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Five Films To (Re)watch This Father’s Day

Five Films To (Re)watch This Father’s Day

Five Films To (Re)watch This Father’s Day


“Only a dad, but he gives his all

To smooth the way for his children small,

Doing, with courage stern and grim,

The deeds that his father did for him.

This is the line that for him I pen,

Only a dad, but the best of men."


– Edgar Guest (1881–1959)


Words aren’t enough to capture how we all feel about our fathers – but we try on Father’s Day, which arrives this Sunday, June 18. It’s the perfect time to plan something that you would enjoy doing together – camping, a meal or a movie marathon? Below, are film recommendations that will only deepen the bond:


01. To Sir with Love (1967)

Idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End. Starring Sidney Poitier with a reminder that mentorship isn’t always restricted to family ties or the walls of home.


02. Big Daddy (1999)

A lazy law-school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father. Starring Adam Sandler at his comedic best.


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03. Finding Nemo (2003)

Nemo is a curious and impressionable six-year-old, only child who lives with his overprotective, single-parent father, Marlin. After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, the timid, senior clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.


04. King Richard (2021)

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams. A career-defining performance by Will Smith.


05. Aftersun (2022)

Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn't. A haunting performance by Paul Mescal.