13 Sports Movies During Which Guys Have Permission To Cry
Many guys think that if they get all teary, someone will burst through the door and revoke their man card. With these 13 sports movies, you can go for gold because you’re not really a man if you don’t lose your sh*t when other men overcome adversity because…you know…sports.
No sports movie in the history of sports movies is more acceptable to lose your goddamned mind over and drown in a sea of your own tears. Grandfather just died? Dog just died? Put Rudy on and weep to your hearts content.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: The end obviously. Rudy has trained hard for this moment, considered giving up and when he is finally given his shot on the field, sacks the quarterback and gets carried off the field. You now have permission to cry.
The ‘Miracle on Ice’ is considered to be one of the greatest underdog sports stories of all time. A young USA Hockey defeats the Soviet Union, who had won six of the last seven Olympic gold medals.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: The inspirational speech from Kurt Russell: “Great moments are born from great opportunity”.
3. Remember the Titans.
This movie has more inspiration than you can poke a stick at. A racially charged atmosphere where players learn that it’s not the color of their skin that makes them brothers, but their dedication to football.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: Julius enters Gerry’s hospital room after he is paralyzed in a car crash. In a heartfelt moment Gary says to Julius “I was afraid of you, Julius. I only saw what I was afraid of, and now I know I was only hating my brother”.
4. Chariots of Fire.
This is based on the true story of two athletes, Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams who competed in the 1924 Olympic Games. One man faces problems when he puts God before country and the other must overcome anti-semitism. It won four Academy Awards and has one of the most iconic scores in cinematic history.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: Liddell remains true to his principles and stuns the other athletes by winning an event he had not trained for. As he is running his voice narrates “so where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within!”.
5. Cool Runnings.
A bunch of Jamaican sprinters miss out on the Olympics and turn their efforts to qualifying for the first Jamaican bobsled team.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: After their bobsled breaks down, the team puts it on their shoulders and walks to the end, because they have to finish the race.
The original Rocky won the Academy Award for best picture in 1977 and was the innovator of the sports movie montage.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: After going 15 rounds with Apollo Creed, Rocky cries out “Adrian!”.
7. The Blindside.
The true story of a homeless inner city kid called Michael Oher, who gets taken in by a wealthy white family. They legally adopt him and he eventually goes to college and plays professional football for the Baltimore Ravens.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: Michael says: “I’ve never had one before” Leigh Ann asks “what, a room to yourself?” and Michael finally answers “a bed”.
8. Friday Night Lights.
In the town of Odessa, Texas, winning football is everything. This movie follows one team’s journey to win a state championship.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: When Boobie Miles bursts into tears in his grandfather’s car because he realizes he will never play again and will never leave Odessa.
9. Any Given Sunday.
A raw and brutal portrayal of professional football in America and the politics that surrounds an under-performing team.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: Al Pacino’s speech about “inches” which applies to life as well as sports.
10. Cinderella Man.
A seriously down on his luck boxer named James J. Braddock is labelled “the Cinderella Man” because of his impossible comeback during the Great Depression.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: Braddock has to swallow his pride and beg for money at his boxing club, while other men look at him with disgust and pity.
The true story of one of the most beloved race horses in American history. A small horse and a partially blind jockey heal each other and bring hope to every American during the Great Depression.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: The final race where both Red and Seabiscuit come back from serious injuries to win again.
12. We Are Marshall.
Almost the entire first string football team of Marshall University from the town of Huntington die in a plane crash and it’s up to the coach and a new breed of players to keep the program alive.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: The entire movie is a weepfest, feel free to cry at any moment.
When the Philadelphia Eagles hold open tryouts as a publicity stunt, Vince Papale is the only average joe picked to attend their training camp.
Scene where you can lock eyes with another man and weep: Any time Vince looks at his ex-wife’s note that reads: “Vince, you will never go anywhere, you will never make any money, you will never make a name for yourself”.