When you are an only child and you are left to your own devices to amuse yourself, there are going to be times when you are bored beyond belief and you have nothing to do. At those moments, you wish you had a big brother who could help you pass the time by playing games, telling stories and having fun. Here are six movies about big brothers that every only child will love.
"A Christmas Story" (1983)
Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) can't wait for Christmas because he has his eye on a Red Rider BB gun. He also has a younger brother in Randy (Ian Patrella) who looks up to everything his older brother does. Ralphie is the independent type who wants to be able to go off on his own and do what he wants, but he will always take care of his little brother to make sure he is OK. While the big scene in the movie's is Ralphie's inspired beating of bully Farkas (Zack Ward), Ralphie's treatment of his younger brother strikes a positive chord.
"Stand By Me" (1986)
This is a classic buddy movie more than it is one about the relationship between brothers, however there is a solid big brother-little brother relationship between Gordie Lachance (Will Wheaton) and Denny Lachance (John Cusack). What makes it meaningful is that Gordie's parents don't seem to care about him but Denny does. He gives big brotherly advice, but unfortunately gets killed in a car accident.
"Rain Man" (1988)
Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) is a sharp, young automobile dealer whose life gets thrown for a loop when his father dies and leaves $3 million to an autistic older brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) that he never knew he had. While Charlie originally wanted to get his hands on the cash, he truly cares for his brother and Raymond reciprocates those feelings.
"The Godfather" (1972)
The movie is ostensibly about organized crime and the individuals behind it, but there are many other issues explored in the this classic. One of those is the relationship between older brother Sonny Corleone (James Caan) and little brother Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). Sonny is in line to take over the family business from his father, but he also wants to protect his younger brother and keep him out of it because he is smart and has a bright future. Sonny is unable to keep Michael out of the business after he gets shot to death outside a New York toll booth.
"The Outsiders" (1983)
Ponyboy Curtis (C. Thomas Howell) and Sodapop Curtis (Rob Lowe) are two wild young brothers who enjoy living the good life and will never back away from a fight. This gets them in a ton of trouble, but they have big brother Darrel Curtis (Patrick Swayze) to help them when the issues get a little too big for them to handle. Big brother Darrel is not about to let his younger brothers down.
"Role Models" (2008)
When Danny (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Seann William Scott) get in trouble with the law following a street fight with a tow-truck driver, they choose community service over jail. Danny has to help nerdy Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), while Wheeler is charged with serving as Ronnie's (Bobb'e J. Thompson) "big brother." Even though both Danny and Wheeler are forced to take part in their activities, both do a solid job of helping their "little brothers" develop self-esteem.