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Top Men’s Movies of 2008

Overall, 2008 was just a decent year for movies. Too many limp remakes and half-baked adaptations caused it to be so. Still, I gotta hand it to most of the movies on Gunaxin‘s list of the Top Men’s Movies of 2008. If we’re talking about movies with badass heroes boning hot babes and their arch-rivals blowing shit up with no reason or remorse, you’re in good hands.

We’re going to go twenty deep on this list, trying to hit not only the major blockbusters, but some titles a little less known. Obviously any one person is not expected to like every film on this list. It’s great if you do, but each person is an individual, and what may appeal to one may not appeal to another. This is a compilation that is meant to appeal to men as a whole.

And if you like this list, you may want to check out our Top 50 Guys Movies of the 1990s. So without further ado, let’s get on with the rankings:

20. Death Race

Director: Paul W. S. Anderson

Stars: Jason Statham, Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane

Who needs a plot when there’s explosion and mayhem? In a nutshell, Statham plays a former race car driver who’s framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison. There he is forced by the warden to compete in a gladiator style sport that’s made for television: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory. Win enough and you become a free man. Think Running Man, but with cars or the game Twisted Metal come to life. The movie is fun, very loud, ridiculously violent, and really enjoyable. Despite its flaws, it doesn’t take itself seriously and is simply a fun ride.

19. Street Kings

Director: David Ayer

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans

This is a gritty story of a rogue cop who is pushed past his limits by corruption, greed, and violence. Reeves plays a dirty cop, but one who’s dirty in the name of justice. His boss doesn’t care as long as he gets results. When his ex-partner is murdered after potentially ratting him out, he’s both a suspect and out for vengeance to find the killers.

This thriller is littered with gunfire, constant drinking, and is a real throwback to the 1970s cop films because of its violence, profanity, and political incorrectness.

Reeves is no great shakes as the lead, but he holds his own quite competently. Whitaker’s right in his wheelhouse playing Keanu’s boss, and the end result is a crime drama full of tension.

18. Role Models

Director: David Wain

Stars: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb’e J. Thompson

From the director of Wet Hot American Summer and co-written by star Paul Rudd, comes this comedy about two hyper-caffeinated beverage salesmen who crash a tow truck into a statue in front of a local high school. In order to avoid jail time, they choose to serve 150 hours of a community service with a mentoring or Big Brother type program.

Role Models works because of Rudd and Scott. Their polarizing styles compliment each other, with Rudd being the sarcastic understated smart ass and Scott the goofy party animal. Yes, the movie follows the predictible path of selfish jerks learning lesson and transforming into compassionate paternal figures. That’s not exactly a spoiler for this kind of movie. The fun is not in the destination, but the laughs along the way.

Check out the Top Men’s Movies at Gunaxin.