Guy Cry CinemaThe Oscar-Winning Movies That Cause Big, Manly Tears
4. The King's Speech
Nothing more manly than a man who is forced into kinghood. Colin Firth plays the younger son of the crown who is suddenly given all the responsibility ever when the rightful heir, his brother, abdicated the throne. One problem: a king can't have a stammer, and he's got a big one. Luckily, Captain Barbossa shows up to fix his speech and his confidence.
The real heartbreaker here is how one of the most powerful men in the world at the time fails to read aloud to his children (one of whom is future Queen Elizabeth). He is a loving father, but without the ability to show it because he cannot speak to his children more than two words at a time. Bugger.
It's Rocky, what more is there to say? It's to Stallone what The Terminator is to Schwarzenegger. As triumphant sports movies go, it's solid. As movies that launch franchises go, it's gold. As movies that people actually enjoy watching while being so critically-acclaimed that it won Oscars, it's got that too. It basically hijacked the entire city of Philadelphia. Sure, Robocop did that for Detroit, but not in the way you want it to.
Why does it make us cry? Is it because Rocky has a dream but spends most of his life not reaching it? Is it because Rocky actually loses the big final fight? Is it because it's unclear how much brain damage was acting on behalf of Sylvester? Maybe all of the above my friend. But there's nothing more touching than Rocky's heartfelt confession to Adriane that he doesn't think he can win. Plenty is said about courage (namely that courage is not a lack of fear, but persistence in the face of fear). Rocky shows that courage is the will to stand up and fight even in the face of certain defeat, in the name of respect.