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10 films every man should have seen 

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Think you’re a true man? You are if you have seen all of these films, especially more than once! 

Die Hard

A true classic. New York cop John McClane just so happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as he goes up against Hans Gruber’s band of terrorists. The massive success of this film has led to multiple sequels, but none have been able to top the original. Fun Fact: Bruce Willis wasn’t the first choice for the iconic role, but number seven on the list. Arnold SchwarzeneggerSylvester StalloneBurt ReynoldsHarrison FordMel Gibson and Richard Gere all turned down the role. 


Terminator 2: Judgement Day 

It seemed impossible to top the cult classic, but James Cameron pulled out all the stops with 1991’s sequel. Outstanding special effects, stunning action sequences and classic one-liners. A film that cemented Arnie’s reputation as Hollywood’s top action star. 


Not all men’s films have to be adrenaline-fuelled action juggernauts. 2009’s surprise box office smash was a best man’s worst nightmare. What do you do when you wake up without the groom and have no recollection of what happened?? The joke-a-thon resulted in two sequels which were never able to re-create the magic of the first. 



Fight Club

The first rule of Fight Club is: “You do not talk about Fight Club.” The second rule is: “You do not talk about Fight Club.” Ok, we get it! David Fincher’s cult film was a box office flop in relation to the costs of production, but that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the most iconic films of all time. 

The Fast And The Furious

If you’re into fast cars, burning rubber, sexy ladies and plenty of action, then this one is for you. Who would have thought this relatively simple concept would result in so many sequels??

The Matrix

Would you take the blue or the red pill? Admit it, we all wanted to be like Neo after seeing this film. If you forget about the relatively disappointing sequels, then this is up with the best of them. 



The Godfather 

This gets the nod over the equally good Godfather Part II simply because it paved the way for the magnificence that followed. Iconic characters, fantastic acting and without a doubt one of the greatest movies of all time. 


“Say hello to my little friend!” Even if you haven’t seen this film, you will probably know the line, but what are we talking about, of course you have seen this film! Al Pacino once again proves his gangster credibility as he goes from nobody to somebody. A film that has been copied so many times, but never bettered. 



Reservoir Dogs

It wouldn’t be a list about men’s films without Tarantino. Reservoir Dogs launched Quentin Tarantino’s career as a director, giving him the finances to make the equally great Pulp Fiction. The black suits, the mysterious names, the irresistible soundtrack and the trademark dialogues that only Tarantino can make work. An undeniable classic. 



The Expendables

Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Steve Austin. The perfect recipe for a classic action film?  

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03 2015

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