I love both Conan movies, the first one more.
I don’t see how you can call either one an anti-chick movie, with heroines like Valeria and Grace Jones. Of course, Valeria does get killed by the villain in approved, hero-motivating style. But “Do you wanna live forever?” is still one of my favorite lines.
The second movie was really brought down by the thief character. But, for me, it is salvaged by Grace Jones. If she wasn’t in it, I’d never have watched it more than once. I didn’t think Conan was “softened,” just stuck with a stupid sidekick and a bottle-blonde chickie-poo that Valeria would have slapped silly. And I loved the fight scene in the mirror room.
And then there was Red Sonja… Gag me.
I love Bogie, and he was in a few “manly man” movies. I think Casablanca qualifies as both a “manly man” and a “chick flick.” That’s a rare combo these days.
I like my action and violence laced with humor, something approaching good morals, or both. Give me a manly hero, a strong, likable heroine, a lot of laughs, and a happy ending.
Probably my favorite along those lines is True Lies.
God bless us all,