Guys are often forced to watch movies which are clearly not meant for them (*cough* frozen). But every guy needs a dose of movies that make them feel like opening a bottle of beer and enjoying a couple of hours feeling like a man. If you’re also looking to savour that moment soon read our list of movies every guy must watch to get a well-deserved break from the rom-coms and the dramas. Go on, lay back with your buds and see what we have in store for you.
1. The Color of Money (1986)
Martin Scorsese’s The color of money is about a retired pool player ‘Fast Eddie’ Felson, played by John Newman who decides to make a comeback. Things take a different turn when he discovers a partner in a carefree pool player Vincent Lauria, played by Tom Cruise. This movie is a prequel to the famous movie The Hustler and revolves around the events that unfold as both Felson and Lauria enter into a partnership scamming away various pool clubs. What’s more, John Newman won the Oscar for his performance in this movie.
2. Casino Jack (2010)
Based on Jack Abramoff’s true story, Casino Jack revolves around a powerful lobbyist in Washington D.C who is blinded by the idea of earning money and gaining power. Starring Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff and Barry Pepper as Michael Scanlon, his protégé, the movie is an account of the hell that breaks loose when things go awry. Directed by George Hickenlooper, this thriller comedy is a must-watch for all the men out there and some women too.
Oh and, Jack Abramoff? He works out every day!
3. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind is a biographical drama based on the nobel laureate John Nash’s life. Starring Russell Crowe as John Nash along with Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany, the movie follows Nash’s journey through fame while he discovers a frightening secret about himself that turns things upside down. This critically acclaimed movie bagged four academy awards in 2001 and sits pretty on our list of movies every guy must watch.
4 . Schindler’s List (1993)
This Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, tells you a heart wrenching tale of Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a German businessman and the Jews he saved during the Holocaust. The story shows how Oskar grows affection for his Jew workers and goes out of his way to protect them. He is helped by his accountant Izthak Stern (Ben Kingsley) who was one of the workers he saved. The movie won seven Oscars and had five other nominations.
5. Taxi Driver (1976)
Another one from Scorsese’s vault, this psychological thriller has got Robert De Niro playing the role of Travis Bickle along with Jodie Foster and Cybill Shepherd. Travis is an unstable Vietnam war veteran who becomes a taxi driver in New York to avoid insomnia and develops the need to save the world using violence.
6. Déjà Vu.(2006)
An ATF agent, Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) is called in by a team of top-secret program to help them catch a terrorist (Jim Caviezel) who blew up a ferry leaving hundreds of people dead. The movie takes a tricky turn when Doug tries to save the only woman, Claire (Paula Putton) who can identify the terrorist. It also stars Val Kilmer and is directed by Tony Scott.
7. The Departed. (2006)
One can never get enough of Martin Scorsese movies and The Departed is next. This crime-drama stars many Hollywood biggies including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg. The story revolves around an undercover cop, Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) who tries to bring down a big time gangster, Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson). Everything goes haywire when Billy discovers that there’s a mole (Matt Damon) in the police department. They are both on a quest to catch each other, without knowing their true identities. And Mark Wahlberg, well he’s always a delight to watch.
8. Rocky Series (1976-2006)
There are only a few movie series that never lose their touch and Rocky is one of them. Each one is better than the last. Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) a small time boxer living in Philadelphia gets a once in a lifetime, rarest of the rare chance to fight against a heavy-weight champion. That’s where the series picked up and made a special place in our hearts.
9. Godfather Trilogy (1901-1980)
Based on the novel by Mario Puzo, The Godfather is a story about an Italian-American family involved heavily in crime. The story revolves around the family’s rise and fall in the crime world. Things start changing when Don Vito Corleone’s (Marlon Brando) son, Michael Corlene (Al Pacino) tries to enter the world of Mafias.
10. The Intouchables (2011)
This one is straight from the French cinema. It talks about the bonding between a wealthy quadriplegic, Phillipe (François Cluzet) and his caretaker, Driss (Omar Sy). Their friendship strengthens as the days pass by. What makes it even more amazing is that, it’s based on a true story. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano are the directors of this great piece of cinema.
11. 300 (2006)
In this epic war movie you will find King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) leading his three hundred Spartans straight into the jaws of death as they march to fight against King Xerxes’(Rodrigo Santoro) army. Knowing they’re heavily outnumbered they fight against the Persian army to unite Greece against the common enemy. It has got maddening action and if you haven’t watched it, you don’t know what Zack Snyder’s vision is capable of.
12. Die Hard Series (1988 – 2013, for now)
John McClane (Bruce Willis) is an officer at NYPD. On Christmas Eve, John decides to visit his wife and daughters at her work place, but things turn ugly when the building is attacked by a group of terrorists. Now that everyone is trapped in the building, John must figure out a way to save the hostages which includes his family. With every sequel, John encounters new problems and enemies. Die Hardest, the sixth part is on its way, watch the series of you still haven’t to catch up before it’s out.
13. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quentin Tarantino movies are almost synonymous with bloodshed and intense drama. This one shows the story of two hit men, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), a gangster Marsellus (Ving Rhames) and his wife (Uma Thurman) along with a boxer Butch Coolridge. It has got bad blood and action sequences that will make you go what the heck (that’s not the word in my head). It’s a Quentin Tarantino movie. It had to be on the list of movies every guy must watch.
14. Gladiator (2000)
After Commodus (Joaquin Pheonix) kill his father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius for the throne, the first thing on his mind is to take down Maximus (Russell Crowe) because the Emperor favoured him more than his own son. Commodus uses his power, being the new emperor and takes away Maximus’ position as a general and sends him to the gladiator arenas. This Ridely Scott’s directorial speaks of revenge and betrayal.
15. Top Gun (1986)
One of the coolest action flicks of all time, hands down, Top Gun is about a young fighter pilot, Maverick (Tom Cruise) who gets selected for the Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School. Problems arise when Maverick’s attitude turns all the other pilots against him, especially Iceman (Val Kilmer). The movie also follows Maverick’s love life with his instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGill). This epic movie by Tony Scott is evergreen.