1.) Rocky: This film may be the ultimate "man's gotta do moment movie." An "every-man" is randomly selected to fight Apollo Creed the heavy weight champion of the world and what does he say when he's asked if he wants to do it? "No." He's scared... The idea of him, a nobody, being asked to throw hands w/ the greatest boxer in the world is too much. This is why he's the ultimate every-man... because every man has moments in his life where he questions himself and what he's capable of doing... every man has fear in his heart that he has to learn to control and overcome. Life is hard and sometimes your first reaction is "No" or "I Can't" but when you sit, reflect and realize... "why the hell can't I?" Rocky like every man sat up awake the night before his fight and he told Adrian that he just wanted to go the distance w/ Creed because no one else ever had before. That is a choice... Win or lose he wasn't going down... That's why even though the fight score said he lost... he really won and in turn made the Apollo, the boxing champion of the world, question himself!
2.) Goodwill Hunting: The story about a kid w/ a big brain that everyone wants a piece of, but inside his heart lives a tortured soul. He is court ordered to go to counseling for his anger and repeated criminal activity. Along the way he starts dating a girl... but he pushes her away when he starts to love her... Like he pushes everyone away. Through the help of his counselor we find out that it's because of the great trauma's he has experienced throughout his short life. Somewhere a long the line he decided that when things didn't work out it was because of him... that there was something wrong w/ him... And he was afraid that he would ruin anyone he got to.Will eventually accepts that he needs to live his life w/ out fear and be vulnerable, and as the movie ends he's decided to take a chance on love, driving to California to start a life w/ the girl of his dreams, and the one he previously pushed away. This takes great courage... to first admit that he has a problem, then let down his guard and then face his greatest fear... letting someone in his world and trust them to accept him. Can you imagine how long that drive to California must have been? How many times he probably wanted to turn back? He did what he knew he had to in order to become a better man! Men do that every day and so do women!!!
3.) Kill Bill Vol. 2: Tarantino films are full of "man's gotta do moments" but these moments of course apply to women, as well! Beatrix Kiddo gets shot in the head and left for dead by the man she used to love. She was w/ child at the time and lay is a comma fours after she was shot. When she wakes up she has a choice to make... Go into hiding or go after Bill and the rest and have her revenge. She goes through a lot during two films, but there is one moment that really stands out for me as over coming and doing what you have to do, no matter what! She goes after Bud, Bill's brother, who is ready for her and unloads a shot gun full of rock salt into her chest, stopping her before she can start! And he doesn't stop there... he then takes he to a cemetery and buries her alive. So what the hell does she do? Well she cries, screams and thrashes until she does what I am sure Police officers and soldiers do in crisis, she remembers her training and she punches he way out of he own grave! Sure this is over the top and it is probably impossible, but that's really the point isn't? It's just hard getting up some days, but we all do it because we have to, no matter what life throws us or how hard something is going to be! You have to keep trying and you can't give up!!! When you feel like you are buried and at an end... punch yourself, the hell, out of that grave!!!
4.) True Romance: Again, "Man's Gotta Do" Moments aren't just for men... In this case, Alabama played by, the lovely Patricia Arquette (who my brother once grabbed drunk on the street, at the the Sundance Film Festival... He is a sick, sick man) is beaten within an inch of her life by a young pre- Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini, who is looking for a large amount of stolen cocaine. Alabama makes the choice to not give up the location of the drugs even though she is brutally punched, kicked and beaten badly... This is an ultimate "Mans gotta Do" moment because in her mind that was her man's cocaine... he went through hell to get it, and he wanted to use it to make a life for them! She refuses to betray her one true love! That to me is more manly than any man! Loyalty, trust and honor are all very important to being a man, and she displays all of these traits in this time of crisis! And guess what... after getting beaten to hell she does something even more bad ass, over coming pain and certain death, she killing her would be assassin, keeping Clarence and Alabama's dream of a new life together in tact! He went through hell to give them a shot at happiness and she Killed the Devil to live it!!!
5.) Star Wars : A New Hope : Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Han hadn't come back to help Luke get a clear shot at the death star? I mean, would Luke have been able to take the shot before Vader shot him? Why was Han even there anyway? I will tell you why... Sometimes what a mans gotta do is have another mans back! Call it being a wing man or a loyal friend or whatever else you want, but Han had his money and was done w/ the whole situation. He should have made the jump to Hyperspace and been gone, but he knew leaving his buddy wasn't right... he and Chewy were flying the Falcon, looked at each other and said Luke would never turn his back on us, and we sure as hell aren't going to on him! The result... No more death star 1, Luke and Han get medals and Chewy yells, "hey, where the hell's my medal, damn?"
6.) Mission Impossible: 3: What? I mean sure this is a bad ass movie and there's manly stuff, but seriously this movie? The late, great Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays Owen Davian the main villain of the film and he is incredibly good... in my opinion one of the best villains ever! Anyway, he has one of the greatest "man's gotta do" moments ever... Call it no fear, call it plain old fashion stubbornness, but when Davian is being interrogated on the and plane says this while he's in custody...Owen Davian: "Who are you? What's you're name? Do you have a wife? A girlfriend? Because if you do, I'm gonna find her. I'm gonna hurt her. I'm gonna make her bleed, and cry, and call out your name. And then I'm gonna find you,and kill you right in front of her".... we all sit up and say damn that's some cold shit! Now the reason this is on here is because you don't always have to be a good guy to be a man... and men should do/say things and mean it! And when Davian says this we know he means it, and so does Ethan Hunt! If a man makes a promise, a commitment or a threat... He better mean it, and he better follow through. Davian did what he said he was going to do by the way... He may have died in the process, but he was going to keep his word to the end!
7.) Jaws: Chief Brody is respected in the small town of Amity. He has a family, friends and a fairly quiet job over seeing and keeping beach goers/tourists safe. Ironically, he is scared to death of the water... but when a giant shark comes to town and starts eating people on four of July weekend, he does what all men have to do at some point in their life... he faces his fear and does his freaking job!!! By the end of the film he is literally over coming his fear as his sinks into the water and kills his shark nemesis. Some dudes are scared of spiders, some are scared of looking stupid, and some are scared of heights... the bottom line is that in order to be a man sometimes you have to do and over come the things you are afraid of doing! The last line of Jaws Brody says: "You know I used to hate the water." He over came his fear! We all can!
8.) Back to the Future: There's one thing all men have to do at some point in there life and that is to take a stand! Biff is a real "butthead" and the whole movie he pushes people around... the main person receiving his abuse is Marty Mcfly's father George... We see Biff pick on him in the present day and in the past. One on the best parts of this film is, of course, is when George knocks Biff out by the car winning his loves hand... But to me that toughest part was when George says," No Biff... You leave her alone." To me that is all heart and courage. It's hard to stand up to anyone period, but sometimes just being able to get the words out is half the battle. When George said those words, he was already committed to standing up for what was right until! He took a stand and drew a line in the sand! That is an incredible "Man's gotta do" moment!
9.) The Karate Kid: This whole movie is full of great moments in general... But the "Man's Gotta Do" Moment for me is when Daniel chooses to fight at the end of the movie. The key word is chooses! He has beaten up all the dudes in the tournament and damn near all of the Cobra Kai... what else did he really have to prove after they all but break his leg? Well, he had to show that no matter what those guys do to him, he was going to keep coming back for more! By going back out on a bad leg he said "here's my heart and it will always be bigger than yours." Courage, Fearlessness, Loyalty, Determination... these all start in the heart of a man... Daniel beat his bully's and earned their respect by showing the most pure and raw part of any man, his heart!
10.) Open Range: If you haven't seen this film it is one of the best westerns to be released in years... probably the best since Unforgiven as far and modern revisionist westerns go. Anyway, Charlie Waite, played by Kevin Costner, is a quiet man w/ a past. He is over all easy going and when he says something he means it... So when he comes back to his camp and finds, one friend dead, one almost dead you can see he gets pissed... But it isn't until he finds that they killed his dog that we know he's is going to war w/ the men who did it. If you hurt a man's family or his dog... You better believe that Man has to come after you. Sometimes "a man's gotta" set things right and that's exactly what Charlie does by the end of Open Range!
11.) Goonies: It's a movie about kids right? Wrong! This is a movie about boys becoming men. They as a group make a choice to save the "goon docks" from becoming a golf course and losing their homes! But the main message of what a man's gotta do is summed up when Mikey tells Andy that Goonies "never say die!" A man never gives up! He never says that there isn't a way out... he fights and keeps moving forward until there isn't a breath in his body! And he never gives up on a dream! And they found their "rich stuff" and they saved the day!!!
12.) Cool Hand Luke: I am not even going to explain why this is on here! If you have seen it then you know! If you haven't then you need to! Damn near the whole movie is "Man's Gotta Do" moments! watch it!
So that's my Man's Gotta Do Movie Moments! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it:) There are about a billion other films that could be on here, so if I missed one you love, tell me about it! This list might seem a little over the top or even hokey, you may even think it's lame that I even wrote it... BUT SOMETIMES A MAN'S GOTTA DO WHAT A MAN'S GOTTA DO!