Happy Trails! 34 Great Pop Culture Cowboys and Cowgals
6. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Ang Lee's awe-inspiring Western masterpiece follows Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger), a tight-mouthed tough guy who falls in love with his fellow cowpoke Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) but is unable — or, rather, unwilling — to take the relationship past the occasional tryst. Two years since its release, there's no denying that the whole hoopla over Brokeback and its frank sexuality overshadowed a poignant part of its narrative being: proof that cowboys most certainly do cry.
KLEENEX MOMENT His lifelong love dead, crestfallen Ennis clings for dear life to Jack's tattered old shirt.