• The 12 Best PUA Movies and PUA Characters

    by AlphaWolf & Co.
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    These are 12 movies that you may not heard of which exemplify the heroes journey of an artist. 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.

    12. Bedazzled

    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

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    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.

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    10. SwordFish

    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

    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:
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    7. Spread

    Ashton Kutcher as Nikki

    Why he’s a PUA: Seduces rich cougars and gets deep into the world of players.

    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

    Why he’s a PUA: He decides to take Cal under his wing and show him the ropes of a true seducer.

    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:

    5. Superbad

    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

    4. Limitless

    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

    Van negates Richard the AMOG.

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    2. America Pie

    Steve Stifler

    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

     


    Honorable Mentions:

    • 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
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    23 comments

    Socialkenny May 6, 2012 - 10:32 am

    Hey AlphaWolf,I’m not receiving any notifications of new articles bro!!
    I wanna believe that I have been subscribed for few months now,but no notifica’ of new articles!I’m pissed that I missed out on good stuff.

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    alphawolf May 6, 2012 - 11:27 am

    Oh ok lol. Don’t want to email spam you guys so check the RSS Or Twitter page for udpates!

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    Socialkenny May 6, 2012 - 12:25 pm

    Lol ok,makes sense.I usually get your twitter updates too,so it’s all good.

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    Socialkenny May 6, 2012 - 10:36 am

    Anyway,Stifler from American Pie is definitely my favorite lol.That’s the kind of Game I love adopting with HB’s.

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    Crash May 11, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    Where is Hitch!! Will Smith was the man in that!

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    AlphaWolf May 11, 2012 - 1:06 pm

    Yeah honorable mention… I thought he got kind of pussy whipped at the end AND he only had 1 girl the whole movie

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    Socialkenny May 11, 2012 - 1:34 pm

    @Crash-To this day,I never seen Hitched.

    But hasn’t there been many series on movies over the ages with the name Hitched?The 1 with Will Smith,wasn’t it a remake of another Hitched?I maybe wrong.I just thought that Hitched was somewhat of a series like American Pie,but spanning over few decades.

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    Venus May 14, 2012 - 11:35 am

    hay guys what about Dutch ghost of girlfriends past noe that was Game.

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    AlphaWolf May 14, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    Never saw that movie – for some reason I don’t like matthew mcconaughey

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    Kingofhearts May 14, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    How could you leave out Vince Vaughan’s character in Swingers??? Shame on you’

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    AlphaWolf May 14, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    Dude! Totally forgot! You’re MONEY man!

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    Uncynical May 20, 2012 - 9:45 am

    How could you overlook Pierce Brosnan in The Tailor of Panama ??

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    Ben July 14, 2012 - 10:09 am

    Any James Bond movie is a cool addition

    Also Gone with the wind: “Frankly my darling, I don’t give a damn…”

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    Marvilus August 29, 2012 - 5:55 am

    I got a few for you:
    Don Juan De Marco
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    Let The Game Begin
    Tao Of Steve
    Boy Toy
    Check these out

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    Greg October 20, 2012 - 8:49 pm

    I have an oldie. Romancing the stone.

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    alphawolf October 21, 2012 - 1:01 am

    nice one

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    Dukex September 2, 2014 - 9:22 pm

    Methew McConaughey on Ghost of the girlfriend past. I started watching his movies because of that character. It was way too awesome

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    alphawolf September 2, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    Yep that reminds me, Girls like Magic Mike

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    Alfie October 23, 2014 - 9:10 am

    honorable mentions Ryan Goslin in The Notebook are you fking kidding me

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    Ros Cor June 7, 2019 - 2:43 am

    you know fight club was written by a gay man about being gay right. you know tyler durden’s whole existence is a metaphor for being gay and hating yourself right. you know he’s the worst on purpose right. Right. R I G H T.

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    Eric Fisher January 20, 2020 - 3:41 am

    Hi I really enjoyed this post as I am a bit of a film fan. I guess the PUA films have their own niche genre now.

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    m8 April 9, 2020 - 12:46 am

    Hank Moody from Californication. no?

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    AlphaWolf & Co. April 9, 2020 - 9:10 am

    yes, good one

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