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Top 10 Manliest Men in Movies

VO: Rebecca Brayton

Script written by Jamie Leslie

Women want to be with them, and men want to be them. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Manliest Men in Movies. For this list, we’ll be looking at masculine figures in films that exude the perfect combination of charm, fearlessness, and testosterone, along with a healthy dose of muscles and strength.

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Script written by Jamie Leslie

Top 10 Manliest Men in Movies

Women want to be with them, and men want to be them. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Manliest Men in Movies.
For this list, we’ll be looking at masculine figures in films that exude the perfect combination of charm, fearlessness, and testosterone, along with a healthy dose of muscles and strength. Also, a SPOILER ALERT may be in order.

10: Michael J. ‘Crocodile’ Dundee
“‘Crocodile’ Dundee” (1986)

The measure of a man isn’t the balance of his bank account, but the length of his knife. At least it is when we’re talking about rugged menfrom down under! Growing up in the Australian outback has left Mick Dundee unconditioned to the domesticated life of the city, and lets him move through the world unfazed by most things. His uncaring and courageous demeanor inadvertently attracts the eyes of various women, but in Mick’s world all a man needs is a piece of land to call his own and a trusty Bowie knife. Taking down alligators or swooping engaged women off their feet - it’s all the same for the Dundee.

#9: Snake Plissken
“Escape from New York” (1981)

Most men would be destroyed after being betrayed by their own country, but it’s fairly evident that this ex-Special Forces operator is cut from a different cloth. In a war-torn era, Snake has adopted a survival instinct, which involves not trusting the government or any and all law enforcement. After being incarcerated, he is sought after for his particular set of skills and offered a chance to clear his name by rescuing the President. Although still wary of the government he used to serve, Snake accepts the offer - and in the process, he proves you don’t need both eyes to shoot a gun.

#8: Robert ‘Rocky’ Balboa
“Rocky” franchise (1976-)

Fighters are a dime a dozen, but a real champ is born through tragedy and triumph. While less cynical, but just as iconic as Stallone’s signature role as Rambo, Rocky has served as an inspiration to many people who have faced extreme odds. Introduced as a humble man from Philadelphia that’s employed as “the muscle” by a vindictive loan shark, Rocky is soon transformed into one of the best pound for pound fighters his sport has ever seen. Natural talent aside, Rocky’s story is symbolic simply because of the man’s inability to stay down – which we see time and time again throughout the film series.

#7: Luke Hobbs
“The Fast and the Furious” franchise (2011-)

If you see this Diplomatic Security Service Agent flashing his sirens behind you, it would be in your best interest to pull over. In the world of “The Fast and Furious,” Luke Hobbs is the law and he isn’t afraid to bend the rules once in a while if it means getting his man. Hobbs’ unfailing loyalty and sense of justice have gotten him far in his career; gaining him respect in the federal world as well as on the streets. On any given day, the agent can be found sporting his signature Smith & Wesson, but we’d advise you to be more scared of the two guns attached to his shoulders.

#6: Indiana Jones
“Indiana Jones” franchise (1981-)

Almost every woman fancies a man with a healthy sense of adventure, and no man is more well-traveled than this treasure hunter. Dr. Henry Walton ‘Indiana’ Jones, Jr. considers no risk too great as long as the reward is worthy, as shown by the fact that he’s battled Nazis, traversed booby-trapped ancient temples, and stared death in the face as a means to his ends. Putting aside the adventurer’s revered sense of fashion, he also arms himself with a bullwhip, which not only aids him in self-defense, but also in a whole host of versatile ways, putting him in the top percentile of men that can actually pull off carrying one.

#5: John McClane
“Die Hard” franchise (1988-)

This hard-boiled American cop is a living testament to the saying, “It’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it” – well, at least, when it comes to guns. John McClane may not exemplify the hyper-macho characteristics of a stereotypical action movie lead, but the character’s strong-willed and often abrasive behavior put him in a league of his own. It’s a wonder the detective can manage to stop an international terrorist group and rescue a building full of hostages while suffering through marriage troubles and a broken family, but he most certainly does. Plus, nobody can rock a wife-beater like he can.

#4: Maximus Decimus Meridius
“Gladiator” (2000)

In the arena, a man only has his sword and his word. This gladiator uses both phenomenally well. After experiencing a tragedy that leaves his wife and son dead, Maximus is forced into slavery thanks to foul play by the murdered emperor’s son Commodus. Filled with sorrow and anguish, Maximus manages to expel any notion of defeat from his mind and solemnly swears revenge on the man who destroyed his life. While naturally skilled as a fighter, Maximus’ wins are strictly fueled by his insatiable thirst for justice, regardless of the threat to his own life – and like the big man that he is, he sticks to his values until the very end.

#3: Conan the Barbarian
“Conan the Barbarian” (1982)

If you’re going to survive a vicious world full of mystical beings and evil magic, you’d better be as hardcore as Arnold Schwarzenegger. Much like Schwarzenegger’s role as Dutch in “Predator,” Conan survived a hellish reality thanks to his sheer physicality and expertise incombat. Having been enslaved for the better half of his life and trained as a gladiator, Conan uses his freedom to seek vengeance against Thulsa Doom and his band of warriors. Fearless in his conquest, the barbarian earns his revenge by the end of the film, and goes on to live out the rest of his life as a legend.

#2: James Bond
“James Bond” franchise (1962-)

What’s a man without class? Well, the world’s most famous international spy has class to spare, in addition to foreign cars, beautiful women, cool gadgets, and expensive suits. However, strip Mr. Bond of all this and what do we have? A man of extreme confidence and prowess who keeps his head about him even in the direst of circumstances! Saving the world from an evil terrorist threat may have been done before, but never has a man done it with as much refinement as James Bond.
Before we unveil our pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Frank Martin
“The Transporter” franchise (2002-) 
- Leonidas
“300” (2006) 
- Tallahassee
“Zombieland” (2009) 
- Reuben J. ‘Rooster’ Cogburn 
“True Grit” (1969) 
- John Shaft
“Shaft” (1971) 

#1: The Man with No Name
“Dollars Trilogy” (1964-66)

He comes. He delivers some cold hard justice. He leaves. Clint Eastwood’s other iconic role as Dirty Harry not only shares this way of living, but also prefers to say what’s on his mind with a revolver. However, the lone wanderer is a complete enigma to most, and while he may be known by many names, no one actually knows the cowboy’s true one. He’s the strong and silent type, and it’s the element of mystery that surrounds the character that makes him so alluring to both men and women.  So while we may know nothing about The Man with No Name’s history, there’s just no resisting the flawed but tough anti-hero with his own code of justice.
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