These sports movies really hit you right in the feels.
The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies make guys cry, for example:
Whether you play sports or just watch them on Sundays with your pants off, sports movies are a staple of the "makes guys cry" diet. You've got the machismo of physical competition, the romance angle of teammates, and the ever-present connection to whatever pee-wee soccer or little league you participated in as a child. As long as there are sports being played, there will be movies about that one time that the team you like beat the team you don't like. Sports may take a disproportionate amount of money from college donations, ruin parking any day there's a game, and destroy people's bodies, but damn do they make emotional movies.
I'm pretty sure I could have just repeated this film 5 times and everyone would have been ok with that. Rudy stars Sean "Goonie" Astin in one of the films he did before Lord of the Rings engulfed his life and career. And much like in The Goonies, Sean brings the chubby-cheeked charisma full force in this one, causing everyone to root for him.
Literally, they all chant his name. It's a big deal.
The emotional key to this film is Rudy's teammates. These are kids who have dedicated their careers, bodies, and existence to football. The top of that pyramid is listening to the coach, because he is the musician and players are his instruments. That being said, after seeing the coach refuse to allow ol' chubby cheeks to play on the team, they lay down their jerseys so that there would be an open spot for him to play in the final game. This act of sacrifice is so moving when you consider what they are risking... but then again, he is Samwise. I would do the same.
And then that sack. And the chanting. And him on their shoulders. THE FEELS!
2. Field of Dreams
Hold on...one sec...need a tissue...okay better now. This film is like a fist full of black pepper thrown directly into your eyes. Kevin "I used to be respected" Costner builds a baseball field in the middle of his farm's cornfield because of a dream.
AHHH, now you get the title?
Soon ghosts from baseball's past start showing up to play friendly scrimmages. Long story short, Costner does whatever Al and Ziggy want him to, and then he gets to play catch with his Dad.
Oh I'm sorry, did I mention that his dad is dead? And that his dad was a baseball fan, and their relationship was troubled? Now you start getting the picture of why when Costner sees his dad's ghost on the baseball diamond and asks "Hey Dad, wanna have a catch?" it's time to tear up.