Kick back on the sofa with Dad this Father’s Day and catch a classic movie! These four titles celebrate intergenerational bonds, spark good dialogue, and won’t have too many uncomfortable scenes you don’t want to watch with your parents. These hits from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s are a throwback to your parents’ heyday and they’ll love to share ’em with you!
Star Wars Episode VI, from 1983, is a good classic for younger Baby Boomer and older Gen X parents. Aside from being a rolicking good sci-fi/action flick without uncomfortable sex scenes, this George Lucas hit shows that a father-son bond is stronger than the Dark Side. It’s also a good, PG-rated movie to introduce kids to the original Star Wars trilogy, making it a good watch for three generations.
Back to the Future, from 1985, is another great film from the same era. What if you could go back in time and meet your father at the same age you are now? Talk about an interesting conversation starter! Rated PG, it’s also family-friendly while providing plenty of action and excitement. Plus, like Star Wars, it’s part of a trilogy, meaning plenty of additional entertainment for those whose interests are piqued.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, from 1989, is a great father-son team-up from the same team that brought you Star Wars. Indiana Jones teams up with his father, Henry Jones, Sr., and the duo fight Nazis while racing for the Holy Grail. At PG-13, it has a little more sex and intense violence than Back to the Future or Star Wars Episode VI, so it may not be a watch for younger kids. And, as part of a quadrilogy, there’s plenty more where it came from!
Catch Me If You Can, from 2002, is another family-friendly action flick. Though the biological father-son duo only features in the beginning of the movie, as the young con artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) learns from his father (Christopher Walken), a similar father-son-style relationship develops between the con and the cop (Tom Hanks) as the conning and pursuits cross the country and the globe. Based on a true story, this movie will also spark great discussions and even a bit of research online if the family is game!