Masculine movies/movies with masculine characters

by LeSamourai86 | created - 16 Apr 2016 | updated - 17 Apr 2016 | Public

Move aside ladies, move aside white knights. Make way for testosterone, make way for men.

As is apparent, most of the films here are from the good old days of film-making (a good exception is Gran Torino; Eastwood's directing style is great). No unnecessary cuts and shaky cameras. You could *see* what was happening; you could *see* the action. The masculinity in these films is showcased to be easily seen in all its glory.

List not in any order. Will add more titles as I remember them.

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1. The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Adventure, War

73 Metascore

During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes

Votes: 64,181 | Gross: $45.30M

The whole damn cast is comprised of testosterone. More testosterone than you would find if you put together all the "macho" movies made these days.

2. Predator (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 357,736 | Gross: $59.74M

"I ain't got time to bleed." This says it all.

Once again, the whole damn cast = testosterone

3. Commando (1985)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

51 Metascore

A retired Special Forces colonel tries to save his daughter, who was abducted by his former subordinate.

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Vernon Wells

Votes: 139,989 | Gross: $35.10M

This film inspires me to cut down trees and carry them, every single time I watch it.

4. Point Blank (1967)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the money that was stolen from him.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O'Connor

Votes: 17,400

Lee Marvin; one of the original BAMFs. From a time when men were truly men.

The walking scene is great; appropriate for a man named Walker.

5. Prime Cut (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman, Sissy Spacek, Angel Tompkins

Votes: 4,286

6. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 350,071 | Gross: $13.78M

Kurt Russell's beard is enough to get this film onto this list.

7. Hard Times (1975)

PG | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

69 Metascore

The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland, Strother Martin

Votes: 8,863 | Gross: $8.72M

Charles Bronson. Another one of the original BAMFs.

He's in great shape here and is convincing as a bare-knuckle fighter.

8. Dirty Harry (1971)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

90 Metascore

When a madman calling himself "the Scorpio Killer" menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

Votes: 137,316 | Gross: $35.90M

And its four sequels.

Inspector Harry Callahan is an uncompromising character who is not afraid to step on toes to do the right thing.

9. Rolling Thunder (1977)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

A returning war veteran loses his family to a violent home invasion and decides to seek and retaliate against those responsible.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: William Devane, Tommy Lee Jones, Linda Haynes, James Best

Votes: 7,017

Will Devane is great here, as is Tommy Lee Jones.

10. The French Connection (1971)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Votes: 104,204 | Gross: $14.51M

"Hey, s*+*head, when's the last time you picked your feet?"

Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. Acting greats who had a great output of films, especially in the 1970s.

11. French Connection II (1975)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson, Philippe Léotard

Votes: 15,865 | Gross: $12.48M

Gene Hackman has a well-conditioned cardiovascular system.

12. Death Wish (1974)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A New York City architect becomes a one-man vigilante squad after his wife is murdered by street punks in which he randomly goes out and kills would-be muggers on the mean streets after dark.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Vincent Gardenia, Steven Keats

Votes: 33,677 | Gross: $22.00M

Bronson again. Damn, that was one tough guy.

13. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

PG-13 | 165 min | Western

80 Metascore

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards

Votes: 286,371 | Gross: $5.32M

The three main leads, Bronson, Robards and Fonda, exude manliness with their every move and word.

14. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

R | 178 min | Western

90 Metascore

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Aldo Giuffrè

Votes: 654,920 | Gross: $6.10M

"...when I'm paid, I always follow my job through."

Gotta love the Man With No Name and Angel Eyes.

15. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, Western

65 Metascore

A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volontè, Marianne Koch, Wolfgang Lukschy

Votes: 186,676 | Gross: $14.50M

16. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

R | 132 min | Western

74 Metascore

Two bounty hunters with the same intentions team up to track down a Western outlaw.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Gian Maria Volontè, Mario Brega

Votes: 218,875 | Gross: $15.00M

17. High Plains Drifter (1973)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Western

69 Metascore

A gunfighting stranger (Clint Eastwood) comes to the small settlement of Lago and is hired to bring the townsfolk together in an attempt to hold off three outlaws who are on their way.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 47,342 | Gross: $15.70M

At times, a very brutal film.

18. Pale Rider (1985)

R | 115 min | Drama, Western

61 Metascore

A mysterious preacher (Clint Eastwood) protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress, Sydney Penny

Votes: 50,015 | Gross: $41.41M

19. Cop (1988)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him.

Director: James B. Harris | Stars: James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren, Charles Durning, Charles Haid

Votes: 4,135 | Gross: $1.88M

"The bad news is I've been suspended and I don't give a f+++."

DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER OR READ UP ON THIS FILM. Why? Because they're full of spoilers.

This film makes it onto the list because of Lloyd Hopkins' attitude, the conversation he has with his wife in the first part of the film, and his actions in general.

20. Mr. Majestyk (1974)

PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

A melon farmer battles organized crime and a hit man who wants to kill him.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charles Bronson, Linda Cristal, Al Lettieri, Lee Purcell

Votes: 7,151

21. The Mechanic (1972)

PG | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

51 Metascore

An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn, Jill Ireland

Votes: 11,844

22. Get Carter (1971)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne

Votes: 27,475 | Gross: $0.39M

A bleak and brutal film.

23. The Wild Bunch (1969)

R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Western

97 Metascore

An aging group of outlaws look for one last big score as the "traditional" American West is disappearing around them.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

Votes: 74,574 | Gross: $12.06M

Sam Peckinpah sure knew how to direct a manly film.

24. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An American bar room pianist and his prostitute girlfriend go on a trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young

Votes: 17,293

25. In the Line of Fire (1993)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Dylan McDermott

Votes: 88,308 | Gross: $102.31M

"Well I'll be thinkin' about that when I'm pissin' on your grave."

26. Gran Torino (2008)

R | 116 min | Drama

72 Metascore

Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, Thao Lor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley, Ahney Her

Votes: 693,839 | Gross: $148.10M

Great, uncompromising character!

Clint Eastwood was about 78 in this film, and not an ounce of flab can be seen on him.

27. Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and a young man, The "Schofield Kid" (Jaimz Woolvett).

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 357,379 | Gross: $101.16M

28. Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

R | 130 min | Drama, War

53 Metascore

Hard-nosed, hard-living Marine Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway (Clint Eastwood) clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett McGill, Moses Gunn

Votes: 37,839 | Gross: $42.72M

29. Bullitt (1968)

M/PG | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

83 Metascore

An all guts, no glory San Francisco cop becomes determined to find the underworld kingpin that killed the witness in his protection.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Vaughn, Don Gordon

Votes: 57,680 | Gross: $42.30M

The car chase is one of the best in film history, but there are so many good things in this film.

30. The Getaway (1972)

PG | 123 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

55 Metascore

A recently released ex-con and his loyal wife go on the run after a heist goes awry.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers

Votes: 26,408 | Gross: $36.73M

31. Red Heat (1988)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Belushi, Peter Boyle, Ed O'Ross

Votes: 61,738 | Gross: $34.99M

Great 80s actioner, and hilarious as well.

32. First Blood (1982)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure

61 Metascore

A veteran Green Beret is forced by a cruel Sheriff and his deputies to flee into the mountains and wage an escalating one-man war against his pursuers.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, Richard Crenna, Bill McKinney

Votes: 216,058 | Gross: $47.21M

33. Tango & Cash (1989)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

41 Metascore

Framed by their ruthless arch-nemesis, a mismatched LAPD crime-fighting duo has to put its differences aside to even the score with the evil kingpin who put them behind bars once and for all.

Directors: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Albert Magnoli | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher, Jack Palance

Votes: 92,279 | Gross: $63.41M

I wish they still made films like this. And like all the others on this list.

34. Southern Comfort (1981)

R | 106 min | Action, Thriller

63 Metascore

During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales

Votes: 15,373 | Gross: $5.00M

On this list because of Powers Booth and Keith Carradine.

35. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

43 Metascore

A young boy, Conan, becomes a slave after his parents are killed and tribe destroyed by a savage warlord and sorcerer, Thulsa Doom. When he grows up he becomes a fearless, invincible fighter. Set free, he plots revenge against Thulsa Doom.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman

Votes: 132,678 | Gross: $39.57M

36. The Running Man (1987)

R | 101 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

45 Metascore

A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto, Jim Brown

Votes: 135,923 | Gross: $38.12M

37. Last Action Hero (1993)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

44 Metascore

With the help of a magic ticket, a young movie fan is transported into the fictional world of his favorite action movie character.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance

Votes: 131,068 | Gross: $50.02M

38. Total Recall (1990)

R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

57 Metascore

When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside, Rachel Ticotin

Votes: 288,425 | Gross: $119.39M

39. True Lies (1994)

R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

63 Metascore

A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used-car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton

Votes: 228,283 | Gross: $146.28M

40. Die Hard (1988)

R | 132 min | Action, Thriller

72 Metascore

An NYPD officer tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 752,995 | Gross: $83.01M

"Welcome to the party, pal!"

41. Die Hard 2 (1990)

R | 124 min | Action, Thriller

67 Metascore

John McClane attempts to avert disaster as rogue military operatives seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 324,069 | Gross: $117.54M

"How can the same s++* happen to the same guy twice?"

42. Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

58 Metascore

John McClane and a Harlem store owner are targeted by German terrorist Simon Gruber in New York City, where he plans to rob the Federal Reserve Building.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L. Jackson, Graham Greene

Votes: 351,526 | Gross: $100.01M

43. Lethal Weapon (1987)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

Two newly paired cops who are complete opposites must put aside their differences in order to catch a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan

Votes: 227,524 | Gross: $65.21M

44. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Votes: 160,102 | Gross: $12.47M

45. Crocodile Dundee (1986)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City.

Director: Peter Faiman | Stars: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon, David Gulpilil

Votes: 88,979 | Gross: $174.64M

"That's not a knife. That's a knife."

46. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.2