Here it is, in no particular order, our list of 10 movies, which, in one form or another, touch upon the subject of fatherhood, in its many guises.
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
It doesn’t matter which galaxy you live in, father-son conflicts have no greater detriment than that of Luke Skywalker and his ‘dark side of the force’ daddy, Darth Vader.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Any father who is willing to take on so many domestic chores, with no clue on how to actually do any, is a top bloke in our books.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
After all the running, shooting, saving, swinging, Christ goblet drinking, the father-son duo of Sean Connery and Harrison Ford have to do, it’s easy to forget that they both slept with the same woman.
Boyz N The Hood (1991)
In his seminal cinematic piece, John Singleton brings out some inspirational pre-Morpheus quotes from Laurence Fishburne, as he struggles and succeeds in raising a son in Crenshaw, Los Angeles. “Any fool with a dick can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children.”
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Wes Anderson directs an eclectic cast including Gene Hackman, a father who is knocking at death’s door and reconciles with his three genius offspring.
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”
Like Father, Like Son (2014)
In this emotional Japanese drama, a father finds out he has been raising a child who is not biologically his son. The boys were mistakenly switched at birth and the meaning of fatherhood itself is questioned with outstanding delicacy.
Despicable Me (2010)
Criminals, orphan girls, oh, and of course, MINIONS! But at the heart of this hilarious animated movie is a man overcoming many obstacles and learning how to be a father.
The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)
Real life father and son, Will and Jaden Smith, share the screen in a true tale of a father’s non-stop drive to provide for himself and homeless son.
La Mission (2009)
Before Moonlight there was La Mission – a movie about a macho father who is an ex-convict and must challenge himself after learning his son is gay.