You want to be a badass, but who do you mimic?
There are a lot of name actors that played alpha males in movies, and if you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration, it’s time to sit down to watch a few movies.
#1 – Bradley Cooper A.K.A. Eddie Morra (Limitless)
Limitless shows you what you could be. The movie follows Eddie Morra, who is struggling with writer’s block (I know his pain). He runs into his ex-wife’s brother that works for a pharmaceutical company and offers him a pill.
The capsule allows Eddie to learn at a high rate and have a recall level that even savants would drool over!
Becoming proficient in piano, speaking several languages, traveling the world and doing everything us mere mortals can only dream of doing, Morra is the epitome of what every man should strive to be. This is the alpha male gone genius that leads to an amazing rollercoaster of a ride through life.
#2 – Bruce Willis A.K.A John McClane (Die Hard)
Die Hard is a movie you must have seen – right?
John McClane is known for his one-liners and often thinks that he’s John Wayne. Almost always in a state of crisis, John puts himself in danger while gaining the respect of everyone although he is a reluctant hero at times.
Often given little-to-no help, McClane always excels when under pressure and gets himself into dangerous situations when others just run the other way.
#3 – Johnny Depp A.K.A. Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Jack Sparrow is such a fun character to watch and impossible not to love. There is something very comforting and manly about Sparrow even though he’s a little too friendly and odd at times.
Drunk with confidence and rum, of course, Sparrow simply finds a way out of trouble time and time again!
The pirate-turned-captain always finds a smooth way to talk himself out of trouble, just like a real alpha male.
#4 – Al Pacino A.K.A. Vincent Hanna (Heat)
“I say what I mean, and I do what I say.”
A famous line from Heat’s Vincent Hanna. The movie is your typical high-paced, action-packed adventure that fans love Al Pacino for.
While Hanna may not be Tony Montana, he is a detective that shows even criminals that impress you still have to pay the price in the end!
#5 – Robert De Niro A.K.A. Almost All His Earlier Films
Robert DeNiro may be 70+ years old now, but he still holds himself as a prideful and respected man. Many of his films are iconic, including:
- The Godfather
- The Bronx Tale
- The Untouchables
- Raging Bull
In virtually all of these films, Robert plays a character that is larger-than-life. In Goodfellas and Godfather, he takes on the role of a confident, cocky a gangster.
Pay attention: In the Bronx Tale, he plays the father that stands up to some of the world’s largest gangsters to try and save his son from a life of crime.
#6 – Robert Downey Jr. A.K.A. Tony Stark (Iron Man)
Tony Stark is a self-made superhero, utilizing the suit that saved him from eventual death due to shrapnel. A comic book character come to life, Stark shows us that one man has the power to make a difference in the world around you!
#7 – Russell Crowe A.K.A. Maximus (Gladiator)
Maximus was a general that came home to find that his beloved ruler was dead. His family was tortured and killed, and he made his way back into Rome as a gladiator.
Maximus eventually would go on to kill Commodus in the middle of the arena and take power before dying. He avenged his family and upheld the wishes of the previous emperor!
#8 – Tom Hardy A.K.A. Forrest Bondurant (Lawless)
Dangerous and notorious, the Bondurant boys come from an iconic family and were a famous group with a dangerous reputation. Shot at, pursued by the law and respected by all, Forrest shows you that sometimes you have to gain respect in ways that you would never dream of.
#9 – Daniel Craig A.K.A. James Bond (Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall)
Daniel Craig is synonymous with a name that every man knows – James Bond. A few of his most famous movies include:
- Casino Royale
- Quantum of Solace
Keep in mind: In each of these films, Craig plays James Bond, the rich hero that can win the entire war by himself.
#10 – Brad Pitt A.K.A. Tyler Durden (Fight Club) / Achilles (Troy)
Brad Pitt is a man that oozes confidence and beauty. Two specific characters of his stick out as alpha males.
- Tyler Durden – The fighting machine that is the center of the Fight Club movie. Durden is the man that everyone wants to be but is too afraid to act on.
- Achilles – The best warrior that the world has ever known. Achilles goes into battle fearlessly and kills all those to get in his path. This myth-become-legend is larger-than-life.
Just keep in mind that there are many more badass alpha male roles played by Brad Pitt that you should check out as well!