Magic Mike opens today, and you better believe we’ve got our tickets. We’ve been dying to see more skin from Channing Tatum, Matt Bomber, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello and Matthew McConaughey since the first screenshots hit the Interwebs. It’s been a long time since male strippers have captured the cinematic zeitgeist. Too long, really. Partially it’s because women realized how cheesy it was to have Zorro shake his blade in your face. And partially because of the death of that campy pop-culture staple, the made-for-TV movie.
But back in the 1980s, when male studio heads finally realized women possessed sexuality, they green-lighted some real gems for fans of male pulchritude. These flicks were usually thrillers—the idea being danger is sexy—and always aimed at red-blooded American women. (Us fags had to appropriate them for our own use.)
By the turn of the new millennium, society was so comfortable objectifying men, that the admitted corny genre became unnecessary. Still, we have our memories—and blessed YouTube. After the jump, check out Queerty’s roundup of seven of our fave male-stripper movies.