There are certain types of films that just seem like they're made for guys. These films often pack a ton of action and comedy into a very short amount of time, and although everyone can enjoy them, they are definitely designed with a male audience in mind. These kinds of films, often referred to as "guy movies" are the kinds of films that a group of guys will watch together on a Sunday afternoon, or even on a weeknight. They're the kind of movies that draw men to the theaters and have them talking about what happened for days after.
While there's absolutely no rule on who can enjoy these films, these are the kinds of movies that often stand out in a guy's film library. Back in the day, it was a point of pride for some guys to have a massive DVD collection, and if he didn't have a number of these movies on his shelf, then people might start to question whether that guy really was a movie fan or not. These films are essential viewing for almost everyone, and they are the kinds of films that have been favorites among guys for decades.
Take a look at some of these famous "guy movies" and give them a rating. Once you're done, we'll reveal your famous wife!
Pulp Fiction is a monumental film. Not only is it the film that really put Quentin Tarantino on the map, but it changed the way people thought about telling a story on film. The story of Pulp Fiction, inspired by the novels and magazines that fall under the title genre, is a story about criminals, crossed paths, and the underbelly of Los Angeles. The film features a stellar cast of characters, and some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury road was the long-awaited sequel in the Mad Max saga, one that not only featured some incredibly inventive filmmaking and thrilling stunts, but also a truly inventive and progressive story. After he is caught by a cult of engine-worshipping young men, Max must find a way to escape. Imperator Furiosa, a woman who has taken it upon herself to free the women who are being held prisoner by the cult's leader, decides to take him along with her.
The Dark Knight
Less than a year after Batman hit the streets of Gotham, the city finds itself even further under the thumb of organized crime. This time, the caped crusader is not just going up against the familiar crime families, but a new kind of villain altogether, one who has no rhyme or reason for the things he does. He calls himself the Joker, and his only goal is to sow discord throughout the city, working as an opposing force to Batman.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese may have made a name for himself making movies about gangsters and other criminals, but he took that same sensibility and applied it to a different kind of criminal, one who worked in the light of day and from a fancy office building on Wall Street. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as real-life figure Jordan Belfort, who made a lot of money using some less-than-legal methods of stock-trading. The film is filled with hilarious moments, but really puts the excess of wealth on display.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Nearly a decade after the last Star Wars film was released in theaters, the saga got an entirely new jump start thanks to this film. When the trailer for the force Awakens first premiered, people were thrilled to see the series returning to its familiar roots, and revisiting some of their favorite characters and settings. Once again, the galaxy is in turmoil, as out of the ashes of the empire, the First Order has risen. Their plan to take over once again comes up against a band of resistance fighters.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Before Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy came out, nobody knew what a massive comedic milestone it would be. Not only did it produce a lot of endlessly quotable lines, but it basically introduced the world to the comedic talents of Steve Carell. The film, set in the 1970s, tells the hilarious story of a famous local news anchor and his inability to deal with being team up with a female co-anchor. The two, however, eventually fall in love, which leads to a whole host of other problems.
The MCU may be a huge thing now, but over ten years ago, it was just contained within one movie: Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. starred as Tony Stark for the first time in this origin film, before the weapons manufacturer had a change of heart (figuratively and literally) and decided that he wanted to keep the world safe instead of doing more harm. He builds his very first Iron Man suit and sets out on his journey to become a hero.
What if a heist movie took place inside of a dream? That's the simple question that seemed to be the genesis of Inception, one of the most inventive and original action films of the last decade. Leonardo DiCaprio leads an all-star cast on a heist (or, as it were, a reverse heist) into the dreams of a corporate figure in order to plant an idea in his head, something that is far harder than extracting information. The film is full of inventive visuals.
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
It might just be one of the best Christmas movies ever made (forget about It's A Wonderful Life!) Christmas Vacation, the third entry in the Vacation series of films, finds Clark Griswold, played with perfect slapstick energy by Chevy Chase, trying to make his family's Christmas a perfect one, only to come up against cranky relatives, a delayed bonus from work, and a brother-in-law who decides to park his house in the driveway. There are so many memorable moments and quotable lines, this is a must-see!
Two divorce attorneys make a living by helping couples break up, but when the summer comes, they spend their days crashing any wedding that they can. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star in this hilarious comedy about two guys who have refused to grow up, but start to realize that they can't just spend the rest of their lives going to other people's weddings. The film was met with a positive reaction, and was filled to the brim with hilarious and awkward moments.
When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, the first time any person had done so, it was not just a national event, but a worldwide one. the accomplishment of sending a man farther than anyone had yet gone was highly celebrated and became possibly the most important historical milestone of the 20th century. That event, as well as the emotional toil behind it, form the basis of the film First Man, starring Ryan Gosling as Armstrong and Claire Foy as his wife, Jante Shearon.
Goodfellas is one of, if not the most popular gangster films of all time. Martin Scorses directed this absolute masterpiece which is based on trues stories from Nicholas Pileggi's book, "Wiseguy." Ray Liotta stars as Henry Hill, a man how always knew that he wanted to be a gangster. After he is taken under the wing of Jimmy Conway, Henry learns the ins and outs of the organized crime business, for better and for worse. The movie is as much about Henry's life of crime as it is about his family.
They're going to need a bigger boat. This film, the one that brought Steven Spielberg a lot of earned attention as an up and coming filmmaker to watch, told the story of a small, seaside town that is beset upon by a giant and aggressive great white shark. While the sheriff of the town sees the danger in the situation, the mayor, as well as some of his businessman cronies, want to keep the beach open, since tourism is the town's main source of income.
Easy Rider is one of the defining films of the late 1960s and helped to usher in an entirely new era of filmmaking, one that was radically different from what people had seen before. Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda star as two bikers who, after finishing up some business in California, decide to hop on their bikes and travel through the United States. Along the way, they witness all kinds of events that tell them about the state of the country.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Alrighty then! Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was the comedy film that made Jim Carrey a star. It featured a number of memorable moments and created one of the all-time great comedy characters. Carrey stars as the titular investigator, who works mainly with animals. When the Miami Dolphins mascot goes missing, Ace is brought in to help consult with the police. His antics, energy, and unconventional means of investigation drive the other cops crazy, but there is no denying that he gets results.
It's not just one of the best action movies ever made, but maybe just one of the best movies ever made, period. Die Hard, which was the very first starring vehicle for Bruce Willis, weaves an action-packed and thrilling story about a single cop, stuck inside a giant office building during a criminal takeover. Working on his own, John McClane is the only man who can stop the criminals from carrying out their plan. The film was also the very first film appearance of Alan Rickman.
When discussing classic and game-changing comedies, there's no way there can be any conversation that doesn't bring up Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks's classic send-up of the entire Western genre. Cleavon Little stars as the first black sheriff of a small town. Even though the townspeople are incredibly reluctant to accept him in this new position at first, they come to appreciate the way he keeps the town safe from gangs and criminals. The film also stars Gene Wilder as the fastest shot in the West.
The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects may have a pedigree that is not exactly aging well, but the fact of the matter is that it is a sharply written and acted crime thriller with an amazing cast and one of the all-time great twist endings. Two police detectives interrogate Verbal Kint, a nervous and quiet criminal who claims that a legendary crime lord named Keyser Soze set him and his fellow criminals up during a huge heist. The film builds up certain expectations, only to bring them crashing down in its final moments.
Man of Steel
Man of Steel gave the world a Superman that they had never seen before, one who was unsure of his place in the world, and wondered if the human race was worth saving at all. Zack Snyder's grand superhero experiment didn't really work on every level, but at the very least, the filmmaker presented his own unique take on the idea of a God living among humans. Henry Cavill debuted as the man in the red cape, and the film also starred Amy Adams and Michael Shannon.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
"She turned me into a newt! ...I got better." So goes one of the most memorable and hilarious lines in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, an absolute gem of an absurdist period comedy. From the brilliant minds of Monty Python came a complete send-up of medieval storytelling and the classic tale of the Holy Grail. The film is one of the most quotable comedies of all time, with memorable scenes involving a monstrous rabbit and, of course, the black knight.
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Speaking of people being turned into animals, this early 20th-century retelling of the Odyssey comes from the Coen Brothers, who had famously never read the actual story, and based the film's plot on a comic book version instead. George Clooney stars as Everett, a man who has been away from his family for a long time, but now plans to make the journey home, along with his friends Delmar and Pete. Along the way, they record a hit song, meet interesting people, and come up against more than a few villains.
The Nice Guys
Shane Black returned to familiar territory after getting the chance to direct the third Iron Man film. The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, is one of Black's classic noir-tinged cop comedies, this time set in 1977. Gosling and Crowe play two sides of the law-enforcement coin, and though they don't have a lot in common (if anything, really), they decide to take it upon themselves to find a missing girl. The film is full of wit and action, and really excels thanks to Crowe's and Gosling's chemistry.
Edge of Tomorrow
What happens when an officer is thrown into the fight against an alien invasion, and during the course of events is forced to keep reliving the same day every time he is defeated? That's the central question in Edge of tomorrow, a sort of sci-fi version of Groundhog Day. Every time William Cage, played by Tom Cruise, falls in battle, he wakes up again on the day of the invasion. Eventually, he seeks help from a woman to whom the same thing already happened.
Edgar Wright had finally wrapped his Cornetto trilogy with The World's End, and now he was about to make something very different. Baby Driver, an electrifying crime film, follows the work of Baby, a getaway driver for a gang of bank robbers. While that may sound like familiar ground, the film benefits from wright's use of music and clever editing, which sets almost all of the shots in the film to music. The impeccable chase sequences and dark humor are also fantastic.
After playing the character for over 15 years, Hugh Jackman finally got his swan song as Wolverine in Logan. Set years in the future, long after the days of the X-Men had come and gone, Logan finds himself working as a limo driver, just trying to get by. His healing factor is finally starting to slow down, meaning that he is finally getting older and closer to the end. After discovering his DNA was used to make a young mutant, he, Professor X, and the young mutant known as X-23, set out to find a sanctuary of mutants.
What happens when the world of organized crime and contract hitmen is combined with the implications of time travel? That's the question at the center of the sci-fi action film, Looper. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis star as the same person, one from the present, and one from decades in the future. Gordon-Levitt is a Looper, a hitman who takes out targets from the future who are dumped into the past. When the time comes, the looper also has to take themselves out, something Gordon-Levitt fails to do in time.
He may be one of the greatest fictional characters ever created, and his legacy continues into the modern day. Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Dr. John Watson are brought to life once again in Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Ritchie. Robert Downey Jr. stars as the titular detective, while Jude Law plays Watson. Together, the duo must solve a seemingly supernatural crime spree taking place in London, all while dealing with the fact that Watson's wedding is coming up soon.
Taken is one of the defining action films of the last decade, and for good reason. This straightforward action thriller wastes no time getting right to the action, and it never lets up for a second once it gets there. Liam Neeson stars as Brian Mills, a former CIA agent who has retained his very "specific set of skills." That's good, too, because when his daughter is taken during a vacation in France, her father is the only man who will be able to find and rescue her.
Dripping with style and filled to the brim with tension, Drive is a film that stands out from other crime movies. Ryan Gosling stars as the unnamed protagonist, a stunt driver for films by day and a freelance getaway driver by night. He is the best there is, but he follows very strict rules. After a job goes awry, the driver finds himself the target of a dangerous crime boss, and he must also work to protect the woman he has come to fall in love with.
Based on the comic series of the same name, Atomic blonde Stars Charlize Theron as a master spy working behind the scenes in Russia during the height of the cold war. Though she is very good at what she does, including infiltration and combat, the agent finds herself embroiled in a twisty tale of espionage and intrigue. With the help of another spy, she must find a way to get a necessary file back to her headquarters before it is too late.
Christopher Nolan took a break from making films that stretched beyond the world people know in order to make this captivating film about one of the most famous events during the second world war. Dunkirk retells the story of soldiers waiting to be rescued on a beach in France, all the while being attacked by opposing forces. the film follows three different stories across three different timelines, using these alternating stories to build on each other and culminate in a thrilling finale.
Before he stunned the world with the Annihilation, Alex Garland made a much smaller, but no less thrilling, science fiction film. Ex Machina is the story of a programmer who is brought to the home of his boss in order to perform a Turing test on a new kind of robot that the boss is developing. This new robot, powered by an incredibly advanced artificial intelligence, proves to be far more advanced than either of the men expected, leading to questions about humanity and consciousness.
Justice League was the ultimate culmination of, well, the three movies that came before it. Superman is gone after his fateful fight with Doomsday, and now Batman is scouring the world looking for superpowered individuals to help take down a bigger threat. He already has Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, but now he needs to enlist the help of The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman. Even though it seems like the heroes have their work cut out for them, they get help from another unlikely source.
A group of friends loves to get together every once in a while for a game night. Max and Annie, a married couple who are trying to have a baby, are almost always the winners, sharing a competitive spirit that makes them perfect for each other. One night, Max's brother plans a more exciting game night for them, but the entire thing goes sideways when the brother is actually taken by real criminals, leaving the friends to figure out what happened.
21 Jump Street
Who knew that a movie based on a TV show from the 80s with a silly premise could actually be so hilarious? 21 Jump Street, based on the classic series of the same name, follows two bumbling cops who are sent to a high school in order to infiltrate a ring of criminals. While the show tried to take itself seriously, the film is a straight comedy, lampooning the ridiculousness of the premise and making fun of reboots and remakes at the same time.
Four friends head to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, taking the groom with them and promising him an epic night of fun. However, when three of the friends wake up the next morning, they don't remember anything that happened, and they have lost the groom. Working their way backwards, the three friends must retrace their steps and figure out what exactly they did and how they can locate their lost friend. The film was followed by two sequels which were not as good.
When Office Space was first released in 1999, it fell flat. It never got that much attention, and it was definitely not a box office hit. However, over time, the film developed a cult following, mostly due to its accurate and hilarious representation of working in an office environment, and just how draining it can be. Peter Gibbons is fed up with his job, but after an eventful hypnotherapy session, he learns to stop caring so much, which leads, inexplicably, to success at work.
The first rule of Fight Club is don't talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is do not talk about Fight Club! That's going to make this description a lot harder to write. After becoming fed up with the corporate life and the expectations of modern society, the main character strikes up a friendship with Tyler Durden, a mysterious soap salesman who wishes to bring down everything around him, sowing chaos until people wake up to what is going on around them.
The Big Lebowski
The Coen Brothers based the Big Lebowski, one of their most popular and enduring films, on classic noir stories. However, instead of having a suave, intelligent private eye at the center of the story, they instead have The Dude, a laid back slacker who just wants to hang out, take it easy, and go bowling with his friends. When the Dude is mistaken for someone else, he is pulled into a plot involving a rich family, criminals, and all manner of strange characters.
No Country For Old Men
This is yet another Coen Brothers film, but it could not be more different from some of their previous work. Based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men is a complicated tale of ordinary men drawn into circumstances that they are not prepared for. After a hunter finds a bag of ill-gotten money, he becomes a target for a dangerous and relentless hitman. The story confused some audiences, but it was more about the themes than the actual plot.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
Sports movies are all kind of the same, aren't they? That's what makes dodgeball so special. The film follows a struggling gym and its staff entering a national dodgeball tournament in order to win enough money to save their business. The ragtag team must learn the five 'D's of dodgeball from a master: dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge. They also have to face off against their rival gym, one with much more money and a far meaner point of view about fitness.
Marvel hit it out of the park with Black Panther, bringing the world's first black superhero to the big screen in his own film. T'Challa, having returned to Wakanda in o0rder to look after his country as king, faces new challenges. He questions whether Wakanda should reveal itself to the world and share its advanced technology, and he almost must face off against Erik Killmonger, a challenger to the throne who wants to use Wakanda's technology for more violent ends.
It's the one movie that every guy has seen, and they might all even have the DVD sitting on their shelf somewhere, even in the age of streaming. The Godfather is rightfully considered a classic, and is one of the greatest films ever made. the masterful filmmaking and script come together to tell the story of the Corleone crime family, and how Michael, the youngest son, must take over. However, Michael is conflicted about his new role, having just returned from the war.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Along with the Godfather Part II, Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of the most obvious examples of a sequel surpassing its predecessor. Set in the years following the events of the first film, John Connor has grown into a teenager, and Sarah Connor has been institutionalized after trying to warn people about the future. A new terminator is sent back in time to take out John Connor, but this time, another Terminator is also sent back in order to protect him.
Step Brothers is exactly the kind of film people get when the comedic talents of Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and John C. Reilly are allowed to run free and do whatever they want. The film, which is a relentlessly hilarious comedy, follows the lives of two 40-year-old men who are forced to cohabitate when their single parents decide to get married. Over time, the two become best friends and even try to start a business. However, their own ineptitude keeps getting in the way.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raiders of the Lost Ark is practically a perfect adventure film, and it set the standard for stunt work, storytelling, and performances in the years to come. Harrison Ford made his debut appearance as Indiana Jones, the daring archaeologist who is given the task of finding the Ark of the Covenant before some very bad people do. The film is filled with memorable set-pieces, great lines, and tons of action. It was followed by four sequels, but none of them could ever really live up to the first film.
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Some people might think that by the sixth film, a franchise might start to get a little bit tired. However, that cannot be said of the Mission Impossible series, which just seems to get bigger and better with every entry. In Fallout, the IMF is once again tasked with stopping a criminal mastermind. The only problem is, they are not entirely sure who he is or what he looks like. Ethan Hunt and his crew must set off an international adventure filled with amazing stunts and plenty of danger.
Part man, part machine, all cop. RoboCop is a memorable piece of 1980s action. The film follows a Detroit police officer who, after being nearly fatally wounded doing his job, is given a second chance at life through mechanical augmentation, turning him into one of the coolest action heroes of the decade. RoboCop was incredible not just for its awesome action and central protagonist, but also its satirical tone and social commentary, traits that are common in the work of director Paul Verhoeven.
When The Matrix first came out, no one had seen anything like it. The Wachowskis had a very specific vision for how they wanted to bring their story to the screen, and they pulled it off perfectly. Utilizing some truly innovative filming techniques, the filmmakers managed to create a sense of unreality, a theme that ran throughout the film. The cast was pitch-perfect as well, with Keanu Reeves playing Neo, the central protagonist, and Hugo Weaving playing the nefarious agent trying to bring down humanity.
Ready Player One
This nostalgia and reference-filled film based on the novel by Ernest Cline brought so many characters to the screen in one film it was hard to keep track of them all. Ready Player One is all about a dystopian future, where people may not have much, but they do have the ability to spend their time in the Oasis, a massive virtual reality world where people can be and do whatever they want. The creator of Oasis has hidden a treasure in the virtual world, and everyone, good and bad, is out to find it.