What are the best movies for fathers?

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    #1Parenthood

    Parenthood

    A funny movie starred by Steve Martin and Mary Steenburgen that tells the story of the Bruckman's family and friends and the troubles of bringing up their kids and a family. Teenagers, skeletons in the closet, spoiled little children, the stranged relatives.. 

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    Arturo Vargas
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "Great movie. It covers multiple generations of a quirky family and all of it's ups and down.The cast is all star, but it has a few slow-ish spots. But there are some really great moments. The little kids steal a few of the scenes away from some of the biggest stars as well. Ron Howard directed it to boot!"
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    #2Father of the Bride

    Father of the Bride

    The remake of the classic by Spencer Tracy updated the story of George Banks a man having a hard time letting her beloved daughter go when she announced unexpectedly that she's getting married. Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short are the main stars in this beloved movie.

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    Jeremy Carpenter
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "I have been bored lately at home with my usual genre of action movies. So, in order for some change, I decided to find the best movies for fathers. The best move that was recommended to me by a friend that I watched recently was Father of the Bride. "
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    #3Big Daddy

    Big Daddy

    This Adam Sandler movie tells the story of Sonny Koufax, a man in his thirties living with a Peter Pan syndrome. When he is dumped by his girlfriend for being too childish, he adopts a 5-year-old kid to impress her.

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    Jiang Shao
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "Big Daddy is a hilarious move starring Adam Sandler. This is one of his older films and in my opinion was created in the golden days of Adam Sandler."

DID YOU KNOW?

Finding Nemo swam into theaters sixteen years ago and became one of Pixar’s most commercially successful and critically acclaimed movies. It earned $871 million in the box office and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The story about the overprotective clownfish Marlin, his son Nemo, and the forgetful blue tang Dory resonated in the hearts of families everywhere. To commemorate this wonderful animated movie about the loving fish father, here are a few little-known facts about the film.

Finding Nemo was inspired by co-writer/director Andrew Santon's overprotective nature. Stanton was a relatively new father during the film’s development and found himself at odds with his proclivity to veer into an overprotective territory, much in the way viewers see Marlin combating his neuroses in raising his son Nemo. Stanton also revealed that he loved all things aquatic starting with his childhood fascination with his dentist’s fish tank, so he used this as a funnel for a deeply emotional story about the challenges of being a good father. Another obscure fact about the movie is that the first actor cast in the role of the high-strung Marlin was William H. Macy, not Albert Brooks. When Macy recorded his dialogue for an early screening of Finding Nemo, the producers ultimately felt that he lacked the warmth required for the role. Lastly, several organizations released "anti-flushing" public service announcements following Finding Nemo's release. While Gill’s proclamation that “all drains lead to the ocean” contains a grain of truth, the movie fails to acknowledge that a flushed fish is unlikely to survive a trip down the drain. Water treatment company JWC Environmental and Australia’s Marine Aquarium Council offered public warnings that flushing would prove fatal to any pet fish. So now that you've learned these few fun facts about Finding Nemo, here are other popular animated movies that you might enjoy watching.

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    #4Finding Nemo

    Finding Nemo

    Finding Nemo is an animated film from Pixar directed by Andrew Stanton and Lee UnkrichIt. It tells the story of a clownfish looking for his son, Nemo, when he's is captured by a scuba diver. The movie shows the love of a father for his son and captures the feeling of loneliness. 

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    Jacob Stewart
    Written on June 6, 2019
    "The ultimate father-and-son movie. If you watch Finding Nemo and not feel a tender ache in your heart for your dad then you're made of stone. The animation is astounding, the characters are lovable (especially Dory) and the story is profound. I never thought that I would cry over talking fish. "
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    #5Fathers and Daughters

    Fathers and Daughters

    This movie starring Russel Crowe and Amanda Seyfried is a story about a writer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize that must cope with being a widower while suffering a mental collapse. His daughter tries to reconnect with him but his character and his lost will make it difficult.

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    Bruce Nichols
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "I guess this is, or could be, a good movie for fathers, but it's not exactly a feel-good movie for fathers. Then again, fatherhood is not all about feeling good -- not at all. While the title suggested something I might like to watch with my daughter on movie night, I'm glad I checked it out first. We like to keep movie night a bit more light-hearted. That said, I am glad I watched it. "
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    #6Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman tells the story of Diana, who was trained to be an unconquerable warrior and Amazon queen. Everything was changed when an American pilot, crashes there and recounts the terrible conflict.

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    Bryan Willis
    Written on December 25, 2017
    "Wonder Woman was a pretty good movie. However, I would not classify it as a movie for fathers...just good entertainment."
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    #7Definitely, Maybe

    Definitely, Maybe
    Definitely, Maybe is from creators of the classics Notting Hill and Love Actually. It's about being a father and the choices we made in the past and how we can take second chances. Ryan Reynolds stars in this rom-com.


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    Jose Rios
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "Definitely, Maybe is a light hearted movie that also contains a much deeper meaning. It shows how second chances can be won and the impact of parents' decisions can have on their kids. "
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    #8Mr. Mom

    Mr. Mom

    Mr. Mom was one of the first movies to support the change of roles in the male-female housework. An engineer's wife finds an important job and he must stay at home taking care of the house and their children.

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    Russell Dixon
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "Mr. Mom is one of the more important movies in showing that a father is capable of taking over the traditionally female roles of keeping a house tidy and raising kids. It's a little tongue in cheek, but the general message is there"
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    #9Jersey Girl

    Jersey Girl

    This movie starring Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler and directed by Kevin Smith, tells us the story of a young and successful publicist that suddenly loses his job and starts to think that he has failed in his life. But truth is that he has everything he always dreamed of, like a great family and a great daughter and soon a marvelous girl.

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    Kimberly Johnson
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "The reviews of this movie almost scared me away. Kevin Smith isn't best known for his warm, fuzzy all-family fare movies. But that is exactly what this is. Extraordinary and touching in its relatable, low-key, inspiring, enjoyable family. You don't have to be a perfect parent to be perfect for your kids."
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    #10It’s a Wonderful Life

    It’s a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life is a Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra. The plot follows an angel that is sent from Heaven to help a frustrated businessman by showing him what life would be like if he never existed.

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    Juan Uribe
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "This movie's a classic for a reason! My dad's a war vet, and even though it's really old, I could tell watching it touched him deeply. It can be really sad sometimes, but it doesn't get too down in the dumps and can make you laugh even as you cry. Really great!!!"
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    #11The Boss

    The Boss

    The Boss is a movie starring Melissa McCarthy, where she plays Michelle Darnell, a titan of industry who is sent to prison for insider trading. When she is finally out of jail, she is faced with the challenge of rebuilding her empire.

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    Stephanie Jacobs
    Written on December 5, 2017
    "I don't think that The Boss is a good movie for fathers....or for men in general really. Melissa McCarthy movies usually appeal more to women. There are definitely much, much better movies out there for fathers."

Summary

Best What are the best movies for fathers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ParenthoodMovies 21 Paid
2Father of the BrideMovies 18 Paid
3Big DaddyMovies 7 Paid
4Finding NemoMovies 6 Paid
5Fathers and DaughtersMovies 5 Paid
6Wonder WomanMovies 5 Paid
7Definitely, MaybeMovies 4 Paid
8Mr. MomMovies 4 Paid
9Jersey GirlMovies 4 Paid
10It’s a Wonderful LifeMovies 3 Paid
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