Our 50 Must See Manliest Movies List

Creating a list of the must see manliest movies was not easy.  Limiting it to 50 movies was even tougher.  But a man doesn’t run from tough challenges, he takes them head on and lets the chips land where they may.  Everyone’s list will be different, mine is no exception.

My formula for ranking the manliest movies was simple, is it manly and would I expect somebody to see the movie over the next item on the list.  So movie climbed and fell until I finally ended up with my top 50 movie below.

1. The Indiana Jones Franchise (1981 – 2008)

Harrison Ford may have put together the most manly performance of all times.  Indian Jones proves to be the most manly movie character on the list.  Brains, determination, fighting, courage, etc.  Is there one non manly characteristic about the character?  Henry Jones Junior, your our manliest movie top choice.

Related:  Raiders of the Lost Ark is also one of our Best Adventure Movies!

2. Star Wars (1977)

This may or may not be a shock at number 2 on the list but what about Star Wars is not manly?  Guns, swords, armies, a fight against tyranny, a damsel in distress(sort of), a rescue(sort of), etc…  Even the making of the movie was manly with cool special effect construction projects.

3. Fight Club (1999)

“The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club! Third rule of Fight Club: if someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, or taps out, the fight is over. Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight.”  Those rules alone make this one of the manliest movies.  So welcome to Fight Club!

Related: Fight Club also made our Best Guy Movies list!

4. Blazing Saddles (1974)

This western satire takes political correctness stops it to death, shoots it a few times, and throws the remains off a cliff thanks to Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor.  It is a story of the first “Black Sheriff” taking on a small wild western town.  Full of crude and racial humor, this movie is borderline scandalous.  So of course anyone manly enough will die laughing.

Related: Blazing Saddles is also one of our Best Cowboy Movies!

5. Top Gun(1986)

Another classic to make the list, Top Gun may be to most essential aviation movie on the list.  At least once you ignore the fact that Goose could never die from hitting his head on the canopy after ejecting. Combine the military, competition, male egos, combat, and Kelly McGinnis, you’ll feel Top Gun’s need for speed to climb our manliest movies list.

6. Fast & Furious Franchise (2001 – 2015)

If you like fast tricked out cars you probably have already seen this series several time.  If you haven’t seen this yet then go back to watching Lavern & Shirley reruns.  This movie is manliness in a movie series so shame on you if your have missed it.


7. Rocky Franchise (1976 – 2006)

The most manly sports movie franchise in history,  Rocky Balboa is the essence of manliness.  While not the brightest bulb on the line, Rocky takes heart and determination further than any other character in movie history.  Rocky, Rocky!

Related: Rocky made our List of Best Guy Movies!

8. Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Wrongfully imprisoned for supposedly killing his cheating wife, Andy Dufresne survives life in prison surviving abuses from the inmates and the warden to finally makes his escape.  Andy never gave up or let his tormentors destroy him and never gave up.

9. Die Hard (1988)

Let’s face it, if it has Bruce Willis in it, it’s going to be a manly movie.  But Die Hard is the Manliest of his movies hands down.  Gun fights, broken glass with no shoes, using Christmas tape to hide a gun on your bare back… Yippee ki-yay motherfucker!  Read our Die Hard Review to find out more.

Related:  Die Hard is also one of our Best Adventure Movies!

10. Bourne Identity Franchise (2002-2016)

The Jason Bourne may rival James Bond as the best spy series ever.  The series follow a CIA assassin who lost his memory and is trying to figure out who he was.  Even then, whole government agencies can’t stop him.  Jason Bourne is definitely a manly bad-ass!

11. First Blood/Rambo Franchise (1982)

Guns, knives, explosions, war, injustice…Rambo is the most manly action series ever made.

12. Goldfinger (1964)

The best of the best spy series franchise.  Sean Connery is still manly and the best Bond ever.

Related:  Goldfinger also made our Best Adventure Movies List!

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

Clint Eastwood may be the manliest movies actor ever.  And this may be his most manly movie.

Related: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly  is also one of our Best Cowboy Movies ever made!

14. The Blue Brothers (1980)

Two brothers wreaking havoc on most of the mid west trying to rebuild their band and save an orphanage.

Blues Brothers

15. GoodFellas (1990)

Gangsters & the Italian Mafia life of Henry Hill.  What makes it manlier is it’s a true story.

16. Lethal Weapon Franchise (1987-1998)

LA Cops Riggs and Murtaugh terrorize criminals in the hilarious action packed series.  I’m never too old for this shit.

17. Missing in Action (1984)

A vietnam war action flick with Chuck Norris.  All you need to know though is it’s Chuck Norris.

18. Ghostbusters (1984)Ghostbusters

A comedy with ghosts, gods, and unlicensed nuclear accelerators.  Just don’t cross the streams.

19. The Godfather (1972)

The quintessential crime movie on manliness.  You can act like a man!

20.Young Guns (1988)

Billy the Kids and crew avenge the death of a rancher before going down in a blaze of glory.

Related: Young Guns made our List of Best Cowboy Movies!

21. xXx (2002)

Extreme athlete and criminal turns government spy in a winning attempt to create a modern day James Bond.

22. Last Boyscout (1991)

One of my all time favorites with Bruce Willis.  A must see for any man making it a required on the manliest movies list.

23. True Grit (2010)

A modern version of the western classic.  It is  a great redo and a must see.

24. Tombstone (1993)

Another one of my favorite with Kurt Russel, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, and Bill Paxton.  This cast in a western is all you need to know for it to be one of the manliest movies.

Related: Tombstone is our huckleberry on our Best Cowboy Movies List!

25. The Expendables Franchise (2010-2014)

They just have the cast stand there doing nothing and it would make this list.  That’s how manly they are alone plus you get a lot of action too.

26. Dirty Harry (1971)

Clint Eastwood makes any movie manly.  This one is a classic Clint cop flick.

27. Enter the Dragon (1973)

Because every man should see at least one Bruce Lee movie.

28. 300 (2006)

300 Spartans take on over 300,000 invaders in 479 BC.  An epic army version of David vs Goliath.

29. Dirty Dozen (1967)

In 1944 an Army Major trains murders to assassinate Nazi officers.

30. Major League (1989)

What happens when the new owner fills the team with a bunch of has beens and never weres?  An hilarious sports movie.

31. Road House (1989)

Patrick Swayze plays a bad ass cooler in a rowdy bar.  Did I mention he rips a guys throat out with his hand?

32. Scarface (1983)Scarface

An immigrant takes over the drug cartel.  Just don’t say hello to his little friend…

33. Major Payne (1995)

Major Benson Winifred Payne helps his maggots forget about their pain and become men.  Hilarious, don’t miss it!

34. Con Air (1997)

The worst of the worst criminal hijack their prison transport plane while a recently release veteran catches a ride home.  A great action flick and must for our manliest movies list.

35. Gran Torino (2008)

Clint Eastwood shows us what it means to be a man at any age.  He teaches his Korean neighbor to help save him from the gangs  And who wouldn’t want his Gran Torino!

36. Pulp Fiction(1994)

Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson together in a movie?  Sounds manly to us.

37. Inglorious Basterds (2009)

What’s more manly than Killin’ Nazis during World War II?…

Related:  Inglorious Basterds is killin on our Best Adventure Movies!

38. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

…Maybe getting through bootcamp and the Vietnam War while keeping your sanity?

39. Bloodsport (1988)

Arguably Jean-Claude Van Damme’s best movie movie.

40. 48 Hrs. (1982)

Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy team up to try and track down a killer.  Assuming they don’t kill each other first.

41. Office Space (1999)

A mockery of the modern office environment.  Didn’t you get the memo?

42. Desperado (1995)

El Mariachi returns with a guitar case full of guns to take on the local drug runner.


43. Wedding Crashers (2005)

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson playing two guys who crash weddings to pick up chicks.  A great manly comedy!

44. The Hangover (2009)

4 guys in Vegas for a bachelor party.  What more needs to be said.

45. Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

Clint Eastwood + war movie = an Awesome and Manly movie.  Check the math yourself.

46. Above the Law (1988)

Seagal finally breaks the list as a Chicago Cop making a fool out of the CIA.

Sin City47. Sin City (2005)

Great cast in a small town full of corruption.  What’s not to like.

Related: Did we forget to mention Sin City  is on our list of Movies with Boobs?

48. White House Down (2013)

One man takes on a heavily armed force to save his daughter and the President.

49. The Wolverine (2013)

Is there a more manly character the Logan in all the comic book world?  Maybe Captain America but it’s still arguable.

50. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Frozen swinger British agent is defrosted to take on an old enemy. A hilarious movie full of intentionally bad jokes and toilet humor.  You will laugh non stop. Yeah Baby!

And that is our 50 Must See Manliest Movies list

I’m sure there are some shockers on here that you may or may not agree with but we tried to provide your with a broad range of movie types.  These were all movies we felt every man should see and were manly to watch.  This is not a manly ranking per say but a list of must see movies.

So do you agree with our list?  What would your change?  Let us all know in the comments.


Honorable Mentions:

Predator, Braveheart, RoboCop, Taken, Platoon, Crank, Hard Target, Olympus Has Fallen, The, Godfather, The Delta Force, The Magnificent Seven, Dr No, Caddyshack, Saving Private Ryan, The Natural, The Longest Yard, Animal House, The Big Lebowski, Rudy, True Lies, Harold & Kumar go to White Castle, Independence Day