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That's right, fellas. Our "Manliest" feature is back. For the last two years it has been the most popular article of the year. This year we're ranking the "Top 20 Manliest Movie Characters" of all time. The New Man editorial staff got together and came up with the toughest, coolest and most beastly characters in film history. We're splitting the feature into two parts this week. Working from the bottom up, we're hitting nos. 20-11 today, and on Thursday we'll get to the top 10. We hope you guys have fun checking out the list.

20. Charles Morse: The Edge
Anthony Hopkins' role as Charles Morse, a billionaire stranded in the wilderness with a guy he suspects is sleeping with his wife, is one of the most memorable of his legendary career. The reason Morse makes our list is partly because of the myriad ways he manages to stay alive in the wilderness—but mostly because he fought with a bear. Also, he makes Alec Baldwin look like an idiot, which is always fun.

We Wish We Had: Morse's survival skills—this guy makes Bear Grylls look like a whiny Scottish teenager.

Best Quote: Charles Morse [After successfully fighting a bear]: "For all my life, I've wanted to do something that was, um, that was unequivocal."
Robert Green: "Well, Charlie, I certainly think this qualifies."

Spiritual Take-Away: Men learn the most about themselves and what they're capable of when they're pushed to the edge.



19. Ripley: The Alien series
Lest we be suspected of sexism, we decided to include a woman on our list of manliest movie characters. What woman could compete with Sigourney Weaver's Ripley? There have been a lot of horror/survival movies over the years, but none of the characters in them can match Ripley's cool bravado in the face of (and we mean that literally!) some of the scariest creatures ever to hit the big screen. Plus, she's handy with a flame thrower. This woman deserves her place on this list.

We Wish We Had: That exoskeleton thing she uses to fight the alien.

Best Quote: Ripley: "I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
Burke: "Whoa, whoa—wait a minute. This place has a substantial dollar value attached to it."
Ripley: "They can bill me."
(from Aliens)

Spiritual Take-Away: You'd better know where you're going to spend eternity because you could get there sooner than you think.



18. Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain: Gettysburg
Although a number of stars populated the 1993 Gettysburg film and portrayed iconic Civil War generals, it was Jeff Daniels as Union Lt. Col. Chamberlain who absolutely stole the show. The idealism and integrity Chamberlain displays in the first half of the movie are outmatched only by his steely courage at the battle of Little Round Top. When needed, he inspires troops with poignant speeches or orders terrifying bayonet charges. The fact that the film character pretty accurately portrays the real man is a testament to how great Chamberlain was.

We Wish We Had: The ability to make inspiring speeches at the drop of a hat.

Best Quote: Chamberlain: "Bayonets!"

Spiritual Take-Away: Sometimes we have to fight for what we believe in.



17. Jack Ryan: Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger
Author Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan has been portrayed by several actors, but we feel Harrison Ford's take on the CIA analyst is the only one worth highlighting (don't even mention Ben Affleck). Ryan is a highly intelligent, well-educated paper pusher who hides an incredible toughness and spirit beneath his analyst exterior. He'll jump into the middle of a terrorist ambush to fight back and save lives or tell off the American president simply because it's the right thing to do. And nobody can capture Ryan's latent flintiness like Ford, who will appear again on this list for some other manly characters.

We Wish We Had: The lop-sided grin—what other CIA analyst has a smile that can melt women?

Best Quote: The President: "How dare you come in here and lecture me!"
Ryan: "How dare you, sir!"
(from Clear and Present Danger)

Spiritual Take-Away: Sometimes the right thing is the hardest thing to do.



16. Frank Dux: Bloodsport
In a career filled with manly roles, none is more beastly than Jean-Claude van Damme's turn as Frank Dux, the martial artist who competes in the secret and deadly Kumite tournament. Faced with the prospect of taking on a variety of the world's best fighters, van Damme proves his mettle yet again. He takes on the unbeatable Chong Li despite being blinded by cocaine thrown in his eyes by the dirty Thai fighter. If you know another movie character who can perform a devastating, picture-perfect jump kick to the head while blind, we'll put him on this list.

We Wish We Had: The legs. The man has tree trunks for legs.

Best Quote: Dux: "Go for the gut. He's soft there."

Spiritual Take-Away: It's OK to abandon the army for an illegal, underground martial arts tournament. Wait … never mind.



15. Rocky Balboa: The Rocky series
Who could ever forget the lovable loser with the heart—and thick head—of a champion? Sylvester Stallone is another actor who could make this list multiple times, but its Rocky Balboa we keep coming back to as easily his best, most complicated and manliest character. Over the course of his marathon of movies, Rocky gets the girl, beats the unbeatable champ, suffers defeat and loses his mentor, befriends his old nemesis, and, finally, wins over the entire Soviet Union. He is the quintessential American hero, and he faces the gamut of a man's emotions during his journey. You can't get enough Rocky in your life (unless you're talking about Rocky V, which, as far as we're concerned, doesn't exist).

We Wish We Had: The theme song! No manly man has ever had a better theme song.

Best Quote: Drago: "He's not human. He's like a piece of iron."
(from Rocky IV)

Spiritual Take-Away: Unbridled tenacity can overcome a lot of obstacles.



14. Rick Blaine: Casablanca
One of the greatest movies ever made also features one of the manliest actors ever, Humphrey Bogart, in his greatest role. Bogey had one of the greatest stares in Hollywood history, and as Rick Blaine he plays a tough, calculating man who hides a heart of gold deep underneath. When his former love shows up again, Rick's life turns upside down. He's faced with the toughest choice of all: keeping the girl for himself or letting her go to a better, safer life.

We Wish We Had: Ingrid Bergman

Best Quote: Rick: "Here's looking at you, kid."

Spiritual Take-Away: No matter how far down someone seems to get, it's never too late for salvation.



13. Maj. Scott McCoy: The Delta Force
Well, you knew that Chuck Norris had to end up on this list, and what better Chuck role is there than Delta Force? It's prime Chuck. In this 1986 film, he plays Maj. Scott McCoy, the leader of a handful of military specialists who take out a plane full of terrorists. The action is over-the-top and intense, and all of Chuck's swagger is on display in all of his bearded glory. As chucknorrisfacts.com states: "Remember the Soviet Union? They decided to quit after watching the Delta Force marathon on satellite TV."

We Wish We Had: The beard, except nobody could pull it off as well.

Best Quote: McCoy: "Sleep tight, sucker."

Spiritual Take-Away: There's only one man who can take out planes full of terrorists and write columns for New Man.



12. Bruce Lee: Enter the Dragon
Here's another martial artist who had to make the list. Bruce Lee tops Chuck only because the one time they met on screen, Lee managed to take down the bearded beast. How many other men have defeated Chuck Norris in a fight? Not only that, but Lee's complete mental and physical control give you the impression that in a fight he's never in over his head, even when being attacked by a guy with a claw.

We Wish We Had: The amazing karate grunts, squeals and assorted sounds.

Best Quote: Lee: "Boards don't hit back."

Spiritual Take-Away: Don't mess with a guy whose movie character is named after him.



11. Creasy: Man on Fire
Yet another actor you knew had to make the list, Denzel is "the man" in pretty much every movie he's in. He's had a lot of awesome manly roles to choose from, but we went with the man we know only as Creasy—the washed-up ex-assassin who is charged with protecting Dakota Fanning. After Creasy, a bitter alcoholic, comes out of his shell and makes a connection with the girl, she is kidnapped, and he goes on a crazy revenge mission to get her back. Feeling bad for kidnappers is rare, but the things Denzel does in the second half of this movie (especially his creative placement of bombs) make you consider it.

We Wish We Had: The Denzel stare. Nobody is more intense.

Best Quote: Creasy: "Forgiveness is between them and God. It's my job to arrange the meeting."

Spiritual Take-Away: Don't kidnap people.

Part 2—which lays out our top 10—is coming on Thursday, so stay tuned! As always, feel free to e-mail your thoughts to us at newman@strang.com or chriglazier@yahoo.com.

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Rocky and Creasy get my top vote from this list.

+1 Creasy

I have never seen man on fire, I will look for that at the rental store next time
Top 20 Manliest Movie Characters / Part 2

Today we’re back with the second half, our Top 10 ranking. And we have a bonus for you—a few of our picks for the unmanliest of them all, the Top 5 Wimpiest Movie Characters.

We start with the guys considered to be the 10 manliest characters in movie history—as rated by the New Man editorial staff, that is. Beginning at no. 10, we bring you the wise guy of all wise guys. Enjoy!

10. Michael Corleone: The Godfather series
At the beginning of the first Godfather movie, you would never know that Michael would become the Corleone to make this list. But by the time the sequel rolled around, Michael Corleone could silence a room of "made men" simply by raising an eyebrow. Al Pacino plays one of the smartest, toughest, most ruthless characters in film history, and he doesn’t even throw a punch. He’s a gangster's gangster—a complete bad guy, but you find yourself rooting for him anyway. He’s the man.

We Wish We Had: The stare: Michael could make the toughest mobsters melt with that stare.

Best Quote: Michael Corleone: "Don't tell me that you're innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and it makes me very angry."

Spiritual Take-Away: If you start down the wrong path, you can get lost on it.




9. Jason Bourne: The Bourne series
Who knew that Matt Damon could kick so much butt? As Jason Bourne, the CIA assassin with amnesia, he can still take down illegal intelligence agencies by himself even though he can’t remember anything. He can beat anybody in a fistfight, survive car chases in a Mini, teach reporters how to evade surveillance cameras, and shoot people dead while falling down flights of stairs. No matter what the situation, you know that Bourne will get the job done.

We Wish We Had: Access to a Swiss bank account.

Best Quote: CIA operative Pamela Landy: "This is Jason Bourne, the toughest target that you have ever tracked. He is really good at staying alive, and trying to kill him and failing ... just pisses him off.

Spiritual Take-Away: Bourne finds redemption by losing his memory, showing that no matter how bad someone is, they can still get a chance to start over.




8: Han Solo: The Star Wars series
Harrison Ford’s second appearance on our list is as Han Solo, the smuggler/scoundrel of Star Wars. Solo is brash, gutsy, smooth and quick, but he also has a heart of gold. He may be skeptical about the force, and he may be looking to get paid, but he’ll do anything for his friends—and eventually he even gets a princess to fall for him. Here’s how manly Han Solo is: In Return of the Jedi, Luke has grown up, is wearing black, has his own light saber and can use the force. He’s still not as manly as Solo.

We Wish We Had: The Millennium Falcon, of course.

Best Quote: Han Solo: "Come on, admit it. Sometimes you think I'm all right."

Princess Leia: "Occasionally, maybe ... when you aren't acting like a scoundrel."

Han Solo: "Scoundrel? Scoundrel? I like the sound of that."

Spiritual Take-Away: Choosing good friends can turn your life around.




7. Dutch: Predator
You knew the governor had to make the list. We thought about putting Arnold’s role as the Terminator on the list, but it’s not hard to be manly when you’re an indestructible machine—but when you’re taking on a super-powered alien whose sole purpose is to hunt you? That’s entirely different. Dutch is the leader of a group of the most ridiculously over-the-top soldiers in movie history, and he makes them all look puny in comparison (even Carl Weathers of Apollo Creed fame). What other movie character strips down to his skivvies and coats himself in mud to fight the bad guy?

We Wish We Had: The biggest chest in the history of the world.

Best Quote: Dutch: "If it bleeds, we can kill it."

Spiritual Take-Away: For Predator? We’re not even going to try.




6. Bruce Wayne: Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
Batman is the man, and the list of great Batman actors starts and ends with Christian Bale. As Bruce Wayne, Bale is one of the toughest, smartest and intimidating characters ever. He’s got everything: the martial arts, the Batmobile/tank, the awesome suit and the amazing detective skills. Plus, because the two most recent Batman movies have been so good, they allow the character to shine in ways none of the other movie did. In Batman Begins, we learn why and how Wayne becomes the man. In The Dark Knight, we see him take out one of the greatest villains in movie history. There’s only one superhero who’s going to make this list, and it’s the one without superpowers.

We Wish We Had: The Batmobile, or the cape that can turn into a glider.

Best Quote: Bad guy Flass: "Cops only go there when they're in force!"

Batman: "Do I look like a cop?"

Spiritual Take-Away: It’s not who you are underneath but what you do that defines you.




5. James Bond: Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace
James Bond has long been one of the manliest characters in movie history with his charming ways, his gadgets and his ability to dodge gullets. While you can debate about which actor is best as James Bond, there’s no debate about which is the manliest. Daniel Craig may not be as smooth or pretty as some of the other Bonds, but he is a beast. Instead of having the body of a runner, he has the body of a wrestler. Instead of judo chops to the neck, he tackles and chokes bad guys. He also runs through walls (see: the chase scene in Casino Royale). I think I might be able to take Pierce Brosnan or Roger Moore in a fight, but there’s no way I’d mess with Daniel Craig.

We Wish We Had: The Casino Royale tuxedo.

Best Quote: Bond: "Mr. White? We need to talk."

Mr. White: "Who is this?"

[White is shot in the foot and drops to the ground.]

Bond: "The name's Bond. James Bond."

Spiritual Take-Away: A lifetime of womanizing doesn’t mean as much as a few weeks with a true love.




4. Indiana Jones: The Indiana Jones series
Harrison Ford’s third appearance on the list is definitely his manliest, and one of the manliest in any movie ever. Jones may not be as big as some of the other guys in our Top 10, but no character has ever had more charisma. He’s got the whip, the fedora, the lopsided grin and the ability to escape from any trap. He can ride horses, camels and elephants. He can drive motorcycles, biplanes and boats. In addition to being an adventurer, he’s also a successful professor. All in all, Indiana Jones is one of the best characters you’ll ever see.

We Wish We Had: Some would say the whip, but our choice would be the fedora. Best hat in movie history.

Best Quote: Henry Jones: "Those people are trying to kill us!"

Indiana Jones: "I know, Dad!"

Henry Jones: "This is a new experience for me."

Indiana Jones: "It happens to me all the time."

Spiritual Take-Away: The fear of God is a good thing.




3. William Wallace: Braveheart
While everyone on this list was deserving of their honor, the last three stand head and shoulders above the rest. It was so close that any of them could have taken the top spot. At no. 3 we have William Wallace, the beastly Scottish warrior for freedom played by Mel Gibson. In the beginning Wallace just wants a simple life with his wife, but after she is murdered by the English, he is forced to fight. It turns out to be a bad mistake for the Brits. Wallace goes on to unite his country, taking on armies, evil kings and corrupt nobles along the way. Wallace is probably the most awe-inspiring character on this list because not only is he absurdly manly (check out the huge sword and the ability to pull off kilts) but he stands for ideals as well.

We Wish We Had: His Scottish claymore, which has to be the biggest sword ever seen on a film screen.

Best Quote: Wallace: "Lower your flags and march straight back to England, stopping at every home you pass by to beg forgiveness for a hundred years of theft, rape and murder. Do that and your men shall live. Do it not, and every one of you will die today."

Spiritual Take-Away: Freedom comes at a price.




2. John McClane: Die Hard
When it comes to straight action movies, nothing beats Die Hard, and nobody beats John McClane. In the role he seems born to play, Bruce Willis stars as the New York City cop who is stuck in a skyscraper when it's taken over by terrorists. In many ways, McClane is the most cliché action character out there: the tough, break-the-rules cop who is too crazy for the administration but gets the job done. The difference is that McClane does it better than anyone else. He takes out the terrorists one by one in a variety of ways. He utters fantastic one-liners. Plus, he does it all without his shoes. If you’re wondering why McClane beat out Wallace, the scene where he runs over the glass in his bare feet was the one that pushed him over the top.

We Wish We Had: The ability to mock terrorists with so well.

Best Quote: McClane: "Nine million terrorists in the world, and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister's." [Technically that’s not his best quote, but it’s the best one we can print. Everyone who has seen the movie knows what the best quote is.]

Spiritual Take-Away: Americans always beat Germans in movies.




1. Maximus Decimus Meridius: Gladiator
Our top honors go to the general-turned-slave-turned-hero, Maximus, from Gladiator. Maximus has everything you want in a manly movie character: He is a leader of men, he has principles and ethics, and he can fight better than anyone else. Even though he has had a career filled with memorably masculine roles, Russell Crowe outdoes himself as Maximus. He is a natural leader who doesn’t seek after power. He is a killer, but only because he is required to be. He has a family, and he loves and honors them. He does what is right, no matter what happens to him. He is placed in the lowest possible position, only to rise back to the heights of power simply through his own merits. No movie character has ever been manlier.

We Wish We Had: Maximus’ uncanny ability to inspire and lead others.

Best Quote: Maximus: "My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."

Spiritual Take-Away: What we do in life echoes in eternity.




Bonus! The Top 5 Wimpiest Movie Characters
Here's the other side of the coin we promised—the five wimpiest characters in movie history. At least, these are the unmanliest ones we could think of. Again, enjoy!



5. Ryan Phillipe: in any movie
It doesn’t matter what movie he’s in—Flags of Our Fathers, Crash or another—Ryan Phillipe will be a total wimp. He’s like the anti-Russell Crowe.



4. Jerry Lundegaard: Fargo
William H. Macy plays the debt-ridden Jerry Lundegaard in Fargo, who goes to despicable means to cover up his indiscretions. A great example of what secrecy and shame can do to you.



3. Pvt. Hudson: Aliens
Memorably portrayed by Bill Paxton, Pvt. Hudson is best-remembered for his classic meltdown after a run-in with the terrorizing aliens, in which he comes up with one of the greatest freak-out lines ever: "What are we gonna do now? That’s it! Game over, man! Game over!"



2. Paris: Troy
Just like Arnold had to make the manliest characters list, Orlando Bloom had to make the wimpiest. As Paris, Bloom cheats on a king’s wife and runs away with her, which starts a war that leads to thousands of deaths. Then he volunteers to do one-one-one combat to stave off the war, only to surrender and run back crying to his brother. That’s a lot of wimpiness in one movie.



1. Edward, Prince of Wales: Braveheart
Prince Edward is the perfect foil to William Wallace. The skinny, cowardly shrimp is more concerned with his clothes and his, um, special friend than the fact that his country is coming apart. Just the complete opposite of masculinity.

We'd like to know what you think! Did we leave anyone out? Was anyone ranked too high or too low? Let us know at newman@strang.com or chriglazier@yahoo.com.
I would have put William Wallace as number one, but Maximus was awesome too.
These are pretty good lists...I'd also include Achilles and Hector from the movie troy as good examples..
Well, crap. Now I have go watch all these movies again.

Thanks a lot, Dave.
I'll have some nominations too.

Top 20: Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris, Chuck Norris and Chuck Norris.

Top 20 wimpiest: Woody Allen; and whatever was left of whoever went up against Chuck Norris.
Why did Jack Bauer name his cat Chuck Norris?

Because Chuck Norris is a p***y. (sorry for the crudity. No other way to state it, and it still be funny)

Jack Bauer and Chuck Norris walk into a room. 3 minutes later, Jack Bauer walks out and leaves. You walk into the room to find Chuck Norris in the fetal position, weeping, with not a mark on him.

Jack Bauer is the man.
+ 100
Twenty entries and Billy Jack isn't listed!!!???? Yet they have Ripley in the list!? Thats sketchy!

Billy Jack
Possibly the most quotable movie outside of Pulp Fiction. Plus he runs around in the movie punking people with hapkido while trying to adhere to american indian culture.

We Wish We Had: His crazy feet.

Best Quote: Billy Jack- "Bernard, I want you to know... that I try. When Jean and the kids at the school tell me that I'm supposed to control my violent temper, and be passive and nonviolent like they are, I try. I really try. Though when I see this girl... of such a beautiful spirit... so degraded... and this boy... that I love... sprawled out by this big ape here... and this little girl, who is so special to us we call her "God's little gift of sunshine"... and I think of the number of years that she's going to have to carry in her memory... the savagery of this idiotic moment of yours... I just go BERSERK!"

Spiritual Take-Away: It's better to know how to fight and not have to use it, than to not know how to fight and go around starting them all the time.

Some of my favorites that weren't mentioned: Dantes(Count of Monte Cristo), Tyler Durdan (Fight Club), Thomas Crown

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