Guy Cry Cinema
The Oscar-Winning Movies That Cause Big, Manly Tears

Firefilm | 9 Jul 2015 12:00
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DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of light-hearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:

"Oscar Winners"

In my mind there are two different groups of movies that win Oscars: the movies that are only released to the bare minimum of theaters to even qualify for an Oscar but hold no entertainment value to the masses, and the group that exemplify the pinnacle of cinematic greatness and truly deserve their prestigious award. Since I hate the former group with a passion, this list will focus on the latter. These films are so good they've cemented themselves in the cultural zeitgeist, becoming fixtures of our awareness of time. "What year did I do that thing?"..."Well Ghostbusters just came out, so it must have been 1984." For whatever reason Ghostbusters failed to win an Oscar, but the films below were luckier. Powerful, manly, and emotional, these five films are why we go to the movies...and sometimes cry.

1. The Godfather
Often ranked one of the best films of all time, right up there with Citizen Kane. This film, unlike the Orson Welles masterpiece, doesn't require a film degree to excite. It's the story of a mob family and the one guy who wanted to stay out of it and be legitimate ending up the mob boss through a series of suspenseful and dramatic events. The acting power in this film could turn Jupiter into another sun, but instead it was used to craft some of the most iconic cinema ever made, and truly deserved the Oscars it won.

In terms of what parts make guys cry, there's not so much one part as a particular situation that bookends the film. Both Marlon Brando and Al Pacino are at family events that should be extremely happy; Brando at his daughter's wedding, Pacino at his nephew's baptism. In both situations, these men have to pretend (or highly compartmentalize) their joy of the occasion with the murder-business that they've set in place. This false-face of happiness that these men have to put on to hide the hardships they're dealing with is one of the core stereotypical tenants of being manly: hiding your feelings. That type of repression and internalization is torture, and regardless of how good you are at it you eventually break.

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