Posted by Vince Lin on May 5, 2012
Every year we find ourselves with newer and cooler movies. Romantic Comedy alone generates billions of dollars a year in revenues. But what of movies from the past? Here are my 12 favorite movies that portray iconic characters who fit the PUA / seducer profile. Let us know your thoughts on our top 12 choice in the comments below.
Warning: the rankings below include spoilers for the movies mentioned. Skip if you wish to watch these movies for the first time.
Elizabeth Hurley as The Devil
Why she’s a PUA: Seductive, playful, and a master of teasing, the devil nurtures Elliot Richard’s dark side and teaches him a few lessons along the way. Her comedic and flirtatious demeanor, despite playing the devil, has earned her the title as one of the world’s sexiest women.
Favorite Quote: You’re very glib. I bet you’re a wiz with the ladies.
Morality: Dark with a light comedic flair
11 Dawg (AKA Bad Boy)
Dennis Leary as Doug
Why he’s a PUA: Dated multiple women and is still a “dog”. Throughout his journey, finds redemption through a journey of self discovery between the women he used to date.
Favorite Quote: One door closes, and another door opens.
Morality: Womanizer, becomes mature towards the end of the movie.
Who: John Travolta as Gabriel Shear
Why he’s a PUA: Manipulate the whole game, steals a shit load of money, pimps Ginger out, and gets away with everything.
Favorite Quote: Misdirection. What the eyes sees and the ears hear, the mind believes.
Morality: Dark side, with own set of code and ethics.
Interview Process with Gabriel
9. The Social Network
Who: Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker
Why he’s a PUA: Games his way into Mark’s heart, makes a billion dollars, sleeps with Stanford college girls.
Favorite Quote: 1 million dollars isn’t cool anymore man. You know what is? A Billion!
Morality: Negatively portrayed in the movie, mixed in real life
Sean Parker in Stanford – Nice to meet you!
8. Fight Club
Brad Pit as Tyler Durden
Why he’s a PUA: A subculture icon, Tyler Durden represents all that is against the system. A symbol for anarchy, Tyler believes in the letting things be, and the natural process of destructive creativity. His character is stronger, better looking, and more powerful than the person who invented him.
Favorite Quote: The things you own, end up owning you.
Morality: Dark, with his own reverse ethics
A scene when Tyler first fights with the protagonist:
Ashton Kutcher as Nikki
Favorite Quote: Never show you’re impressed, it lowers your market value.
Morality: Bad, becomes good towards end of movie
6. Crazy, Stupid, Love
Ryan Gosling as Jacob Palmer
Favorite Quote: Cal… be better than the gap!
Morality: Misogynist, falls in love in the middle of the movie.
Ryan Gosline’s best scenes show you his character’s morals and stance on dating:
Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fogell
Why he’s a PUA: From zero to hero, Fogell gets a badass fake ID, gets laid, and gets arrested by the cops!
Favorite Quote: Break yourself fool!
Morality: Good dorky kid on an adventure to discover himself
Fogell walking to his own beat:
Bradley Cooper as Eddie Morra
Why he’s a PUA: Becomes super smart, outwits the stock market, gets the girl
Favorite Quote: I was blind, but now I see
Morality: Light, becomes clouded and regains his sense towards the end
The first scene after Eddie takes the “pill”:
3. Van Wilder
Why he’s a PUA: Enjoys life, icon in school, gets hot college girls, makes things happen
Favorite Quote: Don’t take life too seriously, you may never get out alive. Write that down.
Morality: Light, good guy who sees potential in others
2. America Pie
Why he’s a PUA: Perfect asshole game, funny frat boy
Favorite Quote: Check it out. Potential lesbians, leaving the building
Morality: Asshole with a sense of endearment
His favorite F-word moments:
1. Office Space
Ron Livingston as Peter Gibbons
Why he’s a PUA: Has a revelation, change of heart. Decides to take things into his own hands. Icon against the man and authority, gets the girl.
Favorite Quote: I would do… absolutely nothing!
Morality: Good guy who hates work
Office Space Trailor:
- Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Carribean
- King Leonidas in 300
- Michael J Fox in For Love or Money
- Tom Cruise in CockTail
- Hans Solo in Star Wars
- Alex Hitch in Hitch
- Robert Downy Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man
- Pierce Brosman in The Thomas Crown Affair
- Ryan Goslin in The Notebook