Top 10 Father’s Day Movies

It’s Father’s Day, so rent a movie to watch with your dad. Here’s my list of my favorite Father’s Day movies. By contemporary, I mean in the last 30 years.

10. Daddy Day Care

Released 2003

Directed by Steve Carr

Starring: Eddie Murphy

Comedy about a father who starts a day care.

9. The Champ

Released 1979

Directed by Franco Zeffirelli

Starring: Rick Schroder, Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Jack Warden

This version of the classic movie about a father of a boxer is better than the original 1938 version. Keep tissues handy. This is a tearjerker.

8. The Incredibles

Released 2004

Directed by Brad Bird

Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter

Great kid’s movie about the struggles of raising a family when you’re a superhero. Watch it with your kids, and you won’t have to buy them capes for their superhero costumes.

7. Frequency

Released 2000

Directed by Gregory Holbilt

Starring: Dennis Quaid, James Caviezel

A great thriller movie about a father and son with a little sci-fi and time travel mixed in.

6. Life With Father

Released 1947

Directed by Michael Curtiz

Starring: William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor

Funny movie about the exasperations of fatherhood at the turn of the century. William Powell is a hoot in this, and Irene Dunne should have been a blond.

5. Pursuit of Happyness

Released 2006

Directed by Gabriele Muccino

Starring: Will Smith

One of the best movies about the perseverance of the human spirit ever made. This is based on the true story of Chris Gardner who went from rags to riches to make a life for his son.

4. Courageous

Released 2011

Directed by Alex Kendrick

Starring: Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Kevin Downs, Ben Davies, Robert Amaya, and Renee Jewel

When tragic loss hits, police officers learn what it means to be real men and real fathers to their children.

3. Three Godfathers

Released 1948

Directed by John Ford

Starring: John Wayne, Harry Carey Jr., Pedro Armenderez

This is a wonderful classic John Wayne movie where Wayne is an outlaw running from the law. He comes across a baby in the desert and becomes the child’s adoptive father. He risks his life and his freedom to save the child. There are other versions of this movie based on a short story, but this version is the best.

2. The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

Released 1963

Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Starring: Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones, Ron Howard, Stella Stevens

After his mother dies, a young boy plays matchmaker for his father. There was a TV show made in the 1960s based on this movie. It was good, but the movie was better. Don’t watch it unless you have tissues handy. It’s a real tearjerker

1. Cheaper By the Dozen

Released 1950

Directed by Walter Lang

Starring: Clifton Webb, Myna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn

This is the best Father’s Day movie of them all. It’s touching, funny, sad, and nostalgic. If you haven’t watched this earlier version, you’re in for a treat.

Honorable Mention: The Hardy Family Movies

No list of Father’s Day movies would be complete without the Andy Hardy series. Although these didn’t make the top ten, they are great classic movies about the adventures of a father and son. They founded the “Father Knows Best” genre. The Hardy Family Movies were made in the 1930’s and 1940’s and star Mickey Rooney with appearances in some movies of Judy Garland. They are well worth seeing.

Starring:

Hardy Family Movies in chronological order:

  • You’re Only Young Once (1937)
  • Judge Hardy’s Children (1938)
  • Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
  • Out West with the Hardys (1938)
  • The Hardys Ride High (1939)
  • Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)
  • Judge Hardy and Son (1939)
  • Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
  • Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary (1940)
  • Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)
  • The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)
  • Andy Hardy’s Double Life (1942)
  • Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble (1944)
  • Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946)
  • Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)

So which movie is your favorite and why?

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About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.

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