10 Movies to Watch With Dad This Father's Day

By Colin Bertram
|  Thursday, Jun 12, 2014  |  Updated 4:35 PM EDT
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    Let's be honest, when it comes to Father's Day (June 15), most dads would tell you that less is definitely more.

    Not that they don't want to be celebrated. It's just that a simple meal of dad's favorite fare, a round of golf, or time spent on the couch with the kids watching an awesome movie can be as great a gift as a new tie, book or jigsaw puzzle. (Hey, some dads love puzzles!)

    Here, we present 10 films guaranteed to please your father and his children, whether they are 5- or 55-years-old.

    So sit back, prepare dad's favorite beverage, grab his preferred snacks, and enjoy.

     

    "Finding Nemo" (2003)

    What better for Father's Day than this Disney Pixar classic about a timid clown fish who must find his inner strength in order to save his son after junior (Nemo) is captured and placed in captivity. Featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney and Geoffrey Rush, "Nemo" proves that love can conquer all–even sharks!

     

    "Pursuit of Happyness" (2006)

    Will Smith stars in this true story of Chris Gardner, a San Francisco salesman struggling to build a future for himself and his 5-year-old son Christopher (played by Smith's real-life son Jaden). After his girlfriend leaves, Gardner is left to raise Christopher on his own. Attempting to build a better life and future, Gardner takes an unpaid internship in a competitive stockbroker-training program, where only one in twenty interns will make the cut.

     

    "Nebraska" (2013)

    Bruce Dern earned a best actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Woody, a booze-addled father who makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son David (Will Forte) in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. Their journey takes them through Woody's hometown, and explores the father-son dynamic that time has eroded. "Nebraska" also received Academy Award nominations for best picture, director and supporting actress June Squibb.

     

    "The Wedding Banquet" (1993)

    The second film in the "Father Knows Best" trilogy from director Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain," "Life of Pi"), "Banquet" tells the story of a gay Taiwanese immigrant man who marries a Chinese woman to placate his parents and get her a green card. Everything is fine until his parents arrive in the United States to plan his wedding banquet. Lee mines familial tensions for comic effect in this moving tale of a family adjusting to modern times, and bridging the gap between the old country and the new.

     

    "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979)

    "Kramer" tells the powerful story of married couple's divorce and the impact on everyone involved. Dustin Hoffman stars as Ted Kramer, a workaholic father who must face life as a single parent struggling to take care of not only his young son, but himself. After finding his feet he heads to court to keep custody of his son. The drama received five Academy Awards including best picture, director, actor (Hoffman), and supporting actress (Meryl Streep).

     

    "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993)

    At the other end of the custody battle spectrum is this comedy starring Robin Williams as a dad so desperate to see his kids after the court forbids him visitation rights, he dons a dress, wig and new persona. As housekeeper Mrs. Doubtfire, he manages to reestablish a connection with his children and help them bond with the father they think has abandoned them. Plus, there's also that awesome "drive-by fruiting" line.

     

    "Father of the Bride" (1991)

    One of cinema's all-time great dad actors, Steve Martin plays George Banks in this gentle comedy about a man who must come to terms that kids do, in fact, grow up and leave the nest. Rather than deal with his emotions, he lets his neuroses take over, driving his wife (Diane Keaton) and children almost as crazy as he feels. And let's not forget Franck Eggelhoffer (Martin Short), the wedding coordinator with grand plans and an unplaceable accent.

     

    "Field of Dreams" (1989)

    "If you build it, they will come." One of the best baseball movies of all time features Kevin Costner as an Iowa corn farmer who hears voices directing him to build a baseball diamond in his fields. He does, the Chicago Black Sox come, and the movie contains a father-son game of catch that spans life and death.

     

    "Caddyshack" (1980)

    Directed by Harold Ramis, this comedy classic stars Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight, along with a gopher intent on wreaking havoc at an exclusive golf course. "Caddyshack" serves up golf, inter-class warfare and memorable lines like "Cinderella boy. Outta nowhere," and, "Last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it." No matter how many times he's seen it, dad will always watch it, and love it, once more.

     

    "Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr." (2014)

    Actor Robert De Niro lovingly crafted this HBO documentary about his late father Robert De Niro Sr., who was a NYC artist who enjoyed success in his early career, and just happened to be openly gay. Though his dad died over 20 years ago, De Niro continues to preserve his father's final home and art studio in SoHo.

     

    And one more for good measure:

    "Skyfall" (2012)

    In this, Daniel Craig's third outing as British Secret Service agent 007, James Bond must battle a reclusive foe who has stolen a globe-spanning list of undercover spies. Even MI6 is not safe. "Skyfall" is the highest grossing Bond film of all time, debuting on the 50th anniversary of the franchise. While not directly related to fathers, it's a great action film that culminates in Bond fighting for his (and M's) life at the country estate he grew up on, as well as featuring the return of classic Bond characters Q and Moneypenny.


     

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