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Best of the best guy movies

The late movie critic Roger Ebert was quoted as saying, "No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough." A good movie has the power to transport you and make you forget what you were worrying about.

Men and women may sometimes see eye-to-eye as to what constitutes a good movie. But there is a unique breed of movie that seems tailor-made for men. These movies are the antithesis of all things "chick flick." In fact, they may devour chick flicks for lunch. A guy movie is generally full of beautiful women, scary monsters, road-ripping automobiles, or enough action sequences too keep everyone on the edges of their seats.

Although many modern-day must-see guy movies might have been overlooked during awards season, the following flicks have found their ways into the hearts of many men.

* "The Big Lebowski": A Coen Brothers classic, this is the tale of a case of mistaken identity, where Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is mistaken for a millionaire. Thinking he is wealthy but unaware he is unemployed and often broke, thugs try to shake him down. Various hijinks, deception and trouble ensue.

* "Seven": A diabolical serial killer plays God by eliminating people who exemplify each of the seven deadly sins. A rookie detective (Brad Pitt) and a seasoned officer (Morgan Freeman) are on the mission to capture the killer.

* "Goodfellas": What man movie guide would be complete without a classic mob flick? "Goodfellas" is based on a true story and features a who's who cast of acting greats, including Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci. Some consider this the best mob movie ever made. The film earned Pesci a Best Supporting Actor award for his role.

* "No Country for Old Men": Mayhem ensues after hunter Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) discovers the remains of drug runners and the money they left behind. This leaves him in the crosshairs of psychopathic killer Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a hired gun in pursuit of the money.

* "Gladiator": The ultimate show of testosterone may just come from guys fighting tigers in a colosseum. Though the heart of the movie is the heartbreak of the fighter losing his wife and child, most guys would be happy to tune in for the violence and gore.

* "Casino Royale": Many film fans have noted Daniel Craig's James Bond is grittier and tougher than his predecessors'. "Casino Royale" was the first in a series of reboots with Craig as the popular secret agent and it features much of the drama and intrigue of past Bond flicks, as well as some awe-inspiring action sequences.

* "Fight Club": This adaptation of a Chuck Palahniuk novel keeps you guessing as to what is really going on until the very end of the movie. Featuring great performances from both Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, this movie instantly became a classic man movie upon its release in 1999.

* "Pulp Fiction": Quentin Tarantino is behind a host of classic of man movies, but perhaps none are more popular than "Pulp Fiction." Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are two hitmen out to retrieve a suitcase for their employer, the streetwise crime boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames).