Real men don't cry during chick flicks — right?
Maybe they do.
The commonly accepted view is that guy-cry films — the movies that red-blooded males are allowed or even encouraged to watch with eyes full of manly tears — are all about sports and war, while women are likely to weep through a romantic movie.
But when FiveThirtyEight statisticians set out to assess the state of cinema sobbing, they found that the conventional wisdom didn't hold up: Men and women both cried the most during romance movies.
In fact, the top three genres likely to induce tears were the same for men and women:
- Romance (90 percent of women and 65 percent of men reported crying during a romantic film)
- War (46 percent of women, 41 percent of men)
- Comedy (42 percent of women, 38 percent of men)
Women were twice as likely as men to have said they'd cried during an animated movie, and sports movies were the only genre more likely to make a man cry than a woman.
The top three movies that the survey's 665 respondents cited as bringing them to tears:
- "The Notebook" (mentioned by 83 people)
- "Titanic" (48)
- "Saving Private Ryan" (34)
Only 4 percent of the survey's respondents said they'd never, not even once, cried or even been close to crying during a movie.
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