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Tough Guys in Romantic Movies

There are boys, there are men, and then there are tough men, hard men. The boys are cute, think Ashton Kutcher. The men are marriage material, think Tom Hanks. The hard men - they are neither cute, nor are they necessarily husband material. They are hard men - tough, rugged, certainly able to rescue damsels in distress or fight off bears, wolves, barbarians, poachers, and would-be ravishers. Heroic at times, then behaving in a manner that can make a modern woman a little uncomfortable.


Here are a couple of those Hard Men and romantic films that they starred in.

John Wayne

McLintock! (1963) Love Interest: Maureen O’Hara. In my opinion there isn’t a woman that better matches a hard man in a romantic film. This film presents the classic romantic misunderstanding in cowboy fashion between this couple on the verge of divorce.

Without Reservations (1946) Love Interest: Claudette Colbert. A writer meets a tough former Marine (well, as much as any Marine can be called “former”), just after he’s served in WW2 in a fun and light-hearted comedy romance.

The Quiet Man (1952) Again starring Maureen O’Hara. A former boxer returns to Ireland to have a quiet life. However, he meets up with Mary Kate (O’Hara) and that just cannot lead to a quiet life. As much as he tries to avoid using his fists - she won’t let him.

Clint Eastwood

Paint Your Wagon (1971) Also starring Lee Marvin and Jean Seberg. Marvin & Eastwood play two friends who share a wife, yes, they share a wife. Not politically incorrect enough yet? They bought her at an auction! If you need to convince yourself that Eastwood doesn’t belong in musicals, this is the film you need to see. He sings I’m not an Eastwood fan, but this movie was funny.

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Love Interest: Sondra Locke. Coming home to find his entire family slaughtered by a group of Union soldiers, Wales sets out for revenge, eventually meeting, rescuing and falling in love with Sondra Locke. A favorite Eastwood film in my family.

I've viewed all films at my own expense and was not compensated for my reviews or comments.

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