11 Movie Characters That Guys Want To Think Like

Published 3 years ago by , Updated April 21st, 2012 at 9:08 am, This is a list post.

11 Movie Characters That Guys Want To Think Like

Think Like A Man Movie CastIn honor of the release of the new comedy Think Like a Man, we at Screen Rant decided to create a list of eleven male movie characters that guys want to actually think like. In making the list, we followed two simple rules: the characters had to be male and they couldn't be based on anyone in real life.For each character we chose, we note the situations in which guys would want to think like these characters. As an example, we might not think like Jason Bourne (The Bourne Identity) in everyday life but if we were in a hand-to-hand combat situation, we would definitely want to think like him. That way, we could outsmart, outmaneuver and outlast our opponents.With that in mind, here’s our list of eleven male movie characters that guys want to think like…

John McClane ('Die Hard')

Bruce Willis in Die Hard 4It’s not every day that a regular guy gets stuck in the middle of a hostage situation where a group of co-workers are held captive in an office building by a team of foreign terrorists.But in the case of such a life or death situation, Die Hard's John McClane (Bruce Willis) is definitely the guy men would want to think like. Not only is he smart, he’s also a deadly force with a wicked sense of humor.Yeah, in a hostage situation, guys definitely want to think like this iconic action hero. "Welcome to the party, pal!" Indeed .

Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens ('Hitch')

Will Smith in HitchAlex 'Hitch' Hitchens (Will Smith) is a smooth operator. Not only is he charming with the ladies,  his actual job is to help other guys find out what women want and help them make a connection. He knows how the female mind works and he's smart enough to make a living doing it.Hitch knows how to approach women and when to give them space. He knows how to make them laugh and when to make them smile. If you’re looking for a movie character who can help you get the attention of the lady of your dreams, all you need to do is to think like Hitch.If Will Smith can bring confidence, style and a lady into the like of regular guy Albert Brennamen (Kevin James), his mind may help do wonders for your love life…

Gordon Gekko ('Wall Street')

Michael Douglas in Wall StreetGordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) is not a role model by any stretch of the imagination. He’s a manipulative crook who ultimately faces charges for his crimes.He also has a brilliant financial mind. In both Wall Street and its sequel, this cunning businessman proved that he was willing to do whatever it took to be financially successful. Did he create enemies along the way? Of course. Did he make millions in business? Absolutely.Guys might not want to make the decisions he did or end up in a jail cell but in the financial world, thinking like Gekko would be a way to get ahead. If you think that "greed is good," then Gekko is one of the best.

Capt. John H. Miller ('Saving Private Ryan')

Tom Hanks in Saving Private RyanWatching the first thirty minutes of Steven Spielberg’s WWII masterpiece is an intense film-going experience but it only opens the door to the story of Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks), whose assignment is to find and preserve the life of a private whose brothers had been killed on the battlefield.If you're in a position of leadership, Captain Miller is definitely the person you want to think like. Not only does he successfully lead his men, he inspires confidence and and earns their respect."Earn this" is what Miller tells Ryan at the end of the film, urging the young private to live his life so well that he has earned all of the lives lost in combat on his behalf. In helping rescue Private Ryan, Miller earns our respect and admiration as a soldier whose honor and integrity are always clear.

Peter Gibbons ('Office Space')

Ron Livingston in Office SpacePeter Gibbons isn't the best employee at his company. And he doesn't care.Instead of accepting the status quo, he's willing to stand up against his boss. He is blunt. He is careless. But he is also sometimes rewarded for his honesty. In work situations, Gibbons is the person that guys want to think like. He doesn't care about getting fired and he doesn't worry about pleasing his co-workers. He's a no-nonsense slacker who is willing to admit it.How many times do guys want to stop dealing with the complexity of office politics and be completely honest with both their co-workers and their bosses?

James Bond

Sean Connery in James BondBond. James Bond.Bond is one of film's ultimate icons. He's one of the ultimate guy's guys. He's suave, he's sophisticated and he's a sexy super spy and master gunsman. In any dangerous adventure, guys would want to think like James Bond. He knows what he wants, what he's looking for and he's always equipped with the coolest gadgets and cars in order to go along with his confidence.It would be exciting to be Han Solo on the Millenium Falcon or Indiana Jones on a trip to recover a lost artifact but James Bond has a natural charisma that guys envy. He saves the day, gets the girl and leaves his enemies devastated without breaking a sweat. What guy hasn't dreamed of being James Bond or thinking like him? 

President James Marshall ('Air Force One')

Harrison Ford in Air Force OneHonorable public officials and noble politicians who stand up for the little guy are easy to get behind. Mr. Smith (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) is a perfect example of a politician who stood by his principles even when it was inconvenient to him. But President James Marshall (Air Force One) had to stick by his principle not to negotiate with terrorists at an even more inconvenient time: While his family was being held hostage.In public office, guys would definitely want to think like President Marshall. He's a sharp politician who doesn't break his promises - Even while others would surrender their ideals and their values to protect their families, Marshall doesn't. Instead of backing down and negotiating with terrorists, he kills them, but more than that, he makes the tough decisions.Any any leadership role, guys want to be able to demonstrate strong leadership and be able to back that up with action. President Marshall does that."Get off my plane!"

Doug Kinney ('Multiplicity')

Michael Keaton in MultiplicityMovies have offered a wide range of fatherly figures, some good, solid upstanding citizens, others lowly criminals. It's difficult to find a perfect Dad in cinema but it's easy to find one that we want to think like.The father that guys would most like to think like is Doug Kinney from Multiplicity. Doug is a man overwhelmed with his job, his wife and his children. But instead of whining about his predicament, he does something about it. A friend helps clone him so Kinney can better manage his life. He's no longer flustered by the work in front of him and now he has time to focus on what he cares about most.Is he the perfect father? No. But for all of the guys out there looking for help, thinking like Kinney could be your salvation.

Aragorn ('Lord of the Rings' trilogy)

Viggo Mortensen in Lord of the RingsOf the massive cast featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it is Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) who you'd want to take into combat.On the battlefield, Aragorn is the man who guys want to think like. Not only is he a strong leader but he's also a fierce warrior, willing to fight against any foe to protect his friends. Whether brandishing a sword or simply facing off against an opponent without a weapon, Aragorn is willing to fight to the death.One of his strongest attributes is his willingness to protect his allies. While others might have abandoned their hobbit friends in time of battle, Aragorn proves his commitment to them and shows what it means to be a warrior of the highest order.

Rocky Balboa ('Rocky')

Sylvester Stallone in RockyRocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) is a movie icon. He's a symbol of perseverance, strength and courage.In an athletic competition, guys definitely want to think like the 'Italian stallion.' He's a symbol of American strength and power. When others doubt his abilities, he simply works harder to train. When he's in a difficult spot, he simply manages a way to survive. And when he's in the ring, he fights with everything's he got.In sporting events and in competitions, Rocky is the guy we look up to. Thinking like him, guys would feel that they could take on the world one step at a time.

Ferris Bueller ('Ferris Bueller's Day Off')

Matthew Broderick in Ferris BuellerGot a day off from work and don't know how to use it? Have some leisure time that needs to be filled?Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) from Ferris Bueller's Day Off is definitely your answer and the guy that men want to think like. He takes one day off from school and has the adventure of a lifetime with his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and his girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara). In one day, Ferris drives around town in a Ferrari, sings in a parade, and cons his way into a fancy restaurant.Bueller is a mischievous and fun-loving teenager who knows how to have a good time. With his escapist antics and his brilliant time management, who wouldn't want to think like Bueller during a day off from work or a weekend? "Life moves pretty fast," he says and Bueller knows how to take advantage of every minute.

11 Characters that Guys want to think Like

Think like a Man GuysHere, again are eleven characters that guys ACTUALLY want to think like:
  • John McClane (Die Hard)
  • Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens (Hitch)
  • Gordon Gekko (Wall Street)
  • Capt. John H. Miller (Saving Private Ryan)
  • Peter Gibbons (Office Space)
  • James Bond (any James Bond pic)
  • President James Marshall (Air Force One)
  • Doug Kinney (Multiplicity)
  • Aragorn (Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  • Rocky Balboa (Rocky)
  • Ferris Bueller (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
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TAGS: die hard, ferris buellers day off, hitch, james bond, rocky, the lord of the rings, think like a man, wall street 2


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  1. I already think like Ferris and Peter

  2. Ryan Gosling-Crazy Stupid Love
    Ryan Gosling-Drive
    Ryan Gosling-Fracture

    I guess i just wanna be Ryan Gosling..I need help

    • I was going to include Driver from “Drive.” I’m not obsessed with Ryan Gosling, but I was obsessed with the Driver character. He’s a hero, with a dark, barely mentioned past, living in a fairy tale that turns grim. He doesn’t talk much, but he’s got the wheel skills.

  3. Danny Ocean, the man with the master plan!

  4. Come on…how could this list not have any Clint Eastwood character, particularly Dirty Harry or the Man with No Name?!

    • High Plains Drifter ftw!

  5. You know what I honestly have to say, That this has got to be one of the most Bad Assed lists I’ve seen on Screen Rant. On Point! On Point! Although jeff is right, Dirty Harry & Blondie. Who would wanna mess with you with those minds..

  6. Danny Ocean, Tyler Durden, Liam Nesson’s character from Taken, etc there are more.

    • While all these characters are “bad asses” in one way or another, I don’t think they fit into this list.

      I don’t want to think like Danny Ocean. He may know a lot about heists, but what he thinks about is his ex-wife. No thank you.

      I don’t want to think like Tyler Durden. He isn’t real. And if he was, as “bad ass” as he might be, he is too “id” for me. I don’t see that as thinking, just intincts and urges.

      I don’t want to think like the guy from Taken. He can kick ass, but personality wise I was shown no reason I would want to be in his head.

      One that I might add is Robert Downey Jr’s Sherlock Holmes… that is a mind I would like to borrow.

      • Tyler Durden too “id”? Didn’t he usher in an entirely new ideology for large groups of people and cause the ‘class warfare revolution’ at the end of the film? Tyler Durden fits into this list perfectly. He is intended to represent everything that the common man wants to be and was definitely my first thought upon seeing the title of this article. Fun list, though.

    • I prefer not to think like an arrogent arse haha

      • and Gordon Gekko wasn’t an arrogant SOB? Would rather be like Stark than Gekko.

  7. Tyler Durden.

    • As I kept clicking next, my first reaction to every character was “aight, guess Tyler Durden will be the next one.”

      Srsly, where is he.

  8. Is Real.

  9. Crackpot though.

  10. I’m sorry but you can’t have a list like this without mentioning Malcolm Reynolds or The Dude

  11. No Bruce Wayne?

    • I wouldn’t want to think like him…
      While he’s an awesome dude (and he’s the freakin Batman!), I think it’s pretty clear that Bruce Wayne has some mental issues (he’s even admitted it himself in some of the comics), plus, he’s seen some messed up things in Gotham City…

      • I agree. Wayne is far too tortured a soul. And this is coming from someone who’s a huge Batman fan and someone who would want to think like the not-as-tortured Driver from “Drive.” He’s lonely but not so mental.

  12. Tony Stark.
    Ladies man.
    …or Han Solo

    • lol copycat.

  13. Bruce Wayne (original bruce [genius/immovable morals/inventor/martial arts expert/super detective]), Colonel John Hannibal Smith (A-Team), Tony Stark, Sean Connery (in any charater besides Indy’s father), Richard Winters (Band of Brothers), Professor X, Gandalf, Lion Turtle (The Last Airbender. [I know he is not a man but he is of masquline persuasion])…oh the list goes on!

  14. Not a movie (yet? ;) ) but I wanna think like Dean Winchester from Supernatural. Luckily I already do most of the time. :D

    • This is yet another instance where a like button would be good to have. And a good idea for another list. What do you think SR, ten Tv guys we want to think like.

  15. Good list!!

  16. Mine is definitely “Richard B. Riddick”
    Strong, resisting, powerful, smart and most of the time prefers to be alone just like me.

  17. I’m surprised there’s no Han Solo, nor any Bruce Lee characters.

    I’ll keep my list short because I could end up writing a book, but I would like to think like Han Solo, the character Lee from “Enter the Dragon” (although I guess Lee may be too close to Bruce Lee?), Driver from “Drive” and Sonny Crockett from the “Miami Vice” movie.

    • I said Han Solo! :)

      • :)

        For decades, most guys have wanted to be (and think) just like Han Solo, pre the Greedo shoots first nonsense. More than Boba Fett or Lando Calrissian. I don’t want to think like Boba… that kind of thinking gets you swallowed up by the Sarlacc. And Lando’s type of thinking makes you betray your friends.

  18. No clark kent on the list ?:O

    • I was thinking of him myself. Clark Kent has unbelievable superpowers and could have the whole world, but instead he chooses to help humanity, working as a news reporter. Character’s more important than powers, and he’s got that in spades.

  19. I know they’re not movie characters, but hank moody/don draper.

  20. Good old Aragorn – all heroic and manly which is what the chaps like and hot and dripping with the muscles which is what the women like. Good choice!

  21. Chili Palmer from Get Shorty and Be Cool

  22. Driver from Drive
    Snake Plisskin from Escape from NY/LA

  23. John Ottway? I think The Grey gave us a lot of food for thought in the matters of life and death, and fighting for the former and accepting the inevitability of the latter.

  24. i prefer sherlock holmes

  25. Hugh Jackmon-Wolverine
    Ryan Goslin-crazy stupid love
    Ryan Goslin-Fracture
    Brad Pitt-Troy
    Adrien Brody-Predators
    Gerard Butler-Law Abiding Citizen
    James Macovoy-X-men First Class
    Robert Downey Jr.-Ironman
    Mark Ruffalo-Hulk
    Chris Hemsworth-Thor
    Chris Evans-Captain America
    Marlan Brando-Island of Dr. Moreau
    IQ of Adrien Brody-Splice
    Heath Ledger-Joker , and i still think we need a remake of the creature from the black lagoon, and island of dr moreau LOL

    • You would actually WANT to think like The Joker?!
      Wow… that’s kinda scary mate ;)

  26. how about a list of 10 woman’s characters from film guys would want to date or marry? or 10 film realities you would or would not want to live in?10 creepy/scary/awesome creature from films from the 90′s or 2000′s.

    • Just off the top of my head, I’d want to date/marry Peggy Carter (as played by Hayley Atwell).

  27. Tony Stark or Sherlock Holmes

    Frank William Abagnale, Jr. from Catch Me If You Can. I know he went to prison, but the way he handled some of his situations was great.

  28. I understand and agree with most of the characters on this list but without Indiana Jones it feels incomplete.
    I know this a list of men you’d want to “think” like rather than be but still.
    He’s a college professor, a ladies man, he has a sharp tongue and quick wit.

    • I was just about to suggest Indy. I’d also throw in Groucho Marx, Randal Graves, Peter Venkman, or Ash Williams… No one appreciates a quick wit these days. It’s not always about looking cool… sometimes it’s just about making your opponent look uncool.