When’s the last time you had a movie night with Dad? If he loves his TV time – which, every dad does – then a good flick is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day. Here’s our list of tear-jerkers, quality comedies and dad-approved thrillers that are guaranteed to gift him with quality bonding time on June 16th.
The Descendants (2011)
Attorney Matt King finds himself struggling to parent his two children after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. The movie follows a father-daughter relationship as Matt (George Clooney) makes tough decisions about his wife, his family, and a piece of land that has been in his family for generations. It’s a light-hearted movie about discovering the friendship in family, and the unity that comes in times of outside pressure.
The Money Pit (1986)
This 1980s comedy stars a young Tom Hanks and Shelley Long who play a couple that have become the new homeowners of what they think is the picture-perfect house. They quickly discover that the house is a complete money pit, as they dump their life savings into trying to restore it from its serious structural problems. It’s a comedy that will remind both you and your dad of the trials of homeownership, and the bad buying decisions we make when we don’t listen to dad’s advice.
Back To The Future (1985)
The Back To The Future trilogy is a sci-fi classic, and the perfect series to fill your night with action, comedy and nostalgia. It follows the journey of Marty Mcfly (Michael J Fox) to different eras in time with the help of his zany scientist friend Doc Brown and his time travelling Delorean. In each movie, he must fight to change (or preserve) the events in history so that he can return to the 80s in one piece.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
If your Dad is into action movies, then he’s probably a fan of the Indiana Jones quadrilogy. The third movie is just as good as the first two, but this time Indiana Jones (obviously, Harrison Ford) fights the Nazis alongside his father (played by Sean Connery). It’s a great father-son story that is well equipped with action to keep your dad entertained. It’s also a good way to get him ready for Indiana Jones 5, set to be released in 2020.
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Will Ferrell comedy is a great fit for any dad, but it’s even more so when he plays Clark Griswold, a father who takes is seemingly normal family on a road trip across America to visit an amusement park in California. The trip goes horribly awry, and Clark Griswold struggles to save the trip from complete disaster in ways that only a father can. It’s the perfect comedy to share memories of your own vacations (successful or not) from back in the day.
Tom Hanks plays Sully, a commercial airline pilot whose quick thinking saves the lives of everyone on board his flight when he has to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River. He quickly becomes a hero to the world, but investigators feel differently about his decisions. It’s a modern-day movie that will keep both you and your dad on your toes, and possibly bring you to tears.