30. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Logline: A wise-cracking Detroit detective chases his friend’s killers to Beverly Hills and partners with two local officers to find justice.
Memorable Moments: The banana in the tail pipe, the unusually violent finale (at least for how lighthearted the rest of the movie is), and the loud mouth of Eddie Murphy make this one a cop flick to remember. God forbid what this script would have read like with Sylvester Stallone in the role!
Why Guys Dig It: Eddie Murphy used to be funny. We recognize this. And a lot of that funny came in this movie.
29. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Logline: King Arthur and his Knights on a journey to find the Holy Grail—with stories the history books didn’t want you to know!
Memorable Moments: The Knights of NI! (Possibly the most obnoxious characters in the history of comedy to still be funny.) In addition to those idiots, the taunting French guards get creative in true Python fashion, as does the brave, boisterous, and badly dismembered Black Knight. But none of those can prepare you for the killer bunny rabbit. Move over Night of the Lepus. You have nothing on this furry little devil.
Why Guys Dig It: Silly, brainless, unfettered, completely self-aware and unapologetic—what’s not to like?
28. Carlito’s Way (1993)
Logline: A Puerto Rican gangster gets out of prison and vows to stay free from violence and drugs, but finds that escaping your past is never so easy.
Memorable Moments: Made right around the time that director Brian De Palma decided to start making crap permanently, this somber crime thriller managed to sneak in before it all went to Hell. Features a nerve-jangling shootout on an escalator to close the movie (shades of De Palma’s Untouchables) and an unrecognizable Sean Penn playing Carlito’s sleazy lawyer in a performance for which he should have won the Oscar.
Why Guys Dig It: If you don’t know by now that well-made gangster films are one of our many weaknesses, then you don’t know us at all.
27. Lethal Weapon (1987)
Logline: Two cops—one by-the-books and nearing retirement, the other with a death wish—do battle with drug lords in modern day Los Angeles.
Memorable Moments: Mel Gibson’s intensity in the role of Martin Riggs endeared him to ladies and made him a sought after action hero for guys. His on-screen chemistry with Danny Glover’s Roger Murtaugh made this a shoot ‘em up that rose above the norm. Factor in Gary Busey’s icy turn as the heavy, along with a brutal hand-to-hand fight between him and Gibson at the climax, and you have an action movie that gives audiences what they want.
Why Guys Dig It: Explosions, one liners, camaraderie—all the things we like in our cop movies and friendships.
26. Tombstone (1993)
Logline: The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and its brutal aftermath.
Memorable Moments: Val Kilmer delivers a performance as Doc Holliday in this film that makes him a sought after property in Hollywood. He spends the rest of his career trying to ruin all of it. But fans of this performance will never forget the humor, intensity, and character that Holliday shows in standing up for his Marshal friend while fending off tuberculosis. Great gun battles, an ever-ready Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, and two dastardly bad guys make this a classic of the Western genre.
Why Guys Dig It: Equal parts shootout and one-liners.
25. Casino Royale (2006)
Logline: James Bond’s first big mission.
Memorable Moments: After Pierce Brosnan’s ego and bad storytelling nearly wrecked the character for good, Daniel Craig reinvented the classic secret agent with equal parts danger and intensity. The character is a bit more raw than what fans of the Broccoli films were used to, but it came closest to the mark of author Ian Fleming’s original character. The construction scene slug out, the airport chase, and the Bond ball smash are all highlights of this fantastic motion picture.
Why Guys Dig It: James Bond returned to us after having been gone for so, very, long.
24. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Logline: A series of intertwining vignettes tell the stories of two hit men with very different goals, ideals, and spiritual beliefs; a boxer looking to make one big score and escape from a powerful mobster, only to run into complications along the way; a carefree gangster’s wife whose partying ways may just get her killed; and a would-be Bonnie and Clyde pair just disturbed enough to kill or be killed.
Memorable Moments: “The Gold Watch” stands out as one of the best segments director Quentin Tarantino ever filmed. The rest of the movie falls short, but still manages to reinvent John Travolta and enable Samuel L. Jackson to do what he’s since become famous for: lots of cool and bad language.
Why Guys Dig It: Violence and redemption. Stick those two elements in any well-made film and we lap it up like dogs.
23. Blazing Saddles (1974)
Logline: A black sheriff in the Old West is moved to a town full of racist, ignorant white people. Hilarity ensues.
Memorable Moments: Every boneheaded scene belonging to Slim Pickens, including but not limited to, “We’ll work up a number six on ‘em,” and “Someone better ride into town and get a sh*tload of dimes!” This is satire at its finest.
Why Guys Dig It: Almost every line of this film drips with irreverence for the politically correct norms that still have a chokehold on us today. The film exploits the stupidity of racism by setting it down in front of a mirror and using its own words against it. That’s funny.
22. Office Space (1999)
Logline: A burned out office worker becomes trapped in a state of apathy until news of his friends’ impending terminations motivates him to take action against his company.
Memorable Moments: The printer beat down. “Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta.” The hilarious commute to work that opens the film. Hero Peter Gibbons’ next door neighbor. Too many great lines to count, and most not repeatable in a family friendly guide to guy movies!
Why Guys Dig It: Sometimes it takes an audience a while to get a joke. Such was the case with Mike Judge’s film. It didn’t tear up the box office but found new life and enormous success in the years ahead as more of his demographic entered the workforce and found, to their utter and complete horror, that most of the “exaggerations” were undeniably true.
21. Batman Begins (2005)
Logline: A billionaire playboy dresses like a bat and fights crime after his parents’ murder and a lot of soul searching leads to a controlled darkness.
Memorable Moments: The first appearance of Batman took about 40 minutes, and it was worth every second. Director Christopher Nolan also made some very non-traditional decisions. From the Batmobile’s monster tires to the choice of Scarecrow and Ra’s Al Ghul as villains, this was a fresh, original, and exciting take on the classic character.
Why Guys Dig It: The Caped Crusader was a hero of our youth. This is a great film based on him. Do we need any more than that?