There is a question that has plagued mankind for centuries. The question that seems to have no answer. Researchers and scientists have spent countless hours trying to break the code. The question is: Does that guy really have something in his eye, or is he just crying during this movie? It’s 2014, no longer do men have to hide their tears when at the movie theaters or sitting at home, watching their favorite film. For centuries, men have complained and threw a fit at having to watch a “Chick Flick”. Secretly, deep down inside, it’s really because they’ve ran out of excuses as to why their eye is watery. The chick flick has new competition in the form of the “Guy Cry” film. Although, these movies that can make a guy cry, are not exclusive to men. In fact, these films can pull on the heart strings of anyone that watches them. However, for the most part, these films seem to have more of an emotional effect on men. Here is a look at 10 movies you didn’t know could make a guy cry.
10) Marley and Me December 25, 2008
One tear in a movie might be because the main character scored that winning touchdown. Two tears might be because the guy didn’t get the girl in the end. But what can make a guy break down and cry? Losing his best friend. What’s worse? Losing man’s best friend. Marley and Me is based on a true story. The plot follows John and Jenny Grogan, played by Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, who adopt a very rambunctious and out of control dog named, Marley. They get him when he is a little puppy and name him after reggae singer, Bob Marley. John begins to write a column that features Marley and his many misadventures. Eventually, old age catches up to Marley and they are forced to put him down. John is by the side of his best friend, as Marley’s eyes slowly close. The film has received positive reviews from critics and set the record at the box office, for a movie opening on Christmas Day.
9) Brian’s Song November 30, 1971
Brian’s Song is the true story about the Chicago Bears football players, Brian Piccolo, played by James Caan and Gale Sayers, played by Billy Dee Williams. This sad and tragic sports film tells the tale of two unlikely best friends. It’s discovered that Brian Piccolo had a very aggressive form of cancer. His battle with the illness is told through his friendship with Gale. The film was originally an ABC Movie of the Week, but it was such a huge success that it was eventually shown in movie theatres. Many critics and fans consider it to be one of the best TV Movies ever made. When Gale accepted the award for most courageous player, he noted that they had “chosen the wrong person” and “I love Brian Piccolo, and I’d like all of you to love him, too. Tonight, when you hit your knees to pray, please ask God to love him, too.” Brian Piccolo died at the age of 26, with his wife by his side.
8) Dead Poets Society June 2, 1989
Dead Poets Society is about an English teacher named John Keating, played by Robin Williams, who inspires his students through poetry. He helps them free their minds and become independent thinkers, which obviously upsets the school board. His advice to them is, “Carpe Diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” Each boy attempts to seize the day, but tragedy strikes when one of them can’t break free of his father and feels the only way to be free is to kill himself. The film was a critical success and many critics consider this to be one of Robin Williams greatest acting roles. The film won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
7) Big Fish December 10, 2003
Themes that seem to appear in a ‘guy cry’ film are sacrifice, friendship, loyalty and giving up on a life obsession for the women one falls in love with. The other is the relationship and difficulty a son might have with their father. Big Fish deals with all these themes in certain ways, but the plot focuses on the reconciliation between a son and his dying father. The film starred Albert Finney as Edward Bloom, telling wild tales and adventures of his life as a young man, played by Ewan McGregor, on his deathbed to his son. It was directed by Tim Burton, who related to the film due to the death of his father and then mother, months earlier.
6) Field of Dreams April 21, 1989
If they watch it, they might cry. Fields of Dreams starred Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella. Ray is a huge baseball fan and his hero is baseball legend, Shoeless Joe Jackson. He starts to hear voices and follows the instructions blindly. He builds a baseball field where his crops used to be and travels a great distance to find a reclusive writer, played by James Earl Jones. Eventually, the ghosts of deceased players appear on the field to play baseball, one of them being Shoeless Joe. The underlying theme of the film is the relationship between a father and son. Ray had fought with his father when he was younger. His father died before they could reconcile and Ray carries this guilt around with him. Building the field gave Ray the chance to speak with his father one last time, as Ray’s father was one of the ghosts playing on the field.
5) Rudy October 13, 1993
Rudy is one of the most inspirational movies ever made. It’s the ultimate underdog story of the little guy who overcame all the obstacles. The scene at the end, where the arena full of fans are chanting “Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!”, can bring tears to eyes of even the meanest person alive. Rudy is the true story of Daniel E. “Rudy” Ruettiger, played by Sean Astin, who has dreams of playing football at the prestigious University of Notre Dame. However, Rudy lacks money, grades, talent and size. He overcomes everything, all to achieve his dream. “Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!”
4) The Pursuit Of Happyness December 15, 2006
The Pursuit of Happyness is the true story of Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith, who struggles to take care of his son, and for some time, he is even homeless. It’s an incredibly inspirational film about a man that just won’t give up. No matter how badly he gets knocked down, he gets right back up. Gardner invests in bone density scanners that start a lot of his problems, his wife leaves him and he eventually ends up homeless. At one point, he and his son stay in subway station washrooms and homeless shelters. He refuses to give up and eventually, he is able to sell all of his bone density scanners. Things finally turn around for him when he is able to land a full time position as a stockbroker, which he had to fight and claw to get. The film has received positive reviews and Will Smith was nominated for an Academy Award.
3) Love Story December 16, 1970
What can you say about a guy, that claims he doesn’t cry when he watches Love Story? Call him a liar. Love story is a tragic film that is considered by many, to be one of the greatest romantic films made. The story follows Oliver Barrett, played by Ryan O’Neal, who comes from a wealthy family and falls in love with Jenny Cavalleri, played by Ali McGraw. Oliver’s father cuts him off when he marries Jenny, against his father’s wishes. On their own now, they struggle financially and deal with relationship issues. Jenny is stricken with a severe illness and dies with Oliver holding her tightly. Oliver leaves the hospital and sees his father, they reconcile and his father tries to apologize. Oliver responds with one of the most famous movie quotes, “Jenny once told me: ‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
2) 50/50 September 30, 2011
50/50 follows Adam Lerner, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a 27 year old radio journalist who finds out he has cancer and begins chemotherapy. Initially, Adam believes that his then girlfriend would take care of him, but she ends up cheating on him. He has support from his mother, played by Angelica Houston, and his best friend Kyle, played by Seth Rogen. Kyle tries to cheer Adam up and convinces him to use his cancer to pick up women. Finally, Adam goes in for a very risky surgery, and his friends and loved ones are there for him. The film is written by Will Reiser, who based the film on his own experience with cancer. He is good friends with the film’s co-star, Seth Rogen.
1) The Shawshank Redemption September 23, 1994
Most guys might cry if they had to go to prison, but Shawshank Redemption isn’t a ‘guy cry’ movie because of that. Shawshank Redemption is considered to be one of the greatest movies of all time. The story follows Andy Duffresne, played by Tim Robbins, who is convicted of the murder of his wife and her lover. He spends 19 years in the Shawshank state prison, despite claiming to be innocent. In prison, he becomes friends with Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, played by Morgan Freeman, also the film’s narrator. The film explores themes of friendship, self-worth, integrity and freedom. Perhaps, what makes this such a great ‘guy cry’ film is Andy’s epic escape from prison. Despite not doing very well at the box office, the film is universally critically acclaimed.