There’s nothing better than snuggling down with Dad and watching a great Father’s Day movie! If you are an adult, just hanging out is fine too!  Lets take a look at some Father’s Day movies of the past.

Father’s Day Movie #1:  The Royal Tenenbaums


When a family goes down the drain, what does it take to bring them back together? In this Wes Anderson’s  breakthrough hit from 2001, aging rascal Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) prays that the news of his suffering from terminal stomach cancer, might be the catapult for the family’s emotional healing. He makes contact with his estranged wife Ethel (Angelica Huston) and three gifted, fragile, grown-up children (Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson), with the hope of patching things up with everyone.

Father’s Day Movie #2:  He Got Game


Jesus saves in this Spike Lee 1998 movie of new hopes and second chances. Jesus Shuttlesworth, the only son of Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington), a single father stuck in a New York pen for the accidental killing of the mother of his son , works wonders.

Father’s Day Move #3:  Like Father, Like Son


The eternal nature versus nurture question runs all sorts of ways in this semi-political/ paternal love film   from Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan’s poet of childhood. Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) is a successful Tokyo architect who learns that his six-year-old boy Keita isn’t his son. In fact, his biological son Ryusei is being brought up by a down trodden electrician and his wife from across town. The two families’ boys were switched at birth in the hospital, and each has been unwittingly raising the others child as their own.

Father’s Day Movie #4:  To Kill a Mockingbird


Has there ever been a more fundamentally decent father in the history of movie than Atticus Finch, the widower and small-town lawyer played by Gregory Peck in Robert Mulligan’s realistic version of Harper Lee’s Great American Novel? Defending a young black man on a rape charge doesn’t make you the toast of the town in Depression-era Alabama. While Atticus has his own safety threatened and good name dragged through the mud, he only grows in stature in the wide-open eyes of his children, Jem and Scout.

Father’s Day Movies #5: Lonesome Dove


Is the compelling story of two old Texas Rangers that are tired of living in a quiet Texas town, and long for the frontier of their childhood. They purchase a herd of cattle, gather up all their gear, and head north for Montana the last of the western frontier, with an interesting collection of buckaroos and other cowboys. The story is powerfully acted ,showing the majesty of the dangerous west and the hardships that had to be overcome by the men and women of those days.

Father’s Day Movie #6:  Cimarron


Houston was the youngest son of legendary Texan, Sam Houston, and was the first  born in the Texas Governor’s mansion in 1860. Temple chased adventure and the western frontier all his life. He was noted for being just as fast with his guns as he was with his mouth. As a defense attorney, his cases became legendary.His defense and acquittal of a Texas prostitute impressed the cowboys of the West. Temple’s adventurous life started at 13 when he joined a cattle drive to Kansas, then worked his way east on a paddle wheeler. By 21 he was a lawyer, then a DA, and by 24 he was a Texas Senator.

Father’s Day Movie #7:  Finding Nemo


The world can be a big and dangerous place for a little fish. Pixar’s fifth animated feature, and one of their most endearingly popular to date, centers on a constantly anxious widowed father – Marlin, a clown fish voiced by Albert Brooks – who has to follow his missing son Nemo halfway around the planet in order to learn how, when and why to let him go.

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.