Movies that address male issues

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Dramas:
Field of Dreams  *** about following your bliss & relationships with a man's father Starring: Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, et al.
Director: Phil Alden Robinson Rated: PG

The Mighty *** about boyhood friendships
Starring: Sharon Stone, Kieran Culkin, et al.
Director: Peter Chelsom Rated: PG-13

October Sky about a young man finding and following his own calling
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper Rated PG

Smoke Signals A coming of age story that focuses on the friendship of two distinctly different young Native American teenagers with vastly different views about the now deceased father of one of the boys. Rated: PG-13 (1998)
Starring: Adam Beach, Evan Adams

Ordinary People about finding your own identity
Starring: Donald Sutherland & Mary Tyler Moore  Rated R

Simon Birch about a unique boy finding his contribution Rated: PG
Starring: Ian Michael Smith, Joseph Mazzello

Frequency  *** Man who get in touch with his son 30 years in the future through a ham and they change each other lives for the better. Rated: PG-13

The Rookie

2002 Dennis Quaid A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs, and finds it's never too late to believe in your dreams. "It's OK to think about what you like to do, until it is time to do what you are meant to do." -his father

The Straight Story
73-year-old Alvin Straight's (Richard Farnsworth) eyesight is bad and his daughter (Sissy Spacek) is slightly retarded and unable to drive. After hearing of his brothers stroke he decides to got to see him, traveling from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin on a riding John Deere lawn mower. They haven't spoken in years, and it's time to make peace. Along the way, he befriends a variety of  folks causing him to reflect on his life, and you have to ask yourself... Is this really a David Lynch movie? Rated G

My Dog Skip (2000)

It is based on a true story about a boy who grows up in Yazoo, Mississippi. Set during the war, the boy has no friends until on his ninth birthday he receives a puppy from his parents (against his father's wishes). This is a classic American tale that has all the elements of a great film, the underdog rises to meet his challenges, baseball, man's best friend, and overcoming adversity. The movie is clean and fun which makes for a very much needed change in the movie industry these days.
Starring: Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon, et al. 
Director: Jay Russell
Rated: PG

Finding Forrester
*** Finding Forrester
  featuring a 16-year-old black kid  (Rob Brown) as Jamal, a basketball player and gifted student whose writing talent is nurtured by a famously reclusive author. William Forrester (Sean Connery) became a literary icon four decades earlier with a Pulitzer-winning novel, then disappeared (like J.D. Salinger) into his dark, book-filled apartment, agoraphobic and withdrawn from publishing, but as passionate as ever about writing. It is a story the reveals the gift and relationship of a male mentor.. PG-13

Get on the Bus
*** Vibrant, highly energized film about a busload of black men heading from L. A. to the Million Man March in Washington, D. C. , in October 1995. the film deals so well with issues facing all Americans. Kudos to Dutton as the bus company rep and Davis as the senior member of the brigade. This low-budget film was financed by fifteen African-American men.  
Starring: Ossie Davis, Charles Dutton, et al.
Director: Spike Lee Rated: R

The Karate Kid (1984) *** Teenager is beset by bullies until an unlikely mentor (the Japanese handyman in his apartment house) teaches him about self-confidence--and karate. Unabashedly old-fashioned, manipulative movie is a real audience-pleaser; from director of the original ROCKY. Winning performances by Macchio and Morita. Rated: PG

How we deal with honor, aggression,  &, torment  :
A River Runs Through It (1992)
 
The film chronicles two brothers coming of age in early-20th-century Missoula, Montana, under the stern tutelage of their minister father, played by Tom Skerritt (Top Gun). Their father instills in them a love of fly fishing, which for one brother (Brad Pitt) becomes a lifelong passion even as he sets out to become a newspaperman and struggles with his addiction to gambling. The other brother, Norman (Craig Sheffer), dreams of exploring the world outside of Missoula as he falls in love with a local girl (Emily Lloyd) who also dreams of broader horizons. Soon one brother must discover the true meaning of family loyalty when the other finds himself in deeper trouble than ever before. Rated: PG
 

Legends of the Fall (1995) A powerful dram of 3 sons and their father. Tristan--the rebellious middle son of a fiercely independent Montana rancher and military veteran (Anthony Hopkins)--who is routinely at odds with his more responsible older brother, Alfred (Aidan Quinn), and younger brother, Samuel (Henry Thomas). From the battlefields of World War I to his adventures as an oceangoing sailor, Tristan's life is full of personal torment, especially when he returns to Montana and finds himself competing with Alfred over Samuel's beautiful widow (Julia Ormond), whose passion for Tristan disrupts the already turbulent Ludlow clan. Rated: R

Braveheart (1995)
with:
Mel Gibson
"A stupendous historical saga, Braveheart won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for star Mel Gibson. He plays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish commoner who unites the various clans against a cruel English King, Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan). The scenes of hand-to-hand combat are brutally violent, but they never glorify the bloodshed. " Rated: R

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
 
" The beleaguered denizens of a Mexican village, weary of attacks by banditos, hire seven gunslingers to repel the invaders once and for all. The gunmen are cool and capable, with most of the actors playing them just on the cusp of '60s stardom: Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn. " Rated: PG-13

Gladiator (2000)
 
"Gladiator's plot is a whirlwind of faux-Shakespearean machinations of death, betrayal, power plays, and secret identities. A terrific and spectacular throwback to older historical epics such as BEN HUR and THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, but here with new SFX technology recreating Rome as it might have looked in 180 AD in all its glorious detail, notably in the Coliseum gladiatorial combat scenes! Truly breathtaking." Rated R

Seven Samurai (1956) - English subtitles

 
Unanimously hailed as one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of the motion picture, Seven Samurai has inspired countless films modeled after its basic premise. But Akira Kurosawa's classic 1954 action drama has never been surpassed in terms of sheer power of emotion, kinetic energy, and dynamic character development. The story is set in the 1600s, when the residents of a small Japanese village are seeking protection against repeated attacks by a band of marauding thieves. Rated: Unrated

Lonesome Dove (1989) Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones star as Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call, aging cowboys and former Texas rangers and who organize a 2,500 mile cattle drive for one last great adventure in this excellent 1989 miniseries adaptation of Larry McMurtry's novel. The best friends, who steal the herd from a gang of Mexican cattle rustlers, drive their herd from Texas to Montana, battling horse thieves, angry Indian tribes, and a renegade half-breed killer named Blue Duck (Frederic Forrest) on a mission of revenge.
 

Comedies: 
Parenthood about being a father
Starring: Steve Martin Rated: PG-13

The Full Monty about men and their vocation 
Starring: Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy
Rated: R

The Kid about reconnecting to your heart & dreams by resolving issues of your past. Starring: Bruce Willis   Rated: PG

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