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The Best Movies for Men

Updated April 30, 2021 13.5k votes 814 voters 32.7k views258 items
The films on this list of the best movies for men have been ranked by the community as the best films guys will love. From explosions, to the mafia, to car chases, movies for men are usually intense and full of drama. What are the best movies for men?
This list has the best movies for men, many of which have been top box office hits and have received many awards. The best movies for men often have intensely dramatic themes with plenty of action, girls, and often a lot of violence. Many of the films on this list are action films, or dark dramas.
The best men’s movies on this list include classics like Dirty Harry, The Godfather, Scarface, Die Hard, The Terminator, Mad Max 2, and The Wild Bunch. Vote up the best, most manly movies guys love, or add a guy movie you think is great but isn't already on the list.
  • 1

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach


    Directed bySergio Leone

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. The screenplay was written by Age &...  more

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  • 2

    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando


    Directed byFrancis 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 control of...  more

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  • 3


    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix


    Directed byRidley 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, Derek...  more

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  • 4


    Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer


    Directed byBrian 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 drug...  more

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  • 5

    Dirty Harry

    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel


    Directed byDon Siegel

    Dirty Harry is a 1971 American action film produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the title role, in his first outing as San Francisco Police...  more

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  • 6


    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson


    Directed byMartin 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. The...  more

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  • 7

    Apocalypse Now

    Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford


    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. The...  more

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  • 8

    Die Hard

    Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman


    Directed byJohn 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 Hard...  more

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  • 9

    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough


    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth POW from a German POW camp during WWII, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard...  more

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  • 10

    Fight Club

    Brad Pitt, Jared Leto


    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton...  more

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  • 11

    Gran Torino

    Clint Eastwood, Dreama Walker


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Gran Torino is a 2008 American drama film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Christopher Carley, Bee Vang and Ahney Her. This was Eastwood's...  more

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  • 12

    For a Few Dollars More

    Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef


    Directed bySergio Leone

    For a Few Dollars More is a 1965 Italian spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Gian Maria Volonté. German actor Klaus Kinski also plays a...  more

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  • 13


    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier


    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion (Carl Weathers) in a...  more

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  • 14

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong


    Directed byJames Cameron

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert...  more

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  • 15

    A Fistful of Dollars

    Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonté


    Directed bySergio Leone

    A Fistful of Dollars, titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars, is a 1964 spaghetti western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood, alongside Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne Koch,...  more

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  • 16


    Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen


    Directed byOliver Stone

    Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. It is the first film of a trilogy of Vietnam War films by Stone....  more

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  • 17

    No Country for Old Men

    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones


    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

    No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Mayhem ensue after a hunter (Josh Brolin) stumbles...  more

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  • 18

    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    Alec Guinness, William Holden


    Directed byDavid Lean

    The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 WWII epic film directed by David Lean, based on the novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai by Pierre Boulle. The film is a work of fiction but borrows the...  more

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  • 19

    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne


    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

    The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during WWII. The film was produced by Darryl F....  more

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  • 20

    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland


    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including Ernest...  more

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  • 21

    Cool Hand Luke

    Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper


    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

    Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg, starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. Newman stars in the title role as...  more

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  • 22

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    John Wayne, James Stewart


    Directed byJohn Ford

    The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a 1962 American Western film directed by John Ford starring James Stewart and John Wayne. The black-and-white film was released by Paramount Pictures. The...  more

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  • 23

    The Sting

    Paul Newman, Robert Redford


    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had directed...  more

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  • 24


    Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman


    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Unforgiven is a 1992 American Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood with a screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw who takes on one...  more

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  • 25

    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey


    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford was based on Hasford's novel The Short-Timers. The film stars...  more

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