The term "guy movie" is a bit vague but for the sake of this quiz it can be any movie that involves action in some sort of form. It doesn't have to be the main genre, for example, there are a number of films that revolve around history, crime, and superheroes, however action sequences do make up a huge part of the plots within those films.
There are movies in this quiz that are standalone films (meaning they're not a part of any series), and others that are installments from some of the biggest action franchises of the past several decades. Just to name a few of these franchises, there are movies from The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, James Bond, Transporter, and many others. One of the more popular tropes found in a lot of popular "guy movies" is that a highly-trained assassin or spy has gone rogue and is being hunted as a result. The reasoning differs from film to film, sometimes they left because of personal reasons, other times it's because a villain saw them as a threat.
Play "pick or pass" with some of the most popular guy movies and we'll guess who your favorite action star of all time is.
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War is a film that is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is one of the biggest character collaboration films from this franchise, where the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and a few others such as Doctor Strange and Black Panther all united together to fight against a common enemy. That common enemy of course was none other than Thanos himself, where he was hunting down all six of the Infinity Stones so he could erase half of the universe's population.
John Wick is an action movie that features Keanu Reeves. It is the first installment in a franchise which currently has two films that has been released, and a third is on the way. The main protagonist of the film, John Wick, was a former assassin who developed a bit of a reputation. He managed to leave that life behind though so he could be with his wife. After her passing, John was still in the mourning period when a couple of rookies decide to steal his car. Despite his old boss asking for his forgiveness, John seeks revenge.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is a film that is part of a very large action franchise. This one in particular is the fifth installment in the series and are all based around the life of character Ethan Hunt (portrayed by Tom Cruise). Similar to some of the other action movies that will be featured in this quiz, the Mission: Impossible franchise is known for being a spy series. Like most spy movies nowadays, Ethan is depicted as being a "rogue" and often does things the way he wants to.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road is an action movie that also incorporates post-apocalyptic elements. The two protagonists are Max Rockatansky, who was captured by the tyrant's men, and Imperator Furiosa, one of the villain's drivers who escapes with his wives. Both Max and Furiosa are depicted as being "survivors," where Max doesn't seem to let being a donor slow him down, even when one of the War Boys named Nux was hooked up to him. Furiosa doesn't stop to make sure the wives are safe out of harm's way.
Black Panther is a newer film that is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The main character T'Challa was introduced in a previous film titled Captain America: Civil War. Following the loss of his father, T'Challa was then crowned the King of Wakanda and was the next to take on the role as the Black Panther. His position was challenged when his cousin, Erik Killmonger arrived in Wakanda and demanded that the throne be his. The two cousins battle, a custom of Wakanda and T'Challa loses.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a science fiction film that is part of a massive franchise. Technically the film is the seventh in the entire franchise as a whole, but in terms of the reboot series it's the first. Some of the original characters reprise their roles in this film, including Harrison Ford as Han Solo. The movie takes place decades after the events of the first films, where Kylo Ren and his army of Stormtroopers disrupt the peace brought on by The Resistance.
Taken is an action movie that has some definite thriller elements, and is the first installment in the franchise. The movie begins by depicting the split family, where the wife was in a relationship with a new man and the husband had not really moved on. Their daughter tells them that she and a friend are going on a mini vacation in a different country, despite the fact that her father doesn't believe it's safe. He receives a phone call from his daughter and she tells him that men are there to take her.
The Edge Of Tomorrow
This action movie is a science fiction that stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. It is a futuristic film in which the planet has been overrun by an alien race, and most of the countries are at war to try and defeat them. The main protagonist Major William Cage is a man who has no combat or fighting skills whatsoever, and yet he is drafted into a operation to battle the aliens. He passes quite quickly, but is confused when he suddenly wakes up in a time loop.
Skyfall is another classic spy/assassin action film that has been well received over the years. It is part of a very large franchise based around the infamous sky "James Bond." In terms of this particular adaptation character, Skyfall is the third movie that features Daniel Craig as James Bond. The movie revolves around James and his investigation into the secret organized that employs him, and discovers that one of the other agents had plans to attack the secret society because he was after revenge.
Thor: Ragnarok is an individual film that is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor returns to Asgard and quickly realizes that his brother Loki, the God of Mischief has been impersonating their father, Odin. Thor forces Loki to take him to see Odin and when they do the brothers learn that Odin is ready to pass on. He tells them that once he is gone their eldest sister Hela will be released from her capture. When she returns Hela believes that Asgard is her birthright.
X-Men is a superhero film that is also inspired by the Marvel Comics although it isn't part of the MCU. It is the first installment in its own franchise that has released a total of eleven films with still more to come. The movie begins with two mutants, Logan and Rogue arriving at Charles Xavier's school for mutants. Logan has retractable claws that are forged out of Adamantium and Rogue is a mutant who can drain another mutant of their powers with a single touch.
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Bourne Ultimatum is another movie that is part of the very popular spy/assassin film trend. This movie is the third installment in the Jason Bourne film franchise, which has released a total of five films to date. For the most part the movies depict the life of the main protagonist Jason Bourne, who as once an operative in a Black Ops unit. Unlike some of the other spy/assassin films, Jason faces some internal challenges, most of which involve him remembering things he's done before.
Jurassic Park is a science fiction film and was the first installment in a franchise that was iconic in the 1990s. The film trilogy has received a bit of a revival, where two additional films titled Jurassic World has been released. The movie begins with two characters, Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler are invited to be the first to experience the dinosaur theme park and to determine whether or not its safe. They learn that the dinosaurs were made by extraction DNA from mosquitoes.
Independence Day: Resurgence
Independence Day: Resurgence is another science fiction film that is a sequel to the 1990s original film simply titled Independence Day. Some of the characters from the first film reprise their roles, including Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson. The movie takes place two decades after the first, where an organization known as Earth Space Defense has been established to protect the planet from another alien invasion. It is revealed that some alien survivors had sent a distress call to their mothership, which begins drilling down to the planet's core.
The Avengers is a superhero fantasy film that is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie begins with the villain Loki arriving on Earth in search of the Tesseract. He manages to corrupt the mind of Agent Barton and uses his skills as a archer to his advantage. His close associate Agent Romanoff and the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D recruit a number of different characters who make up the Avengers squad. This includes Loki's adoptive brother Thor, Dr. Bruce Banner (Hulk), Steve Rogers (Captain America), and Tony Stark (Iron Man).
Baby Driver is an action movie that was released in 2017 and features Ansel Elgort and Kevin Spacey as main characters. The movie falls into the category of being a crime drama. It begins with depicting the life of the main protagonist Baby, who works as a getaway driver for a crime boss who organizes a number of high staked heists. Baby learns from his boss that he only has one more job to do and then he'll be set free. Things change when he meets a waitress named Debora who wishes to leave town with him.
Avatar is a science fiction movie that was released in 2009. It is set in a near distant future on a fictional place known as Pandora. The humans are trying to colonize on this moon so that they can mine and harvest a certain mineral. Unfortunately the only thing that stands in their way is the Na'vi tribe. A marine is brought in on a special task to operate a genetically developed human/Na'vi hybrid known as an "avatar" so he can communicate with the tribe.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is yet another science fiction film that is part of a major franchise (this one in particular is included in the reboot series). It is the second installment in the new series, and takes place an entire decade after the events in the first movie. It begins with a small group of humans who have settled in the remains of San Francisco after an illness spread across the planet. Caeser the Ape is the leader in his group and tries to maintain order when the humans arrive in his territory.
Aquaman is a superhero film that is inspired by the DC Comics. The main character is Arthur Curry who had previously been introduced in a film involving the Justice League team. This movie reflects how he came to be the Aquaman, starting with how his parents met. His father was a mortal who looked after a lighthouse and his mother was Atlanna who was the Queen of Atlantis. They fall in love and have a son, whom she believed would be the one to reunite the people of Atlantis with the surface world.
Jurassic World is another film that falls into the science fiction category, and is the first installment in the revamped dinosaur trilogy. It follows the events that took place in the first three Jurassic Park films. The movie even takes place in the same location as the first movies, the island of Isla Nublar. Unlike the theme park that was developed in the first film, Jurassic World reveals a highly successful park that thousands of people attend daily. However things return to chaos when a new hybrid dinosaur escapes containment.
Kong: Skull Island
Kong: Skull Island is a science fiction/fantasy film that was released in 2017 and was a reboot from the original film titled King Kong. It stars Tom Hiddleston as James Conrad and Samuel L. Jackson as Preston Packard. The film begins with a government associate putting together a team, which includes James Conrad as the tracker and a squad of soldiers as associates. The organizer of the team told everyone that they were going to the island to do some research, but in reality he wanted to prove that monsters exist.
The Accountant is an action/thriller film that features Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick as the main characters. Christian Wolff works as a forensic accountant which means its his job to uncover any suspicious activity for any given company. He gets jobs through an online forum called the "Voice" and doesn't know their true identity. It is revealed that Chris is being hunted by an organization who has been following his work for some time. His latest client is for a robotics company that has millions of dollars missing.
Star Trek Beyond
Star Trek Beyond is a science fiction/space adventure film and is part of a larger, popular film franchise. In fact, this movie in particular in the 13th installment in the franchise, which includes those released from the original series. In terms of the reboot, Star Trek Beyond is the third installment. The movie begins with main characters - Captain James T. Kirk, Commander Spock, and other members of his crew landing at a space station for a short restock of supplies. Shortly after they're called for a rescue mission that turns into an ambush.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past
X-Men: Days of Future Past is another film that is part of the X-Men franchise and was inspired by the Marvel Comics. The X-Men series is unique because of the fact that it has released two separate timelines for the mutant characters. In the first few films Professor X and Magneto are much older and have experienced the world of mutants for many years. In the later films, the timeline is from when they were much younger, and are just beginning to be influential leaders for mutants.
Looper is a science fiction film although it definitely has some thriller elements. It is set in the near future where a criminal organization sends back people of their choosing to the past. From there, the hired associated known as "loopers" get rid of these people before they can cause any trouble in the future. In order to cover their tracks, the younger version will come face to face with their older self, indicating that their contract has been terminated.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a mystery thriller film that is loosely based off of the stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle. This film in particular is the sequel to the first film, and involves the two main characters Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are they embark on yet another journey together. The film begins with Sherlock Holmes investigating a series of unsolved cases that all involved his former lover's boss, Moriarty. Since Watson had married his wife and was leaving the crime business, Sherlock meets with the boss and asks he leave his beloved friends out of any mess.
The Lord Of Rings: Return Of The King
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King is the third installment in the fantasy film franchise The Lord of the Rings. The premise of this trilogy is that Frodo Baggins, a young hobbit from the Shire is tasked with bringing the one ring to Mordor so it could not longer have power. In terms of the movie Return of the King, many of the main characters have been split up at this point, but they're all fighting for the same cause: protecting Middle Earth from Sauron.
Red Dawn is an action movie that was released in 2012 and is a remake of the original film from 1984. The plot of the movie consists of a group of unequipped teenagers who come together to defend their town from an invasion. It all begins with two brothers, Jed Eckert who was a marine returning home and his younger brother Matt. They wake up one morning to an invasion from another country, and their father tells them to hide at their cabin. They do just that, bringing some of their peers as well.
King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a fantasy film that was released in 2017 and was inspired by the Arthurian legends. The movie begins with the demise of King Uther and his family from his own younger brother who wanted the throne. Little did Vortigern know, Uther's son Arthur was saved and grew up in a poor town away from Camelot. Arthur grows up to be a skilled swordsman, and defends those who cannot protect themselves. His biggest threat is Vortigern, who he doesn't know is actually his uncle.
Ant-Man And The Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a recent superhero film that is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It takes place after the events of the first film (and some of the Avengers movies as well), where Scott Lang was on house watch because he broke his agreement from the Sokovia Accords. He was forced to end all communication with Hank and Hope, who were the ones who gave him the Ant-Man suit in the first place. However, when Scott starts to receive messages from Janet (Hope's mother), he has no choice but to reach out.
Underworld: Awakening is a dark action film that is part of a supernatural franchise simply titled Underworld. This film in particular in the four installment in the series, and depicts the life of Selene. In the previous films, it was revealed that Selene was a vampire who had a particular set of skills thanks to her many years as an elite hunter. In the movie Underworld: Awakening, Selene and the rest of the vampires as well as the lycans become targets from the human government so they could be experimented on.
Point Break is an action/thriller movie that was released in 2015 and features Luke Bracey and Teresa Palmer. The movie begins with a tragic accident involving Johnny Utah (the main protagonist) after he loses his friend while participating in an extreme sport. Shortly afterwards, Johnny gives up the thriller life and instead pursues a job as a FBI agent. He attends a meeting where a number of agents discuss a series of heists as they try to figure out the connection.
The Hitman's Bodyguard
The Hitman's Bodyguard is an action thriller movie that stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson as the main protagonists. In the movie, Michael Bryce works as a highly skilled bodyguard who lost his reputation after he failed to protect a client of his. He is brought onto a special case that his ex-girlfriend was in charge of, where he was needed to protect a hitman who was needed to testify before a judge. The only problem was the mission was ambushed, and his ex-girlfriend believed it was someone from the inside.
Fast Five (otherwise known as Fast & the Furious 5) is a crime action movie that is part of a highly popular film franchise. Fast Five is the fifth installment in the Fast & the Furious franchise, a series of movies that depict the criminal actions of a number of characters such as Brian O'Conner and Dominic Toretto. In this movie in particular, these two characters and their team of highly trained thieves devise a plan to steal a safe that contained $100 million dollars.
Men In Black III
Men In Black III is yet another science fiction film and is the third installment in the film franchise titled Men In Black. This movie is unique because it incorporates both past and future characters. The infamous Agent K's life is put into danger when an alien he captured travels back in time to get rid of the younger Agent K so he and his species could take over the planet. He is successful, and his partner Agent J is the only one who remembers him.
Transformers is yet another science fiction film that was released in 2007. It is the first installment in the widely popular Transformers franchise, which has produced a number of movies throughout the years. Transformers begins depicting a past event involving Sam's relative, who had come in contact with Megatron. Megatron was a Decepticon who had crashed on earth after a war between the Decepticons and the Autobots. Fast forward to the present, Sam purchases his first car that just so happens to be an Autobot who was looking for the AllSpark.
Batman VS Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is a superhero action movie that was inspired by the DC Comics. The beginning of the film depicts Superman as neither a hero or a villain in the eyes of the people, but Batman has come to the conclusion that he is a threat to the human race. Batman learns that Lex Luthor has been involved in some mysterious work and after stealing a flash drive he learns that Luthor has been studying metahumans. In fact, Luthor wanted to get his hands on kryptonite so he could defeat Superman.
Transporter 3 is an action film and is the third installment in the franchise titled Transporter. Jason Statham reprises his role as the character Frank Martin, a skilled driver who works for clients by delivering packages (regardless of what they may be) without asking any questions. While in his house, a car crashes into Frank's home and he realizes its an associate who also works as a transporter. He discovers a woman who is also in the car, and she was wearing a strange bracelet that prohibited her from running away.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is a fantasy film that is the third installment in the franchise. It is a continuation of the lives of Elizabeth Swan, William Turner, and Jack Sparrow. It begins with a rescue mission, where Jack was trapped in a Davy Jones' Locker. After they all make it back, the team then comes together to face Cutler Beckett, who threatens all the lives of the pirates. Beckett controls Jones, and uses him to carry out all of his deeds.
The Day After Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow is a science fiction film that features Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal as a father/son duo. In the movie Jack Hall is a scientist who comes up with a theory about global warning that includes a detailed timeline of when it would become serious. The government dismisses his warning, and suddenly unusual environmental anomalies begin to take place. Meanwhile, Jack's son travels far from home to participate in an academic decathlon. After several severe storms freeze over the northern hemisphere, Jack decides to go retrieve his son.
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is an action/adventure film and is the fourth installment in the highly popular Indiana Jones franchise. The film begins with Indiana being captured by his nemesis. They take him to a location where he was supposed to locate a mummy. Chaos unfolds but Indiana makes it out alive, and he is brought back home but is forced to leave his job at the college. He becomes acquainted with a young man who wanted Indiana's help.
The Book Of Eli
The Book of Eli is a post-apocalyptic action film that was released in 2010 and features Denzel Washington and Mila Kunis as main characters. In the beginning of the movie, Eli is travelling across the country that had been nearly erased from a nuclear apocalypse. Eli has honed in on perfecting his survival skills. He arrives in a town that has been overrun by a warlord who rules over the remaining survivors. The warlord seeks a certain book, and after discovering Eli can read he forces him to stay in town, believing he might be of some use.
Gladiator is a historical action movie that was released in 2000 and was set in Ancient Rome. It begins with a General being offered the position of becoming the next Emperor. The Emperor's son learns of the General's new position, and decides to take matters into his own hand and betrays his father. With the old Emperor out of the picture, the son takes his place on the throne. He then publicly asks for the Generals loyalty, but he refuses to give him it.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the third installment of the fantasy prequel series The Hobbit (as part of The Lord of the Rings timeline). By this third and final film, the roles of all of the characters have been established. Bilbo Baggins had been asked in the first film to be a thief for the dwarf because his scent would go undetected by the dragon. Bilbo and Thorin's Company travel to the Lonely Mountain where they faced Smaug the Dragon.
The Fate Of The Furious
The Fate of the Furious is a crime action film that is also part of the extremely popular franchise The Fast and the Furious. It is the eighth installment in the series, and begins with Dom and Letty enjoying a calm and romantic life together. That all changes when a villain approaches Dom one day and forces him into a position that he can't refuse. This leads him to turning against his own crew who looked to him as family. Little did they know he was fighting to protect the son he didn't know about.
Inception is a science fiction film that was released in 2010 and features Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ellen Page. The plot of the movie is that a team of thieves devise a plan to steal valuable information from powerful people by slipping into their subconscious. It is a very tedious and somewhat dangerous thing to go into multiple layers of a person's subconscious, but it was necessary for the characters to do in order to pull of the job.
The Expendables 2
The Expendables 2 is a crime action film and is the second installment in the franchise The Expendables. The series is popular because of the many big name actors who play certain characters. Some of these actors include Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Bruce Willis. The movie takes place following the events of the first film, where the highly trained mercenary group known as the "expendables" are called to do a simple task. This mission evolves into something much larger, involving personal revenge for some of the characters.
The Mummy Returns
The Mummy Returns is a fantasy adventure film and is the second in The Mummy franchise. It takes place years after the original film, where Rick and Evelyn have a son and are doing what they love best: exploring ancient history. They bring the Bracelet of Anubis home and their son puts it on, and it reveals a series of locations to the Scorpion King's pyramid. The mummy Imhotep is revived once more, and takes Evelyn and Rick's son, Alex, so he could lead him to the pyramid.
Atomic Blonde is an action/thriller movie that was released in 2017. The movie depicts both the past and the present (although only a week or so apart), where the main character sits in a debriefing room and recounts the events of the previous days. Lorraine Broughton works as a spy who was sent to retrieve "The List," which had the names of every spy work essentially worked as a double agent. From the very moment she arrives in Berlin, Lorraine becomes a target from all those who wanted to get their hands on The List.
Guardians Of The Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy is a superhero fantasy movie which is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie begins with the main character Peter Quill attempting to sell The Orb, a very powerful and valuable relic that he had taken from the Ravagers. Many of the other characters were after The Orb, including Thanos himself. This was because it contained one of the six Infinity Stones. He had his associate Ronan on the job to collect it for him, who sent Thanos' adoptive daughter to retrieve it from Peter.