Sports Movies that Make You Cry…Like a Man

No matter how tough you think you are, there is a movie moment out there that made you think you had some dust blown in your eye. Maybe it was Chasing Amy. Maybe it was Old Yeller.
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Oh, no? You have ice-water in your veins? Then let us bring to light "true story" sports movies in honor of the Jackie Robinson movie, 42. If these moments didn't touch you, then you obviously haven't seen them, and must do so immediately.
No matter how tough you think you are, there is a movie moment out there that made you think you had some dust blown in your eye. Maybe it was Chasing Amy. Maybe it was Old Yeller.
Tyson (2008): It's hard to take anything to do with Mike Tyson seriously with quotes like "My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I’m the ferocious. I want his heart! I want to eat his children!" and his appearances in The Hangover. Surprisingly, Tyson's documentary hit an emotional chord in our hearts.
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Misty-eyed moment: When Mike Tyson talks about his mentor, Cus D'amato, bringing him up like a father.
Tyson (2008): It's hard to take anything to do with Mike Tyson seriously with quotes like "My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I’m the ferocious. I want his heart! I want to eat his children!" and his appearances in The Hangover. Surprisingly, Tyson's documentary hit an emotional chord in our hearts.
The Fighter (2010): Mark Wahlberg plays Micky Ward, a struggling boxer being used by his junkie ex-boxing brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) to bring in the cash, but not the honor.
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Misty-eyed moment: Dicky is arrested. In jail, he watches an expose about himself and his brother. Instead of a fighter showcase, the piece focuses on how Dicky has fallen so low.
The Fighter (2010): Mark Wahlberg plays Micky Ward, a struggling boxer being used by his junkie ex-boxing brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) to bring in the cash, but not the honor.
Remember the Titans (2000): A high school football team in Alexandria, Virginia is racially integrated in the early 1970s.
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Misty-eyed moment: 10 years after winning the state championships, the entire team reunites to mourn the death of teammate Gerry Bertier and sing '"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye."
Remember the Titans (2000): A high school football team in Alexandria, Virginia is racially integrated in the early 1970s.
The Pride of the Yankees (1942): The story of "Ironhorse", Lou Gehrig (played by Gary Cooper) and how his good-natured attitude and baseball talent succumbed to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, thereafter known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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Misty-eyed moment: You don't have to be a Yankees fan to get a bit emotional for the last 20 minutes of this movie, but there are two moments that really get the waterworks: one is when Gehrig meets Billy, a disabled kid who overcame the odds to get better because Gehrig told him to; the other is Gehrig's farewell speech.
The Pride of the Yankees (1942): The story of "Ironhorse", Lou Gehrig (played by Gary Cooper) and how his good-natured attitude and baseball talent succumbed to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, thereafter known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Hoosiers (1986): Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) coaches a small-town basketball team in Indiana as they march towards the state championships. A movie like this doesn't spew sad tears, but inspirational ones.
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Misty-eyed moment: Before the state championships, Norman Dale shirks the big, pre-game speech like he did for the last game to thank the kids, as they go around the bench saying who they want to win this game for.
Hoosiers (1986): Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) coaches a small-town basketball team in Indiana as they march towards the state championships. A movie like this doesn't spew sad tears, but inspirational ones.
Cool Runnings (1993): After losing in the preliminary races for his country's Olympic team, Derice Bannock (played by Leon Robinson) recruits Irving “Irv” Blitzer (John Candy) to organize a Jamaican bobsled team for the 1988 Winter Olympics.
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Misty-eyed moment: I know. It's hard to take Cool Runnings seriously, but if you didn't feel a tug on the old heart-strings when the Jamaican bobsled team crashed and carried the sled across the finish line, then you don't know how to enjoy sports.
Cool Runnings (1993): After losing in the preliminary races for his country's Olympic team, Derice Bannock (played by Leon Robinson) recruits Irving “Irv” Blitzer (John Candy) to organize a Jamaican bobsled team for the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Brian's Song (1971): The story of Chicago Bears running backs Gale Sayers (played by Billy Dee Williams) and Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan) as they befriend each other while competing for the same position on the team for years until Piccolo passes away due to cancer.
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Misty-eyed moment: Gale Sayers finally finds his voice when he receives the George S. Halas Most Courageous Player Award, as he speaks about Brian Piccolo.
Brian's Song (1971): The story of Chicago Bears running backs Gale Sayers (played by Billy Dee Williams) and Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan) as they befriend each other while competing for the same position on the team for years until Piccolo passes away due to cancer.
Invincible (2006): A good sports movie engages all fans of a sport, not just fans of a certain team. Disney and Mark Wahlberg succeeded with this when they told the story of Vince Papale, a poor guy from South Philly that became a walk-on NFL player for the Eagles.
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Misty-eyed moment: During training camp, two players find the note Papale's wife left when she moved out and took all their stuff. Like they said: "That's cold."
Invincible (2006): A good sports movie engages all fans of a sport, not just fans of a certain team. Disney and Mark Wahlberg succeeded with this when they told the story of Vince Papale, a poor guy from South Philly that became a walk-on NFL player for the Eagles.
We Are Marshall (2006): Marshall University and the entire city of Huntington, WV cope with a plane crash that took the lives of most of their football team, and try to rebuild to help the survivors move on.
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Misty-eyed moment: Reggie Oliver (played by Arlen Escarpeta) carries the case of beer he promised to get for his friend that was on the plane. He goes as far as to carry it right into a church, and keep it in his dorm room for months.
We Are Marshall (2006): Marshall University and the entire city of Huntington, WV cope with a plane crash that took the lives of most of their football team, and try to rebuild to help the survivors move on.
Rudy (1993): The story of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger (played by Sean Astin) as he fights to fulfill his childhood dream of playing football for Notre Dame.
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Misty-eyed moment: When Rudy has a hissy fit because he didn't get to dress for a game, stadium caretaker Fortune (played by Charles S. Dutton) gets in Rudy's face for not appreciating what he's accomplished. If Dutton yelled at me like that, I'd probably start really bawling.
Rudy (1993): The story of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger (played by Sean Astin) as he fights to fulfill his childhood dream of playing football for Notre Dame.
Seabiscuit (2003): A complicated racehorse and an even more complicated jockey (played by Tobey Maguire) come together to inspire a nation during The Great Depression.
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Misty-eyed moment: Jockey and horse, both with busted up legs, come together again after the race against War Admiral to heal...and plan out the comeback.
Seabiscuit (2003): A complicated racehorse and an even more complicated jockey (played by Tobey Maguire) come together to inspire a nation during The Great Depression.
Invictus (2009): Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) struggles to bring peace to South Africa after racial segregation is dissolved. How do you start with such a massive task? Apparently, getting people of all colors to root for their home rugby team, the Springboks, is a start.
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Misty-eyed moment: In the Rugby World Cup final, black South Africans sing the Ndebele call and response song, "Shosholoza," to cheer for the Springboks as Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon) directs his team in the huddle.
Invictus (2009): Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) struggles to bring peace to South Africa after racial segregation is dissolved. How do you start with such a massive task? Apparently, getting people of all colors to root for their home rugby team, the Springboks, is a start.
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