There’s no better way to celebrate Father’s Day than sitting in silence watching a movie. So let your dad take off the tie you got him last year, sit in the comfiest chair, pour a glass of his favorite beverage in his World’s Best Dad mug and enjoy a “father flick.”
If you don’t know what to watch, here’s some ideas to get you started:
“What a Girl Wants”
While a 2003 chick-flick staring Amanda Bynes might not be the traditional go-to “dad movie,” it does tell the story of a girl who will cross continents to find her dad and teach him a thing or two about letting loose. While it might not be the most profound movie, it will definitely make you appreciate your dad, even if he’s not a rich Colin Firth-type.
If you think losing your kid in Walmart is rough, try losing your offspring in the ocean. “Finding Nemo” is all about a determined father who will stop at nothing to find his son. It’s also a great film for the whole family to enjoy.
Another contender in the “Determined Dad” category is Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson). When his daughter is kidnapped he uses his “particular set of skills” to stop at nothing to find her and make the people who took her pay. A good movie, but it might make dad never let you out of his sight again.
“Fiddler on the Roof”
The story of a dad with five daughters trying to navigate his traditional beliefs in a rapidly changing world. Tevye (Topol) tries to marry off his daughters, but like any dad would, he wants to make sure they are happy in their matches. The music is incredible and will let you raise a glass “To life!”
“Father of the Bride”
A more modern take on a father letting go of his daughter at her wedding. It will make daughters young and old realize they’ll always be “daddy’s girl.” And it provides the perfect balance of humor and heart.
“Instructions Not Included”
This Spanish-language film tells the story of commitment-issues man who suddenly finds himself a single father. He faces his fear and commits 100 percent to raising his daughter right. This father-daughter relationship is absolutely charming, making you laugh and cry.
This is about a dad who loves his kids so much he’s willing to cross-dress and pretend to be their housekeeper just to spend more time with them. You’ll also want to spend some quality time with dear ol’ dad. And no one can resist a classic Robin Williams film.
“Pursuit of Happyness”
The story of this father trying to take of care his son is even more moving with real-life father-son duo Will and Jaden Smith playing the lead roles. With no money, Chris Gardener (Will Smith) tries to make a career for himself so he and his son don’t have to spend their nights homeless. It’s an emotional drama that reminds you of all the sacrifices dads have made.
Walter (Haley Joel Osment) spends a summer with his great-uncles (played by the impeccable Michael Caine and Robert Duvall) and through their story-telling learns about life, courage and love. It is not necessarily a movie about fathers, but father-figures, and proves that not everyone who shows us the ropes to the world are biological dads. It also has loads of adventure, with sword fights, bar fights, rescues and revenge.
This whimsical film tells the story about a son trying to get to the truth of all the tall tales his father told growing up. It looks at the power of story, love and the relationship between a father and son, no matter how different they may be.