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- by Frank Wilkins
Of Mice and Men (1992) - This 1992 drama starring Gary Senise and John Malkovich tops the heap. Guaranteed to bring a grown man to his knees.
Where the Red Fern Grows (1974) - Anything involving a boy and his dog is destined for that emotional roller-coaster.
Old Yeller (1957) - See Where the Red Fern Grows above. Can we please stop talking about boys and their dogs?
Blue Valentine (2010) - Stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Optimistic and cruel. Wretched and beautiful. Bring the hanky.
Snow Angels (2008) - The National Board of Review wasn't wrong in placing this one on its list of the Top 10 Independent Films of the year. It's both sad and good.
Schindler's List (1992) - This true story of Oskar Schindler's attempt to save Jews from the holocaust will get you every time.
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) - I think we've all cried at this one. Watch it during the holidays and share a family member's shoulder. Can't help but shed a tear even though we know what's coming.
Away From Her (2007) - Great performances from brilliant actors dealing with a tough subject matter - alzheimer's. A difficult watch... but a necessary one.
Glory (1989) - How can such a macho movie about such a manly war make a wuss out of the toughest of men? Watch it to find out. Denzel Washington gives one of those "once in a career" performances.
My Dog Skip - Here's that dog thing again!
Sounder (1972) - We read the book, then like a fool, watched the movie! Why would a man put himself through that again? Stars Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield as black sharecroppers in Louisiana in the 1930s. Oh yeah....it's about a dog. Imagine that!
Forrest Gump (1994) - Another film sure to evoke tears. Bubba was his best friend, his momma was a wise woman. Forrest may not be a smart man but he does know what love is.
Titanic (1997) - The romantic story of rich girl meets poor boy is sure to touch the heart of anyone. Guys beware, it has very high Julia Roberts factor. But on the positive side it sports a high Get Lucky factor. Good luck!
Ghost (1990) - A chick flick of the highest order. But if forced to sit through one, just remember...it's better than Mystic Pizza. Stars Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze as they dabble with the afterlife.
Brian's Song (1971) - From that 1970's "Made for TV" mold. But not only is this film one of the top tearjerkers of all time, it's hard to argue that this is not one of the best sports films of all time. True-life drama of Chicago Bears teammates Brian Piccolo (James Caan) and Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams). It's numerous Emmy Awards were well deserved.
Life is Beautiful (1997) - From one of the most horrific events of the 20th century comes one of the most life-affirming dramas. Roberto Benigni directs himself to a best actor Oscar. Only other person to do that: Laurence Olivier in Hamlet (1948).
Rudy (1993) - Sean Astin's "other" character. RUDY!....RUDY!....RUDY! Please pardon us a moment while we gather ourselves.
We Were Soldiers (2002) An extremely powerful war film that will cause even the strongest alpha male to shed tears.
Big Fish (2003) - Although fairly new on the scene, this one's a must see. A tale about a man's relationship with his father. Go see it with your son or your father. "Now there, there. It's OK....let it go!" [whispered quietly while patting each other on the shoulder]
Saving Private Ryan (1998) - One of the most significant and powerful war movies ever made. World War II finally gets its Deer Hunter.
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) - An interweaving story of women's liberation, racism, love, humor, triumph and tragedy. A powerful bevy of actresses will lead through the gamut of emotions.
The Thing About My Folks (2005) - Stars Paul Reiser and Columbo. Another one for a son to watch with his pop. But don't say we didn't warn you!
The Day of the Dolphin (1973) - Pha loves Be! And Pha loves Pa too! And you'll fall in love with the cuddly dolphins that star in this oddly endearing little picture. Stars George C. Scott and one of the best cinematic scores ever.
Up (2009) - That opening montage of Carl and Ellie growing up and old together gets us every time. Never thought a cartoon could make us cry!
The Notebook (2004) - Ryan Gosling makes his second appearance on the list. Verges on mawkish and manipulative at times, but list-worthy nonetheless.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) - Spencer Tracy's closing monologue is one of the best bits of screenwriting in movie history. Even Katherine Hepburn couldn't keep it together.
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