Last week, I wrote about "Chick Flicks That Men Might Like." Now, as promised, I'm turning the tables and offering my suggestions for those movies that on the surface might be targeted to a predominently male demographic, but in fact reach across the audience spectrum and attract plenty of female fans as well.
So here they are, "Guy Flicks" that woman might like:
Gladiator -- This sword and sandals epic by director Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe with testosterone-packed gladiatorial combat had a backstory about a man yearning for his lost family that even made my sister cry.
Spider-man -- Your friendly neighborhood superhero attracted plenty of fanboys but the ladies liked the romance between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. That classic kiss in the rain is unforgettable.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day -- How do you make an action-packed movie about time-traveling killer robots appeal to everyone? Add a wise-ass kid and make the villain from the first movie the hero of the new movie (a modern-day version of the Tinman in search of a heart). It worked.
Rocky -- Blood, sweat, and tears are all here. Boxer Rocky Balboa had nothing, but when his love for Adrian is returned, he realizes he has it all.
Speed -- Keenu Reeves became an action star in this Jan de Bont directed hit, but Sandra Bullock stole the show.
Bull Durham -- Baseball isn't just for guys.
Swingers -- Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau are two lounge lizards, and their antics should entertain both men and women.
Pan's Labyrinth -- There is some gruesome horror and war stuff going on here, but at its heart, this fantasy movie by Guillermo del Toro is actually a powerful fairytale.
Any others? Let me know.