Guy Films a Girl Can Love
The Godfather: Ultimate Guy Film
Sometimes Chicks love Guy films
Comedies, classics, dramas, romance, actions, all show a little window into that person. However are females suppose to like chick flicks? What if she likes war films? Does that make her less of a woman? Absolutely not! Films are entertainment. Liking or disliking a film does not determine who you are. A film lover should find something to like in every film genre. A little bit of everything makes for a great mix. This hub is meant for the women who appreciate the 'guy' films as well as well as the chick flicks. With this list I chose films that have a good story and good actors. Naturally there are classic ‘guy’ films, which had to be part of the list but others like Scarface, Rambo, Rocky, and The Deer Hunter are simply not favorites of mine. I would have added the James Bond films but they are a series and as such could be talked about in a multitude of hubs. So in the essence of space they are not present. Otherwise the James Bond films are some of the most entertaining films ever produced and definitely coincide with the idea of ‘guy films a girl can love.’ After all a guy is entitled to like romantic comedies and likewise a girl can enjoy actions and westerns.
The Godfather (1972)
We all knew this film had to be part of the list. As Tom Hanks said in ‘You’ve Got Mail’ “the godfather is the sum of all wisdom.” I must say it’s positively excellent, the actors, the script, the music, everything. My favorite part is when Michael hides out in Sicily and falls in love with Apollonia. Something about the scenery and Nino Rota’s music makes it perfect. The Godfather has to be one of the most quoted films of all time but Marlon Brando certainly makes the audience want to imitate him. If you’ve held out to watch this, wait no longer! It is definitely worth your time!
The Three Musketeers (1993)
This Three Musketeers version refers to the semi-recent edition starring Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Platt, Charlie Sheen, and Chris O’Donnell. This was made as a Disney Family film and it's a film that definitely delivers. The sword fights, the runaway coach while enjoying Cardinal Richelieu's wine, the 'manly art of wenching', the phrase 'All for one and one for all' all make for an enjoyable evening. Tim Curry, always a joy to watch, makes for a perfect villain as well.
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
An all British lead cast of Jude Law, Rachel Weize, Joseph Fiennes, and Bob Hoskins, with the token American actor Ed Harris plays the German sniper. (I know Brits playing Soviets and an American playing a Nazi. Hollywood always has a thinking cap on.) Unless you grew up in the Soviet Union/ Russia this is not a well-known story.Vassili Zaitsev is the best marksman in the Red Army. He is proclaimed a hero, celebrated by his comrades and feared by his enemies. Due to his impressive skills with a rifle and due to the propaganda written by Commissar Danilov. For those of us who love history, particularly WWII history learning more about the eastern front is eye opening. Since the Nazis sent most of their troops to the eastern front, one can only imagine what kind of devastation was inflicted upon the Soviets.
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
One of the best novels by Alexander Dumas shows how revenge can control your life. This is one of the full length versions as most left out quite a bit of the story line. Richard Harris in one of his last roles is excellent as the incarceated Abbe Faria. Jim Caviezel too is magnificent as Edmund Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo and Guy Pierce uses every snarl and sneer to his advantage as Fernand Mondego. This film shows that a life potentially ruined by others can only be ruined by your own actions. Revenge can never restore whatever was lost. As much Abbe Faria tries to persuade Dantes to forgive; the pain of living in the Chateau d'If for 15 years is enough to harden anyone's heart. Not to mention after the atrocities that Dantes suffered it is satisfying watching him get even.
Who doesn't remember every boy screaming through the yard, "They can take our lives but they can never take our freedom!!" Thanks to Mel Gibson's film based on the real life Scottish hero, William Wallace, the Scottish cause for independence became an international concern. Though the film took liberties with actual events, Wallace is still remembered and celebrated to this day in most parts of Scotland. Of course the French princess (Sophie Marceau) is completely fictional, but she suits as the next love interest for Wallace and the foil to Edward Longshanks plan to destroy the Scottish resistance like the Welsh. Be sure have your tartan ready while watching!
Rob Roy (1995)
Rob Roy is another film to showcase great Scottish heros. Except Robert 'Rob Roy' MacGregor had a little more colored past than the film portrayed. He was a sheep rustler, thus making him an enemy of many landowners. Liam Neeson gives him a much more sympathetic persona who is trying to save his family and clan from bankruptcy and starvation. His fiery wife Mary, played by Jessica Lange, is the perfect partner who knows when to remain strong for her husband and sons even after horrific events would break another. Tim Roth as Archibald Cunningham is one of the most evil villains ever portrayed on screen. He truly makes you cringe and then sigh with relief at his death.
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Remember the scene in Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks and Victor Garber cry over the Dirty Dozen? It still makes me smile! Anyway Lee Marvin plays the renegade Major Reisman chosen to lead twelve criminals (rapists and murderers) into Nazi Germany for a covert operation with little chance of survival. The film was groundbreaking for 1967 due to the story line and the ensemble cast of 'criminals' assembled: Charles Bronson, Trini Lopez, John Cassavetes, Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, and Telly Salvalas.
The Untouchables (1989)
Kevin Costner's best films may be Dances with Wolves but the Untouchables is not far behind. With the cast of Costner, Sean Connery, and Andy Garcia, 1920s Chicago, and Armani suits it's difficult to have a flop. Robert De Niro becomes Al Capone in this film. For a man as violent and volatile as Capone, it's hard to believe that the only thing they could charge him on was tax evasion! Oh and grab extra tissues for Connery's death scene! It's a tearjerker!
I know there are many more countless films I could have added but these were the films that stood out in my mind. I would love to hear anyone else suggestions about their favorite 'guy' films.