Published June 2, 2023

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.

Father's Day is just around the corner and most of you probably already have something special planned to let your dad 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 enjoy a good flick? Here are some our favourite movies to watch on Father's Day.

RELATED: Father's Day gift ideas (that you can find locally) ...

Big Daddy

While Adam Sandler has been dipping his toes in a greater variety of genres lately, there was a time when theatres would sell out seats at the prospect of an Adam Sandler comedy. Released in 1999, Big Daddy is still funny today. And it has a surprisingly touching message about fathers and sons ... even if they aren't biologically related.

All that being said, 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. We also recommend that you 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 just in case ... here are the Coles Notes.

Like Taken, Finding Nemo is the tale of a father going on an epic journey, to save his child. But this time it's for his son. And it stars substantially more aquatic creatures.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Sticking with aquatic-themed movies, if you're a fan of the quirky Wes Anderson movies 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 on Father's Day.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is one of Wes Anderson's 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 Happiness

Make sure to have some tissues handy for this one because it's a real tear-jerker.

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's probably due to the fact that his real son played his on-screen son.

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's 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 some of the most quintessential Father's Day movies and the best part is you have four to choose from.

You could even watch the Christmas one, we won't judge you.

From heartwarming comedies to inspiring dramas, these movies capture the essence of fatherhood and remind us of the powerful bond shared between fathers and their children. So, grab some popcorn, cozy up on the couch, and let these local films transport you and your dad into captivating stories that will touch your hearts.

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