Father’s Day is the perfect time for an indulgent meal, awesome gifts, and, if you’re a family of film buffs, a movie marathon.
If you’ve exhausted your Blu-rays of Die Hard, Taken, and—admit it—Sharknado, Netflix is here to save the day. Grab a couple of drinks, settle down on the sofa with your dad, and enjoy these movies perfect for Father’s Day.
For Dads With Teenage Children.
This 2014 film was an experiment: writer and director, Richard Linklater, set out to make a movie across 12 years, shot as the cast grew up. It even began with an uncompleted script, so the production could evolve to reflect social changes between 2002 and 2013.
Each segment would be written after reviewing the footage from the previous year, so there’s a fresh and adaptive feel. Linklater further considered how the actors were changing, allowing them to work on the screenplay, meaning this is a lovely drama about a family living through the 2000s.
For Dads Who Love Superheroes.
The original Guardians of the Galaxy film was a surprise hit. Marvel had hot properties on its hands like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. But the studio took a punt and gave the world Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot.
This follow-up sees Peter Quill discover his heritage, as an egomaniac, aptly named Ego (Kurt Russell) claims he’s his father. And things all look great… for a while.
It’s a surprisingly emotional (and nonetheless thrilling) instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What’s more, it’s filled with fantastic songs. If your dad doesn’t hum along to ELO’s Mr. Blue Sky, he’s worse than Ego.
If you’re eager for more comic book content, we recommend Netflix’s original Marvel shows.
For Dads Who Are Big Kids At Heart.
This isn’t the best-reviewed movie on Netflix, but I’ll wager it’s better than you remember (as long as any wagers are purely metaphorical). In fact, it’s an ideal way to while away a Sunday afternoon following a nice slap-up meal.
It’s fun, it’s suitable for the whole family, and it’s got both John Lithgow and David Suchet in it. Seriously, what more could you want?
For Dads Who Love Moving True Stories.
This is one of the most beautiful and stirring movies you’ll find on Netflix. It’s a tough tale to sit through—because it’s true.
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) plays Alan Turing, the troubled genius who fought alongside a dedicated team at Bletchley Park to crack the code used by German cyphers. Turing was a key part in the Allies winning World War II. The Imitation Game is so hard-hitting because few realize how the cryptanalyst was subsequently treated in return for his heroics.
This chilling story will stay with you long after the credits roll.
For Dads Who Still Love Disney.
You’re never too old for a Disney film, and this is an uplifting tale… about death.
Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) wants to be a musician, but it’s against the wishes of his whole family. He hopes that an accidental journey to the Land of the Dead will mean he gets the approval of his great-great-grandfather, the legendary singer, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt).
It’s as visually stunning as you’d expect from a Pixar movie, and packs a surprising emotional punch. It’s an especially important piece for those with elder relatives with dementia.
For Dads Who Love A Classic Quest.
Harrison Ford’s iconic archaeologist has to find the holy grail of treasures: The Holy Grail. Also, familial love and understanding.
In this charming conclusion to the original Indiana Jones trilogy, Sean Connery plays Professor Henry Jones, Indy’s grouchy yet enigmatic father. The pair have great chemistry and Connery makes you like an otherwise gruff character. Steven Spielberg’s productions often mull over estranged parental relationships, notably in E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial and Hook, and this is one of his finest.
It’s also the best Indiana Jones film, but let’s keep that between ourselves, eh?
For Dads in Touch With Their Emotional Side.
Everyone gets in a rut now and then, and needs reminding of the small joys in life. That’s what this 2018 movie is all about.
The titular character (Ewan McGregor) is now a middle-aged businessman whose childhood dreams have long-since fallen by the wayside. That’s when he gets a visit from someone special who he promised he’d never forget: Winnie the Pooh. Together, they must find their friends in Hundred-Acre-Wood and rediscover the small things that make life special.
For Dads With Young Children.
Rowan Atkinson returns to one of his best-known roles: the bumbling, accident-prone, but well-meaning Mr. Bean. Seconded to Los Angeles, Bean overlooks the transfer of Whistler’s Mother to the Grierson Art Gallery. It starts a chain of events which includes a museum robbery, a fraught family drama, and laxatives.
This is 90 minutes of feel-good slapstick fun that will make kids (and big kids) of all ages smile.
For Dads Who Enjoy Biopics.
Mary Poppins is a classic Disney film that perennially gets shown on TV. But you don’t even need to be a fan of Mary Poppins to enjoy Saving Mr. Banks. It’s the affecting true (-ish) story of P.L. Travers, creator of the magical nanny, and the journey to get Mary Poppins on the silver screen.
This 2013 film details Walt Disney’s initial misunderstanding of Mary Poppins, as Travers’ troubled past and love for her father is slowly revealed.
For Dads Looking for a Relaxed Afternoon.
Starring Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) and Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), this is an easy-going Netflix production that’s far from taxing but nonetheless provides a good laugh.
Bell plays Rachel, who decides to still go on her honeymoon, despite being left at the altar. By a quirk of fate, she finds her estranged father (Grammar) there too, and the pair spend their holiday getting to know each other again. There are some great Netflix Originals available to watch, including Netflix Originals that have since been cancelled, and while Like Father isn’t a shining example, it’s a fun way to pass a couple of hours.
What Movies Will You Watch on Father’s Day?
No matter what you watch, it’s important you put aside some quality time to spend with your dad this Father’s Day.
You don’t necessarily need to watch a film that’s all about fatherhood either—just find Netflix movies you will love and chill for a few hours.