Romantic Movies That Men Should Watch

'Before Midnight' reminds us that there are films about love that even guys can enjoy

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Jerry Maguire

Cameron Crowe's most celebrated romance is a tricky one. It's structured as a standard romance, between conscious-stricken agent Jerry (Tom Cruise) and single mom Dorothy (Renée Zellweger), but it's really a bromance between Jerry and his sole client, pro footballer Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) Each man complements the other: Jerry is too focused on work (at the expense of his persona life), while Rod has an admirable family life but is slumping at the day job. Even when Jerry marries Dorothy, it's more to avoid disappointing her little boy Ray than out of love for Dorothy. That comes much later, confirmed by the famous "You had me at hello" speech, but the emotional climax of the movie comes before that, with Rod's resurrection on the gridiron and his exuberant end-zone dance. Jerry finally becomes a family man, but it's he and Rod who complete each other.

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