12 Most Action-Packed Bromance Movies

12 Most Action-Packed Bromance Movies

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Oh no – you must have read this post. Thanks, Guy Kawasaki – looks like some people decided to try this at home. Well, let me see if I can help.

A Fine Bromance:

The Bromance is the antidote for the “chick flick”, Evidently, there are a lot of dudes without dates, because they thought they had more game. So, a public service announcement: The Bromance is a movie for the guys – usually filled with action, sometimes some pretty heavy violence, too. Underneath it all: a story about working together in a spirit of brotherhood. (For the 12most Romantic movies, see here.)

Instead of the usual suspects (300, Braveheart, Diner?, etc.) I decided to choose some flicks that may not appear on everybody’s top list – but still, each is an excellent film, a great story, featuring guys that have to work together to overcome some incredible odds. But, be warned: Some of these are not for the faint of heart, starting with Number One…

1. The Boondock Saints

My (real-life) brother’s favorite movie. Look out for Willem Dafoe in a ground-breaking performance as the agent, with a secret. The Saints are two Irish brothers on a spree of revenge and violence. Simply outstanding.

2. Snatch

Brad Pitt is famous for being famous, but let’s face facts: The cat is a great actor. You may “f*ing hate Pikeys” but this performance still knocks me out (pun intended). Be warned: the dialogue is “COLORFUL”. Don’t click the video if you are easily offended, because you will be.

3. U-571

On a captured U-Boat during WWII, nine Americans have to work together to get get home – with no way to tell the US Fleet “Don’t Shoot!” Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel make this bromance truly action packed – but the best performance in the movie comes from a Brit, Jake Weber (yep, the husband on Medium. Go figure!)

4. Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Tarrantino gets on the map with this 1992 classic, called the “Greatest Independent Film of All Time”. If you’re wondering where “Pulp Fiction” is on this list, I bumped it off (like a character in the movie) in favor of the one bromance that put QT on the map. You can’t go wrong with Tarrantino, for a guy’s movie.. Look out for Harvey Keitel in this one, displaying all of his greatness (as he often does).

5. Clay Pigeons

Absolutely my favorite Vince Vaughn flick, narrowly edging out “Swingers”. Jauquin Phoenix squirms in this ‘buddy’ picture, when he finds out his buddy is..well, not really a buddy at all. See it for the twists and riffs that can only come from Vince Vaughn (before he crashed a wedding, met Kevin James, or made a dinosaur movie).

6. Way of the Dragon

Bruce Lee fights Chuck Norris, and discovers what is underneath Chuck Norris’ beard: Another FIST. What more do you need to know? Their fight scene is considered one of the all-time greatest. Gotta have a chop-socky bromance on the list, and this one is a classic!

7. Inglorious Basterds

Pitt and Tarrantino make the list again, because they make the kind of movies that dudes like. Christoph Waltz, and the farmhouse scene…Incredible. You had me at the misspelling. Nice.

8. Shawshank Redemption

Actually a movie I don’t ever want to watch again. The scene where Tim Robbins tunnels out of the prison makes my claustrophobia go into overdrive. But isn’t that the mark of a great movie? If it makes me uncomfortable, it gets on the list!

9. American History X

Ed Norton. Racism. Brotherhood. And one of the most difficult films you ever want to watch. Make sure you take your vitamins; definitely not a “date movie”.

10. Fight Club

Yep, I AM gonna talk about it. Norton and Pitt show up on this list again, but how can you deny the power behind this movie, that leaves you wondering “What is Fight Club?” until the final frame. Let’s drink beer and punch each other in the face.

11. The Fighter

YES! Is there anything that Christian Bale can’t do? Batman drops 60 pounds to play Mark Wahlberg’s drug-addicted brother – but the dope doesn’t affect his heart. Bale delivers a performance that redefines bromance. Not exactly as action-packed as some of the others, but wow – still strong enough to earn a spot.

12. Unforgiven

Any list of guy movies needs to include at least one Western. And I feel like I haven’t done my job unless I put at least ONE Clint Eastwood movie on this list. Gene Hackman is stellar as always, in this Academy-award winning flick, where Eastwood’s lone wolf has to stand up for what’s right.

So there you have it. The exact opposite of the 12most Romantic Movies. What did I forget, and what did I get right? And ladies – are any of these on your list of faves?

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Chris Westfall


Chris Westfall is the national elevator pitch champion, a professional speaker and entrepreneur. He is the author of Five Great New Elevator Pitches. His next book, The NEW Elevator Pitch will be released in Spring 2012.

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The Boondock Saints is my favorite movie. This is one of the best movies of all time! I sure the he'll hope BDS 2 is as good.

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What can I say, except "YES"! I am a huge fan of Butch Cassidy and The Sting...really contemplated putting them on the list, and I am so glad you did! And Stripes is just a classic, but I kinda stayed away from comedy for this list. Still a GREAT choice - thanks for the comment!


Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The Sting. Stripes. All great ones I would add to the fine list @westfallonline has already created. Nice job!


Hi there Chris! Enjoyed this read quite a bit. I enjoy your Culture Hits.

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Chris I have a new one for you, it has not released yet. Warrior.

I saw the prescreening last week and it was so powerful. Not the kind of movie I would usually go see and I was so surprised and how he had my mind thinking about how important character is in being a leader.

Yup I am one of those weird folks that sees business lessons in movies. Ask @samfiorella it's one of my monikers.

Thanks for giving me a great movie list I can look at for a suggestion on one of those nights when I would rather enjoy an evening by myself ;)

PegFitzpatrick moderator

Hey Chris,

These movies are on at my house frequently. I would add Gladiator to the list. I agree with @deleted_91832_Sean McGinnis in that Shawshank is a fabulous movie, my favorite movie is on the romantic movie list.

Fun list and a great alternative from the "Chick Flicks."


I loved Gladiator as well. Agreed. Let's bring on more Chick Flicks!! Can we like these above also? Wink.


Hi Sean! We are learning more about everyone here every day with these content shares. Likely the best part? Do we have a history buff here at 12 Most with your add here?

Interesting - 1999 - seems like ages ago indeed.