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Father's Day: 19 films about fatherly love to watch with your children

Father’s Day is approaching, and for this reason, we have selected 19 films about fatherly love to watch as a family , with your children. Movies that show different realities, that will make you laugh, cry, get emotional and reflect.

As you will see, we have chosen films from all years and genres, for their value and quality, and they are ordered chronologically. We also indicate its recommended age . Take note!

19 films about fatherly love to watch with your children

Three Men and a Baby (1987)

A film suitable for over seven years. When three bachelors, the architect Peter, the artist Michael and the actor Jack, find a little baby they know nothing about on their doorstep , they are forced to play parents.

Until then they enjoyed total freedom that they dedicated to fun, women and work. From then on they will have to learn to put on diapers, give bottles… It is a remake of Serreau’s French comedy ” Three bachelors and a bottle “.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Film set in the 50s, also suitable for over seven years, where a Japanese family moves to the countryside . The two daughters, Satsuki and Mei, befriend Totoro, a forest spirit.

The father is a university professor who stimulates the imagination of his daughters by telling them fables and magical stories about goblins, ghosts and protective spirits of homes, while the mother is sick in the hospital.

Mrs. Doubtfire, Dad for Life (1993)

A sensitive film but with touches of humor , which shows the story of Daniel Hillard, father and husband. His children consider him a wonderful father, but his wife is tired of him behaving as if he, too, were a child.

After a complicated divorce, although he fights with all his might to get custody of the children, the judge does not grant it to him. She then decides to pass herself off as an old lady in order to be, at least, her children’s babysitter. Suitable for viewing from the age of seven.

Life is Beautiful (1997)

Another movie you can’t miss on Father’s Day (or any other day of the year!) is Life is Beautiful , by director Roberto Benigni, which is for older children, ages 12 and up . It is a hard and very emotional film, which will surely bring tears to your eyes, but at the same time, it is fun and hopeful.

It is 1939, and World War II (1939-1945) is about to break out, when the flamboyant Guido arrives in Arezzo, Tuscany , intending to open a bookstore.

There he meets the charming Dora and, despite the fact that she is the fiancée of the fascist Rodolfo, he marries her and has a son . When the war breaks out, the three are interned in an extermination camp, where Guido will do everything possible to make his son believe that the terrible situation they are suffering is just a game.

I Am Sam (2001)

A film to watch from the age of seven, ideal and emotional for Father’s Day, which also addresses the issue of intellectual disability.

Sam Dawson has an intellectual disability, and must fight to retain custody of his little daughter , since the State considers that he is not capable of taking charge of her education.

His defense will be handled by a prestigious lawyer, Rita Harrison, whose disinterest and initial coldness will change after meeting Sam , discovering the love he feels for his daughter and verifying his determination to defend his rights as a father.

Babysitting Daddy (2003)

A comedy movie to watch as a family! Suitable for the little ones. Charlie and Phil get fired from their jobs after failing to deliver on a plant-based cereal ad campaign.

After failing to find a job, and being left in charge of their homes and young children, Charlie has an idea: If he and Phil can manage to take care of 2 kids, why not take care of 10?

Candy, superheroes and destroying everything in sight are the hobbies of the mischievous residents of “Daddy Kangaroo”, the crazy but fun daycare set up in their own house, for the care of children during the day… much to the irritation of her main competitor, the strict Miss Gwyneth Harridan.

Finding Nemo (2003)

A fun animated film, suitable for the little ones, from the age of four they can already see it. Also, it has a great background message. It shows the story of Nemo, an only son minnow, much loved and protected by his father .

Nemo, after being captured on an Australian reef, ends up in a fish tank at a Sydney dentist’s office. His shy father will undertake a dangerous adventure to rescue him. But Nemo and his new friends also have a cunning plan to escape the fish tank and return to the sea.

Big Fish (2003)

Big Fish is a very nice movie that shows the story of William Bloom, who doesn’t have a very good relationship with his father . However, one day William learns that his father is terminally ill, and returns home to be by his side in his last moments.

Once again, William will be forced to listen to him as he tells the endless stories of his youth .

But, on this occasion, he will try to find out things that will allow him to get to know his father better, although to do so he will have to clearly separate reality and fantasy, elements that always appear mixed in his father’s stories. Suitable for children from 12 years old.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

An American film recommended for ages 13+, starring Chris Gardner (Will Smith), a brilliant and talented salesman. But his job does not allow him to cover his most basic needs . So much so that he and his five-year-old son (Jaden Smith) are kicked out of their San Francisco apartment, with both having nowhere to go.

When Gardner manages to do an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage , the two protagonists will have to face many adversities to make their dream of a better life come true. A film that talks about the tireless struggle of a father to get his son forward.

Surprise Dad (2007)

This family comedy will surely make you laugh. It tells the story of Joe Kingman, a single, famous, millionaire man who leads a dream life . In addition, he is a football player.

But everything suddenly changes when he discovers that he has a seven-year-old daughter . Now, precisely at the most important moment of his career, he has to figure out how to combine training sessions, parties and appointments with the responsibility of being a father. To see from 10 years .

Beginners (2010)

A very nice American film, through which we will meet Oliver, who, after the death of his father, meets the unpredictable and irreverent Anna .

Meanwhile, memories of his father come to Oliver’s mind, a man who, at the age of 75 and married for more than forty years, decided to come out of the closet .

Oliver strives to love Anna with the courage and sense of humor he taught her. A film that talks about the legacy of parents to children and about unconditional love towards oneself and towards children. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

Despicable Me (2010)

A film suitable for the little ones, from the age of six. Gru is a deplorable man who plans the most incredible criminal act in history: stealing the Moon .

Incited by an evil mother, he will only find one obstacle in his way: three orphan girls whom he will have to take care of temporarily.

The Tree of Life (2011)

A film of the dramatic genre for over seven years of age, which you will also be excited to see with your children on Father’s Day. The story takes place in the United States , in the 1950s.

Jack is a boy who lives with his siblings and his parents, who have two very different parenting styles. Thus, while his mother embodies love and tenderness, his father represents severity , as he believes it is necessary to teach the child to face a hostile world.

This process of formation extends from childhood to adulthood. It is then that Jack recalls the transcendent moments of his childhood and tries to understand what influence they had on him and to what extent they determined his life.

A film that will make you reflect on the impact of our past on our present.

No Returns (2013)

This is a Mexican dramatic comedy, to watch from the age of seven, that shows the story of Valentín, a womanizing, single and selfish guy, who suddenly has to take care of a daughter he did not know , the result of an occasional fling.

Valentín is determined to return the girl to her mother, and for this reason he undertakes a trip with her to Los Angeles, but living with the girl ends up transforming him into the most intimate thing .

Annie (2014)

A New York tycoon adopts a feisty orphan as a public relations stunt in his bid to become mayor, but the girl becomes his saving grace, teaching him what’s really important in life. Suitable for ages seven and up.

From fathers to daughters (2015)

This is the story of the relationship between a father and his daughter over 25 years. It all begins in New York in the 1980s, where Jake Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and recent widower after the death of his wife, battles a mental disorder while trying to raise his five-year-old daughter, Katie. A film recommended from 12 years.

Captain Fantastic (2016)

This is an American comedy-drama, recommended for ages 12 and up , that follows the life of Ben, a man who has spent ten years living in the remote forests of the northwestern United States raising his six children , several of them them with his wife.

Totally cut off from modern life, from the comforts of cities and consumer society, Ben is a devoted father who has instilled in his children a peculiar way of thinking and living life. However, tragic news causes the peculiar family to temporarily leave their way of life in nature and return to civilization .

The Lion King (2019)

All of the Lion King movies are great to watch on Father’s Day because they embody the relationship of a father with his son; in this case, the protagonists are lions.

The 2019 film is a remake of the classic Lion King, and tells the story of a young lion who leaves his kingdom to discover the true meaning of responsibility and bravery. Suitable for children from six years old.

Father there is but one (2019)

Finally we bring you this Spanish film, which shows the story of Javier. Javier is what has been baptized as a “husband-brother-in-law”.

The one who , without worrying at all about taking care of the house and the children, knows perfectly well what to do, and who continually gives his wife phrases such as: “it’s just that you don’t organize yourself”, or “don’t be nervous”, since he considers that his overwhelmed wife is drowning in a glass of water.

Javier will have to face the reality of dealing with five children (between four and twelve years old) when his wife decides to go on a trip and leave him alone with them. The chaotic situation that occurs at home will give them, at the same time, the opportunity to spend more time together and get to know each other better. Suitable for over ten years.

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