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The 40 Best Movies About Dads to Watch on Father's Day

Spend some quality time on the couch next to Dad as the best film fathers make you laugh, cry, and feel thankful for your favorite guy.

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Father’s Day is right around the corner (Note to self: you should figure out when is Father's Day), and because you may be cooped up, curling up on the couch for a movie marathon is a great way to celebrate your favorite guy. After you’ve showered Dad with a personalized Father’s Day gift basket or fun DIY Father’s Day gift idea, and of course served his favorite Father’s Day brunch, it's time for everyone to put on some stretchy pants and settle in for some quality screen time. With all the streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu at your fingertips, there’s no shortage of entertaining flicks for fathers and daughters (think Father of the Bride or What a Girl Wants) and fathers and sons (you can’t go wrong with Field of Dreams) to watch together.

If your pops is the sentimental sort, check out a tear-jerker drama that features a beloved fictional father. For loads of laughs, the crazy antics of Mrs. Doubtfire will no doubt (ha!) keep the whole family entertained. And arguably one of America’s most popular movie dads of all time, Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Vacation, will keep you in stitches for hours.

Whether you’re looking for a father-focused plot or an action-packed thriller or horror film that he’ll love, check out these best movies about dads to watch on Father’s Day.

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Mr. Mom
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$13.99

Every stay-at-home dad will relate to the plight of Michael Keaton's character in this John Hughes comedy as he takes over the job of caring for his three kids. From dirty diapers to neighborhood drama, this movie has it all.

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He Got Game
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$3.99

In this father-son flick, Denzel Washington plays a convict who wants to rebuild his relationship with his estranged son, the nation's top basketball recruit, while also trying to convince him to play for the governor's alma mater. If he's successful within one week, his prison sentence will be greatly reduced—but will his son welcome him back into his life?  

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Mrs. Doubtfire
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$3.99

Mrs. Doubtfire, an eccentric British nanny, is played by the beloved Robin Williams in this hilarious but heartfelt tale of just how far a father will go to care for his children. 

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Cheaper By the Dozen
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$3.99

If you think your dad is stressed out, imagine how he'd act if he had 12 kids! Steve Martin will give you a glimpse of that lifestyle as he plays the head of an unusually large household in this comedy. As his character struggles to juggle his family and his career, it becomes clear which matters more in the end. 

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Three Men And A Baby
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$2.99

Any movie starring Tom Selleck is a must-watch in our book, but this comedy was practically made for Father's Day. Enjoy the antics of three successful, single roommates as they're forced to watch over an abandoned infant left in front of their New York City loft. Although they make pretty bad babysitters, they quickly develop an attachment to the adorable little girl. 

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Dad
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$9.99

The title of this dramatic comedy says it all. Ted Danson sensitively plays the role of a father and a son and what it means to be both.

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Definitely, Maybe
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$7.99

As her parents split up, a young daughter (played by Abigail Breslin) asks her dad (Ryan Reynolds) how he met her mom. His stories lead to a trip down memory lane that may mean a second chance for their family.

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
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$19.99

Most dads love all of the movies in the Star Wars franchise, but this installment is particularly perfect for Father's Day. Luke confronts Darth Vader and hears the iconic line that tells the truth of his past: "Luke, I am your father." 

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The Game Plan
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$2.99

Superstar quarterback Joe Kingman (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) gets a surprise visit from the daughter he never knew he had. His challenges on the field have nothing on his new life as a dad.  

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Grown Ups
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$12.99

When five childhood friends with wildly different adult lives get together for a weekend, hilarious moments of "remember when," as well as new shenanigans, ensue.

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Grown Ups 2
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$2.99

The "grown ups" are back! They've moved their families back to their hometown to give their kids a better life—and they're all having a pretty good time, too! 

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Finding Nemo
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$14.99

Think your old man is too old for an animated movie? Think again! This Disney classic follows an anxious clownfish on his 1,5000-mile journey across the ocean to find his young son, who was taken by scuba divers. Marlin's determination to find Nemo proves that there's nothing a father wouldn't do for his child.

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The Pursuit of Happyness
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$7.99

Will Smith and his real-life son star in this true story of a struggling single dad who dreams of a better life for his boy. After finding themselves homeless, Will's character risks everything when he lands an unpaid internship in a competitive stockbroker training that has the potential to change everything.

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Parenthood
amazon.com
$9.99

An all-star cast (Steve Martin, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Weist) makes for a very funny and very moving movie about the highs (home runs! birthday parties) and lows (deadbeat dads, learning differences) that are part and parcel with raising kids.

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National Lampoon's Vacation
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$13.99

Chevy Chase is back (and annoying his kids more than ever) in this all-American classic that follows the family on a road trip to Wally World. Naturally, they run into a few obstacles along the way—and it's nothing short of hilarious. 

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17 Again
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$7.99

When soon-to-be-divorced 37-year-old Mike O'Donnell (Matthew Perry) is transformed back into his teenage self (Zac Efron), he gets a chance to do life again—this time, the right way. 

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Cheaper By the Dozen 2
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$14.99

The Baker family from Cheaper By the Dozen goes camping and ends up in an all-out, not-so-friendly competition with another family. The hilarious Eugene Levy plays the dad of the Murtaugh family.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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$2.99

Follow the adventures of Indiana Jones as he tries to rescue his missing father, who was kidnapped by Nazis while searching for the Holy Grail. It's impossible to get bored while watching Sean Connery battle his way through Venice in a race against time as this action-packed thriller unfolds.

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Like Father, Like Son
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$2.99

This role reversal comedy from the '80s stars Dudley Moore and teen heartthrob Kirk Cameron.

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What a Girl Wants
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$2.99

Yearning for a relationship with her father, an American teenage girl (Amanda Bynes) travels to England to find him (Colin Firth). Find him, she does, as well as a little mischief—and herself.

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Freaky Friday (2003)
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$2.99

This might seem like a mother-daughter movie, but hear us out. While Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis's characters are busy getting on each other's last nerve, Mark Harmon plays the voice of reason as the loving stepfather who keeps his future wife and stepdaughter from going off the deep end. 

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Field of Dreams
amazon.com
$9.99

Remember all those games of catch you used to play with Dad? Get ready to feel nostalgic when you watch Kevin Costner's character live out his vision of creating a baseball diamond in his Iowa cornfield, ultimately allowing him reconnect with the memory of his late father.

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Sleepless In Seattle
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$7.99

Tom Hanks, America's dad, stars as a hopelessly romantic widower whose young son convinces him he can find love again. Try not to cry when Tom's character finally gives in and gives himself—and his kid—a chance to let another woman in.

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Daddy's Home
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$3.99

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell battle it out to see who's the better father in this hilarious comedy that dramatizes the dad vs. stepdad relationship that sometimes exists in blended families. 

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Daddy's Home 2
amazon.com
$9.99

Just when the dad-stepdad duo from Daddy's Home (Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell) thinks they've got it all figured out, their dads come in town for the holidays. Now it's every daddy for himself all over again.

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Air Force One
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$12.99

Harrison Ford is the President (AKA, a very important dad) in this plane thriller about what happens when Air Force One is hijacked with the First Family on board.

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Father of the Bride (1991)
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$14.99

Every father-daughter duo needs to watch this heartwarming performance by Steve Martin, who stars as an overprotective dad with a hard time letting go of his little girl when she decides to get married. 

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Father of the Bride Part II
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$14.99

The story of the beloved Father of the Bride continues as George Banks (played by Steve Martin) becomes a grandfather—and surprise!—a father again.

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It Takes Two
amazon.com
$3.99

When identical strangers Amanda and Alyssa (played by the Olsen twins) decide to play matchmaker for Amanda's social worker and Alyssa's dad, the antics ensue. And Alyssa's dad's fiance doesn't stand a chance...

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Imagine That
amazon.com
$3.99

Eddie Murphy stars in this sweet comedy about a dad whose life is all about work and no play. He then discovers a secret power in his daughter that helps him realize the ultimate job is being a father.

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