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The Greatest Movies for Guys 

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The best guy movies of all time, ranked by fans and critics. This list includes some of the greatest guy movies ever to hit the big screen - those whose quotable lines all guys seem to know, manly characters, masculine themes that guys love. The best man movies are as diverse as the men who love them. Comedies old and new - from Animal House to The Hangover - fall into the category of movies dudes love, as do newer bromance movies like Superbad and I Love You Man. This list includes war movies like Saving Private Ryan and cult favorite guy films like A Clockwork Orange and Trainspotting, which are just as popular as good sports films like Major League, The Natural, and The Blind Side.

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, ...more

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. The aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty transfers ...more

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

Released: 1990

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Goodfellas is a 1990 American crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a film adaptation of the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. ...more

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The Shawshank Redemption... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth, Tim Robbins

Released: 1994

Directed by: Frank Darabont

The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and ...more

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Die Hard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia

Released: 1988

Directed by: John McTiernan

Die Hard is a 1988 American action film directed by John McTiernan and written by Steven E. de Souza and Jeb Stuart. It is based on the 1979 novel Nothing Lasts Forever, by Roderick Thorp. Die ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mel Gibson

Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1984

Directed by: James Cameron

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The Good, the Bad and th... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Released: 1966

Directed by: Sergio Leone

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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Indiana Jones and the Ra... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen

Released: 1981

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more

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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 1999

Directed by: David Fincher

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Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kevin Jarre, George P. Cosmatos

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Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

Released: 1987

Directed by: John McTiernan

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Pulp Fiction is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

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First Blood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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300 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

Released: 2006

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Scarface is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer

Released: 1983

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Scarface is a 1983 American crime drama film directed by Brian De Palma, and a remake of the 1932 film. In 1980s Miami, Cuban refugee Tony Montana (Al Pacino) rises up and becomes a powerful ...more

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1976

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Mel Gibson, Gary Busey, Danny Glover

Released: 1987

Directed by: Richard Donner

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The Godfather Part II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall

Released: 1974

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Movies for Guys
Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

Released: 1971

Directed by: Don Siegel

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