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:
"Leonardo DiCaprio Movies"
If you had told me around the time that Titanic came out that Leonardo DiCaprio would become a household name and all-around acting powerhouse, I would have thrown you against an iceberg in disbelief. But here we are, closing in on the Academy Awards and Leo might be closing in on his first Oscar. I have no icebergs to throw. Ok, that analogy has gotten cold. Ok, last one. Truth is, Leo has blessed Hollywood with a variety of awesome films, a surprising amount cater to both genders despite the emergent target audience of Titanic. He's funny, suave, and has some acting chops that would make a dog drool. Ok, I'm going to stop with all analogies now. Here are five Leo films that hit guys in the feels, and yes, it's ok for guys to like Titanic.
Let's be clear here: The vast majority of this film's content didn't actually happen, even within the fictional reality of the movie world. That doesn't stop us from caring about what happens, because of the excellent performance by Leo. He not only makes us pine for him to eventually see his children again, but make us jealous that he has Michael "Tangerine" Caine as a father-in-law. Even his suicidal-turned-homicidal wife is a tragedy for him to weather as he navigates a very complex plan to trick Cillian "Scarecrow" Murphy into making a business deal. The suspense is palpable, the music is iconic, and who doesn't love a good Christopher Nolan movie? Leo does a fantastic job of working a thread of desperation into every step he takes, and I highly recommend it.
The ending is really tough, because of its implications. Ambiguously left, there are two options: Leo is still in a dream and he doesn't care anymore, or he's not in a dream and is actually with his kids. Naturally the second option is the happier, but the implication is that his wife ruined his life and killed herself for nothing. So yeah, no happy ending either way.