The Ogre’s Ultimate-Badass Movie Roster

Hulu has their Criterion Collection.  Most of it is Crap.  If you want the list.  THE LIST.  Of movies that You Have To Watch.  Here it is.  It’s a Check List.  If you have not seen one of these movies, you are Wrong and you need to correct yourself.

1. Seven Samurai

2. Predator

3. Big Trouble in Little China

4. Aliens

5. The Untouchables

6. 13th Warrior

7. Blade Runner

8. Full Metal Jacket

9. Pitch Black

10. The Last of the Mohicans

11. The Longest Day

12. The Thing

13. Centurion

14. Ronin

15. 300

16. 28 Days Later

17. Fist Full of Dollars

18. Lone Wolf McQuade

19. High Plains Drifter

20. Master and Commander

21. Tombstone

22. Saving Private Ryan

23. Bullitt

24. Hard Boiled

25. Raiders of the Lost Ark

26. Rambo (2008)

27. Heat

28. The Expendables

29. Unforgiven

30. Zulu

31. Die Hard

32. Tears of the Sun

33. The Matrix

34. 30 Days of Night

35. Dirty Dozen

36. Man On Fire

37. The Professional

38. Gladiator

39. A Man Apart

40. The Departed

41. Blackhawk Down

42. The Last Samurai

43. Equilibrium

44. Kingdom of Heaven

45.  Braveheart

46. Gods and Generals

47.  The Patriot

48. Patton

49. Act of Valor

50.  Wild Bunch

58 thoughts on “The Ogre’s Ultimate-Badass Movie Roster”

  1. Platoon? Seriously? One of the worst Vietnam movies ever. It is a propaganda piece of crap that has every single leftist anti-war bullshit talking point. Drugs? Check. Killing civilians? Check. Fratricide? Self inflicted wounds? Check and check. I hate this movie with a passion. Oliver Stone is a hack liar. This and jfk are two of the worst movies ever.

  2. Several I disagree with there.
    Where is Carpenter’s “The Thing”?
    Substitute “Sanjiro” for “Fist Full of Dollars” and add “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” instead they would be a better representation of both genres.
    I still don’t see what is so great about “Event Horizon” it is not scary or even very profound. “Solaris” is better even with it’s slower pacing.
    How about “The Shootist” or “The Sons of Katie Elder” or “High Noon”?
    If you wanted an anti-war film, instead of “Platoon” why not “Johnny Got His Gun” or “All Quiet on the Western Front”?
    Why no Film Noir? “The Maltese Falcon” or “The Big Sleep”

    Nope, need to refine that list a bit I think.

  3. From a historical stand point I’ve always had a problem with the portrayal of the town’s people as cowardly. A large number of them were veterans of the civil war and were quick to join posses at a sheriff or marshal’s request. If you robbed a bank in a Western town in the years after the Civil War you’d better get in and get out and get out fast. So I’ve never been able to enjoy High Noon. Even 40 years after Western towns remained dangerous because of attitudes, just look at what happened to the Dalton Gang:
    “5 Oct 1892–The notorious Dalton Gang rode into Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas and attempted to rob two banks, the Condon Bank and the First National Bank. They took about $25,000 in 12 minutes. A shootout followed which claimed the lives of eight men: the outlaws, Grat and Bob Dalton, Dick Broadwell and Bill Powers; and four Coffeyville residents, Charles T. Connelly, Coffeyville city marshal (killed by Grat Dalton in “Death Alley”), Lucius M. Baldwin, George B. Cubine and Charles Brown. Three other townsmen were wounded.”

  4. that’s one heck of a nice list you have there, think i have seen them all. I would quickly add:
    The Horde
    the Professional (Leon)
    Last man standing
    the Last boyscout

    if you get HBO or skin-o-max,

    Generation Kill (HBO Series)
    Band Of Brothers (HBO Series)
    Strike Back (Max series)

  5. Is your list ranked in order best to slightly less best?
    Good to see Seven Samurai at the top! Pretty much the ultimate action movie to me.
    No Wild Bunch?
    Gods and Generals over Gettysburg (only seen Gods and Generals once though)?
    The Professionals with Lee Marvin, Burt Lancaster, Woody Strode, and Robert Ryan is really worth a look if you haven’t seen it. Terrific movie.
    Also, Jack Cardiff’s Dark of the Sun from 1967. Mercenary movie set in the Congo with Rod Taylor and Jim Brown. Quite possibly the most macho movie ever made. Pretty heavy duty.
    Not sure I agree that most of the Criterion Collection is crap. Not gonna go all art house on ya here, but there are some pretty terrific samurai movies in there. Sword of Doom, Samurai Rebellion, Harakiri. All just absolutely killer stuff!

  6. Hour of the Gun with James Garner, Jason Robards, and Robert Ryan is awesome too. Wyatt Earp movie that picks up where John Sturgis’ Gunfight at the OK Corral ends. It’s the “Hell’s Coming With Me!” part of the Earp story. Pretty darn cool movie.

  7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Bridge on the River Kwai.

    Also the new Judge Dredd movie that came out a couple months ago was surprisingly awesome.

  8. Lone Wolf McQuade? Even as a kid I thought it was silly.

    And I can’t believe the first Taken film wasn’t on there. Liam Neeson was nothing if not badass to the 10th power.

  9. That is an awesome list. Made me smile at each title as I remembered it. There are so many good movies, this movie starts na avalanche of memories. How can stop at just 50: Shoot em up, Desperado, Collateral, Unforgiven…

  10. Still a good list, but you should leave it alone. Given the number of movies, you can’t include everything. I am going to have to watch Zulu again (it is on Netflix, I think), as I remember it being good, but I don’t remember it being all that badass.

  11. George, good list and I have few to complain about and a few movies I’ve yet to see. My list would have to include:

    Payback (not the director’s cut, that version SUCKED!!)
    No Country for Old Men
    Alien
    District 9
    300
    Beerfest
    Blood diamond
    Bourne Identity
    Dawn of the Dead (2004 version)
    A Fistful of Dollars
    The Good the Bad and the Ugly

  12. Great list! I think I would add Road to Perdition (Paul Newman, Jude Law, Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig) and A Clockwork Orange for my own list..

  13. Glad to see Zulu was added. Firebase Gloria is worth watching again; might make the list. Highlander (“there can be only one”) was the best movie available during a lifetime of TDY at Camp Fuji.
    Americathon needs to be redone and redistributed as Obamathon.
    Great list. Great comments.

  14. Boondock Saints if for nothing other than the part with the poor cat lol. Really good list though

    1. Open Range is a great Western. Costner’s best role outside of 3000 Miles to Graceland. I liked Open Range a lot… I really did. But it’s not TOP 50 Great.

  15. Cool Hand Luke, Once Upon A Time In The West, A Man Called Horse, Dirty Harry, Hard Times, Many many more. But an excellent list none the less.

  16. “Each movie teaches lessons in about being a fucking Man, and not a sensitive metrosexual guy with a spare vaginia in his man-purse.”

    Ok, so how the hell is The Last Samurai on the list? A movie that features at least a an hour of Tom Cruise crying and drinking. Cruise ruined a movie that should have been completely focused on Katsumoto.

    Road to Perdition or Air Force One should have been in that spot instead. How the hell is Air Force One not on the list?

    1. In regards to Samurai… Tom did a great job playing the character, but the focus is on Katsumoto, not Tom.
      They are all perfect.

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