Have you ever dreamed of leading a rebel star fleet against Darth Vader and the Empire? Perhaps, you dream of searching ancient and long-sought religious artifacts because "it belongs in a museum!" Are you a flyboy destined to hit the skies in an F-14 Tomcat? Or would you be found sprinting through foxholes and trenches during World War II? Are you an X-man running from oppression and fighting because it's your duty, or are you an Avenger, blessed with powers beyond imagination with the need to use them for good? Perhaps you're a romantic who wants to find a true love for the ages.
Do you love war movies? Are you a science fiction fanatic? Or, do you just dig a good action movie - historic or mystery? You've seen the leading men pull these parts together for decades, but now it's your turn. These are the movies every man - you - have always wanted to star in. But, first you need to be able to name these movies from an image.
It may seem easy for a movie buff like you, but just like every mystery you've ever seen, nothing is as it seems, and as they say in "Indiana Jones", "Trust no one."
Recognized as one of the greatest war movies ever made, "Saving Private Ryan" stars Tom Hanks and was directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie's opening sequence of the landings at Omaha beach in Normandy cost $12 million to film. It also required over 1,000 extras. Actor Tom Sizemore, who was battling drug addiction, was subjected to daily drug tests to ensure his continued participation in the movie. If he failed, Spielberg would have had him fired.
2012's "21 Jump Street" stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube. It was directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Initially, Tatum wanted nothing to do with the movie and had to be convinced by Hill before he accepted his role.
One of the biggest blockbusters of the '80s, "Top Gun" stars Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, and Val Kilmer. Cruise plays a Navy fighter pilot sent to train at an elite training school called Top Gun. Here he must overcome the odds in order to try to become the best pilot in his class. Tom Cruise was not the original pick for the lead role. A long list of actors turned it down, including Patrick Swayze, Nicolas Cage, Emilio Estevez, John Cusack, Matthew Broderick, Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Scott Baio and Tom Hanks!
"The Dark Knight" made more in six days than "Batman Begins" made during its whole domestic run.
"End of Watch" is a crime drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, and Michael Peña. The "F" word is used 326 times in the movie and a lot of the crude banter was improvised by the actors. Certainly not a movie to let your young children watch.
"Men of Honor" tells the true story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American to become a diver in the U.S. Navy. In a time when racism was still firmly entrenched in American society, Brashear fought against the odds to become a master diver. Despite losing his leg in a horrible accident, Brashear continued to dive for the Navy. A true tale of incredible courage, "Men of Honor" stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert de Niro.
This 1984 comedy drama stars Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, and John Ashton. The movie was directed by Martin Brest. It came at a time when Eddie Murphy's fame was at its peak thanks to his stage comedy. It spawned two sequels, with Murphy reprising his role as Axel Foley.
How important was it to Andrew Garfield to play Spider-Man? He admits to crying when he first donned the Spider-Man costume.
With Owen Wilson in the lead role, "Behind Enemy Lines" is loosely based on the true story of Scott O' Grady, a Navy pilot shot down over Bosnia in 1995 who spent over a week living off the land and evading capture. O'Grady was not happy with the movie, bringing a lawsuit against the studio that commissioned it. His main gripes were that he would never, ever disobey an order and that he didn't swear as much as the movie portrayed. The film was directed by John Moore and also stars Gene Hackman.
Vin Diesel recorded "I am Groot," over 1,000 times for his role.That's some mundane devotion.
"Dirty Harry" is a 1971 movie starring Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, and Harry Guardino. It was directed by Don Siegel, also known for the sci-fi classic, "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers." It was the start of a successful movie franchise starring Eastwood as Harry Callahan, a no-nonsense cop. It is well remembered for the line 'Do ya feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?'
Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. may look like a great couple. But the director had to do some clever filming to make up for the height difference. Paltrow was barefoot for all of the scenes in Stark Tower. Downey wears three to four-inch platform shoes.
"Apollo 13" is a film from 1995, directed by Ron Howard. It features Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon in the lead roles and tells the true story of the Apollo mission to the moon that suffered a major malfunction before it got there. Thanks to the crew and engineers back at NASA, the three astronauts, led by Jim Lovell (Hanks), made it home to a heroes' welcome. The famous quote used in the movie, "Houston, we have a problem," is in fact wrong. First of all, Jack Swigert said the words, not Lovell. In addition, the real quote was, "Houston, we've had a problem."
Nothing is more patriotic than "Rocky IV." After Rocky's friend and former boxer Apollo Creed is killed in an exhibition fight by Russian boxer Ivan Drago, Rocky agrees to a title fight in the U.S.S.R. to gain revenge. Released in 1985, during the height of the Cold War, the movie was extremely well received. Of course, Rocky, played by Sylvester Stallone, triumphs against all odds.
During "The Wolverine," Wolverine receives a samurai sword. On it is inscribed "Never Died, Never Aged, Never Destroyed." Seems to be a realistic mantra for Wolverine.
The success of the first "Police Academy" movie quickly turned out six sequels. This comedy was released in 1984 and starred Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Michael Winslow and G.W. Baily. Many people remember the incredible vocal talents of Winslow who also voiced all the public address systems in the movie.
Directed by Peter Hunt, this musical drama focuses on the Founding Fathers of America and their struggle to declare independence from Great Britain. It stars William Daniels and Howard da Silva. Much of the spoken dialogue and songs are from letters from the period. The movie was based on a 1969 Broadway production of the same name.
People often forget that children see celebrities as mom and dad, not a celeb. For example, when Paul Rudd mentioned to his 9-year-old son that he was going to star as the small superhero, his son reportedly said, "Wow, I can't wait to see how stupid that'll be."
Cruise accepted the role, partially because of his interest in Japanese culture. Even though the movie faced some criticism for its lack of accuracy in portraying Japanese culture and history, it was Japan's 11th highest grossing movie in 2012.
Starring Sylvester Stallone and Richard Crenna, in "Rambo: First Blood Part II," John Rambo is tasked with freeing prisoners in Vietnam to secure his freedom after being incarcerated. The movie was co-written by James Cameron of "Titanic," "Terminator" and "Avatar" fame. Sadly, stuntman Cliff Wenger, Jr. was killed during the filming of the movie.
A radio dramatization was performed of this story by H.G. Wells in 1938. It was thought that this caused a large panic as many people believed the war to be actually happening. However, this claim of mass panic has been recently disputed due to new documented evidence. The movie did not cause mass hysteria.
Directed by Ivan Reitman, "Stripes" features comedians Bill Murray, John Candy and Harold Ramis. It tells the story of two friends so unhappy with their lives that they join the army. Murray insisted Ramis (his real life friend) should be cast as his character's friend in the movie, especially to help with improv scenes. Interestingly, after the movie came out, the U.S. Army reported a rise in recruitment numbers by as much as 10%!
"Point Break" is a 1991 action crime drama featuring Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, and Gary Busey. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigalow, although Ridley Scott was initially approached to sit in the director's chair. Reeves had to learn to surf for his role in the movie and has continued with the hobby.
Stan Lee is known as the Father of Marvel. In fact, his cameo appearances to many are just as important as the movie's hero. Yet, in "Blade," his cameo never made it past editing.
Written and Directed by Micheal Mann, this 1995 action crime drama stars some big Hollywood names, including Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. The film was shot without the use of a studio and made use of 65 Los Angeles locations. It is also the first movie in which Pacino and DeNiro are seen together on the silver screen. Although they were both in "The Godfather Part 2," they never appeared on screen together.
Released in 2000, "The Patriot" tells the story of a man driven to take the fight to the British during the War of Independence after his son is murdered. It stars Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, and Jason Isaacs and was directed by Roland Emmerich. Gibson's character in the movie is based on militia leader General Andrew Pickens. Harrison Ford was originally wanted for the lead role but turned the part down.
Nascar driver Hut Stricklin was the consultant on set. He claimed he made more money consulting then he ever did or would driving.
This 2001 movie, directed by Ridley Scott, tells the story of the U.S. military's mission in Mogadishu in 1993. The film focuses specifically on a rescue mission by U.S. Rangers to reach soldiers and crew on two downed Black Hawk helicopters. The movie features many young Hollywood stars, including Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor and Tom Sizemore.
Based on a book of the same name, "The Untouchables" was released in 1987. Big names like Kevin Costner, Robert DeNiro, and Sean Connery were among the actors who starred in the film. Sean Connery won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. The film also won a Grammy Award for Best Film Soundtrack.
Did you think that Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei had a little twinkle in their eyes? You may be right. In the 90s, the two had a relationship.
With perhaps Aerosmith's biggest hit driving it forward, "Armageddon" proved a smash in 1998, fueled by the public's love of a good disaster movie. Telling the story of a team of drillers tasked with stopping an asteroid from hitting Earth, the movie was directed by Michael Bay. It stars Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck and Billy Bob Thornton.
"Bad Boys" is a film franchise produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Micheal Bay. It stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy were originally meant to play the lead roles. The first movie was released in 1995. It was also the first feature directed by Michael Bay.
What can be more patriotic than Captain America! Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe revival, this is the sequel to "Captain America: The First Avenger." Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, it stars Chris Evans in the lead role.
A number of big name actors were considered to play Lestat before Cruise was selected, including Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp. The make-up routine was extensive for this film. Actors had to hang upside down while make-up was applied so the artists could trace veins in their faces. Cruise even ordered that tunnels be built so that make-up would be kept secret til the release of the film. The process took hours and had to be endured multiple times a day.
Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy star in this action comedy. According to Nolte, most of the dialogue between him and Murphy was done on the fly. Murphy almost lost his role in the movie for not being funny enough. He later came back saying he was not aware of this until they finished the movie. Kris Kristofferson was one of the actors originally thought of for the role of Jack Cates, played by Nolte.
This 2004 drama tells the story of the U.S. ice hockey team's victory at the 1980 Olympic Games. What makes it even more patriotic is that they beat a formidable squad from the U.S.S.R. during the height of the Cold War. It was directed by Gavin O'Connor and features Kurt Russell in the lead role. Interestingly, Russell, who portrayed Herb Brooks, the famous coach of the team, had to use his left hand for everything as Brooks was left-handed. Sadly, Brooks died in a car accident before the film was released.
"American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper, tells the story of Chris Kyle, who served in the U.S. Military as a sniper for four tours of duty. During his tour, Kyle actually managed to take out an insurgent at a distance of 1.9 km away. Sadly, Kyle was killed by an unstable fellow veteran after his return to the United States. Directed by Clint Eastwood, the movie was shot in just 42 days.
Halley Berry was pregnant while filming her role as Storm. That also meant the director had to become a little creative while reducing Berry's role in the film to accommodate her pregnancy.
2009's "Brooklyn's Finest" stars Richard Gere and Ethan Hawk although they only appear together in one scene. The movie was directed by Antoine Fuqua who was not convinced he should do another cop movie after "Training Day." After reading the script, however, he changed his mind. The movie's original ending was changed after the bad response it received at the Sundance Film Festival.
Starring Nicholas Cage, "National Treasure" sees him searching for an artifact hidden by the Founding Fathers of the United States. Of course, others are after the treasure as well, making his task just that much more difficult. The movie also features Diane Kruger and Sean Bean and was directed by Jon Turteltaub.
Cruise used actual bottles while practicing his flair skills on set. Even though some of the film was shot in Jamaica, it was cold; Cruise ended up getting sick, making filming of some scenes quite unpleasant.
A staggering 271 minutes in length, "Gettysburg" tells the story of the most crucial battle ever fought on U.S. soil. It stars Martin Sheen and Tom Berenger and was directed by Ronald Maxwell. Of course, at the conclusion of the battle, which the Union won, Abraham Lincoln gave his most famous speech. Gettysburg is the longest U.S. movie ever released.
Jay Chandrasekhar wrote, directed and starred in this 2001 comedy crime movie. It was originally meant to be set in 1970 but ended up a modern day tale. The gun used in one of the scenes with the Spurburry police captain is actually a BB gun. Probably safer!
In the first film, Chris Hemsworth used a wig for his character, Thor. In the second, he grew his hair out for over a year to have a more authentic look.
With Matthew Broderick in the lead role, 1989's "Glory" tells the story of the first all-black company of Union soldiers during the Civil War. Although they face prejudice, their bravery was unwavering, even in the face of death. Most perished at the assault on Fort Wagner, including Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, their commanding officer, played by Broderick. Glory won three Academy Awards, including Denzil Washington winning for Best Supporting Actor.
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, this 1992 crime drama was his first feature length film. Veteran actors like Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, and Micheal Madsen can be seen in Reservoir Dogs. For this reason, Tarantino believed that they were the least experienced on the set of the movie. The "F" word can be heard 272 during the course of the film.
Apple paid a hefty sum for product placement in this movie: $15 million. The movie was influenced and inspired by the Mission Impossible TV series that aired from 1966-1973.
1984's "Red Dawn" tells the story of a bunch of teenagers who fight back against a U.S.S.R. invasion of the United States. Calling themselves the Wolverines, they use guerrilla tactics against the Soviets. The movie stars Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen and Lea Thompson. It was rebooted in 2012 with the new threat coming from North Korea.
This biographical crime drama is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Denzel Washington, Russel Crowe, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The movie is set in 1970's America and chronicles the life of Frank Lucas. Scott claimed the movie was one of the biggest of his career. It was filmed in over 180 different locations and included well over 300 scenes.
When aliens invade the Earth, only a concerted effort led by the U.S.A. has any hope of saving the planet! "Independence Day" was a massive hit in 1996 and starred Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, and Bill Pullman. It includes some iconic action scenes, including an alien mothership destroying the White House. Interestingly, the alien species in the movie are beaten with just a stiffy disk and a computer virus. They must have been running Windows 95 on their computer systems as well.