Father’s Day is only a few weeks away, coming on June 15 this year. There is still time to find a copy of a great movie to watch with Dad, most are probably available without ever leaving the house with all the options you have with the Internet these days. The following are the four movies I would suggest watching along with a short explanation of why it made my list.
1. Rudy (1993), the movie Rudy was a perfect underdog story that more kids could relate than you might think. What kid did not want to prove everybody wrong and make the team? Nothing would be better than having your Dad watch you do something that no one thought you could do, and you did it through hard work, perseverance and adversity. Every father would proud if that was his kid.
Rudy does that, a true story of how against all odds Rudy Ruettiger, played brilliantly by Sean Astin actually got on the football field playing for Notre Dame University. For me the entire movie was based on Rudy making his Dad proud.
2. Field of Dreams (1989) Baseball, what kid would not want to watch a baseball movie with Dad? Kevin Costner along with James Earl Jones engage each other but more importantly they engage the audience. You feel for them, you root for them, you follow them, and this is just one good movie.
When Ray (Costner) hears the voice the first time he has no idea where he is going to end up, but the journey is fun. Where he did end up was where every kid who ever threw a baseball would want to be.
3. Tombstone (1993) The classic style western which so many Dads love to watch, possibly taking them back to their own childhood, where westerns were the norm. Good verse Evil while shooting up anything that gets in the way. This movie is action packed, has some underlying sub-plots and all in all is a well presented old-time western.
Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday and Sam Elliot as Virgil Earp play their characters to the point you forget they are actors, just like Dad when he has come to the rescue through the years.
4. Pearl Harbor (2001) My Father-In-Law fought in the Viet Nam war, he lost most of his hearing there. This was the first movie we attended after wireless headphones came out so he could hear. It was a very touching moment watching him hold back tears as he watched, definitely a memory for the ages.
Ben Affleck and Josh Harnett hook you from the beginning when they try to fly as kids, and life-long friends are born. The battle scenes are realistic, tragic and riveting at the same time telling a story of love and war as again Good battles Evil and it takes Good a little while to get the upper hand.
Any of these movies would be great to watch with Dad on Father’s Day.