For many guys, one of the things they like to do in their man caves is watch movies. If your man cave doubles as a home theater, you don’t want to have your man card taken away by watching too many chick flicks. With that in mind, here is a list of the 101 manliest movies made since 1980 to fill up your movie library.
Of course there’s the classics like Goodfellas, Scarface, Indiana Jones, and Gladiator, but I’m sure there’s at least a few that you’ve never seen before.
1. Raging Bull (1980)
Raging Bull is a 1980 biographical sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It stars Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta, an Italian-American middleweight boxer who had a troubled private life. The film follows LaMotta’s rise to prominence in the boxing world, his relationships with his wife and brother, and his eventual fall from grace.
It was a critical and commercial success, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won two: Best Actor for De Niro and Best Editing for Thelma Schoonmaker. In 1990, it was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 2004, it was ranked #4 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 greatest American films of all time.
2. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Released in 1980, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is widely considered to be one of the best films in the franchise. Not only did it build on the success of its predecessor, but it also took the story in a new and unexpected direction. Whereas the original Star Wars film was largely light-hearted and optimistic, The Empire Strikes Back is darker and more complex.
In addition to its great storytelling, The Empire Strikes Back also features some of the best action sequences in the entire franchise. From the thrilling Battle of Hoth to the iconic lightsaber duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, there are plenty of moments that have gone down in movie history. With its perfect blend of humor, drama, and excitement, it’s no wonder that The Empire Strikes Back continues to be beloved by fans old and new.
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic movie characters of all time, and Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the best-loved films in the franchise. The story follows Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) as he tries to track down the lost Ark of the Covenant. Along the way, he has to contend with traps, puzzles, and a whole host of dangerous enemies, including the Nazis. The film is a thrilling rollercoaster ride from start to finish, and it also features some of the most memorable set pieces in cinema history. If you’re a fan of action movies, then Raiders of the Lost Ark is definitely worth checking out.
4. Mad Max 2 (1981)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is an Australian post-apocalyptic action movie released in 1981. The movie was directed by George Miller and starred Mel Gibson. The movie was set in a future world where gasoline and water are scarce commodities. In the movie, Mad Max is a former police officer who has become a nomadic wanderer. He reluctantly agrees to help a group of survivors defend themselves against a group of marauders.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is considered one of the best action movies ever made. It was praised for its spectacular car chases and imaginative setting. The movie was a box office success, grossing over $100 million worldwide.
5. Death Hunt (1981)
Death Hunt is a 1981 action thriller starring Charles Bronson and Lee Marvin. The movie was directed by Peter R. Hunt and based on a novel by Richard Connell. The story follows a group of hunters who are hired to track down and kill a man who has been accused of murder. However, as the hunt progresses, it becomes clear that the man they are after is not what he seems. Death Hunt is an exciting and suspenseful movie that features some great action sequences. It is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of either Charles Bronson or Lee Marvin.
6. Superman II (1981)
Superman II is a 1981 movie that is a sequel to the 1978 Superman movie. The movie was directed by Richard Lester and starred Christopher Reeve as Superman. The movie picks up where the original movie left off, with Superman having to face off against Lex Luthor and his henchmen. The movie was well-received by critics and audiences alike and is considered one of the best superhero movies ever made. If you’re a fan of superhero movies, then Superman II is definitely worth checking out.
7. Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Conan the Barbarian is a 1982 American sword and sorcery film directed and co-written by John Milius. It is based on stories by Robert E. Howard, a pulp fiction writer of the 1930s, about the adventures of the eponymous character in a fictional prehistoric world of dark magic and savagery. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan, James Earl Jones as Thulsa Doom, Max von Sydow as King Osric, and Sandahl Bergman as Valeria.
Distributed by Universal Pictures and made on a budget of $18 million, the film was a box office success, grossing over $100 million worldwide. Conan the Barbarian was nominated for two Academy Awards in the Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects categories. It has since become a cult classic due to its high-quality production values, memorable soundtrack by Basil Poledouris, unforgettable imagery, and supremely quotable one-liners spoken by Schwarzenegger.
8. Rambo: First Blood (1982)
Rambo: First Blood is an action movie released in 1982. The movie is about a Vietnam War veteran named John Rambo, who is pursued by a ruthless sheriff and his deputies through the woods of Washington state. Although he is outnumbered and outgunned, Rambo uses his wits and survival skills to evade capture and turn the tables on his pursuers.
Rambo: First Blood is an exciting movie that features non-stop action, suspense, and violence. It is also one of the most successful movies of its time, grossing over $125 million at the box office. If you are a fan of action movies, then this is definitely a movie that you should check out.
9. The Thing (1982)
The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter and written by Bill Lancaster. It tells the story of a group of American researchers in Antarctica who are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. The film stars Kurt Russell as MacReady, A. Wilford Brimley as Blair, and Keith David as Childs.
Upon its release in June 1982, The Thing opened to mixed reviews from critics but was praised for its superb acting, practical effects, tight editing, and eerie atmosphere.
10. 48 Hrs. (1982)
48 Hrs. is a 1982 action comedy film directed by Walter Hill and starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy. The film tells the story of a hard-nosed cop who teams up with a wise-cracking criminal to catch a pair of cop-killing escapees from prison.
Although it was not a critical success at the time, 48 Hrs. has since become something of a cult classic. One of the things that makes the film so enjoyable is the chemistry between Nolte and Murphy. Nolte plays Jack Cates, a gruff, no-nonsense type who is determined to catch the fugitives even if it means breaking the law himself. Murphy, on the other hand, portrays Reggie Hammond, a smart-mouthed crook who knows all the ins and outs of the criminal underworld. Together, they make an unlikely but entertaining team. If you’re in the mood for a fun, fast-paced action flick, then 48 Hrs. is definitely worth checking out.
11. Scarface (1983)
Scarface is a 1983 movie about Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who comes to America in 1980 and starts to work for a drug lord. The movie was directed by Brian De Palma and starred Al Pacino. Scarface was a box office success, grossing over $65 million, and received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised the movie for its direction and performances, while others criticized it for its violence and graphic images. Despite its mixed reception, Scarface is considered one of the most influential movies of the 1980s and has spawned numerous parodies and pop culture references.
12. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 epic crime drama film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. The film tells the story of a group of New York City Jewish gangsters from the early 1900s to the late 1960s. It spans four decades and chronicles their rise to power and subsequent fall from grace.
Upon its release, Once Upon a Time in America was met with mixed reviews from critics but was a huge box office success, grossing over $50 million worldwide. Today, it is considered one of the greatest gangster films ever made and has been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
13. The Terminator (1984)
The Terminator is a 1984 science fiction film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Michael Biehn. It was a critical and commercial success and helped to launch the career of Schwarzenegger. The Terminator tells the story of a cyborg assassin sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton. Sarah Connor is the mother of John Connor, who will one day lead the human resistance against the machines.
The Terminator is an action-packed thriller with groundbreaking special effects. The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2003.
14. Rocky IV (1984)
Rocky IV is a classic 1984 movie that tells the story of Rocky Balboa, a boxer who is pitted against a Russian champion named Ivan Drago. Although the movie is set during the Cold War, its themes of determination and perseverance are timeless. Rocky IV was directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred as Rocky. The movie also features Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed, Talia Shire as Adrian, and Burt Young as Paulie. In addition to being an action-packed sports drama, Rocky IV is also an unexpectedly touching love story. Stallone’s charisma and screen presence help to make Rocky IV an enduring classic.
15. Commando (1985)
The 1985 movie Commando, staring Arnold Schwarzenegger, tells the story of a former special forces operative who is drawn back into action to save his daughter from terrorists. Fans of the film appreciate its over-the-top action sequences and one-liners delivered by Schwarzenegger.
Commando was released in the United States on October 4, 1985 and grossed over $35 million at the box office. If you’re looking for an explosive action movie with plenty of laughs, it’s definitely worth checking out.
16. Police Story (1985)
Police Story is a 1985 action film starring Jackie Chan as Kevi, a Hong Kong police officer who goes undercover to take down a crime syndicate. The movie was directed by Stanley Tong and also featured Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, and Bill Tung. Police Story was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $20 million at the box office. The film’s stunts and choreography earned it several awards, including the Golden Horse Award for Best Action Choreography. Police Story has been cited as one of the best action movies of all time, and its influence can be seen in subsequent action films.
17. Platoon (1986)
In 1986, Oliver Stone directed the Vietnam War film Platoon. Starring Charlie Sheen, the movie tells the story of a group of American soldiers who are caught in the middle of a battle between two platoon leaders. The film was a huge critical and commercial success, winning several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Platoon is widely considered to be one of the best war films ever made.
18. Top Gun (1986)
In 1986, Tom Cruise’s movie Top Gun hit theaters and took the world by storm. The story of a hotshot fighter pilot who falls for an attractive instructor captured the imagination of audiences everywhere. The film also featured some of the most impressive aerial footage ever captured on film.
Top Gun was a box office smash, grossing over $350 million dollars worldwide. It also spawned a hugely successful soundtrack, which featured hits like “Danger Zone” and “Take My Breath Away.” More than 30 years later, Top Gun remains one of the most iconic movies of all time.
19. The Delta Force (1986)
The Delta Force is a 1986 film about a team of American soldiers who are sent to rescue a group of hostages from terrorists in the Middle East. The film stars Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin, and was directed by George P. Cosmatos.
The film was a box office success, grossing over $60 million dollars worldwide. Critics praised the film’s action sequences and its cast, but criticized its writing and dialog. Still, The Delta Force is considered to be one of the best action films of the 1980s.
20. Aliens (1986)
The 1986 movie Aliens is a classic sci-fi thriller that tells the story of a group of humans who are Forced to face off against an extraordinary enemy – a colony of aliens. The movie features a powerhouse cast, including Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, and Michael Biehn, and was directed by James Cameron.
Aliens is widely considered to be one of the best sci-fi movies ever made, and its impact can still be felt today. The movie introduced several iconic elements to the genre including the now-famous line “Game over, man!” uttered by Private Hudson (Biehn) when things start to go wrong. Aliens is a must-see for any fan of sci-fi.
21. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986)
In the 1986 action movie Wanted: Dead or Alive, New York City bounty hunter Nick Mullen (played by Rutger Hauer) is hired to bring in an escaped prisoner. However, things quickly go awry, and Mullen finds himself on the run from the law.
Hauer’s performance in particular was praised, and the film has been cited as an influence on later action movies. If you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced movie with plenty of action, then Wanted: Dead or Alive is definitely worth checking out.
22. Wanted: Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Heartbreak Ridge is a 1986 American action comedy film directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in the film. The movie follows Marine Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway (Eastwood), who is brought out of retirement to train a group of Marine reservists for combat in Grenada. Highway is a tough, no-nonsense leader, and he doesn’t shy away from using whatever methods necessary to get his men ready for battle. However, his unorthodox methods come into conflict with his superior officers, and Highway must ultimately decide whether to follow orders or do what he believes is right.
The movie was a box office success, grossing $70 million against its $15 million budget. Heartbreak Ridge is an entertaining war movie with plenty of action and humor. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of Clint Eastwood or war movies in general.
23. Highlander (1986)
Highlander is a 1986 movie directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, and Clancy Brown. The movie tells the story of an immortal Scottish swordsman who must face off against another immortal in a battle to the death.
Highlander became a cult classic due to its unique blend of action, adventure, and romance, as well as its unforgettable soundtrack. The movie was also responsible for popularizing the phrase “There can be only one,” which has become synonymous with the Highlander franchise.
24. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Stanley Kubrick’s film Full Metal Jacket was released in 1987 to critical acclaim. The movie is set during the Vietnam War and follows a group of Marines from their training at Camp Pendleton to the brutal battle of Hue. The film realistically portrays the horrors of war, and the toll it takes on the soldiers who fight. Many of the actors, including Matthew Modine and Adam Baldwin, give powerful performances that bring the characters to life.
Full Metal Jacket is an important film that gives a realistic portrayal of the Vietnam War and the soldiers who fought in it.
25. Lethal Weapon (1987)
Released in 1987, Lethal Weapon is a buddy cop action movie starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as police detectives who team up to take down a criminal mastermind. The movie was a commercial and critical success, grossing over $120 million at the box office and earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Mixing.
Lethal Weapon helped to revitalize the action genre, and its success spawned a franchise that includes three sequels and a television series. The movie’s inventive action sequences, catchy one-liners, and dynamic chemistry between Gibson and Glover make it a timeless classic.
26. Predator (1987)
Another 1980’s Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Predator follows a team of commandos who are sent on a mission to rescue hostages from a guerrilla group in a Central American jungle. However, the commandos soon find themselves being hunted by an extraterrestrial creature that is stalking them for sport.
Predator is considered to be one of the best action movies ever made, and it has spawned several sequels and spin-offs. The movie is notable for its intense action sequences, as well as its iconic line “Get to the chopper!” Predator remains a popular movie today, and it is widely considered to be one of Schwarzenegger’s best films.
27. RoboCop (1987)
RoboCop is a science fiction classic that was released in 1987. The movie takes place in a future where crime is out of control and the police are struggling to keep up. To combat the problem, the government creates a new law enforcement unit called “RoboCop.” These officers are part-human, part-robot, and they have been given special powers to help them fight crime.
The movie follows one of these officers as he struggles to adapt to his new life and deal with the criminals who are trying to destroy him. RoboCop is an action-packed movie that is sure to entertain anyone who loves science fiction.
28. Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard is a 1988 thriller film about an NYPD officer who tries to stop a group of criminals who have taken over a Los Angeles skyscraper on Christmas Eve. The film was directed by John McTiernan and stars Bruce Willis as John McClane, Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber, and Bonnie Bedelia as Holly Gennaro.
Die Hard was released to critical and commercial success, grossing $140 million worldwide against a budget of $28 million, and it is considered one of the best action films ever made.
29. Bloodsport (1988)
If you’re in the mood for an action-packed movie with non-stop fighting, then Bloodsport is the movie for you. The story follows Frank Dux (played by Jean-Claude Van Damme), an underground martial arts fighter who has been invited to compete in a secret tournament known as the Kumite. The tournament is a brutal no-holds-barred fight to the death, and Dux is determined to win. Along the way, he must face some of the deadliest fighters in the world.
Bloodsport is an entertaining movie with amazing fight scenes, and it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of martial arts films.
30. Tango & Cash (1989)
Tango & Cash is a buddy cop movie released in 1989, starring Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. The film follows the two LAPD detectives as they attempt to take down a powerful drug lord. While the movie was not well-received by critics, it was a box office success, grossing over $150 million worldwide.
Since its release, it has become something of a cult classic, and its cast has been praised for their performances. If you’re looking for an action-packed movie with plenty of laughs, Tango & Cash is definitely worth a watch.
31. Goodfellas (1990)
Directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie Goodfellas is a classic gangster film that was released in 1990. The movie starred Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, and Joe Pesci. The movie is based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi. The movie tells the story of Henry Hill, a mobster who turns informant.
The movie is considered one of the best movies of all time. It won multiple awards, including an Oscar for Best Picture.
32. Total Recall (1990)
In the 1990 movie Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Douglas Quaid, a construction worker who is haunted by dreams of visiting Mars. When he visits Rekall, a company that offers fake memories of Alien worlds, he discovers that his “dream” is actually a repressed memory of him being a secret agent. As he tries to uncover the truth about his past, he finds himself caught up in a conspiracy that could threaten the future of Earth.
Though it may be set in the future, Total Recall contains many elements that are still relevant today. The movie also features some impressive special effects, which were groundbreaking at the time and still hold up today. Overall, Total Recall is a classic sci-fi thriller that is well worth watching.
33. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
In 1991, director James Cameron released Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the sequel to his 1984 film The Terminator. The sequel follows Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her son John (Edward Furlong) as they are pursued by a new Terminator unit (Robert Patrick), sent back in time to kill John. To protect him, Sarah enlists the help of the original Terminator unit (Arnold Schwarzenegger), which has been reprogrammed to defend John. Together, they must stop the new Terminator before it can carry out its mission.
The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $520 million at the box office and winning four Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects.
34. Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Boyz N The Hood is a 1991 film directed by John Singleton. The film stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long and Regina King. The film follows three young men in South Central Los Angeles, Tre (Gooding Jr.), Ricky (Chestnut) and Doughboy (Ice Cube), who are brought up in the ‘hood amidst the dangers of gang violence, drugs and police brutality.
As they attempt to navigate their way through life, they must deal with the challenges of growing up in a tough neighborhood. Although the film deals with some very dark subject matter, it also has moments of humor and warmth. It’s an honest and realistic portrayal of life in the ‘hood, and it ultimately offers hope for a better future.
35. Point Break (1991)
Point Break is a 1991 movie starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and released by 20th Century Fox. The movie is about two FBI agents who go undercover to infiltrate a group of bank robbers. The robbers are led by the charismatic Bodhi, played by Swayze. Reeves plays Johnny Utah, the agent who starts to suspect that Bodhi might be more than just a criminal
Point Break is an action-packed movie with great performances from its two leads. It’s also a surprisingly thought-provoking film, exploring the thin line between good and evil. If you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat thriller, it’s definitely worth checking out.
36. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man is a 1991 action film starring Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson as two biker friends who embark on a crime spree. The movie was directed by Tony Scott and also features performances by Kathy Ireland, William DeVane, and Daniel Baldwin.
The film was a box office bomb, only grossing $7 million against its $25 million budget, but has since become a cult classic. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man is now considered one of the definitive biker movies, and its soundtrack, which featured songs from artists like Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith, was also very popular.
37. The Last Boy Scout (1991)
The Last Boy Scout is a 1991 action comedy starring Bruce Willis, Halle Berry, and Damon Wayans. When an ex-secret service agent is hired to protect a sexy stripper, he teams up with her boyfriend – an NFL star whose career was cut short after he got caught gambling.
The Last Boy Scout was nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Sound and Best Film Editing. The movie was also nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Best Actor – Comedy or Musical (Bruce Willis), Best Supporting Actor – Comedy or Musical (Damon Wayans), and Best Screenplay.
38. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Reservoir Dogs is a crime thriller film that follows the events of a group of thieves who plan a jewelry store heist. The movie is notable for its nonlinear storytelling, stylish direction, and brutal violence.
The film was a critical and commercial success, helping to launch the careers of director Quentin Tarantino and several of its stars. It has since been ranked as one of the greatest films of all time. If you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat thriller with plenty of action, Reservoir Dogs is definitely worth checking out.
39. Under Siege (1992)
Under Siege is an action thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and starring Steven Seagal as United States Navy SEALs team leader Case Hardin. The plot follows an attempted terrorist takeover of a WWII-era US Navy Missouri-class battleship by a group of highly-trained mercenaries led by ex-CIA operative. The terrorists take the ship’s crew hostage and threaten to destroy San Francisco with its Tomahawk missiles unless their ransom demands are met.
40. Hard Target (1993)
Hard Target is an action film directed by John Woo and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. It tells the story of a former soldier who becomes the prey of a wealthy sportsman who enjoys hunting human beings for sport.
The film received mixed reviews but was a box office success, grossing over $100 million worldwide. Hard Target is considered to be one of Van Damme’s best films and has gained a strong following over the years.
41. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film directed by Frank Darabont, based on a Stephen King novella. It tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Prison for the murders of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. Over the course of his 19-year imprisonment, Andy forms a close friendship with fellow inmate Red (Morgan Freeman).
The film was a commercial success, grossing $58 million against its $25 million budget, and went on to receive seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. It became increasingly popular through word-of-mouth and cable television broadcasts, ultimately becoming one of the most beloved films of all time. In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry.
42. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film Pulp Fiction is tells the story of two hitmen, Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield, who are tasked with retrieving a briefcase for their boss, Marsellus Wallace. Along the way, the pair encounter a variety of colorful characters, including a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of thieves.
The movie features an ambitious nonlinear structure, as well as Tarantino’s signature blend of sharp dialogue, black humor, and ultraviolence. The film was a critical and commercial success, earning Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.
43. Leon: The Professional (1994)
If you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat thriller with a heart, look no further than Leon: The Professional. The 1994 film stars Jean Reno as the titular character, a professional hitman who befriends a young girl named Mathilda (Natalie Portman) after her family is killed by corrupt DEA agents.
Although the film is full of intense action sequences, it’s also surprisingly warm and sensitive, thanks in part to the relationship between Leon and Mathilda. If you’re in the mood for a well-crafted suspense movie with plenty of heart, Leon: The Professional is definitely worth checking out.
44. Speed (1994)
Speed is a 1994 American action thriller film directed by Jan de Bont in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, and Jeff Daniels. In the film, a young police officer tries to save the life of a woman trapped on a city bus that will explode if it drops below 50 miles per hour.
A huge success at the time of its release, Speed went on to gross over $350 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing action film of 1994 behind only Forrest Gump. The movie is considered one of the most influential action movies of the 1990s.
45. Surviving the Game (1994)
The 1994 movie Surviving the Game starred Ice-T and Rutger Hauer. The plot follows a group of homeless men who are recruited to participate in a hunting trip, unaware that they are the prey.
The film was met with mixed reviews, with some believing it to be a clever commentary on classism and others feeling that it was gratuitously violent. However, there is no denying that Surviving the Game is an entertaining thriller that features strong performances from its cast. If you’re in the mood for a suspenseful movie with a social message, Surviving the Game is definitely worth checking out.
46. Braveheart (1995)
Braveheart was released in May of 1995 and was an instant classic. Directed by and starring Mel Gibson, the film tells the story of Scottish warrior William Wallace’s fight for freedom against English oppression in the 13th century. It is a sweeping epic that features stunning cinematography, gripping action scenes, and a rousing score. It is also a deeply moving portrait of a man who is willing to risk everything for his beliefs.
The film was met with critical acclaim, winning five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. If you’re looking for an historical drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat, Braveheart is the perfect movie for you.
47. The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Usual Suspects is a brilliant crime thriller that keeps audiences guessing until the very end. The story follows a group of criminals who are brought together by a mysterious figure known as Kobayashi. After being asked to perform a heist, the group is double-crossed and left for dead. However, they soon realize that Kobayashi is not who he seems, and they must work together to uncover his true identity.
With its twists and turns, The Usual Suspects is a thrilling ride from start to finish. Along with its masterful storytelling, the film features outstanding performances from its cast, including Kevin Spacey, who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the diabolical Kobayashi. If you’re looking for a edge-of-your-seat thriller, The Usual Suspects is a must-see.
48. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
The 1995 movie 12 Monkeys is a science fiction thriller that stars Bruce Willis as a time traveler who tries to prevent a deadly virus from being released in the present day. The film was directed by Terry Gilliam and also stars Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt.
12 Monkeys was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt. The movie was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $168 million at the box office. 12 Monkeys is considered one of the best science fiction movies of all time and has been praised for its ingenuity, dark humor, and performances.
49. Heat (1995)
Heat is a crime drama film directed by Michael Mann and starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Val Kilmer. The film was released in the United States on December 15, 1995. Heat is based on the true story of Neil McCauley, an Irish-American career criminal and master thief, and his attempt to evade capture by LAPD detective Vincent Hanna. The film focuses on the contrasting worlds of these two men and their separate codes of ethics.
Heat was a box office success and was well-received by critics. It was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Pacino) and Best Cinematography (Dante Spinotti).
50. Desperado (1995)
The 1995 movie Desperado is a great example of the Western genre. The story follows the journey of a young gunslinger named John who is seeking revenge for the death of his father. Along the way, he meets a beautiful woman named Maria, and the two of them team up to take down the villainous sheriff.
The film is packed with thrilling action sequences and heart-pounding suspense, making it a must-see for any fan of Westerns. Desperado is a classic example of the genre, and it remains one of the most popular Westerns of all time.
51. Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
The 1995 film Rumble in the Bronx was the first English-language film starring martial arts superstar Jackie Chan. The plot of the film revolves around Chan’s character, Keung, who comes to New York to attend his uncle’s funeral. While Keung is initially dismayed by the city’s tough streets, he soon finds himself caught up in a battle to save his neighborhood from a gang of ruthless criminals.
The movie was a breakout hit, grossing over $32 million at the U.S. box office and cementing Chan’s reputation as a Hollywood action star. Though it may not be one of Chan’s best-known films, Rumble in the Bronx remains an essential entry in his impressive body of work.
52. The Rock (1996)
The Rock is a 1996 action thriller film directed by Michael Bay about a group of criminals who take over Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay and threaten to launch chemical weapons into the city unless their ransom demands are met. The United States government responds by sending in an elite team of soldiers to take back the island.
The Rock was a box office success and received generally positive reviews from critics. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing.
53. Mission: Impossible (1996)
Mission: Impossible is a 1996 American action spy film starring Tom Cruise. The plot follows Ethan Hunt (Cruise), an agent of an elite clandestine government organization known as the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), who is tasked with completing dangerous and highly sensitive missions.
The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $457 million worldwide and receiving positive reviews from critics. It was also nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Score.
54. Con Air (1997)
Con Air is a 1997 action thriller starring Nicolas Cage as Cameron Poe, a former soldier who is wrongfully convicted of murder and sent to prison. While being transferred to a maximum security prison, the plane crashes and Poe is able to escape. He then must stop the other prisoners from carrying out their plan to hijack the plane and take it to freedom. Along the way, he meets a U.S. Marshall who is also on the plane and together they work to stop the inmates.
55. American History X (1998)
American History X is a 1998 drama directed by Tony Kaye. The film stars Edward Norton as Derek Vinyard, a former neo-Nazi leader who is sentenced to prison after killing two African-American men who tried to steal his car. While in prison, Derek is introduced to a liberal professor (played by Edward Furlong) who helps him to see the error of his ways.
American History X was released to critical acclaim and was a box office success, grossing over $24 million worldwide. The film’s success led to Norton’s Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Kaye’s direction was also praised, and the film received numerous other awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Editing.
56. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Saving Private Ryan is one of the most popular war movies of all time. Released in 1998, the movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Tom Hanks. The story follows a group of soldiers who are sent behind enemy lines to rescue a private who is the last surviving member of his family.
The movie is famous for its brutal and realistic depiction of the horrors of war, and it won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Saving Private Ryan is an undeniably powerful and moving film that is sure to stick with you long after the credits have rolled.
57. Armageddon (1998)
Armageddon, starring Bruce Willis, is about a team of astronauts who are sent to space to destroy a giant asteroid that is on course to collide with Earth. Although the plot may seem far-fetched, the movie is actually based on scientific research about what could happen if an asteroid were to hit our planet.
The movie was a huge commercial success, grossing over $550 million at the box office. It also received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its special effects and action sequences.
58. Ronin (1998)
Ronin is a 1998 action thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, and Sean Bean. The plot follows a group of former intelligence operatives who are hired by an unknown client to steal a mysterious briefcase.
The film was generally well-received by critics and was a box office success. Ronin is notable for its use of car chases and stunts, which were choreographed by Gone in 60 Seconds director H.B. Halicki.
59. The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 film starring Jeff Bridges as “The Dude,” a slacker who becomes embroiled in a kidnapping plot after he is mistaken for another man with the same name.
The movie has become something of a cult classic, with fans all over the world appreciating its dry wit, quotable dialogue, and unconventional narrative. Whether you’re a fan of the film or you’ve never seen it before, it’s definitely worth adding to your collection.
60. Fight Club (1999)
The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.
61. The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix is a 1999 movie starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne. It is set in a future where humans are enslaved by intelligent machines, and the only way to break free is to “wake up” from the dream-like virtual reality that has been created for them.
The Matrix was a critical and commercial success, and it spawned two sequels: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The movie was praised for its innovative visuals and action sequences, as well as its philosophical themes.
62. Gladiator (2000)
Gladiator tells the story of a Roman general who is betrayed and sold into slavery, and then fights his way back to become one of the most famous gladiators in Rome. The movie was directed by Ridley Scott, and starred Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, and Connie Nielsen.
It was a critical and commercial success, winning five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. If you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat historical drama with some truly breathtaking action sequences, then Gladiator is definitely the movie for you.
63. Memento (2001)
Memento is a mind-bending movie that will leave you thinking long after the credits have rolled. The story revolves around Leonard Shelby, a man who is unable to create new memories. After his wife is murdered, Leonard embarks on a quest to find her killer. However, due to his condition, he is forced to rely on Polaroid photographs and tattoos to keep track of clues.
With its nonlinear storytelling and complex characters, Memento is a masterful film that is sure to stay with you long after you’ve seen it.
64. The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The Fast and the Furious is an action film directed by Rob Cohen. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg, Johnny Strong and Matt Schulze. The film follows an undercover police officer who infiltrates a street racing gang to earn their trust and bust them.
The film was released on June 22, 2001 and received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success grossing over $200 million worldwide.
65. Oceans Eleven (2001)
Oceans Eleven is a 2001 American heist film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring an ensemble cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts. The plot revolves around Danny Ocean (Clooney) and his 11 accomplices who plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously.
The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $450 million worldwide. It was also nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture. If you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced movie with an all-star cast, Oceans Eleven is definitely worth checking out.
66. Training Day (2001)
Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke team up in Training Day, a crime thriller that follows two LAPD narcotics officers over the course of twenty-four hours. Washington plays Alonzo Harris, a corrupt cop who uses his badge to bully and intimidate those around him. Hawke is Jake Hoyt, a fresh-faced rookie who is eager to learn from Harris. As the day progresses, Harris leads Hoyt further and further down the rabbit hole, exposing him to the darker side of police work.
Training Day is an unforgettable ride that is sure to leave audiences on the edge of their seats.
67. Heist (2001)
The movie Heist is a 2001 crime thriller starring Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito. The plot follows a group of criminals who plan to rob a casino in Las Vegas.
The movie was well-received by critics and was a box office success, grossing over $150 million worldwide. If you’re looking for a edge-of-your-seat thriller, Heist is definitely worth checking out.
68. Blow (2001)
The 2001 film Blow tells the true story of George Jung (played by Johnny Depp), a small-time drug dealer who became one of the biggest cocaine smugglers in the world during the 1970s. While the film chronicles Jung’s remarkable rise to power, it also highlights the ultimately tragic cost of his choices. As Jung becomes more and more involved in the drug trade, he loses touch with his family and friends, and eventually winds up in prison.
Although Blow is ultimately a cautionary tale, it is also an undeniably gripping story, thanks in large part to Depp’s magnetic performance. While the film may not be particularly original, it is well worth watching for those who are interested in learning more about this fascinating period in American history.
69. Gangs of New York (2002)
Gangs of New York is a Martin Scorsese movie set in the Five Points area of New York City in the 1860s. The movie follows the story of two gangs as they battle for control of the neighborhood. The film is notable for its incredibly realistic portrayal of life in the slums at that time, as well as its gruesome violence.
The movie is considered one of Scorsese’s best films, and was nominated for several Academy Awards. If you’re a fan of historical dramas or crime movies, Gangs of New York is definitely worth checking out.
70. The Hunted (2003)
The Hunted is a 2003 American action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro. The film follows two federal agents who are hunting a political assassin, played by del Toro.
The movie was well-received by critics, with many praising the performances of Jones and del Toro. The Hunted was also a financial success, grossing over $100 million at the box office.
71. Troy (2004)
Troy is based on the Iliad, a Greek epic poem about the ten-year Trojan War between the kingdoms of Troy and Mycenae. The film tells the story of Achilles (Brad Pitt), the greatest warrior of the Greeks, and his part in the siege of Troy. Achilles is reluctant to fight for the Greeks at first, but he is eventually persuaded to join them after his close friend Patroclus is killed.
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, Troy received mixed reviews from critics. However, with a box office total of over $497 million worldwide, the film was definitely a success.
Man on Fire stars Denzel Washington as Creasy, a former government operative who has hit rock bottom. Hired by a wealthy Mexican family to protect their daughter, Creasy quickly forms a bond with the young girl. But when she is kidnapped and he is unable to rescue her, Creasy goes on a rampage, determined to take down those responsible.
Although it is sometimes uneven, Man on Fire is a gripping action thriller, anchored by strong performances from Washington and Dakota Fanning. The film’s pulse-pounding set pieces are expertly choreographed, and while the violence is often brutal, it never feels gratuitous. In the end, Man on Fire is a harrowing tale of revenge that packs an emotional punch.
73. Walking Tall (2004)
Walking Tall stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Chris Vaughn, a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who returns to his hometown in Washington state only to find it overrun by crime and corruption. With the help of his friend and fellow soldier, Pete Horn (Neal McDonough), Chris sets out to take down the local criminal elements. Along the way, he also has to deal with the obstacles posed by his own personal demons.
Despite its sometimes corny moments, Walking Tall is an entertaining action movie that features some impressive stunts and fight scenes. It’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of The Rock or action movies in general.
74. Sin City (2005)
Released in 2005, Sin City is a neo-noir action thriller that was adapted from the graphic novel series of the same name. The film was directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, and it stars an ensemble cast that includes Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, and Clive Owen. Set in the fictional city of Basin City, the film follows a group of characters as they navigate the dark and violent world that they live in.
Despite its intense and often brutal content, Sin City was a critical and commercial success, with many praising its unique visual style. If you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping ride, Sin City is definitely worth checking out.
75. A History of Violence (2005)
A History of Violence is a 2005 American crime thriller film directed by David Cronenberg and written by Josh Olson. It is based on the 1997 graphic novel of the same name by John Wagner and Vince Locke. The film stars Viggo Mortensen as Tom Stall, a small-town restaurateur who becomes involved in a violent encounter with two robbers.
The incident makes Tom a local hero, and he is hailed as a hero by the media. However, Tom’s past begins to catch up with him, and he realizes that he may not be the person he appears to be. As his life begins to unravel, Tom must confront the secrets of his past before they destroy him.
76. The Departed (2006)
The Departed is a crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson. The film is set in Boston and follows the story of an undercover state police officer who infiltrates the Irish mob.
The film was a critical and commercial success, winning multiple Oscars, including Best Picture. The Departed is widely considered to be one of Scorsese’s best films, and is a must-watch for any fan of crime dramas.
77. 300 (2006)
300 is a 2006 historical action film based on the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC starring Gerard Butler as King Leonidas of Sparta, Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo, and David Wenham as Dilios. The opening scene begins with Dilios narrating the background of Leonidas’s ancestry. In 480 BC, Persian King Xerxes I invaded Greece and demanded that the Greeks surrender to him. Leonidas, along with his 300 Spartan soldiers, met the Persians at Thermopylae and fought them for three days before being betrayed and slaughtered. Although they were ultimately defeated, their bravery inspired the other Greeks to fight back and helped turn the tide of the war.
300 was a box office success, grossing over $450 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews from critics but was praised for its visual style and Snyder’s direction.
78. Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale is a 2006 spy film, the twenty-first in the Eon Productions James Bond series. It is the first film to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Casino Royale takes place at the beginning of Bond’s career as Agent 007, just as he is earning his license to kill. The plot has Bond on an assignment to bankrupt terrorist financier Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game at the Casino Royale in Montenegro.
79. Crank (2006)
Crank is an action moving starring Jason Statham as Chev Chelios, a professional assassin who is poisoned and must keep his heart rate up to stay alive.
The film was produced on a budget of $12 million and grossed over $32 million worldwide. Crank received mixed reviews from critics, with many praising the film’s high energy and inventive style, but others finding it too chaotic and violent.
80. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
The Bourne Ultimatum is the third installment in the Bourne film series, and it is easily the best of the bunch. The plot picks up shortly after the events of The Bourne Supremacy, with Bourne (Matt Damon) still on the run from the CIA. While the first two films were largely focused on Bourne’s search for answers, The Bourne Ultimatum is more about his efforts to finally stop running. This time around, he is pursued by a new agent, Noah Vosen (David Strathairn), who will stop at nothing to bring him in.
In addition to being an electrifying thrill ride, The Bourne Ultimatum is also a smart and surprisingly poignant movie. It features some of the best acting in the series, and it ultimately leaves you eager for more.
81. Death Sentence (2007)
Death Sentence is a 2007 American action thriller starring Kevin Bacon as Nick Hume, a man whose son is murdered by a gang. After the killers are acquitted, Nick sets out on a bloody quest for justice.
Death Sentence was released in the United States on August 31, 2007. The film received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office bomb, grossing only $16 million against its $30 million budget.
82. The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Heath Ledger as Joker, and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face. The film is based on the DC Comics character Batman, and is the second installment of Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy.
The film was released to critical acclaim and commercial success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide. Ledger’s performance as Joker received universal praise, and he posthumously won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The Dark Knight is considered one of the greatest superhero films ever made.
83. Taken (2008)
Taken is a 2008 action-thriller film directed by Pierre Morel and starring Liam Neeson. The film follows the father of a young woman who is kidnapped while vacationing in Europe as he frantically searches for her and tries to stop her from being sold into the sex slave trade.
The movie was a box office success, grossing over $226 million worldwide, and received positive reviews from critics. In particular, Neeson’s performance was praised, with many calling it one of his best. If you’re looking for a heart-pounding thriller with plenty of action, then Taken is definitely worth checking out.
84. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 action-adventure film set during World War II. The film tells the story of a group of Jewish-American soldiers who are recruited to kill Nazis. The film stars Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, and Mélanie Laurent.
Inglourious Basterds received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success. It won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor (Christoph Waltz). If you’re looking for an action-packed, historical movie with a sense of humor, then Inglourious Basterds is definitely worth checking out.
85. The Expendables (2009)
The Expendables follows a team of mercenaries who are hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its dictator. The movie stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and features a number of other well-known actors in supporting roles.
The movie received mixed reviews from critics, but was a box office success, grossing over $274 million worldwide. While the movie is not without its flaws, it is an enjoyable action-packed thrill ride filled with manliest movies star power.
86. The Fighter (2010)
The Fighter is a 2010 American biographical sports drama starring Mark Wahlberg as Micky Ward, a welterweight boxer who tries to turn his life around with the help of his half-brother, Dicky Eklund (played by Christian Bale). The plot is based on the true story of Ward’s early boxing career and his struggle to overcome his addiction to crack cocaine.
The film received critical acclaim, with Bale and Amy Adams winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. The Fighter was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Editing.
87. The A-Team (2010)
The A-Team tells the story of a group of Iraq War veterans who are framed for a crime they did not commit. Forced to go on the run, the team uses their skills and experience to clear their names and take down the real culprits. The movie features an all-star cast, including Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, and Quinton Jackson.
The film was generally well-received by critics, who praised its action sequences and sense of fun. Overall, The A-Team is an enjoyable action romp that should please fans of the original show.
88. The Town (2010)
The Town is a 2010 heist thriller film directed by and starring Ben Affleck. The story is set in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which has produced more bank robbers and armored car robbers than any other city in the United States. Doug MacRay is an unrepentant criminal mastermind who, when caught by the FBI, takes them hostage and forces them to help him rob a bank.
But as he plans his next job, Doug begins to fall for Claire Keesey, the beautiful manager of the bank he intends to rob. As the Feds close in, Doug and his crew must risk everything- their lives, their freedom- to make one last desperate attempt to escape from The Town.
89. Warrior (2011)
Warrior is a sports drama released in 2011. The plot centers around two estranged brothers who enter a mixed martial arts tournament with the prize being a massive cash payout. It is an inspiring and heart-pumping film that is sure to leave viewers on the edge of their seats.
The film was a critical and commercial success, earning praise for its acting, direction, and fight choreography. Warrior was nominated for multiple awards, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In addition to its critical acclaim, the film was a box office hit, grossing over $130 million worldwide.
90. Django Unchained (2012)
Django Unchained is an American revisionist Western film set in the Old West and Antebellum South. The film stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a freed slave who teams up with a bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) to find and rescue his wife, Broomhilda von Shaft (Kerry Washington), a house slave.
The film was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, and features a cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, and Walton Goggins. Django Unchained was released on December 25, 2012, in the United States to critical and commercial success. The film received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Waltz), and Best Original Screenplay (Tarantino), and won for Best Supporting Actor (Waltz).
91. The Avengers (2012)
The Avengers was one of the most anticipated movies of 2012. Based on the popular Marvel comics, the movie united some of the most popular superheroes in a single blockbuster. The story follows a group of heroes as they band together to stop an alien invasion.
While the movie was praised for its action sequences and special effects, some critics felt that it lacked depth and substance. However, the film was a box office hit, grossing over $1 billion worldwide.
92. James Bond: Skyfall (2012)
The twenty-third James Bond film, Skyfall, was released in 2012 to critical and commercial success. The film follows James Bond as he attempts to track down a terrorist organization that has stolen a hard drive containing the names of all undercover British agents. While Skyfall is certainly an action-packed thrill ride, it also features some of the best acting, writing, and directing in the entire series. Daniel Craig gives an outstanding performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem is chilling as the film’s villain, Raoul Silva.
The film grossed over $1 billion at the box office, making it the most successful film in the franchise. Skyfall was also praised by critics, with many calling it the best Bond film ever made. It is a must-see for any fan of the James Bond franchise.
93. Gangster Squad (2013)
The 2013 movie Gangster Squad is a crime drama based on the true story of a group of Los Angeles police officers who formed a secret unit to take down the city’s organized crime syndicates. The movie stars Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone, and was directed by Ruben Fleischer.
The film was generally well-received by critics, who praised its cast and stylish direction. However, it was also criticized for its violence, which some felt was excessive. Regardless of its flaws, Gangster Squad is an entertaining and action-packed movie that is worth watching.
94. White House Down (2013)
White House Down is an action thriller starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, and James Woods. In the film, a travelling Capitol policeman named John Cale (Tatum) takes his young daughter on a tour of the White House only to have it besieged by terrorists. Cale’s efforts to stop them are thwarted until he finds himself one-on-one with the leader of the group.
95. American Sniper (2014)
American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical drama film starring Bradley Cooper as United States Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, with Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Coleman Domingo, Ben Reed, and Luke Grimes in supporting roles. Clint Eastwood’s film depicts Kyle’s time in the Navy, including his tours of duty in Iraq and his return home to his wife (Miller) and young children.
American Sniper grossed $547 million worldwide, received six Academy Award nominations, and won two Golden Globe Awards.
96. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 war drama film directed by Mel Gibson starring Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss, a United States Army medic and conscientious objector who, during the Battle of Okinawa, saved 75 lives without firing or carrying a weapon.
The movie grossed 174 million worldwide and was nominated for numerous awards, including ten Academy Awards, winning two for Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing.
97. 13 Hours (2016)
13 Hours is a 2016 action thriller film directed and produced by Michael Bay and starring an ensemble cast including John Krasinski, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber, Max Martini, and Dominic Fumusa. The film follows a group of six American security contractors who fight to defend the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya after it is attacked by militants on September 11, 2012.
The film received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success, grossing $69 million worldwide.
98. Savage Dog (2017)
Savage Dog is a 2017 action movie starring Scott Adkins and Cung Le. The film is set in Vietnam in the late 1970s, and follows Adkins’ character, Martin, as he is sent to a remote prison for a crime he didn’t commit. While in prison, he befriends another inmate, Cheng (Le), and together they plan their escape. When they finally make their break for it, they find themselves pursued by a savage dog that won’t let them go without a fight.
The movie is full of edge-of-your-seat action and suspense, and Adkins and Le both give great performances. If you’re looking for an exciting action movie to watch, Savage Dog is definitely worth throwing on.
99. Braven (2018)
Braven is a 2018 action movie directed by Lin Oeding and starring Jason Momoa. The movie follows Joe Braven (Momoa), a logger who lives with his family in the remote woods of Canada. When Joe’s father, Linden (Stephen Lang), is diagnosed with dementia, Joe tries to keep him safe from harm. However, when drug dealers target Linden for a debt he doesn’t even know he owes, Joe must put his skills as a logger to the test in order to protect his family. Braven is an action-packed thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
100. Angel Has Fallen (2019)
A 2019 action thriller, Angel Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler as Mike Banning, a former United States Secret Service agent, who is framed for an assassination attempt on the President of the United States.
Angel Has Fallen is the third installment in the Has Fallen film series, following Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016). The film grossed $62 million worldwide.
101. Extraction (2020)
Extraction stars Bruce Willis as Leonard Turner, a former CIA agent. He is called in to help with a sensitive case involving the kidnapping of a high-profile businesswoman. The movie follows his team as they attempt to rescue the hostage and bring her to safety.
Extraction is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that is a must-see for fans of Bruce Willis and action movies in general.
101 Manliest Movies Final Thoughts
There you have it, the 101 manliest movies released since 1980. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and watch some manly movies! But be warned – after watching these films, you may find that your testosterone levels are through the roof.