Guy Cry Movies

Though my knowledge of popular culture, especially movies, contains a massive void of anything made over the last fifteen years (due to kids and night school), I constructed a list of five “guy-cry” or better yet “guy-makes-awkward-faces-and-then-suddenly-leaves-the-room-to-check-the-oil-in-the-car” movies:

5. Shenandoah (1965)
This classic tale starring Jimmy Stewart follows a large Virginia family who unsuccessfully try to stay neutral during the Civil War. I can’t hear the old church hymn “Rock of Ages” without remembering the film’s vivid scene involving Stewart’s younger son entering their church.

4. Shawshank Redemption (1994)
No additional commentary necessary on this movie.

3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
In comparison to Titanic, when you have a main character “thinking back,” this movie was done so much better as the audience did not know whose grave the old man was viewing at the start of the film. In contrast, with Titanic, everyone knew from the start the surviving woman’s identity, therefore making the scenes where she almost died so much less dramatic.

2. Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)
Anything with dogs in it is a slam dunk for causing most guys to sniffle. This movie based on the classic novel set in Tahlequah, Oklahoma (not to far from my childhood stomping grounds) follows a boy’s dream of purchasing Redbone coonhound hunting dogs. According to Indian legend, wherever a red fern grows is sacred ground—-wonderful title, excellent book, good movie. Old Yeller was a special one as well.

1. Brian’s Song (1971)
This film is based on the true story of the friendship of professional football players Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. Actors Billy Dee Williams and James Caan excel in this movie. I remember as a child, watching this movie on television with my dad and brother—and all three of us sitting silently doing are best to “think happy thoughts.”

I have not seen Up, The Passion of Christ, Taking Chance (detailing a Marine escorting the body of a fallen soldier home), A Walk to Remember (only read the book—probably more of a “chick flick” though), or Schindler’s List, as those likely would have made me expand the list as well.

Also, I looked at several online compilations of “guy cry” movies (including this one), and saw on a few that Field of Dreams and Glory were listed. Even as a baseball fan, I did not like Field of Dreams; much less feel teary-eyed while watching it.

With Glory, the movie was well done and had dramatic scenes, but maybe I know too much about that history-- I was just too caught-up in watching what scenes were accurately portrayed versus parts that involved the writers’ creative licenses.

I am sure that as soon as I post this, I’ll think of several other films that should be on the list.


angelcel said...

Have you ever seen 'The Champ' (John Voight, Faye Dunaway)? My husband and I watched this at home on video a few years after it first came out and *both* cried so much our heads felt as though we'd been concussed! :D

Erin said...

What about Rudy?

Expat From Hell said...

Good choices, all of these. However, the classic Guy Cry movie of all time still has to be Old Yeller (1957). Don't ya think?


Slamdunk said...

Angel: No, I have not seen that one and will have to look it up--thanks.

EP: I was debating on Old Yeller and included it in the text of #2. I have not seen it in so long though the others were more fresh in my limited memory.

E: I debated Rudy with a few others (not knowing that I was picking their brain for blogging info) and it got mixed results. I considered Rudy more of an inspirational story since he was carried off the field at the end rather than dying (or his dog dying).

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

How about "The Bucket List"? That one was killer.

mrs. fuzz said...

HF came home from taking the kids to UP teary-eyed. When he tried explaining to me what the movie was about he got tears again. I still don't know what it's about.

Natalie said...

Though it may not qualify since it was a mini-series on HBO, my hubby gets pretty emotional watching Band of Brothers (produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks after Saving Private Ryan).

I have an extreme soft spot for veterans though, especially the gray-haired ones, so anytime they have the actual men interviewed that the show portrayed, I got teary-eyed.

The hubby has watched it multiple times and still can't get enough!

Dear Frankie is another good one (stars Gerard Butler), but FH takes it too personal because the boy's real father is a d-bag.

Sorry for the epic!