If there is something that we all agree on, it is that there is only one father and that he deserves everything on his most special day.
Movies to Watch on Father’s Day
The following movies are perfect for sharing pleasant moments or remembering those days when you and he were happier than ever.
Son, never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. If you have a dream you must protect it, Chris Gardner (The Pursuit of Happiness).
Although any day is a good day to tell your dad how much you love him, perhaps Father’s Day is the ideal time to express gratitude, affection and generosity more than ever.
You can, for example, invite him to dinner, give him a special gift, or simply sit next to him on the sofa and enjoy his company with a good movie because company is the best gift to celebrate special and unique moments. For this reason, we have selected the most special movies to watch on Father’s Day.
Note to the reader: We order this list by the year in which these wonderful films were released.
1. The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather (The Goodfather) is one of the best movies in the history of cinema. It achieved important distinctions and recognition, in addition to being crowned as the masterpiece of Francis Ford Coppola.
The best thing is that it has two sequels, each one better than the next, so you’ll enjoy three high-quality films with scripts that border on perfection.
Synopsis: Vito Corleone is the boss of one of the most powerful families of the New York mafia. His son except him, Michael, is the only one who wants nothing to do with his father’s business.
When Corleone refuses to go into the drug business, the boss of another gang orders his assassination. Then begins a violent war between the most powerful mafia families of the time.
- Available on Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max.
Cast: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, among others.
2. Indiana Jones (1981)
Great adventures await you if you want to celebrate Father’s Day by watching Indiana Jones, a critically acclaimed film that is still in the public mind. Turned into a successful and millionaire franchise, you will be able to take a marathon of five movies with your father without getting bored!
Synopsis: Indiana Jones is an archeology professor who ventures in search of valuable historical relics such as the Ark of the Covenant, where the Tablets of the Law that God gave to Moses are preserved. According to an ancient legend, whoever owns these tablets will have absolute power.
- Available on Amazon Prime Video.
Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, among others.
3. Father of the Bride (1991)
If you want to have a good laugh and smile with your father, Father of the Bride is the movie we recommend.
Synopsis: George Banks is not quite accepting that his 22-year-old daughter is getting married. Although everyone believes that the boyfriend is a wonderful boy, this makes him the number one enemy of his Banks, who will not make it easy for him.
- Available on Disney+
Cast: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, George Newbern, among others.
4. Mrs Doubtfire (1993)
Mrs. Doubtfire (Dad forever in Latin America) is perhaps one of the funniest and most touching films by Robin Williams, who shows us perfectly that a father can be fun, loving and tremendously understanding.
Synopsis: Daniel Hillard is a wonderful father, although he has problems with his wife, whom he ends up divorcing. He fights for custody of her children, but it is not granted. For this reason, Daniel decides to pose as an older lady so he can babysit her children and thus spend time with them.
- Available on Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video
Cast: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Mara Wilson, among others.
5. The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King, the movie that made us love Disney, is a great masterpiece in animated cinema. With an entertaining, exciting plot and full of reflections, this film is perfect to enjoy with the whole family or to remember what your life was like together.
Synopsis: Simba, a little lion is accused by the evil Scar of the death of his father and forced to go into exile from his pride for a while. During his exile he will meet good friends who will encourage him to recover what is rightfully his: the throne of his father.
- Available on Disney+ and Prime Video.
6. Life is Beautiful (1997)
Life is beautiful (La vita è bella in Italian) is one of the most acclaimed films in the history of Italian cinema. In it we see a reliable sample that happiness, sometimes, is in our way of seeing and facing the adversities of life.
Synopsis: In 1939 the extravagant Guido arrives in Arezzo with the intention of opening a bookstore. There he meets the lovely Dora who he marries her and has a son. At the outbreak of World War II, the three are interned in an extermination camp, where Guido will do everything possible to make his son believe that the terrible situation they are suffering is just a game.
- Available on Netflix and Disney+
Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Marisa Paredes, among others.
7. Billy Elliott (2000)
Billy Elliot (I want to dance) conquered a large part of the public for his revolutionary and liberating air. However, the highlight of this film is the message it conveys: We must be ourselves above all else.
Synopsis: In 1984, Tony, a miner in County Durham, is determined that Billy, his youngest son, receive boxing lessons. To his surprise, while the little guy has good footwork, he’s completely lacking in punch. One day, at the gym, Billy watches Mrs.
Wilkinson’s ballet class, a stern woman who encourages him to participate. From then on, Billy will love and practice this classical dance.
- Available on Prime Video and Movistar Plus+
Cast: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, Jamie Draven, among others.
8. Her Parents (2000)
Meet the Parents (My girlfriend’s family in Latin America) is a romantic comedy with a luxury cast, with Robert de Niro and Ben Stiller being the main protagonists of a film full of ironies, jokes and foul play.
Synopsis: Greg Focker just got engaged to his girlfriend Pam. The couple has to spend a few days with her parents, to meet them. However, the father of the bride, Jack (former CIA agent) considers that his daughter has not chosen well, thus despising his partner. However, Greg does not give up, can he win the heart of his future father-in-law?
- Available on Netflix, RTVE and Movistar Plus+
Cast: Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson, among others.
9. I am Sam (2001)
The world is a tough place to live, where limitations are the order of the day if you don’t have a run-of-the-mill look. This is what I am Sam presents to us (I am Sam in English), a film full of energy, emotion and morals that make us perceive the world around us in a totally different way.
Synopsis: Sam Dawson is a mentally handicapped man who will fight against the State to retain custody of his young daughter. To do this, he hires a prestigious and cold lawyer, Rita Harrison, who discovers the true love that Sam feels for his daughter and her determination to defend her rights as her father.
- Available on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV
Cast: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laura Dern, Dianne Wiest, Dakota Fanning,
10. Finding Nemo (2003)
The most beautiful and endearing Pixar movie? We have it very clear, Finding Nemo (Finding Nemo in English) is not only a perfect classic to watch with children, but also to transmit values such as tolerance and the value of differences.
Synopsis: The little fish Nemo, an only child and very protected by his father, Marlin, is captured in an Australian reef and ends up in the fish tank of a dentist’s office in Sydney. Marlin will do the impossible to rescue and meet his son again, but not before living great adventures with very special characters.
Available on Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, Apple TV and Movistar Plus+.
11. Big Fish (2003)
Based on the novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, it is one of Tim Burton’s great masterpieces. In it we are shown fantastic stories that teach us a valuable lesson about life: nothing is impossible! In other words, it shows us that each of us is capable of doing extraordinary things if we put our minds to it.
Synopsis: William Bloom learns that his father is terminally ill and returns home to spend his last days with him. Once again, William will be forced to listen to the fantastic stories of his father’s youth, with the difference that this time he will discover that these stories hide unknown attitudes of his father.
- Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Apple TV and Movistar Plus+
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman,
12. The Incredibles (2004)
Another classic animated film that you will greatly enjoy in the company of your father is The Incredibles, a film with an intelligent script of adventures and superheroes whose main message is the importance of the family, its unity and everything that can face as a unit.
Synopsis: Bob Parr and his wife, after retiring from their superhero duties, lead a normal life with their three children. However, Bob is not happy with his current job, so he accepts a mysterious job offer that leads him to become Mr. Incredible again. From this moment on, the whole family will live a series of fantastic and fun adventures.
Available on Prime Video and Disney+
13. In Pursuit of Happiness (2006)
The phrase with which we begin this article belongs to a pleasant film based on true events and starring Will Smith. In Search of Happiness is a film that envelops the viewer in a bubble and teaches them that every problem has a solution, that giving up is not an option, and that life’s adversities are overcome with perseverance. It is simply perfect to watch in the company of dad!
Synopsis: Chris Gardner is a brilliant and talented salesman, but his job doesn’t pay enough for him to afford a quiet life with his young son. Both go through great adversity and face the harsh reality of not having a place to live.
Everything changes when Chris receives an important offer to do an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage. Will he fulfill his dreams? Will it change his life?
- Available on Netflix, Prime Video and Movistar Plus+
Cast: Will Smith, Thandiwe Newton, Jaden Smith, Dan Castellaneta, among others.
14. The Best Father in the World (2009)
Robin Williams achieves in this film one of the most brilliant interpretations of the Seventh Art. And it is that The best father in the world (World’s Greatest Dad) is a tragicomedy that surprises with its complex script and the underlying message it conveys.
Synopsis: Lance Clayton is a frustrated high school teacher who sees an opportunity to become a renowned writer. However, he does when his suffers a terrible family tragedy.
- Available on Prime Video.
Cast: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Morgan Murphy, Naomi Glick, among others.
15. Big Kids (2010)
It’s not the best comedy movie by far, but it’s enjoyable as if it were. Big children (Grown Ups in English) is a tape in which the silly laughs are assured. If you are looking to disconnect and enjoy an afternoon without drama, this is your film. Also, it has a sequel!
Synopsis: After thirty years, five friends meet again to attend the funeral of their former basketball coach. Together they will remember what their childhood was like compared to their current life and they will realize that, in reality, they have never matured and that being an adult does not have to be so bad either.
- Available on Netflix and Movistar Plus+
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Tim Meadows, among others.
16. The Tree of Life (2011)
Intelligently directed by Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life achieves what very few films achieve: being pure poetry on the big screen. Critics had it clear with this film where you either love her or hate her was the resonance of all the reviews.
Synopsis: Jack, a grown man, remembers what his childhood was like with a loving mother and a stern father, with the aim of seeing what influences his parents’ teachings had on him and the answer to why he feels like a lost soul in the current world.
- Available on Prime Video and Movistar Plus+
Cast: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Fiona Shaw, Kari Matchett, Joanna Going.
17. My God, What Have We Done To You (2014)
A funny and eloquent satire on a traditional family that comes to terms with the multicultural marriages of its four daughters. Politically correct, it is a comedy with which to have a good laugh based on an original and madly entertaining story.
Synopsis: Claude and Marie Verneuil, a very conservative Catholic couple, see with joy and sadness how their daughters have married Frenchmen of Muslim, Chinese and Jewish descent. Hoping that their youngest daughter will marry according to Catholic customs, they will see how life surprises them again.
- Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max and Movistar Plus+
Cast: Christian Clavier, Chantal Lauby, Ary Abittan, Medi Sadoun, Frédéric Chau, among others.