Dad and fatherhood are common staples among movies over the past decades, and with Father’s Day coming up, this is a great excuse to watch a movie with your old (or young at heart) man.
While many Dads typically wouldn’t willingly watch a children’s film, Finding Nemo breaks the mold by celebrating fatherhood and is one of the few films about a single father raising a child. This wild fish-adventure from Pixar is a funny, heartwarming adventure that children and their fathers will enjoy.
To Kill a Mockingbird
This film, based off of the Harper Lee book of the same name, features one of the most upstanding and prideful fathers in film history, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck). While a movie about race in the 1950s may not be the most cheerful of movies to watch on Father’s Day, the story is primarily told from the perspective of Finch’s children and is one of the rare movies that could be a jumping-off point for fathers to talk to their children about the realities of life.
Field of Dreams
Dads love baseball. In the United States, this is a nearly universal truth. However, Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, and Ray Liotta, is a movie that is about more than just America’s pastime. The film surrounds a strained relationship between a father and a son and how those relationships can still be mended, even if it feels like it is too late. While most people only remember the film’s famous quote, “If you build it, he will come,” watching Field of Dreams with your father may end up being a truly bonding experience.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
If there’s one more universal love among fathers, it’s Indiana Jones. Indiana Jones films are pure male fantasy films with plenty of action, women, history, and exotic locations. The Last Crusade has all of those elements with a fun, paternal twist. The relationship between Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) and his father (Sean Connery) provides a proper mix of characterization and plenty of laughs. All of the Jones films are great films to watch with Dad, but Crusade‘s focus on the father-son relationship puts it a step above the other films in the series.