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5 Perfect Movies To Watch With Your Dad This Father’s Day

To all the dads out there, Happy Father’s Day! And to all the children out there who may or may not have made plans for your dad this day, we’ve got you covered. What better way to spend time with the man in the house than to either watch movies with him? What more if these movies have a special father-child dynamic that may or may not reduce you all to tears, or at the very least make you both think about your relationship.

There are so many memorable movie dads in the cinematic universe, but these five dads take the cake for us. Spoilers ahead, for any of you who have not seen these movies. But seriously, you all should have seen this movies already, they’re all great. Marathon these with Dad this Father’s Day!

1Finding Nemo’s Marlin

When Pixar released Finding Nemo in 2004 (that’s 12 years ago), no one really thought that they’d be blown away by the story of a couple of fish. The essential core of the movie is the idea that the love of a father trumps everything. We know it’s just a movie, but can you see how Marlin’s odds are stacked up against him? Marlin’s search for Nemo throughout the movie is logistically impossible.

The dangers Marlin and Dory encounter, the sheer difficulty of navigating the vast ocean, the fact that there are countless other sea creatures when all you’re looking for is that one little clown fish with deformed fin. And yet by the end of the movie, all you can do is wipe your tears. Marlin’s search and journey was fueled by his love for his son, and that’s all a son could ever ask from a father. Dads out there could learn a thing or two from Marlin.

2The Godfather’s Vito Corleone

To be honest, this was totally the first movie I thought of when I started writing this article, and not just because it’s my favorite movie of all time. The Godfather is that one movie we would recommend to anyone at any given time, but it seems apt to include this in a list of Father’s Day movies.

Amidst all the violence and general badassery, The Godfather is really the story of father and son. Michael and Vito’s relationship is complex. Despite having his two older sons, Sonny and Fredo, fully entrenched in the family business, Vito has specific instructions to exclude Michael from it. He wanted Michael to be someone the family could be proud of, the one with the prestigious job and be the upstanding member of society; the Corleone’s American Dream. The problem is, Michael is the son that is most equipped to take charge of the family business. He’s more cunning and ruthless than Vito himself. Michael’s descent into criminal life was out of necessity, and you can tell how disappointed Vito was about it. Regardless, Vito was always supportive of Michael, even as his wishes for him slowly faded as Michael rose to be the new Godfather.

3Catch Me If You Can’s Frank Abagnale Sr.

Another personal Father’s Day favorite of mine. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks star in this fast-paced chase of a film. While the film is mainly about Leo’s Frank Abagnale Jr. managing to con half of America on sheer charm alone as Tom Hanks’ Carl Hanratty, an FBI agent, is hot on his tails, the backbone of the film’s plot is the relationship between Abagnale Jr. and Sr., played by Christopher Walken. Junior loved both his parents dearly, but he learned so much more from his father than he realized.

Senior’s Two Little Mice speech left Junior impressed, and the scene where Senior charms his way into getting a suit on short notice had a profound impact on Junior who was watching the whole time. These two small instances helped shape Frank Jr.’s way of dealing with the world. His love for his parents drove him to run away after finding out that they were having a divorce. Frank Jr.’s survived and even thrived as he took his father’s charm to whole other level and committed his famous cons. Moral of the story? Dads have the capability to shape their children, no matter how big, small, intentional, or accidental the things they do are. Just ask Junior.

4The Pursuit of Happyness’ Chris Gardner

Much like Marlin in Finding Nemo, Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness is another movie dad that had all the odds stacked against him, and still found a way to rise beyond it. It’s remarkable to think that this is based on a true story, considering how much Chris and his son had to go through. The problem of being in a dire financial situation is so resonant, as this is something that can happen to anyone at any given time. As Chris’ finances go down the drain due to his inability to make sales at the right time, his personal life slowly deteriorates as well.

When his wife leaves him, Chris is left to care for his five-year-old son (who is played by pre-Twitter guru Jaden Smith). Shortly after this, he and his son are evicted from their home (as if being left by his wife wasn’t enough right?) Chris and his son bounce around homeless shelters. The most moving scene is definitely when both of them are forced to spend the night in a subway bathroom. Despite having nothing, Chris does his best to provide his son with the essentials. He never gave up throughout his ordeal, until finally he broke through and got the job he needed. A real man’s man.

5Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’s Darth Vader

“No, I am your father.” To all those with daddy issues, raise your glass. Happy Father’s Day!

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