Unless you have the good fortune to be out on the golf course this Father’s Day, settling in for an afternoon movie marathon can be a relaxing way to bond and spend the day with dad. Here are 10 of the most unforgettable movies to watch with dad on Father’s Day.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Father’s Day is one of the two best days out of the year to watch Saving Private Ryan, with the other being Memorial Day. The movie begins with a brutally realistic account of the invasion on the beaches of Normandy and then sets in focusing on a small company of men led by Tom Hanks as Captain Miller. Hanks and his men go behind enemy lines in search of Private Ryan, played by Matt Damon, whose brothers have been killed in action. Ryan has a relatively small role in the film, but Hanks and his supporting cast provide many intense moments amongst themselves as well as the enemy.
In addition to being one of the best movies of all-time, Saving Private Ryan is likely the greatest World War II movie ever made. With a powerful and moving story, Saving Private Ryan is a film that can be best enjoyed with dad.
North by Northwest (1959)
There is nothing like an Alfred Hitchcock mystery on Father’s Day and North by Northwest may be Hitchcock’s best. Cary Grant plays the lead role as an advertising executive who has a case of mistaken identity as foreign spies believe him to be a government agent. Grant attempts to escape by traveling across the country from New York ultimately to Mount Rushmore for the movie’s climax. North by Northwest keeps the intensity ramped up throughout the course of the movie, including classic train scenes and the indelible sequence that sees Grant chased by a crop-dusting airplane on an open highway.
The Sting (1973)
The Sting is set in 1930s Chicago as Paul Newman and Robert Redford play two con men who go all in for the big con on mob boss Doyle Lonnegan, played by Robert Shaw. Each of the three lead actors put on career performances as The Sting will entertain and keep you guessing until the very end.
Robert Redford plays Johnny Hooker, a young and talented con man without any experience doing larger cons. He is sent to visit Paul Newman’s character Henry Gondorff, who has the experience necessary to pull off bigger jobs. Together they hatch a plan to get retribution on Doyle Lonnegan whose men killed Hooker’s closest friend. The Sting is a classic thriller that will not leave you and your dad disappointed.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
What would a Father’s Day movie marathon be without the action and adventure of Indiana Jones, played by Harrison Ford, and his father Dr. Henry Jones Sr., played by Sean Connery. As Connery is in pursuit of the Holy Grail, he sends a diary full of clues to Indiana which will lead to the Grail. Connery then mysteriously goes missing, as Indiana must find him and then find the Holy Grail before the Nazis can get their hands on it.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a classic flick filled with thrills and entertainment that will delight on Father’s Day. As far as father and son movies go, how can you beat Sean Connery and Harrison Ford fighting off Nazis?
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Cool Hand Luke is a pure “guys movie” as Luke is played by Paul Newman, a prisoner in a Southern chain gang who refuses to back down to authority. As Luke repeatedly escapes and is recaptured, the prison is determined to break him down as this story depicts the price of perseverance and standing up for your beliefs. Cool Hand Luke is a movie best enjoyed with your dad and as a classic movie, there is no reason not to throw it on this Father’s Day.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption has aired so many times on TNT that everyone has likely seen it multiple times, but if not, Father’s Day is the time to remedy the situation. Shawshank is based on a short story by Steven King and is my personal favorite movie of all-time. The users at IMDB are also in agreement, ranking The Shawshank Redemption as the No. 1 rated movie on the top 250 list. While that can be debated, the point is that The Shawshank Redemption is one of those movies that you are sorely missing out on if you haven’t seen it. It is also a movie that can be watched and re-watched, as you will likely enjoy it even more with every repeated viewing.
The movie is set in the 1940’s as Tim Robbins plays Andy Duphrene, a successful banker who is wrongfully convicted for murdering his wife. As Andy is sent to Shawshank prison he meets Red, played by Morgan Freeman and they eventually strike up a close friendship. While the movie is nearly entirely set in prison, there is taut drama with laugh out loud moments mixed throughout, as well as various twists woven into the story. It is hard to describe the power of this movie, so I will simply say there is no doubt that at the end of The Shawshank Redemption, you will be happy that you watched.
The Hunt For Red October (1990)
The Hunt For Red October is set in 1984 as Sean Connery plays Ramius, the USSR’s top submarine captain. This movie is the first adaptation of author Tom Clancy’s series of books featuring Jack Ryan as the main character. In this installment, Ryan is played by young Alec Baldwin, who does an excellent job portraying the intelligent hero throughout the movie.
The synopsis of the movie is that the Russian’s have developed silent propulsion technology for their submarines which cannot be detected by radar. Connery is the captain of the first sub to use this technology, which also happens to carry a nuclear missile. The twists and turns combined with excellent acting make Hunt For Red October relentlessly entertaining and will not fail to deliver on Father’s Day.
Taken is a non-stop action thriller that is perfect to watch with your dad as Liam Neison, a retired CIA agent, fights his way through Europe searching for his kidnapped daughter played by Maggie Grace. The adrenaline pumping sequences continue until the very end as Taken never fails to keep your eyes glued to the screen. For an action-packed thriller that will not disappoint, Taken is a fine Father’s Day choice.
While watching Frequency will cause you to suspend your disbelief, it is also a thrilling tale of father and son who reconnect across time on a short-wave radio frequency due to an atmospheric phenomenon. Jim Caviezel plays Dennis Quaid’s son from 30 years into the future as Caviezel attempts to save his father’s life from an upcoming warehouse fire. However, the consequences of changing the future have deadly outcomes as the story unfolds.
Frequency is perfectly paced and the suspense and intensity increase throughout as the movie morphs into a crime thriller. As a tale of father and son, Frequency is ideal for Father’s Day and will keep you interested until the satisfying climax.
Hitch doesn’t relate specifically to fathers, but it is a movie that never fails to deliver the laughs and has plenty of “guy” humor to make it a fail-safe Father’s Day choice. Hitch is “The Date Doctor,” played by Will Smith, who is extremely likeable and funny throughout the movie, but Kevin James steals the show as Albert, the goofy and awkward guy who ends up being coached by Hitch in how to land a date.
Hitch provides laughter and entertainment throughout its duration and is a movie you and your dad will want to watch again on Father’s Day a year from now.
(IMDB.com was used as a resource)