The 40 Manliest Men in Hollywood History

Fight the bad guys, protect the vulnerable, speak out for truth and justice — these are all things we expect the manly men of the silver screen to do.

To do this, they typically must possess both brains and brawn, the best one-two punch a guy could ask for when he’s outnumbered and outgunned, but not outmatched.

With that in mind, we rounded up the 40 manliest men in Hollywood history. Here they are, presented in no particular order.


Harrison Ford

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Indiana Jones, Indiana Jones series

•Han Solo, Star Wars series

•Jack Ryan, Patriot Games & Clear and Present Danger

•Rick Deckard, Blade Runner

•Dr. Richard Kimble, The Fugitive

•President James Marshall, Air Force One

20th Century Fox

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Dutch, Predator

•Terminator, Terminator series

•Himself, Pumping Iron

•John Matrix, Commando

•Jack Slater, Last Action Hero

•Trench, Expendables series

•Quaid, Total Recall

•Conan, Conan the Barbarian & Conan the Destroyer


Clint Eastwood

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Man with No Name, Dollars series

•Harry Callahan, Dirty Harry series

•William Munny, Unforgiven

•The Stranger, High Plains Drifter

•Josey Wales, The Outlaw Josey Wales

•Walt Kowalski, Gran Torino

•Frankie Dunn, Million Dollar Baby

United Artists

Sean Connery

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Agent 007, James Bond series

•Jim Malone, The Untouchables

•Professor Henry Jones, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

•Marko Ramius, The Hunt for Red October

•John Patrick Mason, The Rock

Miramax Films

Samuel L. Jackson

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction

•Ordell Robbie, Jackie Brown

•Elijah Price, Unbreakable

•Nick Fury, Marvel Cinematic Universe

•John Shaft, Shaft

•Mace Windu, Star Wars series

•Major Marquis Warren, The Hateful Eight

•Coach Ken Carter, Coach Carter

•Zeus Carver, Die Hard With a Vengeance

•Carl Lee Hailey, A Time to Kill


Sylvester Stallone

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Rocky Balboa, Rocky series

•John Rambo, Rambo series

•Judge Dredd, Judge Dredd

•Lincoln Hawk, Over the Top

•Barney Ross, Expendables series

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John Wayne

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Rooster Cogburn, True Grit

•Tom Doniphon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

•Ethan Edwards, The Searchers

•Ringo Kid, Stagecoach

•Sean Thornton, The Quiet Man

•Thomas Dunson, Red River

Michael Ochs Archives

Bruce Lee

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Lee, Enter the Dragon

•Tang Lung, The Way of the Dragon

•Chen Zhen, Fist of Fury

•Hai Tien, Game of Death

20th Century Fox

Bruce Willis

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•John McClane, Die Hard series

•David Dunn, Unbreakable

•Butch Coolidge, Pulp Fiction

•Korben Dallas, The Fifth Element

•Harry Stamper, Armageddon

•Church, Expendables series

The Cannon Group, U.G.C. Worldwide Distribution

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Frank Dux, Bloodsport

•Kurt Sloane, Kickboxer series

•Chance Boudreaux, Hard Target

•Walker, Timecop

•Alex/Chad Wagner, Double Impact

•Colonel Guile, Street Fighter

•Jean Vilain, The Expendables 2

Sunset Boulevard/Getty Images

Chuck Norris

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Cordell Walker, Walker, Texas Ranger series

•J.J. McQuade, Lone Wolf McQuade

•Scott McCoy, Delta Force series

•Colt, The Way of the Dragon

•Col. James Braddock, Missing in Action series

•Booker, The Expendables 2

Warner Bros.

Paul Newman

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Luke Jackson, Cool Hand Luke

•Butch Cassidy, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

•Eddie Felson, The Hustler & The Color of Money

•Doug Roberts, The Towering Inferno

•Henry Gondorff, The Sting

•Frank Galvin, The Verdict

•Reggie Dunlop, Slap Shot


Tom Cruise

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Maverick, Top Gun

Ethan Hunt, Mission: Impossible series

Chief John Anderton, Minority Report

Jack Reacher, Jack Reacher series

•Cage, Edge of Tomorrow

Nathan Algren, The Last Samurai

20th Century Fox

Robert Redford

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

The Sundance Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby

Roy Hobbs, The Natural

Nathan Muir, Spy Game

Our Man, All Is Lost

Warner Bros.

Denzel Washington

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

Alonzo, Training Day

John W. Creasy, Man on Fire

Frank Lucas, American Gangster

Malcolm X, Malcolm X

Eli, The Book of Eli

Detective Keith Frazier, Inside Man

United Artists

Jack Nicholson

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

R.P. McMurphy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

J.J. Gittes, Chinatown

Col. Nathan R. Jessep, A Few Good Men

Jimmy Hoffa, Hoffa

Frank Costello, The Departed

Bobby Dupea, Five Easy Pieces

The Joker, Batman


Al Pacino

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

Michael Corleone, Godfather series

Sonny, Dog Day Afternoon

Serpico, Serpico

Big Boy Caprice, Dick Tracy

Tony Montana, Scarface

Lt. Vincent Hanna, Heat

Lt. Col. Frank Slade, The Scent of a Woman

New Line Cinema

Wesley Snipes

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

Blade, Blade series

Nino Brown, New Jack City

Simon Phoenix, Demolition Man

John Cutter, Passenger 57

Neil Shaw, The Art of War

Doc, The Expendables 3

Warner Bros.

Robert De Niro

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

James Conway, Goodfellas

Jake La Motta, Raging Bull

Travis Bickel, Taxi Driver

Neil McCauley, Heat

Vito Corleone, The Godfather: Part II

Ted Streshinsky Photographic Archive

Rock Hudson

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

Jordan “Bick” Benedict Jr., Giant

Turner, Hornets’ Nest

Col. James Langdon, The Undefeated

Maj. Donald Craig, Tobruk

20th Century Fox

Brad Pitt

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Tyler Durden, Fight Club

•Lt. Aldo Raine, Inglourious Basterds

•Achilles, Troy

Rusty Ryan, Ocean’s series

Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier, Fury

•Gerry Lane, World War Z

John Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Smith


Marlon Brando

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

•Don Vito Corleone, The Godfather

Terry Malloy, On the Waterfront

Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire

Mark Antony, Julius Caesar

Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

Hercules, Hercules

Hobbs, Fast & Furious series

Spencer, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Will Sawyer, Skyscraper

Davis Okoye, Rampage

20th Century Fox

Joe Pesci

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

Tommy DeVito, Goodfellas

Joey, Raging Bull

Vinny Gambini, My Cousin Vinny

Nicky Santoro, Casino

20th Century Fox

Hugh Jackman

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

Logan/Wolverine, X-Men series

Jean Valjean, Les Misérables

Van Helsing, Van Helsing

Lung Cheung Company Limited

Jackie Chan

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

Lee, Rush Hour series

Chon Wang, Shanghai Noon & Shanghai Knights

Quan Ngoc Minh, The Foreigner

Keung, Rumble in the Bronx

Jimmy Tong, The Tuxedo

Who Am I, Who Am I?

Warner Bros.

George Clooney

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

Doug Ross, ER

Danny Ocean, Ocean’s series

Batman, Batman & Robin

Billy Tyne, The Perfect Storm

Michael Clayton, Michael Clayton

Michael Ochs Archives

James Dean

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

Cal Trask, East of Eden

Jim Stark, Rebel Without a Cause

Jett Rink, Giant

DreamWorks Pictures

Russell Crowe

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

Maximus, Gladiator

Javert, Les Misérables

Jim Braddock, Cinderella Man

Robin Longstride, Robin Hood

Capt. Jack Aubrey, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

20th Century Fox

Liam Neeson

Manly Movie/TV Credits:

Bryan Mills, Taken series

John Ottway, The Grey

Qui-Gon Jinn, Star Wars series

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