Fatherhood movies have been a fixture of Hollywood for generations. Many of these films feature men who are new dads and grappling with parenthood for the first time. Other movies show fathers who have been around for years and now find themselves at a crossroads in their lives.

Of course, this isn’t a new idea; there have been father movies as far back as silent films. But it wasn’t until the 1960s and 1970s that we really began to see them take off. Maybe because it was more socially acceptable for men to take an active role in raising their children at that point? Whatever the reason, plenty of movies about fatherhood have become staples among classic family movies.

They range from comedies to dramas and everything in between, but all of them have something to say on how to be a better dad despite not being perfect (I mean, who is?). Some are serious, while others are lighthearted and fun, but they’re all worth watching if you’re looking for something new and different. Father’s Day is coming soon, so what about choosing your official “Father’s Day Movie” for this next June 19th?

#1

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

2017 | 2h 16m | Directed by James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 features our favorite group of misfits who are now recognized as heroes after saving Xandar. This weird family embarks on a journey to help their leader uncover the truth behind his long-lost father. Among the upcoming Marvel projects, we find a sequel expected for May 2023, preceded by a Disney+ Guardians Of The Galaxy special, set for release in December 2022.

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Valisbourne Spiritforge
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Noooo! This is a good movie, but the fatherhood 'feels' it throws out will gut check you if you haven't seen it. (absolutely watch this movie!)

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#2

Onward

Onward

2020 | 1h 42m | Directed by Dan Scanlon

Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on a journey to discover if there’s still magic left out there. Their goal? Using it to spend one last day with their father, who died when they were too young to remember him. Onward is an incredible film, especially for anyone who loves the Pixar world and its characters. The last few years have been filled with serious and heartbreaking movies from the studio. While that’s not bad, it is refreshing to see such a fun and lighthearted fatherhood film.

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MacKenzie Moore
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is actually a really good movie, I would recommend to anyone who hasn't seen it. also if you like d&d, this one's for you.

#3

On Golden Pond

On Golden Pond

1981 | 1h 49m | Directed by Mark Rydell

On Golden Pond follows Norman, a curmudgeon father, and his wife Ethel, who get visited by their daughter Chelsea at their summer home in New England. Norman and Chelsea have a long-strained relationship, but with Norman showing the first signs of dementia and memory issues, Chelsea will do anything to fix things with her father before it’s too late. Starring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and his daughter Jane Fonda.

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#4

We Bought A Zoo

We Bought A Zoo

2011 | 2h 4m | Directed by Cameron Crowe

Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo is a feel-good film starring Matt Damon as a recently widowed father. He moves with his two children to an abandoned zoo and takes on the mission to rebuild it and open it to the public. The film is directed by Cameron Crowe and has an all-star cast including Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford, and Angus Macfadyen.

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#5

Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic

2016 | 1h 58m | Directed by Matt Ross

Captain Fantastic is a drama film set in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Ben, the father of six kids, raises them to study college-level literature, think critically, be physically fit, and live independently from modern civilization, far from any social interaction. When Ben’s wife commits suicide, the family is forced to leave their home, with the kids seeing the world outside for the first time after a life of isolation.

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#6

Mr. Mom

Mr. Mom

1983 | 1h 31m | Directed by Stan Dragoti
 

Jack Butler is a happy husband and father who works as an engineer. Following the 1980s recession, he loses his job, and his wife decides to get back to work and becomes the only provider for the family. Jack will have to deal with all the responsibilities of taking care of a house and three kids, which reveals itself to be a much harder job than he ever imagined. Stay-at-home dads will definitely relate to this movie!

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Jenn Marriott
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

220. 221, whatever gets the job done

#7

The Judge

The Judge

2014 | 2h 21m | Directed by David Dobkin
 

Robert Downey Jr. plays Hank Palmer, a successful defense attorney whose life is upended when his estranged father, a judge, becomes involved in a murder case. Despite the turbulent relationship between them, Hank agrees to investigate the case and defend his father against the charges, but things are not as simple as he hoped.

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#8

He Got Game

He Got Game

1998 | 2h 16m | Directed by Spike Lee
 

Jesus Shuttlesworth is a born-talented high school basketball player, and talent scouts have their eyes on him. That sounds great, considering Jesus dreams of making it to the big ranks in professional basketball. But things get complicated when his father, in prison for accidentally killing Jesus’ mother, is offered a shorter sentence if he can convince Jesus to play for the governor’s college. Will his son welcome him back into his life?

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#9

Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire

1993 | 2h 5m | Directed by Chris Columbus

Mrs. Doubtfire is a flawless film in every sense and one of Robin Williams’ best roles. The plot is simple: a man wants to spend more time with his kids after his wife divorces him, so he pretends to be an eccentric old lady to get hired as their nanny. This is comedy gold, and you will laugh from the opening scene until the credits start rolling while also enjoying the heart-warming moments this fatherhood movie has to offer.

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#10

Three Men And A Baby

Three Men And A Baby

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#11

Cheaper By The Dozen

Cheaper By The Dozen

2003 | 1h 38m | Directed by Shawn Levy

In Cheaper By The Dozen, Tom Baker will show you what it’s like to be the father of twelve kids! With his wife busy on a book tour, Tom must handle his new job as a college football coach and the struggles of keeping his twelve rebellious children and teenagers at bay. A remake of the movie, starring Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff, has been recently released on Disney+.

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#13

Definitely, Maybe

Definitely, Maybe

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MacKenzie Moore
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ryan Reynolds always catches my dads eye when picking a movie.

#16

The Pursuit Of Happyness

The Pursuit Of Happyness

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sturmwesen
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My sister wanted to see it in cinema. Afterwards she was sorry she talked me into it. The one thing it was good at was letting me feel bored and struggeling to keep watchig. It's as tedious and exhausting as the main characters life was. So maybe it was the intention from the start?

#17

The Game Plan

The Game Plan

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#21

Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade

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D Battle II
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7 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Part 4 doesn't exist. (There, I said it!)

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#24

Father Of The Bride

Father Of The Bride

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#25

Field Of Dreams

Field Of Dreams

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#26

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

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#29

Sleepless In Seattle

Sleepless In Seattle

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#30

Daddy Day Care

Daddy Day Care

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#31

The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

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Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

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#40

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids

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#41

National Lampoon's Vacation

National Lampoon's Vacation

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#46

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

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Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries

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#50

What A Girl Wants

What A Girl Wants

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