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9 Movies To Watch With Your Dad On Father's Day

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What's there to do when all the Father's Day festivities have come to an end and the family is lounging on the couch? Some dad-themed movie time, that's what! After all, that's probably what you did for Mother's Day.


There's no shortage of films that explore the concept of fatherhood and there's a ton of variety to explore. We have nine suggestions that range from the 1970s to the 2010s, feature dads of all sorts, and include Oscar winners to crowdpleasers. These various perspectives on and experiences of fatherhood will certainly spur some conversation between you and whoever you consider to be your dad or dad-like figure.

Check out the nine best Father's Day movies to watch with Dad:


In 2010's Beginners, a young man (Ewan McGregor) has his entire life shaken up when his elderly father (Christopher Plummer) makes two pretty huge announcements: he has terminal cancer and he's gay. The best part — besides the fact that it highlights the older LGBTQ experience — is that it was inspired by actual events from the life of Mike Mills, the film's writer and director.

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"Daddy Day Care"

After being laid off from their jobs, two men (Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin) decide to become stay-at-home dads and open up their own day care center in 2003's Daddy Day Care. Directed by Steve Carr, this comedy flips the script by having men become the primary caregivers, leaning into dad humor, and showing them going up against the upscale preschool and its headmistress (Anjelica Huston).

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"Father of the Bride"

With 1991's Father of the Bride (a remake of a 1950 film of the same name), a dad (Steve Martin) essentially loses it when his daughter (Kimberly Williams) announces that she is getting married. The mom (Diane Keaton) is, of course, way more chill. Directed by Charles Shyer, it's about a father realizing his daughter's happiness is all that should really matter to him in the end. A sequel, titled Father of the Bride Part II, came in 1995.

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"Finding Nemo"

After his son Nemo (Alexander Gould) goes missing, an ocellaris clownfish named Marlin (Albert Brooks) must go searching for him in 2003's Finding Nemo. Along the way, Marlin meets a regal blue tang named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) who comes along for the ride, a true underwater adventure. Andrew Stanton directed the Oscar-winning film as well as its 2016 sequel, Finding Dory.

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"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"

It doesn't get more dad than 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. This third installment in the franchise follows the archaeologist adventurer (Harrison Ford) who sets out to accomplish two tasks important to him: rescuing his father (Sean Connery) and finding the fabled Holy Grail. This film follows Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), so feel free to just have a Steven Spielberg marathon!

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"John Q."

With 2002's John Q., we see a father (Denzel Washington) whose son is diagnosed with an enlarged heart, and who finds out that a transplant isn't possible because the family's insurance won't pay for it. So, to fix everything in this Nick Cassavetes-directed movie, this determined dad decides to hold up a hospital and force them to perform the surgery, proving that there's nothing a father won't do for a son.

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"Kramer vs. Kramer"

Based on the novel by Avery Corman, 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer is the story of a couple's (Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep) divorce and its impact on everyone involved — but especially their young son (Justin Henry). The movie, written and directed by Robert Benton, went on to win five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

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"The Lion King"

Everyone knows The Lion King, the 1994 Disney movie directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. The Oscar-winning film follows a lion named Simba (Matthew Broderick and Jonathan Taylor Thomas), whose father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones), is killed by Scar (Jeremy Irons), their uncle and brother, respectively. It's a Shakespearean tale of revenge and has an iconic soundtrack to match.

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"Mrs. Doubtfire"

In 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire, a recently divorced man (Robin Williams) dresses up as a female housekeeper in order to have more time to interact with his kids. The Oscar-winning movie, based on the novel by Anne Fine and directed by Chris Columbus, is about a dad coming to realize what's really important to him.

Available on Amazon


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