That moment when a movie has you hook line and sinker and hits you straight in the feels. I'm not merely just talking about that lump in your throat or the so called "I've got grit in my eye" excuse, I'm talking about full on blub. Here's a run down of 10 movies that make men cry.
SPOILER ALERT - Be warned there are obviously some spoilers in this list. If you haven't seen the movies, be warned this could spoil that emotional out pouring you'll experience.
1. Field of Dreams
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come.
Blub moment: When Ray (kevin Costner) asks the ghost of his father to a game of catch. Despite the fact I'm a Brit and know absolutely nothing about baseball this got me where it counts and does so every time I see it.
2. Good Will Hunting
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. if not for the sheer dynamic brilliance of watching Robin Williams deliver an absolute showstopper performance its the feeling this great man is no longer with us.
Blub Moment: Sean Maguire (Williams) talks about his love for his wife and the Cancer which killed her.
3. Million Dollar Baby
This film is about an underappreciated boxing trainer Frankie Dunn, the mistakes that
haunt him from his past, and his quest for atonement by helping an
underdog amateur boxer called Maggie achieve her dream of becoming a professional.
Blub Moment: When Frankie Dunn (Eastwood) sneaks into the hospital one night to administer a fatal injection of adrenaline to a seriously injured Maggie who had begged Frankie to help end her suffering. In a coma Frankie finally tells Maggie the meaning of a nickname he gave her.
4. Marley & Me
A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog. This one is an absolute killer if you happen to be a dog owner, particularly if you own a labrador. The movie takes you up and then drops you like a tonne weight when the inevitable end of journey arrives.
Blub Moment: The aging Marley begins to show signs of arthritis and deafness. An attack of gastric dilation volvulus
almost kills him, but he recovers. When a second attack occurs, it
becomes clear surgery will not help him, and Marley is euthanized with
John (Owen Wilson) at his side.
5. Its a Wonderful Life
James Stewart's iconic role as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel Clarence.
Blub Moment: George runs back to the bridge where he was going to commit suicide and begs for his life back. His prayer is
answered, as Burt catches up to him, but only to say he was glad he
found George as everyone was worried about him. George runs through the
town joyously, wishing everyone he sees a merry Christmas
6.Stand By Me
Perhaps one of the greatest coming of age movies ever created, directed by Rob Reiner and written by Stephen King. After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near
their rural homes, four Oregon boys decide to go see the body. On the
way, Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton), Vern Tessio (Jerry O'Connell), Chris
Chambers (River Phoenix) and Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman) encounter a
mean junk man and a marsh full of leeches, as they also learn more about one another and their very different home lives.
Blub Moment: The narration by The present-day Gordie (Richard Dreyfuss) writes that while Gordie and Chris stayed
friends, they drifted about from the other two shortly thereafter. Vern
married immediately after high school, has four children, and drives a
forklift at a local lumber yard. Teddy tried enlisting in the army but
was turned down because of his ear injury and impaired eyesight. He had
served some time in prison and now does odd jobs around Castle Rock.
Chris went on to college and became a lawyer. When attempting to break
up a fight in a fast-food restaurant, he was fatally stabbed in the neck
7. Forrest Gump
Slow-witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself
as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he
leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating on the gridiron
as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp
boat he excels at every aspect of his life. The film is an adventure and one of the greatest triumph of the human spirit stories ever made. The innocence that Hanks conveys as Gump is one of the finest things you'll see on film.
Blub Moment: In present-day, Gump reveals that he is waiting at the bus stop because
he received a letter from Jenny who, having seen him run on television,
asks him to visit her. Once he is reunited with Jenny, she introduces
him to his son, also named Forrest. Jenny tells Gump she is suffering
from an unknown virus (possibly HIV, though this is never specified).
Together the three move back to Greenbow, Alabama. Jenny and Forrest
finally marry but she dies soon afterward.
8. Saving Private Ryan
Heart wrenching, Spielbergs WW2 film pulls no punches and rams home the sheer brutality of war in the most visceral 25 minutes you'll see in any movie. Hanks is Captain Miller, assigned to take a small squad of men to search for and bring home the last remaining son of the Ryan family who's other siblings have all perished in combat.
Blub Moment: There are two, the moment when Miller (Hanks) dies defending the last bridge from an approaching German Tiger tank and the present day Ryan who stands at Millers grave with survivors guilt.
Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner), a 78-year-old balloon salesman, is
about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Tying thousands of balloons to his
house, he flies away to the South American wilderness. But curmudgeonly
Carl's worst nightmare comes true when he discovers a little boy named
Russell is a stowaway and their adventure together reveals some important life lessons for the both of them.
Blub moment: After suffering
a miscarriage and being told they cannot have a child, Carl and Ellie decide to realize
their dream of visiting Paradise Falls. They try to save for the trip,
but repeatedly end up spending the money on more pressing needs.
Finally, an elderly Carl arranges for the trip, but Ellie suddenly
becomes ill and dies. What makes the miscarriage scene even more impactful is that not a single line of dialogue is spoken. As a parent this will break your heart.
Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow in
1939, ready to make his fortune from World War II, which has just
started. After joining the Nazi party primarily for political
expediency, he staffs his factory with Jewish workers for similarly
pragmatic reasons. When the SS begins exterminating
Jews in the Krakow ghetto, Schindler arranges to have his workers
protected to keep his factory in operation, but soon realizes that in so
doing, he is also saving innocent lives.
Blub Moment: The razing of the Jewish Ghetto and the young girl in the red dress.
Got any movies that make you blub?, leave a comment and let me know
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