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OtP polled a group of men and asked for insight into shared cultural experiences. We found no common denominators among music, and as for books, we were told by men with graduate degrees that “men don’t read”—or at least that men don’t discuss books with each other, except biographies and books about sports and business endeavors. Movies were another story. The same movies, some good, some bad, and some ugly, appeared on many lists. Here’s our list of 50 movies that men claim to love and some reasons why.

I'll make him an offer he can't refuse

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Scarface (1983)

The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Miller's Crossing (1990)

tramps like us, baby we were born to run

Easy Rider (1969)

The Great Escape (1963)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

a man's gotta do...

High Noon (1952)—a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, especially if you get Grace Kelly in the end, even though you were willing to lose her in order to do what a man's gotta do

The Maltese Falcon (1941)—"When a man's partner is killed, he's supposed to do something about it."

Chinatown (1974)

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Die Hard (1988) and Die Harder (1990)

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

man against the machine

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

The Matrix (1999)

12 Monkeys (1995)

The Terminator (1984)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)—"I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life."

plans gone awry;
man loses control

A Simple Plan (1998)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Falling Down (1993)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Fatal Attraction (1987)

war is hell

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Patton (1970)

Platoon (1986)

Three Kings (1999)

ah, romance

Last Tango in Paris (1972)—lonely old man gets young girl

The Apartment (1960)—schmuck gets girl, in this case Shirley at her cutest; wit and quirkiness are attractive

There's Something About Mary (1998)—geek gets girl after prom date from hell

L.A. Confidential (1997)—tough cop wins hooker with heart of gold

Casablanca (1942)—hero gives up girl for cause bigger than both of them

boys coming of age...

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)—secretly identify with Rattner, who bought 20 rolls of film from, but never talked to, the camera-store girl and doesn't even own a camera...plus he's a nerd who gets the girl

American Pie (1999)

Dazed and Confused (1993)—"That's what I like about these high school girls, I keep getting older, they stay the same age."

men learning to act their age...

Swingers (1996)

High Fidelity (2000)

Beautiful Girls (1996)

...and guys who never grow up

Tommy Boy (1995)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Caddyshack (1980)

Clerks (1994)

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)—"This one goes to eleven."

Stanley Kubrick, a man's director

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

and a few leading men
among men

Bruce Willis
Bill Murray
Jack Nicholson
Robert Duvall

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