It’s that time of year again. Time to break out the Home Depot gift cards, ties and socks. Yes, it is Father’s Day, and ME has come up with 10 movies that show us just how much the men in our lives do for us. So let your dad take a load off and pop in one (or all ten) of these flicks today.
Father of the Bride 1 & 2
One of the funniest father-daughter movies ever, Steve Martin deals with watching his daughter get ready for her wedding, something that must be hard for every father to endure. The second movie shows how he reacts when she announces her pregnancy. Letting your child grow is the bigger message around the movies, and George (Martin) does just that while providing much comic relief, alongside Diane Keaton.
Liam Neeson proved in this movie that a father will do anything in his power to make sure their daughter is safe. When his character’s daughter is abducted in Europe, he uses his former C.I.A. skills to make sure everyone who helped in the taking of her was handled in a way only a parent could. This is one father you definitely don’t want to get in the way of.
Jim Carey plays a sleazy lawyer who realizes the importance of being there for your child in this movie. When his son Max wishes that his father could not lie for an entire day, Fletcher (Carey) realizes that his son triumphs over anything and anyone.
National Lampoon’s Vacation
All Clark Griswold wanted to do was take his wife and kids to Wally World- even if that meant leaving behind their recently deceased grandmother and avoiding the blonde bombshell along the way. When they get there of course it’s closed, but that doesn’t stop Clark from showing his family a good time, he just needed to hold the park security hostage! Is he Father of the Year or what?!
The Lion King
The cartoon classic shows that no matter what, a father-child bond can never truly be broken. With help from a meerkat and a warthog, Simba grows to be a strong lion, reminiscent of his dad before his death. He sees his dad as a spirit that tells him what he needs to do to rightfully reign as king, ruling over his unfriendly uncle Scar. In the end, Simba rules the kingdom with his own queen, similar to his mother and dad Mufasa. Like father, like son.
When his son needs a heart transplant, John Q, played by Denzel Washington does all he can to raise the money. But of course when that isn’t enough, holding patients, doctors and others hostage in the hospital worked in his favor, ultimately saving his life. One of the most memorable scenes is when John tries to take his own life to save his sons’, quite the tear-jerker.
The Pursuit of Happyness
Will Smith and son Jaden Smith star in a powerful biographical film that mirrors the year in Chris Gardner’s life in which he was homeless. Gardner (Smith) provides Christopher (Jaden) with enough morals to last a lifetime, letting him know that hard work does eventually pay off, regardless of the situation. Another movie to put you in tears, The Pursuit of Happyness is one that shows a father who will do anything to provide for his son and prosper in life.
Marlin the clownfish just wants his son Nemo to be safe from harm, especially after he was the only child he had after his wife was killed. However, little Nemo is tired of living under his father’s strict underwater lifestyle and decides to leave the Great Barrier Reef, getting caught by a scuba diver in the process. Marlin goes through many trials and tribulations throughout the way to find his son. He shows that to find what you are looking for, you just have to keep swimming.
When Adam Sandler is forced to stop acting like a child and raise one, you see the maturity that comes with having to take care of another life. Tending to the needs of little Julian and posing as his father Kevin for Child Protection Services gives Sonny (Sandler) a whole new perspective on life. The once carefree individual just needed help in the form of a little kid to put his head in the right place.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Who says Christmas is the only holiday you get to watch this wonderful classic? It’s a Wonderful Life focuses on George Bailey (played by James Stewart) and what the world would have been like had he never existed. When he sees that his family’s lives would be in shambles had he not been around, he returns ready to continue on with his wonderful life, thanks to an intervention by his guardian angel. This movie shows what a true husband and father is, one we all wish we could have, if we don’t have already.