HK celebrates Father’s Day this coming Sunday the 19th of June.
For this special occasion, we gathered together 10 best movies to watch and bond with your fathers 😊.
Many of them are well known movies in English but we have also added some international movies to give you the taste of different cultures 🎉😉.
Some will make you laugh hard and some will squeeze out few tears but definitely there is something for everyone.
1. Mrs. Doubtfire
The movie shows how cleverly divorced Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) hatches a well thought of elaborate plan to get more time with his kids, without his ex-wife Miranda (Sally Field) suspecting anything. He dresses as an older British woman and is able to convince his ex-wife, to hire him as a nanny named "Mrs. Doubtfire". The new personage wins over the children even though his secret is finally exposed. Very touching and hilarious movie. A classic from 1993, definite must watch this Father’s Day, if you haven't seen it in recent times.
2. King Richard
It is a 2021 story about extremely determined father with a plan. King Richard portrays Richard Williams, a father of two tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. The film stars Will Smith in the title role and it shows the journey of two sisters from neighbourhood tennis field to the biggest tournaments in the world. All that thanks to the determination, boldness and absolute conviction of their father. He was not saint though, he was difficult, obnoxious and annoyingly confident about his plan for the sisters. Will Smith’s performance is over the top and gave him the Oscar and the Golden Globe award.
3. Meet the parents
Who doesn’t like comedies with Ben Stiller? 😊 This gem, from 2000, shows a series of hilarious, very unfortunate events of Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) while visiting his girlfriend's parents (Robert De Niro as Jack Byrnes and Blythe Danner as Dina Byrnes). Greg wants to propose to his girlfriend Pam (Teri Polo) and he really wants to make a good impression on her father. Unfortunately, nothing goes according to his plan. What’s more, Pam’s father is a skilled former CIA agent, a "human lie detector" who follows and questions every Greg’s step. The movie works so well because the chemistry between Ben Stiller and Robert de Niro is effective and absolutely hysterical. It’s a great laugh.
It is a touching Bollywood film from 2016. The story revolves around a once-promising wrestler who pursues the gold medal he never won by training two of his daughters to compete at the international level. Dangal is a very realistic and emotional take on how a parent single-handedly really opposes the conservative Indian mind and is determined to raise world-class female wrestlers. Great watch for Father’s Day.
5. Father of the Bride
It is a funny, heart-warming film from 1991 starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams and hilarious Martin Short. It is actually a remake of the 1950 film under the same title. It is common that fathers have troubles giving their beloved daughter away but this particular one (Steve Martin) is especially reluctant to let go. With the wedding approaching, it causes an avalanche of hilarious situations with a really heartening finale. A must see for a father-daughter duo. This summer premiers a new remake of that movie. 2022 Father of the Bride stars Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan and it has a Cuban-American touch.
6. La vita e bella (Life is beautiful)
It is a 1997 Italian tear-jerker directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian bookshop owner who lives with his wife Dora (Nicoletta Braschi) and a son Giosué (Giorgio Cantarini). It’s the World War II and Italy is occupied by Nazis. The family is being separated and the father and son end up together in the same Nazi concentration camp. Thanks to Guido’s beautiful imagination, he invents a game so that his son doesn’t become aware of their difficult situation. This beautiful story of father-son love is a definitely must see. Recommended for families with older children.
7. Finding Nemo
This animated movie from 2003 tells the story of father-son love in the depth of the ocean. Nemo, an adventurous clownfish wants to show off with his classmates and by accident is caught by divers and taken to the fish tank of a dentist’s office in the city. His dad, Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks), goes on a quest full of adventures, hilarious and dangerous situations to get Nemo back home. Marlin finds himself the best companion ever – slightly chaotic irrational but super friendly and helpful – Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres). Lovely, heart-warming movie for all ages.
8. The Pursuit of Happyness
Grab the tissue for this 2006 movie based on the true story of Chris Gardner, a salesman who struggled with homelessness while raising his son. The film shows Gardner’s constant efforts to make a deal and secure a better life for his son. Gardner is played by Will Smith and again he gives an Oscar-worthy performance. Gardner's son, Christopher Jr. is played by Smith’s real-life son Jaden, making his debut on a big screen. Watching this film your dad on Father’s Day will give even greater sense of appreciation for him.
It is a good action-thriller movie from 2008 every dad will appreciate. It’s a story about a fierce father who will do anything to save his daughter who was kidnapped during a vacation in France. It helps of course that he has some super-spy, ninja skills. Liam Neeson who plays the father delivers the famous line from the movie: “I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you” and it literally epitomize the whole movie 😊. Pure entertainment with a chill running down your spine. If you haven’t got enough of Liam Neeson, the movie has its 2012 continuation – Taken 2 and 2014 – Taken 3 and – wait for it - there is Taken 4 in preparation 😊
10. I am Sam
This beautiful movie from 2002 starring Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer and young and talented Dakota Fanning. It tells the story of a mentally challenged single father Sam (Sean Penn) fighting for custody of his 7-year-old daughter. Pfeiffer plays his lawyer who during the process feels for them a lot.
The movie was remade in many other languages. Main aisa hi hoon (I am like this), in Hindi; Miracle in cell 54 in Korean; and Deivatirumagal (Divine daughter) in Tamil are some of the more popular.