Top Movies for Father's Day!


Father’s Day is a great day to share a movie with Dad.  These movies — and TV shows — feature top dads who love their families and are men of integrity.

Here’s top movies for Father’s Day!

 

# 10

FATHER KNOWS BEST, LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +3

These great television shows from the 1950s and 1960s all show caring fathers in the best possible light. They are still great fun, very funny and extremely inspiring to watch. See also other and more modern shows such as BONANZA, THE WALTONS, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, and 7TH HEAVEN.



#9 FATHER OF THE BRIDE

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +3

1950

 

Spencer Tracy gives a signature, brilliant performance as a father suffering the ups and downs of putting on big wedding for his beloved daughter, played by Elizabeth Taylor at her most beautiful. Joan Bennett gives wonderful support as the mother.

See also the delightful 1991 remake starring Steve Martin as the harried father (Quality: * * * * Acceptability: -1, Caution for older children).

 


#8 CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +3

1950

 

Showing how to organize a large family (be fruitful and multiply), this real-life story of the Gilbreth family has a wonderful scene where the father and mother ironically skewer a prissy, stuck-up representative from the evil Planned Parenthood. Clifton Webb plays the unforgettable father, and Myrna Loy is the strong, supportive mother.

 


#7 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +3

1962

 

Based on Harper Lee’s best selling novel, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD takes place in Macon, Georgia during the Depression. Gregory Peck, as Atticus Finch, a trial attorney and widower raising his two children, is asked to defend a black man accused of the rape of a white woman.

 


#6 THE YEARLING

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4

 

1946

 

Marjorie Kinnan Rawling’s sensitive, post Civil War tale of a boy attached to a young deer is a great family story about coming of age. This fine family film starring Gregory Peck as the boy’s father has a redemptive, Christian worldview.

 


#5 THE LION KING

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +2

1994

A magnificent example of Disney animation, THE LION KING is an heroic tale of good versus evil which purposely embodies many Christian allegorical elements referring to both our genetic father on earth and our Heavenly Father in Heaven, made by Producer Don Hahn, a committed Christian.

 


#4 SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4

1960

 

 A rollicking good family movie adapted from a famous classic Christian novel. In accord with Johann Wyss’ story, Christian elements have been designed into the script, which centers on a family, led by a strong father and mother, stranded on an island and fighting off some pirates.

 


#3 INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: -1

1989

 

This exciting tale tells of one man’s journey toward knowing God as he searches for the Holy Grail to save his father whom he loves.

 


#2 THE GRANDFATHER (subtitled)

 

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +2

 

1999

 

 

On a literary par with DON QUIXOTE, THE GRANDFATHER is a magnificent Spanish historical tale about the true meaning of honor family and love, and examines the relationship between an elderly man and his two granddaughters.

 


#1 FINDING NEMO

Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4

2003

 

FINDING NEMO is a wonderful animated adventure about a small clownfish who goes in search of his son, who’s been put into a fish tank by human beings. Every second of FINDING NEMO is beautifully animated, spectacularly directed and written with great heart and strong moral values.

 

 

 

 

 

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