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10 Timeless Movies to Watch With Dad On Father’s Day

10 Timeless Movies to Watch With Dad On Father’s Day

  • Cinema has given us great films in which fathers take center stage. Now that Father's Day is almost here, we suggest 10 dad-centric movies you and Dad can watch together.
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These films might ignite the need to get Dad a good gift on his special day instead of just a pair of socks. We have tips on incredible gifts you can order online. Take note of these emotional and remarkable films, all of them available in English and Spanish (with subtitles) on various streaming platforms:

1. The Pursuit of Happiness (2006) 

It is one of those jewels of sentimental cinema, where dads are real-life heroes with no superpowers other than their determination to succeed. This film, starring Will and Jaden Smith, is based on a true story: Chris Gardner, a single father and entrepreneur, went from rock bottom, living in a homeless shelter with his son, to becoming a successful businessman. The movie follows his journey of overcoming hardships and pursuing his dreams. A truly inspiring film that leaves a lasting impression and motivates you to chase your dreams. We have already recommended this film to a list of startup-related movies because it’s a valuable life lesson.

2. Old Dads (2023) 

This film, a big hit on Netflix in early 2024, depicts the misadventures of Jack Kelly, Connor Brody, and Mike Richards (Bill Burr, Bobby Cannavale, and Bokeem Woodbine), a group of old buddies who become first-time fathers at a later stage in life. They must navigate the challenges of modern parenthood and the current politically correct environment. The clash between generations with a touch of parody is the highlight of this comedy, which also sheds light on the modern business world and its clichés. And yes, there are moments when the not-so-modern dads can reconcile with Generation Z, which makes the movie inspirational beyond laughter. 

3. In the Name of the Father (1993) 

This biographical movie with political and legal undertones is based on the highly publicized case of the Guildford Four, a group of Irish political prisoners wrongly accused by English law of committing terrorist attacks in the 1970s. Daniel Day-Lewis portrays Gerard Conlon as one of the individuals who end up in prison. In those terrible circumstances, his father stands by his side, ensuring they are imprisoned together. It’s a story of family bonds, justice, and, above all, the solidarity and sacrifice of a father. The film received seven Oscar nominations. 

4. Jingle All the Way (1996) 

This comedy, starring Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger, portrays a situation that every parent in the world has endured: trying to get their child’s trendy gift during the Christmas season. This is especially important in his case because he is a workaholic and mostly absent father, always far from the kid. Turbo-Man is the long-awaited gift, and since Howard Langston (Arnold) remembers the promise to get one for his son at the last moment, he must overcome a thousand challenges and face other zillion parents who are also searching for the toy (already sold out, of course), especially an eccentric dad named Myron Larabee (Sinbad, the famous comedian). A fun and light-hearted movie that is worth watching with the whole family, as it motivates you to keep up your promises no matter what happens but ends up conveying the message that material things are secondary when there is communication between parents and children.

5. Kramer Vs Kramer (1979) 

A film that celebrates the role of fathers in the emerging feminist society of the late 1970s. The movie tells the story of Ed Kramer (Dustin Hoffman), a father left alone to raise his 6-year-old son after his wife (Meryl Streep) unexpectedly walks out on them. It portrays the gradual development of the relationship between father and son and the challenges they face when the threat of separation looms. Ed must fight for his right to raise his child, proving that fathers are just as capable of nurturing as mothers. It’s an emotional film worth seeing with family (even though the mom may be the «villain» for once). 

6. Beautiful Boy (2018) 

Steve Carell departs from his unforgettable (and comedic) role as the boss in «The Office» in this drama that portrays a father’s unwavering commitment to his son (played by Timothée Chalamet) who battles methamphetamine addiction. The film shows that we are not alone in our struggles and that there are families who have succeeded in guiding their children away from addiction. It’s a sincere movie with a message, based on a novel that took its name from the title of a song John Lennon wrote for his son Sean. 

7. Big Fish (2003) 

Can you imagine having to write a book about your father’s memories one day? Or vice versa, having your children write about their perception of your life? That’s precisely what happens in this heartwarming fantasy film directed by Tim Burton. Big Fish tells the story of Edward Bloom (played by both Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney), a father who loves embellishing his life anecdotes with fantastical elements. His son, Will (played by Billy Crudup), grows up resenting his father’s tall tales. However, as Edward’s health declines, Will sets out to uncover the truth behind his father’s «lies» and ultimately learns to appreciate the magic of their peculiar relationship. It’s a poignant and visually stunning film that celebrates the power of storytelling and the complexity of father-son bonds. 

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8. Life is Beautiful (1997) 

This Italian film, directed by and starring Roberto Benigni, is a touching and bittersweet story set during World War II. Guido, a Jewish father, uses his humor and imagination to shield his young son from the horrors of the concentration camp they are confined to. With his infectious optimism and love for his child, Guido transforms their dire circumstances into a game, reminding his son that life is still beautiful, even in adversity. It’s a poignant tale of love, hope, and the power of a father’s unwavering spirit. 

9. Good Intentions, 2019

Set in Buenos Aires, the film tells the story of a somewhat dysfunctional family, where the father is one of those characters who refuse to grow up (he should read this article: «How to Heal My Inner Child?»). It is one of the most acclaimed Argentine films in recent years. Its simple and peculiar plot narrates the conflict of a young divorced father who has to face a decision that jeopardizes his fatherhood and his relationship with his children. It’s a worthwhile Latin American film to be noticed.

10. Just to Be Sure, 2017 (Ôtez-moi d’un Doute)

Who is your real father, the biological one or the one who raised you? While the theme is not new in cinema, this French film puts a touching twist on the issue of true paternity. The story revolves around a 45-year-old widower who accidentally discovers that the man who raised him is not his biological father and the search to meet his actual progenitor, who turns out to be quite a character. And so begins a story full of great moments, humor, and a much less pessimistic message than films of the exact nature, such as Broken Flowers (2005), a film starring Bill Murray that deals with the same issue of absent fatherhood and reunions.

These films offer a range of stories that celebrate fatherhood, showcasing fathers’ profound impact on their children’s lives. Through acts of sacrifice, unwavering support, or the strength of their love, they remind us of the importance of cherishing and honoring our fathers. So, grab some popcorn, gather your loved ones, and enjoy these inspiring films on Father’s Day.

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