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7 Best Movies for Father's Day

Updated on March 10, 2015

Best Movies to Watch on Father's Day

Movies have the power to bring a family together. It's an opportunity to enjoy a couple of hours of either comedy, action or horror.

Fathers tend to like action films but you'll be surprised to know that they enjoy drama a lot of the time especially if there is a father and child theme. Most favorites also incorporate action and drama which is even more enjoyable. These are movies they tend to watch more than once. Though they tend to steer clear from romantic movies they can be talked into it once in a while.

You'll notice that there are a couple of favorites that he'll watch if it's showing on TV or will choose to watch on a lazy afternoon.

Instead of getting your father something that you're not sure he'll like or use give him the best gift of all, quality time. Spend a day with dad and choose from this list of the best movies for Father's Day.

* There may be spoilers so if you haven't watched any of these films yet proceed at your discretion. :)


“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.”


Cinderella Man

The true story of the boxer James Braddock had us in tears almost throughout the movie. From their hardships at home to his struggle to gain recognition as a boxer Cinderella Man is the ultimate in a Father's sacrifice. His wife, Mae supports him in his endeavor but silently suffers as she strives to make a home for her children despite living during the Great Depression.

A notable scene is when James asks for financial help from the Boxing Commission members which took a lot of pride swallowing. You can literally feel yourself choking up as he hands out his hat for their donations proving that a father will do anything for his children.


Pursuit of Happyness

Perseverance and hope are the two things that Chris Gardner held on to during one of the most toughest times in his life. As he struggles to make ends meet and keep a roof over his child's head he tries to pursue a stockbroker internship which will hopefully elevate them from their homelessness.

A heartwrenching moment is the bathroom scene when Chris has no choice but to use a public bathroom temporarily so that he and his son can clean up and sleep for a few hours. As he holds his child and tries to fight his tears you can feel the disappointment in himself and the despair of their situation.

Today, Chris is the CEO of Gardner Rich LLC and a successful entrepreneur.


A father and son story that goes beyond the boundaries of time, Frequency is not an overly dramatic movie but it makes quite an impact.

One of the best scenes is when father and son are talking on a radio transmitter that is somehow connecting them through time. As they speak the son is already an adult and the father is still young with the son being only a child. Confusing? Don't worry, it's not really.

The intricate timeline makes it a great watch as you anticipate their next move. A fun action and drama movie in one.


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Fathers are hopeful heroes and this ultimate action film deftly displays how much of a hero a father can be. Considering that Liam Neeson plays an ex-CIA agent doesn't deter from the fact that a father will go to great lengths to keep their child safe from harm.

This was considered as a sort of come back film for Liam as it bolstered his popularity leading him to do more similar films. The suspense is heightened in a particular scene when his daughter played by Maggie Grace is hiding under the bed and about to be captured. Following your parents is the best decision most of the time!



Adam Sandler usually plays quirky and funny characters. That's the same case here only he brings a bit of the drama and makes it work. Who wasn't touched by the near ending when Adam had realized the importance of his own father?

It's an awesome concept to have such control over moments in your life that you wish you could fast forward or rewind. Yet, life isn't made that way and that's why we have an innate tolerance for pain and a wealth of happiness we can experience.

Legends of the Fall

The sweeping drama displays the lives of 3 generations of the Ludlow clan. We experience the heartache, suffering, and despair along with them. Anthony Hopkins played his role excellently and succeeded in showing the realistic dynamic of a father and his children. Though we see his perference for Tristan you can't deny that he loved all his sons in his own way.

Considered one of the great classics, this is a movie that almost any family can identify with. Surely, children will compare their place in their family to one of the three Ludlow sons.


Big Fish

A delight to watch and always a surprise at evey turn, Big Fish uniquely tells the unbelievable tales of Ed Bloom. Sometimes we take our parents for granted and show no interest in the lives they led before having us. But if we were to take the time to listen to their stories we just might learn something that we never knew existed in them.

Most parents unconsciously change into the very parent they didn't want to be. It's only when you have your own child that you realize that parenting isn't supposed to be cool. It's supposed to be responsibility and protection sometimes at the cost of our children liking us.


“Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.”



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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great list of movies to celebrate the holiday.