In honor of Father’s Day, here is a list of MOVIEGUIDE®’s 10 favorite movies celebrating fatherhood.
Great TV Shows For Fathers Day
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, 7TH HEAVEN, and LAST MAN STANDING.
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.
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.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE has Batman fighting The Joker, while learning his need to be part of a family, soften his persona and be a father to a son he accidentally adopts. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE is laugh out loud funny and exciting, with some strong positive messages about family, but a caution is advised for younger children due to a politically correct reference, some light innuendo and animated action violence.
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE stars Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in a fabulous Indiana Jones adventure where Indy and his estranged father search for the Holy Grail, the chalice Jesus used at the Last Supper. Despite some crudities and scary moments that warrant caution for younger children, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE is a thoroughly entertaining, uplifting adventure movie that glorifies God, faith, and Jesus Christ while promoting more positive father-son relationships.
A magnificent example of Disney animation, THE LION KING is an heroic tale of good versus evil which embodies many Christian allegorical elements. The sinister usurper Scar plots to kill his brother and nephew so he can become King himself. While there are several minor areas which call for discernment in THE LION KING, the good far outweighs the bad, and the film conveys a clear message of hope, reconciliation and appreciation for the majesty of creation.
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.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES changes things up a bit by showing the son of Will and Elizabeth trying to free his father from the curse of the Flying Dutchman and getting help from a female scientist trying to honor her own father, while a cursed Spanish captain hunts down Jack Sparrow for revenge. Though it still has plenty of scares and piracy, DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES is the most family-friendly PIRATES movie yet and tells an exciting, redemptive story full of comedy, adventure and heart.
TAKEN is a spy thriller starring Liam Neeson as retired spy using his skills in Paris to save his daughter, who has been kidnapped by sex traffickers from Albania. TAKEN is a rousing, straight-ahead chase thriller, but the violence is too brutal occasionally, and there is foul language.
LES MISÉRABLES is a movie version of the beloved musical play of Victor Hugo’s novel about an ex-convict whose life is redeemed but is hounded anyway by a legalistic policeman. LES MISÉRABLES is a brilliant adaptation of this inspiring, spiritually uplifting Christian story that beautifully depicts God’s transformational powers though the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but it contains some harsh scenes showing the brokenness of humanity without God.