We all know about chick movies. They are the movies that we understanding, modern men go to just to keep our ladies happy, or at the very least watch to convince our girlfriends that we are sensitive souls. Usually we hate every second of them. But we do it because we have to- maybe for love, maybe for lust, maybe for a little bit of both reasons.
But what about movies that are made for us dudes? Now, I am not talking about “adult” movies or comedies like The Hangover or Dumb and Dumber. I mean, of course those are made for guys for the most part, and of course we guys enjoy them, but I am really talking about movies where men are men in all of their glory. Men being heroes, men committing crimes, men killing other men- you know the type of movie I mean. Sometimes the guys in these movies do these things for the love of a woman, sometimes for profit, sometimes for honor. You know, man stuff.
Of course there are numerous amazing movies over time that were made mostly for dudes. This is just my attempt to run down the best 15, but I easily could have made a top 50. Oh, and if you are going out with a chick that likes these movies? You either have the perfect girl, or you might want to watch your back, because women who like things like these movies are simply not normal. Don’t tell them I told you that, though… In any case, here are 15 movies that were made for dudes.
15. Pulp Fiction
How could a list like this exist without Pulp Fiction? Directed by Quentin Tarantino and made in 1994, this movie is simply one of the best crime movies in history, in part because of the super cool noir aspects of it, and also because it is funny and quirky as all get out. This was the movie that made John Travolta cool all over again, although I have to admit that didn’t last all that long. If you are a guy and you don’t love this movie there is something totally wrong with you. The men in this movie are all super cool, and there are enough hot chicks (Hello Uma Thurman) to keep you distracted. Not that you need to be, because this movie flows from start to finish, and remains a guy movie for the cool crowd. It ended up taking in over $200 million worldwide.
RoboCop was a cyberpunk and action movie that came out in 1987 and was directed by Paul Verhoeven. It was a violent blend of black comedy, science fiction, and crime thriller. It was set in Detroit in the not too far away future, and was about a policeman played by Peter Weller who was killed and the police department decides to bring him back as a half-human, half-robot supercop. It only cost $13 million to make but was a huge success, and spawned lot of merchandise as well as a sequel. This movie hit all the right buttons when it comes to dudes. It had a reluctant hero, some really good action, and the whole thing felt like watching a comic book, in a really good way. Some chicks might have liked this movie, but it was made for dudes.
13. Taxi Driver
If you have not seen the movie Taxi Driver, you do not know what you are missing. It truly is an amazing movie, and is thought of as one of the all time greats, and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture. If you only know Robert De Niro from his work as an older actor, you have to check this out. Of course, this movie is liked by men more than women, in part because De Niro plays a character named Travis Bickle, who is a bit of a psychotic stalker. When producers are trying to put together a movie that appeals to women, they rarely say “Hey, I know what women will like, a stalker movie.” In fact, John Hinckley said the movie influenced him when it came to shooting Ronald Reagan in an attempt to impress Jodie Foster.
Another movie that guys just love is Braveheart , which was released in 1995 and won five Academy Awards. It starred Mel Gibson, when he was still cool, before he was known mostly as a bit of a drunken racist. He played William Wallace, a Scottish warrior who led the Scots in war against King Edward I of England. This movie has it all when it comes to movies that guys like. It is a sprawling epic filled with good guys and bad guys, and is filled with battles and heroic deeds. This one the ladies tend to like as well, as it has some romance, a historical aspect to it, and of course it also has Mel Gibson from back when he was hot. So I am sorry dudes, you may have to watch this one with your girlfriend, you can’t have everything after all.
11. The Terminator
Alright, so a lot of people prefer Terminator 2: Judgment Day than the first movie, which was simply called The Terminator, but I do not buy it. This movie is so made for dudes it is unreal. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator in question. He is a cyborg assassin sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor, who is played by Linda Hamilton, because her son will one day save the world from giant machines in a post-apocalyptic future. The action in this one is just perfect, and although it is totally a movie for guys, women like it too as they get all sucked into the whole “protective mom” thing. We guys don’t care though, things blow up and Schwarzenegger is awesome- this is possibly his best role ever.
10. No Country For Old Men
This movie is based on a book of the same name by Cormac McCarthy, which if you have never read it, is totally awesome. It came out in 2007 and was directed by the Coen brothers, who are better known for movies that are weird and funny, more than movies that are weird and creepy. It won four Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture. One has to admit the show stealer in this movie was the actor Javier Bardem, who played the crazy killer in the movie, and that hair he had in it was priceless. The film made $74 million, which is certainly a lot, but not so much for a movie that received so much acclaim. This probably would have been a higher number if more guys realized how awesome it was; they probably got scared away by the whole book thing.
9. The Godfather
If there is one thing that your average guy really likes it is a mob movie. Do you think that maybe most guys secretly fantasize about being rich and powerful, not having to work, and being able to get rid of anyone who bothers them? Nah, that can’t be it. Well, if you like mob movies, this is one of the best. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino star in the movie as the leaders of a New York crime family; the movie tells the story of Pacino’s rise from reluctant leader of a crime family to ruthless mob boss. This movie has everything guys like: crime, money, excess, and women in subservient positions. For a while it was the highest grossing movie that was ever made, and it won numerous Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture.
Speaking of mob movies and Al Pacino, one can not forget about Scarface. Pacino plays a Cuban refugee who goes to Miami with no money at all and rises to the top of the criminal world as he becomes a drug kingpin. Pacino is awesome in this role, and plays it perfectly. The movie is filled with drugs and partying, women, a complete lack of morals, and pretty much everything else that most men truly enjoy. While some mobster and gang movies are such that your girlfriend might enjoy them, Scarface is not one of them. In fact, if your girlfriend does like this movie, with all its violence and bad activity, she might be kind of crazy. It is cool if you like it though, you know, because you are a dude and all of that.
7. Reservoir Dogs
In case you did not notice Quentin Tarantino has two movies on this list, which means he is one of the best directors ever- if you are a dude of course; if you are not you probably think he is awful. Believe it or not, this was his first full length movie. Reservoir Dogs is a crime thriller made in 1992 that shows the events before and after a botched diamond heist, and man is it good. It is totally impossible at this point for me, or anyone else, to hear the song Stuck in the Middle With You without having flashbacks. If you do not believe me, then watch the movie, but do so at your own risk, and be warned, if you watch it with a chick, she is not going to be that into you anymore, at least for one night. This truly is an awesome movie. Watch it, if you are a dude.
6. Dirty Harry
Okay, let’s get one thing straight right now. If you have never seen the movie Dirty Harry, then you are either a chick, or a guy that is in serious need of a macho adjustment. This movie is just awesome all over, and although Clint Eastwood was already a big shot before this whole thing went down, this movie pretty much guaranteed that he would be forever the man. It was made in 1971, and started a whole new genre of film; one where the hero could be a little bit of a jerk, and maybe even a tad murderous. If the words “You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” don’t mean anything to you, then go watch this movie. Just don’t bring your girlfriend along, because she is going to hate it.
Okay, Rocky is a little bit cheesy, I will admit that without any doubt whatsoever. But if you are a dude, and you don’t like this movie, well, I hate to say it but you need to turn in your guy card. This movie was made in 1976 and was written by Sylvester Stallone, who obviously also starred in the movie. I say this because Sylvester Stallone is Rocky. The story is one of a small time boxer who ended up getting a shot at a world championship. This movie was shot for the grand sum of $1 million and was shot in 28 days; it ended up earning the grand sum of $225 million, and won three Oscars, including one for Best Picture. Many sequels were made, and Sylvester Stallone ended up being a huge star. All because he knows what dudes like.
I don’t know about you, but I think pretty much any movie that stars Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci is going to be awesome, and also will be a movie that women don’t get. This article entitled “Women are not capable of understanding Goodfellas” sums it up perfectly. “Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), Jimmy the Gent (Robert De Niro) and Tommy (Joe Pesci) are exactly what guys want to be: lazy but powerful, deadly but funny, tough, unsentimental and devoted above all to their brothers — a small group of guys who will always have your back. Women sense that they are irrelevant to this fantasy, and it bothers them.” Goodfellas was made in 1990 and was nominated for numerous Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Remember when Russell Crowe was one of the coolest things around? Well if you do, you saw the movie Gladiator, and you are a guy. It was released in the year 2000, and made almost $460 million. Now that is a seriously manly figure. It won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, while Crowe won Best Actor. This movie is ridiculously manly. Now don’t get me wrong, this movie is a bit like Braveheart, where there will be some women out there who are totally into it, in part because of the historical aspect of things, and in part because they like looking at men all sweaty fighting a lot. But let’s not kid ourselves, those women are the outliers. What we are really looking at here is a movie for men, made by men. You know, because it is about gladiators and all that.
2. Die Hard
Die Hard, which was released in 1988, was simply one of the best dude movies ever, and one that made Bruce Willis a huge star. It also spawned a series of sequels: Die Hard 2, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Day to Die Hard. It was not like this movie did anything that was all that different; everything in it had been done numerous times before, but this movie did it a tiny bit better then most of the others in its genre. Willis plays an off duty New York Police officer who battles a bunch of criminals as they plan a heist. The movie ended up making over $140 million worldwide. Now Bruce Willis is totally charming, and when this was made was still kind of in the eye candy phase when it came to women, but let’s face it, this movie was made for guys.
1. Fight Club
Fight Club was just plain old awesome, unless you are a chick, and then you probably were just like “Huh?” This movie was based on the book by the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, who has written a number of totally odd books, some better than others. The plot is a wild ride, and basically is a take down on consumerism and advertising. Ed Norton is the narrator, who hates his boring job. He starts a “fight club” with Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, and they find a whole bunch of other dudes who want to fight for fun. This movie is plain old odd, and while it was relatively successful, as it made over $100 million, it still was not considered a total financial success. Maybe because no woman in her right mind would have liked it. This movie is for dudes, and dudes alone.