Say what you will about kids movies, but a few still have the power to get a guy all choked up.
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 often times have the potential to make guys cry, for example:
"Live-Action Kids Movies"
Even the burliest of lumberjacks started out as a wee little ax chopper. Being a manly movie doesn't necessarily have to be directed at adults, in fact establishing social norms early on is probably the best time to access your target demographic. While films directed at children can be nothing more than toy-shilling nonsense and noise, sometimes a generation will recognize certain kid-centric films as more than the sum of their parts. I present to you a list of live action films that were marketed towards children, but that still make guys cry as adults.
1. The NeverEnding Story
Kid is bullied, so he curls up with a good book. The person who pitched this was probably laughed out of the room until he threw in the "Oh, and the book is an LSD trip mixed with the Dark Crystal." Rock Monsters, luck dragons, a freaky canyon that kills you if you're scared THUS COMPLETELY ENSURING THAT YOU DIE! Don't forget the Nothing, a villain that is literally an absence of anything. This film was and is the balls, and despite all of that there's one part that still makes me want to fast forward.
Atreyu, the protagonist of the book world is riding his trusty horse Artax through the swamp of sadness, which should have been our warning sign right there. The horse starts becoming sad (as horses do?) and begins to sink into the swamp. This is an incredibly slow death as Atreyu, through tears, tries to save his friend through words, and then through failing to pull the horse out. Then the horse drowns. Enjoy your childhood.