Well, since in posted my top 10 chick flicks of all time, I thought it only just and right to attempt to post my top 10 guy movies of all time. Please note that this is a real challenge since there are so many great guy movies out, compared to chick flicks. After all, once you have seen one chick flick, you get the idea. It’s only a variation between actors and supposed outcomes. Basic plot line: boy meets girl, conflict arise, conflict subsides, happily ever after.
Not so with guy movies. In guy movies, sometimes the hero dies at the end, which brings an entire new twist to what makes a great guy movie. I’m not sure of everything that makes a great guy movie, but it usually has lots of guy stuff in it: fighting, gun fighting, fighting with cars/boats/planes, a girl, more fighting, explosions, more explosions, one or two of the sub-characters dying along the way, more fighting and finally victory.
Again, I must state the fact that there is no real way to come up with 10 great guy movies because someone will go, “Hey Timothy, what about this movie over here?” And I will say, “Yup, that definitely belongs in the Top 10,” at which point the Top 10 list eventually becomes a Top 100 list. Since my attention span for such posts like this is about as long as it takes Jason Borne to kill off a fellow agent, we will have to stick with 10.
So here it is:
- First off is The Bourne Identity, starring Jason Bourne. This one gets top nod because every guy can ultimately identify with Jason Bourne in the amnesia department. If you are not sure what I’m talking about, just ask our girlfriends/wives, etc. We forget things all the time and end up in big fights over it all, just like Jason. While our fights usually end up in us apologizing to our girlfriends/wives, we can definitely see where Jason is coming from in trying to bump off the entire CIA. That is a lot of anger built up in that man. I also include the subsequent two movies in this position as well, but not the fourth Bourne move. It was… weak.
- Skyfall — this is the latest movie featuring James Bond. While any number of the Bond movies could make the list, it is only since the Daniel Craig era of Bond movies that they have taken on a … Bourne feel to them, thus making the entire series much more intense and fun to watch. We also like that fact that Bond has access to so many beautiful woman. Not that we approve of course, but if you are an agent for MI6, then an occasional millionaire mistress is to be expected. BTW, the production for the next Bond movies with Daniel Craig starts in January.
- Saving Private Ryan — This is one of those movies where the hero, played by Tom Hanks, gets killed in the end. Tom Hanks is a lot like John Wayne, in that they rarely get killed in the end. The reason this movie is ranked number three is because it truly capture the war movie experience for the audience, and it encompassed all the stories of WWII I heard growing up, like the solider who gets shot in the helmut, takes it off to look at the dent, and then gets shot and killed immediately because he didn’t have on his helmut. I remember hearing that story from some war veterans when I was a boy. I think Steven Spielberg heard that story too.
- Shawshank Redemption — Best prison feel good movie of all time! That is all you need to know. Just about every guy that collects movies, has collected this one and if he doesn’t have it, he knows he can catch it on some off cable network about once every three weeks.
- Gladiator — Best gladiator feel good movie of all time. So far, this is the only one on my list that I do not own. So it has been a while since I’ve seen it. Can’t wait to see it again.
- Braveheart — “Freedom!” Another movie where the hero dies in the end. I think this was the best Mel Gibson movie ever. It was so well done that even those of us who are of English descent, with a tad of Scottish, end up being Scottish by the end of the movie! It’s a classic!
- The Matrix — I didn’t really like this one, but I know that so many guys do, to leave it off would probably remove any serious credibility to the list. Also, I don’t own this one.
- Patton — starring George C. Scoot. I rue the day that the idiots in Hollywood try to remake this movie. They will fail miserably. Just the opening speech by Patton alone puts the movie in the Top 10. His opening line: “Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.” It is only when you understand this truth that you know the essence of war: over powering and killing the enemy until he surrenders unconditionally. Since we’ve lost that understanding, this movie should be required viewing for every high-school history class.
- Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World — this one may get some disagreement because it wasn’t that popular. But it should be. It really captures the sea experience that so many endured during the 1800s. That alone puts it in the Top 10.
- Apollo 13 — This one makes the list because of how well it captured the can-do spirit this country once had when it took on one of it’s greatest accomplishments: going to the moon. I remember growing up while all these events were taking place and knowing all the names of all the astronauts. I even knew the three men killed in Apollo 1, Grissom, Chaffee and White. I remember watching the first steps on the moon with my Dad and brothers down on the coast at a bar with a television. My Dad’s boat didn’t have a television and we did get hamburgers while at the bar. I remember waking up on Saturday morning and complaining that there was another launch, which meant no Saturday-morning cartoons, and still watching every moment of the launch. This movie is a real tribute to that bygone era. Plus, it brings out the geek in all of us, at least it should.
OK, there are my Top 10 guy movies of all time. Please, no admonitions about removing the proverbial “man card” because I failed to list one of your favorite movies. Just let me know what you think should have been there in the comments section.