Top 5 Dad Movies for Father’s Day

by Emma W.R. on June 10, 2014

This will be the first Father’s Day since my father passed away last summer. It’s pretty surreal, even if it is something we all eventually go through.

As you can imagine, I’ve been thinking about Dad a lot lately. I used to tease him fiercely about his movie collection. You’d find a ton of Sylvester Stallone movies and horror flicks, but the only comedies my father liked enough to own were Friday (on VHS) and The Super. Ah, the ribbings he’d get!

In honor of my own father, and all of the doting dads out there, I present my top five Dad movies for Father’s Day:


5. Big Fish – Albert Finney and Ewan McGregor play Edward Bloom, who on his deathbed tells tall tales from his past to his estranged son in the hopes of reconciliation. The movie was directed by Tim Burton, whose own father had died three years earlier.

4. The Champ – In a remake of a 1931 Oscar winner, Jon Voight and Ricky Schroeder play father and son Billy & T.J. Flynn. The final scene of the film finds Billy winning his comeback fight and dying in the dressing room afterwards, while his inconsolable son cries for him to wake up.

3. Paper Moon – Real life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O’Neal star in the film that made Tatum the youngest actress to win a competitive Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as Addie. Although Ryan’s con man Moze is never confirmed to be Addie’s father, the pair drives off together at film’s end.

2. Mr. Mom – Michael Keaton was actually a pretty big part of my childhood. He’s Beetlejuice and, at least until Christian Bale took over the role, he was the only film Batman who really counts. Before either of those roles, he was the stay-at-home dad in this John Hughes film.

1. Rocky IV – Really, any of the Rocky series could have topped my Father’s Day list, but I picked IV because I’m such an eighties child at heart. A killer soundtrack, Dolph Lundgren, Rocky ending the Cold War (can you blame Rocky Jr. for cheering his head off at home?), and a talking robot… it’s cheesetastic and I never cease to stop on it when it’s playing on a channel I’m surfing through.

What are your favorite Dad movies for Father’s Day? We’d love to see your picks!

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Cara J. September 27, 2016 at 12:41 pm

I’ve heard of the Bronx Tale, but never saw it. I think I saw Rocky IV and Mr. Mom, but my memory of them is fuzzy. Now I have some recommendations for my dad when we have another movie marathon. Hopefully, he hasn’t seen some of these.


April June 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Melissa, I don’t think I’ve seen any on the list. In fact now thinking about it, I don’t think I’ve ever really watch a movie with my dad. He was always working and when he was home he like being outside with us.


Eli June 11, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Two of my favorite movies that could be considered Father’s Day movies are “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “A Bronx Tale”. “Mrs. Doubtfire” stars Robin Williams who, separated from his wife and the children he dearly loves, comes back–disguised as a matronly grandmother-type–to care for his kids without them knowing it’s their dad. It’s a funny and very heartwarming film. “A Bronx Tale,” which takes place in the late 1950s/early 1960s era, is a story about a bus driver–Robert De Niro–who tries to keep his son from mentoring and cavorting with the local mafia types who run their neighborhood. The film features great acting from both De Niro and Chazz Palminteri, who plays the mafia boss. Ironically, there is an actual movie called “Father’s Day” which came out in 1997 and starred Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. It was allegedly a comedy, but was basically a stinkeroo, as it garnered a 19% rating on the film website, Rotten Tomatoes. If it hadn’t been for two Paul McCartney songs on the soundtrack, it would have been a total failure. So, as the late Mets announcer, Ralph Kiner, once said on the air, “Today is Father’s Day. So happy birthday to all you fathers out there!”


Melissa June 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

Rocky IV is actually the only one on the list that I’ve seen!


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