Watching alpha males in fictional or reality content can help a man replicate the behavior of what he’s seeing. If you’re trying to “fake it ’til you make it” or need some quick visual pointers to boost confidence, then entertainment is the place to seek it.
In movies that are meant for a male audience, typically the protagonist is an alpha male, and many times the villains are as well.
I consider these alpha male movies the best for guys looking to improve themselves and they’re some of the most badass films for men in general.
#10 – Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean
Pirates are always a source of alpha male content. They manipulate, they have women, and they put themselves first. Plus being the Captain is an illustrious title because they lead other men. All of the movies are filled with some of the best actors in Hollywood, including Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Ian McShane in the latest installment.
Jack Sparrow is such a fun character to watch and impossible not to love. There is something very comforting and manly about Sparrow even though he’s a little too friendly and odd at times. The pirate-turned-captain always finds a smooth way to talk himself out of trouble, just like a real alpha male.
#9 – Jason Statham in The Transporter
Jason Statham plays a badass martial art and driving expert. All of these movies are enjoyed by men and each one has it’s own group of villains to deal with. While it may be an action and fighting movie, Statham does get to portray his alpha male characteristics in more than enough scenes as well.
#8 – George Clooney in Ocean’s 11
The Oceans franchise keeps almost the same team intact throughout all of the movies. Each member is an alpha male in some way, bringing various expertise to the group.
George Clooney plays the leader of the group and seeing as the group is actually a group of friends, it’s not dissimilar to any group of friends you may have. For that reason, it shows the interesting dynamics between men in an alpha male heavy group.
#7 – Daniel Craig in James Bond
Every actor who has portrayed James Bond has brought the most alpha male character to the big screen at the time. As time has gone on the actor’s have molded with the times to become even more badass.
The entire collection of Bond movies is a must watch for any guy. If you’re short on time and want to watch an alpha male in a movie, the best one to grab immediately is Casino Royale. Daniel Craig’s portrayal of Bond is by far the most alpha male. He’s playing Bond in a time when the title of “badass” isn’t given away easily and he certainly earns the title.
#6 – Gerard Butler in 300
In 300, Gerard Butler plays the Spartan king Leonidas. Similar to Troy/Gladiator, Butler plays an alpha male character in a leadership role. A notable scene from the film is when he’s standing right in front of Xerxes, and despite the complete size disadvantage, he has the fortitude to tell him off. The confidence and body language from that scene alone make 300 a worthwhile watch.
#5 – Robert Deniro in Goodfellas
Robert DeNiro may be 70+ years old now, but he still holds himself as a prideful and respected man. Many of his films are iconic, including:
- The Godfather
- The Bronx Tale
- The Untouchables
- Raging Bull
It’s obvious Robert DeNiro deserves his own place on the list, with all of his movies being used as a reference. DeNiro is without a doubt one of the few guys in Hollywood who has played alpha males for decades. The man is just a badass. His body language, his authoritative voice, and mannerisms, he’s one of, if not THE guy to watch. In virtually all of these films, Robert plays a character that is larger-than-life.
#4 Will Smith in Hitch
This rom-com gave Smith the chance to be a romantic lead, starring as a man who hooks up male clients with the women of their dreams. The closest he’s come to reliving the Fresh Prince days, Hitch piles on one ridiculous situation after another as Smith tries to coach Kevin James on dating and woo his own love interest, co-star Eva Mendes. One question remains: Why the hell doesn’t Will Smith get called on to do romantic comedies more often?
#3 Brad Pitt in Fightclub
Brad Pitt is a man that oozes confidence and beauty. Two specific characters of his stick out as alpha males.
- Tyler Durden – The fighting machine that is the center of the Fight Club movie. Durden is the man that everyone wants to be but is too afraid to act on.
- Achilles – The best warrior that the world has ever known. Achilles goes into battle fearlessly and kills all those to get in his path. This myth-become-legend is larger-than-life.
Just keep in mind that there are many more badass alpha male roles played by Brad Pitt that you should check out as well!
#2 Matt Daemon in Jason Bourne
The >Bourne films are a series of action spy thriller movies based on the character Jason Bourne, a CIA assassin suffering from extreme memory loss who must figure out who he is.
The Bourne movies give Damon a serious-looking leading character. Jason Bourne is an interesting case of masculine ideals. He shares 007’s physical endurance and mental sharpness that, with age (Damon is 45; was 29 in The Bourne Identity), has grown cynical and world-weary.
#1 – Marlon Brando in Godfather
Don Vito Corleone (aka the Godfather) is the greatest movie character in the world, ever, according to a poll of American film experts. The role of Don Vito Corleone was played by both Brando, in The Godfather, and by Robert de Niro, in 1974’s The Godfather 2.
Both actors won Oscars for their performances, although Brando famously refused his in protest at government treatment of the Native American.
#0 Russell Crowe in Gladiator (Bonus)
Russell Crowe plays one of the biggest badasses in movies as Maximus. The scene that stands out most to me is when he leads the men inside the arena. He is a natural born leader and the other slaves naturally follow his lead. He stands out and makes his voice heard and the other men respect and follow him for it.
There you have it. 10 movies with a strong alpha male characteristic that I recommend you to watch. Pay attention to how they deal with issues that arise and how these actors behave.
What other movies like this you know?
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