Monday, December 29, 2014

Faith in God leads to happiness

Not all of the founding fathers believed that Jesus walked the earth.  Yet nearly every single one of them believed that it was important for America to be a Christian nation.  Why?

The answer was that, without having done one scientific study, they realized what the Jews realized over 3,000 years ago: that belief in God made for a safe and happy society.

They knew that those who believed would spend eternal life in Heaven. They knew that those who did not would spend eternal life in Hell.  Belief creates happiness, fear creates respect.  This results in a humble, honorable, and trustworthy society.

The founding fathers, even those who were not true Christians, understood this. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams discussed this subject in many of the letters they wrote to each other in their later years.

They knew that the United States, having accrued a massive debt following their massive campaign for independence, could not afford a militia, and therefore they needed to figure out a way to prevent people from committing crimes.  The way they did this was by inculcating the values and morals of the Christian Bible among society.

It is for this reason that George Washington, along with nearly every president since him, has referenced God and Jesus in many of their speeches.  The idea was to assure that America be an inertly Christian nation.

However, as Tom Knox noted in his column at, The tantalising proof that belief in God makes you happier and healthier:
God has had a tough time over the past few years. On TV, in newspapers and on the internet, the debate as to whether faith has any relevance in a sceptical modern world has been as ubiquitous as it has been vigorous.
And it has been pretty clear which side is the most splenetic. 
From Richard Dawkins’ powerful atheist polemics to Christopher Hitchens’ public derision of the Roman Catholic Tony Blair and Stephen Hawking’s proclamation that the universe ‘has no need for God’, it seems that unbelievers have had the dwindling faithful on the run.
Yet then Knox came to a stunning revelation:
But then I had something of an epiphany. One night, after a long dinner, I was walking back to my hotel in downtown Salt Lake City at 2am and I suddenly realised: I felt safe. As any transatlantic traveller knows, this is a pretty unusual experience in an American city after midnight.
Why did I feel safe? Because I was in a largely Mormon city, and Mormons are never going to mug you. They might bore or annoy you when they come knocking on your door, touting their faith, but they are not going to attack you.
The Mormons’ wholesome religiousness, their endless and charitable kindliness, made their city a better place. And that made me think: Why was I so supercilious about such happy, hospitable people? What gave me the right to sneer at their religion? 
From that moment I took a deeper, more rigorous interest in the possible benefits of religious faith. Not one particular creed, but all creeds. And I was startled by what I found. 
Yet Knox's epiphany should not come as a surprise, as such epiphany's have been the norm throughout history.  The Bible is full of them.  The Bible is also full of stories where people lost Faith in God, such as the Tower of Babel. So what we are facing now is nothing new.

The rise of secularism in America and Europe over the past 60 years comes as no surprise to anyone raised by the Christian Bible.  We have spent our entire lives reading about the temptations of Satan on people throughout history.

We grew up knowing how gifts such as the Holy Spirit and the Theological Virtues create an internal peace even during the most challenging times in life. Such internal peace brings forth joy and comfort.

So while the challenges of life may cause doom and despair in some, those who believe always retain faith and hope, which leads to happiness.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

What are the Seven Sacriments

There are seven sacraments of the Catholic Faith, and there purpose is to make people Holy, to build up the body of Christ, and to give worship to God.

The firs three sacraments are the sacraments of initiation, or the primary sacraments for which the rest of our life as a Christian depends.

1.  Baptism: This is when we are cleansed of the original sins, receive the sanctifying grace (theological virtues), and enter into the Church. The receiving of the sanctifying grace prepares us to receive the other sacraments and to live our lives as good Christians, or to rise above cardinal virtues that can be practiced by anyone.

2.  Confirmation: It's the perfection of Baptism, and gives us the grace to live our life as a Christian. This is a process where the individual is educated in the way of the Church, and then graduates (becomes confirmed).

3.  Eucharist (Holy Communion): This is the only one of the sacraments of initiation that is received more than once, and may be received daily.  It is where we consume the Body of Christ in order to unite us with Him and to help us grow in our Faith.

The rest of the sacraments are as follows:

4.  Penance (Confession/ Reconciliation): It is when we ask for forgiveness for our sins, and receive absolution, or forgiveness for our sins. When we sin we deprive ourselves of God's grace, so it is important to acknowledge our sins and ask for forgiveness and absolution. Absolution allows grace to return to our souls so we can once again resist sin. It is one of the sacraments that may be received more than once, and should be received often.

5.  Anointing of the Sick (Extreme Unction, Last Rites): It is administered to the dying for the remission of sins and the provision of spiritual strength and health. It can be repeated as often as necessary.

6.  Matrimony: It is the union between a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation and mutual support, or love. Each spouse in a marriage gives up some rights over his or her life in exchange for rights over the life of the other spouse. Marriage is meant to be a lifelong union.

7.  Holy Orders (Ordination): This sacrament is a continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon his apostles.  It is when man is incorporated into into the priesthood of Christ at one of three levels:
  1. Episcopate: The office of Bishop, the first rank of holy orders 
  2. Presbyterate: The priesthood, the second rank of holy orders
  3. Diaconate: A ministry of mercy who reaches out and offers help to those in need. 

Where do we go to seek God?

All Christians are aware of the importance of saying a prayer, or of communicating with God, both talking to and listening to Him.  Yet as our lives tend to become busy, most of us fail to meet even minimal requirements.  

This was the reflection of our priest recently as he said the following.  
Where do you go to seek God. How often do you go there? All prophets seek a place to be alone with their God. Jesus went off to a deserted place and prayed. We are disciples, and disciples should want to be with their teacher, to a place where we deliberately seek him. Mother Theresa said she encountered the suffering Christ in every face of every poor, sick and dying person she was sent to administer. She mandated all her sisters and all priests to spend three hours in prayer before they started working each day. I’m not advocating we do three hours, but I think it is important to ask: Where do we go to be in communion with God, and how often do we go there?

Saturday, December 27, 2014

How and when to pray

If you believe in God you'd probably better pray.  If you don't believe in God, chances are you pray anyway when you're backed into a corner, so you might as well do it right.

When I was a child my mom would have me read, from time to time, a Biblical reading that showed me how to pray.  I remember it saying that one should ideally kneel and pray in silence, and it should be done at least every night, if not more frequently.

As a typical guy, I never could remember the passage she had me read. Sometimes I would ask mom, and she would tell me where to find it in the Bible. Yet even after asking her 20 times, I still don't remember it, even though the last time I asked was probably over 30 years ago.

I don't know if it was a passage that she learned from her mother or religious upbringing, or whether she learned it through a newspaper clipping.  I do, however, remember that the prayer was sometimes in the paper, and she'd cut it out and give it to me.

Today I do not know the passage. I could ask mom, but have not gotten around to it. With the gift of the Internet and Google I thought I could find it online, although, even if I read it, I'm not sure I'd know if I was reading the same passage. However, I have this feeling that I'd just know.

As of yet I have not found it.  However, there are many websites that quote scripture on how to pray, such as and
  • (Matthew 6:6):  But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you
  • (Matthew 6:7):  “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases (do not babble on and on) as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. 
  • (Ecclesiastes 5:2):  Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. 
  • (Luke 11: 1-4):  He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”  He said to them, “When you pray, say:  Father, hallowed by your name.  Your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread.  And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.  And do not bring us to the time of trial... 
  • (Luke 11: 9-13):  “So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."
There are many verses that explain how to pray, or why to pray, although these are the basic ones. When I was a kid I would try to pray on my knees as my mother instructed, although such a task was sometimes impossible due to exhaustion, laziness or even embarrassment.  

The issue of embarrassment didn't come into play until college when I had roommates.  It seemed silly to kneel before the bed and pray, so prayers were done under cover of blankets.   Sometimes I'd feel guilty for not kneeling, although there was no way I'd do it with people around.  

Then one day one of my roommates and I had a nice discussion about prayer.  He said he was taught that it didn't matter how or where you prayed so much as that you did it.  So it was on his advice that the guilt subsided. 

The Bible describes praying in every position imaginable, such as standing (1 Kings 8:22), bowing, (Exodus 4:31) sitting, kneeling (1 Kings 8:54), or lying down.  A prayer may also be cited in silence, or aloud, and at any point during the day.  

The general consensus, I believe, is that a person should find time to pray at least once per day.  Some say it should be in the morning to thank God for helping you make it through the night, and to ask for help through the new day.  Some say it's best to pray at night, in order to thank Him for helping guide you through the day, and for continued guidance.  Some recommend praying both in the morning and at night.  

I'm more of a nighttime prayer, and this is when I'm most likely to pray with my children.  Recently, however, I read Psalm 3, which is a prayer David said in the morning after he ran away from his son Absalom.  In it, he thanked the Lord for a safe night while fighting was ongoing around him.  So some believe a morning prayer is necessary when the Lord keeps us safe in the night.

What you say in the prayer is up to you, so long as, according to Matthew, you do not babble on and on.  A prayer should be short and sweet, or pithy.  Surely I like to ask, although almost always I start by thanking.

All that said, it is Matthew who gives the basic prayer, one that most Christians, or at least most Catholics, should know by heart.  There are various versions of it, yet they all mean the same (Matthew 6: 9-13).
“Pray then in this way:
Our Father (who art) in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts (trespasses),
as we also have forgiven our debtors (who trespass against us).
And do not bring us to the time of trial (lead us not into temptation),
but rescue us from the evil one (but deliver us from evil).
If you're one of those who pray in desperation, chances are you believe deep down.  For the rest of us, prayers should easily transition into our daily lives.

Friday, December 26, 2014

The habit of prayer

When I was a kid I as encouraged by my mother to get on my hands and knees and pray every night.  Sometimes, when I was very little, she would kneel with me.  This was good because her words taught me how to pray, and her doing it with me made praying habitual.

As is perhaps the intended consequence of being a Catholic, on those nights when I didn't pray I felt guilty.  More often than not this guilt turned into a prayer. Mom said that, if you are tired or time is limited, even a sign of the cross is considered a prayer.  Sometimes I took advantage of this, thus making my prayers short.

Sometimes I would forget how to pray, and I would ask mom how.  When I was younger she'd pray with me.  When I was older, she read to me a passage of the Bible that explained how to pray.  When I was even older, she'd give me the name of the passage and have me look it up myself.  Perhaps this was her way of getting me to memorize the passage.  I did not.  Although, I wonder if it is one of these.

As I grew older and my life became busier, praying remained a habit.  I didn't always get down on my knees, but more often than not I did.  And, when I did, I usually felt that much better about my prayer.

During my six month stay at the asthma hospital in Denver I prayed on my back every night until I got my own room, and then I prayed on my knees.  There was always the risk a counselor could open the door and catch me, although, in retrospect that doesn't seem like such a bad thing.

When I returned from Denver life quickly got busy, and praying on my knees became a major challenge, especially as I had room mates in college.  So it became customary for me to pray while tucked under the covers in bed.  Still, the habit inculcated into me by my mother continued.

So I have a habit of praying at night.  I try the best I can to share this habit with my children.  I sometimes do it with them as mom did, although rarely do we kneel.  A childish feeling of guilt usually rushes through me when we do not kneel, and an even deeper guilt when we pray not at all.

When we do pray, our prayers are simple.  Laney uses the word "I wish" instead of "I pray." Yet I pray that she picks up the habit as I have.  Surely it helps during the course of this life.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

When was Jesus born?

Back in 2009 the History Channel did a series on Christmas.  One of the shows depicted the Birth of Christ and how it might have actually occurred.  It also noted that one of the major errors of the story of Christmas was the date that it actually occurred, and it explained why this error was made.

In other words, most evidence suggests that December 25 is not the day Christ was born.  Likewise, most evidence suggests that the year 1 was not the year of the lord.

To be honest, none of this surprised me, as I was taught this at an early age.  I'm certain most children are taught the same, especially in the secular world we live in today, a world where people will do anything to prove Jesus is a fraud.

Yet as a Christian, and as a Catholic, I find that this information has little significance, and in no way proves that Jesus did not exist. Still, I believe it is good to be accurate with facts, especially considering most rulers throughout history believed an ignorant populace benefited the state.

Anyway, one episode discussed when Jesus might have been born. Yet most societies back then used random Roman kings to base their calendars on, and so there was no consistent calendar.  It is partly for this reason, and the fact that most people were illiterate and did not record history, that the actual birth of Christ remains a mystery to history.

Of course another reason why the Birth of Christ remains a mystery to history is because the main emphasis in the early years of Christianity was on the death of Christ, not on the birth of Christ.

However, what we do know is that several hundred years after the Birth of Christ, Christian Priests got together and they thought it would be really cool to have a calendar based on the birth of Christ, as opposed to some random Roman King.

So, since there was no knowledge of the actual birth of Christ, December 25 was chosen as the day to hold the celebration of Christmas.  This date was chosen for no other reason than that it was the date of a chief pagan holiday.  The idea was the celebrating Christmas on this date would be a great way of overriding the old celebration and bringing in the new.

This turned out to be perhaps the #1 most effective and significant public relations strategy in the history of the world, as, in the United States alone, 90 percent celebrate the birth of Christ, including 80 percent of non-Christians.

Of course this should be of no surprise, because, after all, Christianity is the only true religion.  And one must not doubt for a moment that God, or the son of God (the Word), helped the men in charge of the campaign.

So what started out as a cult following grew to become the most significant religion in the history of mankind. This is (was) a huge PR success story.

But I digress.

A scholar determined that Jesus must have been born on year 473, or something like that, of the Roman calendar.  So a week after the Birth of Christ starts the new year. That pretty much put to rest the search for the date of the Birth of Christ.

Eighteen hundred years later, researchers determined that the scholar who chose that year failed to take into account a few specific details mentioned in the Bible. For one thing, Jesus was born during the rein of King Herad, who died in 2 BC.

Therefore, since Herad is mentioned in the Bible for 4 years after the birth of Jesus, then Jesus must have been born in 6 BC.

Another scientist used information about the star of Bethlehem that the three Kings (of course the Bible does not say how many Kings there were) used to find the baby Jesus. The Bible states it occurred in the East. In Jesus's time, the east referred to the Eastern sky in the morning where the sun rises.

So, the search was on to determine what event would have occurred in the Easter sky that might have occurred around 6 BC.

Another account of the Bible states that Jesus was born in a manger, during a time when the Shepherds were watching their sheep. During the time of Jesus Shepherds only watched over their sheep at night, which meant he was born at night.

Also significant, most of the year sheep were not watched. The only time they were was in the spring.  So Jesus would have been born in the spring not winter.

Another scientist determined that other manuscripts of the time make note that the star occurred in the constellation (what was it called?) that was a symbol of of Judaism.

Likewise, Zeus was also mentioned. More significant, the planet that represented Zeus was Jupiter. Thus, this scientist determined that the star of Bethlehem would have been an event involving Jupiter in the eastern sky, at night, and in the spring, and around the year 6 BC.

So, using his computer, he set out to determine when such an event would have occurred, and he determined, according to his computer, that Jupiter would have been aligned in the Easter sky in this particular constellation on April 18, of 6 B.C.

This date lines up perfectly with all the significant historical events described in the Bible.  It was during the rein of King Heran; it was during the spring; it was during the phase of the moon and other things in the sky depicted in Biblical stories.

The experts note that the result of such an alignment in the sky would have made for a remarkable sight, although it would not have

The result of such an alignment would have been a remarkable sight for those who saw it the night Jesus was born.  Still, it would not have been too bright.  This would have made it obvious to those who were looking for it, and not so obvious to those who were not.

This was significant, because the kings (magi, magicians, wise men) had to convince King Herod there was such a sight in the sky the night Jesus was born.  It had to not only have been there, but had to have been not so obvious for un-knowing to have seen.

Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

God made man in his own image

As we learn by our understanding of the Creed, God shares his Wisdom with us through the Holy Spirit.  This is the feeling that burns inside of us, and what allows us to accept God.  The Holy Spirit is the sense of Glory, Faith and Hope inside us. It's the feeling of love, joy, and happiness.

On the sixth day (which means era in ancient Hebrew) God created man in his own image.

Genesis 1:26 says:
Then God said, ‘Let us make people who are images of us. Let them be similar to us. Let them rule over the fish of the sea. Let them rule over the birds of the air. Let them rule over the animals. Let them rule over the whole earth. Let them rule over every crawling animal that crawls on the earth.’
Genesis 1:27 says:
So God created people who were images of himself. He created them as images of God. He created man and woman.
Genesis 1: 28 says:
God promised good things to them. He said, ‘Have large families. Increase so that you fill the earth. Rule over the earth. Rule over the fish in the sea. Rule over the birds that fly in the air. Rule over every living animal that moves on the earth.’
Allow me to break this down:

1.  "Then God said, 'Let us make people who are images of us. Let them be similar to us.'"

By "us" God is probably referring to the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit).

2.  "So God created people who were images of himself. He created them as images of God. He created man and woman."

By "images of us" he does not mean that we look just like God, because that would be impossible.  We are not like God, as we are made of flesh and have brains like animals.  But we are made in His image in that He gave us the Spirit.  It is this Spirit that is like God.

Again, it is through the Spirit that we can know and accept God.  It is also through the spirit that we are superior to animals, because, while they have a body and a brain, they do not have the spirit; they are not made in the image of God.  

3.  "Let them rule over the whole earth. Let them rule over every crawling animal that crawls on the earth."

This was the job he gave to humans.  He gave them the responsibility of taking care of the earth and all the animals and plants on the earth.  He told them that they must look after them and take care of them.  That is part of our duty to God. 

Because we have the Spirit, we have the ability to think and to ration, unlike animals. It is for this reason that he put us in charge of the animals and the planet. 

He also gave us natural rights, or liberties handed down from him.  He could have made a perfect world, but he made a flawed world. In this way, it was the job of humans to try to perfect the world.  This would give those who chose wisely a sense of satisfaction.  

Then it was only through death that perfection, a true euphoria, would be  found in Heaven.  Yet only those who chose to listen to the Spirit and accept God and His Word would be able to find eternal life in Heaven.  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Theological Virtues

There are three theological virtues.  Unlike the Cardinal Virtues which can be practiced by anyone, theological virtues can only be practiced by those who receive them, and they are gifts of grace from God.

They are habits that become stronger as we practice them. Their immediate and proper object is God, and so they are infused in our soul. Like all virtues, they become a habit.  The include the following.

1.  Faith: It is showing our love for God through our action, such as practicing the cardinal virtues. It's a gift that allows us to reason that God exists, and that all knowledge extends from Him.  It is knowing that knowledge extends far beyond our intellect. So faith helps us grasp the truth of divine revelation. Faith is also knowing that man cannot fully grasp the true nature of the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), which is why it's referred to as a mystery. Since humans have free will, we can reject the gift of faith.  When we revolt against God through sin, God may withdraw the gift of faith.

2.  Hope: It can only be practiced by those who believe in God, and has as it's ultimate object union with God in Heaven.  It is trusting that God will grant eternal life if we practice what He has taught us. It is knowing that we cannot achieve eternal life on our own, it's belief or confidence that God will show us how to obtain eternal life, and belief or confidence that He will actually grant it to us when the time comes.

3.  Charity:  It's loving God above all else, and loving others for God's sake.  The exercise of it increase our love for God and our fellow man. It depends on faith, because without faith in God we cannot love, nor can we love our fellow man for God's sake. It is considered by many to be the greatest of all the virtues.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Genesis: the world was created in six eras

Secularists say that the best evidence that the Christian Bible is a work of fiction is the Book of Genesis, which states that the world was created in six day.  Their argument is this is not possible.  Yet those doubters miss the point entirely.

In order to understand the book of Genesis, and the whole Bible for that matter, it is important to understand who wrote it, the language it was originally written in, and the traditions of that era.  Because, when taken out of contexts, the Bible may have a completely different meaning than the one intended.

In fact, this is one of the main reasons why it's important to attend religion classes, participate in Bible Study, and attend Church regularly.  It is in this way that we continuously stay fresh on the true interpretation of Biblical stories. Lacking such studies, we can hardly continue on with our task of being shepherds of of the Lord, as His message will be confounded.

Peter (2 Peter 1:21) said, "Men whom the Holy Spirit guided spoke words from God."  What this means is that God revealed what he did, and His stories were recorded.

The first messenger, then, after the invention of a written language would have been Moses, so some suspect that Moses wrote the first book of the Bible, or the Book of Genesis.  Yet most experts suggest that if he did write it, he had the help of many others, and he also used the words of previous authors.

When we consider that the Bible was originally written in the Ancient Hebrew language, and we consider that the word "day" sometimes meant "age."  So some experts speculate, and probably rightly so, that the six days of creation were probably six eras of creation.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

I attempted to understand the Holy Spirit in this post.  After I wrote it I realized there were seven gifts of the holy spirit.  They were enumerated in Isaiah11: 2-3, and I will list them here with a pithy description.

Scott P. Richerd, at, said:
They are present in their fullness in Jesus Christ but are found in all Christians who are in a state of grace. We receive them when we are infused with sanctifying grace, the life of God within us—as, for example, when we receive a sacrament worthily.
He defines "sanctifying grace" as "that grace which makes the soul holy and pleasing to God."  So we receive them through Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders.

Richerd then goes on to list and name the seven gifts.

1.  Wisdom:  It is the perfection of the thoelogical virtue of faith. It's learning to detach ourselves from this world and to see things and "judge them in light of the highest end of man -- the contemplation of God." It's the desire to contemplate the the things of god. Wisdom gives us the desire to judge all things according to the truths of the Catholic Faith

2.  Understanding: It allows us to grasp, at least in a limited way, the very essence of the truths of the Catholic Faith. It allows us to draw conclusions from those truths and arrive at a further understanding of man's relations with God and his role in the world. It's being able to contemplate that life is more than just what we see around us.  Understanding allows us so see a greater perspective of life.

3.  Counsel:  It's the perfection of the cardinal virtue Prudence, or judging correctly.  This gift we are able to judge how best to act by mere intuition. Because of the gift of counsel, Christians need not fear to stand up for the truths of the Faith, because the Holy Spirit will guide us in defending those truths.  Counsel guides our actions.

4.  Fortitude: It is both a gift and a cardinal virtue, and it gives us the strength to follow through on the actions suggested by the gift of counsel.

5.  Knowledge: Like wisdom, knowledge is the perfection of faith, but whereas wisdom gives us the desire to judge all things according to the truths of the Catholic Faith, knowledge is the actual ability to do so. Knowledge guides our actions. In a limited way, it allows us to see things as God sees them, and to take the actions that God would take.  "What would Jesus do?"

6.  Piety:  It is the perfection of the virtue religion.  It's the willingness to worship and serve God, and to serve him out of love, the way we honor our parents.

7.  Fear of the Lord:  This gives us the the desire not to offend God.  It gives us the ability to respect God.  Like Peity, Fear of the Lord rises out of love.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

What are the cardinal virtues

Cardinal virtues are the four principle moral virtues, and all other virtues hinge on these four.  Unlike the theological virtues which are gifts of God through grace, the cardinal virtues can be practiced by anyone.  They include:

Prudence: It allows us to judge correctly what is right and what is wrong in any given situation. Doing the work of God shows good prudence. Doing the work of the devil shows poor prudence.  Because it is so easy to fall into error, it is essential that we seek the help of others.  Disregarding the advice of others is considered imprudence.  Regarding the advice of others is prudence. Prudence helps us decide what needs to be done. 

Justice: It is giving everything and everyone it's rightful attention.  We must not judge based on personal views, we must judge based on what is true.  For instance, if we owe someone money, we must pay him the money we owe, regardless of whether we like that person. If we are deciding on whether something is legal or not legal, we must make our decision based on the law of the land, not on our own personal political affiliation. It is doing what is right regardless of our opinion. Justice helps us decide what needs to be done. 

Fortitude: It is the ability to conquer fear and remain steady when facing obstacles.  It's the restraint of fear so we can act. Fortitude gives us the strength to do what needs to be done. Fortitude is also the only cardinal virtue that is also a one of the seven gifts of the holy spirit

Temperance: It's the restraint of our desires and actions. While food, drink and sex are all needs, too much of of any of them can have undesirable consequences. Temperance prevents us from overindulging. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Democrats and Republicans both created an imperial president

You can decide for yourself if this is true, but I heard, from a little ferry, that every time Obama opens his mouth a conservative grows its wings. Another ferry modified this and said that every time Obama opens his mouth another conservative is born.

The general consensus here, however, is that Obama continues to push forward his agenda despite the complete voter rejection of it during the 2014 mid-term elections. In other words, Obama continues to push forward his agenda, even though it is extremely unpopular.

I'm not trying to be offensive to my readers who love Obama's agenda, because regardless of whether you like it or not it's not popular. The reason it's unpopular is because Americans cherish their freedom: they do not want to be told what to do.

The whole premise of Obama's agenda, which is progressive, is for the government to make tough decisions so people don't have to. In other words, they believe sacrificing some liberties is for the benefit of the state.

Of course then the state gains power, and it has to enforce this power.  So now people are getting fined, arrested, or jailed, (and this is not all Obama's fault, rather the fault of the progressive movement) for doing things that they shouldn't be arrested for, such as smoking or drinking in public, taking certain medicines, not paying taxes, not buying health insurance, not sending your kids to state-run schools, etc.

It's gotten to the point that we have given up enough personal liberties.  Plus the government has gotten so large and so powerful that those in power are abusing it, something the founding fathers warned against.

A perfect example is how Obama used his executive power to push a health care bill through Congress that a majority of voters did not want.

A perfect example is how the Obama administration used its power to spy on conservatives who said they belonged to the tea party, a party that was opposed to the Obama agenda.

As what occurred in the 1920 election, people are tired of laws to perfect society. People want their liberties back. They want to scale back the government, take away some of this power, and take back liberties.

So the people send Obama a message in the mid-terms, and he continues to push forth his agenda.  Today it's all over the news how he wants to improve relations with Cuba, a communist country with a dictator thug as a ruler.

Why would Obama do this?  The answer is quite simple: The Progressive Agenda is a sister Agenda to Cuba's Communism.  They are both fascist parties that believe the state should make all the tough decisions, even when it means the people sacrificing personal liberties.

Look, it's not just Obama who tries to push forth the progressive agenda, as the disease has infested the republican party as well.  Sure George W. Bush did a lot of good things, but he also doubled the national debt, adding $5 trillion to it.  This was because he created progressive programs, vetoing only 12 bills, the lowest total since Warren G. Harding (and that's not even fair, because Harding never even finished one term).

So why did Bush add to the problem he purported to oppose?  Well, your guess is as good as mine.  Yet one might "assume" that he used the power of the pulpit to buy votes.

Yes!  This is, one might say, the exact reason Grover Cleveland vetoed 414 bills in his first term and 170 in his second.  Cleveland knew he could use his power to move forward his agenda, but he didn't want to give future presidents the power to trample on the Constitution for their own political gain.

Cleveland understood, as the founding fathers understood, that people have a natural tendency to abuse power.  This, as we have seen, is exactly what happened in Cuba where Castro became a dictator.  The same thing happened here in the U.S. where the president has gained imperial powers, being dubbed by many as the imperial president.

In essence, what is occurring in Cuba is exactly what progressives want to happen here.

It's the fault of both parties, though. Surely the democratic party is infested with fascist liberals, but the republican party is infested with them too.  Allow me to name a few: John McCain, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Scott Brown, Norm Coleman, Chuck Hagel, and Lindsey Graham.

If any of these guys runs for president, we might as well let Hilary win so the republican party doesn't get blamed for progressive failures.  And if the democratic party decides to save face and nominate a conservative, then we had better vote democrat.

We can look back at past presidential records and see that there have been just as many great democrat presidents as republicans.  And we can also see that Teddy Roosevelt was the first progressive, and he was a republican.  In fact, in the 1912 presidential election, Roosevelt was more progressive than democrat Woodrow Wilson.

Surely Obama's agenda has added $6.103 billion to the national debt, nearly doubling it. The second worse is not another democrat, however, but George W. Bush, a republican, who added $5.840 trillion to the national debt, more than doubling it.  Compare this with Bill Clinton, who only added $1.86 trillion, or Jimmy Carter who added only $299 billion.

Both of our political parties -- republicans and democrats -- have created imperial presidents who take money from voters and spend it on programs aimed at helping the minority at the expense of the majority.  And, as they usually say, they do it for our own good, while secretly doing it for their own political gain.

Yet the bottom line is that they abuse the power they are given in order to get re-elected and advance their agenda.  This is exactly the type of thing that George Washington warned against in his Farewell Speech in 1796.

Yet Obama gives us hope, so the ferry's say.  By continuing to advance his agenda, he his earning the ire of the electorate, indirectly creating new conservatives/ libertarians each time he opens his mouth.  While voters might hope he stops, his not doing so is empowering his enemies.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

God Created the United States

I wrote before how God created capitalism.  Here I would like to explain how God, through Christianity, created a world where freedom and personal liberties are appreciated and respected.  In other words: God created the United States.

First we must understand that 99.9 percent of all governments ever created prior to the signing of the United States Constitution did not respect personal liberties. Essentially, the leader or leaders of nations created rules people were forced to follow. Those who did not comply were punished harshly, sometimes with their lives.

The path to a world where personal liberties were respected began with the birth of Jesus.

Father Oscar Lukefahr, in his 1994 book "The Catechism Handbook," explained that Jesus summoned the 12 apostles as the first teachers, and Peter was their head.  Peter's successor is the Pope, and the successor of the apostles are the bishops, so their pastoral office comes from Christ. (1, page 40)

He said the job of the Bishops is to teach the truths taught by Christ in the Christian Bible, and they do so with the help of priests, who share the truth with the laity. (1, pages 40-41)

The laity consists of all the members of the Church who are not committed by vows to religious life.  They are the key to spreading the truths taught by the Bible. They, in essence, are the "front line of the Church," said Father Lukefahr. "Their role is to bring Christ to the world -- into social, political, and economic realms of human existence."  (1, pages 40-41)

As I explained in my previous post, God gave individual people the right to choose.  This is proven in Psalm 1, (or see image) which states that God gives us the right to choose either good or bad, with either choice bringing about its inevitable consequences.

The website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops explains Psalm #1.  It says that the Bible usually refers to the right path as "the way," which essentially means a way of living or following a moral code.  A good example of a moral code is the 10 commandments, although there are many other moral codes.

Essentially, following a moral code leads to good conduct and a direct path to Heaven.  Not following a moral code leads to wickedness and a direct path to Hell. (2)

The bottom line here is that God gives individuals the right to choose.  In this regard, it is HE who gave us liberty.  God gave the people Natural Rights, or inalienable rights, or those rights or liberties that we are born with and that only governments can take away.

With only a few scattered exceptions, most governments throughout the course of history required people to give up their natural rights for the good of the nation or collective.  It was exactly this that British citizens were unhappy with, and why they forced King John to sign the Magna Carta on June 15, 1215.

The founding fathers wrote frequently of natural rights, and how they yearned to create a Constitution that would protect them.  It was under this premise Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, which states quite clearly:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...
He was essentially saying here that God gives people "natural rights" that can only be taken away by governments.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
The United States Constitution was further created in an attempt to protect these natural rights.  Just to make sure they were not misinterpreted by future generations, many states insisted they be specifically listed in the document before they would sign it.  It was this that inspired James Madison to write the first ten amendments, or the Bill of Rights.

So God gives individuals natural rights.  Each individual has the right to choose, and God holds them accountable for the consequences of those choices. The founding fathers created the documents necessary to allow individuals the ability to cherish those natural rights.

They also understood that natural rights are unchanging, and so they created a Constitution, and signed it on June 21, 1788, that was meant to protect natural rights for all time.  It was meant to be very difficult to change in order to prevent those in power from abusing the powers given to them.

Various founding fathers, even those who were not true Christians, wrote about the importance of Christianity in government.  Stephen McDowell, writing for the Providence Foundation, preferred to use Noah Webster's writings as the best example of the founding father's thoughts on Christianity's influence on the evolution of freedom.

McDowell said:
The primary reason civil liberty could be developed in America was because the people understood biblical law and lived according to the principles set forth in the law and the gospel. Their internal self-government and Christian character, and their understanding of important biblical concepts such as covenant and rule of law, allowed them to be able to develop external civil liberty and constitutionalism. (3)
He referred to an 1829 letter from Noah Webster to James Madison, where Webster said...
...that the christian religion, in its purity, is the basis or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government.. . . I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable, in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence. (3)(4)
Madison, therefore, according to McDowell, believed that... order for America to be free and prosper, the youth and adults of America must be educated in governmental principles of liberty, which could only be found in the christian religion.  (3) 
So it was through the path of Christianity that lead to the United States, the first nation to protect and defend natural rights from governments.  Since the signing of the U.S. Constitution, freedom has spread to over 175 nations.

  1. Lukefahr, Father Oscar, "The Catechism Handbook," 1994, United States
  2. "Psalms, Chapter 1," United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,, accessed on 12/17/14
  3. McDowell, Stephen, "Noah Webster, God’s Law, and the United States Constitution:The Influence of the Bible on the Development of American Constitutionalism," Providence Foundation,, accessed 12/17/14
  4. Webster to James Madison, 16 October 1829, Madison Papers, Series 2, Library of Congress. Quoted in Defining Noah Webster, Mind and Morals in the Early Republic, by K. Alan Snyder, New York: University Press of America, 1990, p. 253.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The lessons of the Tower of Babel

One of the more interesting stories in the Bible both a religious, philosophical and historical perspective is that of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11: 1-9). It provides a moral that even those of us who roam the earth today can learn from.

Whether you believe in the stories of the Bible or not, the moral is the same. In an attempt to start mankind over and end the experiment that seemed to have gone wrong, God flooded the earth to destroy all the sinners. He only provided a safe haven for Noah, his family, and two of each animals.

Yet after the Great Flood it became evident that the temptation was too great for people to revert to evil ways, or to give into temptations, or to resort to materialism, and to lack values.  Before the deluge the temptation was too great for people to get priorities in the wrong order, to fall in love with material things, to listen to false gods.  Giving in to such temptations was easier than being good and respecting the God of Abraham, Isaac and Joshua. It was easier to be evil than to be humble and noble. It was hard to keep priorities in the right order.

And the attempt then to build a tower in Babylon that would reach up to Heaven to prove that it does not exist was the point where God, and society, realized that man is not perfect, and any attempt to create a perfect society was not possible. It's creation was the ultimate rebellion of God, and the worshiping of pagan gods or Satan.

Historical evidence also suggests people within these structures also encouraged the worship of snakes, similar to the serpent mentioned in the Garden of Eden that tempted Adam and Eve. And this is symbolic that mankind quickly reverted to the same type of pagan worship after Noah's flood as it participated in before the flood.

At this time in history it was believed that all mankind was united in this attempt, and they all spoke the same language. They were all the same.

Thus, in the land of Shinar they resolved to build this tower "with its top to the Heaven." Hence, "Come, let us make a city and a tower, the top whereof may reach to heaven; and let us make our name famous before we be scattered abroad into all lands."

The ultimate symbolism here is that the people were trying to build a structure with steps that would reach to Heaven. They believed they could get to Heaven without God and without following the virtues that he recommended. They could get there by putting their stuff and their false beliefs before God.

It was a new kind of structure, as "they had brick instead of stones, and slime (asphalt) instead of mortar." Many historians believe it was the first major structure ever built by man.

Structures before this were build of stone, which is symbolic of a oneness with God. What was mine was yours. If I had an extra apple I did not sell it to gain material items, I gave it to the person who could use an apple. The stones (the individual) were connected by mortar, which is symbolic of virtues.

That this new tower was built of brick may have been symbolic of separateness. That these individual bricks were connected by asphalt is representative of materialism and selfishness, and pride and arrogance.

Instead of men being individuals and thinking for themselves and being responsible for their own actions, people became equal and lived together in a more socialistic world. They yearned for perfection by creating a world order. They equally divided their resources. God knew that a socialistic society only resulted in laziness, and this may be one of the reasons the tower was never finished.

Even Stalin later said that he believed in God yet in order to create a world of social justice, to create a perfect society (whether you call it communism, socialism, Naziism, or progressivism, or a caliphate doesn't matter) you must get rid of the Bible and God and religion, because these cause people to worship their God instead of their government (a thing). This is significant, because God wants us to put Him before all else.

God wants us to put God first, our spouses second, our children third, other people next, then our country, then other things (your motor cycle and your house and your gold watch) last.

If you worshiped your "possessions" or your "stuff" before your God, your world will be confounded, and that is exactly what happened to the people who tried to build a temple leading to Heaven.

If you spend all your time with your possessions instead of spending it with your wife, your marriage will become confounded.  If you put your selfish needs before your kids, you will have an estranged relationship with them (A good example of this is Ben Franklin, who put his selfish pride before his relationship with his son and his wife).

The mortar was symbolic of what held the bricks (the people) together. And in this day and age the mortar represented materialism. Instead of following the virtues of God, instead of virtue and humility holding society together, materialism was. And it was this materialism that lead to its destruction, as mortar made of materialism is doomed to fail.

Or, when the fabric of society is built on materialism, it is doomed to fail.

The ultimate moral here is that man should keep his place in life and not aspire to Godlike activity. Man should not strive to make the world perfect, he should strive to make himself perfect.

He may not achieve this, and God knows man is not perfect (as he Himself is not perfect), yet we should strive for perfection in order to get to Heaven. We should have our priorities straight, try hard, and seek to get to Heaven.

The story of the Tower of Babel is to symbolize that man is the challenger and the discoverer, and that as man learns more he seeks to prove God to be wrong. He seeks a new way to get to Heaven, or Euphoria. And pride goes before the fall.

People wanted to be rich. People wanted more animals than they needed, and they wanted gold and silver that they did not need to survive. And many people who had two coats and two pairs of shoes did not share the extra coat and pair of shoes with the man who did not. The people were not humble; they did not give of themselves. They were greedy. People were arrogance. I could write another post about how arrogance is the root of all evil.

Many men did not have honor and integrity. They chose to accumulate things for the sake of accumulating them instead of for the sake of need.

They did not share. The taxpayer took money by deceit. He was not honest. Men were sleeping with another's wife. And, in this way, they had become as evil as they were before the Great Flood.

Man was looking for euphoria by building the Tower of Babel, and He did not find it. He failed. He was punished by God because God alone knew that the only way to get to Heaven was not by false gods and materialism, was not by creating a united world, but by following His Virtues.

God came down and saw what was going on, and he realized the failures of a socialistic world. And he confounded the tongues of mankind so that different groups of people could not understand other groups, and it would therefore be less likely man would group together to worship other gods and conspire in such a way.

Basically God saw greed and materialism and he wanted to see honesty and integrity. This was actually Gods second attempt (following the Great flood) to perfect the world, and his third attempt (if we include the banishment from Eden) to punish men for following evil Satan instead of worshiping Him. He, in this sense, was becoming wiser.

This was the Biblical explanation of why people are split up into different continents, different nationalities, different races and spoke different and "confusing" languages. God wanted to retard the ability of mankind to gang up and produce technological advancements that encouraged man to believe in "science" over "Him". This also might explain why it took so long for the modern world to develop.

In this sense, if you put your stuff before your values and virtues you likewise will have a confused life. If you put your friends and socializing before your wife, your marriage will be confused. If you put your children before your God, you will be doomed to have a messed up life. You must have your priorities straight. You must be virtuous first, and once you have everything else in order, then you can buy material items.

As a result of this all this, the tower was never finished. Communication between different groups of people was confused. Even in today's world with all our advancements, we see the same thing occurring. We have a partisan divide. We have nations with unique and selfish goals that hold back society instead of advancing it.

One really neat thing is that throughout time many structures have been build around the world, the Egyptian pyramids, ziggurats, Mexican Pyramids, and they all have essential the same design (stepped pyramids as noted here). Many historians believe it's because they all learned this type of structure at the same point in history, and perhaps this is proof the story of the Tower of Babel is true. It's also proof that God has no more ability to perfect His people as I have to perfect my children (I'm reminded of how imperfect I am every day by my children).

Likewise, the historical significance of these step pyramids is they are built for the purposes of worshiping false gods, were often built with altars to worship false gods, and to make sacrifices to false gods. In the case of the Aztecs, to sacrifice humans to false gods.

So there is some historical significance here.

The moral here is that it is easy for man to revert to bad habits. It's easy to do bad things. It's easy to worship other gods. And it's easier for man to gang up and revert to non virtuous events. It's therefore a challenge to be good. To be good one has to work hard. To keep your priorities in the right order is arduous. Hence, God never intended for life to be easy.

Thus, if there is one thing the Bible teaches over and over again, and beginning with the Tower of Babel, is it's not easy being noble. It's not easy being good and faithful and hopeful. The essential elements of the Tower of Babel are repeated over and over in the Bible. God sees man has reverted to evil ways, gets mad to punish man, and man reverts back to evil ways.

It's almost a lesson about how people have short memories. It's a lesson about how people forget to study history and to learn from the lessons of the past. It's a lesson about how people forget to read the Bible and therefore lose sight of the overall purpose of life.

Consider the formerly reformed alcoholic giving in to the old habit, or the person who has quit smoking for 10 years taking up the habit again, or the person who worked hard to lose 20 pounds reverting back to old eating habits again.

Or the law maker making a law to add more taxes and more spending programs and making the rich pay for all these programs, and not learning from the lessons of the past that show that such a system has never succeeded in the history of mankind. No country has ever taxed itself into prosperity. In fact, too much taxation destroys nations. A good example here is Ancient Rome.

In a sense, the Tower of Babel can help us understand why we are taking care of so many people who never took care of themselves, are overweight because they never exercised and ate poorly despite education on how to stay healthy. It's easier for men and women to mistreat their bodies than to work hard and stay healthy.

It's easier to destroy societies like America than it is to build them up. The founding fathers worked hard to create the U.S., and by taking it for granted (the easy route) some people around the world, and even from within our own country, propose to make the U.S. no better than any other nation of the world.

It's easy to go to work and sit around with the gossipers and complainers and participate in useless activities. It's easier to take the low road. Yet while the high road is far more challenging, the rewards are also far greater. The greatest reward being Heaven.

Hence, we must be careful. God came to that realization when he found the people united and building that tower. He learned that he has no more control over His people than you do over your own children, or your own cells for that matter.

He made it His job to show us the way to Heaven.  Still, some people among society believe they can get to Heaven by another route.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2015 Detroit Tigers LIneup

With the recent acquisition of right handed hitting power left fielder Yoenis Cespedes by the Detroit Tigers, here is what a potential batting line up might look like.

1.  Ian Kinsler 2b
2.  Rajai Davis/ Anthony Gose CF
3.  Miguel Cabrera 1B
4.  Victor Martinez DH
5.  Yoenis Cespedes LF
6.  J.D. Martinez RF
7.  Nick Castellanos 3B
8. Alex Avila/ James McCann C
9. Jose Iglasias SS

Pitching Rotation
1.  David Price
2.  Justin Verlander
3.  Anibal Sanchez
4.  Alfredo Simon
5.  Shane Greene

7th inning.  Bruce Rondin/ Joakim Soria/ Al Alburquerque
8th inning.  Bruce Rondin/ Joakim Soria
9th inning.  Joe Nathan/ Bruce Rondon/ Joakim Soria

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Charity and Justice verse pride and arrogance

Two keys to a successful life are charity and justice.

What is charity? It's making sure the needs of everyone are taken care of.

What is justice?  It is making sure no one is taken advantage of

Two things that get in the way of justice and charity are arrogance and pride.

What is arrogance?  It's thinking you know all.

What is pride? It's putting yourself above all others.

There are two things that help with charity and justice, and they are humility and avoiding judgements.

What is humility?  It's putting other people before yourself and admitting you don't know all

What is avoiding judgements?  It's accepting people for what they are.

There's an old saying that says: "Pride comes before the fall." (Proverb 16: 18) This means that pride can lead to a person becoming unable to see the selfish, and a selfish thinking often leads one to do selfish things, such as stealing and committing murder.

In order to stand upright and depart from evil, it is important to depart from evil. In this way, it is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly and to realize that you are no better than any other person, than to be haughty and stumble through life with no real vision as to your true purpose.

Those who are exalted become humbled. (Matthew 23:12).  This means that the greatest among us -- the wisest, the leaders, the chief executive officers, the inventors, the Hollywood actors, the professional athletes -- become our servants. They are the ones who we call into action when we need to rise up as a society to better ourselves.  Worded another way: the greatest among us shall be our servants.

Those who become humbled shall be exalted.  (Matthew 23:13)  This means that all people who put others before themselves, all people who admit they don't know everything and continue to search for answers for the benefit of themselves and mankind, are equals to those who are exalted by their fame.

Those who become humbled learn not to judge. Then they bring all people together and come up with the best solution to make charity and justice possible.

Regardless of whether the homeless choose to be that way or not, we should not judge them and we should offer our charity. Charity does not have to be in the form of money or food, it may be something simple as lending an ear.

Some of us are arrogant and feel we have all the answers, that they are always right, and therefore we feel we have no need to hear the opinions of others.  These people may offer charity, but may not provide equal justice.

A good example here is a doctor who refuses to listen to the opinions of his patients. This neither benefits the patient nor the physician. It's arrogance at the expense of justice.

Another example is politicians who creates policies that force their views on other people. This is arrogance and does not provide for justice nor charity.

Another example is judges who make rulings based on their views and opinions rather than by the laws that rule the land. This is not justice, nor is it charity.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The unprofitable servants

Unprofitable Servant is charity without personal gain or profit
Humility is important. It's important because, I think, as humans, we must be humble to our position here on earth. We must be aware that we are all just little blimps on a large planet, and what we do, no matter how great, no matter how powerful, or no matter how small, is just fulfilling our role.

That's right. We all have a role on this planet. We all have a duty. We all have a task we are to accomplish. And there is not one role that is greater than any other. In that sense, we are all equals.

George Washington is a good example of a humble person, as he easily could have made the office of the president similar to a monarchy, although, by his recommendation, the president is humbly referred to as "Mr. President.

His goal was to show that the president is no more valuable to human kind than you or me. We are all equals in that sense. We are, as the Bible explains (Luke 17:7-10) in "The Parable of Jesus," we are all unprofitable servants.
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Defined, unprofitable servant means that we do what is expected of us and nothing more. We all have a task that we are to accomplish, and we accomplish it, and then we are done. In that sense, we are unprofitable. This is a means for us to keep things in proper perspective: to be humble.

We pray. We are given gifts in life (for example I was given the gift of writing), and we need to use our gift to help our fellow humans.

The neat thing is God does not answer all prayers, nor does he heal all the sick. He answers some prayers, and he heals some of the sick, but never all. Yet he does heal everyone spiritually.

He heals spiritually by allowing us to be in Heaven if we are good in this life. No matter how much we suffer, we are given that great reward. That's the best gift of all. That's the best healing power. In that regard, there is nothing we can accomplish on earth more profitable than that. We are, therefore, unprofitable.

Yet there are other gifts, or healings, that are less valuable, such as property and material things like money and other riches and communication skills, math skill, wisdom about asthma and writing skills, all the Internet. These are gifts we are given so we can make the world better -- but never better than how Jesus left it when he ascended into Heaven.

When this occurred he gave the Holy Spirit to all who chose to accept it.  By the Holy Spirit anyone who believes is a prophet.  As prophets it is our duty to learn and interpret the Word of the Lord.

Not all who are prophets are rich, or healthy all the time, or are healed when they pray for healing. Some of the best and greatest prophets of the Lord, some of the greatest and most useful people on this planet, have nothing at all but spiritual gifts. They live in poverty.

Most humans are unprofitable servants. That means we do what is expected of us and nothing more. The Lord gives us each an assignment, and it is up to us to accomplish the goals He sets out for us. Which basically means we do what is expected of us.

All the good we do as human beings, no matter how good, will never be as good as what Jesus did for us. Therefore, we are not profitable.  We are not masters. We are servants.

In this sense, we are humbled. And we use our gifts to make this world a better place, each in our own humble way.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Changing times

I took my first class in business in 1990 at Ferris State University at the age of 20. I had been introduced to word processors a few years earlier and loved it, although now our teacher wanted to take us to the computer lab to introduce us to this new thing called email.  He had us send emails to each other in the lab, and we looked at each other saying things like, "What a stupid concept."

A similar occurrence happened to former president Calvin Coolidge in 1904, although it was regarding a new concept called automobiles.  Coolidge was a 32-year-old lawyer and politician, and the automobiles were considered unreliable and expensive.  Coolidge thanked the man who gave him his first ride, and said, "It won't amount to much." 

Obviously we both lacked vision and were wrong.  Coolidge would lead the nation through the roaring 20s and the Industrial revolution which would see the Ford Model T mass produced, and the modern world has exceeded well beyond email.  

Friday, December 5, 2014

The vicious cycle of spending and taxing

Okay, so we have people in this country, and just about every other country too, who think the role of government is to solve problems. So they see a problem -- poverty, for example -- and they create government programs -- welfare, food stamps, unemployment -- to solve those problems.

As noted by the great economist Henry Hazlitt in his 1946 book "Economics in One Lesson:
"There is NO more persistent and influential faith in the world today than the faith in government spending. Everywhere government spending is presented as a panacea for all our economic ills. Is private industry partially stagnant? We can fix it all by government spending. Is there unemploiyhment? That is obviously due to 'insufficient private purchasing power.' The remedy is just as obvious. All that is necesary is for the government to spend enough to make up the 'deviciancy.'
Now, this all sounds all fine and dandy. It makes the politicians who create these programs feel good because they are creating a charity, and it makes the people feel good about the politician because they are helping those in need. Yet what goes unnoticed here is that for every dollar the government spends to implement and manage these programs a dollar has to be taken via taxes from the people.

"Everything we get, outside of the free gifts of nature, must in some way be paid for," said Hazlitt.

He explains that there are certain necessary functions that must be performed by government, and in order to pay for them a certain amount of taxes must be collected. Such necessary functions include

  1. Building and maintaining roads and bridges and tunnels
  2. Armories and navy yards to protect us
  3. Buildings to house legislatures
  4. Police departments
  5. Fire departments
  6. Coast guards

Hazlitt uses the example of a $10 million bridge being built by the government to create jobs. People can see the bridge, and they can see that it is beging used to allow cars to cross over water. They can see the 500 people working on it, peple they think would not be working if not for the building of the bridge. This is all good, they think.

However, what is not seen is that this means that $10 million in taxes has to be collected. He said:
"They would have that much taken away from them which they would otherwise have spent on the things they needed most... Therefore, for every public job has been destoryed somewhere else. We can see the men employed on the bridge. We can watch them at work. The employment argument of the government spenders becomes vivid, and probably for most people convincing. But there are other things that we do not see, because, alas, they have never been permitted to come into existence. They are the jobs destroyed by the $10 million taken from taxpayers. All that has happened, at best, is that there has been a diversion of jobs because of the project. Mor bridge builders; fewer automobile workers, television technicians, clothing workers, farmers."
Of course another argument is that, while people can see the bridge, they do not see all the projects that are not done because money was diverted from the people to the government. He said:
"Here again the government spenders have the better of the argument with all those who cannot see beyond the immediate range of their physical eyes. They can see the bridge. But ifthey have taught themselves to look for indirect as well as direct consequences they can once more see in the eye of imagination the possibilities that have never been allowed to come into existence. They can see the unbuilt homes, the unmade cars and washing machines, the unmade dresses and coats, perhaps the ungrown and unsold foodstuffs. To see these uncreated things requires a kind of imagination that not many peple have. We can think of these nonexistent objects once, perhaps, but we cannot keep them before our minds as we can the bridge that we pass every working day. What has happened is merely that one thing has been created instead of others."
The same can be said of all other government programs. We see that we are helping the unemployed, but we don't see that the same tax dollars that are taken to feed the unemployed are taken from the businessman, who in turn has to lay off a worker, or not hire a worker, because he has less money due to the taxes.

So, in other words, taxation to help the unemployed or impoverished destroys as many jobs as it creates. It also results in unbuilt houses, unbought wedding rings, unmade refrigerators, unbought refrigerators.

Making this worse is that a viscious cycle develops, where once you create these programs no polician wants to be the one to tell the people these programs are going to be cut. Even if the programs are no longer self sufficient, they are never ended. In order to keep them afloat even more taxes have to be collected.

Making this even worse, is that hundreds if not thousands of people are employed to manage these programs, and they will fight tooth and nail not to lose their jobs. Likewise, those who are receiving the money don't want to lose their checks, or their government provided food or home, and so they vote for whomever champions for continuing the program. It's a viscious cycle.

Spending equals taxes. Taxes basically you are taking from those who create wealth and giving it to those who don't. So those who own businesses, instead of giving raises or creating new jobs, they must not give raises and not create new jobs, and sometimes lay off workers and add to the unemployment problem. They have to do this all because of taxes.

And so as fewer people are working, government officials create new programs, and to pay for these new programs they have to raise taxes. And once taxes get too high -- say 50, 60 or 70 percent -- then people quit spending their money, and so even fewer products are consumed, and fewer jobs are created, and the unemployment number goes up even higher.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Why won't progressives let us do anything fun?

Progressives spent the entire 1910s passing laws to perfect society, and once they tired of such laws voters elected conservatives in a 1920s landslide. It's seems such progressive attempt to perfect society have been rejuvenated in recent years and, according to polling data, people are once again fed up with it.

In the 1910s progressives, lead by Woodrow Wilson, passed laws that made selling alcohol a crime, and the president even made people who spoke out against the war effort criminals.  Such actions were not supposed to be allowed in a free country.

Now, in the 2010s, progressives have returned, only under the name of liberal. They have passed laws essentially making it illegal to smoke cigarettes except for in the privacy of your own home.

One of their main efforts today is that they want to force everyone to eat healthy. They say it's because they care for us, but we all know the reason is so that when they get their universal healthcare system we won't cost Uncle Sam an arm and a let.

Progressives want everyone to eat healthy.  They want you to eat apples when you are traveling in a car, as opposed to Little Debbies.  Because of Michelle Obama they are forcing our kids to eat boring meals at lunch time, unless they bring in their own food, and even then they are scrutinized.

Michael Bloomberg signed a law forcing New York residents to purchase smaller sized sodas to prevent them from drinking too much sugar.  They, in essence, want people to eat healthy every day. Sorry, folks, they don't even want you to go out on Saturday night with your friends.

They don't want you to eat in moderation, or to have an "unhealthy" day once in a while.  They want you to eat perfect, every day, and to be a lean, mean, fighting machines.  Some day they might even pass a law mandating that you exercise every day.

It's not that they care for us, though, because they don't want us to even be here. They don't like that there are too many people on this planet because people exhale carbon dioxide, which is contributing to global warming. If global warming wipes out the planet then the animals they want to give natural rights to will die.

They want you to have perfect bodies because by their rationing, once we get universal healthcare, you won't be a burden.  What they fail to realize is that even people who eat healthy and exercise get risks.  They don't realize you can't take the risk out of life.

Yet they don't see it that way.  They see a world of complete euphoria where everyone eats healthy and exercises, everyone has a job, everyone has food, and everyone has healthcare

The reason is because, in their perfect world, their dream world, they want universal healthcare; they want everyone to have a job, be thin, and to have healthcare.

Since alcohol and drugs are responsible for crime, they want to get rid of alcohol and drugs.  It's for this reason prohibition passed.  Oh, by the way, what happened during prohibition.  That's right!  People drank alcohol anyway, only they became criminals.

Today there is a marijuana prohibition of sorts, where normal people like you and me enjoy a joint, and they end up in prison.  Or they lose their healthcare license because they had a little fun.

The problem with this is that what if their theories are not true?  What if there is no manmade global warming, or cooling, or whatever you want to call it?  What if high fat foods are proven not to cause heart disease? Then what?

I'll tell you what?  We'll continue to have all these laws based on a hoax because no one will have the nerve to get rid of them for fear of losing votes.  As with the global warming hoax, there will be so many people politically invested in the hoax that they will -- as with Al Gore -- continue to deny it's a hoax.

I think people should eat responsibly, just like they should be responsible toward the environment.  But to get all scared of a little sugar and fat at the expense of having a boring, un-fun life is absolutely pointless.  I mean, unlike Bloomberg and Michelle Obama, most of us lead stressful lives, and we need a little sugar or alcohol to take the edge off.

All these laws to perfect society have changed us from a free state to a police state. however, if the 2014 republican midterms election means anything, the people are once again fed up with all the laws to perfect society.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How was the devil formed?

Fr. Oscar Lukefahr said Everything God creates is good.  He created all the angels in Heaven as good. However, as any good father would do, he allowed his angels the right to choose. One fallen angel chose to become evil, and he became a fallen angel, later to be named Satin, Lucifer or the Devil.

He said that while God created all good, he allowed the Devil to do is evil.  So the Devil did. However, because God was the creator of everything, including the Devil, the Devil could not defeat God nor destroy the kingdom of Christ.

The Devil chose to reject God and His good, and he chose to tempt the first man and woman to walk away from God and toward sin.  Adam and Eve were also given the right to choose, because what fun would it be to live in a world where you had no way to make it better.  So the Devil decided that he would tempt them.

He said:
Genisis said that God told the first humans not to eat from the tree of knowledge, and this was his way of saying that they must accept God's laws which tell us what is good and what is evil.  But the first human beings disobeyed God's command.  Seduced by the devil, they preferred themselves to God, thinking they could thereby be like God.
Instead, their sin brought tragic consequences.  Satan gave them a false image of God as one who was jealous to keep power from them.  They became afraid of God.  They lost the soul's control over their body, the accord between man and woman, harmony from creation, and freedom from death.
Sin flooded the world and has affected all of history.  It has affected us, for we are drawn toward what is wrong and trapped by evils which cannot come from God.  This can be unerstood only in connection with the sin of our first parents.  
Because of their sin, our first parents transmitted a human nature deprived of holiness and justice, a state known as original sin.  Original sin does not wholly corrupt human nature.  But id does deprive us of original holiness and weakens our natural powers.  It subjects us to ignorance, suffering, and death.  It gives us an inclination toward sin called concupiscence.  As a result, we must struggle with sin.  We are tempted by Satan and negatively influenced by sinful sinful situations in society.
So while everything God created was good, including angels and humans, he gave us the right to accept or reject his laws. Yet when one angel rejected God, he became the devil and created sin and hell.  Hell is one of the biggest deterrents for those who believe in God's laws from sinning.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Are atheists given a guardian angel?

An interesting question that occurred to me as I was studying angels was this: if a person is an atheist, will that person still be given a personal angel?

The authors of The New Theological Movement addressed this issue. And while the answer they gave was to another question, I think it would also answer mine.  They wrote:
Will the anti-Christ have an angel guardian? If he is a human being, he will have an angel guardian. Even though he will be a great enemy of God, the Lord will still love him – the expression of this love is the gift of a guardian angel.
I imagine that answers my question.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Best guy movies ever

American Sniper
Now that we have defined what qualifies as a guy movie, here is a list of what many movie experts consider to be the best guy movies ever. All the movies listed here are on one best guy movie list or another.

While many of the movies here are high grossing, award-winning films (like The Godfather and Fargo), some are box office flops that have become guy movie classics (such as Shawshank Redemption and Blade Runner).

While I attempt a ranking here, any such ranking is merely subjective and suited only the taste of the author.  I tend to prefer movies with substance, so this should explain why movies like The Godfather and Thief are ranked higher than Kill Bill or Tommy Boy. Still, all the movies listed here are must watch movies for any guy.

So keep in mind that while I make a feeble attempt at a ranking here, any such ranking is merely subjective, and generally change from one author to another. Also keep in mind here that I have a list of over 200 guy movies I have yet tod watch (or have watched too long ago to rank at this moment).

So, here is my ranking of the movies that I have watched up to this date. 
  1. Dirty Harry (1971):  
    Clint Eastwood stars as a tough guy cop by the name of Dirty Harry Callahan. Most guy lists have this one at number one and, yeah, we feature it high here too.  Dirty Harry is a good guy cop who uses bad guy tactics to get what he wants. The movie was so successful that most subsequent cop films have copied the Dirty Harry genre. The American Film Institute ranked it as the 41st best movie of all time. The film is directed by John Siegel.
  2. The Godfather (1972):
    A classic Martin Scorsese film includes a well-spun story of a mafia family and their quest to protect their empire from rival families.  It stars Marlin Brando as Don Corleone, also known as the Godfather, and a cast of actors who became famous because of their roles in this movie, including Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, John Cazale, and Richard Castellano. The scene where Jack Woltz (John Marley) wakes up with blood all over himself, and the head of his $600,000 horse next to him, might just be the best scene in any guy movie ever. This was his punishment for refusing to accept what the godfather said was "an offer you can't refuse." The movie won Academy awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Lead Role (Brando), best actor in supporting role (Duvall, Caan, Pacino), and much more. Adjusted for inflation, the film was the top grossing film of all time for many years. Of course, it also has one of the best guy movie theme songs.
  3. American Beauty (1999):  Kevin Spacey plays a married guy going through a midlife crisis. He buys the red Camaro all guys yearn for, falls in love with his daughter's best friend, and... a twist at the end makes this one a killer movie. The film was a very successful box office hit, grossing over $350 million. It won Academy awards for best actor, best director, best picture, best original screenplay, and best cinematography. It also won many other awards. 
  4. The American Sniper (2014): Glenn Beck describes this movie best: "This movie left me a bit shell-shocked. All the stuff actual movie critics will talk about is true. Bradley Cooper is Oscar worthy. You completely forget it is him. Director Clint Eastwood is a genius. The opening scene is one of the most powerfuld on film. I would say it is the psycho shower scene if we were still in the age of innocence. But we are not, and that is what I took from the movie...Hard to watch. Harsh in every way. A true vision of war and hatred. A true depiction of American heroes. Brilliantly done all around." The movie did not win an Oscar, although it made over $420 million to Oscar-winning Birdman's $76.5 million. 
  5. Hacksaw Ridge (2016): This Mel Gibson film depicts the true story of Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian who joins the military during WWII despite vowing never to touch a weapon. He became the first conscientious objector, and the only person to never shoot a gun, to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The film also stars Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, and Luke Bracey.
  6. Band of Brothers (2001): This was a made for TV series, lasting one season for 10 episodes. The series is produced by Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks and follows the East Company of the U.S. Army's 101st Division on each of their missions during WWII. 
  7. The Godfather II (1974): I actually thought this Martin Scorsese film was better than the original Godfather, but I cannot seem to rank it higher than the original. In fact, it begins as the prequel and turns into the sequel. The plot is good, the unapologetic killing is awesome, and the ending will leave you yearning for more.  This time, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) is the godfather who has to protect his family after an attempt on his life.  The movie also features flashbacks to how Don Corleone (Robert De Niro) becomes the godfather. The movie also features Robert Duvall as Tom Hagan.  The move made greater than $54 million worldwide on a $13 million budget, and, like the original, is listed in TV Guides top 50 movies of all time. 
  8. The Dark Knight (2008):  
    This was the second in a trilogy of Dark Knight movies that created a more sinister, dark, and realistic Gotham.  You know Kieth Ledger does an impeccable job as the ultimate villain -- the Joker -- when it is he, and not Batman (Christian Bale) who is featured on posters and advertisements. "Why so serious?" says an unsympathetic, nonapologetic, vengeful, relentless, antagonist. This one is definitely not meant for kids. Gary Oldman likewise plays a very good Lt. James Gordon. Michael Caine plays Alfred Pennyworth, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/  Face. Ledger was a posthumous winner of an Academy Award for best supporting actor.  This is by far the best of all the movies based on comic book characters. 
  9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016): A direct prequel to the original Star Wars, Rogue One involves a group of rebels who try to steal the plans to the Death Star. 
  10. Cinderella Man (2005): James Braddock (Russel Crowe) is a boxer who runs into hard times during the Great Depression. With the help of his trainer (Paul Giamatti) and wife (Renee Zellweger), he is given a second chance that he fully takes advantage of, earning him the nickname: "Cinderella Man." 
  11. Casino (1995): A Martin Scorcese-directed film follows the story of Ace (Robert De Niro) who his hired by a mob operative to manage a casino. He falls in love with a former prostitute (Sharon Stone), although tensions soon erupt. Sharon becomes entangled in a web of deceit between her former boyfriend and Ace's longtime friend, Nicky (Joe Pesci). The film also stars Frank Vincent, Kevin Pollak, and Don Rickles. The film was criticized for its violence and profanity, although that's exactly what we want in a guy movie. Still, it received mostly positive review. Sharon Stone won an Academy Award for best performance by an actress. 
  12. The Searchers (1956): This is a John Ford western starring John Wayne as a Civil War veteran who spends years searching for his niece who was kidnapped by Indians.  This is often considered as the best western of all time.  The movie also stars Wayne's son Patrick Wayne.
  13. Sands of Iwo Jima (1949): Sgt. Stryker (John Wayne) said, "You gotta learn right and you gotta learn fast. And any man that doesn't want to cooperate, I'll make him wish he had never been born." This is a drama/ war film that follows a group of Marines from training into the Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII. 
  14. For A Few Dollars More (1965): This is the third in a series of three spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leon. This one once again features "the man with no name" -- Manco (Clint Eastwood), and this time he is a bounty hunter who joins forces with "the man in black --Colonel Douglas Mortimer (Lee Van Cleef) -- to hunt down El Indio (Gian Maria Volonte), one of the most wanted outlaws in the West.   
  15. Ben Hur (1959):  
    In A.D. 26, Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) is a Jewish prince who is betrayed and sent into slavery.  After regaining his freedom, he returns for revenge.  The movie is best known for its chariot sequence.  It was the highest grossing film of 1959 and the second highest grossing film (up to that point) of all time behind Gone with the Wind.  The movie grossed about $30 million by 1970 and is generally credited with saving MGM studies. It was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, winning an unprecedented 11 (only Titanic in 1998 and Lord of the Rings: Return of the Kings in 2004 would match this feat).  I remember watching this movie with my dad when I was a kid, and him telling me it was his favorite movie.  
  16. Lawrence of Arabia (1962): T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) is a flamboyant British lieutenant sent on an epic mission in Arabia. Generally categorized as one of the best movies of all time, it currently receives a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  It also won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Score.  It's based on a true story. 
  17. Bridge over the River Kwai (1957):  Starring William Holden, this movie went on to win seven Academy awards and is considered by many as one of the best films of all time. It is work of fiction, although based on actual events occurring in WWII. This is another movie I remember watching with my dad. 
  18. Once Upon a Time in the Old West (1968): Directed by Sergio Leone and starring Henry Fonda as Frank, the heartless villain, Charles Bronson as his arch nemesis, Jason Robards as Bandit, and Claudia Cardinale as the broad.  It was originally released as a Sergio Leon spaghetti western (meaning it was made cheaply in Europe) and was two hours and 40 minutes long.  It was an instant success.  When released in the U.S. they cut the movie down to less than two hours, and it bombed. In its original cut, it is now considered a classic and is listed as one of the top 100 movies ever. The movie also has a great soundtrack. 
  19. The Fast And The Furious (2001): Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is a member of a street racing gang suspected of stealing electronic equipment by hijacking moving trucks. Police Officer Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) goes undercover to break up the gang, although befriends Dominic and falls in love with his sister.  He has to choose between his loyalty to his job and his new friendship and love. 
  20. Goodfellas (1990):  A Martin Scorsese classic.  Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta star in this epic mafia film about three men who work their way up through the Mafia hierarchy.  Joe Pesci's performance as a guy who kills anyone who mouths off won him an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The role made him a household name.
  21. Gangs of New York. (2002): 
  22. Schindler's List (1993): Despite all his classics, this was the first movie Stephen Spielberg won an Academy Award for.  The movie is based on the life of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saves the lives of Polish-Jewish refugees who were sent to death camps he was in control of. Along with Spielberg's, the movie won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. It is often considered one of the best movies of all time.
  23. License to Kill (1989): Many Bond fans say Timothy Dalton does a bad James Bond.  Others say he does the best James Bond in that he is closest to the Bond in the books.  This movie is definitely Bond at his best.  My apologies to the original Bond actor, but this Bond flick is by far the best of the franchise. The movie also features Robert Brown as M and Desmond Llewelyn as Q. 
  24. Goldfinger (1964):  This is quintessential Sean Connery as Bond and by far the best 007 movies. From his classic one-liners, to his ability to use his cunning to win over Bond women, to the supped up car. it's simply the best in this franchise.  This is saying a lot since all but one movie in this franchise has earned a spot on this list*.  The movie features Bernard Lee as M and Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
  25. The Unforgiven (1992):  Clint Eastwood (also the director) plays a retired gunslinger named William Munny who is reluctantly pulled back into action.   Also starring Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris. 
  26. Taxi Driver (1976):  Another Martin Scorsese classic. It's the first movie starring Robert De Niro, earning him an Oscar and immortality as a stud guy actor, perhaps the best of all time. Yes, you heard that right!  While Clint Eastwood and John Wayne may have more recognizable names, De Niro appears on this list more often than anyone else.  The film also features Jodi Foster. 
  27. Raging Bull (1980):  Like I said, among the most common names to appear on this list is Robert De Niro, who stars in this epic Martin Scorsese boxing flick. It might just be the best boxing movie of all time, topping, maybe, even Rocky. It's generally regarded as the best film of the 1980s. 
  28. Rocky (1976): A story about how an amateur boxer named Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) falls in love and gets a chance to fight for a championship. The movie was made for just over a $1 million and grossed over $225 million. It won three Oscars, including best picture. Oh, and by the way, the movie turned Sylvester Stallone into an instant mega hit guy stud actor.  The movie also stars Burgess Meredith as Rocky's trainer and Burt Young as Rocky's brother-in-law.  Oh, and by the way, the Rocky Theme Song is one of the best guy theme songs.
  29. Creed (2015):  Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) is the son of former heavyweight fighter Apollo Creed. He chooses his father's best friend Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to be his manager. 
  30. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976): After Union Soldiers burn his home and murder his family, Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood) joins a Confederate Guerrilla unit. After the war ends he is hunted down like an outlaw by the same Union Soldiers who murdered his family.  Josey meets up with an elderly Indian.  Josey says to him, "I get to liking someone, they ain't around long."  The Indian said, "I notice when you get to disliking someone, they ain't around long neither." Oh, and by the way, this movie was directed by Clint Eastwood.
  31. Back to the Future (1985): How could you not include this movie on any list.  This is actually my personal best movie ever.  Marty Mcfly (Michael J. Fox) jumps into a Delorian souped up by Dr. Emmet Brown (Christopher Loyd) and travels back to 1952.  Once there, he must convince the Doc to help him get back to the future. It has one of the best theme songs ever.  Back to the Future II and III are also good, but not nearly as good as the original. 
  32. The Deer Hunter (1978):  Michael (Robert De Niro), Stan (John Cazale) Steven (John Savage), and Nick (Christopher Walken) and Linda (Meryl Streep) live in a small town that becomes impacted by the Vietnam War. The movie flashes back and forth between living in the town and life on the battlefront. 
  33. A Bronx Tale (1993): A dad (Robert De Niro) is concerned about his son (Francis Capra) becoming friends with a mob boss (Chazz Palminteri).  A really nice plot involving a relationship by the boy with a black girl.  It also features a guest appearance by Joe Pesci. 
  34. Hoosiers (1986): This is an inspirational movie about a coach (Gene Hackman) who aids a team of unknown basketball players to the Indiana State Championship game.  Dennis Hopper plays the dad of one of the players, and he earns an Emmy nomination for his efforts. This movie often gets recognition as the best sports movie of all time (although I rank Rocky higher). 
  35. Rocky II (1979): An impressive sequel starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa who once again plays the little-known boxer who gets a second chance to become a champion. Burgess Meredith once again plays Rocky's trainer. 
  36. Rocky III (1982): Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) returns as the champion.  This time he has to face Thunderlips (Hulk Hogan) in a charity bout, and Clubber Lang (Mr. T).  When his coach (Buirgess Meredith) dies, he turns to the man he fought in Rockey I, and defeated in Rockey II, to become his new coach -- Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). 
  37. The Shawshank Redemption (1994):  Based on a Stephen King novelette that takes place in a 1946 prison.  Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is a banker who is accused of a crime he says he didn't commit and ends up in the Shawshank State Prison.  The story spun is one that could only come from the mind of Mr. King. 
  38. Cool Hand Luke (1967):  Luke (Paul Newman) refuses to conform.  He ends up in a prison camp, and a member of a chain gang and he becomes the hero of the other gang members. Also starring George Kennedy as one of the gang members.  Kennedy wins a Global Award for his performance. Also featuring Dennis Hopper.  
  39. Star Wars, Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith (2005):  Near the end of the clone wars, Darth Sidious reveals himself, and unleashes the final part of his plan to rule the galaxy, which begins by convincing Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), already upset with the Jedi Knights for precluding him from becoming a Jedi, to become his apprentice as Darth Vader.  This is by far the best of all the Star Wars movies, although you must watch all the others in order of release (4,5,6,1 and 2) in order to make it work.  Featuring Christopher Lee as Count Dooku/ Darth Tyranus and Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu.
  40. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980): Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) trains under the Jedi Master Yoda. Darth Vader Lures Skywalker into a deathtrap in order to lure him to the dark side. In the quest that ensues, Skywalker learns a deplorable truth. The film also stars Harrison Ford as Han Solo. 
  41. Terminator (1984) Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a killer robot from the future that has one mission: kill Sarah Conner.   Best quote: "I'll be back!"
  42. Bullitt:  Walter Chalmers (Robert Vaughn) holds Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) responsible when a man he was protecting is shot dead.  Bullitt sets off on a mission to determine who the true killers are. The movie features McQueen in the first real San Francisco chase ever seen on the big screen, and what some consider the best movie car chase ever. Robert Duvall makes an appearance as a cab driver. 
  43. The French Connection (1971): Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Budy "Cloudy" Russo (Roy Scheider) are police detectives are after narcotics dealers -- particularly Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) -- who smuggled $32 million worth of heroin into the New York from France.  The movie features one of the best good guy-bad guy car-train chases ever. The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screen Play, and Best Editing. It's listed as one of the best movies of all time. Also of significance is that this movie spawned an era of cop movies.
  44. Thief (1981): Frank (James Caan) is an experienced jewel thief who has things pretty figured out.  All he has to do now is create a family with Jessie (Tuesday Weld).  When his associate (James Belushi) makes a pickup, he discovers $185,000 of Franks money was lifted.  Frank learns it was a high-level crime boss named Leo (Robert Prosky), who offers Frank a job that will set him up for life.  To convince Frank of his power, he helps Frank obtain a baby on the black market that he named after his mentor nicknamed Okra (Willie Nelson).  The film earned high praise from critics and currently holds a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  45. Boys Town (1938): Father Edward J. Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) believes there is no such thing as a bad boy, and so he takes in a group of delinquent boys into a home he called "Boys Town." He battles both the law and sometimes the boy's themselves -- mainly one strong willed boy named Whitey March (Mickey Rooney). Tracy won an Oscar for Best Actor. 
  46. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (2011): Tom Cruise reprises his role as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, who is assisted by fellow IMF agents William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg).  When a Kremlin building is blown up, the IMF is blamed.  The president initiates Ghost Protocol, which shuts down the IMF.  So Hunt and a new team of IMF agents must work on their own to clear the IMF and to prove the U.S. was not responsible.  This was the highest grossing Tom Cruise movie ever. It is the best of the Mission: Impossible movies. 
  47. Reservoir Dogs (1992): A film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino about six men --Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), Mr. Blue (Edward Bunker), Mr. Brown (QT), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) and Mr. White (Harvey Keitel)-- who performed a heist, but it did not go as planned. The movie revolves around Mr. Orange, who is dying in a pool of blood in an abandoned warehouse.  The six begin to suspect one of them is an undercover cop. Some view it as the best independent film ever made.
  48. From Russia with love (1963):  This is another classic Bond (Sean Connery) flick that includes an excellent plot line and a fight on a moving train that became a legendary battle.  It also stars an iconic white cat stroking antagonist whose face is not revealed until a later Bond film called "You only live twice" in 1967. Also featuring Bernard Lee as M.
  49. Dr. No (1962):  This original 007 stars Sean Connery as James Bond, and it the only one that holds true to simplistic themes of the books, as opposed to one based on scientific gadgets and action scenes of Hollywood. Famous line: "It's a Smith and Wesson, and you've had your six."  The movie also features Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No and Bernard Lee as M. The James Bond movies all feature one of the best theme songs ever.
  50. Patton (1970):  Patton (George C. Scott) said:  No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." Also starring Karl Malden as General Omar M. Bradley.
  51. The Hustler (1961): Fast Eddie (Paul Newman), with the help of his manager Bert Gordon (George C. Scott), is on a mission to beat the best pool player in the world, Minnesota Flats (Jackie Gleason). Yet accomplishing this goal comes at a high cost to himself. It was an immediate success, becoming an instant classic. 
  52. The Seven-Ups (1973):  A tough detective named Buddy Manucci (Roy Scheider) is the leader of the Seven-Ups, a group of plainclothes detectives who use unorthodox tactics to make sure criminals they catch get prison sentences of seven years and up. While searching for the person who killed his partner, he uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money. 
  53. The Untouchables (1987):  This Brian De Palma film is based on a book of the same name.  Al Capone (Robert De Niro), a gangster during prohibition, is hunted down by Elliot Ness (Kevin Cosner) and a beat cop named Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery).  The best line comes from Connery: "Isn't that just like a wop... brings a knife to a gun fight." It was nominated for four Academy awards, of which Sean Connery won for best-supporting actor. 
  54. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966): Blondie (Clint Eastwood) joins an unlikely partner named Tuco (Eli Wallach) in a hunt to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery before the bad guys get it, one of whom is an Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef), an unfeeling, sociopathic mercenary. Among the final scenes is one of the most classic scenes in any western flick. The movie also comes with one of the best movie theme songs, along with James Bond, the Godfather, and Beverly Hills Cop. This is often considered the best of a series of westerns directed by Sergio Leone
  55. Psycho (1960):  This is an Alfred Hitchcock adaptation of a horror novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is a taxidermist who runs a motel.  When a young secretary named Marion Crane goes into hiding after embezzling money from her boss, she ends up at the Bates Motel, where she was last seen.  Her sister and boyfriend go looking for her, and when they meet the taxidermist they ultimately discover a horrifying truth. The movie was made on a low budget, was black and white, and originally had mixed reviews.  However, in the end, it had outstanding box office returns which lead to four Academy Award nominations. 
  56. The Silence of the Lambs (1991): This is actually the second movie to feature Dr. Hannibal Lecter (the other is Manhunter, which also makes this list), a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic killer (Anthony Hopkins). Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is a young FBI trainee who uses his help to get into the minds of a serial killer called "Buffalo Bill." This was the best horror/ crime movie I have ever watched, and obviously, I'm not the only one to think this way as the film grossed $272.2 million worldwide after having only an $18 million budget. It was only the third film to win an Academy Award in all five categories: best picture, best actor, best actress, best director, and best adapted screenplay (the others being One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest and It Happened One Night). The movie was adapted from the 1988 Thomas Harris novel of the same name.  It was also the first horror movie to win the best picture. 
  57. Star Wars (1978): Luke Skywalker (Mark Hammel) joins forces with a Jedi Knight named Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) and a smuggler named Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to save the Galaxy from the evil dark lord Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones). Vader is easily one of the best villains of all time.  It also features one of the best movie theme songs
  58. Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi (1983): Luke Skywalker (Mark Hammel), with the assistance of Han Solo (Harrison Ford), learns the true identity of Darth Vader.
  59. Expendables:  (2010):  An instant classic with a star-studded cast of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Stratham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, and Mickey Rourke, with guest appearances by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. 
  60. Fargo (1996): Jerry Lundgaard (William H. Macy) is a struggling car salesman desperate for money, so he hires two men (Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife for ransom. Things get out of hand right off the bat when the kidnappers are pulled over, and this leads to a series of killings. Marge Gunderson (Francis McDormand) is a pregnant police chief who investigates these murders. The movie was highly praised, won some prestigious awards, and is on many lists of top 100 movies of all time. It was written, directed, and produced by the Coen Brothers. 
  61. No Country for Old Men (2007): In West Texas in 1980, Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin) comes across a drug deal gone wrong, where dead bodies are askew, and many wounded are still alive and begging for water. He finds a case with $2 million and he takes it. This chance encounter, along with his own greed, entangles him in a neat misadventure not too much unlike Fargo. Also starring Tommy Lee Jones as the Sherrif and Woody Harrelson as a bounty hunter. The movie received positive reviews and won four Academy awards: Best Picture, Best performance by a male actor in a supporting role (Javier Bardem) and Best Director (Coen Brothers). 
  62. The Usual Suspects (1995): A cripple by the name of Roger Kint (Kevin Spacey) tells the story of how five criminals got together and became entwined in a series of events that lead to a tumultuous gun battle.  Also starring Gabriel Byrne as Dean Keaton and Stephen Baldwin as Michael McManus. 
  63. Deliverance (1972): Ed (John Voight), Lewis (Burt Reynolds), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew (Ronny Cox) set of on a canoe trip down a river. The trip is all fun until they come upon a couple Hillbillies who terrorize them. While the movie got great reviews and was well received, the movie might be best known for it's "Dueling Banjos" scene near the beginning, where Drew performs the song with a strange boy at a gas station. 
  64. Mad Max: Road Fury (2015): Furiosa (Charlize Theron) rebels against a tyrannical ruler in a futuristic world where gas and water are scarce.  She escapes in a fast moving truck carrying both water and gas and picks up Mad Max (Tom Hardy), who helps her in her quest for freedom. I normally don't care for apocalyptic movies, yet this one was excellent. It was a very good guy movie, and it received excellent reviews all around. It grossed $378 million worldwide and won six Academy Awards. 
  65. Duck You Sucker (1971): Sergio Leone's last film. Juan Miranda (Rod Steiger) is a Mexican outlaw. John Mallory (James Coburn) was an Irish revolutionary who had to flee Italy. Together they get caught up in the Mexican revolution. The movie was a bust when it was released, but has since become a classic, garnishing 90% on rotten tomatoes. It's often considered the most overlooked spaghetti western.
  66. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003):  Once again Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continue on their quest to destroy the one ring and Lord Sauron.  The film went on to become the 8th highest grossing film of all time, and the top grossing film of 2003. It was the 2nd film in history to earn over $1 billion. In 2004, it ranked #8 on Empire's 100 Greatest Movies of all time. It was nominated for 11 academy awards and won all 11, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Along with Ben-Hur and Titanic, it holds the record for highest academy award totals. Featuring Christopher Lee as Saramon and Ian McKellen as Gandalf.
  67. National Lampoon's Vacation:  (1973): Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) yearns to spend quality time with his family, so he takes his wife (Beverly D'Angelo), son Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall), and daughter Audry (Dana Barron) on a cross-country vacation from Chicago to a Los Angeles amusement park called Walley World.  John Candy plays an attendant at Wally World. Randy Quaid plays cousin Eddie. This is often considered as one of the best comedies of all time. 
  68. Vacation (2015): Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) learns that going on the same vacation every year is no fun to his wife (Christina Applegate). So he plans a vacation to Wally World, just like his dad (Chevy Chase) did so many years ago. He and the family set off on a hilarious cross-country trip that leads to many stops, including to the home of his sister (Leslie Mann) and brother-in-law (Chris Hemsworth). The kids in this one are pretty good too, like the first one (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins).  
  69. Heat (1995): A group of professional criminals (played by Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, and Robert Voight) starts to feel the heat of police (lead by Al Pacino) when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.
  70. GoldenEye (1995):  The best James Bond movie since the Sean Connery days.  This time Bond (Pierce Brosnan) tries to stop an agent gone bad from crippling the world's computer system. The movie features Judy Dench as M and Desmond Llewelyn as Q. 
  71. Casino Royale (2006):  Daniel Craig helps give the James Bond a reboot with this film that details how James Bond 007 got his start.  The movie features Judy Dench as M. Some claim this is the best of all the James Bond films, and rightly so. Still, there are a few I'd rank a bit higher, and so that explains this ranking. Still, it's in the top 100 best guy movies all time. 
  72. Skyfall (2012):  Daniel Craig once again plays James Bond.  When Ms past (Judy Dench) comes back to haunt her, Bond's loyalty to her is tested. M16 comed under attack, and Bond has to find who the threat is.  The movie features Judy Dench as M and Ben Wishaw as Q, and introduces a new Money penny, Q and M. 
  73. The Sting (1973): Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) and Johnny Hooker (Robert Redfort) are conmen in 1930s Chicago, and they team up to win a fortune from a banker. 
  74. Apocalypse Now (1979): Along with Patton, one of the best opening scenes of all time. Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Charlie Sheen) is sent on a top secret mission to assassinate Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who is suspected of going insane, although still leading troops. Also stars Harrison Ford as Colonel Lucas, and Dennis Hopper as a freelance photographer who does an amazing acting job. 
  75. Catch me if you can (2002):  This is based on a true story about how Frank Abagnale Jr (Leonardo DiCaprio) becomes one of the world's most wanted conman.  He is hunted down by Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks).
  76. Scarface (1983):  Al Pacino is plays Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee, who arrives in Miami with nothing and rises to become one of the most important drug kingpins. 
  77. The Dirty Dozen (1967):  Major Reisman (Lee Majors) chooses 12 death row inmates to take part in a secret WWII mission.  He chooses a sex pervert (Telly Savalas), a psycho (John Cassavetes), a retarded killer (Donald Sutherland), and tough guys played by Charles Bronson, Trini Lopez, Jim Brown and Clint Walker. If they do the job they are asked of, they will be given a pardon for their crimes by the U.S. government -- that is, if they survive. Bronson and Brown are involved in a great scene in this movie. Also starring Ernest Borgnine, George Kennedy, and Robert Ryan. It was one of MGMs biggest money makers of the 1960s, so you know it was good.  
  78. Expendables II (2012): Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Strathom, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Steve Austin, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  It also stars Jean-Claude van Damme, who does an impeccable job as the antagonist. It's not often a sequel is better than the original, but this one just is.  Also starring Chris Hemsworth. 
  79. The Wild Bunch (1969):  It's an epic western directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang who struggle to survive by any means possible in the changing world of 1913 on the Texas border.  Pike (Wlliam Holden) leads the gang (Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, and Jaime Sanchez to one final score before retirement.  Standing in their way, however, is a posse of bounty hunters lead by Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan). Often listed as one of the best Westerns ever. 
  80. Django Unchained (2012):  Set in the antebellum era, Django (Jamie Fox) is a slave purchased by Dr. King Schulz, a German Bounty Hunter who is posing as a traveling dentist. They make a pact whereby Schultz will free Django if he agrees to help him collect a large bounty on three outlaws. Schultz (Christoph Waltz -- won Oscar for Best Supporting Actor) teaches Django about bounty hunting, and shares the profits with him so long as he continues to help him collect bounties throughout the winter.  Django agrees on the condition Dr. Schultz helps him find his wife and free her from a deranged plantation owner named Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).  Together they form a plan to free Django's wife, and it appears to be working well until a loyal slave named Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) becomes suspicious. This was the best grossing Quentin Tarantino film, earning him a Golden Globe for Best Original Screenplay. 
  81. Expendables III (2014): The movie stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Stratham, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lungren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kelsey Grammer, Glen Powel, Antonio Banderas, and Jet Li.  The film stars Mel Gibson as the bad guy.  What else needs to be said. 
  82. The Hateful Eight. John Ruth (Kurt Russel) is a bounty hunter taking a prisoner (Jeniffer Jason Leigh) to be hung via stagecoach. Along the way,  he picks up bounty hunter Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man claiming to be a Sherrif, Chris Mannix (Walter Goggins). They and 4 others take refuge at Minnie's Haberdashery during a winter storm. The movie has one of the better musical scores, of which it won a Golden Globe for. 
  83. The Maltese Falcon (1942): This was director Sam Huston's directorial debut, and is considered to be one of the best detective films, and one of the best movies, of all time. Sam Spade (Humphry Bogart) is a quick thinking investigator set on a case to uncover the Maltese Falcon, a priceless item greedily desired by three criminals.  Best line: "When you're slapped you'll take it and like it."
  84. Stripes (1981):  This is a classic military related comedy in which Bill Murray and Harold Ramis join the military.   
  85. Caddyshack (1980):  The only golf movie to make the list.  Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield and Chevy Chase give us guys a good laugh
  86. Blazing Saddles (1974):  A classic western comedy out of the brilliant mind of Mel Brooks, where a black sheriff (Cleavon Little) is hired by a villianous Attorney General (Harvey Korman) to run the town he can't seem to convince the people to leave so he can run a railroad through it. He believes the town folks would be offended by a black sheriff and run out of town, and then he'd be able to profit.  The sheriff is aided by the town drunk, Jim "The Waco Kid" (Gene Wilder). The movie is generally considered one of the best guy movie comedies of all time. It also stars Slim Pickens as Taggard, the Attorney General's right hand man, Doom DeLuise as Buddy, Liam Dunn, and John Hillerman. 
  87. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987):  Starring Steve Martin as the melancholy/ Choleric family man on his way home for Thanksgiving.  As he struggles to get home, amid planes that can't fly due to cold weather, trains that stall, and cars that "f#$#ing" aren't there, he meets a shower ring salesman played by peaceful phlegmatic John Candy.  
  88. Planet of the Apes (1968):  The original one made in 1968 was and is still the best in this series of movies.  It stars one of the best guy actors of all time in Charlton Heston.
  89. Hard Times (1975): During the Great Depression, Chaney (Charles Bronson)  is a taciturn street fighter who joins up with Speed (James Coburn), who is a loquacious promoter of street fights.   Lucy Simpson (Jill Ireland) is the girl interest of Chaney.  She said, "What does it feel like to knock somebody down?"  Chaney said, "It makes me feel a hell of a lot better than it does him." Jill Ireland (Bronson's wife) plays Cheney's girlfriend.
  90. Breaking Away (1979): Dave Stoller (Dennis Christopher) is a 19-year-old who has graduated from high school, and spends a majority of his time with his friends Mike (Dennis Quaid), Cyril (Daniel Stern) and Moocher (Jackie Earle Haley) goofing around.  Together they are called "cutters" because they do not attend college.  The movie centers around Stollers interest in bicycling, and his yearning to win the Little 500 Bicycle Race.  It's a coming of age movie about four teenagers trying to decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives.  
  91. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): This is the first installment of a three part adaptation of the 1937 J.R.R. Tolkein novel "The Hobbit."  The story takes place 60 years before the Lord of the Ring's trilogy, and follows Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) on his "unexpected journey."  The film grossed over $1 billion, surpassing both the Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers. Featuring Christopher Lee as Saruman.
  92. Analyze This (1999).  A comedy about an insecure mob boss (Robert De Niro) who seeks the help of an unwitting psychiatrist (Billy Crystal).  A great comedic take on the mob scene. Also starring Joe Viterelli.
  93. The Longest Yard (1974): A prison warden recruits a former pro quarterback (Burt Reynolds) to organize a football team of fellow inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards. Also starring Eddie Albert, Michael Conrad, Richard Kiel and Ed Lauter. 
  94. North Dallas 40 (1979): A movie loosely based on a Cowboy's football team in the early 1970s.  Wide Receiver Phil Elliot (Nick Nolte) is an aging football player who considers himself to have "the best hands in the game."  He continues to want to play football despite being an aging veteran with aches and pains due to the roughness of the game.  He relies heavily on painkillers, and despite his claims that he is the best wide receiver, he is usually relegated to back-up duties.  
  95. Swinger (1996):  Trent (Vince Vaughn) and Mike (Jon Favreau) are two aspiring actors heading in different directions.  Mike yearns to get back together with his girlfriend of six years, and Trent doesn't seem to want to grow up.  It's sort of a coming of age movie for adults. 
  96. Old School (2002):  Will Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Luke Wilson go back to college. Hilarious! 
  97. Slap shot (1977):  Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman) is player/coach of the Chiefs, who are a losing team until they start breaking the rules. This is one of the top ten sports movies of all time. 
  98. The Lost Boys (1987): This is a star studded teen vampire movie that launched the team duo of Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.  It also stars Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric. 
  99. Grand Torino: (2008):  Disgruntled Vietnam War veteran, Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) befriends a young man who tries to steel his Grand Torino.  Eastwood also directs this movie.
  100. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013): This is the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), who uses his cunning to rise to a wealthy stock broker living the high life.  Yet his methods of obtaining his wealth lead to his own undoing.   
  101. Leon the Professional (1994): Leon (Jean Reno) is a professional killer who reluctantly saves a young girl named Mathilda from a team of professional assassins who kill the rest of her family.  The two form an unusual relationship where Leon helps her learn his trade and helps her track down the people who gunned down her family.  Gary Oldman plays the corrupt drug addicted leader who is now considered one of the top villains of all time.
  102. Death Wish (1974):  Charles Bronson plays architect Paul Kersey whose wife is killed by street punks, causing him to go out on the streets seeking to find the evil, wicked jerks who did it.  In the meantime, he becomes a one man crime fighting machine, shooting all those choosing to do wickedness after dark.
  103. Star Trek (2009): James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Squinto, Leonard Nimoy), Bones (Carl Urban) and Scotty (Simon Pegg) return to the big screen, only this time the characters are just getting started on their journey.  
  104. Star Trek into Darkness (2013):  James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Squinto), Bones (Carl Urban) and Scotty (Simon Pegg). Kirk is the Captain of the USS Enterprisee only to lose it when he uses his instincts to save it.  Yet an epic shooting by former star fleet member turned terrorist John Harrison sets the crew on a hunt to find him.
  105. Star Trek Beyond (2016): James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Squinto), Bones (Carl Urban) and Scotty (Simon Pegg) take the Enterprise into uncharted territory where they meat up with a ruthless villian named Krail who manages to destroy the Enterprise and capture it's crew. The movie was a tribute to Leonard Nemoy. 
  106. The Great Escape: (1963): Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, and Richard Attenborough play allied prisoners of war who try to escape from a German prisoner of war camp.  It's based on a true story. It was a box office success, and has become a classic. 
  107. Easy Rider (1969):  A Hippie movie that shows what it was like to be a pot snuffing Hippie riding across the country during the 1960s.  Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper wrote, produced, directed, and acted in this epic thriller.  
  108. Mystic River (2003): This is a crime thriller directed by Clint Eastwood whereby a childhood tragedy overshadows the lives of three men who become entwined in a plot that starts with the murder of a young woman. Her father is Jimmy Murkum (Sean Penn), and he vows to find the killer and kill him. Police detective Sean Devine tries to assure justice is done.  It appears their childhood friend Dave Boyle is the killer.  Is he?
  109. Once Upon A Time In America (1984): 
  110. Fletch (1985):  Fletch (Chevy Chase) is an investigative news reporter who dons many disguises on his quest to solve a mystery. The movie was a box office success and has now become a cult following, especially among young guys.  Chase described the appeal of the character is "the cheekiness of the guy. . . everybody at that age would like to be as quick-witted as Fletch, and as uncaring about what others think."
  111. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977):  James Bond (Roger Moore) participates the best ever ski chases  to begin this one.  He becomes involved in plans to thwart the efforts of a villian whose goal is to nuke the planet.  Bond is constantly thwarted in his plans by a bad guy with steel jaws, amply named Jaws (Richard Kiel). Of course the head villain is Sigmung Stromberg (Curd Jurgens), who has a hideout set underwater and is surrounded by killer sharks, and if you meet his ire, the floor may open where you are standing, and...  His ultimate goal is to create a new civilization underwater.  The fact that Bond has a car that can drive under water is a bonus. The plot is a bit over the top, although still pretty neat. This is one more memorable Bond flicks. The movie features Bernard Lee as M and Desmond Llewelyn as Q. 
  112. The Magnificent Seven (1960):  Chris Adams (Yul Brynner) gets seven men together in an attempt to help the residents of an oppressed Mexican village defend their homes against a group of marauding native bandits lead by Calvera (Eli Wallach).  Calvera is one of the best bad guys of all time, perhaps for his "spiny" personality.  The cast of characters also includes Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn. McQueen was just a relative unknown, and managed to steel scenes from the well known Yul Brynner. This movie is the number 2 most watched movie in TV history, behind only the Wizard of Oz.  It was also so great that its plot has been copied more frequently than any other movie in history (see Three Amigos). Actually, the movie itself was a remake of the Japanese movie Seven Samurai (1954), which is, I am told, also worth watching. It's a Sergio Leon spaghetti Western.
  113. Pulp Fiction (1994): Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are caught up in a plot that mixes humor with violence while working for drug lord Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames).  Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) crosses Marsellus, forcing him to go on the run with his girlfriend.  Also starring Uma Thurman as the wife of Marsellus.  This movie landed seven Oscar nominations and best screenplay, and revitalized the career of Travolta. It's one of those movies that forces you to keep thinking about long after the credits are done rolling. This is a Quentin Tarantino classic.
  114. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (1975):  Jack Nicholson, Danny Devito and Christopher Lloyd turned this #1 best selling novel into an epic film. This was one of those movies that was so great that it gave rise to many elite acting careers (The Magnificent Seven was another).
  115. The Professionals (1966): Dynamiter Bill Dolworth (Burt Lancaster), horse specialist Hans Ehrengard (Robert Ryan), and longbow expert Jake Sharp are set on a mission to rescue a kidnapped a beautiful mistress (Claudia Cardinale) from the leader of Mexican rebels lead by Raza (Jack Panance). A neat twist at the end makes this big budget, thriller western one of the best.  It's a Sergio Leon spaghetti Western.
  116. The Red Badge of Courage (1951): Based on a novel by Stephen Crane. Henry Fleming (Audie Murphy) is a Civil War private who has never fought before. He fears the upcoming fight and flees from the first fight. He feels guilty when he returns to his troop because he is alone does not have a red badge of courage. He lies about what happened to him while he was gone. However, as the story unfolds, he realizes that the other soldiers feel the same way about war as he does.  
  117. From Here to Eternity (1953): It's a WWII movie that  delves into the lives of three soldiers (Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, and Frank Sinatra) and takes Place in Pearl Harbor just prior to the attack. It has a great supporting cast that includes Donna Reed, Deborah Kerr, Philip Ober, Jack Warden, George Reeves, Lee van and Ernest Borgnine.  The movie opened with rave reviews, was a box office success, and ended up winning 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Fred Zennemann), Best Supporting Actor (Sinatra), and Best Supporting Actress (Donna Reed).  
  118. The Last Detail (1973): Two Navy men (Jack Nicholson and Otis Young) are commissioned to take a young man (Randy Quaid) to prison for some dopey charge, and they decided to show him one last good time on the way. There really is no plot other than that, the movie just follows these men as they venture across the country and partake in a bunch of drunken antics. 
  119. Smokey and the Bandit (1977): Bandit (Bert Reynolds) is hired to run a trailer full of Coor's beer (at the time considered among the finest beers in America, and it was only sold east of the Mississippi River) from Texas to Atlanta in 28 hours. While his friend Snowman drives the truck, the Bandit drives a Trans Am to divert attention from the haul. In the meantime, the Bandit picks up a bride (Sally Field). Her "to be" father in law, Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) is pent on a mission to capture the Bandit, and foil his plans. 
  120. Three Amigos (1986):  A plot similar to The Magnificent Seven, this time starring Chevy Chase, Martin Short, and Steve Martin.  This time the plot has a humorous twist, although the bad guy is equally as "spiney" as the one in the movie whose plot it copies. One of the better guy comedies of all time.
  121. The Crow (1994) Eric Draven (Brendon Bruce Lee) is killed, and his girlfriend raped and killed. Draven is buried, and then comes back as The Crow. His mission now is to get his revenge and set things right. Brendon was killed in this movie, and it has become a cult classic. 
  122. Stand By Me (1986): Gordie (Wil Wheaton), Chris (River Phoenix), Teddy (Corey Feldman) and Vern (Jerry O'Connell) set off on an adventure through the woods, and across a railroad track, to find the body of a dead teen.  They are challenged by a group of bullies lead by Ace (Kiefer Sutherland). The story is narrated by a writer (Richard Dreyfuss). It's based on the Stephen King novelette called "The Body." The movie was nominated for various awards, although did not win any that I am aware of. 
  123. The Breakfast Club (1985): This star studded movie consists of five misfit high school students (Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy) who are trapped in detention.  But they find a way to break some rules, smoke some pot, and learn that they actually have a lot in common.
  124. Die Hard (1988):  John McClane (Bruce Willis) gives German terrorists a taste of their own medicine when he and several others are taken hostage during a Christmas Party in a Los Angeles Plaza. 
  125. The Blues Brothers (1980): Jake (John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) successfully bring this Saturday Night Live skit to the big screen.  Jake and Elwood are fresh out of prison, and are on a quest to get their old band back together.  This is the only musical to make the list, and it's totally worth watching. 
  126. National Lampoons European Vacation (1985):  Yet another Chevy Chase movie on this list. The key scene in this is when he is dreaming about that other woman in the pool. Classic!!!
  127. Rambo: First Blood (1982):  Vietnam Veteran Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) uses his combat skills to save himself from the lawmen of a small town who abuse him. This inspired Rambo dress days in high school, where kids would come to school dressed in Rambo gear, including knives and guns. Imagine that happening in today's liberal America where words hurt more than knives, and guns kill and people don't. 
  128. Lethal Weapon (1987): Mel Gibson makes this list quite a few times as well.  Parts II and III and IV are also worthwhile. 
  129. A History of Violence (2006): A crime movie directed by David Cronenberg and based on a novel by John Wagner. Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is the owner of a diner. When two criminals attempt to rob his diner, Stall saves the day by using skills you wouldn't expect a bar owner to have. A while later, a strange man named Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris) claims to know Stall as JoeyCusack, a member of a mobster family in Philadelphia. 
  130. True Grit (1969): U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne) is paid $100 by Mattie Ross to hunt down her father's killer and bring him back for a trial and hanging.  Best scene is when Rooster kills Moon (Dennis Hopper) and says to him, "Well, there's nothing I can do for you now."  Directed by John Ford, and also starring Robert Duvall. Wayne did a stellar job as Rooster Cogburn, winning an Academy award for his effort. This was by far Wayn'es best performance.
  131. X-Men (2000): Wolverine/ Logan (Hugh Jackman) is a mutant who discovers an underground mutant school lead by Charles Xavier/ Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Mutants who attend the school call themselves X-Men. Erik Lehnsherr/ Magneto (Ian McKellen) has the ability to control metal, and determines that mutants cannot coexist with humans.  The X-Men end up going against a group of terrorist mutants to save humanity. The movie won 7 Saturn awards, including Best Actor and Best Director (Bryan Singer). The movie also features James Marsden as Cyclops, Halle Berry as Storm, and Brian Cox as Col. William Stryker. 
  132. Superman (1978): Daily Planet Reporter Clark Kent/ Superman (Christopher Reeve) falls in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) and battles the evil Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) and his henchman (Ned Beatty). Superman receives the help of his father (Marlon Brando). The movie became an instant classic, and is often considered one of the best movies based on comic book characters. 
  133. Beverly Hills Cop (1984): Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is a street smart Detroit cop who travels to Beverly Hills to solve the murder of a friend with the help of Beverly Hills police detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold), Sergeant John Tagart (John Asthton), and Captain Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox).  The movie has one of the best theme songs and best soundtracks of any guy movie.  It was #1 at the box office for 14 consecutive weeks, and is tied with Tootsie as the film with the second most weeks at the top (#1 is Titanic). Adjusted for inflation, it's the 3rd highest rated R rated movie of all time behind Godfather and Exorcist. It was nominated for many awards, winning a Grammy for best soundtrack album (rightly so as it includes one of the best theme songs ever), and people's choice award for favorite motion picture. Best Quote comes from Axel: "I ain't on duty, so my dick can be hard." 
  134. Mission: Impossible (1996): Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is on a mission to uncover the mole who framed him for murder. The band U2 created an electronic dance version of the theme song, and was nominated for an academy award.  The theme song, in any version, is among the top five guy movie theme songs, along with the Bond films, Godfather, The Good The Bad and the Ugly, and Beverly Hills Cop. The movie includes one of the best theme songs ever.
  135. Star Wars: Episode 1 (1999): Qui-Gonn-Jin (Liam Neeson) is the Jedi Master of Obi-Wan-Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). They meet up with a young Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) before he became a Jedi.  The boy is a skilled pilot who dreams of becoming a Jedi. 
  136. Rocky Balboa (2006): With Adrian dead, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) has a desire to get back into the ring.  Aided by his moody brother in law Paulie (Burt Young), his coach Duke (Tony Burton), and his son Robert (Milo Ventimiglio), he is set on a course for the one final match of his career against the under appreciated heavy weight champion of the world, Mason Dixon (Antonio Tarver)
  137. Boys Town (1934): Father Flanagan (Spence Tracy) builds a sanctuary for troubled boys he calls Boy's Town. Whitey Marsh (Mickey Rooney) is one troubled boy seemingly gets into trouble, so much so that the town threatens to close Boys Town. While Father Flanagan was a real person, and Boys Town a real place, the story was fictional. The story won two Academy Awards, with Spencer Tracy winning for Best Actor. 
  138. Bloodsport (1988): Frank W. Dux (Jean Claude Van Damme) trained most of his life to participate in Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where many participants are seriously injured and killed.  To become champion he has to go through Chong Li.  Van Damme shows off his skills in this movie, sealing his fate as a guy movie actor stud. 
  139. Superman II (1980): Superman (Christopher Reeve) has to battle three criminals who were banished from Krypton before it was destroyed.  General Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa (Sarah Douglas) and Non (Jack O'Halloran) are aided by Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) and his henchman (Ned Beatty) in their search to destroy Superman and rule earth.  
  140. Robocop (1987):  Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) is a Detroit police officer who is brutally murdered by a gang of criminals.  His body is used to create the cyborg law enforcer Robocop who is not "supposed" to have any human elements.  He is introduced to the Detroit police force as part of the OCP program, whose ultimate goal is to end crime in Detroit and create a utopia. Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) and his fellow human police officers despise the idea of having a robot doing their job.  The movie was one of the best films in 1987, and inspired a franchise that resulted in comic books, video games, a cartoon series, a sequel, and a remake in 2014.  
  141. Platoon (1986):  A young recruit (Charlie Sheen) faces the horrors of war. Also starring Tom Berenger, Johnny Depp, and William Dafoe. Roger Ebert game it four out of four stars, and it won four Academy Awards, including best picure, and best director (Oliver Stone).
  142. 48 Hours (1982): Eddie Murphy plays a wise-cracking criminal who is teamed up with a hard nosed cop played by Nick Nolte to catch a criminal. Nolte says to his wife: "I make you feel good, you make me feel good.  Now, what else do you want from a guy?"
  143. Bad Boys (1995): Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are two hip police detectives who try to protect a witness to a horrific crime, while investigating a case of stolen heroin.  Adventure and action are mixed in with some Smith and Lawrence humor. 
  144. Batman (1989): This was the first Batman movie since the 1966 adaptation of the 1960s television show "Batman and Robin."  This one, however, was directed by Tim Burton, who made sure the Dark Knight's War on crime in Gotham City held true to the comic book. In this one, Batman (Michael Keaton) begins his crime spree against the notorious Joker (Jack Nicholson). Viki Vale (Kim Basinger) plays Batman's fling, and the theme music is created by the masterful Prince.  Best line was from the Joker:  "Tell me something, my friend. Ever dance with the devil under the pale moon light... I always ask that of all my prey.  I just... like the sound of it." 
  145. The Shining (1980): Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job at the Overlook Hotel so he can write in peace, but peace is not what he gets.   Surely this movie didn't accurately reflect Stephen Kings best selling novel, although it works on the big screen
  146. Young Frankenstein (1974): This is another classic Mel Brooks comedy, this time a parody of Mary Shelly's classic story of Frankenstein.   Gene Wilder plays Dr. Frederick Frankenstein. 
  147. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc (1981):  Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) sets off on a quest to find the arc of the Ark of the Covenanent before Hitler does.  Directed by Stephen Spielberg.
  148. The Natural (1984): An unknown baseball player (Robert Redford) becomes an overnight sensation, and hits perhaps the best home run in the history of Hollywood.  
  149. Rudy (1993) An inspiring story of a young man named Rudy (Sean Astin) who chases his dream to become a Notre Dame football player.  He's guided on his quest by D-Bob (Jon Favreau).  His spiritual guide is Father John Cavanaugh (Robert Prosky), who is credited with the quote: "In my 35 years as a priest I've come up with two incontrovertible facts: there is a God, and I'm not him."  Vince Vaughn also makes an appearance. This movie is regarded as one of the better sports movies. 
  150. A Fistfull of Dollars (1964): It was the first of a series of three spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone (the other two were The Good, The Bad and the Ugly and For a Few Dollars More), and inspired started the spaghetti western film genre. The trio stars Clint Eastwood, who plays a laconic, gun slinging hero with no name in all three movies, which are often referred to as "The Man With No Name Trilogy."  The stranger comes into town and learns he can make money by killing people.  He learns of a bitter feud between two families vying to gain control of the town, and he decides to play both families against each other. 
  151. Money Ball (2011): The Oakland Athletics won 102 games with a star studded team, although lost many of their offensive stars, including Johnny Damon and Jason Giambi. With a budget of only $44 million, A's GM Billy Beane hires a sabermetric guru (Jonah Hill) to put together a team of unlikely players. Against all odds, the strategy works, helping the team to win a record 25 straight games. Also featuring Phillip Seymour Hoffman as manager Art Howe. Since the release of the movie, teams said to be using sabermetrics are said to be playing "Moneyball." 
  152. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978): A variety of misfit college students engage in a variety of illegal acts that get them into hot water. Starring John Belushi in his first film after becoming a star on Saturday Night Live.
  153. Terminator II Judgement day (1990):  The Terminator (Sylvester Stallone) returns, only this time with the mission of protecting a boy he once tried to kill. 
  154. Rocky III (1982):  Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) gets a chance to fight characters played by Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.  Burgess Meredith plays Rocky's trainer. 
  155. Rio Bravo (1959): To understand this movie, first you must watch "High Noon" starring conservative Republican Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly.  In that movie, Cooper played a sheriff who tried to recruit people to help him defend the town against a gang of killers.  In the end, no one helped him, and he was saved by his girl.  John Wayne criticized this movie, saying it was "the most un-American thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life."  He accepted the academy award for Cooper, although helped write the conservative response, which was Rio Bravo.  In this Howard Hawk movie, the Sheriff John T. Chance (Wayne) is assisted by a cripple (Walter Brennan), a drunk (Dean Martin) and a young gunfighter (Ricky Nelson).  Best quote was by Sheriff Chance:  "A man gets shot there's room for reasonable doubt.  A man gets shot that hasn't got a gun, what would you call it?"
  156. Wallstreet (1987):  A movie directed by Oliver Stone. Bud Fox (Charlies Sheen) is a young stockbroker willing to do anything to get on top, even taking advantage of insider information provided by his dad (Martin Sheen).  He becomes involved with Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), who is portrayed as a greedy business tycoon who would do anything to make money at the expense of anyone.  The movie is famous for the Gekko line, "Greed is good."  The movie is a liberal portrayal of how capitalism leads to some people making more money than they deserve. Despite the anti-capitalistic liberal theme, it's a well-spun movie with excellent acting. 
  157. Training Day (2002): Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawk) is a rookie police officer training with the rogue officer, Detective Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington), who takes him on a 24-hour training course. Also starring Tom Berenger. Washington received an Academy Award for his performance, while Ethan Ethan Hawk was nominated for best-supporting actor. 
  158. Wall Street (1987): A young stockbroker (Charlie Sheen) is willing to do whatever it takes to get to the top. A corporate raider (Michael Douglas) takes the young man under his wings and gives him the illegal insider information he needs to succeed. 
  159. Boogie Nights (1997): The movie follows the life of Eddie Adams/ Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), a dishwasher at a Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley nightclub who, with the help of porn director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), rises to the top of the porn industry, only to fall during the excess of the 1980s. The movie also features Don Cheadle, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Luis Guzman. The movie received critical acclaim, and currently, receives a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 
  160. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001): The first film of perhaps the best fantasy trilogy of all time.  Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), Samwise (Sean Astin) and seven other companions set off on a venture to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and Lord Sauron. The film was critically acclaimed and won four Academy awards. Featuring Christopher Lee as Saruman and Ian McKellen as Gandalf.
  161. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002): Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continue on their quest to destroy the One Ring with the help of Gollum.  It was the highest grossing film of 2002 worldwide.  It won two Academy Awards.  Featuring Christopher Lee as Saruman and Ian McKellen as Gandalf.
  162. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013): The movie continues the journey of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) on his unexpected journey.   It was nominated for three Academy Awards but did not win any.  It did very well at the box office, grossing just short of $1 billion. The movie features and Ian McKellen as Gandalf.
  163. The Killer (1980): A John Woo film about an assassin named Ah Jong who accidentally damages the eyes of a young singer during a shootout.  He takes on one last job with the intention of making enough money so she can afford an operation to get her vision back.  The movie was a success in Hong Kong but received critical acclaim in the United States.  This is despite the movie being made completely in the Chinese Language. 
  164. Point blank (2010): Samuel is a nurse's aide who is deeply in love with his wife who is pregnant.  While he is working the night, he notices that someone tried to murder one of his patients by cutting the ventilator tubing so the patient stops breathing.  Samuel saves the man's life.  Samuel is happy that he is a hero, and even gloats a bit to his wife.  However, his joy is short-lived as his wife is kidnapped.  He ends up joining forces with the bad guy that he saved in this fast-paced thriller in an attempt to save his wife and unborn baby from the thugs. This is a French movie, so it involves reading the text. 
  165. Rocky IV  (1985): After the top athlete in Russia, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) defeats his long-time friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) comes out of retirement to avenge his friend's death.  The story centers on Rocky's burning passion for getting revenge for his dead friend. 
  166. Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke (1978):  Crap your pants humor that only guys will find funny. All the sequels are equally funny.
  167. Tommy Boy (1995): A comedy about a recently graduated college boy named Tommy (Chris Farley) who spent most of his time at college partying and joking around.  When his dad dies at his own wedding reception, Tommy finds himself in a plot with Richard (David Spade) to save the family business. The best scene is when the duo is in the hotel. This is one of those classic guy movies that can be enjoyed by the entire family over and over again.
  168. Gladiator (2000): It may not be historically accurate, but it's a great story. Russel Crowe stars as a fictional gladiator who was loved by Emperor Marcus Aurelius but hated by his son and successor Commodus.  
  169. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986):  Warning! In order to pass into manhood, every male must watch this before he graduates high school.  Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a fast-talking "legend in his own time" who convinces his friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) to play hooky from high school. 
  170. North By Northwest (1959): Cary Grant is awesome in this twisted thriller by Alfred Hitchcock. 
  171. Papillon (1973): This is another Steve McQueen classic.  This time he teams up with Dustin Hoffman, a stud actor in his own right.  Steve McQueen does a terrific job as Henry. Although sometimes he is just McQueen, which, by the way, is when we usually get McQueen at his best. 
  172. Patriot (2000):  Farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) leads a group of patriots against the British.  He is driven to do so after a British officer murders his son.  Benjamin's son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) joins in on the action, although not with permission from his father. 
  173. Braveheart (1995):  Mel Gibson shows how gory war could be when jousting was in vogue. It was an Oscar winning movie. King Edwards portrayed by Patrick McGoohan. 
  174. Bad Boys (1983):  A great teen suspense flick about a teenager (Sean Penn) who has to deal with life in prison. 
  175. True Lies (1994):  Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads a double wife, and his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) is drawn into the life she is not supposed to know about.  It's a humor, action film, and, at the time, was the most expensive film ever made. The movie won awards for best actress and best director.
  176. Dr. Strangelov or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): A comedy that satirizes the cold war starring Peter Sellers (three roles), George C. Scott (as an eccentric general), and Slim Pickens as a nuclearwarplanee pilot. It's also the first appearance by a youthful James Earl Jones. It receives a 99% rating on rotten tomatoes and is considered one of the best comedies of all time. Best Quote:  "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, this is the war room."
  177. Kelly's Heroes (1982): Private Kelly (Clint Eastwood) interrogates a German Colonel and learns of a stash of gold behind enemy lines.  He leads a group of WWII soldiers (Telly Savalas, Don Rickles) on a selfish quest to get rich.  They are aided by Oddball (Donald Sutherland) and his rogue army and have Major General Cold (Carroll O'Connor) hard on their tail.  The film is directed by John Siegel
  178. Diamonds are Forever (1971):  While impersonating a diamond smuggler, James Bond (Sean Connery) uncovers a scheme by Blofeld (Charles Gray) to build a giant laser using stolen diamonds to destroy Washington D.C. and control the world. Mr. Wint and Mr Kidd (Bruce Glover and Putter Smith) make for are a couple perverse henchmen trying to kill Bonds. The film also stars Bernard Lee as M, and Desmond Llewelyn as Q. 
  179. Midnight Run (1988):  Jack WalshRobert De Niro) is a bounty hunter offered $100,000 by bondsman Eddie Moscone (Joe Pantoliano) to capture and return to him The Duke (Charles Groden), an accountant who embezzled $15 million from mob boss Dennis Farina (Jimmy Sarano).  Walsh easily captures The Duke, but the return trip is nothing but easy as The Duke feigns phobias, Farina's hit men try to kill The Duke, another bounty hunter named Marvin Dorfler (John Ashton) is hired by Moscone to give Walsh competition, and Walsh develops an unexpected friendship with The Duke.  The movie received good reviews and was a box-office success. 
  180. The Lone Survivor (2013): See if you can watch this entire movie without closing your eyes and being squeamish in some of the realistic scenes in this action movie.  Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg) and his fellow soldiers fight for their lives against Taliban terrorists.  The ending here is classic. 
  181. Thunderball (1965):  James Bond (Sean Connery) investigates the hijacking of a plane with two atomic bombs attached that had been taken by Spectre. The plane is being held for a ransom of a £100 million. The film was a box-office success, earning $141.2 million worldwide, which was more than any of the previous Bond films.  It features some high-tech underwater action scenes that were revolutionary for the time, although slow the movie down. Other than that, this movie is great. It also won an Academy for Best Visual Affects. Also featuring Bernard Lee as M and Desmond Llewelyn as Q. 
  182. Tropic Thunder (2008):  Tayback (Nick Nolte) wrote a book about his heroism during the Vietnam War called "Tropic Thunder." Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) is an actor, Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black) is a drug addicted actor, and Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) is a white actor playing a black character. Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan) is a director who can't control the actors, and Less Grossman (Tom Cruise) is the executive producer who pressures Cockburn to send the actors to Vietnam where Tayback would use real weapons to make the movie look real. The movie was well received, and currently, earns an 82% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 
  183. The Amazing Spider man (2012): Peter Parker/ Spiderman ( Andrew Garfield) finds a clue that helps him determine what happened to his parents. A subsequent search leads him into the lab of Oscore Corporation, and into a chance meeting with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) , who becomes a mutant lizard. It is my opinion that this version of spider man is much more realistic than the Toby McGuire trilogy. Also starring Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, Sally Field as Aunt May, and Dennis Leary as Captain Stacy. 
  184. 12 Angry Men (1957): Martin Balsam, John Fielder, Lee J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voscovec, and Robert Webber play 11 anonymous jurors who think a teenager is guilty of murder.  Henry Fonda is the 11th juror who is not so sure.  The movie centers around the debate the ensues. It was one of the few films to use only one set. The movie received critical acclaim and is often considered one of the best movies of all time.  It currently receives a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes
  185. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984):  It's actually a prequel to the 1981 Indiana Jones movie.  Directed by Stephen Spielberg.
  186. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989): Jones must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazi's after Dr. Henry Jones Sr. goes missing while looking for the Holy Grail. Directed by Stephen Spielberg.
  187. The Simpsons Movie (2007):  It is a fact that any sitcom that garnishes a male audience will last as long as the actors want it to last.  It's for this reason that Homer has lasted on TV since 1987, and why this movie was such a success. You could say the same for Married with Children, which never even made it to the top ten in the TV ratings, but lasted for 11 seasons. In case your wondering, most TV shows are tailored toward women.  This is a fact I learned while in the process of earning that BS in Advertising that I don't use (perhaps because I was too busy watching guy movies when I should have been studying).  The movie is the same type of mindless comedy as the TV series "The Simpsons."
  188. The Hunt for Red October (1990): Starring Sean Connery and featuring a Tom Clancy novel.  Did you know that Tom Clancy wrote this New York Time's Bestseller having never even stepped foot in a submarine before?  The best experts said he did a stellar job of describing it.  Clancy's books are elite but long.  The movie is just right. It stars Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin), a character created by Tom Clancy, and is the best of the Jack Ryan movies. 
  189. Escape from Alcatraz (1979):  Frank Morris (Clint Eastwood), Clarence Anglin (Jack Thibeau), and John Anglin attempt an escape from the famous prison thought to be inescapable. The movie also stars Patrick McGoohan as the warden, and Danny Glover appears in his first film. The director is John Siegel.
  190. Inglorious Bastards (2009): This was the second appearance by Christoph Waltz in a Quentin Tarantino film, and this time he also won an Oscar for best-supporting actor.  In this film he plays SS Colonel Hans Landa, a Nazi Jew Hunter.  In the U.S., First Special Service Force Aldo Raines (Brad Pitt) recruits Jewish American soldiers who strike fear among Nazi soldiers by killing them behind enemy lines.  The bastards work with a Jewish theater owner in France to kill Nazi leaders.  
  191. Ted (2012) My wife wanted to watch it because it stars Marky Mark.  Guys will want to watch it because a Teddy Bear named Ted (Seth MacFarlane) is an alcoholic, pot smoking, foul mouthed buddy to John Bennet (Mark Wahlberg).   
  192. Enemy of the State (1998): Robert Clayton Dean (Will Smith) has a computer disk secretly stuffed into his pocket by a friend that has key evidence to a murder involving a top politician and some members of the National Security Agency.  He then becomes entwined in a plot that has him working with Edward Lyle (Gene Hackman) to uncover the truth while running for his life.  Some say this movie is the sequel to the 1974 Gene Hackman movie called "The Conversation."  Also starring Jon Vought and Jack Black. 
  193. Beverly Hills Cop 2 (1987): Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is a Detroit Cop who returns to Beverly Hills to help his friends Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and John Taggart (John Ashton) find the thugs who gunned down their captain (Ronny Cox).  Like the original, this one has a great soundtrack. 
  194. Lethal Weapon II  (1989): Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are joined by the loquacious and quite irritating Federal witness (Joe Pesci) in their quest to take on drug dealers hiding behind diplomatic immunity. It was the third most successful movie of 1989, although behind two other successful guy movies: Batman and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. 
  195. Mission: Impossible III (1996): Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) become face to face with an arms dealer, but he attempts to keep his identity a secret in order to protect a girl who is behind enemy lines. This is often considered the best of the first three Mission Impossible flicks. 
  196. The Hurt Locker (2015): James (Jeremy Renner), Sanborn (Anthony Mackie), and Brian Geraghty are members of a bomb disposal unit in Iraq.  It as written by Mark Boak, who followed the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2004.  The film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. It should have won one for Best Actor. It was a fast paced movie with action around every corner. 
  197. At Close Range  (1986): It's an epic crime thriller based on a true story. Brad Whitewood Jr. (Sean Penn) becomes reacquainted with his dad  (Christopher Walken), yet the relationship ends up being more than he bargained for. The movie also stars Chris Penn, Keifer Sutherland, and Krispen Glover.
  198. The Outsiders (1983):  Two greasers are assaulted by members of a gang results in Socs and Johnny killing a member of the gang.  Tensions mount, resulting in a brutal chain of events.  Starring Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, and C. Thomas Howell. 
  199. The Guns of Navarone (1961):  The Germans have access to guns that destroy any allied ship that comes close to Navarone in the Aegean Sea, and they are seemingly impregnable. A group of Allied forces crosses the sea through Greek territory with the mission to destroy those guns or die trying. Starring Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Richard Harris, and David Niven. 
  200. Magnum Force (1973): The second Dirty Harry film starring Clint Eastwood. A group of rookie police officers are knocking off criminals who who have avoided conviction.  Dirty Harry Quote: "A man has got to know his limitations."
  201. The Rookie (1990):  A veteran detective (Clint Eastwood) gets stuck with a rookie cop (Charlie Sheen) to chase down a German crook (Raul Julia). 
  202. Jeremiah Johnson (1972):  A brilliant western where we follow Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford) through a variety of adventures on the frontier.
  203. Fight Club (1999):  Edward Norton plays an insomniac office worker with a confused life, until he meets a devilish man played by Brad Pitt.  They form an underground fight club. 
  204. Secondhand Lions (2003) An introvert boy (Haley Joel Osment) with an irresponsible mother spends the summer with his many uncles (Robert Duvall and Michael Caine) and learns a thing or two about life. The best scene is the bar fight. Critics gave the movie mostly positive reviews, hailing it as a coming of age, or male bonding, movie.
  205. Spider Man (2002):  A genetically modified spider turns a smart, shy teenager into Spiderman (Toby McGuire).  This begins an epic trilogy.  And Lord knows McGuire plays the best Spidey.
  206. Wedding Crashers (2005):  John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) sneak into weddings to meet women.   
  207. Alien (1979): A commercial spaceship intercepts an SOS from a distant planet.  When the crew of seven wake up from a hypersleep, they descend to the planet.  A parasite attaches to one of the crew members, taking the alien into the ship.  
  208. The Diner (1982):  A group of college-aged buddies played by Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, and Tim Daly struggle with the adaptation into adulthood.  It takes place in 1959 Baltimore.
  209. Top Gun (1986):  Maverick (Tom Cruise) and Iceman (Val Kilmer) are pilots of the Navy's top fighter weapons.  He becomes entangled in a plot where he steps on the toes of his friends and learns some lessons from a civilian instructor he never would have learned in flight school. 
  210. Ghost Busters (1984): Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Bill Murray are entangled in a quest to defeat the ghosts that plague Chicago.  Rick Moranis plays the nerd in this movie. 
  211. The Enforcer  (1976): The third Dirty Harry film starring Clint Eastwood. This time his partner is an inexperienced female detective named Kate Moore (Tyne Daly).  Harry is opposed to her being a detective at first, but not because she is a woman because she is inexperienced.  However, as over time she proves herself valuable and earns his respect as they hunt down the terrorist thugs who kidnap the mayor. 
  212. Happy Gilmore (1996): Adam Sandler plays a rejected hockey player who finds a way to use his hockey skills on the golf course. A key scene in this movie involves Happy punching Price is Right star Bob Barker in the face.
  213. Shooter (2007) Mark Wahlberg plays a marksman who is coaxed back into action to save the president.  When he is framed for the quest, he is forced into hiding, and to find the real killer. 
  214. The Hangover (2009): Four guys, played by Bradly Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Justin Bartha, go for the night out, only to wake up not remembering the night before.  The movie centers on their quest to find out what they did last night. 
  215. The Hangover 2 (2011): Ed Helms
  216. The Hangover 3 (2013): Ed Helms
  217. Clerks (1994):  Written and directed by Kevin Smith, it's a comedy that follows the lives of  Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halleran and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson), two convenience store clerks as they annoy customers and try to figure out life.  It also introduced the comic duo of Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) and Jay (Jason Mewes), who are air headed goofballs who sell marijuana outside the store.  This movie introduced the town and characters used in many of Kevin Smith's other movies. Best quote: Dante: "My girlfriend sucked 37 dicks." Randal: "In a row?"
  218. High Plains Drifter  (1973): Clint Eastwood (also the director) is a laconic drifter who ends up in a mining town full of thugs.  He shoots three of them right off the bat, only to learn that the residents wanted them in town to protect them against even worse thugs.  Eastwood now takes on this role, thus preparing the town folk for the ultimate showdown. The film earned critical acclaim, although some critics said it was an unrealistic western. 
  219. Live and Let Die  (1973): James Bond is played by Roger Moore for the first time, and many think this is his best Bond flick, although others think it's his worse. The villain a Harlem drug lord named Mr. Big (Yaphet Kotto). whose goal is to put two tons of heroin on the market to put rival drug dealers out of business. Bonds begins by investigating the deaths of three British agents and ends up trying to stop the heroin smuggler's scheme while getting trapped in a world of voodoo and gangsters. The movie also has a nice theme song by Paul McCartney. The movie also features Bernard Lee as M and Desmond Llewelyn as Q. 
  220. Mission: Impossible II (2000): Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has his vacation interrupted so he can be sent to Sidney to destroy a deadly virus that has ended up in the hands of thugs. 
  221. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby:  Best quote from this move is by Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) during an interview: "Well, Dick, here's the deal, I'm the best there is plain and simple.  I mean, I wake up in the morning and piss excellence. And nobody can hang with my stuff. You know, I'm just a big hairy American winning machine. If you ain't first you're last, you know what I'm talking about?"
  222. Duck Soup (1933): Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) is named president/dictator of a country named Freeland, and he declares war on neighboring Sylvania over a girl named Mrs. Teasedale.  This is one of the original slapstick comedies and has some great one-liners. Also starring Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, and Zeppo Marx.  The movie has a classic mirror scene that was copied by various other artists, including Lucile Ball, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Pink Panther, Three Stooges, Gilligan, etc. The best quote of the movie comes from Firefly:  Gentlemen, Chicolini here may talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot, but don't let that fool you: he really is an idiot.
  223. Face off (1997):  Pretty much as the name implies, advancements in technology allow FBI agent Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) to undergo a face transplant to assume the identity of criminal mastermind Sean Archer (John Travolta).  
  224. Four Brothers (2005) Mark Wahlburg plays one of the brothers who live among the Detroit gangs and live to avenge their mother's death.  It's based on a true story. 
  225. Iron Man (2008): Ingenious engineer Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) inherits his father's company in Afghanistan, and is then taken captive by terrorists and forced to build a weapon of mass destruction.  He instead builds a suit with weapons and technology that would become Iron Man, thus allowing him to escape.  Obadiah Stone (Jeff Bridges) is a friend and second in command at Stark Enterprise who turns on him to try to take over the company.  Virginia Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is his assistant and love interest.  Samuel L. Jackson also makes an appearance as Nick Fury. 
  226. Iron Man II (2010): Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) uses his suit for peaceful means, and resists government pressure to sell his designs. Stark's rival, Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) breaks the vengeful madman and Russian physicist Ivan Vanco from prison and has him design a suit more powerful than stark's suit.  Stark has presented some material from Nick Fury to help him figure out how to defeat Vanco, and he also receives the help of his assistant Virginia Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Samuel L. Jackson also makes an appearance as Nick Fury. li
  227. Iron Man III (2013): In 1999, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) meets disabled scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), who is humiliated when Stark rejects his offer.  Several years later, Stark takes on a terrorist named Mandarin, of whom Killian is involved with.  He is aided in his quest by his assistant/girlfriend Virginia Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow) and James Rhodes/ Iron Patriot (Don Cheadle).
  228. The Departed (2006): Mark Wahlburg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin and Martin Sheen get involved in a twisted plot that, well, ends in a twist.  It's yet another Martin Scorsese classic.
  229. The Living Daylights (1987):  James Bond is portrayed by Timothy Dalton in this one, and, while some say Dalton plays a terrible Bond, he actually plays a bond similar to the one in the books.  Likewise, the plot of this one is exceptional, particularly when Bond is being chased by thugs while riding on a cello with a Bond Lady (Kelly Tyler). The movie features Robert Brown as M and Desmond Llewelyn as Q. 
  230. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988): This is a comedy about two con men (Steve Martin and Michael Caine) who make a bet as to which one can swindle an American lady out of $40,000 first. 
  231. Spies Like Us (1985): They weren't your typical government employees, so they were sent on a mission just to get rid of them.  When Chevy Chase and Dan Akroyd discover they are decoys for nuclear war, things get interesting.
  232. For Your Eyes Only (1981):  While searching for a British encryption device, James Bond (Rogder Moore) becomes involved in one of the best ski chases in movie history.  Of course, he becomes involved in an even better ski chase in A View to a Kill. The movie also features Desmond Llewelyn as Q. 
  233. A View to a Kill (1985):  James Bond (Roger Moore) uncovers a plot by Max Zoran (Christopher Walken) while investigating a horse racing scam, to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying silicon valley and the West's microchip industry.  This movie begins with a classic scene whereby James Bond is being chased on skis. Zorin was the result of a genetic experiment by the Nazi's with steroids to create a perfect human. I think this was one of the better Bond flicks, with him actually being a spy and all. Plus the Duran Duran theme song is one of the best of all the Bond flicks. The movie features Robert Brown as M and Desmond Llewelyn as Q. 
  234. Risky Business (1983):  Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) is a son of a wealthy businessman who is left home alone after his parents go away on a trip. His friend convinces him to take advantage of the situation and have fun. He raids the liquor cabinet and dances around the house. His friend invites a girl named Jackie to his house, and Joel pays her to leave. But she gives him the number to another prostitute named Lana. Unable to sleep, Joel calls Lana, and this gets him stirred up in a neat misadventure.
  235. Tombstone (1993): This is a movie of the silver mining town of Tombstone, where a retired law man Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russel) and Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) come face to face with the gun-toting group of bandits called the Cowboys.  Also starring Sam Elliot, Bill Paxton, Jason Priestly, and a cameo by Charlton Heston, 
  236. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) tries to thwart a mad media mogul from starting WWIII. Also featuring Judy Dench as M and Desmond Llewelyn as Q. 
  237. The Man With The Golden Gun (1974): Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) is the perfect villain for James Bond (Roger Moore). The movie moves along quite well, although the ending is quite disappointing. Scaramanga's mistress (Maud Adams) and Bond's assistant (Britt Ekland) are the Bond girls, with Ekland playing what I think is the best Bond girl of them all. The movie features Bernard Lee as M and Desmond Llewelyn as Q. 
  238. You only live twice (1967):  An American spacecraft is hijacked and James Bond (Sean Connery) travels to Japan to investigate a lead. He goes undercover as a Japanese husband and finds the secret hide out of Mr. Osata. It is discovered that Erst Stavro Blofeld (the evil cat-stroking mastermind played by Donald Pleasance) is behind the scheme, revealing his face for the first time. The movie was a huge success, and the plot (particularly the scar-faced Dr. Evil) was later parodied in the Austin Power's series (see below). The movie features Bernard Lee as M and Desmond Llewelyn as Q.  
  239. Full Metal Jacket (1987):  A U.S. soldier, Private Joker Davis (Matthew Modine) learns the dehumanizing effects of the Vietnam war from boot camp to the battle front.  One of the top ten best war flicks of all time.  
  240. Ronin (1998): Sam (Robert De Niro) is a former CIA strategist is hired with his friend (and hitman) Vincent (Jean Reno) and others to retrieve a mysterious briefcase.  A neat twist results in things not working as planned.  Most experts say that this movie moves along similar to a James Bond film. 
  241. Delta Force (1986):  A 707 aircraft jetliner is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists.  Major McCoy (Chuck Norris) and Colonel Alexander (Lee Marvin) lead a force to stop the terrorists.  Also starring George Kennedy as Father O'Malley and Robert Vaughn as General Woodbridge.  As I watched this movie I couldn't help but think that this was a warning that 2011 was going to happen if we continued to ignore the terrorists, which we ultimately did.  
  242. Predator (1987):  An extraterrestrial warrior tries to heads down a team of commandos headed by Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger).  Also starring Carl Weathers and Jessie Ventura.
  243. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969): Robert Redford gets to spend the majority of this movie robbing banks, blowing up trains, and jumping off cliffs.  The only not-guy part of this movie is the part where Redford is riding around on a bike with Katharine Ross to the tune of the song "Rain Drops are Falling on my head."  
  244. Jaws (1975): Brody (Roy Scheider), Quint (Robert Shaw), and Hooper (Richard Dreyfus) are three men sent on a quest to kill a great white shark that has become a menace to the small community of Amity.  The sequels are also pretty good, but there's nothing like an original. 
  245. Major League  (1989): Charlie Sheen stars as an aging pitcher on defunct Cleveland Indians team.  He learns that the owner purposefully put together a losing team in order to sell the team.  However, when they uncover her plan, they purposefully win to spite her.  One of the top ten sports movies of all time. 
  246. Road House  (1989): Dalton (Patrick Swayze) is hired to clean up the road house, and he does just that.  
  247. Porky's (1982): Perhaps one of the first comedies to cross the nudity barrier, and there's still barely any nudity in it.
  248. Dumb and Dummer (1994):  Classic stupid humor from Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels. The best scene is the last scene in the movie when girls offer them a ride. `
  249. Blades of Glory (2007):  Figure skaters Chazz (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy (Jon Heder) were stripped of their gold medals and banned permanently from men's singles championship skating.  Three years later they qualify as a pair's team.  Also featuring Will Arnett and Craig T. Nelson.  This is a parody of the movie Cutting Edge.
  250. Lethal Weapon III (1992): Loud Mouth Leo Gets (Joe Pesci) once again joins Martin (Mel Gibson) and Roger (Danny Glover) in their quest to hunt down an arms dealer who is a former LAPD officer.  The movie met with mixed reviews, although was a box office success. 
  251. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989): Chevy Chase once again finds himself as head of the Griswold family, although this time his effort is to provide the best family Christmas for his family.  Yet things don't go quite as he plans. 
  252. Airplane (1980): Ted Striker (Robert Hays) is an ex-pilot afraid to fly.  But when the crew of the plane are incapable of flying, he is asked to fly the plane.  Also starting George Kennedy (pilot), Robert Hays, Leslie Nielson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Peter Graves, and Lloyd Bridges
  253. True Romance (1993): Clarence (Christian Slater) marries a hooker. He steels cocaine from her pimp, tries to resell it, and he gets himself into a heap of trouble.  Another classic Quentin Tarantino film. Oh, and if he had to f*** any man, and if his life depended on it, he'd fuck Elvis.  The movie also includes a star-studded supporting cast of Dennis Hopper, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, and Christopher Walken. A film was written by Quentin Tarantino. 
  254. Old Yeller (1957):  The classic story of a boy who loves a dog.  It's one of the few guy movies that can be watched by everyone in the family. 
  255. The Goonies (1985): Mikey (Sean Astin), Brand (Josh Brolin), Chunk (Jeff Cohen), and Mouth (Corey Feldman) are four teenagers who set off on a quest to find a lost pirate treasure in order to save their neighborhood. 
  256. Good Morning Vietnam (1987): An unorthodox, liberal DJ (Robin Williams) starts to play modern music to entertain the troops.   But a bad guy conservative general tries to stop him.
  257. 300 (2006): King Leonidas and a force of 300 set off on a quest to fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. The story is told as it would have been orated to a new Generation of Spartans, so it's a true story with a slight mythological twist.
  258. Mad Max: The Road Warrior: (1981)  Part 2 in the Mad Max series, again starring Mel Gibson as Mad Max, is thought by many to be the best in the series.   
  259. 300: Rise of an Empire (2014):  After the death of her husband, King Leonidas, Artemesia seeks the help of Athenian general Themistokles to lead the charge against invading Persian forces lead by Xerxes.  
  260. Shaft (2000): Samuel L. Jackson is cool New York police officer John Shaft, Ironically, Jackson is the nephew of the guy who played shaft in the 1971 movie.
  261. Mad Max: This original Australian, dystopian film shows how Mad Max (Mel Gibson) becomes Mad Max.  Some of the best car chases in movie history come from this flick.
  262. Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988): Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielson) is an inept lead detective on a police force with equally inept people working for and with him.  He has to stop an attempt to kill Queen Elizabeth. Also starring George Kennedy
  263. Strange Brew (1983): Bob and Doug McKenzie (Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) are two Canadian hosers who get jobs at a local brewery. 
  264. The Green Mile (1991):  It's based on a Stephen King serial novel that saw a chapter released once a month.  The novel was a success, and so too was the movie.  It stars Tom Hanks.    
  265. The Bad News Bears (1976): Starring Walter Matthau and a group of rag-tag kids (including Jackie Earle Haley).  It's a classic guy movie that can be watched with the kids. 
  266. Back to School (1986):  An obnoxious and rich businessman (Rodney Dangerfield) goes back to school in order to help his son classic Rodney Dangerfield. 
  267. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989): It's a goofy movie, although it's still a classic.  Ted (Keanu Reeves) and Bill (Alex Winter) are a couple knucklehead kids who struggle to succeed at anything.  A man named Rufus (George Carlin) appears and tells them they are worshiped by future generations as gods, but in order for this future to occur they have to pass their history test.  Rufus gives them a telephone booth time machine that they use to collect famous historians to help them pass this test.  This was Keanu Reeves first movie. 
  268. Lethal Weapon IV (1998): Leo Gets (Joe Pesci) once again joins Martin (Mel Gibson) and Roger (Danny Glover). This time they battle a Chinese crime lord who is trying to get his brother out of prison.  
  269. Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey:  This sequel to Bill and Ted's Excellent once again features Bill (Keanu Reeves) and Bill (Alex Winter), two time travelers who have to figure out a way to get out of hell.  It also stars George Carlin, once again, as Rufus. 
  270. The Invention of Lying (2009): Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) lives in a world where lying hasn't been discovered yet.  It's a liberal movie that makes fun of God, so if that offends you don't watch this movie.  Still, it's a pretty amusing movie.   
  271. Ace Ventura Pet Detective (1994): Ace Ventura (Jim Carey) comes out of the bathroom after jumping out the window and going on a goofy spree that gets him wet.  When he comes out of the bathroom into a crowded room, he says, "I would not go in there." 
  272. The Big Lebowski (1998): Jeff "the Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), a pot smoking hippie called "The Dude," becomes entwined in in a case of mistaken identity.  He finds a millionaire who is also named Jeff Lebowski who was the intended victim. The millionaire's wife is kidnapped, and he hires the Dude to find her.  The movie also features John Goodman, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliot, and Steve Buscemi.
  273. Bull Durham (1988): Crash Davis (Kevin Cosner) is a minor league baseball player who has an affair with a fan (Susan Sarandon).  The movie also stars Tim Robbins. It's one of the top ten sports movies of all time. 
  274. The Matrix  (1999): Will Smith was originally offered this role, but he turned it down for the flop movie "The Wild Wild West." Instead, Keanu Reeves earned the starring role as a computer hacker who learned the true nature of his reality and his role its controllers. 
  275. Days of Thunder (1990): A young stock car driver named Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) gets his chance to compete at the top level. Also starring Robert Duvall as Harry Hogge, Dennis Quaid as the stock car owner, and Nicole Kidman as Dr. Claire Lewicki. 
  276. Uncle Buck  (1990): This is a classic John Hughes comedy about slobbish uncle (John Candy) who is asked to babysit his brother's kids.  His methods of dealing with two cute kids and a rebellious teenage girl make for some great comedy. This is the film that made Macaulay Culkin a star. 
  277. Taken (2008):When his daughter gets kidnapped while off on a trip to Europe, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) relies on his old skills in his attempt to rescue her.  
  278. The Rock (1996): Ex con John Mason (Sean Connery) and mild mannered Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) lead a counter attack into the rock (Alkatraz) where a group of rouge military men lead by General Francis X. Hummel (Neil Harris) are threatening to use nerve gas against San Fransisco.
  279. Air Force One (1997): The President (Harrison Ford) and is family are on board a plane that is hijacked by terrorists.  He uses his skills as a former soldier to go into hiding in order to beat the thugs at their own game. 
  280. The Jerk (1979):  Steve Martin plays an idiot man who tries to make his way through life in St. Louis.  It's kind of a goofy plot, although Steve Martin makes it worth watching. 
  281. Trading Places (1983): Randolph Duke (Ralph Ballamy) and Mortimer Duke (Don Amache) are two callous millionaires who make a bet.  The result of this is that Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy), a Wiley street con, is offered an opportunity to trade places with snobbish investor LouisWinthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd). 
  282. Meet the Parents (2000): Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is a male nurse who travels with his wife to meet her parents.  Yet her conservative father (Robert De Niro) may be more than he can handle. 
  283. Meet the Fockers (2004):  When the conservative family of Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro) meets the liberal family of Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) all hell breaks lose.  This is the sequel to Meet the Parents. 
  284. Little Fockers (2010): Robert De Niro once again plays Jack Byrnes, only this time he wants to appoint a successor to lead his family.  He appoints his son-in-law Greg Focker as the "Godfocker." Can Focker, who now has "little Fockers" live up to the task? 
  285. Taken II (2012): The mob boss and father of one of the men killed by Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) in the first movie vows to capture Bryan.  Bryan's daughter and ex-wife surprise him and join him in Turkey.  During lunch with them the next day, he realizes they are being followed.  His ex-wife ends up being captured.  Like most guy movies, this one received poor reviews, although still did well at the box office.  
  286. American Pie (1999): Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity.  Interestingly, this movie takes place in at East Grand Rapids High School. 
  287. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997): Austin Powers (Mike Myers) plays a 1960s hipster who is brought out of a cryofreeze to face his 1960s enemies in the 1990s.  Myers also plays Dr. Evil, a wicked evil person in this parody of the 1967 Bond movie "You Only Live Twice."
  288. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me: (1999): After inventing a new time machine, Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) travels back to the 1960s to steal Austin Power's (Mike Myers) mojo. 
  289. 40 year old virgin (2005): A nerdy 40-year-old (Steve Carell) is goaded by his bodies to lose his virginity. 
  290. Austin Powers: Goldmember (2002): Mike Myers returns once again to play Dr. Evil and Austin Powers.  In this movie Michael Cain spoofs the Harry Palmer character from the Ipcress Files.
  291. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985): Colonel Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna) visits John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), who is sentenced to hard labor in a labor camp, granting him clemency if he returns to Vietnam to search for prisoners of war.  The film received mostly negative reviews, such as it rates only 28% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Still, it did very well at the box office, received votes to make top 100 all time lists, and was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.
  292. Rambo: First Blood Part III (1988): Colonel Sam Trautman (Richard Crenna) once again recruits the help of Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), this time to help him resupply rebels in Afghanistan. Rambo refuses and Trautman goes on this mission anyway, only to find himself captures.  When Rambo learns of the capture from field officer Robert Griggs (Kurtwood Smith). Rambo convinces Griggs to help him find Trautman, although Griggs tells him that the U.S. Government will deny his existence.  While only scoring a 36% on Rotten Tomatoes, it did very well in the box office, becoming the second most successful of the Rambo movies behind the original.  As with the other Rambo flicks, it did very will with the young male audience.
  293. Rambo (or Rambo 4) (2008): Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) is recruited to a group of naive mercenaries to guide them into war torn Burma.  He ends up fighting to rescue a group of Christian aid workers kidnapped by ruthless villains. 
  294. Meatballs (1979): This movie launched the careers of actor Bill Murray and director Ivan Reitman, who also work together in Ghost Busters and Stripes. Murray plays counselor Tripper Harrison, and he leads a cast of counselors in training. Rudy Gerner (Chris Makepeace) is a lonely boy who has a hard time fitting in until Tripper takes him under his wing.  
  295. Police Academy (1984): Carey Mahoney (Steve Gutenburg) leads a cast of  misfits who enter the police academy.  Their instructor is not so willing to put up with their antics. 
  296. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985): Steve Gutenburg and the cast return as they make an effort to become real police officers.  
  297. Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986): Steve Gutenburg and the cast return once again, only this time they are the instructsors at the police academy. 
  298. The Toy (1982): Richard Pryor plays a reporter who is literally purchased by U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason) to be the toy of a his son Eric Bates (Scott Schwartz) a spoiled rich kid.  
  299. Enter the Dragon (1973):What list of guy movies would be complete without a Bruce Lee movie.  This one is his best. 
  300. Red Dawn(1984): A group of teenage kids attempt to defend their homeland against Russian forces during WWIII.  This movie stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thomson, Charlie Sheen, Daren Dalton, Brad Savage, and Jennifer Gray. 
  301. The Karate Kid (1984):  Daniel (Ralph Macchio) is a boy who is new to a neighborhood and finds himself mixed up with a bunch of karate expert thug bratty kids.  He meets up with Mr. Mayagi (Pat Morita), who shows him that theirs more to martial arts than fighting, and in the way prepares him for the karate championship fight. 
  302. Manhunter (1986): This Michael Mann film was the first to feature Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Brian Cox), the psychiatrist who was busted by Will Graham (William Petersen) for murdering college age girls.  Graham uses Lecter to help him get into the mind of the serial killer called "The Tooth Fairy."  This movie was originally a flop at the box office, but after the success of Silence of the Lambs and William Petersen (he plays the lead role in CSI), this movie became a cult classic. 
  303. Halloween (1978): This movie was initially made on a limited budget, which explains the mask.  It went on to become one of the best horror flicks of all time, and an instant classic. 
  304. Platoon (1986):  It stars Charlie Sheen and Johnny Depp, and is based on the real life experiences on the front lines by writer and director Oliver Stone. Along with Full Metal Jacket, it's one of the top two war movies ever, according to some experts. It won four academy awards, along with the best picture. It was the first of a trilogy of Vietnam war movies by Stone, followed by Born on the Fourth of July and Heaven and Earth.
  305. Saving Private Ryan (1998):  A classic war film set during the invasion of Normandy in WWII.  U.S. Army Rangers Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) and his squad search for paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon) who is the last surviving brother of four servicemen.  Although the plot was criticized by veterans as being ridiculous, it was good enough to earn it eleven Academy Award nominations, Stephen Spielberg won the best director
  306. Armageddon (1998): It's a story about what might occur if an asteroid was headed toward earth with the threat of destroying it.  A group of blue-collar deep-core drillers (Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Owen Wilson, Will Patto) is sent by NASA to stop it.  It was an international box office success, although scientists describe another similar movie released a few years earlier (Deep Impact) as being more historically accurate. It was such a box office success that it was the highest grossing film of 1998, even surpassing Saving Private Ryan. 
  307. Batman Begins (2005): It was the first Batman movie since the failure of Batman and Robin in 1997.  It tells the story of how Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) became the Batman, including how he obtained his fear of bats and how his parents died. The movie creates a Gotham City that is less comic book-like and more dark and realistic.  It was a financial success, grossing $274 million worldwide. The film ultimately began a Dark Knight trilogy which also included: The Dark Knight (see above), Michael Caine plays Alfred Pennyworth, and Gary Oldman plays Commissioner Gordon,
  308. The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Eight years after defeating the Joker, the Dark Knight (Christian Bale) rises from exile to save Gotham from Bane (Tom Hardy). Michael Caine plays Alfred Pennyworth, and Gary Oldman plays Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman plays Lucius Fox, and Liam Neeson plays Ducard. 
  309. Backdraft (1991): The story is directed by Ron Howard, and features fire fighters (Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Leigh, Donald Sutherland, and Robert De Niro), who are on the trail of a serial arsonist who uses a fictional chemical called trychtichlorate to set fires. It was the highest grossing film about firefighters. 
  310. Star Trek (1979): Due to the success of the original TV series in syndication, efforts were made to create a Star Trek film.  When a cloud comes toward Earth destroying everything in its path, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) assumes command of the recently retired USS Enterprise to save the planet.  The old crew of Spock (Leonard Nimoy), DeForest Kelly or Bones (Leonard McCoy) are recruited to be at his side. The film did just well enough to earn a sequel. 
  311. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982): Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) first appeared in a 1967 episode of the TV series.  The character is revitalized in this motion film, as he escapes from a 15-year exile to exact revenge on Kirk.  The crew (again played by the original cast) of the Enterprise must stop him from acquiring a powerful device named Genesis. Even though efforts were made to keep costs low, this film (created to be more like that TV series than the 1979 film) was a box office success, earning $97 million worldwide.  
  312. A Knights Tale (2001): Heath Ledger is a young squire who finds a way to pass himself off as a knight, and goes on to compete in jousting championships while courting a young lady. Yes, it's a comedy, and it's quite goofy, although rather entertaining.
  313. Showgirls (1995): A young stripper named Naomi (played by former Saved by the Bell star Elizabeth Berkley) is a stripper who tries to become a showgirl in Las Vegas.  There was a lot of criticism regarding the amount of sex and nudity in this big budget film, although most guys won't mind. However, due to the criticism, the movie that costs $45 million to make grossed only $38 million, and was, therefore, a theatrical bomb.  So, while some say it was one of the worse movies ever made, it has become a cult classic.  This is something I find to be normal, where movie bombs only to become iconic, especially when a movie seems to be ahead of its time (see Manhunter above).  Personally, looking above and beyond the nudity, this is a really good movie.
  314. Conan the Barbarian (1982): Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) sets off to avenge his parents who were slain by an evil sorcerer named Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones). The movie takes place in a pre-historic, magical world. The movie grossed more than $100 million, making, setting the stage for a sequel, and also setting up a great career for Arnold. 
  315. Killing Season (2013):  Another Robert De Niro flick. This time he meets up with John Travolta, who does a stunning job playing a Muslim guy who is out to get revenge.   
  316. Hell is for Heroes (1962): Reese (Steve McQueen) is a soldier who helps devise a ruse to help his fellow troops hold off a Nazi charge. Also starring James Coburn and introducing Bob Newhart
  317. The Longest Day (1962): Shows the events that occurred on D-Day from both the American and German perspective.  It has a star-studded cast that includes John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Paul Anka, Mark Damon, Charlton Heston (cameo), Richard Burton, Sean Connery (his last role before playing Bond), Robert Ryan, etc. It won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography Special Effects.
  318. Rear Window  (1954): An Alfred Hitchcock classic that follows the antics of L.B. Jeffries (James Steward), a photographer who broke his leg and is now forced to sit by his window with nothing else to do but watch his neighbors.  With the assistance of love interest Lisa Freemont (Grace Kelly), Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr), and Detective Thomas Doyle (Wendell Corey), the plot envelops into one of the best Hitchcock suspense thrillers of all time, if not the best.  It received four Academy Award nominations, and i ranked #41 on the American Film Institute's (AFI) list of top 100 movies of all time. 
  319. Under Siege (1992): Casey Ryback (Steven Seagal) is a former S.E.A.L and now cook aboard a ship that comes under siege by mercenaries, and he is the only one who can stop them. Also starring Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey as villains.  The move was a box office success, grossing over $156 million worldwide.  However, while it was nominated for awards and ranking on the 100 best movies of all time, it accomplished neither.  Regardless, it is still one of the best guy movies of all time, and worthy of a spot on this list. 
  320. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995): It's the sequel to the 1991 movie "Under Siege," only this time takes place aboard a train, and again staring Steven Seagal. Eric Brogasian plays Travis Dane, a computer genius turned terrorist.  The film was only a mild success, although the evilnes 
  321. Universal Soldier (1992): Luc Deveraux (Jean Claude Van Damme) and Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren) are reanimated as perfected soldiers that take part in a secret army plot.  It was only a mild success, and many critics viewed it as a Terminator copy cat movie. Regardless, it's still a good movie as far as we guys are concerned, earning it a ranking here. 
  322. Wayne's World (1992): Based on the Saturday Night Live sketch that starred Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Alger (Dana Carvey). These slacker friends try to promote their show during the course of the movie that also features Rob Lowe, Chris Farley, Meat Loaf, Alice Cooper, and a variety of other current and former stars, although mainly as cameo appearances.  Grossing $121.6 million worldwide, it still reigns as the highest grossing movie based on a Saturday Night Live skit. 
  323. The French Connection II (1975): Popey Doyle (Gene Hackman ) travels to Marsielles, France, and tries to capture the elusive evil drug Lord Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), the one who escaped in the first movie.  The movie has one of the worse medical scenes ever, although is rated 76% on Rotten Tomatoes because it is a very good movie other than that.
  324. Wayne's World 2 (1993):Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Alger (Dana Carvey) return, only this time they try to organize a rock concert. Also starring in this one is Christopher Walken, Chris Farley, Kim Basinger, Kevin Pollak, Larry Sellers and Ed O'Neal The movie also features a ton of cameos, including Drew Barrymore, Charlton Heston, Jay Leno, Joe Perry, etc. The movie is equally entertaining as the original, although didn't fare nearly as well. 
  325. The Bourne Identity (2002): As usual, the movie wasn't nearly as good as the book, yet it was still pretty good.  Matt Damon plays Jason Bourne, a man who is rescued by a fisherman bullet riddled and suffering from amnesia. While eluding assassins, he races to discover his secret past. 
  326. The Conversation (1974).  Henry Caul (Gene Hackman) makes a recording of a conversation between a man and a woman.  He then faces a moral dilemma when he realizes that if he sells this information it may lead to a murder.  Some consider this movie a prequel to the 1998 Gene Hackman film "Enemy of the State." 
  327. Black Hawke Down (2001): The movie chronicles the events that occurred during the 1993 raid of Modadishu by the U.S. military. The main criticism of this movie is it's difficult to attach to any of the characters.
  328. Rounders (1998): Michael McDermott (Matt Damon) and Lester "Worm" Murphy (Edward Norton) are two young poker players in the underground world.  The story focuses around their efforts to make quick cash to pay off a large debt. It has become a poker cult film.
  329. Escape from New York (1981):  This story takes place in a futuristic 1997.  The president's plane crashes inside New York City, which is now a maximum prison full of rogue people.   Snake Plissken (Kurt Russel) is a is a rough and tough prisoner who is set free to find the president and bring him to safety.  Also starring Harry Dean Stanton (Brain), Isaac Hayes (The Duke), Lee van Cleef (Hawk), Tom Atkins (Rehme), and Donald Pleasence (President). 
  330. Karate Kid II (1986): Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Mr. Miyagi team together once again and travel to Japan so Mr. Miyagi can be with his dying father.  He ends up having to face an old rival, whose son ends up making enemies with Daniel.  And of course, as usual, there's a love interest here, which might help this movie also fall onto some lists of best lady movies.
  331. Runaway Train (1985): Oscar Manheim (Voight) is a ruthless bank robber who has escaped from prison before.  This time he escapes with the help of Buck (Eric Roberts), and together they end up getting away on a train. Unfortunately the wrong train was chosen.  
  332. Starsky and Hutch (2004): David Starsky (Ben Stiller) and Ken (Hutch) Hutchinson are two streetwise undercover cops who bust drug criminals with help from an underworld boss.  It's a prequel to the 1970s television series. However, while grossing over $170 million worldwide, it garnered awards for worst actor (Ben Still) and worse actress (Carmen Electra). 
  333. Riot (1969): While the warden is away, Red Fraker (Gene Hackman) has plans to escape. While the warden is away, he uses the help of Cully Briston (Jim Brown) to stage a riot to cover up the escape attempt.  
  334. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance? (1962): Liberty Valence (Lee Marvin) causes havoc on the town of Shinbone, and Ransom "Ranse" Stoddard (James Stewart) is a lawyer who tries to use his law skills to put Valence behind bars. Tom Doniphon (John Wayne) is a man with equal gun fighting skills as Valence who warns Stoddard that the only way to create justice in the west is by owning a gun.  This is often ranked as one of director John Ford's and actor John Wayne's best films. Also starring Denver Pyle as Amos Caaruthers and Woody Strode as Pompey. If you only watch one western in your life, this should be it.
  335. Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004): A pregnant bride (Uma Thurman) continues her quest to kill bill, who is now identified as her former boss and lover.  I thought this one was actually better than the first.  The movie features cameos by Lucy Liu, Julie Dreyfus, and Samuel L. Jackson. A Quentin Tarantino film.
  336. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003): A pregnant bride (Uma Thurman) somehow survives a brutal slaying. After awakening from a four year coma, she realizes the child he was carrying is gone.  So she seeks revenge on the team of assassins (a team she was once part of), beginning with O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). A Quentin Tarantino film.
  337. To Hell and Back (1955): The true story of Audie Murphy (Audie Murphy) who became the most decorated soldier in U.S. history during WWII.  The film was an instant financial success, making Audie Murphie an instant Hollywood star. 
  338. Sudden Impact (1983): The fourth Dirty Harry film starring Clint Eastwood (also the director).  Best Quote: "Go ahead, make my day." Harry is sent to investigate a small town murder that leads him to female rape victim who is killing the people who sexually assaulted her. 
  339. The Dead Pool (1988): The fifth Dirty Harry film starring Clint Eastwood. Best quotes by Harry: "Opinions are like assholes.  Everybody has one." "You're out of bullets. And you know what that means... you're shit outta luck."  The dead pool is a game betting on the deaths of celebrities.  
  340. Patriot Games (1992): This is another movie that follows Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford), a character created by Tom Clancy. 
  341. The Clear and Present Danger (1994):  This is another movie that follows Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford), a character created by Tom Clancy.  Also starring James Earl Jones. 
  342. The Sum of all Fears (2002):Yet another movie that follows Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck)
  343. Terminator III: Rise of the Machines (2003):  The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) returns from the future once again.  
  344. Gunfight at the O.K. Corall (1957): It has a star studded cast that includes Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp, Kirk Douglass as Doc Holliday, Dennis Hopper as Billy Clanton, John Ireland as Johnny Ringo, DeForest Kelley as Morgan Earp, and Lee Van Clef as Ed Bailey, It follows the adventures events leading up to the gunfight at the O.K. Corrall. 
  345. We Were Soldiers (2002):  Lt. col Hal Moor (Mel Gibson) trains and leads a battalion of troops into the Battle of la Drang, the first phase of American involvement in Vietnam (1965). At his side is Sgt. Major Basil Plumley (Sam Elliot) and in the air is Snake (Greg Kinear).  It chronicles their struggle, along with the struggle of their wives back home. 
  346. The Bottle Rocket (1996): Dignan (Owen Wilson) is a naive charmer who convinces friends Anthony (Luke Wilson) and Bob (Robert Musgrave) to enter the crime business.  They go on a series of heists and then go on the lam, where Anthony meets a girl and falls in love.  After a misinterpretation, the two get into a fight and go their separate ways.  In the meantime, dignan joins the gang of Mr. Abe Henry (James Caan), and ultimately draws in his old friends Anthony and Bob.  The movie receives an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. 
  347. Batman Returns  (1992): This time the Penguin (Danny Devito) causes havoc for the city of Gotham, and Batman (Michael Keaton) once again has to save the day.  Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, and Christopher Walken as Max Shreck. The movie was a box office success, although not as financially lucrative as the 1989 Batman. The main reason it didn't do as well is thought to be because of its dark overtures, something guys tend to enjoy. 
  348. Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991): Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielson) and his friends Ed Hocken (George Kennedy) and Nordberg (O.J. Simpson) discover that Frank's ex-girlfriend (Priscilla Presley) has a new boy friend who is involved in a plot to kidnap Dr. Albert Meinheimer (Richard Griffiths). The scientist is a scientist who advocates solar energy.  The movie scores a 57% on Rotten Tomatoes, although it did very well at the box office.
  349. Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994): Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielson) is tired of living a normal happy life with his wife (Prescilla Presley) when his old friends Ed Hocken (George Kennedy) and Nordberg (O.J. Simpson) ask for his help in an investigation.  The comedy received mixed reviews, although did very well at the box office.
  350. The Sixth Sense (1999): Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osmont) who is able to talk to an equally troubled child psychologist (Bruce Willis). The movie has a very surprising ending. The movie generally received positive reviews (85% on Rotten Tomatoes), and did very well at the box office. The film is #60 on AFIs 100 Years...100 Thrills, and #80 on AFIs 100 years...100 Movies, and #44 on AFIs 100 years...Best Movie Quotes ("I see dead people.").
  351. Glengarry Glenross (1992): Four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage in illegal and unethical acts in order to sell undesirable property in order to keep their jobs. 
  352. Unbroken (2014): Louis Zamperine (Jack O'Connell) is an Olympic hero who survives a horrific plane crash during WWII, but is captured by the Japanese and and is tortured as Japanese Prisoner of War. It was nominated for three Academy Awards.
  353. Boyhood (2014): This film is directed by Richard Linklater and follows the life of Mason Evans Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows from a six-year-old boy into an adult while dealing with the consequences of divorce. The film was shot over a 12 year period allowing for the same actors to portray the boys at the various stages of life.  The film was won critical acclaim, and has already won an amalgamate of awards.  It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, and won only one: Best Supporting Actress.
  354. Robocop (2014):  This was an exceptional remake of the 1987 hit movie. Television personality Pat Novak (Samuel L. Jackson) points out on his television show that every country except the U.S. is under high security with androids.  
  355. Shane (1953): A former gunslinger named Shane (Alan Ladd) tries to start life anew as a hired hand on the on Joe Starett's (Van Heflin) homestead farm.  He earns the love and respect of Starett, his wife and his son (Brandon De Wilde), and ends up using his skills as a gunslinger to defend the homestead. Also featuring Jack Palance and Ben Johnson. 
  356. Snatch (2000): In the London criminal underworld, a boxing promoter named Turkish (Jason Strathom) finds himself under the thumb of a ruthless gangster who forces him to recruit a gypsy boxer named Mickey O'Neil.  This plot is intertwined with another plot involving a search for a stolen diamond.  The two plots come together in the end for a stunning conclusion.
  357. Shallow Hall (2001): Hal (Jack Black) rejects women because of their appearance until he is seduced by a spell by Anthony Robbins (Anthony Robbins). He falls in love with Rosemary (Gwyneth Paltrow), a very obese women, because he sees her as a hot babe.  All works well until his friend (Jason Alexander) figures out what is going on, and convinces Robbins to undue the spell. Also starring Joe Viterelli. 
  358. Marathon Man (1976): When a CIA agent is killed, his brother (Dustin Hoffman) gets trapped in a deadly game with a Nazi fugitive with a penchant for torture. 
  359. Death Wish 2 (1982): Architect Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) now lives in LA.  But when thugs kill his daughter and housekeeper he becomes a vigilante again as he searches for their killers. 
  360. Death Wish 3 (1982). Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) returns to New York to help an old friend, only to be arrested for the crime and thrown in jail by Inspector Richard Shriker (Ed Lauter). This time, the "vigilante" works with the inspector (sort of) to put an end to a gang that has been terrorizing the neighborhood. 
  361. Death Wish 4 (1982). Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) returns to his home in Los Angeles where he is recruited to kill drug dealers. Some movie experts contend this is the best of the death wish sequels. 
  362. Bad Boys 2 (2003): Detective Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Detective Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) investigate the flow of ecstasy through Miami. 
  363. Natural Born Killers (1994): Two lovers (Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis) from abusive families get stoned and go on a killing spree that is glorified by a journalist (Robert Downy Junior).  Also starring Tom Sizemore and Rodney Dangerfield.  Written by Quentin Tarantino.
  364. Donni Brasco (1997): FBI Agent Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) goes undercover and develops a good relationship with a mobster (Al Pacino).  Based on a true story. 
  365. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970):  A dramatization of the events that lead up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The movie ends with stunning action scenes, along with the famous for the Isoroku Yamamoto quote: "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."  However, this relatively low ranking comes because the move is quite dramatic, and some guys might take offense to that and lose patience.  
  366. Avengers (2012): Tony Stark/ Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rodgers/ Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (The Hulk), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Clint Barton/ Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) join forces to stop Thor's brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from enslaving the humanity.
  367. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): Tony Stark/ Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Hulk) try to create a peace-keeping program that creates a monster called Ulttron (James Spader).  Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Clint Barton/ Hawkey (Jeremy Renner), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) join Stark and Banner in a quest to stop Ultron from destroying mankind. 
  368. Desperado (1995):  Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) walks into a confession booth and says, "Bless me father, for I have just killed quite a few men."  The pseudo priest (Steve Busceme) opens up the confession window and says, "No shit!" Written, directed and produced by Robert Rodriguez. Quentin Tarantino appears in this film. Mariachi follows a trail of blood in search of the last remaining Mexican drug Lord. 
  369. Never Say Never Again (1983): This is a remake of 1965 movie Thunderball, and this one also stars Sean Connery.  It was the only Bond film not produced by Eon Productions.  It was met with good reviews and was a box office success, but many critics list it as the worse Bond film. But it's still a good flick, and a good guy flick. A neat scene is when Bond is pretending to be a masseuse and is giving a girl a back massage, and she says, "Can you go a little lower?" He smiles and says, "Lower?"
  370. The Family (2013): The head of the Manzoni family (Robert De Niro) gives up his $20 million mobster lifestyle and takes his family into hiding in Normandy, France. Yet old habits are hard to break, and the past winds up catching up to him.  Also starring Tommy Lee Jones. 
  371. Homefront (2013): Jason Strathom plays an ex-DEA agent who moves with his daughter to a small town for peace and quiet.  When he meets up with a meth-making drug trafficker all bets for peace and quiet are shattered. 
  372. Galaxy Quest (1999): This is a parody of science fiction movies such as Star Trek.  The cast of a once popular television space-drama series, lead by Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) as the commander of a spaceship, Eighteen years later they attend a convention of dedicated fans, only to be talked into attending what they think is a pilot to a new show.  They learn that the people who talked them into it were really aliens. 
  373. Death Race 2000 (1975): David Carradine, Simone Griffeth and Sylvester Stalone play characters who participate in a transcontinental race where points are garnished both by winning the race for killing bystanders. 
  374. Barbarella (1968):  A futuristic science fiction movie starring a very sexy Jane Fonda. The movie is a little odd (well, a lot odd), but it's still considered a cult classic (mainly because of Jane Fonda, and probably because she shows off her body). 
  375. Zoolander (2001): I thought this movie was dumber than dumb and dumber. However, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller and Will Farrell take part in this classic cult movie.  
  376. Another 48 Hours (1990): Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) has 48 hours to clear his name from a potential manslaughter charge.  He once again seeks the help of Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy), Cate's friend who is now a newly released convict. At the same time, a notorious mastermind known as the Iceman hires a gang of bikers to kill Reggie.  The film earned more money than the original 48 hours, although generally received negative reviews. 
  377. Running Man (1987): Based on the Stephen King Novel of the same name, although published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.  The movie takes place in a 2017 world following a worldwide economic collapse.  America is now a totalitarian police state.  Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) becomes on contestant on a TV game show hosted by Damion Killian (Richard Dawson) where the contestants are convicted criminals who fight for their lives. Jessie Ventura stars as Captain Freedom, and Jim Brown stars as Fireball. 
  378. The Burbs (1989): Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) is a stressed suburbanite who is stressed about his neighbors.  He and his friends develop a paranoid theory about Ray's neighbor and aim to learn if it's true.  Ricky Butler (Corey Feldman) enjoys the entertainment from across the street. 
  379. Thor (2011): King Oden (Anthony Hopkins) strips Thor (Chris Hemsworth) of his powers and banishes him from Asgar (where he was first in line to become king) to earth, where he becomes a defender of the planet. Meanwhile on Asgar, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) learns he is the adapted son of Oden, and when Oden becomes ill Loke seizes power and becomes a thorn in Thor's side.  The movie includes special appearances from fellow Avengers Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Hawkey (Jeremy Renner). 
  380. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015): The IMF is broken up, and the agents told to come out from undercover.  Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) remains on the run, convinced he can stop a syndicate from terrorizing any more people.  He is aided by William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Luthar Stickell (Ving Rhames) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg). Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin) is the CIA director responsible for shutting down IMF, and who puts out an order to take Hunt dead or alive. Chief Attlee (Simon McBurney) is in charge of British Intelligence.  Sean Harris does a stunning job playing the protagonist, Solomon Lane. 
  381. Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014): Sam Wilson/ Falcon (Anthony Mackie) said, "Hey, Cap, how do we know the good guys from the bad."  Steve Rogers/ Captain America (Chris Evans) said, "If they shoot at you they're bad."  Fast paced story with an excellent plot.  Also starring Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/ Winter Solder, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Robert Redford as the bad guy. 
  382. Grudge Match (2013): Any comedy directed by Peter Segal, and starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro has to be good.  The little bit at the end with Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield was a bonus. 
  383. In the line of Fire (1993): An aging secret service agent (Clint Eastwood) gets a chance at redemption for his past failure to protect a president. 
  384. Carlito's Way (1997): A Puerto Rican gangster named Carlito (Al Pacino) gets out of prison and vows to stay out of trouble. He is aided by the help of his crooked lawyer (Sean Penn). Regardless of his efforts, Carlito is pulled right back into the crime scene that he was trying to avoid. 
  385. xXx (2012): Director Robert Cohen gives us the next generation James Bond franchise.  Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) is a thrill seeking extreme sport activist who is forced by NSA agent Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) to go undercover as a spy to stop a Russian terrorist who runs an agency called anarchy 99 from blowing up a city. 
  386. Lucky Number Sleven (2006): This is a classic case of mistaken identity, where Sleven (Josh Hartnet) gets in the middle of a war between two crime bosses: The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley) and The Boss (Morgan Freeman). To make matters worse, he is also under constant surveillance by a detective (Stanley Tucci) and an assassin (Bruce Willis). 
  387. The Replacements (2000): A professional football league goes on strike. Washington Sentinel's owner Edward O'Neil (Jack Warden) hires a coach he fired a few years earlier, Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) to hire and lead replacements.  Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves) is a former star quarter back for Ohio State University who leads a group of replacement players on their quest to reach the playoffs.  Featuring John Madden and Pat Summerall as announcers, and Jon Favreau as a replacement. 
  388. The Bourne Supremecy (2002): Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is a former assassin with amnesia who tries to learn about his past. After he is blamed for a CIA operation gone bad, he is forced to resume his former life to survive. The film has won recognition for stunts performed in it. 
  389. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003): Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) is caught by U.S. custom agents and is offered a deal that has him going undercover to bring down drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) in exchange for clearing his criminal record. He chooses Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), a childhood friend with a record, to assist him in this high speed quest in exchange for his freedom. 
  390. The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006):  Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) is sent to Tokyo to live with his father in order to avoid jail.  He befriends Twinkie (Bow Bow), who introduces him to the underworld of drift racing. He becomes friends with Han (Sung Kang) who shows him how to drift. Han explains to Sean that drifting does not have a "wax on, wax off" method of learning, a reference to the Karate Kid (1984).
  391. Fast And Furious (2009): Han (Sung Kang) is now a membmer of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel)'s crew. After a hijacking of a fuel tanker, the police are after him and so he disbands the crew and leaves town.  After his girlfriend is murdered, Dominic returns to Los Angeles on a quest to find out who was responsible for her death. By coincidence, Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) is undercover and after the same group of thugs. Dom is admiring a car.  His girl asks, "Something interest you in this car?"  He says, "Just admiring the body work."  She says, "Are you one of those boys who prefers cars to women?" He answers, "I'm one of those boys that appreciate a fine body regardless of the make." 
  392. Fast Five (2011): Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) are now on the same team and plan to steal $100 million from a corrupt businessman while being pursued by Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). The movie is full of fast action, women, good guy lines, and speed. However, it seems to get off the beaten path of reality. It's still a great guy movie, however.
  393. Fast and Furious 6 (2013): Dominique Toretto (Vin Diesel) and the gang are seemingly retired after a successful heist. However, Luke Hobbs recruits him to help capture a criminal, promising to eliminate their criminal records if they succeed. He recruits Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), and Han (Sung Kang).
  394. Gone in 60 Seconds (1974): Toby Halicki (who also wrote, directed, and produced the film) stars as Maindrian Pace (Toby, an insurance investigator who also leads a team of car thieves. They make a deal with a drug lord to steal 48 cars. When all but a 1973 Ford Mustang are in the bag, Pace steels it. What he doesn't know is that his boss has tipped off police. This leads to one of the best and longest high speed chases in movie history. It also results in plenty of car crashes worthy of watching. 
  395. Furious 7 2015). Decker Shaw (Jason Stathom) seeks revenge on Dom (Vin Diesel).  The film stars the usual crew of Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, along with Kurt Russell. The movie was very fast action, almost to the point of exaggeration. The movie was the highest grossing in the franchise, although this was probably due to the tribute to Walker, who had died during production of the movie. 
  396. Ted 2 (2015):  John Bennett (Mark Wahlburg) and Ted (Seth MacFarlane) find a lawyer and go to court in order to fight for Ted's civil rights. Featuring Morgan Freeman, Tom Brady, Jay Leno, Liam Neeson and Patrick Stewart as the narrator. 
  397. The World is not Enough (1999): The terrorist Renard assassinates billionaire Robert King, and James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is assigned to protect his daughter Elektra. During this assignment Bond uncovers a plot to increase petroleum prices by triggering a nuclear meltdown. Featuring Judy Dench as M and Desmond Llewellyn as Q. 
  398. Quantum of Solace (2008): In this one, James Bond (Daniel Craig) seeks revenge for the death of his lover, Vesper Lynd, and is assisted by Camille Montes who is plotting revenge for the murder of her family. The trail leads to a wealthy businessman who is a member of Quantam organization, who is plotting to seize Bolivia to take over the country's water supply. The movie has a really neat opera sequence. While the plot sounds good, it's kind of boring. Featuring Judy Dench as M. 
  399. Octopussy (1983): Roger Moore once again plays 007 Agent James Bond. I love the airplane sequence at the beginning. It's also pretty cool when he releases the money in a chase sequence in India and says, "Easy come, easy go." Nice train sequence at the end of the movie as well. Other than that, many criticize this as one of the most pathetic Bond movies, especially as Bond dresses as a circus clown to save the day and escapes in a submarine disguised as a crocodile. The movie is the first Bond movie to feature Robert Brown as M. It also feature Desmond Llewellyn as M.  
  400. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983):
  401. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002): Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is forbidden from having a relationship with his girlfriend, although he cannot resist doing so. This creates tensions between him and the Jedi Knights. While he is off galavanting with his girl, Obi Wan (Ewan McGreggor) investigates an assassination attempt on a senstor. Featuring Christopher Lee as Count Dooku/ Darth Tyranus, Ian Mcdiarmid as Chancellor Palpatine/ Darth Sidius, and Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu. This is the most dramatic of all the Star Wars films. Directed by George Lucas. 
  402. Antman (2015). Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is a thief recruited by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to be the new Antman. The movie also stars Corey Stoll as Yellowjacket and Anthony Mackie as Falcon. 
  403. Hud (1963). Hud Bannon (Paul Newman) is a ruthless young man with no regard for the authority of his father nor the consequences.  His nephew Lon takes a liking to him, only to realize on his own the consequences of such poor behavior. He explained his actions by saying, "I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner." Bannon represents the progressive persona and how it wishes to disregard tradition in order to push forth their agenda. The movie shows that there are consequences to such actions and behaviors. 
  404. The Last of the Mohicans (1992): Great historical war film with great action lines and a great ending. 
  405. Armaggedon (1998): After discovering an asteroid the size of Texas is on it's way toward earth, a team of roughneck oil drillers (Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Owen Wilson, Steve Buscemi) are recruited by the government to destroy it.
  406. The Incredibles (2004): As of this writing, this is the only cartoon on this list. Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) gets married to Elastagirl (Holly Hunter), and married and forced to assume mundane lives as Bob and Helen Parr. While he loves his wife and kids, Mr. Incredible longs for the good ole days when he can just be himself (in this case a superhero).  While his wife thinks he's working, he sneaks away and does super hero work. When he gets into trouble, his family is summoned to rescue him. Also starring the voice of Jason Lee as Buddy Pine/ Incrediboy/ Syndrome, and Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best/ Frozone, and John Ratzenberger as The Underminer
  407. All Is Lost (2013): A sailor (Robert Redford) is a veteran mariner.  During a solo voyage his vessel begins to take on water an his radio equipment isn't working. The story is the struggle of how he tries to keep his vessel afloat and himself alive. 
  408. Forest Gump (1994): Tom Hanks
  409. Good Will Hunting (1997): Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
  410. Into The Wild (2007): Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) is the son of wealthy parents. But he passes on college and a potential prestigious career, gives away all his belongings and money, and moves out into the wild. 
  411. Jerry Maguire (1996): Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a sports agent who opens his own firm with a single mother (Rene Zellweger) as his only helper. He ends up falling in lover with her and her son (Jonathon Lipnicki).
  412. The Ipcress Files (1965): Harry Palmer (Michael Caine)
  413. The Fighter (2010): Mark Wahlburg
  414. The Graduate (1967): Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) is done with college and is trying to avoid the question everyone is asking, "What do you want to do with the rest of your life."  In the meantime, Mrs. Robinson, a friend of his parents who is bored with her husband, seduces him. 
  415. Jackie Brown (1997):  A Quentin Tarantino film 
  416. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002): Dr. Evil (Mike Meyers) joins forces with Goldmember to take over the world.  The scheme involves kidnapping Nigel Powers (Michael Caine), England's most famous spy and Austin Power's dad. 
  417. An American Werewolf in London (1981): David Kessler (David Naughton) is an American on a trip with his friend Jack Goodman (Griffin Dunne) in London. When David is killed by a werewolf, and David is bitten by and turned into one... the result is a good story with blood and boobs and whatever else guys yearn for in a movie.
  418. American Psycho (2000):  Christian Bail plays an unemotional psychopath. If you remain confused by the ending, attempts an explanation.  
  419. The Verdict (1982):  (Paul Newman)  watched
  420. Tootsie (1982): Dustin Hoffman
  421. National Treasure (2004): 
  422. Ghostbusters (1984): 
  423. Groundhog Day (1993): 
  424. Spiderman 2 (2004):  
  425. Spiderman 3 (2007):
  426. The Warriors (1979): 
  427. Transformers (2007):Shia LaBeouf,
  428. Hercules (2007): Dwayne Johnson. Not the best, but still good. 
  429. Transformers: Rise of the Fallen (2009): Shia LaBeouf,
  430. Transformers: Dark Side of the Mon (2011): Shia LaBeouf,
  431. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014): Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman,  
  432. There will be blood (2007):
  433. Glory (1989): Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick
  434. White Men Can't Jump (1992): Woody Harrelson
  435. Die Another Day (2002): After killing a rogue North Korean colonel, James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is held captive for 14 months. While I recommend all Bond movies on this list, the sequence where he is held captive is long and drawn out and quite boring, to say the least. This is, by far, my least favorite Bond movie. Still, if you're going to watch all the Bond flicks, you have to suffer through this one. 
  436. Blade Runner (1982): It's a futuristic movie starring Harrison Ford, and was a flop at the box office only only to end up becoming a cult classic.  It's a bit overly dramatic for me, hence the low ranking. Still, many guys love it, and would rank it much higher.
  437. Terminator Genisys (2015). John Conner (Jason Clarke) sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah Conner (Emilia Clarke), from the Terminator. What he finds is a world in which a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has been protecting Sarah Conner for years, and has educated her already about what is going to happen. 
  438. Moonraker (1979): James Bond (Roger Moore) and Jaws (Richard Kiel). 
  439. Captain America: Civil War (2016): As the heroes chase after Chase "Bucky" Barnes/ a brainwashed Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), civilian casualties occur. This inspires a progressive theme where Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt)  informs the Avengers that the U.N. passed the Sovovia Accords, which makes it a crime for a super hero save lives without first seeking the support of the U.N. Tony Starks/ Iron Man (Robert Downey  Jr.) supports the U.N., while Chris Evens (Captain America) opposes it. The movie also features Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), (Falcon), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Vision (Paul Bettany), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Spiderman (Tom Holland), Crossbones (Frank Grillo, Thunderbolt (William Hurt). The movie features some great action scenes, although the plot is suspect.
  440. Escape from LA (1996):  Staring Kurt Russel. It's the sequel to Escape from New York, and essentially the same story. 
  441. El Dorado (1966): This movie, along with Rio Lobo, have similar plots, and Rio Lobo and El Dorado are often considered remakes of Rio Grand. It's directed by Howard Hawks (who also directed Rio Grand and Rio Lobo) and stars John Wayne (who also starred in Rio Grand and Rio Lobo) as Cole Thornton, a gunslinger, Robert Mitchum as the Sherrif, and James Caan, a young gambler, who work together to defend the town of El Dorado from a gang of thugs. The movie also stars Ed Asner as Bart Jason, 
  442. Rio Lobo (1970): A classic John Wayne. 
  443. Citizen Kane (1941): A classic
  444. Thor: Ragnorak (2017): The closest you get to an Incredible Hulk movie these days. 
  445. Mission Impossible: Fallout (2018): 
  446. Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1974). King Arthur strolls into town on his fake horse. A man says, "Who is that there?"  Another man says, "I don't now, it must be a king." "Why?" "He doesn't have shit all over him." 
  447. Death Wish V: The Face Of Death (1994). A nice end to the Charles Bronson (playing Paul Kersey) Face's of Death movie series. It would be nice if the dead people in this movie would hold their breaths better. Michael Parks does a good job of playing a mob boss. 
  448. Hell or High Water. Chris Pine and Ben Foster play good bad guys who rob banks. Jeff Bridges comes full circle from the Big Lebowski to play a police officer after the Bad buys. Great movie. 
  449. Troy (2004): A group of kings is united in Greece. The King of Kings of the Greek Armies is Agamemnon (Brian Cox) who turns out to be a moron. The best Greek warrior is Achilles (Brad Pitt). Achilles leads the Greeks against the Trojans at the City of Troy. This is a very easy 
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