If you want a great way to spend time with dad on Father’s Day, you can check out these five best movies. They each deal with the theme of father and son or father and daughter or father with both. You’ll have your choice or choices of a musical, comedy, dramas, and a classic. Each film has something unique to offer on dad’s very special day. This is an excellent activity to bring dad and the family all together now.
Les Miserables (2012)
Here’s a unique movie musical based on the popular Broadway production (currently playing as a revival musical) and French novel of the same name. “Les Miserables” tells the story of Jean Valjean who is hunted down by police inspector Javert for breaking parole. Valjean hides his identity and becomes the owner of a factory. One of the workers, Fantine, has an illegitimate daughter who stays with another family
Fantine must earn a living by paying this family to take care of her daughter, Cosette. One day Fantine makes advances to the foreman who rejects and later fires her. Out on the street she turns to prostitution by selling her hair and teeth. This is the famous scene and song “I Dreamed a Dream.” Valjean visits Fantine who is in the hospital dying. He vows to take care of her daughter, which he does throughout the film.
Even though it may be Father’s Day in June the film takes place during the Christmas holiday season. Don’t let this deter you as it’s a funny film any time of the year. “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Farrell is an elf that is of average height for a human. He certainly does not look like the other elves at the North Pole. “Elf” finds out he has a human family living in New York City who gave him up for adoption. Now the adventure begins when he goes to New York to find his father.
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Set in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Central, near Los Angeles (pre Rodney King), “Boyz n the Hood” is the rare tale of a father and son. Tre Styles is sent to live with his father after getting into a fight at his school. His father imparts much wisdom and many lessons on his son who later has potential to get out of the “hood” inevitable lifestyle.
I Am Sam (2001)
Sean Penn portrays a single father with a developmental disability in “I Am Sam.” Sam tries to raise his daughter all on his own. As the child grows older her father becomes more of a playmate than a disciplinarian. After a surprise visit from a social worker the child is taken from Sam. He’s only allowed visits at certain times of the week with her. With the aid of a high-powered attorney, who takes on Sam’s case pro bono, the adventure begins with reuniting father and daughter.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
It’s considered one of the best film adaptions from the novel by Harper Lee of the same name. The story is set in Alabama during the 1930s when a widower father and his two children, a boy and girl, are caught up with racial strife in their small town. That’s because the father must legally defend a black man accused of raping a white girl. “To Kill A Mockingbird” is told through a point of view from the young girl.