As Father’s Day approaches, some of us may be wondering what to get or do with Dad. Unlike Mother’s Day, where flowers and brunch are almost a necessity, Father’s Day leans more toward getting out there and spending “quality time” with the man who helped create you. If you are fresh out of ideas, I would suggest watching movies, a pastime that everybody enjoys. Below is a list of movies that fit perfectly in the spirit of Father’s Day – so break out the candy and popcorn and fire up that flatscreen television.
The Godfather (1972)
Arguably the best gangster movie ever created. The Godfather is an american classic directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring none other than Marlo Brando, James Caan, and Al Pacino. A great Father’s Day pick about the head boss of an organized crime family handing the reigns of power to his reluctant youngest son because of health issues. People change through circumstance, and this great film shows how strong a father and son bond truly is.
A Bronx Tale (1993)
Set during the 1960s in (you guessed it) the Bronx, A Bronx Tale is timeless tale of a father worrying about his son after he befriends a gangster. Directed by Robert De Niro and starring himself, Chaz Palminteri, and Lillo Brancato, this film is nothing short of brilliant. Guaranteed to take you through a range of emotions and leave you feeling transported to that era, it is a great film to watch with dad on Father’s Day.
John Q (2002)
A hardworking unlucky father is forced to pay for his son’s heart surgery without health insurance in John Q. Directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, and Gabriela Oltean, this crime thriller is a pleasant yet shocking surprise. Guaranteed to water the eyes, this film is a truly inspirational story about a father willing to do whatever it takes to care for his son.
Road to Perdition (2002)
One of my absolute favorite movies, Road to Perdition tells the story of a father and son forcing to come to terms with the nature of crime, and with each other. This film is directed by Sam Mendes and stars Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Paul Newman, Jude Law, and Daniel Craig. Beautifully shot and a look at a father son relationship unlike any other movie.