Boys Don’t Cry? Ten Movie Tearjerkers from a Male Perspective

Tears don’t come easily to an emotionally constipated male of a certain age, but like it or not, some movies will always get the waterworks going.


I’m not saying that this selection is especially male-oriented, but I suspect some may have even more of an effect on guys than women. So, here we go. Tissues at the ready. No snickering, unless it’s to mop up the tears.



Silent Running (1972): touching eco-sci-fi with Bruce Dern and three cute robots Huey, Dewey and Louie. Dern sacrifices himself to save the last forests in existence.

Silent Running Ending



The Ghost & Mrs Muir (1947): Rex Harrison stars as a curmudgeonly spectral sailor:



The Bad & The Beautiful (1952): Kirk Douglas as a egomaniacal film producer. But is he as selfish as appears?

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) - trailer



The Shawshank Redemption (1994): nuff said:

The Shawshank Redemption Ending



AI (2001): Spielberg’s take on a planned Kubrick project is incredibly emotionally manipulative, but almost impossible to resist:

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) - David & Futuristic Mecha Scene.



The Elephant Man (1980): You lack a soul if this doesn’t get to you:



Spartacus (1960): Second Kirk Douglas entry, he’s not walking away from this one: 

Spartacus (10/10) Movie CLIP - Goodbye My Life (1960) HD



Rudy (1993): David Anspaugh’s underdog formula about a dogged kid who won’t quit:

Rudy Trailer (Official)



Cool Hand Luke (1967): The second prison movie – Paul Newman shines as Luke:

Cool Hand Luke (1967) - That Ol' Luke Smile Scene (8/8) | Movieclips



Starman (1984): John Carpenter changes pace with this affecting romance, the third sci-fi picture in my Top Ten.

Starman (1984) ending



Post your choices in the comments section. It’s getting a bit dusty in here…

Read ’em and weep.

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