Retro Relapse: The 50 Manliest Men In Hollywood History

RETRO RELAPSE is a series of older articles from various places where I used to write before Talking Pulp.

*Written in 2015.

*2019 Notes: Years have passed since I wrote and compiled this list for a different website, so the order in my head has changed somewhat and there are probably other names I’d add. Maybe I’ll do a Top 100 list as a followup at some point. But for now, this appears as it did in 2015.

Hollywood pretty much sucks in general these days. It is a land of mostly shitty people, sissy bitch men and really atrocious films not catered to a masculine audience.

In the old days, there were a lot of manly men who graced the screen and gave dudes some bad ass motherfuckers to look up to. They were tough as nails, took no shit and would bitchslap any obstacle and look cool as fuck doing it.

Sure, we got cool guys like Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and then there’s those dudes from “The Expendables” series. Ultimately though, the days of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen and Lee Van Cleef are pretty much gone. Eastwood is some old dude that directs more than he kicks on-screen ass but I still respect him. We just don’t have many masculine heroes anymore and unrealistic superheroes don’t count. Besides, Tony Stark may be funny but he’s generally a cock and more of a playboy than a man’s man.

Some modern actors are on this list but they pale in comparison to the men of yesteryear, which is why the older actors dominate here.

While compiling this, I got up to about 150 people I was considering but wanted to narrow it down to fifty. If your favorite is missing, know that they were probably considered.

So without further ado, here are the fifty manliest men in Hollywood history!

1. Clint Eastwood
2. John Wayne
3. Paul Newman
4. Steve McQueen
5. Robert Redford
6. Jack Nicholson
7. Charles Bronson
8. Charlton Heston
9. Bruce Lee
10. Humphrey Bogart
11. Lee Van Cleef
12. Robert Mitchum
13. Henry Fonda
14. Daniel Day-Lewis
15. Orson Welles
16. Gregory Peck
17. Marlon Brando
18. Morgan Freeman
19. James Earl Jones
20. Kirk Douglas
21. Sean Connery
22. James Cagney
23. Liam Neeson
24. Robert De Niro
25. Sylvester Stallone
26. Mel Gibson
27. Yul Brynner
29. Eli Wallach
30. Harrison Ford
31. Lee Marvin
32. James Coburn
33. Denzel Washington
34. Klaus Kinski
35. Daniel Craig
36. James Dean
37. Kurt Russell
38. Samuel Jackson
39. Arnold Schwarzenegger
40. Gary Cooper
41. Christopher Walken
42. Chuck Norris
43. George Clooney
44. Russell Crowe
45. Robert Vaughn
46. Richard Roundtree
47. Jack Palance
48. Al Pacino
49. Idris Elba
50. Bruce Willis