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A guy-cry film is the masculine version of the chick flick genre, a film that addresses a male audience, but has strong emotional material. [1][2] Sports films are important to the guy-cry genre, but sports action is not necessarily essential to qualify a film as a genuine guy-cry.[1][2] Some notable sports films that could be defined as guy-cry would be Field of Dreams, Rudy, Brian's Song, and The Wrestler.[1][2]

While it may seem that guy-cry is a neologism, it is a genre that has been around for many years and is now receiving critical attention from scholars and trade publications.[1][2][3] This is mainly due to the financial and often critical successes of films that fall within this genre.[1][2]

Early popular guy-cry films date back to the early 1970s with films such as Five Easy Pieces and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.[1][2] Important themes to the guy-cry genre are concepts of brotherhood, sacrifice, loyalty, and family.[1][2]

The Oregonian compilied a list of "films that make men cry"[4], that includes Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, and The Passion of the Christ, among many others.

Popular guy-cry films

In 2005, Entertainment Weekly ran a reader poll of the top guy-cry films.[5] Their choices were as follows:

  1. The Shawshank Redemption
  2. Armageddon
  3. (3-way tie -- "Chick Flicks") Terms of Endearment, Love Story, Steel Magnolias
  4. Field of Dreams
  5. (4-way tie -- "Movies with Dogs") My Dog Skip, Snoopy Come Home, Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows.
  6. Good Will Hunting
  7. Brian's Song
  8. Big Fish
  9. Backdraft
  10. Hoosiers
  11. Saving Private Ryan
  12. Hotel Rwanda

The above list is taken from a list entitled "Movies that Make Grown Men Cry", which is obviously different from a guy-cry, as guy-cry movies are targeted at males, and not all of these movies are targeted specifically at males.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g [1] MSN Entertainment, By Richard T. Jameson, "The Big Guy Cry", accessed 02-19-2009
  2. ^ a b c d e f g [2] Fox News, by Amber Milt (Amber Milt), "The Guy Cry Genre: Chick Flicks for Men", accessed 02-19-2009
  3. ^ [3] Chicago Tribune, by John Kass (April 13, 2007), "Reel Guys: Not a dry 'I' in the house.", accessed 02-19-2009
  4. ^ [4] The Oregonian (June 12, 2008), "Sad scenes: Movies that make a guy cry", accessed 02-1902009
  5. ^ a b [5] Entertainment Weekly, Reader Picks: Movies That Make Grown Men Cry", accessed 02-19-2009

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