Emotion Turned Up To 11: Films To Make A Grown Man Weep

Contributor; London

When did you last shed a tear in the cinema? Or in front of the TV for that matter? What  tugs at one person's emotions may well leave another cold. Personal factors are of course brought into play here and what sets people off varies wildly - if you have kids, cinematic scenarios that put them in peril may resonate more, for example. I rarely find movies that are constructed as 'weepies' or 'tearjerkers' to have that effect on me. That's not to say I don't appreciate them - Brief Encounter is a fantastic film that I could happily watch over and over again, but it leaves me dry-eyed. 

As part of the 'Lists Of Shame' project many of us here have been taking part in this year, I encountered David Lynch's The Elephant Man for the first time, and was surprised by how moving I found it. This got me thinking about all those movies that unexpectedly move you to tears when you perhaps least expect it. 

What follows is, in no order whatsoever, a necessarily personal list of 11 films that troubled my emotions when I wasn't prepared... 

Gran Torino (2008)

Well, who wants to see their heroes die? Despite some mildy irritating performances from the supporting cast, Gran Torino managed to be a funny, humble and genuinely endearing movie. What you get out of it will largely come down to how fond you are of Clint and his catalogue, but if you're partial, his plight will strike a chord. With veiled references to his right-wing Dirty Harry- era persona, he moves from bigot to reluctant mentor across the run time. The final showdown confounds expectations and turns Eastwood from lone gunslinger to sacrificial lamb. Sniff.

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