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50 BEST GUY MOVIES OF ALL TIME

I found this Men's Journal link to the 50 best guy movies of all time from Tom McMahon.

I take issue with two movies in their top ten and that's Scarface and The Matrix. I thought Scarface was a terrible movie with Al Pacino way overacting and virtually everything in the plot a cliche. As for The Matrix, I guess it's my middle age but I just couldn't get into the cyberpunk thing. Both of those get kicked out of my top 50.

I would replace those two in the top ten with Unforgiven and Bullitt. I love those two and always watch them when they repeat on TV. Clint Eastwood nailed it with his classic Western and I still love hearing the sound of Steve McQueen starting the engine of the green Mustang before the chase begins. That throaty, deep rumble of the engine really stirs my blood. I would move North Dallas Forty up to the top 10. It's my favorite jock movie and has the added bonus of Dayle Haddon, one of my favorite girls (see 60/70s BABES post).

It's only rated 50th but I liked Fletch a lot. Some movies not listed that I really liked are The Outlaw Josey Wales, another great Eastwood western with some of the best lines I've ever heard ("Dying ain't much of a living, boy") and a couple of Burt Reynolds southern genre movies, White Lightning (check out the shaky pudding) and Gator. True Lies gets on the list if for no other reason than Jamie Lee Curtis's seductive dance. Some may not consider Body Heat a guy film, but I do. I don't know any man that hasn't been taken to some degree where Kathleen Turner takes William Hurt. I would definitely put Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the top 20. I also would add a couple of lesser known flicks, The Wild Rovers with Bill Holden and The Getaway with Steve McQueen/Ali McGraw.

Here's my top Ten (with selected quotes):

10. Caddyshack--Lacey Underall: "Would you like to tie me up with some of your ties, Ty?"
9. North Dallas Forty--Phil Elliott: "Hell, coach, I love needles"
8. 48 Hours--Jack Cates: "My kinda place. I always did like country boys. They're sure as hell gonna love you."
7. Cool Hand Luke--Captain: "What we have here is a failure to communicate."
6. Bullitt--Bullitt: "You work your side of the street and I'll work mine."
5. Goodfellas--Henry Hill: "When they found Carbone in the meat truck, it took 2 days to defrost him for the autopsy."
4. The Outlaw Josey Wales--Josey Wales: "Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?"
3. The Godfather--Michael Corleone--"Don't ask me about my business, Kay."
2. Unforgiven--Bill Munny: "Anybody don't wanna get killed better clear on out the back."
1. Deliverance--Lewis Medlock: "Sometimes you have to lose yourself 'fore you can find anything."

Needless to say, I can't believe they left my number one off their entire list. What could they have been thinking?

May 18, 2004 in Film | Permalink

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly only 34? I suspect a closet thong wearer in the Men's Journal editors. I'm with you on Matrix and Scarface. Also, while Caddyshack is a pretty funny movie, I've never understood the male fixation with it (other than seeing Lacy's [tiny] titties). Murray was quite lame.

Posted by: Velociman at May 19, 2004 7:07:25 PM

I agree with you on TGBU. It's a top 20 for me.

I liked Chevy Chase more than Bill Murray in Caddyshack and also thought he was great in Fletch.

I would very much like to tie up Lacy with one of Ty's ties, small boobies or not.

Posted by: Deliverance at May 21, 2004 3:24:44 PM

G/B/U is Top Five. And Caddyshack is great because it has absolutely NO message or redeeming qualities. Just pure comedy, told crudely and well.

And didja ever notice that the gopher's "voice" is just a few tracks of Flipper the dolphin?

Posted by: david at May 21, 2004 11:27:16 PM

Damn, Dave-you are right about the gopher! I didn't even realize it until now.

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