Storm
The Shawshank Redemption
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
Star Wars Saga (including Clone Wars and tossing out Episode I)
The Terminator
Terminator 2
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (remake)
The Usual Suspects
The Wraith
X-Men 2

02-02-2006, 10:33 AM
The Star Wars Trilogy (both)
Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2
The Wizard of Oz
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
Pulp Fiction
Die Hard
Reservoir Dogs
On the Waterfront
The Godfather Trilogy
Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban
The Indiana Jones Trilogy
The Bride of Frankenstein
Terminator 2
Dumb and Dumber
The Spy Who Loved Me

02-04-2006, 11:46 AM
The Fly
Moonraker (couldn't we just say every 007 film to make things easier?:D)
Goldeneye (same as above but these 2 are my personal favs)
Lost Boys

Bobby Fett
02-05-2006, 10:40 PM
The Naked Gun Series
It's A Gift
Easy Rider

05-20-2006, 09:45 AM

It's my new favorite non-Star Wars movie.

05-20-2006, 09:50 AM
Crash(2005 version)

10-15-2006, 02:45 PM
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Shakespeare in Love
The Bird Cage
For the Boys
Dirty Dancing
Cannibal Holocaust

Bel-Cam Jos
03-24-2011, 01:11 PM
Well, People magazine and ABC tv have done all that for us. :rolleyes: The other night, they had a Top 100 Movies of All Time, in groups of 5 by categories. I'll try to recall some of them (I don't remember the order, so these may be off some)...

Best Comedies:
- Airplane!
- MP & Holy Grail
- Some Like it Hot
- Young Frankenstein

Best Sci-Fi
- Star Wars
- ET
- Matrix
- Close Encounters of 3K

Best Thriller:
- Silence of Lambs
- Psycho
- Jaws
- Pulp Fiction

Best Musical:
- Sond of Music
- Wizard of Oz
- Grease
- West Side Story

Best Action:
- IJ & Raiders of LA
- Gladiator
- Die Hard

Best Animated: (is ABC connected to Disney at all? :p )
- Lion King
- Snow White & 7D
- Beauty & Beast
- Toy Story
- Fantasia

Best Characters:
- Forest Gump
- Scarlet O'Hara
- Hannibal Lecter
- Indiana Jones

Best All-Time Films:
- Gone With Wind
- Wizard of Oz
- Godfather
- Casablanca

And there were other categories, I'm sure, that I don't recall now. There needs to be an all list (LISTS... :drool: ) channel! :thumbsup: