Movies have a way of leaving a long-lasting impression on us and there is always a lesson or two we can take away from the plot. Watching a great flick is also beneficial for boosting our confidence overall. And alpha male characters seem to do it in the best way possible. The characters rub off on us, teaching us how to act and deal with tough everyday situations. Setting the good apart from the bad and taking matters into their own hands in a fiery explosion of thrilling adventure, it’s almost impossible not to admire alpha male leads. If you are in need of a thrill or confidence boost, here are a few of the best alpha male movies to watch.
Agent 007 is without a doubt one of the most iconic alpha male leads in movie history. With his amazing collection of Aston Martins, clever wit, outstanding combat skills, and of course handsome charm, who wouldn’t want to lead the life of James Bond. The entire series of 007 flicks is a must-watch for any guy, but if you are pressed for time and want to see the best actor bring the alpha male Bond to life, then Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig is the one to choose.
We are all leaders in our own right, but sometimes it takes a specific event for these qualities to truly shine. In the case of Maximus (Russell Crowe), it is the ancient savage traditions and corruption that bring out the best in his strength, determination, and sheer will to conquer his wrongdoers. Stripped of his power, Maximus fights his way back to the top without waiving his true morals. If you love a bit of history and a dash of raw combat, Gladiator ticks all the boxes.
While George Clooney is technically the lead in this movie, every character is an alpha male in their own right. Ocean’s group does have some questionable values at times, at the end of the day, it is still a group of friends like most of us have in real life. What is particularly interesting about this movie is how the dynamics work between the various alpha male figures.
It may be a classic, but Braveheart is one of those unforgettable movies that have a strong alpha male character. In an attempt to avenge his bride, William Wallace (Mel Gibson) and his troops go into battle against King Edward I of England. The main theme around the plot is, of course, “Freedom!” and it can’t be more relevant today. We are all looking for freedom from the financial and social strains of today. William Wallace teaches us that being in a powerful position doesn’t make you a leader, courage and leading by example does.
The three alpha male characters (Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson) in this movie each have their own lessons to teach us, but the main theme behind this rat race is that no one is really who they say they are, everyone has their secrets. Martin Scorsese did a fantastic job of portraying the integral differences between two men from very different backgrounds and how they are both the missing piece to one’s puzzle.
If you enjoy suspense, action, and a bit of bravado, these are the movies to watch!