‘Brian’s Song’ (1971)
This made-for-TV movie was so popular that it actually had a brief run in theaters. It’s that good. Considered a “guy-cry” movie, Brian’s Song stars James Caan and Billy Dee Williams as pro footballers who become best friends. Then one of them gets cancer while the other’s career takes off. When the sports star wins the “most courageous player” award, guess who he dedicates it to? Get ready for waterworks during the acceptance speech when he explains that they gave the award to the wrong guy. Then he asks everyone to love his dying friend the same way he does. Based on a true story. (Here’s how support a friend during chemo.)
‘The Breakfast Club’ (1985)
The Breakfast Club proves that you can find common ground with people even if you’re as different as “a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal.” The Breakfast Club captured all those high school social icons together in the school library for a day of detention. Instead of being punished by it, the five teens discover that they can form connections across vast social strata. It’s the high school movie that fantasized that the nerd could get friends and the class clown could get the girl. When they leave the school at the end of the day swearing to talk to each in the halls on Monday morning, we believe them.