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25 Films To Watch This Father's Day

Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." Paramount Pictures

Father’s Day is near! We’ve rounded up 20 films featuring good dads, determined dads, fun dads, and some not-so-great dads to keep you entertained over the holiday weekend.

Father of the Bride

Starring: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Martin Short

This ‘90s remake of the 1950 Vincente Minnelli film follows a father both unready to plan an extravagant wedding and for his daughter to grow up.

Daddy Day Care

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Steve Zahn, Regina King

When two fathers lose their jobs and become stay-at-home dads, they are inspired to open up their own day-care center.

Bicycle Thieves

Starring: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola

An unemployed man in post-World War II Italy finally gets a job hanging up posters. Unfortunately, his bike gets stolen and he and his son must set out to find it.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody

When Indiana Jones learns that his father has gone missing while searching for the Holy Grail, his rescue mission turns into a race against Adolf Hitler and the Nazis who plan to use the Holy Grail for world domination.

What a Girl Wants

Starring: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston

American teenager, Daphne, finally learns who her father is -- a wealthy British politician with a family that does not approve of her.

The Tree of Life

Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

The story of a Texas family in the mid-1950’s; Recalling Jack O’Brien’s life as a young boy into adulthood as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his strict father while questioning the existence of faith.


Starring: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee

After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a father breaks into her laptop for clues to trace her digital footprints.

Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls

Starring: Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Tracee Ellis Ross

A successful attorney falls in love with a struggling mechanic while trying to help him win custody of his three daughters.

Eighth Grade

Starring: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton

Voted “Most Quiet” by her classmates, 13-year-old Kayla tries to survive the transition from eighth grade into high school while her single father struggles to connect with her.

The Lion King

Starring: Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Moira Kelly, Nathan Lane

Simba, a lion cub, is tricked into believing he caused his father’s death, leading him to flee. However, when his homeland becomes a dictatorship, Simba must return to fight for his kingdom and accept his royal destiny.

The Royal Tenenbaums

Starring: Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Anjelica Huston

The father of three prodigies suddenly comes back into the eccentric family’s life to make things right with his children.

Life is Beautiful

Starring: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini

When an Italian family become victims of the Holocaust, the father uses humor and imagination to protect his son from the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp.

Big Daddy

Starring: Adam Sandler, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Joey Lauren Adams

After Sonny gets dumped by his girlfriend for an older man, he becomes a temporary foster father to his roommate’s son in hopes of impressing her.

The Shining

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Danny Lloyd

A father and writer, Jack, accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of an isolated hotel, dragging his wife and son along to keep him company. Strange occurrences and bizarre happenings start to affect the family as Jack displayswild and violent behavior.

He Got Game

Starring: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson, Milla Jovovich

A father is released on parole for killing his wife with one condition -- He must persuade his son, a sought after high school basketball prospect, to sign with the governor’s alma mater.

Liar Liar

Starring: Jim Carey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper, Cary Elwes

After his son makes a birthday wish, career-obsessed attorney, Fletcher Reede, can’t tell a lie for 24 hours.


Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Melanie Laurent

A son’s world is changed when he learns that his elderly father has terminal cancer and a young male lover.

Train to Busan

Starring: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma

A man and his estranged daughter become trapped on a high-speed train during a zombie outbreak in North Korea.

Finding Nemo

Starring: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Brad Garrett

An overly cautious clownfish sets out on a journey to find his missing son, Nemo.


Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, LeLand Orser

A retired CIA agent travels to Europe and puts his old skills to work in order to save his kidnapped daughter.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton

The true-life story of Christopher Gardner, a single father and struggling salesman who goes from living on the streets to pursuing a life-changing professional career.

Daddy’s Home

Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini

A radio host will do anything to win over his stepchildren, but his plans go awry when their biological father shows up. 


Starring: Will Forte, Bruce Dern, June Squibb

A father and his estranged son embark on a road trip from Montana to Nebraska in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. 

John Q.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Daniel E. Smith, Kimberly Elise

After John's son collapses while playing baseball as a result of heart failure, his insurance won't cover the necessary transplant and he takes an emergency room hostage until doctors agree to do surgery.


Starring: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning

A passionless Hollywood actor living at the infamous Chateau Marmont gets a surprise visit from his eleven-year-old daughter.

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