Cinematic history is littered with gems. In the hands of a brilliant director, a skillful cast, or a visionary writer, a masterpiece can be born. There are so many, in fact, that selecting just 100 as essential viewing was extremely challenging. We debated. We consulted reviews. We rewatched forgotten films. After weeks of doing so, we’ve come to the conclusion that these are the 100 films every guy should see. If you haven’t seen them all, it’s time to fire up Netflix.

1. 300

2. 12 Years a Slave

3. 2001: A Space Odyssey

4. A Clockwork Orange

5. Alien

6. All Is Lost

Robert Redford didn’t need actors or words to make All Is Lost captivating.

7. Almost Famous

8. American Beauty

9. American Graffiti

10. American History X

11. American Psycho

Hands down, the funniest movie about a murdering psychopath.

12. Animal House

13. Apocalypse Now

14. Blade Runner

15. Bonnie and Clyde

16. Boogie Nights

17. Bottle Rocket

Before The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest Hotel, there was Bottle Rocket. And it was better than all of them.

18. Boyhood

19. Boyz n the Hood

20. Braveheart

21. Bullitt

The chase scene.

22. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

23. Children of Men

24. Cool Hand Luke

25. Dazed and Confused

26. Dog Day Afternoon

27. Drive

Ryan Gosling’s sparse dialogue allows you to hear more of the killer soundtrack.

28. Fargo

29. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

30. Fight Club

31. Forrest Gump

32. Full Metal Jacket

33. Gangs of New York


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