Your Father’s special day is here and what better way to spend it with him than to binge watch some father day specials while indulging in some popcorn and munchies. If you are looking to indulge in some fabulous and incredible films, you’ve come to the right place. To make it easier for you to decide what to watch with your dad, we have curated a special list of films which are sure to keep your Sunday entertained. Below is a run down of the must-see Father’s day films in 2021.
1. The Pursuit of Happyness
Many fathers selflessly put their children’s needs and care before their own. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) shows exactly how a homeless salesman from San Francisco battles to build a good future for himself and his son (Jaden Smith). After his wife decides to separate from him, leaving him to deal with their son’s custody alone, the financially struggling Chris Gardner (Will Smith) stays determined to never give up on his dreams. His attitude to face his hardships steadfastly and his love for his son pushed him to work hard to eventually become a self-multi-millionaire. A very relatable movie to those whose fathers have traveled to hell and back to create a better life for their family.
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Director: Gabriele Muccino
Cast: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandiwe Newton
Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
2. Definitely Maybe
Have you ever wondered how your parents first met and fell in love? Set in New York City, Definitely Maybe (2008) is a well-scripted Romantic Comedy film where a 30-something political consultant, Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) attempts to explain his impending divorce to his young daughter, Maya (Abigail Breslin). Maya wants to know absolutely everything about how her parents met and fell in love which meant a trip down memory lane for Will Hayes. He recounts his romances with three women before his marriage disguising the characters for Maya to choose which woman from her father’s youth ends up becoming his wife and her mother.
Director: Adam Brooks
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Abigail Breslin
Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
3. Finding Nemo Dilogy
Finding Nemo and Finding Dory are beautiful movies depicting the unconditional love between parents and children. These two adventure films will definitely bring in a warm feeling into the room when watching them.
Finding Nemo (2003)
We all look up to our dads as decision-makers and they are always expected to be right. They risk their lives to protect the ones they love. But most of the time parents are just learning how to be parents along the way. Finding Nemo (2003) is a heartwarming story that teaches us how parents can make mistakes and don’t always have to be right. This movie is about an overprotective clownfish named Marlin who sets out on a mission along with a jittery blue fish names Dory to find his son Nemo who gets abducted from his home in the Great Barrier Reef. The pain of losing his family teaches Marlin to take risks and let little Nemo take care of himself. Along the way, Marlin learns that he cannot always be in control and that life will throw curveballs.
Director: Andrew Stanton
Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe
Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
No one likes to be separated from their parents. They say home is where the heart is. Finding Dory (2016) is a story of a wide-eyed blue tang fish named Dory who suffers from short-term memory loss. Despite this hardship, there is one thing she can always remember, that is, she had somehow became separated from her parents, Jenny and Charlie when she was a child. Dory embarks on a hopeful and epic adventure to find them, of course, with a little help from her friends Nemo and Marlin. Her journey brings her to California waters and to a Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. You will notice how Dory’s parents teach her to be safe with her “disability”. The movie subtly shows us how parents patiently and lovingly guide their children and equip them with tools needed later in life.
Director: Andrew Stanton
Runtime: 97 minutes
4. The Game Plan
The Game Plan is a perfect family comedy movie for a father-daughter duo to enjoy. The film takes us into the life of an egotistical NFL quarterback superstar Joe Kingman (Dwayne Johnson) who is living a wealthy and carefree bachelor lifestyle. When he is at the peak of his career with his Boston team, he comes across some unexpected news. His eight-year-old daughter Peyton (Madison Pettis) which he never knew existed shows up at his doorstep. Peyton is the result of a last fling with his ex-wife. Joe gets to put into a difficult spot where he has to learn how to balance his personal and professional lives with the needs of his daughter. This movie highlights the importance of good parenting and the value of children. Joe eventually realizes that his love for his daughter is more important than anything else and fills up the empty space in his glamorous life.
Director: Andy Fickman
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Madison Pettis, Roselyn Sánchez, Kyra Sedgwick
Runtime: 1 hour 52 minutes
5. What a Girl Wants
What a Girl Wants (2003) is the perfect movie for those fathers and daughters who love chilling and having fun with each other a lot. It takes us into the life of Daphne (Amanda Bynes), an American teenage girl who travels to England to fix her relationship with her father Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth) who is a prominent politician in the UK. Daphne Reynolds has been raised by her mother, Libby (Keppy Preston) her entire life but she has this urge to meet her father. In the movie, Lord Henry just recently discovers that his daughter existed when he stumbles upon Daphne. He welcomes her into his life despite the disapproval of his current family. Daphne soon realizes that her hopes of getting to know her dad may cost him the elections. Daphne’s love and simple persona makes Lord Henry realize how much he missed just letting lose and being free.
Director: Dennie Gordon
Cast: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth. Kelly Preston, Oliver James
Runtime: 1 hour 35 minutes
This movie fits into the perfect fathers day weekend watch. Fatherhood (2021) is about a widowed father Matt Logelin (Kevin Hart) who brings up his daughter Maddy as a single dad after his wife died unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism a day after their daughter’s birth. Matt has to struggle with grief while simultaneously bringing up his little baby girl and honoring the legacy of the love of his wife who he lost too soon. Though he’s a single parent, he soon realizes he is not alone and has a whole community of friends and family who he can lean on to help shape Maddy’s life. The way Matt deals with his unfortunate circumstances with such grace and charm will leave you hooked from the onset. A lovely movie showing the ups and downs of single parenthood.
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast : Kevin Hart, Anthony Carrigan, Melody Hurd, Deborah Ayorinde
Runtime : 1 hour 49 mins
7. Liar Liar
Liar Liar (1997) is a fun comedy film for any family to enjoy. It teaches us about the ill effects of compulsive lying and workaholics and how it can damage one’s family. We also learn about how a child expects the littlest of things from their parent such as “just being around” when they need them. The movie takes into the life of a conniving and successful lawyer Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) who has built his entire career on the basis of lies. Fletcher’s pathological lying and extreme devotion to work have ruined his relationship with his wife, Audrey (Maura Tierney) who has left him for a more dependable man. Audrey couldn’t bear to see her son Max (Justin Cooper) upset every time Fletcher broke the commitments he made to him. The story takes an interesting turn when Max on his birthday wishes for his father to speak truthfully for a day when Fletcher does not show up for the party. The wish actually comes true on the day Fletcher’s career-deciding court case has to be won which puts him in a challenging spot.
Director: Tom Shadyac
Cast: Jim Carrey, Jennifer Tilly, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
8. Cheaper by the Dozen Dilogy
This dilogy is a lovely binge-watch for any family. It teaches us that no matter how big your family is you should always be able to bring them together and be kind. In the two movies, we learn about love, sacrifice, friendship, parenthood, college life, childhood crush, hardships, and major life-changing decisions parents and children must take to keep their family together.
Cheaper by The Dozen
The first movie, Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), introduces us to Tom Baker (Steve Martin) and his family of twelve children. Steve is a college football coach in Midland, Illinois, and his wife Kate (Bonnie Hunt) is an author who has written about her story in a book that she wishes to publish soon. An old friend and football teammate Shake McGuire unexpectedly visits Tom and gives him a compelling offer to coach at his alma mater in his hometown of Evanston, Illinois. Tom accepts the offer in a disagreement with his kids. Their entire life Tom and Kate have compromised their careers for their kids and now Tom feels he is doing something which is best for the family. But soon Tom realizes that his decisions are making his family slip away from him.
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, Tom Welling, Piper Perabo
Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes
Cheaper by The Dozen 2
Cheaper by The Dozen 2 (2005) is a family comedy film that continues the story of Tom and Kate Baker. In the movie, they decide to plan a relaxing summer vacation for their large and happy at a lakeside resort. To the disappointment of their kids, they end up getting the most aged rental of the resort which Tom decides to fox up with his kids. To Tom’s surprise, he meets his old college rival, Jimmy Murtaugh, and his equally large family who happen to be staying at the same resort. The not-so-friendly competitiveness between the two soon begins to spoil the trip. The two fathers resume their lifelong rivalry at the cost of the happiness of their family.
Director: Adam Shankman
Cast: Steve Martin, Eugene Levy, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff, Tom Welling, Piper Perabo
Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
9. Father of the Bride Dilogy
A heartwarming series of 2 movies for every father-daughter to watch on father’s day. The story revolves around an overprotective dad who is having a hard time letting go of his little girl who has decided to get married. He has to come to terms that his daughter has grown up and can now make her own decisions.
Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride (1991) centers around proud parents, George Banks and his wife Nina, and their daughter Annie. Annie returns from studying abroad to only announce that she is engaged to a man she met in Rome, Italy. Being the overprotective father, George finds it hard to cope and come to terms with the fact that his little baby girl has grown. His wife Nina on the other hand is ecstatic about the news and soon begins the wedding preparations with Annie. George is afraid to let go of the image of his daughter in pigtails, shooting baskets in the back yard, and now to share her with another man. George as usual tries to control everything but eventually puts his daughter’s happiness before his own and happily walks her down the aisle.
Director: Charles Shyer
Cast: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, Martin Short
Runtime: 1 hour 5 minutes
Father of the Bride, Part II
Father of the Bride, Part II (1995) brings us back into the family life of George and Nina. George has adjusted to the reality that his daughter is married and that his son Matty is now growing up, He decides it’s time for retirement and plans to sell his home. George goes through a major midlife crisis once Annie announces that she is pregnant as he is soon to become a grandfather. While trying to deal with this midlife crisis, he receives more shocking news when his wife Nina reveals that she is pregnant too. Filled with excitement Goerge begins preparation for the two expected babies.
Director: Charles Shyer
Cast: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short
Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
10. The Godfather Trilogy
“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse“, we are all familiar with this phrase if we are a fan of the Godfather series. The Godfather Trilogy is made of 3 exciting and thrilling drama-crime films, that teach us that family is the most important thing in life, regardless of the circumstances. The movies paint a chilling picture of family life in the mafia and the risky decisions one has to make in order to protect one’s family. The decision to choose between loyalty and power when you’re mixed up in the family business will leave every father’s eyes glued to the screen while watching the trilogy.
The Godfather (1972) focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), popularly known as the Godfather. Don Vito Corleone decides to hand over his empire to his youngest son Michael (Al Pacino), following the murder of his older son, Sonny. Michael soon gets drawn deeper into the family business and becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Michael soon begins to expand the family business putting the lives of his loved ones in grave danger.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Marlon Brando, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte
Runtime: 2 hours 57 minutes
The Godfather Part II
The Godfather Part II (1974) is a sequel that focuses on the ongoing story of the Corleone family, Michael in particular, and Vito Corleone’s backstory. The shows Michael Corleone, the new Don of the Corleone crime family who is trying to hold his family business ventures together and them into Las Vegas, Hollywood, and Cuba. The movie also consists of many flashbacks following his father, Vito Corleone, from his childhood in Sicily to his founding of the Corleone family in New York City.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Talia Shire. Morgana King, John Cazale, Mariana Hill
Runtime: 2 hours 80 minutes
The Godfather Part III
The Godfather Part III (1990) is an epilogue of the first two Godfather films that complete the interesting saga of this series. In the final installment of the Godfather Trilogy, an aging Don Michael Corleone seeks to legitimize his criminal empire and remove himself from the violent underworld. It completes the story of Michael Corleone, a Mafia kingpin, and shows the rise of Sonny Corleone’s illegitimate son Vincent Corle as Michael’s successor.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast : Al Pacino, Sofia Coppola, Andy Garcia, Diane Keaton
Runtime : 2hrs 50 minutes
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