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5 Westerns that Make Guys Cry

Firefilm | 21 Jan 2015 16:00
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Some Westerns really have a way of pulling on the heart strings.

The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies often times have the potential to make guys cry, for example:


Pretty sure the modern stereotype of what's considered "manly" came from Western movies. The super-macho, brush-your-teeth-with-dirt, doesn't-cry-at-anything, die-with-your-boots-on dynamo is a fantasy born from this genre romanticizing a portion of America's history. Through this romanticism, however, we are compelled to watch these fictional characters as they simultaneously drip testosterone and exude reserve. The marriage of restraint and intimidation the Western film hero employs have made the genre uniquely accessible to men. Does that mean any man who enjoys a Western couldn't possibly cry at one? Here are 5 examples of why Westerns make guys cry more often than

1. Tombstone

This is a classic Western despite only being released in 1993. Sam Rockwell and Kurt Russell are in it so you know it's good. Bill Paxton is in it so you know it exists (he's in everything). This film features the legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral. I bet even those who've never seen the film know of this gunfight, so you can imagine the historical pop culture creep they were working with. We've got manly archetypes such as "retired lawman who comes back due to injustice," and "man with failing health that still draws his gun faster than the bad guys." It's a how-to manual for macho.

But with every sunrise comes a sunset, and despite the uber-macho that Val "Doc Holliday" Kilmer throws across the screen, the film ends with him in a sanatorium. Before death, he remarks at the oddity that he's dying with his boots off. This was a sobering reminder that no matter how invincible men feel in real life, there's a power that's going to get them in the end regardless. We cried for Doc, wishing he died on his feet. Wishing he died with the dignity that he valued so much. More than that, we wish he could have died with more than just Wyatt Earp to mourn him.

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