DNFTB lists: Movies Every Guy Should Watch part 1
Several hours were wasted between the college cafeteria and the hostels coming up with this list. There were 5 main judges and about 20 other guys contributing. All of this is of course combined opinion and you’re free to disagree or throw in your suggestions or objections down at the comments but I think it turned out rather well actually. Dnftb presents, part 1 of movies every guy needs to watch in their life time
Not the greatest story or acting in the world but dammit, it’s Robocop! We all watched it and for some inexplicable reason we loved it. There’s something strangely captivating about the absurdity and simplicity of a murdered cop coming back as a robotic force to bring his killers to justice.
19. Enter the dragon
Why enter the dragon? Because any movie list for guys that doesn’t include a Bruce Lee movie is a sad state of affairs. Also, we were afraid he’d rise from his grave and beat us all if we left him out. Besides, it had secret islands, avenging dead sisters and some bad ass Kung Fu; what more do you want. (Except plot but really who goes to a Bruce Lee film for the story line)
Epic line: Never take your eyes off your opponent, even when you bow.
Do you need any more reason than the catchphrases “Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” and “I ain’t afraid of no ghost.”? It stands as one of the funniest movies ever made and age hasnt dulled its edge one bit.
Gozer: Are you a god?
Dr. Raymond Stantz: [looks at Venkman, who nods] No.
Gozer: Then… DIIIIIIIIE! [sends the Ghostbusters sprawling with lightning bolts]
Winston Zeddmore: Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say “Yes!”
This kind of movie usually fails in some way but somehow, Gladiator managed to cover all the bases. The action was superb, we cared about the story and a main character we were rooting for in his quest for payback. Throughout the movie you can almost hear Maximus yelling at you “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!” The answer is, yes. Yes we are.
Epic Lines: My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius. Commander of the Armies of the North. General of the Felix Legions. Loyal servant to the true Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife – and I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.
16. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
I’m going to be honest with you, none of the people involved in this study even remember what this movie was about. What we do remember is people whizzing through the air sword fighting in what has got be some of the greatest battle choreography ever done. Havent watched it yet? Get It and sit through one epic adrenaline ride
15. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
This movie hasn’t aged very well but when it came out it had some of the most amazing visuals we had ever seen. And who didn’t spend countless hours talking about that last battle? Or going “Hasta La vista baby!”
John: Now, you gotta promise me you’re not gonna kill anyone, right?
John: Just put up your hand and say, ‘I swear I won’t kill anyone.’
Terminator: [Raises hand] I swear I will not kill anyone. [stands up and shoots the guard in both knees] He’ll live.
14. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the black pearl
We all knew that a movie about pirates had potential but no had ever done it right. That’s until we had Jack Sparrow’s swash buckling and a host of cursed pirates and a mystery ship to change all that. The sequels were great, but they never did capture the essence of the first. This movie brought pirates back to the list of guyhood icons along with ninjas and robots (vampires would later have their manhood card revoked so I won’t involve them here)
Epic lines: When you marooned me on that god forsaken spit of land, you forgot one very important thing, mate; I’m Captain Jack Sparrow.
13. The Silence of the Lambs
It’s hard to top this as a thriller or as a horror film. It’s captivating and absolutely creepy. You can’t really go wrong when following an FBI agent trying to outwit one of the greatest and smartest psychopath serial killers film has to offer (Hannibal Lecter) into giving her information that will lead to catching yet another killer. The acting gives it that extra edge that makes it a masterpiece, a very unsettling and disturbing one.
Epic line: Tell me, Clarice – have the lambs stopped screaming?
12. Die Hard
Off duty cop gets tangled in a crisis which should be way out of his depth and picks off the enemies one by one staring the terrible odds in the face and letting out a hearty laugh as he proceeds to ignore them. Sounds like a cliché now, but Die hard did it first and did it best. Things were blown up, bad guys were beaten and somehow it managed to be genuinely funny all the while with some epic one liners. Possibly the greatest pure action flick of all time
Marco: Next time you have a chance to kill someone, don’t hesitate.
(McClane, knowing where Marco is from his taunting, shoots through the table, killing Marco)
John McClane: Thanks for the advice!
11. Shawshank Redemption
If i had my way this movie would have ranked way higher but thats democracy for you. Drama movies are usually boring because they mistake obvious and heavy handed for “deep” and “meaningful.” Shawshank redemption is one of the rare few that understands subtlety and what makes a great movie
Epic line: The funny thing is, on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook
Honour mentions considered for this list: (The original) Karate Kid, Casino Royale, Mission Impossible, Rush Hour
UPDATE: Part 2 here: 1-10