Movies are a gift for the soul as well as a good way to spend Father’s Day with your dad. Here are four movies that you can share with your dad that are uplifting, macho, nerve-wracking and tearful–take your pick.
A good selection would be You Can’t Take it With You, a Frank Capra film. It is a humorous story about an eccentric family that chooses happiness over money and how they encourage each other’s dreams. This is a message that you want your dad to hear and perhaps talk about. Or better yet, what can dad be doing that can make him happier? This is for the dad who likes classic movies and great actors like Lionel Barrymore and James Stewart. Wait till you see the fireworks scene–it’s hilarious!
Another positive film has to be Russell Crowe in Gladiator. The movie’s star, Maximus, displays all the traditional male traits–love for his family, love of his country, honor, respect, strength, and justice. All themes that would make dad glued to the TV set. Another theme in the movie is the idea of hanging in there no matter how insurmountable the situation may appear to be. A great movie for a dad who likes guy flicks.
A heart-warming movie is Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith. He plays a salesman with his real-life son, Jaden Smith. Together they go through periods of homelessness and despair. The father’s love for his son and his determination is the beauty of this picture as their lives finally turn around with the main character getting a job at a prestigious brokerage firm. A good film choice for any type of dad.
My final movie selection is for the dad who enjoys emotional films. I Never Sang For My Father is full of juicy themes like communication, control, and family loyalty. Its main character, played by Gene Hackman, is contemplating a move to California to get married but he’s unable to tell his 81-year-old father of his intention. It is a story of conflicted love between father and son who are unable to let go of each other emotionally. There are no violent themes here–just a good old tear jerker.
Four films for four different fathers on Father’s Day. They will make him laugh, cry, sing and make him want to go out and fight some Gladiators.