Top 10 Movies To Watch This Father's Day: From The Lion King To Life Is Beautiful

Celebrate Father's Day with these top 10 movies, including The Lion King and Life Is Beautiful.

Published on Jun 16, 2024  |  12:01 AM IST |  66.7K
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This Father's Day, enjoy a special movie marathon with your family to honor the special bond that fathers have with their children. Our top ten list includes a variety of heartfelt stories and one-of-a-kind experiences perfect for sharing with Dad. 

1. The Lion King

The Lion King is a touching film for Father’s Day. It can strengthen your bond with your father extensively. The lessons we can learn from our loved ones and the importance of family are emphasized in this beloved Disney film. 

As you track Simba's journey, you might find yourself crying or breaking into song. You might want to give your dad an extra hug after the movie. This way you can express how much you value his presence.

2. Gifted

In this film, Chris Evans plays a loving uncle to his gifted niece, Mckenna Grace. Despite her exceptional math skills, he just wants her to have a normal childhood. 

The story explores the essence of fatherhood. It demonstrates that it is more than just biology; it is also about the love and support one provides. 

As the plot progresses, viewers are taken on an emotional journey as they witness the special bond between the uncle and niece. This heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking film reminds us that family is defined by love and care, not just blood ties.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird

As portrayed by Gregory Peck in the movie To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is regarded as one of the wisest fathers in literature. Atticus balances his duties as a lawyer gracefully. Alongside he also raises his curious children as a widowed father. 


He defends his client when he decides to represent a black man falsely accused of rape. Moreover, he also shields his children from bigotry and instills in them the important values of justice and compassion. 

4. On Golden Pond

In the 1981 film On Golden Pond, Henry Fonda plays Norman, who has a tense relationship with his daughter, Jane Fonda, who is his real-life daughter. Chelsea brings a new man into their lives who is a single father, and this causes their distant relationship to start changing. 

Within the family, this creates new dynamics and chances for bonding. The movie explores the intricacies of familial bonds, absolution, and the potential for harmony. 

Award-winning performances are given by Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn, who play Norman's wife, respectively, which give the narrative depth and poignancy. 

5. Big Daddy

Adam Sandler shines in this film as he becomes a foster parent. Initially, this step was taken for the wrong reasons. Despite this, he learns valuable parenting skills. Through this, he forms a genuine bond with the child. 


The film is both heartwarming and funny, depicting the ups and downs of foster care and its effects on both the child and the caregiver. It's a story that emphasizes the value of love and compassion in parenting, no matter how unusual the circumstances.

6. Jersey Girl

Ben Affleck plays a widower in this 2004 movie. Here he has to deal with being a single parent after his wife, played by Jennifer Lopez, dies. Liv Tyler stars in the Kevin Smith-directed and written film. This heartwarming story highlights the father's love and resiliency. It also examines the difficulties and rewards of raising a child alone. 

7. Grown Ups

In the 2010 comedy Grown Ups, Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider play friends and fathers. All of these gather for a holiday weekend after the death of their childhood basketball coach. 

The film is a comedic take on adulthood and parenting, as the friends reconnect and reflect on their past. It's a feel-good film about the value of friendship, fatherhood, and preserving memories from the past.


8. 17 Again

In 17 Again, Zac Efron's character, played by Matthew Perry, awakens one day and appears to be his teenage self. He tries to relate to his children in a way that he was unable to do previously by viewing things from this unexpected angle. 

This touching tale tackles the difficulties of parenting and the need to better understand and connect to your kids—even if it means going through puberty all over again. It's unique and endearing.

9. The Game Plan

In Disney's The Game Plan, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays an NFL quarterback. He is relaxing and living a carefree bachelor's life. But everything changes when he meets his eight-year-old daughter from a past relationship. 

He's faced with numerous challenges of stepping up as a father. This is new and tricky for him. Through funny and touching moments, he learns the ropes of parenthood. This shows that even tough guys can be softies when it comes to family.

10. Life Is Beautiful

In the 1997 film Life Is Beautiful (La vita è bella), Roberto Benigni portrays a Jewish father who uses his imagination to protect his kid from the horrors of a concentration camp during the Holocaust. Benigni, who also directed and co-wrote the picture, was awarded an Oscar for his performance. 


The video is a unique portrayal of a father's love and sacrifice for his kid. It shows how far a parent will go to shield their child from harsh realities.

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