The Best Movies to Watch on Father's Day
We've put together a list of some classic movies that are centered around fatherhood, giving you all the more reason to make some popcorn and kick up your feet while laughing (or crying) along with your old man.
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He Got Game
This is the perfect pick for any sports-loving dad. Denzel Washington plays a father who tries to
After finalizing a divorce from his wife, a loving father creates a rather wild plan to spend more time with his kids. With makeup and costume help from one of his friends, he transforms himself into a British woman in order to pass as a nanny. All goes well until both of them are invited to a family dinner, putting his secret at risk. This throwback is sure to make both you and your dad smile.
Be prepared for a rollercoaster of emotions when watching this coming-of-age drama, which was filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years. The highs and lows of growing up are documented through the eyes of a child and his parents as they experience important milestones. This movie will inspire you to reminisce about your adolescence with the person who helped raise you.
Three Men and a Baby
As if the title didn't hint at it enough, witnessing three men take care of an infant is quality material for a comedy. A group of unmarried gents are forced to act as babysitters when they come home to their New York City loft to find an abandoned baby. The immediate panic and fear of raising a child quickly develops into a love like no other.
Father of the Bride
Coming to terms with giving his daughter away on her wedding day proves to be abnormally challenging for this overprotective dad. After the bride-to-be starts spending more time with her fiancé
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Who says animated movies are only for kids? When a young
Call Me by Your Name
Based on the 2007 novel, this coming-of-age drama follows the romantic relationship of 17-year-old Elio Perlman and his father's graduate-student assistant, Oliver. Elio tries to maneuver this new phase in his life while re-defining his connection with his parents. Elio's father played by Michael Stuhlbarg, delivers one of the film's defining speeches, a hauntingly beautiful meditation on acceptance and independence. In his Oscar acceptance speech, writer James Ivory said, “We’ve all gone through first love, I hope, and come out the other side mostly intact. Though maybe not without the benefit of loving parents like the Pearlmans in this film.”
It's a Wonderful Life
This might not seem like the happiest of movies to watch on such a special day, but the underlying theme of love makes this the ultimate family film. A father dealing with financial stress contemplates committing suicide in order to protect his family until an angel is sent to show him exactly how life would've played out if he had never been there for them. Watch with the special man you can't imagine life without.
This melancholy, lovely film takes on the truths we learn about our parents late in life—and how the role of caregiver has a way of reversing. After his mother dies, a young man learns two shocking things about his father: that he's gay and has also been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The father-son duo navigate their new life together and become closer because of it.
The Pursuit of
Who doesn't love a good Will Smith movie? This heartwarming drama follows a struggling single father who tries his best to provide for his child despite working an unpaid internship and being evicted from his apartment. Watching this with your dad will give you a greater sense of appreciation for all he's done for you.
Because every list needs a good thriller, here's one about a dad who will stop at nothing to keep his child safe. Listen closely for the moment when Liam Neeson's secret super-spy dad growls menacingly to his daughter's kidnapper: " I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Every list needs a crowdpleaser, and this one ticks all the boxes: Action! Adventure! Sean Connery! Nazis who get their just deserts! After his medievalist father goes missing while searching for the Holy Grail, Indiana Jones must retrace his footsteps in order to rescue him and stop the Nazis from getting their hands on it first.
To Kill a Mockingbird
An iconic story with an iconic performance by Gregory Peck. Peck's Atticus Finch is a small-town lawyer in Depression-era Alabama who attempts to teach his children the evils of racism and prejudice. This is a good one to watch with the man who's always stood up for what's right.
The Other F Word
This documentary takes an intimate look at how band members from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Blink 182 dealt with the many changes that came along with fatherhood. Any music-loving dad will enjoy this quirky, honest film about the lives of punk rockers who rebelled against their own parents and now must grapple with the responsibilities of fatherhood.