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Old 03-16-2007, 01:14 PM   #1
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7 movies guaranteed to make a man cry, unless you are that cold hearted bastard BA...

Holding back the tears during Steel Magnolias, Beaches and other chick flicks is easy for most fellows. The machinations of such films just don't uncork male emotions, which is not to say that men are always dry-eyed when the credits role. Consider these seven movies that are guaranteed to have even the coolest dudes reaching for the Kleenex.


Dead Poets Society (1989)
Nothing like an inspirational-teacher flick to make a guy misty. Robin Williams shelves his wackiness to play John Keating, offbeat English teacher at a buttoned-down prep school. Spouting Whitman, Thoreau and Horace (carpe diem!?, Keating and his eager students embody the pleasures of learning and the enthusiasm of youth. So when Neil, played by Robert Sean Leonard, commits suicide rather than live the life his father demands, his death hits hard. Neil will never fulfill his potential, and viewers are forced to consider what price they've paid to survive in this cruel, cruel world. Total bummer.


Gladiator (2000)
There could not be a more masculine movie. Russell Crowe, in his scowling, muscled prime, stars as Maximus, meanest fighter ever to grace the Coliseum. Heck, his family was murdered; he's got nothing to lose. Shot in sober gray tones by director Ridley Scott, Gladiator won kudos, including the Oscar for best picture, for its visceral depiction of a very violent tale. All of which means that the lump in male throats when Maximus dies, with his honor intact, is testosterone induced. At my signal, unleash hell ... and tears.


Legends of the Fall (1994)
As a rule, men don't get the appeal of Brad Pitt.Legends of the Fall, in which every woman's favorite actor plays the wild one among three frontier brothers, is the exception. When Pitt's character, Tristan, falls in love with his younger bro's fiancée (Julia Ormond), the once-unquestioned bond between siblings becomes rather messy. Further complicating matters, all three men then enlist in World War I, breaking their antiwar father's heart (Anthony Hopkins). Like Wild West flicks of earlier decades, Legends explores primal themes, underscored by Pitt's tough yet, gulp, sensitive performance.


The Notebook (2005)
Does the romance between Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) produce more sap than a maple forest? Yes. Is the script, based on Nicholas Sparks' bestseller of the same name, crammed with such manipulative touches as Alzheimer's disease, class differences and a Ferris wheel ride? Yes. Will director Nick Cassavetes employ every corny trick in the book: soaring score, misty flashbacks, birds flying into a sunset? Yes. And do men who watch The Notebook secretly sop up tears with the sleeves of their hoodies? You know it.


Rudy (1993)
Talk about fantasy football. Not only does Rudy (Sean Astin) lack the smarts to get into Notre Dame, he's short several inches and many pounds to play for the Fighting Irish. But our heroic underdog refuses to let his shortcomings defeat his dream, and with the help of a kindly groundskeeper and a kindly priest, not to mention the world's most patient girlfriend (Lili Taylor), he scores a place on the college's storied gridiron. Despite such a hackneyed setup, Rudy rises above other hardscrabble sports flicks, because director David Anspaugh rarely stoops to schmaltzy tactics. Like Rudy, he earns every teardrop.


Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Rare is the war movie that doesn't numb its audience with endless violence. Although Steven Spielberg, who won a best director Oscar for this film, punctuates Saving Private Ryan with ultra-real battle sequences, he keeps the sepia-toned focus on the characters. As a result, the audience is engaged, hearts and minds, in the mission of Capt. Miller (Tom Hanks) and his men, and Spielberg is able to evoke complicated emotions with his overarching question: Is war worth it?


Titanic (1997)
Kate Winslet's Rose isn't the only one smitten with Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack. Guys, too, enjoy the lively chap's company. We admire his sense of adventure, stowing away on a steamship bound for America. We cheer as he courts a girl who was out of his league. We admire how he suggests nude modeling as an excuse to get naked. So when Jack plunges to his death, an uncontrollable flood of tears sinks our composure. That is until Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On has us rolling our eyes.
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Re: 7 movies guaranteed to make a man cry, unless you are that cold hearted bastard B

For the record, men don't watch Steel Magnolias, Beaches, or The Notebook. And they are strongly discouraged from watching Titanic and Dead Poets Society.
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Re: 7 movies guaranteed to make a man cry, unless you are that cold hearted bastard B

Dude, the notebook was an awesome movie. Really sad. I know hardcore LAPD officers who would even agree with me. The fact that one of them used to be SF is good too. Would disagree with Gladiator and Legends of the Fall though. I would add Philadelphia and Field of Dreams in their place. Titanic is a maybe. I would take Rudy off too. It's too much of a happy ending. Forrest Gump (for the scene where he meets his son and asks how smart he is) is a crier. Backdraft when his brother is dying and during the funeral is a solid choice too
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Re: 7 movies guaranteed to make a man cry, unless you are that cold hearted bastard B

pffffffff, they are all gay movies on that list
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I call bullshit on that last remark QP.
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Re: 7 movies guaranteed to make a man cry, unless you are that cold hearted bastard B

Who the fuck are you calling cold hearted?!
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Who the fuck are you calling cold hearted?!
Oh you know I'm just screwin' with you.

Your not exactly what someone would call the emotional type and you know it.
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Re: 7 movies guaranteed to make a man cry, unless you are that cold hearted bastard B

Dead Poets Society - never saw it

Gladiator - Own it. DAMN good movie

Legends of the fall - Gotta call "gay" on that movie. Definate chick-flick

The Notebook - heard it's a chick-flick, and haven't watched it.

Rudy - was so-so. Wasn't bad, but, wasn't the best "feel bad for the handicapped guy" movie

Saving Private Ryan - DAMN GOOD MOVIE! I feel horrible after watching it, because at the end of the movie I find myself hating Germans, knowing full well that the war's been over for years. Kinda hits home with me too since my granddad was in those trenches.

Titanic - I have never and will never be able to enjoy a movie with Leonardo. He's like fingernails on a chaulk-board... Although I'm torn to watch it because I know he drowns, I don't want to waste an hour and a half of my life just to get to that point in the movie. Maybe I'll DVR it someday, and just fast-forward to that scene...
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