Coolness and Manliness in Film

Feb 29

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Feb 28

I certainly take recommendations, requests, questions, comments, and all that good stuff. 

But only about manliness/coolness in film.  No personal stuff.

On The Waterfront

Movie: On The Waterfront

Actor: Marlon Brando

Character: Terry Malloy

Synopsis: “Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny’s thugs, and later meets the dead man’s sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.” - IMDb

Manliness/Coolness rating - 10/10

Yes, a perfect 10.  While he certainly makes a mistake, he goes about correcting it in the most coolest, manliest way possible and it doesn’t involve killing a bunch of people like a 80s action flick.  He ain’t afraid to fight anyone, he picks up the hot girl, and everything he does, he does it so cool.  Then he goes and risks his life for what he feels is right.  His own brother holds him at gun point, and he just stays cool.  At the end, he proves that he is a tough son of a bitch, and ends up helping all the hard working ship workers a lot with his actions.   Must watch movie. 

The Hustler

Movie: The Hustler

Actor: Paul Newman

Character: ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson

Synopsis: “”Fast” Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary “Minnesota Fats” to a high-stakes match, but he loses in a heartbreaking marathon. Now broke and without his long-time manager, Felson faces an uphill battle to regain his confidence and his game. It isn’t until he hits rock bottom that he agrees to join up with ruthless and cutthroat manager Bert Gordon. Gordon agrees to take him on the road to learn the ropes. But Felson soon realizes that making it to the top could cost him his soul, and perhaps his girlfriend. Will he decide that this is too steep a price to pay in time to save himself?” - IMDB

Manly/Cool Rating: 9/10

Everything he does, he just seems so cool.  The way he picks up the girl, how he plays pool all night, not a pushover, how he drinks his bourbon.  Just pure coolness, and pure manliness.  But, he has one flaw that keeps him from getting a 10.  In one scene, he ends up hitting his girl which just ain’t cool nor manly.  The way he treats her sometimes just ain’t right.


Badass actor.  One of the best of all time.


Badass actor.  One of the best of all time.

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Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and Paul Newman on the set of The Towering Inferno


Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and Paul Newman on the set of The Towering Inferno

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Dirty Harry.

Movie: Dirty Harry

Synopsis: “In the year 1971, San Francisco faces the terror of a maniac known as Scorpio- who snipes at innocent victims and demands ransom through notes left at the scene of the crime. Inspector Harry Callahan (known as Dirty Harry by his peers through his reputation handling of homicidal cases) is assigned to the case along with his newest partner Inspector Chico Gonzalez to track down Scorpio and stop him. Using humiliation and cat and mouse type of games against Callahan, Scorpio is put to the test with the cop with a dirty attitude.” - IMDB

Manliness/Coolness rating - 9/10.   

I know some people won’t like this rating as they will think it should be a 10, but let’s face it, he is a bit of a dick here.  He is certainly badass, but I take a point off due to any sort of respect shown to anybody, putting the life of other people in danger, etc.  He does though do whatever it takes to get the job done. He’s relentless, not a pushover, can fight, shoot a gun, and he is a detective, all manly things. 

Top 50 coolest/manliest actors.

In parenthesis is my favorite movies of theirs, and ones you should definitely watch.   So these are only based off the movies I have watched.  I’m sure it will change as I watch more movies.   But this is how it is as of now.

1.  Paul Newman (The Hustler/Hud)

2. Marlon Brando (On The Waterfront/The Godfather)

3. James Stewart (It’s a Wonderful Life)

4. Steve McQueen (The Great Escape/Bullitt)

5. Al Pacino (The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon)

6. Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca)

7. Clint Eastwood (The Fistful of Dollars trilogy)

8. Kirk Douglas (Paths of Glory)

9. Robert DeNiro (Godfather 2, Casino)

10. Brad Pitt (Legends of the Fall, Fight Club, Troy, Snatch)

11. Burt Lancaster (From Here to Eternity

12. Robert Duvall (Lonesome Dove, Tender Mercies, Godfather)

13. Cary Grant (North by Northwest)

14. Charlton Heston (Planet Of the Apes)

15. Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones)

16. Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy, Jeremiah Johnson)

17. Henry Fonda (Grapes of Wrath, Sometimes a great notion)

18. Jack Nicholson (The Shining)

19. Charles Bronson (The Great Escape…I need to see more movies)

20. Sean Connery (James Bond stuff)

21. Gregory Peck (To Kill a mockingbird)

22. Orson Welles (The Third Man)

23. Tommy Lee Jones (Lonesome Dove, No Country For Old Men)

24. Denzel Washington (Malcolm X, Training Day)

25. Buster Keaton (The General)

26. Gary Cooper (High Noon)

27. Matt Damon (True Grit, Bourne Series)

28. AnthonY hopkins (Legends of the Fall, The Edge)

29. Leonardo DiCraprio (Blood Diamond, The Departed)

30. Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New York)

31. Alec Guiness (Bridge on River Kwai)

32. James Earl Jones (The Great White Hope)

33. John Wayne (Stagecoach)

34. Bruce Willis (Die Hard)

35. Russell Crowe (Gladiator)

36. Viggo Mortenson(Lord of the Rings, The Road)

37. George C. Scott (Dr. Strangelove, Patton)

38. Samuel Jackson (Pulp Fiction)

39. Morgan Freemen (Shawshank Redemption)

40. James Dean (From here to eternity)

41. George Clooney (O Brother where art thou)

42. Mel Gibson (Braveheart)

43. James Franco (127 Hours)

44. Johnny Depp (Blow)

45. Liam Neeson (Taken)

46. Will Smith (Pursuit of Happiness)

47. Christopher Walken

48. Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter)

49. Christian Bale (Dark Knight)

50. Tom Cruise (Top Gun)