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Movies to Watch With Your Dad

Jun/18/2023 / by Melanie Fourie

Some of the nicest flicks to enjoy this Father’s Day

Father and daughter watching a movie
Father and daughter watching a movie. Pic courtesy Anna Pou / Pexels

In honor of Father’s Day, spend the day with your dad doing something he loves, whether it’s going out to dine, giving him a thoughtful present, or just kicking back with a movie that speaks to the both of you. These Father’s Day films, from gripping dramas to action-packed flicks, comedies, and animated adventures, are certain to entertain everyone watching and deepen your appreciation for your dad.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Do you have any fond memories of Jaden Smith as a child? His real-life father, actor Will Smith, co-stars in the drama “The Pursuit of Happyness” as struggling businessman Chris Gardner. His wife flees, leaving him to care for his five-year-old as they live in a homeless shelter as horrible things keep happening to them. Chris’s unwavering devotion to his child makes the finale all the more heartwarming.

Life is Beautiful

Among the most memorable father-son films ever made was the Italian drama “Life Is Beautiful” (“La Vita è Bella”) in 1997. In this film, a Jewish father (Roberto Benigni, who also directed and co-wrote the film) goes to great lengths to shield his young son from the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp.

Over the Top

Sylvester Stallone’s iconic favorite from the ’80s, this film is a contemporary fairy tale about the strongest possible relationship between a father and son, formed in the midst of calamity. Lincoln is a truck driver earning a meager livelihood. He is asked by his ailing, estranged wife to fetch up their son Michael from boarding school. Michael has never met his father. Michael initially dismisses Lincoln, but their bond becomes stronger as they travel together. Lincoln even teaches Michael arm wrestling.

Charming and sentimental, “Over the Top” is upbeat and optimistic. The interesting world of competitive arm-wrestling is also explored, complete with its quirky yet endearing individuals. Stallone behaves virtuously throughout the film in an effort to show his kid that there are other ways to succeed in life than violence. This action movie about a father and son who have grown apart is excellent for Father’s Day. It has truck driving, arm wrestling, and a touching family tale all in one!

Taken

In this action-packed movie, Liam Neeson established a new subgenre for action films. “Taken” is a thrilling and action-packed update on the classic Commando formula.

While on the phone with his daughter Kim, former CIA agent Bryan Mills witnesses her kidnapping by human traffickers.

He embarks on an assassination mission around Paris in search of his daughter’s kidnappers. “Taken” is a contemporary action film masterpiece in part because of Neeson’s stellar portrayal. The movie has sequels, so if you’re aiming for a marathon packed with action and father-child bonds, stream this.

A Bronx Tale

In the 1960s, when Calogero (Lillo Brancato) is a young kid living on the streets of the Bronx, he comes under the protection of local gangster Sonny (Chazz Palminteri). Sonny introduces the youngster to the gang culture in this action movie, which is at odds with his dad, an honorable and hard-working bus driver played by Robert De Niro. But as Calogero develops feelings for his black friend Jane (Taral Hicks), the effects spread across the community.

Father of the Bride

Steve Martin suffers from paternal jealousy in this adaptation of Vincent Minnelli’s 1950 classic about fathers and daughters when his only daughter gets engaged. Since Martin’s George Banks no longer has a baby daughter, he goes a little bit crazy. It’s both adorable and entertaining to see Martin completely lose it at a grocery store as he panics over the upcoming wedding and starts ripping up packages. Martin Short is also hilarious as a European wedding planner. You could also binge-watch this by streaming its sequels.

Daddy Day Care

Funny man Eddie Murphy plays the main role in “Daddy Day Care,” a family comedy released in 2003. Murphy and director Steve Carr have worked together before on “Dr. Dolittle 2” in 2001, which Geoff Rodkey scripted and Steve Carr directed. This story centers on two dads who, after losing their corporate careers, open a daycare in one of their homes. This film is a great choice if you want to steer away from the typical action movie or drama and go for some light-hearted fun! You can also watch “Daddy Day Camp” for a hilarious sequel.

Daddy’s Home

American director Sean Anders and screenwriters Brian Burns and John Morris team up in this 2015 buddy comedy. The movie follows a courteous stepfather (Will Ferrell) who competes with the reemergence of the kid’s biological dad (Mark Wahlberg) for their affections. The film also has an equally chuckle-worthy sequel, ”Daddy’s Home 2,” released in 2017. Besides the regular cast, this sequel also stars Mel Gibson, of ”What Women Want” comedic fame. That comedy apparently also dealt with a father-child relationship, with Gibson trying to heal a rift with his teenage daughter.

Mr. Bean

Mr. Bean is beloved by fans for his goofy antics and knack for making them chuckle. He teaches us that we are responsible for creating our own happiness and that we can get the most out of every moment by appreciating the smallest of pleasures. An entertaining, quirky Bean film is certain to make dad and you smile on his special day.

Finding Nemo

This animated classic is a delight for kids to watch with their dads and instills remarkable family values. Marlin the clownfish is on a quest to find and save his son Nemo after he is kidnapped by a diver. Dory, a forgetful blue tang fish, joins them on their journey, and the two of them encounter creatures such as sharks and sea turtles along the way. While everything is going on, Nemo and his fish tank pals begin to plot their getaway.

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