This last week, we got to see what could possibly be the manliest trailer of all time.
And that got me thinking.
We’ve all seen the “manliest movies of all time lists”, but what about since 2000? What are the manliest movies to have come out in the last 15 years?
Fortunately, there is a lot of great material to choose from. Unfortunately, for the purposes of condensing a list, there is a LOT of great material to choose from.
Accordingly, I created a big list of movies based on manliness, and then selected the best 15 based on their actual quality as standalone movies.
So while titles like The Expendables and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol are absolutely mantastic, they don’t compare on an overall quality level to the movies on this list.
Okay, let’s get started. I think this is where I’m supposed to tell you that #3 will surprise you or strangle you or something like that…
15. Lawless (2012)
If you haven’t seen this, go watch it right now. This movie about 3 brothers in the moonshine business is about as manly as it gets. Fair warning: you probably shouldn’t invite your girlfriend along for the first viewing.
14. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
This movie is, quite simply, insane. It doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is. The epic cinematography, constant action sequences, and stoic heroes make it your classic dude movie, but with a lot more production value and a lot less chauvinism.
13. Inglorious Bastards (2009)
This movie is all sorts of Quintin Tarantino, and in this particularl instance, that ends up working out for everyone. Christoph Waltz’ performance as Nazi villain Hans Landa somehow manages to be horrifying and captivating at the same time.
12. The Departed (2006)
I don’t think it would be possible to throw Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon all into the same movie and not come away with something legendary. The cop who is secretly in the mafia. The mafioso who is secretly a cop. Epic.
11. The Batman Trilogy (2005-2012)
There is no manlier superhero than Batman. And there is no manlier presentation of the Batman story than Christopher Nolan’s unreal trilogy. In my opinion, Heath Ledger’s depiction of the Joker was the greatest villain performance of all time.
10. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
This movie is essentially what every man wants to be if you take away his guns: rich, classy, ridiculously good looking, and part of an epic team of world-class con men.
9. The Bourne Trilogy (2002-2007)
The Bourne series is quite possibly the greatest action/espionage series ever made. It manages to combine an intriguing plot with epic action sequences and compelling character development. If you haven’t already seen this, get on it!
8. 300 (2006)
This is an obligatory inclusion on some level, as it’s not on of my personal favorites. It is however, what 99% of men would consider THE standard of epic manliness, and let’s be honest, there are some pretty sweet battle sequences.
7. Cinderella Man (2005)
Unlike most “manly” movies, Cinderella Man touches on all the key realities of actual manhood. It gives an incredible look at a man’s struggle to honor his wife and provide for his family while dealing with the aftermath of a once-promising career. Plus, it’s starring Russell Crowe, so you know it’s good.
6. Defiance (2008)
What is more manly than 3 brothers leading a ridiculously under-resourced resistance against the Nazis and saving 1,236 Jews in the process?
Nothing. Nothing is more manly.
5. Troy (2004)
Brad Pitt pretty much gets a free pass for anything dumb he’ll ever make, thanks to his performance as Achilles in this film (okay, Fight Club has something to do with that as well). His character is basically everything every girl ever wanted and everything every guy ever wanted to be.
4. Casino Royale (2006)
This movie introduced us to Daniel Craig’s James Bond, a much more action-packed Bond than those who came before. If you were to delete everything other than the torture scene, it could still make a run at being the manliest movie of all time.
3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)
Massive armies. Swords, battle axes, cavalry, and war elephants. The sword that was remade. The return of the king. I rest my case.
2. Warrior (2011)
This movie will make you want to lift a lot more weights. It’s one of the manliest movies ever. If you’ve seen it, you know. If you haven’t, you will. The trailers give away WAY too much of the plot, so I’ve included an insanely manly clip instead.
1. Gladiator (2000)
Greatest movie of all time. End of discussion.