7 Movies That Show You The Masculine Ideal

3) Taken

Retired CIA agent Bryan Mills is highly trained, clever, decisive, and extremely lethal. Mills still pines for his ex-wife, who shoved him to the side for a man who could buy and sell him a dozen times over. Even though his wife's new husband is extremely wealthy and seems like a nice, helpful guy, you always feel like Mills is just the better man. The center of Mills’ life is his daughter, and when his ex-wife and her new husband laugh off his concern about letting their teenage daughter roam around Europe without adult supervision, "daddy" is the one who is willing and able to get his daughter back. It isn't just a great action flick; it is a movie about a long suffering father being proven right, proven capable, and proven to be the better man.