The 10 for Men

I don’t need a reason to make a list of awesome guy movies.

Here are my Top 10 Manliest Damn Movies.

 

10. HELL IS FOR HEROES

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This movie is insane. First off the cast, led by Steve McQueen, is one of the best man-on-a-mission movies I’ve ever seen. It’s got Bobby Darin singing back up and Bob Newhart throwing laughs. It’s flown under the radar for far too long and it really is a film that should be seen and shared among all dudes. A hell of an ending to an onslaught of pure action straight out of the gate. It’s really cool to see McQueen in black and white, he’s much more rough and rugged than in Bullitt, or The Great Escape, or my favorite of all McQueen flicks, The Getaway. Here McQueen is an actor first and a ladies man second.

9. THE PROPOSITION

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This poster is hanging on my living room wall because when people come in and say they’ve never seen it, I force them to watch it. Written by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless), this film is pure dirty Australian western at its finest. There are few films that stick in your ribs quite like The Proposition. It’s a simple story; a brother in a family of outlaws is captured by a broken and beaten sheriff and he’s offered a simple proposition. He’s told that if he wants his younger brother to live that he’s going to have to go kill his older brother. And that’s that. A film about brotherhood full of ultra violence and heart break.

8. DOG SOLDIERS

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A Scottish film about a group of soldiers on a routine training exercise who inadvertently get stuck in a cabin being attacked by giant werewolves. That’s the story. That’s it. It’s a remarkable film that feels every bit Evil Dead as it does Dirty Dozen. There’s this perfect moment in Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers, when the ammo runs out and the men are forced to go guerrilla warfare against the creatures and it’s incredible. This is a great Halloween flick and one of the best party films you’re ever to come across

7. PREDATOR

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How do I not include this film? It’s a cable TV staple that has stood the test of time, even after the countless terrible sequels and spin-offs. It’s Arnold at his biggest and best being the prey instead of the hunter. It’s such a ridiculous cheese fest that I can’t help but become enthralled anytime it’s on. A guy tradition. And it has Carl “Baby You Got a Stew Goin!” Weathers.

6. DIE HARD

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It’s Die Hard. I don’t really think I need to say anything else. John McClane kills a bunch of German assholes. It’s awesome. Moving on.

5. HARD BOILED

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If you’ve never seen John Woo’s Hard Boiled, then you should probably stop reading this and go find a copy of it. I’ll try to run a list of what you miss: Chow Yun Fat is a dude named Tequila. He slides down a stair railing while firing pistols with never ending ammo and chewing on a toothpick. Doves fly out of everywhere. It’s the most amazing film you’ll ever see in your life. Ever. In the history of movies. He’s on fire and a baby pees on him to put it out. I’m serious. Just. Just go.

4. 13 ASSASSINS

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Takashi Miike’s brilliant 13 Assassins was my favorite film of 2010 and easily one of the best experiences I’ve had at the movies in a long, long time. It’s a brutally beautiful story of 13 wandering Ronin who take on an evil Emperor and his some 300 men. I would have to say that some of my favorite lines in film come from this movie. There is this amazing moment before battle when our head samurai Shinzaemon asks if the other 12 are ready to die, to which they all scream a resounding YES. It’s a balls to the wall spectacle and I can’t recommend it enough.

3. THE DIRTY DOZEN

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The best man-on-a-mission movie with one of the best casts in man memory. Lee Marvin leads a cast of Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavettes, Donald Sutherland, and Jim Brown. Basically the premise is that these American inmates are trained and then sent into Nazi Germany to kill as many people as they can. It’s that easy. The scene that will always stick out in my mind is Jim Brown running by those chimneys and throwing grenades in killing a bunch of bourgeois Nazis underneath them. I recommend a cigar and some bourbon upon viewing.

2. THE WILD BUNCH

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Sam Peckinpah’s western masterpiece sinks its teeth in from the opening line. William Holden as Pike snarls during a stick up at his cohorts-“If they move. Kill ’em.” And from that point on this show plays out in a very violent fashion. It’s about four retired rough riders who have nothing left to live for, so they take up bank robbing. While this is quite the misogynistic flick (like every other Peckinpah film) it does have some insanely deep character study. The second that Pike walks up to Dutch before the final shoot out, and no words are exchanged, you know that these two friends are about to go die for each other…but before they go, they are going to take down an entire town. A pure classic.

1. THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

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And here it is. The most perfect man-sterpiece (sorry). A bloody epic opera dove tailed into a gorgeous finale. Three men, all fueled by greed, draw down at one another in a deserted cemetery. Everything about this film is sensational. Sergio Leone shot this with a diamond cutter eye and Morricone wrote one of the most memorable scores of all time. It achieves perfection in such a way that no one has ever come close to repeating. Eastwood, Van Cleef, and Wallach are quintessential in making this film the classic that it has now become. There will never be another like it, and for that I’m thankful.

So that’s my take on the 10 for Men. What’s your thoughts?

Until then,

-Phelps

Originally posted 2013-02-07 02:23:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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