100 Must See Movies: The Essential Men’s Movie Library

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For whatever reason (most likely the fact that viewing is easier than reading), films don’t seem to get the same kind of cultural respect as books do. Which is a shame because excellent movies can be just as entertaining, mind-expanding, and life changing as good books. Scenes, characters, and quotes from the greatest movies stay with us long after we view them. Their ability to transport you to different times and exotic locations, to completely absorb you in the story, make movies one of the closest approximations of real magic we have in this world.

And for better and for worse, film has had a huge impact on masculinity in the 20th Century. Movies have produced archetypes of manliness that many men judge themselves against today. To view how male characters of cinema have been portrayed over the decades, is to see clearly the ways in which our perception of masculinity has changed and continues to change. Thus it seemed only proper that The Art of Manliness take a stab at creating a list of essential movies every man should see.

We didn’t want to make a list of movies that consisted solely of violence and gratuitous T and A that make up most guy movie lists. Nor did we want to create a list of just independent avant-garde movies that while culturally or cinematically significant, aren’t very entertaining. We wanted to create a well rounded list of films that have something to say about manliness. Some of the movies speak poignantly about what it means to be a man. Others give examples of true manliness in action. Some are lessons in how not to be a man. And others are simply entertaining movies that are just plain manly. But the common thread that runs through all of them is that they’re great movies that have stood the test of time.

Let us know in the comments which movies you loved, which ones you hated, and the movies you think every man should see before he dies. Without further ado, we present The Art of Manliness 100 Must See Movies for Men.

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    The Great Escape

    1963, in 13 top lists Check
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    1969, in 22 top lists Check
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    Dirty Harry

    1971, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Endless Summer

    1966, in 2 top lists Check
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    Bull Durham

    1988, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Apartment

    1960, in 26 top lists Check
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    The Shootist

    1976, in 6 top lists Check
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    Hoosiers

    1986 — a.k.a. Best Shot, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Last of the Mohicans

    1992, in 7 top lists Check
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    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 34 top lists Check
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    Field of Dreams

    1989, in 8 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Outsiders

    1983, in 2 top lists Check
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    First Blood

    1982, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Manchurian Candidate

    1962, in 15 top lists Check
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    In the Heat of the Night

    1967, in 17 top lists Check
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    Shane

    1953, in 18 top lists Check
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    Double Indemnity

    1944, in 31 top lists Check
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    Mar adentro

    2004 — a.k.a. The Sea Inside, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Maltese Falcon

    1941, in 26 top lists Check
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    Das Boot

    1981, in 15 top lists Check
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    Star Wars

    1977 — a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, in 36 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    1980, in 23 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    1983, in 16 top lists Check
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    Rudy

    1993, in 1 top list Check
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    High Noon

    1952, in 19 top lists Check
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    Gandhi

    1982, in 16 top lists Check
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    Rebel Without a Cause

    1955, in 16 top lists Check
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    The French Connection

    1971, in 19 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    Unforgiven

    1992, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Iron Giant

    1999, in 11 top lists Check
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    Gladiator

    2000, in 23 top lists Check
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    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    1939, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Hustler

    1961, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Untouchables

    1987, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    1940, in 22 top lists Check
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    Bullitt

    1968, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 26 top lists Check
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    Die Hard

    1988, in 17 top lists Check
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    Enter the Dragon

    1973, in 10 top lists Check
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    Malcolm X

    1992, in 3 top lists Check
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    Cinderella Man

    2005, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Right Stuff

    1983, in 13 top lists Check
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    True Grit

    1969, in 2 top lists Check
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    A Streetcar Named Desire

    1951, in 15 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 43 top lists Check
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994, in 21 top lists Check
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    Cool Hand Luke

    1967, in 12 top lists Check
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