10 Must-See Tough Guy Movies From the 60s and 70s


After reading Janna Brock's recent article, "10 Movies From the 60s and 70s Every Millennial Needs to See," I was inspired to create a tribute to the manly man's movies made in 60s and 70s. These movies don't require a shoulder to cry on, so you're sure to have a great time throughout each one. Here are my top ten manly man movies.

1. Death Wish

This is a 1974 film starring Charles Bronson. He plays a vigilante cleaning up the streets of New York City after his wife's murder by a gang. It has a classic ending that leaves the window open for a sequel. Of course, the latter movies never lived up to its predecessor.

2. Animal House

The 1978 film is an ultimate frat movie starring John Belushi as "Bluto." This movie is a non-stop gut buster. After watching it, do not be surprised if you all of sudden want to drink a twelve pack of beer and TP your neighbor's yard.

3.  Way of the Dragon

The unstoppable Bruce Lee fighting his way through an armada of "bad guys" to finally confront the ultimate weapon that is Chuck Norris. I can't, in good conscience, leave out a film that has these two epic characters fighting each other.

4. True Grit

Made in 1969, and far better than its 2010 copy, this is a classic. John Wayne is at his best here.

5. Warriors

This is about characters portraying a street gang caught on the wrong side of town.

6. The Dirty Dozen

A superstar cast in 1967 including Lee Marvin, Jim Brown, Telly Savales, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, and Donald Sutherland. Need I say more?  But I wouldn't be surprised if they try to remake this one too. 

7. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This 1966 western is a classic Clint Eastwood flick. Eastwood plays a bounty hunter who joins up with two other ambitious fellows to get the gold. The soundtrack alone will increase your testerone levels.

8. Jeremiah Johnson  

Jeremiah Johnson, played by Robert Redford, is a former confederate soldier who heads west for better life, only to face nothing but trouble. 

9. Force 10 from Navarone

Harrison Ford stars in this 1978 World War II movie about an ally mission to blow up a bridge in the enemy's territory. Great War movie and it has Barbara Bach in it, what else could you ask for?

10. Every Way But Loose

Clint Eastwood plays a bare knuckle fighter in this classic comedy from 1978. This is one of my favorites.