5 of the Best Father’s Day Movies to Enjoy with Dad, from ‘Parenthood’ to ‘The Godfather’

So you’ve already figured out what to get your dad for Father’s Day (after combing through several gift guides, of course). But now comes the hardest challenge: Planning a fun activity to celebrate the occasion. Should you treat your dad to an outdoor picnic? Or perhaps a beer tasting? The options are pretty much endless, but if you’re looking for a simple bonding activity that doesn’t require expert-level planning, then consider watching a great dad-themed movie together. From Parenthood to The Godfather, here are 30 titles that will definitely make your dad feel special.

1. ‘THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS’ (2006)

Grab the tissues, because this poignant drama is sure to bring the waterworks. Based on the true story of Chris Gardner, a businessman who previously struggled with homelessness while raising a toddler, the movie chronicles his efforts to land a job and secure a better life for his son. Will Smith gives an Oscar-worthy performance as Gardner while Smith’s real-life son Jaden plays his movie son.

2. ‘ONWARD’ (2020)

Ian and Barley, two elf brothers, go on a magical adventure to reunite with their late father, but not without some challenges along the way. The star-studded cast includes Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer.

3. ‘FENCES’ (2016)

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis both deliver powerful performances in this period drama film, which is inspired by August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, Washington plays Troy Maxson, a sanitation worker and aspiring athlete who grapples with a harsh reality: that he’ll never become a pro baseball player. Meanwhile, both his wife (Davis) and son have to deal with his bitterness and anger, which creates tension in the family.

4. ‘FATHER’S DAY’ (1997)

When Collette’s (Nastassja Kinski) teenage son runs away from home, she enlists the help of two former romantic partners by telling them both that they’re both the father of her child. But it’s only a matter of time before both men (played by Billy Crystal and Robin Williams) cross paths and figure out what’s really going on.

5. ‘HE GOT GAME’ (1998)

Prepare for hard-hitting commentary and stunning visuals in this Spike Lee joint. The film centers on Jake Shuttleworth (Denzel Washington), a jailed convict who gets released on parole on one unique condition: At the governor’s request, Jake must convince his son Jesus (Ray Allen), one of the top-ranked basketball players in the country, to attend the governor’s alma mater. His reward? A much shorter sentence.

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