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Thursday, January 12, 2006

my very own meme. 10 guy flicks

there are movies out there that can only be classified as "GUY FLIX". no socially redeeming touchy feely crap to get in the way of the excitement of the movie. guy flix. that means my favorite movie of all time, "the african queen" with bogie and hepburn can't, and shouldn't make the list.
this is my list, off the cuff, no looking stuff up, just culling through the many flix i've seen in my life.
my guy flix list in no specific order, except the #1.

#1 Jeremiah Johnson. no question about it. this has to be one of the the truly great guy movies if for no other reason the the bear in the cabin scene. i may have to go out and buy this flick. it's been a long time since i've seen it.

#2 Das Boot, director's cut, in german with english subtitles. if it weren't for Jeremiah Johnson, this would be number 1. this WWII submarine flick is about as close to a perfect representation of the genre as there is.

#3 no real guy flick list can leave off anything by steve mcqueen, like bullit, the great escape, etc. too many good steve mcqueen flicks to chose from, and most of them are guy flicks.

#4 Enter the Dragon, the bruce lee martial arts flick that introduce the hong kong action movie to western audiences.

#5 Any Clint Eastwood "Dirty Harry" movie. they are all great examples of "guy flicks" and it would be unfair to list them individually.

#6 Tora Tora Tora. enough said.

#7 The Seven Samuri, and it's american version, the Magnificent Seven. same flick, different languages and culture. both excellent, but similar enough to get the same vote.

#8 Good Fellas. beats the godfather trilogy hands down. Joe Pesci was superb.

#9 Mel Gibson's Mad Max. the first was better than the second, simply because they were trying too hard to top the first, and failed. Even Tina Turner couldn't make the second one better, but she did make a kick ass villian!

#10 Any of the Three Stooges movies. Men love them, women just don't get them. no Guy Flick List (note the Capitalization!) would be complete without the originators of The Dizzy Doctors . such a list would be an incomplete one, in my own humble opinion.

so there you go. my top 10 guy flix. i know, i had to cheat a little, by doubling up some of the movies like the Dirty Harry series, but it's my list. so there. remember, these flicks generally have very little chick flick appeal. it's not that women won't and haven't enjoyed them, but i wouldn't recommend one of these selections as a first date video over popcorn.

how about you?


Blogger Bubblehead said...

Jeremiah Johnson truly is a classic; "Can ya skin grizz?"

1/12/06, 11:33 PM  
Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

One small bone:

Tina Turner was in the *third* Mad Max, "Beyond the Thunderdom," and yeah, it was not nearly as good as the first two, "Mad Max" from '79, and "The Road Warrior" from '81 I think. Although my best bud on the boat and I loved the Master Blaster line from the 3rd - anytime another JO was OOD and asked us to do anything in Manuevering, we would call up on the MJ, and say "Who run Shantytown?" Until they answered "Master Blaster run Shantytown," they got no extra water, speed, etc =)

1/13/06, 5:47 AM  
Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

Oh, and The Great Escape is definitely a great one, that and any of "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," series. Too bad my wife just doesn't get 'em - I only get to watch those when I am TAD.

1/13/06, 5:48 AM  
Anonymous Allan said...

The Guns of Navarone.

Von Ryan's Express.

1/13/06, 7:15 AM  
Blogger Va Beach Herb said...


I didn't see you list any guy comedies. How about Caddyshack or Animal House?

1/13/06, 9:34 AM  
Blogger bothenook said...

good flix listed by you guys, but remember: i had to limit myself to 10. it's an artificial limit, but if i hadn't, it would be weeks before i finished a guy flick list.

1/13/06, 9:42 AM  
Blogger Gus Van Horn said...


Not a movie, but worthy of note: Defending the Caveman. Saw it in Chicago a few weeks ago. Hilarious and accurate. My reaction is here.

And, oh yeah. I see that you reserve your small supply of vapital letters for the Really Important Stuff!


1/13/06, 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I picked up the meme and ran with it.

1/13/06, 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Oldblevins said...

I would suggest "The Outlaw Josey Wales" as being Clint's best ever - for guys or anyone else.

Also re comedies: Agree with VA beach Herb but would add:

The Great Race
Blazing Saddles
Young Frankenstein

as also essential.

1/14/06, 7:09 AM  
Blogger WillyShake said...

Great stuff to add to my Netflix Queue! Not sure about the "hands down" stuff about Good Fellas, though.

I've always thought High Noon w/ Gary Cooper (1952) was rather manly--I'd go so far as to say that ole Clint (whom I love like a brother) wouldn't be who he was without this film.

Has anyone mentioned The Dirty Dozen? What about Patton? Guy movies both, if you ask me! Then there's the non-Dirty Harry Eastwood flicks like Josey Wales. And...

...Darn it, what a great post--I could talk about this all day--must restrain myself! LOL. No guarantees I won't steal this one. ;) Thanks!

1/14/06, 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would add Tony Anthony's "Stranger" trilogy - A Stranger in Town, The Stranger Returns, and The Silent Stranger. Three very odd westerns, the third of which is actually mainly set in Japan.

RM1(SS) (ret)

1/17/06, 6:41 PM  

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