The best Father’s Day movies to watch on Sunday

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Father’s Day is just around the corner and most of you probably already have something special planned to let him know how much he means to you. On the off chance that you don’t, why not get some popcorn (or some bacon, steak, and a cigar) and sit down for a movie? Here are a few of our favourites to watch on Father’s Day.

Big Daddy

While Adam Sandler finally managed to star in a good movie (Uncut Gems), there was a time when theatres would sell out seats at the prospect of an Adam Sandler comedy. Big Daddy is still funny and also has a surprisingly touching message about fathers and sons, even if they aren’t biologically related. Although, you might need to suspend your disbelief for an hour or two and ignore the fact that Adam Sandler’s character would definitely go to jail for what he did.


There are no lengths a father isn’t willing to go for his daughter and Taken is a movie that takes that to the extreme. When the daughter of a former CIA agent gets kidnapped, he must use his very particular set of skills to rescue her and put a massive hurt on the people who took her. While it isn’t a masterpiece, Taken is a fun action romp about a father doing anything it takes to save his daughter. Oh, and do yourself a favour, skip the sequels.

Finding Nemo

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t seen the now-classic Pixar movie, Finding Nemo, but if you somehow have been living under a rock, let us fill you in. Finding Nemo is like the kid-friendly version of Taken but set underwater and staring various aquatic animals. Another tale of a father going on an epic journey, but this time for his son. Just keep swimming!

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Sticking with the aquatic theme, if you’re a fan of the quirky movies of Wes Anderson like The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Royal Tenenbaums (which could also be on this list), you should give this one a watch. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is one of Wes Anderson oft-forgotten films but it really shouldn’t be. Cute, funny, and just the right amount of weird, this movie is also a perfect one to watch on Father’s Day.

The Pursuit of Happyness

Make sure to have some tissues handy for this one because it’s a real tearjerker. The Pursuit of Happiness is a wonderful film about an entrepreneur father who is trying to be successful in order to give his son a better life. Will Smith received an Oscar nod for this one and it is probably due to the fact that his real son played his on-screen son. Talk about incentive! The chemistry between the father/son duo is unmistakably fantastic.


Describing the plot of Interstellar is like trying to catch smoke with your bare hands. I’m not even going to try and trust me, it’s for the best. If you have yet to see it, just know that it’s a space-faring epic that wrestles with the themes of love and never having enough time. Christoper Nolan is on his A-game here (as he always is) and it is filled with fantastic performances from Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and more.

National Lampoon’s Vacation

Who’s up for a road trip with the Griswolds!? Light-hearted and hilarious, National Lampoon’s Vacation might be the quintessential Father’s Day movie and the best part is you have four to choose from. You could even watch the Christmas one, we won’t judge you.

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